Back again with another release sealed. Didn't have much opportunity to record since my trip last week, although i did get some play in. I'll hopefully be blogging a bit more consistently now. Also, hopefully you can endure my periodic sniffling, definitely wasn't aware while recording it. My apologies and I'll have to be more careful in the future. Interesting pool, enjoy!
-Definitely a dissapointing result, especially after the 2-0 start, but not much I could've done there. There may be some line of play that could have let me eek out an extra win in one of those matches, but I think this is one of those cases where you just look back and think "You win some, you lose some".
-In terms of the build, I'm pretty happy with my choices here. The one thing I may have done differently is find a way to make the mana better. I have now accepted that i like vivisection more than I should and its possible the right play here was to cut vivisection and plague myr for an extra swamp and something like dross ripper.
-I sideboarded into crush pretty recklessly a few times, I definitely shouldve at least considered the implication on the mana base.
-Holy crap was treasure mage insane in this pool.....
-It's worth noting that I may have won the games in the last round if I had been on the play. I don't think this immediately changes my stance on drawing first in the format, just something to keep in mind if this happens again.
-A side note on slasher + spine. I think that combos like this should almost always be included in sealed as long as both cards are reasonable on their own, much like arbalest+soliton+islands. Even though slasher doesnt have much synergy with the deck in general and would often be weaker than dross ripper in most "spineless" situations, its not weaker by enough to make up for the power of slasher with spine in games that go long enough to draw them both. Especially since I have treasure mage to fetch half the combo. I guess I may cut it if I don't have so few myrs or spellbombs or whatever to the extent that slasher becomes significantly worse than a similar 4 drop, but I can't see that happening in very many pools.