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MTG - Magic Defined - Sealed: What is the sealed deck format in Magic: The Gathering

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Advice For Returning Players: http://youtu.be/aq8fy8cbSGE Limited Edition Force of Will Print Unboxing: http://youtu.be/PLVNDkKah9g Is It Worth It To Buy Intro Packs: http://youtu.be/r-BPsAgqFtw Alliances vs. Onslaught: http://youtu.be/RYgUuFQSZDI What is sealed? Sealed is the limited format primarily played at prerelease and launch events. All players are given 6 booster packs to construct a 40 card deck from. Players are allowed to add however many basic lands they wish, but besides that, they must build their deck using only cards from the 6 boosters they opened, otherwise known as their pool. Deck may be no fewer than 40 cards, however, they can be larger than 40 cards. The remaining cards that were not used in the deck are all considered to be the sideboard. A player may use as many copies of a card as she or he has within their pool, which means that a player can theoretically use more than four of a single card. The basic ratio for a sealed deck is 22-23 spells and 17-18 land. Building a deck in excess of 40 cards is generally advised against, as is building a second deck from your sideboard cards and switching decks during the second or third game of a match. Sealed tends to have a reputation as being highly dependent on luck. While this is true, and certainly no amount of skill can change the cards you are randomly given in a sealed event, there is a still an intensive amount of skill used in determining which cards should go in your deck. Music Courtesy Of: "Deliberate Thought" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Scott Anderson (2 years ago)
I'm new to magic and have watched a good number of this guys videos and I will say he is awesome. Keep it up I will be around to learn more!
Zero Station (3 years ago)
My first, and last pre release was Gatecrash. One of the guys I played didn't abide by the sealed format ( though it was sealed format event), he used a card from Return to Ravnica. The card wiped me and I lost, I was new at the time and didn't even know that it was a previous set release card until months later. You are doing some good wirk with these videos, keep 'em coming.
Matt N (3 years ago)
Could you do a video on Booster Drafts? Going to my first Booster Draft this Friday, but Wizard's website I feel could use some better explaining: http://magic.wizards.com/en/gameinfo/gameplay/formats/boosterdraft Sounds like a fair playing field: I'm very new to the game, and have limited cards. Also my friend who hasn't played in years wants to come, but cant find his cards (so he basically has none and needs some cards to play). Or do you already have a video on Booster Drafts TCC? I thought maybe Sealed was the same thing, but it doesn't seem so ...
MTG Multiverse Studios (3 years ago)
Thank you so much Tolarian Community College! Your videos helped me survive my first pre-release!
Shant Massoyan (4 years ago)
How about a video on booster drafts?
John Everling (4 years ago)
you have great teeth.
Gabriel Tomes (4 years ago)
what  is a sideboard?
xanaxkamikaze (4 years ago)
Thank you very much for explaining this!
Reaper642011 (4 years ago)
Am new an this is good stuff ! :D keep up the good work !
E&H (4 years ago)
can you make more sleeve videos
KoshiCookie (4 years ago)
Can you please do another booster box game. PLEASE
@unicookie Absolutely! When the new set is released.
Minneapolis Jones (4 years ago)
I was wondering if you could do videos about magic slang for those newer players who do not know a majority of it. I know as a an example that when I first started playing I had a hard time understanding the context of the definitions. BTW your videos are amazing and information and I hope to see many more in the coming years.
Naverac (3 years ago)
@Tolarian Community College 10 months later...
@Minneapolis Jones Absolutely! I very much want to do several of those.
Knives Trigun (4 years ago)
what state do you live in???
VAB0L0 (4 years ago)
I find that when playing with friends, draft is always a blast, whereas sealed feels less  interactive. Drafting M15 and Conspiracy with my buddies this summer was a fun and memorable experience (and I still recall the joy of the chaotic games of Conspiracy we've played, haha). However, when I attend store events, such as prereleases and FNMs, I prefer sealed, because I find that many players aren't there to have fun ("they're here to win"), and will judge you if you are. This might be because stores in my region are full of the same pro-tour scanning, netdecking spikes that sneer at you for not using Top Tier decks and create an unpleasant environment for new or casual players, though. Playing sealed lets me have my fun without feeling the burning rage of the eyes branding me with "CASUAL SCRUB" in my opponent's mind because I dare deviate from what "All The Pros Say".
Robert Slowley, your account won't let me reply to you directly for some reason. Hope you see this.  The caddy does NOT hold sleeved cards.  It only fits unsleeved.  The caddy is not available for purchase except from private sellers on eBay (plenty of them there, type in mtg land caddy, but they are a bit pricey).  
can you use your own mtg collection and build your sealed deck from there, rather than using booster packs?
Cerialeater01 (4 years ago)
i am buying a booster box of rise of the eldrazi this wednesday, next day delivery of money back the seller has guaranteed and given me it in writing so they surely trust the courier, this friday we've got conspiracy so having the box will be very fun because conspiracy allows you to pull booster packs from outside the draft into the draft... i just wanna see one of the eldrazi gods show up on the board in the draft it'd be hilarious :P
MAYOR (4 years ago)
i want the video, where you will describe card symbols. Like, how I do know card is rare or common, or uncommon, legendary? Thanks.
Knives Trigun (4 years ago)
@Tolarian Community College that was a good video lol :O)  I<3tcc
MAYOR (4 years ago)
@Tolarian Community College  thanks.
@Pavel Geiba Look at the symbol. Black is common. Silver Uncommon. Gold is rare, red is mythic.
Robert Slowley (4 years ago)
Could you please tell me - does the land caddy (pictured in the teach your friends magic video) work with land sleeved with Hyper MATs?
Ness Earthbound (4 years ago)
Just an unrelated question: What's the best deck box to hold a double sleeved EDH deck?
Ness Earthbound (4 years ago)
@Tolarian Community College Ah, thanks you.
@Ness Earthbound The Ultra Pro Satin Tower.
Plommon Torbjörn (4 years ago)
How do you even shuffle that?
Richie Demo (4 years ago)
What is Sealed? The best format.
Andres Reyes (4 years ago)
I feel that draft decks have more synergy. When playing sealed, it just feels like you want to stall until you drop the bombs you opened. I have much more fun playing draft.
Tyler Schug (8 months ago)
I agree. My first try at sealed with my girlfriend, and we both end up with such a mixed pool of choices we both had to go rainbow and load up basically any color. She proceeded to get a first hand chainers torment and by dumb luck my entire hand was monster enchantment and sorc/instant with the same intention. Literally unplayable. I proceeded to get nothing but mana as I watched in horror. XD Playing draft neither of us had to end up with cards of every color just because there were no other options XD We got to specialize a lot more being the option to edit the apparent choices to your will.

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