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In just under two weeks, Aether Revolt will be available to play for the first time at the Prelease. New cards are exciting and everyone loves handling new cards for the first time, but generally Sealed Deck is a format that gets undue grief.
The consistent complaint I hear about Sealed is the feeling of games that come down to “someone drew their rare” or “we both stalled and they drew a flier first.” There's actually a lot you can do to make sure this happens as little as possible. You can't always do anything about it, but you can minimize the odds. As a result, you will get to play more games where both players continue to take relevant actions, where more decisions and cards matter, and where the outcome isn't just flipping cards off the top until someone hits their Ace of Spades.
This article is here to teach you how to play the most “actual Magic” at your Prerelease events.
The core issue is that Sealed is the format most likely to produce games where you and your opponent are trying to do the same thing with few functional differences in card power and with few ways to break parity.
In the end, there are only a few core ways to break parity. You won't always get the choice of what options you have available, but you can select your filler cards to maximize the plans you are executing. You need vision in your execution, and each route to victory requires a different approach.