Anyone attend the Battlebond preview events last week?

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Posted on June 7, 2018, 1:05 p.m. by LittleBlueHero

I am preparing for the release party this weekend at my shop and information has been hard to come by.

Just wondering if anyone played in the preview event last weekend and what your experience was like? What seemed strong, or overhyped etc.

greyninja says... #2

It's definitely a fun set. I did one 2HG event and we did awful; but it really just came down to one or two close plays that swung the other direction

There's LOTS of removal in the set compared to the Ixalan block. White is really strong in that aspect. My partner ran W/G and I ran U/B. I'm pretty sure most teams at my lgs ran those exact color pairs too lol

June 7, 2018 2:04 p.m.

LittleBlueHero says... #3

Hahaha good to know!

We will be doing a draft so I am assuming the field will be a little more varied. My Buddy and I were already talking about how good U/B looked and green white counters almost seems pushed. The question becomes how many staples can you get in a draft to support any archetype?

June 7, 2018 5:46 p.m.

JohnnyPartay says... #4

I played in 2HG last weekend, me and my partner went 7-0! He was running B/U with lots of removal and control. Sower of Temptation was good and Nimbus Champion with our combined warriors was nice. I ran G/R with bombs like Vigor, Magmatic Force and Plated Crusher. I also used a Decorated Champion to build up nice with our warriors as well. We only had 1 game that was close and that was against W/U control and a G/B Pir & Toothy combo. We just did what we could the first couple turns and by turn 4 I was dropping big problems for people. Don't underestimate the R/G in this set, if it gets going forget about it!

June 8, 2018 2:56 p.m.

LittleBlueHero says... #5

Awesome! Thats a heck of a showing.

I played this past sunday in a "supersized draft" There were only 4 teams so 3 matches total and we went 2-1. I was playing R/G goodstuff and my partner was playing W/B kill all the things... both of us had a significant number of warriors as well.

Match one wasn't looking good. Our opponents had us to 19 by turn 5 on the back of an early loyal pegasus and some other creature we couldn't block and an aura. We eventually got rid of most of their board and I was able to cast Stolen Strategy, my partner got a decent sized lifeliker with flying into play, and began to stabilize. After their quick start our opponents fizzled out and we eventually won on the back Bramble Sovereign into 2x 10/10 Apocalypse Hydra which wiped their board the following turn.

Match 2 was an embarrassment. My partner and I both took admittedly slower looking hands but we were not prepared for the explosiveness of our opponents decks. They dumped out 4 smallish creatures early while we had nothing on board, then cast Regna's Sanction to pump everything and swing through for lethal in 6 turns... everyone was laughing (including us) because we were pretty sure two-headed giant games are not supposed to be that fast.

Match 3 went a lot like the first one. Our opponents came our quicker, got us to 19 (something about that number) before we were able to start stabilizing. This one was tougher though, and took longer for us to get control as our opponents were playing a lot of flyers in U/B that we couldn't do much about. My partner eventually got out 2 Thrasher Brute, one was quickly dispatched but having the one in play kept us going from 11 to 15 multiple turns in a row thanks to warrior tokens and some lucky flips off of Stolen Strategy. Our opponents got a 13/13 Apocalypse Hydra and a Coralhelm Guide while we were at 11 life... staring imminent loss in the face I flipped over TWO WARRIORS with Stolen Strategy, my partner made more tokens and that put them in range for a lethal final swing...

So. Much. Fun.

June 11, 2018 10:04 a.m.

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