This weekend I participated in a very casual Innistrad Sealed Deck event with four of my friends. Opening my packs I discovered the following pool:
Selfless Cathar Avacynian Priest Elder Cathar Village Bell-Ringer Chapel Geist Fiend Hunter Abbey Griffin Thraben Militia Gallows Warden Moment of Heroism Paraselene Rally the Peasants 2x Rebuke
Stitcher's Apprentice Fortress Crab Battleground Geist Dream Twist Memory's Journey Think Twice Curse of the Bloody Tome Forbidden Alchemy Claustrophobia Lost in the Mist
2x Typhoid Rats Screeching Bat Village Cannibals Abattoir Ghoul Bloodline Keeper Stromkirk Patrol Ghoulcaller's Chant 2x Gruesome Deformity Altar's Reap Skeletal Grimace 2x Night Terrors Sever the Bloodline Maw of the Mire Curse of Death's Hold
2x Night Revelers Village Ironsmith Feral Ridgewolf Rakish Heir Pitchburn Devils Scourge of Geier Reach Rage Thrower 2x Harvest Pyre 2x Nightbird's Clutches Curse of the Pierced Heart Burning Vengeance Traitorous Blood Blasphemous Act
Ambush Viper Boneyard Wurm Villagers of Estwald 2x Orchard Priest Woodland Sleuth 2x Festerhide Boar Grizzled Outcasts Somberwald Spider Wreath of Geists Moonmist Travel Preparations 2x Spidery Grasp Bramblecrush
Evil Twin One-Eyed Scarecrow Creepy Doll Ghoulcaller's Bell 2x Silver-Inlaid Dagger Wooden Stake Cellar Door Grimoire of the Dead
Ghost Quarter Isolated Chapel
And what I built:
Creatures ------ 1x Avacynian Priest 1x Selfless Cathar 1x Elder Cathar 1x Village Bell-Ringer 1x Chapel Geist 1x Fiend Hunter 1x Gallow's Warden 1x Thraben Militia 1x Abbey Griffen 2x Typhoid Rats 1x Screeching Bat 1x Village Cannibals 1x Abattoir Ghoul 1x Bloodline Keeper 1x Stromkirk Patrol Artifacts 2x Silver-Inlaid Dagger 2x Rebuke 1x Sever the Bloodline 1x Grimoire of the Dead 1x Curse of Death's Hold Lands 8x Plains 8x Swamp 1x Isolated Chapel
My deck performed fine, going 3-1 against my friends, losing 1-2 against an aggressive Werewolf deck when I experienced major land flood in one game, and got blown out by the unexpected appearance of Cobbled Wings in another, which were attached to a 7/7 Werewolf to kill me in two painful swings. Apart from that I only lost one other game all day, to a rival Bloodline Keeper (that card is just stupid in Sealed).
Could I have done anything better with my pool? I felt that Black was an obvious conclusion, with three excellent rares to play with. The blue cards were nearly nonexistent (though I did consider splashing for Forbidden Alchemy and Evil Twin), and Green seemed fine but very boring. In the end I thought white provided the best contributions to my curve, especially given that a lot of Humans should work well with my Village Cannibals and especially a pair of Silver-Inlaid Daggers!
One choice that created much discussion on the day was my decision not to maindeck Creepy Doll. I sided it in (generally for Grimoire of the Dead) in pretty much every match, but that's partially because every one of my opponents was playing green and I wanted an answer to big ground-pounders. My friend Dom Camus (of minor mtgsalvation.com celebrity) suggested that it should go into basically any deck, but I personally am very reluctant to play a 5 mana 1/1, even one as robust as the doll, in a format that I think is quicker and more aggressive than people are currently giving it credit for. Was I badly wrong?