I wouldnt read too much into the numbers based off the smallest most high stakes tournament of the year only 7 days after the release of the new set. It should be expected that these 24 would play conservative with their deck construction given the stakes. There were a lot more played at the SCG event last week. Surprised at no Hostage Takers after seeing a bunch at the Open last weekend.
Game 1: after a slow start from both of us, I resolve Herald of Anguish and control the game.
Game 2: Went to time, no one could close it out.
ROUND 2: vs. BUG Merfolk
Game 1: I resolve Tezzeret, resolve Herald of Anguish, and swing in for death.
Game 2: He resolves Nissa at 3, drops Snek off the top of the deck, and drops Verdurous Gearhulk. Can't beat that.
Game 3: REAL close match, ended up with the final swing of him with a Scarab God + Reanimated Verdurous Gearhulk for exact, except he forgot I had a token maker and blocked the Scarab God. Then I swung on him for 7 lethal in the air for the win. Great game. He also didn't realize that Scarab God tokens can be Fatal Push'd.
ROUND 3: vs. Ramunap Red (I should shut my fuckin' big mouth)
Game 1: He gets to go first, so he smashes me.
Game 2: I go first, I resolve multiple Aetherborn and eventually grind him out with Herald of Anguish.
So, my take so far on Ixalan limited. I'm enjoying it, but it feels rather shallow. Not as bad as a core set, but closer to a core set than any set I can think of since Origins. I feel like, every once in awhile you can get good synergies going, but most of the time, if you just build a decent curve your deck will be solid. The power level, all around, seems flatter, which makes picks a little easier.
The build-arounds, tribal or otherwise, aren't substantial enough (with a few exceptions) to make you want to go in deep on a strategy. Just generic aggro, tempo, control and midrange will get the job done. I'm enjoying the format in spite of it, but a lot of people that I know that draft a lot don't like it.
I wonder if it might be worth sneaking Yahenni in. Add usual Enchantment and Artifact removal in the sideboard like Fragmentize. I actually own most of those cards (including the Mimics and Pushes) which is why i want to make it. I have a single Vona.
played my first Ixalan draft yesterday; went 2-0, 0-2, 1-2
drafted a carnage tyrant as my first card and built a pretty damn fine dinosaur deck, actually, but opponent #2 had a super good pirate deck and opponent #3 was red aggro as well. They both had the red rare 3 damage spells that can be recurred from the graveyard and played it pretty much every game. And I got blown out 1 for 3 twice by opponent #2 by that black -1/-1 & +1/+1 combat tricked, killing my 3/1 dino and producing an unbeatable board state
could have won a few pack if I had won the last game, just a little annoyed because my deck was actually quite good
oh well, I totally deserved it for playing Gruul, the fool I am