|Looks easy enough to open, but looks can be deceiving!|
The first hurdle to overcome in this event was getting the cards out of the box! It didn't open quite the way that I was expecting. Instead of the top just coming off, it sort of unfolds. There's a separate little space for the countdown 20-sided die also. Took me a bit to figure it all out, but fortunately there's plenty of time allowed to open your cards and build a deck.
|Promo card, die, and six packs. All you need to play!|
In three of the five rounds, I had fairly easy wins. I had a lot of flyers - the aforementioned Aetherstorm Roc and Smuggler's Copter, three Wind Drakes, Long-Finned Skywhale - plus a couple of trampling Renegade Freighters. Keep a couple of those alive for a few turns, and the game was over. The first, third, and fourth rounds went nicely according to that plan. Won all three, losing only one game along the way.
|All three of the thopter models from the event kit.|
Final record, 4-1. Good enough for second place, behind the only undefeated player. (I didn't play him, since I'd had that early second-round loss.) Pretty happy with that result, especially considering how close the fifth round was...could have easily lost that one. There's not a lot of prize support in an event this size, but I did end up with four extra Kaladesh packs. Plus, the top three players each got to take home one of the model thopters that were provided as promotional material.
|My thopter in its new home, hanging in my front room.|