Magic Online Modern

Revisiting MTGO

I’ve been playing some Modern on Magic Online lately. I was missing in-person FNM and saw that a version of my favorite tier-3 pet deck, Mono Blue Tron, 5-0’d a league and got a little write-up on CFB.

The deck wasn’t too expensive to buy online; I used Cardhoarder. I’m not interested in investing much money into MTGO and I mostly play in the free “Tournament Practice” room. The best I’ve done in an actual league is 4-1, and that was while the whole Cascade-into-Tibalt thing was still legal. Those were some righteous bannings, lemme tellya!

Clicking around in MTGO made me nostalgic for all the time I used to spend playing sealed leagues on there, before I switched to drafting on Arena. I fired one off for old times’ sake and was rewarded with pretty sweet 4-Color Snow Pile:

Sideboard is the usual stuff; Broken Wings and yadda yadda yadda. I originally started a Realmwalker – playing all 6 rares in the pool – but swapped that out for the Fearless Liberator, just to have another 2-drop. Alas, never even drew it.

I’ve 9-0’d a sealed league twice before, back in the Kaladesh era, and I got there again. Dropped only 2 games!

I mean, yes, it was on the back of a busted pool more so than due to my own skill and grit – but I’m still pretty stoked about it. Even got a smidge of that classic MTGO chat salt that you just can’t replicate in Arena.

Definitely not going to play any more Kaldheim limited on MTGO. Going to retire with a perfect record and go back to durdling a little Modern. And, of course, hopefully we can all get back to the LGS soon. Feeling pretty cooped up at this point!

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Dude I just don’t know

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Aether Revolt Sealed 9-0

Got my second-ever 9-0 in MTGO Friendly Sealed League with a powerful black-green deck. I did not have a lot of artifact synergy to go along with the Herald of Anguish but that card’s a bomb even if you’re not exactly “going off” with it.

That’s an 8-pack pool; I’ve been opting for the packs after Stages 1 & 2 most of the time. There are differing opinions on whether it’s a value spew to add packs in Sealed League but I like doing it, especially if I have the packs sitting in my account from previous leagues’ prizes anyway. Seems like a small gamble that’s worth it when it pays off and no biggie when it doesn’t. For example, in this league I got the Pacification Array in the pack after Stage 1, and that card was a huge factor in a lot of the subsequent games.

The last 3 rounds were all pretty sweet, and the final round guy gave me a couple chuckles in the chat:

As they say: “If” is for children.

Friendly Sealed has become my preferred way to play online over the course of the Aether Revolt format. It seems to hit that sweet spot where a mediocre player like me can realistically chain together several runs through the league. I do have one complaint though, and that is the potential to be paired against the exact same opponent in two consecutive matches.

I’ve had this happen within Stages (e.g. same opponent in Stage 1, Rounds 1 & 2) and across Stages (same opponent in Stage 1, Round 3 and Stage 2, Round 1). I’ve experienced all possible outcomes: Won against the same opponent twice, lost to the same opponent twice, and split the matches 1-1 with the same opponent.

I whined to MTGO Support about it the first time it happened, as I wasn’t sure it might not have been an actual bug. They just said (paraphrasing) “Hey, if there’s only the two of you in the queue at the time, it can happen. Tough cookies.”

Personally, I’d prefer to wait an indefinite period of time for the next match rather than be repaired against the same opponent – particularly in those cases where their deck handily outclasses yours and they just beat you to a pulp five minutes ago. That’s a pretty miserable situation that seems like it ought to be avoidable.

But, yeah, anyway: 9-0 holla.