Hello Everyone, Jakal comin in with a recap of my Amonket Prerelease!
First off I hope yours was fun, and even if you weren’t able to make it this time, you can still grab some packs after launch and enjoy next week!
Anyway first thing I wanna shoutout is these new POP OUT COUNTERS. I know we were told about them previously, but after seeing them up close I’ve gotta say, they’re something special. A real lifesaver if you need extra tokens to keep track, and I hope we see this in future sets!
Speaking of which, I made some quick token for my deck! By this point you can probably guess which colors I went with. The hippo was for Mouth/to/Feed (more on that later). But what was the Zombie used for you ask?
that’s right dudes. I pulled Lilliana.
I PULLED LILLIANA
no joke, I gasped when I saw her in my last pack.
Now how did I do?
In 4 rounds, I won 2 outright, 1 tie, and 1 2-1. Which cards did the heavy lifting? Well beside the obvious (*cough* Lilli *cough*), the cartouches and trials really showed some power! I ran Trial of Ambition, as well as the green and black ‘touches. There’s nothing sweeter than playing your trial, then effectively getting an extra two or three copies of it.
That Mouth/to/Feed I mentioned earlier: super useful. The hippo applied excellent pressure on curve, then guaranteeing extra cards once the board’s stalled out.
Archfiend of Ifnir looks like an Intro-Pack rare, but hits like a truck! Once you start cycling, your opponent start wasting away. Even if you don’t draw Archfiend, Blighted Bat provides the flying power you need while you build your board. Greater Sandwurm works as a great pocket nuke (especially if you can revive him), while flashing in a fast-cat Pouncing Cheetah is super satisfying.
Finally Throne of the God-Pharaoh…ooooh THAT THRONE DUDE!!! Guaranteed extra damage your opponent can’t work around? Plus giving exerted creatures some use on their break-turn? Sign me UP! Needless to say I played pretty aggressively, and was rewarded.
All-in-all I had a great time. Even without the wins, I helped two people refine their decks, and made a new friend (he even goes to my parish!). I can’t wait to use those prize packs in a drafting pool. Who knows? Maybe I’ll even get back into competitive…
Let me know how your prerelease went in the comments, and until next time, peace out!