Drafting With Rich #17

Back on the mean streets of Ravnica, we continue Rich Hoaen’s excellent step-by-step drafting series. As usual, Rich shares each and every pick from an RGD draft, from one to forty-five, then gives us a brief overview of his deck and final performance. For a more detailed deconstruction, visit the forums! Rich will be back later in the week with a detailed overview analysis article examining the results from the first fifteen drafts in the series… be sure to tune in!


Pack 1:

Convolute, Dimir Aqueduct, Goblin Spelunkers, Dimir House Guard, Fists of Ironwood, Caregiver, Drake Familiar, Thoughtpicker Witch, Skyknight Legionnaire, Conclave Equenaut, Golgari Signet, Cyclopean Snare, Dimir Machinations, Instill Furor, Cerulean Sphinx

Pick: Cerulean Sphinx

Pack 2:

Dogpile, Civic Wayfinder, Votary of the Conclave, Benevolent Ancestor, Surveilling Sprite, Infectious Host, Rally the Righteous, Elvish Skysweeper, Selesnya Evangel, Faith’s Fetters, Compulsive Research, Drooling Groodion, Cleansing Beam, Hunted Dragon

Pick: Compulsive Research

Pack 3:

Strands of Undeath, Coalhauler Swine, Dimir Aqueduct, Screeching Griffin, Grayscaled Gharial, Shred Memory, Rain of Embers, Skyknight Legionnaire, Peel from Reality, Flash Conscription, Leashling, Carven Caryatid, Bloodletter Quill

Pick: Peel from Reality

Pack 4:

Terraformer, Sadistic Augermage, Goblin Spelunkers, Clinging Darkness, Bramble Elemental, Ordruun Commando, Conclave’s Blessing, Dimir Infiltrator, Necromantic Thirst, Auratouched Mage, Lore Broker, Spectral Searchlight

Pick: Bramble Elemental

Pack 5:

Terrarion, Woodwraith Strangler, War-Torch Goblin, Seismic Spike, Stone-Seeder Hierophant, Dimir Infiltrator, Sell-Sword Brute, Wojek Apothecary, Golgari Germination, Vigor Mortis, Necroplasm

Pick: Terrarion

Pack 6:

Woodwraith Strangler, Induce Paranoia, War-Torch Goblin, Screeching Griffin, Goblin Fire Fiend, Sundering Vitae, Island, Boros Signet, Junktroller, Oathsworn Giant

Pick: Oathsworn Giant

Pack 7:

Courier Hawk, Convolute, Incite Hysteria, Dryad’s Caress, Dromad Purebred, Dizzy Spell, Seeds of Strength, Festival of the Guildpact, Golgari Thug

Pick: Courier Hawk

Pack 8:

Torpid Moloch, Guardian of Vitu-Ghazi, Incite Hysteria, Zephyr Spirit, Smash, Undercity Shade, Blockbuster, Blood Funnel

Pick: Guardian of Vitu-Ghazi

Pack 9:

Convolute, Caregiver, Drake Familiar, Thoughtpicker Witch, Cyclopean Snare, Dimir Machinations, Instill Furor

Pick: Convolute

Pack 10:

Dogpile, Votary of the Conclave, Surveilling Sprite, Infectious Host, Rally the Righteous, Cleansing Beam

Pick: Cleansing Beam

Pack 11:

Coalhauler Swine, Grayscaled Gharial, Shred Memory, Rain of Embers, Bloodletter Quill

Pick: Bloodletter Quill

Pack 12:

Goblin Spelunkers, Ordruun Commando, Conclave’s Blessing, Necromantic Thirst

Pick: Ordruun Commando

Pack 13:

Seismic Spike, Stone-Seeder Hierophant, Wojek Apothecary

Pick: Seismic Spike

Pack 14:

Goblin Fire Fiend, Island

Pick: Island

Pack 15:

Festival of the Guildpact

Pick: Festival of the Guildpact

Pack 16:

Bloodscale Prowler, Infiltrator’s Magemark, Izzet Boilerworks, Withstand, Ostiary Thrull, Train of Thought, Restless Bones, Fencer’s Magemark, Wee Dragonauts, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Lionheart Maverick, Plagued Rusalka, Agent of Masks, Gatherer of Graces, Sanguine Praetor

Pick: Izzet Boilerworks

Pack 17:

Gruul Scrapper, Gruul Signet, Pyromatics, Infiltrator’s Magemark, Absolver Thrull, Burning-Tree Bloodscale, Crystal Seer, Cry of Contrition, Beastmaster’s Magemark, Izzet Chronarch, Scorched Rusalka, To Arms!, Agent of Masks, Siege of Towers

Pick: Izzet Chronarch

Pack 18:

Petrahydrox, Guardian’s Magemark, Gigadrowse, Izzet Chronarch, Cremate, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Orzhov Signet, Steamcore Weird, Withstand, Silhana Starfletcher, Electrolyze, Starved Rusalka, Sinstriker’s Will

Pick: Electrolyze

Pack 19:

Izzet Signet, Orzhov Euthanist, Burning-Tree Bloodscale, Orzhov Basilica, Petrahydrox, Skyrider Trainee, Runeboggle, Mourning Thrull, Cry of Contrition, Dryad Sophisticate, Orzhova, the Church of Deals, Schismotivate

Pick: Izzet Signet

Pack 20:

Orzhov Basilica, Blind Hunter, Repeal, Ghost Warden, Benediction of Moons, Izzet Chronarch, Tin Street Hooligan, Crystal Seer, Restless Bones, Conjurer’s Ban, Smogsteed Rider

Pick: Izzet Chronarch

Pack 21:

Fencer’s Magemark, Poisonbelly Ogre, Leap of Flame, Benediction of Moons, Silhana Ledgewalker, Mourning Thrull, Absolver Thrull, Izzet Signet, Ghor-Clan Savage, Martyred Rusalka

Pick: Izzet Signet

Pack 22:

Tin Street Hooligan, Lionheart Maverick, Leap of Flame, Train of Thought, Beastmaster’s Magemark, Castigate, Necromancer’s Magemark, Harrier Griffin, Vedalken Plotter

Pick: Train of Thought

Pack 23:

Skyrider Trainee, Gigadrowse, Wild Cantor, Cremate, Gruul Nodorog, Gruul Turf, Vacuumelt, Shattering Spree

Pick: Gruul Turf

Pack 24:

Infiltrator’s Magemark, Withstand, Fencer’s Magemark, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Lionheart Maverick, Agent of Masks, Sanguine Praetor

Pick: Withstand

Pack 25:

Infiltrator’s Magemark, Burning-Tree Bloodscale, Crystal Seer, Cry of Contrition, Scorched Rusalka, To Arms!

Pick: To Arms!

Pack 26:

Guardian’s Magemark, Cremate, Withstand, Starved Rusalka, Sinstriker’s Will

Pick: Withstand

Pack 27:

Petrahydrox, Skyrider Trainee, Runeboggle, Cry of Contrition

Pick: Petrahydrox

Pack 28:

Benediction of Moons, Crystal Seer, Conjurer’s Ban

Pick: Crystal Seer

Pack 29:

Benediction of Moons, Martyred Rusalka

Pick: Martyred Rusalka

Pack 30:

Necromancer’s Magemark

Pick: Necromancer’s Magemark

Pack 31:

Nettling Curse, Kill-Suit Cultist, Street Savvy, Azorius First-Wing, Writ of Passage, Verdant Eidolon, Guardian of the Guildpact, Silkwing Scout, Cackling Flames, Macabre Waltz, Wrecking Ball, Stomp and Howl, Rise / Fall, Weight of Spires, Cytoplast Manipulator

Pick: Cackling Flames

Pack 32:

Cytospawn Shambler, Guardian of the Guildpact, Simic Signet, Seal of Fire, Slaughterhouse Bouncer, Minister of Impediments, Vesper Ghoul, Coiling Oracle, Taste for Mayhem, Street Savvy, Vigean Hydropon, Skullmead Cauldron, Hit / Run, Gnat Alley Creeper

Pick: Minister of Impediments

Pack 33:

Rakdos Ickspitter, Simic Signet, Ogre Gatecrasher, Demon’s Jester, Simic Initiate, Vision Skeins, Riot Spikes, Soulsworn Jury, Enemy of the Guildpact, Ogre Gatecrasher, Bond of Agony, Jagged Poppet, Azorius Herald

Pick: Azorius Herald

Pack 34:

Enigma Eidolon, Shielding Plax, Whiptail Moloch, Writ of Passage, Plumes of Peace, Steeling Stance, Sandstorm Eidolon, Soulsworn Jury, Crypt Champion, Flash Foliage, Azorius Aethermage, Nihilistic Glee

Pick: Plumes of Peace

Pack 35:

Rakdos Signet, Aurora Eidolon, Azorius Chancery, Verdant Eidolon, Plumes of Peace, Soulsworn Jury, Vision Skeins, Coiling Oracle, Whiptail Moloch, Thrive, Slithering Shade

Pick: Aurora Eidolon

Pack 36:

Thrive, Shielding Plax, Vesper Ghoul, Enigma Eidolon, Gobhobbler Rats, Valor Made Real, Freewind Equenaut, Psychotic Fury, Vigean Intuition, Ragamuffyn

Pick: Freewind Equenaut

Pack 37:

Cytospawn Shambler, Carom, Entropic Eidolon, Utopia Sprawl, Haazda Exonerator, Delirium Skeins, Kill-Suit Cultist, Transguild Courier, Rise / Fall

Pick: Transguild Courier

Pack 38:

Haazda Exonerator, Overrule, Gobhobbler Rats, Delirium Skeins, Sporeback Troll, Valor Made Real, Psychotic Fury, Brace for Impact

Pick: Overrule

Pack 39:

Nettling Curse, Kill-Suit Cultist, Street Savvy, Azorius First-Wing, Writ of Passage, Macabre Waltz, Stomp and Howl

Pick: Azorius First-Wing

Pack 40:

Slaughterhouse Bouncer, Vesper Ghoul, Taste for Mayhem, Street Savvy, Vigean Hydropon, Skullmead Cauldron

Pick: Vigean Hydropon

Pack 41:

Simic Initiate, Vision Skeins, Riot Spikes, Soulsworn Jury, Jagged Poppet

Pick: Soulsworn Jury

Pack 42:

Enigma Eidolon, Whiptail Moloch, Sandstorm Eidolon, Nihilistic Glee

Pick: Enigma Eidolon

Pack 43:

Soulsworn Jury, Whiptail Moloch, Slithering Shade

Pick: Soulsworn Jury

Pack 44:

Enigma Eidolon, Valor Made Real

Pick: Enigma Eidolon

Pack 45:

Haazda Exonerator

Pick: Haazda Exonerator

Final Decklist:


1 Oathsworn Giant
1 Withstand
1 Aurora Eidolon
1 Azorius Herald
1 Freewind Equenaut
1 Soulsworn Jury
1 Cerulean Sphinx
1 Compulsive Research
1 Peel from Reality
1 Train of Thought
1 Azorius First-Wing
1 Plumes of Peace
1 Cleansing Beam
1 Electrolyze
2 Izzet Chronarch
1 Ordruun Commando
1 Cackling Flames
2 Izzet Signet
1 Terrarion
1 Petrahydrox
1 Minister of Impediments
1 Transguild Courier
1 Gruul Turf
6 Island
1 Izzet Boilerworks
1 Mountain
7 Plains


1 Bloodletter Quill
1 Bramble Elemental
1 Convolute
1 Courier Hawk
1 Crystal Seer
2 Enigma Eidolon
1 Festival of the Guildpact
1 Guardian of Vitu-Ghazi
1 Haazda Exonerator
1 Island [FOIL]
1 Martyred Rusalka
1 Mountain
1 Necromancer’s Magemark
1 Overrule
1 Seismic Spike
1 Soulsworn Jury
1 To Arms!
1 Vigean Hydropon
1 Withstand

This is an example of a draft where everything just goes right. I had pretty easy decisions early in the draft, and got exactly what I was looking for in the next two packs. I won a very close match against Paul Reitzl’s excellent UGR deck round 1, then absolutely destroyed Katsuhiro Mori in the second. I split the third round because I was paired with a friend and he had to go.

Until tomorrow,


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