Public Events Saturday Wrap-Up & Rise of Sealed Pack Play

One of the most interesting stories of the weekend is the rise of Sealed Pack play among our Public Events. It’s never been more popular before, which certainly indicates that the designers of Battle Pack 2 must have done something right.

Head inside to learn a little more about the strategy behind Sealed Pack events and the final numbers of our Public Events today!

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More than 10 hours ago, we hadn't even started a single Public Event - now we're up on impressive numbers!

More than 10 hours ago, we hadn’t even started a single Public Event – now we’re up on impressive numbers!

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We added another 25 Win-A-Mat events today after we already put up a good number yesterday – these Public Events remain rather popular among the Duelist in attendance this weekend.

One of our most exciting Public Events was the Attack of the Giant Card. The winner walked away with a dramatically oversized copy of [blaster]!
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Felix won an oversized version of Blaster!

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We also held 18 Regionals where players could earn the first invites for next year’s European Championship. Only 5 of those were Constructed Events, the other 13 were all Battle Pack 2 Sealed! That’s the highest number of Sealed Public Events that we’ve ever had at one of the major European events and we hope that this trend will continue leading up to YCS Brussels where you can really show off your Sealed Pack skills!
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Sealed Pack Play has never been more popular!

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On top of all that, we also ran 7 Booster Draft events, another indicator that Battle Pack 2 is a true fan favorite.
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Talking Sealed Strategy

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I sat down with Ioannis who did extremely well in a number of Battle Pack 2 Sealed events today. I had a few questions for him and he was happy to shed some light on the matter.
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[b]What are your favorite cards in Battle Pack 2?[/b]
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[b]Ioannis:[/b] Photon Wyvern – it’s one of the most underestimated cards. There are very few ways to clear your opponent’s back row and few players see that coming. Granted, it’s not that easy to summon, but when it hits the field, it often provides you with a big advantage![/quote]
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Ioannis is a proven Battle Pack 2 expert!
Ioannis is a proven Battle Pack 2 expert!

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[b]How does Battle Pack 2 compare to Battle Pack 1?[/b]
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[b]Ioannis:[/b] I really enjoyed accessing my Extra Deck in Battle Pack 1 tournaments. So it feels a lot different when you’re playing Battle Pack 2 events at first. If there will be a third Battle Pack, it would be cool if the designers could come up with a mix of the first and the second set and also add a few more Forbidden cards to further spice things up. But just imagine how much fun it would be to turn games around with [goyo] or [trishula]!
Even if they can’t fit these extremely powerful Synchro Monsters in, it would be cool. Something like [android] maybe?

It would also add a whole new level of strategy to the format; it would be hard to tell whether your opponent wants to go for a Synchro Summon or an Xyz Summon and only the players that can read their opponents correctly could do well.[/quote]
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[b]What’s your general approach when you’re playing in a Sealed Event?[/b]
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[b]Ioannis:[/b] You need to expect a variety of different threats, so always try to build Decks that can deal with them. For the most part, the format revolves around attacking, so it’s good to be able to change the ATK of your monsters.
Also, you need something to defend your monsters to be able to Tribute Summon stronger monsters on your following turn. Especially in this format with so many high level monsters, I feel this is crucial advice.[/quote]
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Some more advice that I picked up while talking to players on site:

  • [b]Make sure your Deck has the right mix between Tribute and Non-Tribute Monsters![/b]

    If you ever drew into 8 Tribute Monsters in your first 3 turns and lost the game because of that, you know exactly what went wrong during Deck construction. So make sure to keep the number of Tribute Monsters low unless you have access to a variety of effects that can help you summon them to the field.

  • [b]Add any playable removal effect possible to your Deck![/b]

    One of the iron rules of Sealed is “A removal is a removal is a removal!” This means you should add pretty much every removal that will help you get rid of opponent’s monster to your Deck. Otherwise, you might end up in situations where your monsters are just slightly too weak to overcome your opponent’s monsters and even though you hold onto several playable cards, you can’t turn things around.

Try it out for yourself to make sure that you can do well at YCS Brussels a little later this year and explore the endless possibilities of Sealed Pack Play!
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