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MTG - Introduction to Sealed Deck Construction 101 - For Magic: The Gathering Prerelease and Launch

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Looking for an updated version of this video? Look no further than here: https://youtu.be/VKCCM8Uvm8U The Best Deck Boxes & Vaults: http://youtu.be/14WpmcfVbFs The Best Gaming Cases: http://youtu.be/2Aw3j3Mj5Ls A Guide To Playmats: http://youtu.be/0HOjmAB4WaA What Are The Best Binders: http://youtu.be/H5IauASYWjk The Best Card Sleeves: http://youtu.be/w-aAeIZSNWw Building a sealed deck can be an exciting process, but it can also feel daunting or even overwhelming for a player new to the format. Even experienced Magic players sometimes don't know the basic process used when building a sealed deck. This video will guide you through that process and hopefully help you at future prerelease, launch, and other sealed events. However, there are some basic rules that are universal. The first is the BREAD method. While much more relevant in draft, the BREAD method is still very helpful in sealed to guide you in placing your cards in logical order. BREAD is an acronym that means BOMBS, REMOVAL, EVASION, ABILITIES, and DIRT. We've already mentioned that DIRT are the cards that are more or less unplayable. Hopefully you've already removed these cards from our piles. Bombs are your biggest threats. They are the cards where, if you opponent can not get rid of them fast, they will "go off" and win you the game. Removal is your way of dealing with your opponents threats. Removal can be counter spells, effects that return cards to your opponents hand or their deck, destroy or exile effects, ect. Removal removes the threat. Evasion refers to attackers who have some way of preventing or trying to prevent your opponents from blocking. This means flying creatures, creatures with intimidate, trample, abilities like that. Abilities means any remaining cards that don't win you the game, but do HELP you win the game. So any creatures, artifacts, etc. that have abilities other than mana abilities would be in this category as well. But let's boil all of this down to a simple rule: You want threats, and you want answers to your opponents threats. Music Courtesy Of: "Vintage Education" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ "Lightless Dawn" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ "Airport Lounge" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ "Deliberate Thought" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ "Pamgaea" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ "Sancho Panza gets a Latte" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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I'd quit my job too. Ja ja ...
dntwantgglplus (1 month ago)
thx
mdchiesi (2 months ago)
The cheese is strong with this one. Love your videos !!!
danryan92 (2 months ago)
I watch this video before attending every pre-release I've been to (I play pretty infrequently so I'm not great at the game). Been playing for just over a year now, and this channel has taught me so much. Thanks Prof! Brb off to WAR pre-release now :D
Chris Hayes (2 months ago)
The coffee pour was savage, would have love to see the outtakes lol
Skyler Woodard (2 months ago)
New to magic got my first pre-release tomorrow for war of the spark love the video
Skyler Woodard (2 months ago)
Today was awesome I got 10th out of 53 at my LGS
Aqua Craft (2 months ago)
Prerelease is so much fun! This will be my second or third one but I’ve never been more hype for a prerelease before!
Miguel Rose (2 months ago)
Why is it a bad idea to build a ,,second" Deck out of your sideboard? I mean when you play Gruul in the first two rounds and then switch your green cards for blue ones and play Izzet in the third round it could surprise your opponent, or am i wrong?
miguel silva (2 months ago)
IMO if you're building a deck for prerelease you're gonna be using your best cards of the best color that you got out of the boosters, the second deck might be a waste of time and be garbage in the end
archaicwonder (2 months ago)
I laughed way too much at the intro
Baseranger X (2 months ago)
0:07 My ears hurt now
Darkan (2 months ago)
Rewatching for WAR prerelease! :)
Lucas French (2 months ago)
yeessssss
John Woods (3 months ago)
Got my butt kicked. They killed my healer hawks. Zero wins. Lost 2000 gems. This is a magic the gathering country song.
Donny (3 months ago)
You can tell the audio quality has gotten much better in your equipment since 2014. Which is great because I love your channel and content and can hear the value paying off for you and us.
Justin Chen (3 months ago)
rewatching for War of the Spark.
Colton Hathaway (3 months ago)
Oh yeah, no 8's? I got 4 gate colossus's in my gate deck and 4 gatekeeper gargoyles, leaving my only creatures that are low mana cost are gatebreaker ram's. So boom! No just kidding, good video
Spider the Cuber (3 months ago)
If I could do that I would quit my job and start playing on the pro tour Ha ha ha ha ha, ha *Looks at his coffee and questions his life decisions*
aeropistol1 (3 months ago)
My first pre release will be War of the Spark and this video is so helpful! Thanks!
Paul Barlow (4 months ago)
Thanks Professor, this video really helped me understand sealed 🤩👍🏻
Sam Bae (4 months ago)
2:34 RACIST
Dana Coleman (5 months ago)
I'm here to brush up and get ready for Return to Kamigawa!
Mike Neubauer (5 months ago)
TYSM!!! I watched this before going to my first pre-release, and I got second place! Thx!!:)
Blue Guitar Music (6 months ago)
Gosh I love this channel.
Tyler Anderson (6 months ago)
Doing my first sealed event this weekend, this video is exactly what I needed!
gangrel1234 (6 months ago)
<3
Beluga Whale (6 months ago)
Watching this for my first prerelease for RNA. Great video
The Good Rogue (6 months ago)
Watching this again in preparation for Ravnica Allegiance prerelease. Thank you for your tutelage, Prof! I am quite confident my Simic biomancers will fare a lot better now.
zombietots 2799 (6 months ago)
Brainssss
Javier Sanchez (7 months ago)
Is that the Dark Sun trilogy books behind you? awesome books!
Alan Pittman (9 months ago)
Thank you!
Matthew Lai (9 months ago)
Getting ready for Guilds!
Gary Is alive and deaded (9 months ago)
thank you i survived the first and second round XD
Gary Is alive and deaded (9 months ago)
professor has cgi
Erick Herrera (9 months ago)
I absolutely love and adore the way you present information
Professor, I'm coming back to MTG after a few years, and I have found your videos incredibly useful to go and play Guilds of Ravnica Prerelease. Thank you for you amazing content!!!
Jubjub53 (10 months ago)
Be honest, how many times did you have to shoot that intro before you nailed it?
Positive Player One (10 months ago)
Years later we are headed towards Guilds of Ravnica, and I am getting so much use out of your content.
Nina Felwitch (10 months ago)
"Remove the dirt"*removes Cards that I have in all my decks*DAMN!
Staulwart (10 months ago)
Great vid. Thanks
Spider the Cuber (10 months ago)
0 pro tours!!!
Sander Gusinow (11 months ago)
That coffee trick tho...
xylophone (11 months ago)
Wow the microphone quality really has improved on this channel.
Adrien Juranville (11 months ago)
Encore une très bonne video, et grâce à la traduction automatique je peux tout comprendre, je recommande vos vidéos en tout cas ! (Ps le dernier draft que j'ai fait je me suis beaucoup améliorer grâce à vous ;) )
Bacon Wizard (1 year ago)
Thank you, Professor.
Alexander Talbot (1 year ago)
I used this guide for my first draft event, which led me to winning one of my matches! This was a great precursory tool for a new player such as myself. I thank you for making me feel comfortable with trying something I've wanted to get into for a while. I have already signed up for this FNM's draft and am very much looking forward to it.
MortalMike (1 year ago)
Rewatching this for core set 2019 prerelease.
Micah HDvee-Lover (23 days ago)
Rewatching this for core set 2020 prerelease.
bob gerk (5 months ago)
@Ronnie Ventura wat guild u gonna play im goin simic
Ronnie Ventura (5 months ago)
bob gerk dude me too!! Good to know I’m not the only one.
bob gerk (5 months ago)
heh im watch in it for ravnica allegence
rodzeroher (1 year ago)
American coffee, such a bad taste, espresso or bust
Kyle Wilson (1 year ago)
wow... watching these 3 years later... the quality has gotten much better
FenrirEX (1 year ago)
Man, that comment about "quit my job and join the Pro Tour" is harsher in hindsight.
Dillon Johnson (1 year ago)
is that an original big eyes
Melissa Costa (1 year ago)
Thanks for the video!! 👍🏻
Ollie Speed (1 year ago)
nice cheers bro!
Monica Song (1 year ago)
This is so helpful for beginners!!! Thank you professor
Dillon Vincent (1 year ago)
Thank you for making video.
Shawn McCool (1 year ago)
I like your videos, but you gotta record with less audio gain so you're not peaking.
Nefashus (1 year ago)
Lava Axe is dirt? Whaaat? This was my finisher some years ago 😁
James Devenberg (1 year ago)
I'm brand new to the game and have watched a ton of your videos. I'm super pumped to go to my first pre-release.
Silly Simic (1 year ago)
Dat audio tho
Kenny Bewley (1 year ago)
Going to my first magic event this weekend (dominaria pre-release) and this has eased my nerves so much.
Jeff Llamas (1 year ago)
(Probably) the best sealed deck primer there is. Well-explained and simplified. I've been playing for over two decades now but still need to review every once in a while especially when attending PR events. I feel much more comfortable heading to this weekend's homecoming to Dominaria after watching this. :)
Joey Loney (1 year ago)
Bring back rugged prof
evilbadguystrikes (1 year ago)
good stuff, amen to coffee
Christo Lupo (1 year ago)
Such a big help, thank you. Dominaria is going to be my first, so stoked!
tas n games (1 year ago)
Christo Lupo good luck my dude I have just returned to Magic after a year break
Max Gray (1 year ago)
I’m not very good at this but why is Mind Rot dirt?
OoJJBoO (1 year ago)
I'm not sure, but maybe it's to expensive for what it does? Also I think it isn't really that useful in a limited deck, since you most likely have better options to choose from. But I'm far from being an expert on this topic, so feel free to correct me ^^
TOBG Show (1 year ago)
I'm going to be re-re-rewatching this video while I prep for the Dominaria prerelease!
Samuel Robertson (1 year ago)
I've wanted too start playing draft. Thus has been very informative
O H. H E L L O
MeAgainZombie (1 year ago)
How much time do you have to build your deck
Floppy Ole (1 year ago)
love this guy but social media and friends on social media are having too much effect on him recently
Antonio Pargovski (1 year ago)
Can a creature with intimidate die from spells
Kitana Xiaou (1 year ago)
Are these cards and packs free?
Jake allen (1 year ago)
What do you think is the best deck pre con
blacktiger994 (1 year ago)
Watching this as I'm building my ixalan sealed deck.
don mangrubang (1 year ago)
What are dirt cards?????? In the magic of the gathering cards?
Samuel Watks (1 year ago)
But what if I'm colour blind
Tim Aulph (1 year ago)
I left the game a few years ago. I was a casual player and only got to play a few times out of the year. I was recently asked to join a playgroup, so, I decided to play again. Since they will be playing sealed and I never played that format before, I needed this video! I knew right where to go! Even after 4 years, this video is still relevant and will help me with my Ixalan sealed deck play. Thanks Professor, and since I will playing again, I have re-subscribed to your channel!
Leon Valenzuela (1 year ago)
But... I have won more then one draft with 3+ Lava Axes...
Darth Gamiing (1 year ago)
2:54 ITS NOT WUBRG AGGGRRRR!!!!
Jab De Jesus (1 year ago)
reviewing for Ixalan PR!
Caleb Strom (1 year ago)
Watching this to get ready for Ixalan prerelease today
WaterProtection 24 (1 year ago)
Ixanlan to night!!! First prerelease ever
cobratmusic (1 year ago)
Was just invited to my first pre-lease event three days after picking up my first magic deck. Going to get wrecked, but this was super helpful in even having a starting point. Cheers for the good work!
Knightly Productions (1 year ago)
Thanks for the advice Professor! I'm more prepared now for Ixalan Prerelease.
Jerry Gilland (1 year ago)
Really enjoyed this and learned a lot!
Michael Dura (1 year ago)
After Viewing this video again, i feel prepared for Ixalan. Thanks Professor.
Deathwish (1 year ago)
Ixalan prerelease, let's gooo
mrosebro (1 year ago)
First 72 seconds was probly the funiest stuff I've ever seen on your channel, when u went from lawlz to tears I'm sorry but it killed me XD
Christian Garza (1 year ago)
My first prerelease I went 41 cards and then like 45ish. I lost every single game
Cruz-Reads (1 year ago)
thanks for the outline prof.! I'm going to Ixalan pre-release next week and this video was perfect for a beginner like me!
ThisIsMyAlt (1 year ago)
Reviewed your video as I prepare for Ixalan prerelease next weekend.
briandecastro88 (1 year ago)
Your vids and tips are great, I'm trying to get friends into this format also so I'll be sharing.
Lukas Robausch (1 year ago)
NOT THE LAVA AXE NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
Damian L (1 year ago)
I https://discord.gg/uUHr8p
jtpickard (1 year ago)
This video helped me out a lot. Thank you
one forty54t5 (1 year ago)
9:29 (for reference)
Chace (1 year ago)
Your videos are so helpful, especially to someone like me who's just getting into it! Thank you for all of the quality, helpful videos.
Thateus Gemini (2 years ago)
Great insight to this format. And I shall use these tips for my hour of devastation release tonight.
Saronus (2 years ago)
2017 and still helpful video ;) well done (y)
Creycrey cBuzz (2 years ago)
Awesome video, I've watched a few but this one is the one that made me hit that subscribe button. Great content.
Bradley Schaub (2 years ago)
thanks it help me understand sealed better
Sgt. Birb (2 years ago)
Getting ready for Hour of Devastation with this.
Bacon Pizza (2 years ago)
Idk why I watch this I'm a collector not a player

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