The format for this weekend’s Arena Open tournament is Dominaria Sealed! No, you didn’t read that wrong, we’re not playing Dominaria United. We’re playing indeed original Dominaria from 2018. Never played it before? No matter, I’m here with a format crash course to get you up to speed and make your ride into Day 2 a smooth one.
Dominaria is very much a classic Sealed format. It’s relatively slow, card advantage is important, removal spells need to be saved for bombs and flying creatures win games. If you’re a player who played before Dominaria but weren’t playing when it was out, it’s the type of Limited Magic that you often saw pre-2013.
If you’re a newer player, it’s likely that this set will feel quite different from the sets you’ve played. Unlike recent sets, the commons are broadly weak, and the cheap creatures are bad at pushing damage early. This means that it’s very rare that someone wins before players have emptied their hand, so expect games to go a few more turns than you’re used to.
With that in mind, here are a few things to think about when building and playing your deck.