Prerelease weekend is upon us (finally!) and we’re all excited to finally get our hands on these new cards. Most LGS’s host multiple events, in a few different formats. My LGS has a midnight tonight, 2pm tomorrow, 6pm 2 Headed-Giant, and a 12pm on Sunday. I’m leaning towards attending two of them, possibly three. This will be my 5th prerelease, after attending each from Theros block and M15. I assume you’ve been to one, or maybe you haven’t, but here are some things you should do and some you shouldn’t;
- READ EVERY CARD. I’ve seen lots of people misplay because they thought a card did a certain thing, or because they didn’t know every mode of the card they’re playing. You have plenty of time to build your deck and it takes a few extra seconds to make sure you fully understand each card you have access to.
- SEPARATE CARDS BY COLOR. When you open your packs, I like to sort by color right away, so that I know which color I have the most cards in. It helps you know which colors might be splashable, or which will be too hard to play. After that, separate by playables and non-playables.
- LEARN SOME OF THE COMBAT TRICKS. Take a few minutes so scan over the set on Gatherer or Mythic Spoilers to figure out the best combat tricks that you may have to play around. Being mostly a creature-based set, creatures and combat tricks are going to be crucial to pull out a win.
- TRADE. Most of the hyped cards are at their highest, or near the highest they will ever be. This set is going to be one of the most open sets in history, thanks to the reprint of Onslaught fetches.It’s simple supply and demand. Scoop up any low cost cards that you think will go up (I wish I could go back to M15 prerelease and scoop up all the Rabblemasters). I like to have mtgbro.com up on my phone. It has the TCG mid price for every mythic, rare and some uncommons and commons, as well as the foil prices.
- DON’T FORCE A WEDGE. Just because you picked Mardu or Temur for the prerelease pack, does not mean you HAVE to play those colors. Yes, you will get a rare in those colors and may open another strong card in those colors, but it’s the rest of the commons and uncommons that make a deck. One card won’t affect a game as much as the 22 other cards will (of course there is always an exception).
- DON’T OVERLOOK COMMONS. Don’t throw all 6 rares into your deck because they’re powerful. If they happen to work out that way, lucky you. Check out your commons and uncommons and really find the best ones. Sometimes a common is a better fit in your deck than that almost splashable rare.
- DON’T PLAY TOO FAST. With Standard, Modern, drafting etc, you’re playing with cards you already know and ones you have played again and again. These cards are new for everyone. Take your time to slow down play and make sure you know what everything on the board does, and what you hold in your hand.
- DON’T TAKE IT SO SERIOUSLY. The main point in prereleases are to have fun and experience a new set. This is not a GP or PTQ. While you should play every match to your best and call a judge if there is a confusion or misplay, just have fun.
Where are you prereleasing this weekend? Which wedge are you going to pick? Which rares are your sleepers for speculation?
Good luck and have fun!