Drafting With Rich #19

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 early next 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:

Drift of Phantasms, Gaze of the Gorgon, Coalhauler Swine, Benevolent Ancestor, Vedalken Entrancer, Thundersong Trumpeter, Seismic Spike, Stone-Seeder Hierophant, Dimir Infiltrator, Conclave Equenaut, Golgari Signet, Devouring Light, Ethereal Usher, Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion, Crown of Convergence

Pick: Drift of Phantasms

Pack 2:

Terraformer, Gaze of the Gorgon, Goblin Spelunkers, Sparkmage Apprentice, Fists of Ironwood, Perplex, Dryad’s Caress, Caregiver, Golgari Signet, Seeds of Strength, Undercity Shade, Reroute, Nullmage Shepherd, Chord of Calling

Pick: Chord of Calling

Pack 3:

Roofstalker Wight, Viashino Slasher, Golgari Rot Farm, Scatter the Seeds, War-Torch Goblin, Sundering Vitae, Leave No Trace, Zephyr Spirit, Last Gasp, Elves of Deep Shadow, Voyager Staff, Perilous Forays, Hunted Phantasm

Pick: Last Gasp

Pack 4:

Selesnya Sanctuary, Stasis Cell, Incite Hysteria, Tidewater Minion, Sadistic Augermage, Drake Familiar, Thoughtpicker Witch, Goblin Fire Fiend, Flight of Fancy, Conclave Phalanx, Clutch of the Undercity, Bloodbond March

Pick: Tidewater Minion

Pack 5:

Dogpile, Civic Wayfinder, Votary of the Conclave, Nightguard Patrol, Muddle the Mixture, Stinkweed Imp, Dromad Purebred, Grayscaled Gharial, Necromantic Thirst, Twisted Justice, Vindictive Mob

Pick: Civic Wayfinder

Pack 6:

Consult the Necrosages, Tattered Drake, Strands of Undeath, Boros Fury-Shield, Boros Recruit, Smash, Golgari Brownscale, Selesnya Evangel, Remand, Life from the Loam

Pick: Remand

Pack 7:

Barbarian Riftcutter, Terrarion, Votary of the Conclave, Sabertooth Alley Cat, Conclave’s Blessing, Quickchange, Sewerdreg, Fiery Conclusion, Pollenbright Wings

Pick: Terrarion

Pack 8:

Courier Hawk, Convolute, Ordruun Commando, Sewerdreg, Smash, Grayscaled Gharial, Instill Furor, Junktroller

Pick: Junktroller

Pack 9:

Coalhauler Swine, Benevolent Ancestor, Seismic Spike, Stone-Seeder Hierophant, Dimir Infiltrator, Ethereal Usher, Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion

Pick: Dimir Infiltrator

Pack 10:

Terraformer, Perplex, Dryad’s Caress, Caregiver, Undercity Shade, Reroute

Pick: Terraformer

Pack 11:

Viashino Slasher, Leave No Trace, Zephyr Spirit, Perilous Forays, Hunted Phantasm

Pick: Hunted Phantasm

Pack 12:

Stasis Cell, Sadistic Augermage, Drake Familiar, Goblin Fire Fiend

Pick: Stasis Cell

Pack 13:

Dogpile, Votary of the Conclave, Dromad Purebred

Pick: Dogpile

Pack 14:

Consult the Necrosages, Smash

Pick: Consult the Necrosages

Pack 15:

Conclave’s Blessing

Pick: Conclave’s Blessing

Pack 16:

Necromancer’s Magemark, Gruul Scrapper, Gruul Turf, Pillory of the Sleepless, Torch Drake, Benediction of Moons, Silhana Ledgewalker, Mourning Thrull, Train of Thought, Restless Bones, Fencer’s Magemark, Smogsteed Rider, Shattering Spree, Electrolyze, Wurmweaver Coil

Pick: Electrolyze

Pack 17:

Crystal Seer, Silhana Ledgewalker, Restless Bones, Petrahydrox, Skyrider Trainee, Runeboggle, Orzhov Signet, Steamcore Weird, Withstand, Douse in Gloom, Silhana Starfletcher, Rabble-Rouser, Crash Landing, Petrified Wood-Kin

Pick: Silhana Starfletcher

Pack 18:

Gruul Turf, Ostiary Thrull, Wildsize, Ogre Savant, Burning-Tree Bloodscale, Cremate, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Benediction of Moons, Izzet Chronarch, Tin Street Hooligan, Vedalken Plotter, Caustic Rain, Sky Swallower

Pick: Ogre Savant

Pack 19:

Beastmaster’s Magemark, Izzet Chronarch, Skyrider Trainee, Gigadrowse, Wild Cantor, Bloodscale Prowler, Infiltrator’s Magemark, Withstand, Ostiary Thrull, Conjurer’s Ban, Smogsteed Rider, Sanguine Praetor

Pick: Izzet Chronarch

Pack 20:

Cry of Contrition, Tin Street Hooligan, Lionheart Maverick, Leap of Flame, Orzhov Basilica, Bloodscale Prowler, Repeal, Wreak Havoc, Vertigo Spawn, Daggerclaw Imp, Storm Herd

Pick: Repeal

Pack 21:

Wee Dragonauts, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Lionheart Maverick, Burning-Tree Bloodscale, Crystal Seer, Cry of Contrition, Izzet Signet, Streetbreaker Wurm, Starved Rusalka, Sinstriker’s Will

Pick: Izzet Signet

Pack 22:

Pyromatics, Train of Thought, Beastmaster’s Magemark, Wild Cantor, Poisonbelly Ogre, Guardian’s Magemark, Ghor-Clan Bloodscale, Schismotivate, Battering Wurm

Pick: Train of Thought

Pack 23:

Gruul Scrapper, Infiltrator’s Magemark, Cremate, Gruul Nodorog, Petrahydrox, Guardian’s Magemark, Gigadrowse, Schismotivate

Pick: Gruul Scrapper

Pack 24:

Necromancer’s Magemark, Benediction of Moons, Silhana Ledgewalker, Restless Bones, Fencer’s Magemark, Smogsteed Rider, Shattering Spree

Pick: Silhana Ledgewalker

Pack 25:

Crystal Seer, Restless Bones, Petrahydrox, Skyrider Trainee, Runeboggle, Crash Landing

Pick: Petrahydrox

Pack 26:

Cremate, Benediction of Moons, Tin Street Hooligan, Vedalken Plotter, Caustic Rain

Pick: Vedalken Plotter

Pack 27:

Skyrider Trainee, Gigadrowse, Conjurer’s Ban, Smogsteed Rider

Pick: Smogsteed Rider

Pack 28:

Cry of Contrition, Leap of Flame, Vertigo Spawn

Pick: Vertigo Spawn

Pack 29:

Crystal Seer, Starved Rusalka

Pick: Starved Rusalka

Pack 30:

Ghor-Clan Bloodscale

Pick: Ghor-Clan Bloodscale

Pack 31:

Simic Initiate, Vigean Hydropon, Nettling Curse, Beacon Hawk, Overrule, Aquastrand Spider, Macabre Waltz, Silkwing Scout, Assault Zeppelid, Carom, Rakdos Signet, Patagia Viper, Azorius Ploy, Flame-Kin War Scout, Grand Arbiter Augustin IV

Pick: Patagia Viper

Pack 32:

Ogre Gatecrasher, Demon’s Jester, Ocular Halo, Aquastrand Spider, Freewind Equenaut, Azorius Chancery, Azorius First-Wing, Simic Initiate, Vision Skeins, Riot Spikes, Soulsworn Jury, Blessing of the Nephilim, Court Hussar, Azorius Aethermage

Pick: Aquastrand Spider

Pack 33:

Slaughterhouse Bouncer, Minister of Impediments, Psychotic Fury, Freewind Equenaut, Azorius First-Wing, Writ of Passage, Vesper Ghoul, Coiling Oracle, Taste for Mayhem, Street Savvy, Flash Foliage, Stoic Ephemera, Swift Silence

Pick: Minister of Impediments

Pack 34:

Entropic Eidolon, Rakdos Signet, Aurora Eidolon, Thrive, Haazda Exonerator, Overrule, Gobhobbler Rats, Delirium Skeins, Sporeback Troll, Jagged Poppet, Mistral Charger, Plaxmanta

Pick: Rakdos Signet

Pack 35:

Azorius Signet, Sandstorm Eidolon, Steeling Stance, Vigean Hydropon, Beacon Hawk, Enemy of the Guildpact, Riot Spikes, Taste for Mayhem, Court Hussar, Pain Magnification, Ragamuffyn

Pick: Vigean Hydropon

Pack 36:

Enigma Eidolon, Gobhobbler Rats, Valor Made Real, Nettling Curse, Kill-Suit Cultist, Street Savvy, Macabre Waltz, Simic Signet, Magewright’s Stone, Elemental Resonance

Pick: Simic Signet

Pack 37:

Utvara Scalper, Plumes of Peace, Soulsworn Jury, Vision Skeins, Coiling Oracle, Whiptail Moloch, Aurora Eidolon, Transguild Courier, Simic Basilisk

Pick: Transguild Courier

Pack 38:

Enemy of the Guildpact, Utvara Scalper, Thrive, Shielding Plax, Vesper Ghoul, Psychotic Fury, Drekavac, Rakdos Riteknife

Pick: Rakdos Riteknife

Pack 39:

Simic Initiate, Vigean Hydropon, Nettling Curse, Overrule, Carom, Azorius Ploy, Flame-Kin War Scout

Pick: Vigean Hydropon

Pack 40:

Simic Initiate, Vision Skeins, Soulsworn Jury, Blessing of the Nephilim, Court Hussar, Azorius Aethermage

Pick: Court Hussar

Pack 41:

Slaughterhouse Bouncer, Writ of Passage, Vesper Ghoul, Taste for Mayhem, Street Savvy

Pick: Slaughterhouse Bouncer

Pack 42:

Haazda Exonerator, Overrule, Gobhobbler Rats, Delirium Skeins

Pick: Gobhobbler Rats

Pack 43:

Sandstorm Eidolon, Taste for Mayhem, Pain Magnification

Pick: Sandstorm Eidolon

Pack 44:

Valor Made Real, Street Savvy

Pick: Street Savvy

Pack 45:

Whiptail Moloch

Pick: Whiptail Moloch

Final Decklist:


1 Drift of Phantasms
1 Remand
1 Repeal
1 Terraformer
1 Tidewater Minion
1 Train of Thought
1 Last Gasp
1 Ogre Savant
1 Chord of Calling
1 Civic Wayfinder
1 Gruul Scrapper
1 Silhana Starfletcher
1 Aquastrand Spider
1 Patagia Viper
1 Izzet Signet
1 Terrarion
1 Rakdos Signet
1 Simic Signet
1 Consult the Necrosages
1 Electrolyze
1 Izzet Chronarch
1 Petrahydrox
1 Minister of Impediments
1 Transguild Courier
7 Forest
6 Island
2 Mountain
1 Swamp


1 Conclave’s Blessing
1 Court Hussar
1 Dimir Infiltrator
1 Dogpile
1 Ghor-Clan Bloodscale
1 Gobhobbler Rats
1 Hunted Phantasm
1 Junktroller
1 Rakdos Riteknife
1 Sandstorm Eidolon
1 Silhana Ledgewalker
1 Slaughterhouse Bouncer
1 Smogsteed Rider
1 Starved Rusalka
1 Stasis Cell
1 Street Savvy
1 Vedalken Plotter
1 Vertigo Spawn
2 Vigean Hydropon
1 Whiptail Moloch

I took Drift of Phantasms first, over the more powerful White cards, because there were so many White cards. That decision worked out well, because I was passed very little White. I lost in the second round to Eivind Nitter. You can tell from just one look at this deck that it’s not very good, because there are zero bouncelands in it.

Until tomorrow,


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