On the the subject of "pleasant" - having thoroughly enjoyed the previous set, I had high hopes for Aether Revolt, and man did it ever deliver. The pool I opened gave me some good options to play with - the white "token spam" deck looked like a decent choice. But ultimately it proved impossible to ignore the very spicy R/G "energy shenanigans" deck on offer. Maybe it was a sign that I shouldn't have forsaken it from the KLD pre-re? In any case, I had an excellent time playing the colours and aggressive style of play I'm most comfortable with, so in hindsight, it was absolutely the right call.
(* 1 win, 1 bye round)
Pretty average as far as my sealed event results go, but hey, if I went into these things to get all hung up on win/loss records, I'd end up having a miserable experience. But yeah, going by pure fun/excitement, I definitely won big time.
I ended up being able to play very much to my strengths - i.e: big dumb green monsters, fast red stuff, a butt-load of +1 counters, and incidental support to keep my ass-kickers doing whatever they want. Major players included Lifecraft Cavalry, Thriving Rhino, Maulfist Revolutionary, Ridgescale Tusker, and Aetherwind Basker.
PROMO: Aetherwind Basker
RARES: Greenwheel Liberator, Sram Senior Edificer, Sram's Expertise, Baral's Expertise, Saheeli's Artistry, Scrapheap Scrounger
SHINIES: Dubious Challenge (naturally : p )
PRIZES: (due to new WOTC procedures, I only got 2 prize packs today, but with the option to grab 2 more once the set officially comes out, which is... honestly really stupid, but whatever.)
RARES:Metallic Mime, Greenwheel Liberator