After a month’s worth of anticipation, prerelease weekend for Kaladesh is finally here, Planeswalkers, and we’ve got the tools, tips and tricks to ensure your weekend of play is a blast. Let’s get right to it.
Prepping for Prerelease:
If you’re one of the sad saps who has yet to sign up for a prerelease event, it’s not too late! Some stores, such as the Oogie Games Niagara Falls location, do a midnight prerelease tonight, but still have another event planned for Sunday afternoon. If you’re anxious about what to bring, you don’t need to worry about that either. Everything you need, including lands, will be provided at the event. Even if you’ve never done a sealed draft, where you have to build a 40 card deck out of the six booster packs provided, the prerelease box comes with tips on how to construct your deck.
If you want to be prepared before you head out to your local store, however, then check out the official Prerelease Primer. It’ll get you caught up to speed on everything that happens during prerelease, what to expect, and how to construct your deck.
So you know the what and where for prerelease, but you’re nervous about how you’ll do. Maybe you’re not comfortable with the new mechanics or can’t wrap your head around which cards are good or bad. Well, don’t let that hold you back either. The primer above has an in depth description of every new mechanic from Kaladesh, but if you need more advice on how you should use the mechanic during a game or build your deck around it, look here. Alternately, you can find a whole lesson on how and when to use the new Fabricate Mechanic.
Now, you may be forming a plan on what mechanics you like best and what type of deck you’d like to make, but what of the cards themselves? What cards are considered the best, or what combos should you be looking out for while you’re making a deck? Well, those lucky guys over at Wizards got to do a pre prerelease and play with Kaladesh before anyone else. On the plus side, they streamed the event which led to lists, like this one, of the top 20 most powerful cards of the set. These will be the cards you really want to look out for, but there are plenty of card combinations that can also leave your opponent reeling. If you can manage to set up any of these excellent combos, you’ll be sitting in good standing this weekend.
Okay, you’ve gotten the basics of a prerelease down, researched the new mechanics, studied the best cards and combos-what’s left? For the truly hardcore, you could read the set release notes which explains, in great detail, the rules for every single new mechanic and card in the set. It’s an extremely long and dense read, but for those long time players familiar with all the rules of the game, it’ll answer any lingering questions you have on new cards and maybe even reveal a way to use a card that you never thought of before. For the rest, I’d advise glancing through the card image gallery. You can make plans about what deck you want to build all you want, but at the end of the day what you’re going to get is completely random. It’s best to be familiar with all the cards in the set and adapt to what you get. If you go in with a whole plan on how to draft a white and blue control deck, but mostly receive black and red creatures, you’re gonna have a bad time. Familiarize yourself with all the cards, and you’ll be able to form a plan no matter what comes your way.
Behind the Scenes:
If you’re one of those people interested in what goes into making a set and how Wizards of the Coast came up with certain ideas and abilities, you’ve got plenty to sate your appetite. A few weeks ago, head Magic designer Mark Rosewater went into how Kaladesh came to be and where the new mechanics involving energy counters came from. This week, he discusses what went into making the new vehicle card type and the fabrication mechanic.
After that, you can head over to the Magic Facebook page for a feature about Magic’s internal prerelease I mentioned earlier. You can see what kind of deck the actual designers of the set made and played with and what strategies they used. The event also led to a full Kaladesh review, going over everything from story to style to cards. If that doesn’t get your mouth watering, nothing will.
Goodbye Theme Decks, Hello Planeswalkers:
Earlier this year, Magic announced its plans to do away with theme decks (pre-built 60 card decks from each set with a complimentary rare) and replace them with Planeswalker decks. The Planeswalker decks not only contain an actual Planeswalker card, better than any rare the theme decks had, but also several useful cards for an intermediate player not yet comfortable constructing their own deck.
If that sounds like something right up your alley, then good news, because the first ever Planeswalker decks are releasing right alongside Kaladesh. You can find the complete deck lists for both Chandra and Nissa’s decks here, complete with exclusive cards you can find only in this product.
That’s all for this week. Hope I’ve influenced you to get out and play Planeswalkers. The first week of a new set is always one of the most fun times to play, because it’s new to everyone and the experimentation leads to a fun variety of decks. Remember to have fun if you get to a prerelease this weekend. Even if your deck tanks-at least you get to keep the cards!
Thanks for reading, see you next week!