Drafting With Rich #2

In the second of this daily series, Rich returns with another draft walkthrough. He shares his picks and final decklist, and adds a brief commentary on the final deck and draft result. Do you agree with his choices? If not, come to the forums and tell us! Rich will be there, defending his decisions every step of the way…


Pack 1:

Courier Hawk, Convolute, Golgari Rot Farm, Incite Hysteria, Centaur Safeguard, Screeching Griffin, Dryad’s Caress, Caregiver, Drake Familiar, Shambling Shell, Transluminant, Svogthos, the Restless Tomb, Chant of Vitu-Ghazi, Duskmantle, House of Shadow, Sins of the Past

Pick: Golgari Rot Farm

Pack 2:

Terrarion, Woodwraith Strangler, Gather Courage, Sparkmage Apprentice, Nightguard Patrol, Smash, Rally the Righteous, Dromad Purebred, Sell-Sword Brute, Elves of Deep Shadow, Vitu-Ghazi, the City-Tree, Suppression Field, Wizened Snitches, Breath of Fury

Pick: Elves of Deep Shadow

Pack 3:

Dogpile, Civic Wayfinder, Votary of the Conclave, Nightguard Patrol, Sewerdreg, Seismic Spike, Stone-Seeder Hierophant, Veteran Armorer, Flight of Fancy, Leashling, Carven Caryatid, Festival of the Guildpact, Tunnel Vision

Pick: Civic Wayfinder

Pack 4:

Terrarion, Plains, Sabertooth Alley Cat, Bramble Elemental, Goblin Fire Fiend, Sundering Vitae, Leave No Trace, Shambling Shell, Transluminant, Darkblast, Stoneshaker Shaman, Grozoth

Pick: Bramble Elemental

Pack 5:

Induce Paranoia, Mortipede, Torpid Moloch, Boros Fury-Shield, Surveilling Sprite, Caregiver, Drake Familiar, Thoughtpicker Witch, Rolling Spoil, Wizened Snitches, Razia’s Purification

Pick: Rolling Spoil

Pack 6:

Strands of Undeath, Coalhauler Swine, Dimir Aqueduct, Clinging Darkness, Grayscaled Gharial, Necromantic Thirst, Perplex, Brainspoil, Peregrine Mask, Indentured Oaf

Pick: Brainspoil

Pack 7:

Convolute, Gather Courage, Sparkmage Apprentice, Golgari Brownscale, Conclave’s Blessing, Quickchange, Seeds of Strength, Golgari Germination, Vigor Mortis

Pick: Gather Courage

Pack 8:

Coalhauler Swine, Island, Zephyr Spirit, Boros Recruit, Smash, Root-Kin Ally, Wojek Apothecary, Nullstone Gargoyle

Pick: Root-Kin Ally

Pack 9:

Incite Hysteria, Dryad’s Caress, Caregiver, Drake Familiar, Svogthos, the Restless Tomb, Chant of Vitu-Ghazi, Duskmantle, House of Shadow

Pick: Svogthos, the Restless Tomb

Pack 10:

Woodwraith Strangler, Smash, Dromad Purebred, Sell-Sword Brute, Suppression Field, Wizened Snitches

Pick: Woodwraith Strangler

Pack 11:

Votary of the Conclave, Sewerdreg, Seismic Spike, Stone-Seeder Hierophant, Leashling

Pick: Sewerdreg

Pack 12:

Goblin Fire Fiend, Sundering Vitae, Leave No Trace, Stoneshaker Shaman

Pick: Sundering Vitae

Pack 13:

Mortipede, Caregiver, Drake Familiar

Pick: Mortipede

Pack 14:

Grayscaled Gharial, Necromantic Thirst

Pick: Necromantic Thirst

Pack 15:

Conclave’s Blessing

Pick: Conclave’s Blessing

Pack 16:

Infiltrator’s Magemark, Absolver Thrull, Scab-Clan Mauler, Gruul Turf, Ostiary Thrull, Leap of Flame, Benediction of Moons, Silhana Ledgewalker, Mourning Thrull, Train of Thought, Restless Bones, Hissing Miasma, Savage Twister, Shadow Lance, Quicken

Pick: Savage Twister

Pack 17:

Necromancer’s Magemark, Gruul Signet, Ghor-Clan Savage, Ogre Savant, Repeal, Scab-Clan Mauler, Tin Street Hooligan, Crystal Seer, Silhana Ledgewalker, Restless Bones, Petrahydrox, Shadow Lance, Cryptwailing, Sky Swallower

Pick: Ghor-Clan Savage

Pack 18:

Guardian’s Magemark, Wee Dragonauts, Runeboggle, Gruul Nodorog, Fencer’s Magemark, Poisonbelly Ogre, Ostiary Thrull, Gruul Scrapper, Gruul Signet, Pyromatics, Nivix, Aerie of the Firemind, Frazzle, Parallectric Feedback

Pick: Gruul Signet

Pack 19:

Gigadrowse, Gruul Turf, Cremate, Gruul Nodorog, Petrahydrox, Guardian’s Magemark, Ghost Warden, Izzet Signet, Orzhov Euthanist, Gristleback, Conjurer’s Ban, Sanguine Praetor

Pick: Gristleback

Pack 20:

Crystal Seer, Cry of Contrition, Beastmaster’s Magemark, Skyrider Trainee, Douse in Gloom, Bloodscale Prowler, Repeal, Vacuumelt, Daggerclaw Imp, Feral Animist, Spelltithe Enforcer

Pick: Douse in Gloom

Pack 21:

Castigate, Gigadrowse, Burning-Tree Bloodscale, Cremate, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Benediction of Moons, Order of the Stars, Skarrg, the Rage Pits, Wreak Havoc, Siege of Towers

Pick: Burning-Tree Bloodscale

Pack 22:

Withstand, Fencer’s Magemark, Wee Dragonauts, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Lionheart Maverick, Burning-Tree Bloodscale, Starved Rusalka, Skarrg, the Rage Pits, Goblin Flectomancer

Pick: Skarrg, the Rage Pits

Pack 23:

Skyrider Trainee, Runeboggle, Cry of Contrition, Tin Street Hooligan, Castigate, Souls of the Faultless, Ghor-Clan Bloodscale, Leyline of the Void

Pick: Leyline of the Void

Pack 24:

Infiltrator’s Magemark, Scab-Clan Mauler, Leap of Flame, Benediction of Moons, Silhana Ledgewalker, Restless Bones, Hissing Miasma

Pick: Silhana Ledgewalker

Pack 25:

Necromancer’s Magemark, Scab-Clan Mauler, Crystal Seer, Restless Bones, Cryptwailing, Sky Swallower

Pick: Scab-Clan Mauler

Pack 26:

Runeboggle, Gruul Nodorog, Fencer’s Magemark, Poisonbelly Ogre, Nivix, Aerie of the Firemind

Pick: Gruul Nodorog

Pack 27:

Gigadrowse, Cremate, Petrahydrox, Conjurer’s Ban

Pick: Petrahydrox

Pack 28:

Crystal Seer, Cry of Contrition, Skyrider Trainee

Pick: Cry of Contrition

Pack 29:

Gigadrowse, Benediction of Moons

Pick: Gigadrowse

Pack 30:

Lionheart Maverick

Pick: Lionheart Maverick

Pack 31:

Aquastrand Spider, Freewind Equenaut, Azorius Chancery, Psychotic Fury, Seal of Doom, Azorius First-Wing, Writ of Passage, Vesper Ghoul, Coiling Oracle, Taste for Mayhem, Street Savvy, Rix Maadi, Dungeon Palace, Ignorant Bliss, Paladin of Prahv, Haazda Shield Mate

Pick: Seal of Doom

Pack 32:

Utopia Sprawl, Rakdos Ickspitter, Simic Signet, Ogre Gatecrasher, Demon’s Jester, Gobhobbler Rats, Valor Made Real, Nettling Curse, Kill-Suit Cultist, Street Savvy, Nightcreep, Fertile Imagination, Trial / Error, Ratcatcher

Pick: Ratcatcher

Pack 33:

Utvara Scalper, Thrive, Shielding Plax, Vesper Ghoul, Rakdos Carnarium, Cytospawn Shambler, Helium Squirter, Carom, Seal of Fire, Entropic Eidolon, Blessing of the Nephilim, Vigean Graftmage, Stormscale Anarch

Pick: Stormscale Anarch

Pack 34:

Rakdos Signet, Aurora Eidolon, Azorius Chancery, Verdant Eidolon, Assault Zeppelid, Sporeback Troll, Valor Made Real, Shielding Plax, Whiptail Moloch, Hellhole Rats, Slithering Shade, Might of the Nephilim

Pick: Sporeback Troll

Pack 35:

Thrive, Haazda Exonerator, Gobhobbler Rats, Delirium Skeins, Ogre Gatecrasher, Aurora Eidolon, Simic Ragworm, Rakdos Signet, Stoic Ephemera, Spell Snare, Omnibian

Pick: Rakdos Signet

Pack 36:

Psychotic Fury, Azorius Signet, Writ of Passage, Sporeback Troll, Haazda Exonerator, Delirium Skeins, Kill-Suit Cultist, Trial / Error, Prahv, Spires of Order, Squealing Devil

Pick: Squealing Devil

Pack 37:

Simic Initiate, Vision Skeins, Soulsworn Jury, Enemy of the Guildpact, Steeling Stance, Sandstorm Eidolon, Slaughterhouse Bouncer, Magewright’s Stone, Palliation Accord

Pick: Slaughterhouse Bouncer

Pack 38:

Vigean Hydropon, Enemy of the Guildpact, Riot Spikes, Taste for Mayhem, Simic Initiate, Verdant Eidolon, Prahv, Spires of Order, Azorius Ploy

Pick: Verdant Eidolon

Pack 39:

Psychotic Fury, Writ of Passage, Vesper Ghoul, Taste for Mayhem, Street Savvy, Rix Maadi, Dungeon Palace, Ignorant Bliss

Pick: Ignorant Bliss

Pack 40:

Ogre Gatecrasher, Gobhobbler Rats, Nettling Curse, Kill-Suit Cultist, Street Savvy, Nightcreep

Pick: Ogre Gatecrasher

Pack 41:

Utvara Scalper, Vesper Ghoul, Entropic Eidolon, Blessing of the Nephilim, Vigean Graftmage

Pick: Entropic Eidolon

Pack 42:

Verdant Eidolon, Valor Made Real, Whiptail Moloch, Slithering Shade

Pick: Verdant Eidolon

Pack 43:

Thrive, Haazda Exonerator, Delirium Skeins

Pick: Thrive

Pack 44:

Writ of Passage, Haazda Exonerator

Pick: Writ of Passage

Pack 45:

Steeling Stance

Pick: Steeling Stance

Final Decklist:


1 Brainspoil
1 Douse in Gloom
1 Mortipede
1 Seal of Doom
1 Entropic Eidolon
1 Ratcatcher
1 Ogre Gatecrasher
1 Squealing Devil
1 Stormscale Anarch
1 Bramble Elemental
1 Civic Wayfinder
1 Elves of Deep Shadow
1 Gather Courage
1 Gristleback
1 Gruul Nodorog
1 Rolling Spoil
1 Root-Kin Ally
1 Silhana Ledgewalker
1 Sporeback Troll
1 Verdant Eidolon
1 Gruul Signet
1 Rakdos Signet [FOIL]
1 Burning-Tree Bloodscale
1 Savage Twister
7 Forest
1 Golgari Rot Farm
3 Mountain
1 Skarrg, the Rage Pits
4 Swamp


1 Conclave’s Blessing
1 Cry of Contrition
1 Gigadrowse
1 Ignorant Bliss
1 Leyline of the Void [FOIL]
1 Lionheart Maverick
1 Necromantic Thirst
1 Ogre Savant
1 Petrahydrox
1 Scab-Clan Mauler
1 Sewerdreg
1 Slaughterhouse Bouncer
1 Steeling Stance
1 Sundering Vitae
1 Svogthos, the Restless Tomb
1 Thrive
1 Verdant Eidolon
1 Woodwraith Strangler
1 Writ of Passage

The first pack was pretty weak so I took the only card I could be fairly certain would make my final deck. I was given strong signals throughout the rest of pack 1 though. The best card was either Green or Black in every Ravnica pack. The rest of the draft was fairly simple; I just took the best card in my colors, and had my third color decided for me with Savage Twister. The only real decision was whether or not to sacrifice my manabase for the Stormscale Anarch. I felt I had enough mana fix, with a Wayfinder and Signet, and potentially more in Verdant Eidolon and Utopia Sprawl, to justify taking the Anarch. I won an easy first round, and lost a close second round since I kept a hand without Green that I probably should have mulliganed. I had turn 2 Squealing Devil, and a great draw if I ever find one of my nine Green sources, but it wasn’t to be.

Until tomorrow,


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