Sealed deck

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Sealed deck is the limited format used at prerelease tournaments. [1] [2] [3]

Procedure[edit | edit source]

Everyone is given the same amount of product. Before the release of Conflux, players would open a tournament pack and two sealed booster packs. With the release of Conflux, however, tournament packs were discontinued. Depending on which sets have been released, decks are either built from 6 booster packs of the first set in the block, or with 3 boosters each of the first and second sets in the block, or with 2 boosters each of all three sets. From that pool of cards, and adding in as many basic land as desired, each player must build a deck of at least 40 cards. Any opened cards not put in the main deck count as part of the sideboard. In sealed deck, the skill is making the best out of what you're given. [4]

The sealed format increases the role of chance in how good a deck turns out. There is a lot of strategy used while drafting, while the contents of your deck in a sealed tournament are dependent entirely on what you open in your six booster packs. Because of this, the sealed format is used almost exclusively at prereleases and launch parties, while drafts are done at Friday Night Magic and major tournaments.

Rules[edit | edit source]

From the Comprehensive Rules

  • Sealed Deck
    • For sealed deck or draft play, only forty cards are required in a deck, and a player may use as many duplicates of a card as he or she has. Each player still needs small items to represent any tokens and counters, and some way to clearly track life totals. See rule 100.3.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jeff Cunningham. (December 02, 2006.) "Your First Sealed Deck", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Jeff Cunningham. (December 09, 2006.) "Getting Better at Sealed", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Jeff Cunningham. (December 16, 2006.) "Sealed Deck Walkthrough", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Mark Rosewater. (July 09, 2007.) "Signed, Sealed, and Delivered", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.

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