The short answer is "yes", but the best way to think of it is that you are glimpsing someone else's pool as you register it and then receive your real pool.Quote from Degduar Marte »Quote from nightwyrm »Quote from Degduar Marte »Sorry to sound stupid, but if you open it, why can't you keep it? Isn't that the point of sealed, you keep your pool?
At competitive REL sealed you open a pool, record what you opened and then pass it along to another player. Part of why they do that is to prevent people from cheating by bringing in whatever busted rare is in that set and then claim they opened it. Ideally, you can achieve that same result by having judges or tournament organizers open all the pools and then passing them out, but you're not going to have several dozen people open and record hundreds to thousands of pools.
So if I understand this correctly, I could open a great pool (foil Goyfs aside) with just lots of strong commons and uncommons and maybe a cool rare or two of no major value but the deck has solid synergy and some nice sideboard cards, but would ultimately be stuck with some other person's pool that could be complete and utter garbage?
Someone will always get a pool that looks nuts. I can tell you from experience that it only hurts to think of the pool you register as your own.