Drafting With Rich #22

Rich shares his Drafting technique in today’s installment of “Drafting With Rich!” As usual, he runs through a complete RGD draft from pick one to pick forty-five, and adds a brief commentary on his performance and final build. If you’d like some more detailed deconstruction, come visit the forums!


Pack 1:

Strands of Undeath, Barbarian Riftcutter, Terrarion, Screeching Griffin, Muddle the Mixture, Conclave’s Blessing, Quickchange, Plains, Last Gasp, Viashino Fangtail, Transluminant, Seed Spark, Cyclopean Snare, Dimir Machinations, Mindmoil

Pick: Last Gasp

Pack 2:

Coalhauler Swine, Civic Wayfinder, Wojek Siren, Golgari Rotwurm, Tidewater Minion, Grayscaled Gharial, Shred Memory, Rain of Embers, Dimir Signet, Fiery Conclusion, Siege Wurm, Oathsworn Giant, Twisted Justice, Vindictive Mob

Pick: Civic Wayfinder

Pack 3:

Boros Garrison, Tattered Drake, Mortipede, Screeching Griffin, Vedalken Entrancer, Goblin Fire Fiend, Perplex, Gate Hound, Brainspoil, Shambling Shell, Transluminant, Divebomber Griffin, Remand

Pick: Shambling Shell

Pack 4:

Votary of the Conclave, Drift of Phantasms, Gaze of the Gorgon, Sadistic Augermage, Thundersong Trumpeter, Ordruun Commando, Seismic Spike, Stone-Seeder Hierophant, Dimir Infiltrator, Selesnya Signet, Instill Furor, Junktroller

Pick: Drift of Phantasms

Pack 5:

Farseek, Woodwraith Strangler, Induce Paranoia, Boros Fury-Shield, Infectious Host, Rally the Righteous, Elvish Skysweeper, Sell-Sword Brute, Conclave Phalanx, Clutch of the Undercity, Golgari Grave-Troll

Pick: Farseek

Pack 6:

Roofstalker Wight, Torpid Moloch, Guardian of Vitu-Ghazi, War-Torch Goblin, Conclave’s Blessing, Dimir Infiltrator, Necromantic Thirst, Voyager Staff, Perilous Forays, Shadow of Doubt

Pick: Dimir Infiltrator

Pack 7:

Convolute, Goblin Spelunkers, Sabertooth Alley Cat, Gather Courage, Dryad’s Caress, Dromad Purebred, Dizzy Spell, Blockbuster, Reroute

Pick: Gather Courage

Pack 8:

Tattered Drake, Clinging Darkness, Incite Hysteria, Centaur Safeguard, Forest, Smash, Golgari Brownscale, Goliath Spider

Pick: Tattered Drake

Pack 9:

Barbarian Riftcutter, Muddle the Mixture, Conclave’s Blessing, Quickchange, Plains, Cyclopean Snare, Dimir Machinations

Pick: Muddle the Mixture

Pack 10:

Coalhauler Swine, Wojek Siren, Grayscaled Gharial, Shred Memory, Rain of Embers, Vindictive Mob

Pick: Vindictive Mob

Pack 11:

Mortipede, Goblin Fire Fiend, Perplex, Gate Hound, Remand

Pick: Remand

Pack 12:

Votary of the Conclave, Gaze of the Gorgon, Seismic Spike, Stone-Seeder Hierophant

Pick: Gaze of the Gorgon

Pack 13:

Woodwraith Strangler, Infectious Host, Sell-Sword Brute

Pick: Sell-Sword Brute

Pack 14:

Conclave’s Blessing, Necromantic Thirst

Pick: Necromantic Thirst

Pack 15:

Dromad Purebred

Pick: Dromad Purebred

Pack 16:

Infiltrator’s Magemark, Izzet Boilerworks, Withstand, Ostiary Thrull, Streetbreaker Wurm, Gruul Scrapper, Cremate, Gruul Nodorog, Petrahydrox, Guardian’s Magemark, Gigadrowse, Schismotivate, Harrier Griffin, Vedalken Plotter, Rumbling Slum

Pick: Rumbling Slum

Pack 17:

Bloodscale Prowler, Repeal, Ghost Warden, Izzet Signet, Orzhov Euthanist, Train of Thought, Beastmaster’s Magemark, Wild Cantor, Poisonbelly Ogre, Guardian’s Magemark, Schismotivate, Battering Wurm, Droning Bureaucrats, Culling Sun

Pick: Repeal

Pack 18:

Beastmaster’s Magemark, Izzet Chronarch, Skyrider Trainee, Gigadrowse, Wild Cantor, Absolver Thrull, Izzet Signet, Ghor-Clan Savage, Bloodscale Prowler, Smogsteed Rider, Dryad Sophisticate, Orzhova, the Church of Deals, Sword of the Paruns

Pick: Ghor-Clan Savage

Pack 19:

Silhana Starfletcher, Orzhov Basilica, Wee Dragonauts, Runeboggle, Gruul Nodorog, Fencer’s Magemark, Poisonbelly Ogre, Leap of Flame, Frazzle, Goblin Flectomancer, Plagued Rusalka, Witch-Maw Nephilim

Pick: Silhana Starfletcher

Pack 20:

Crystal Seer, Silhana Ledgewalker, Restless Bones, Petrahydrox, Skyrider Trainee, Runeboggle, Gruul Turf, Ostiary Thrull, Wildsize, Crash Landing, Wreak Havoc

Pick: Wildsize

Pack 21:

Mourning Thrull, Cry of Contrition, Tin Street Hooligan, Lionheart Maverick, Leap of Flame, Orzhov Signet, Withstand, Orzhov Basilica, Vertigo Spawn, Ghor-Clan Bloodscale

Pick: Orzhov Basilica

Pack 22:

Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Lionheart Maverick, Burning-Tree Bloodscale, Crystal Seer, Cry of Contrition, Necromancer’s Magemark, Gruul Scrapper, Sinstriker’s Will, Conjurer’s Ban

Pick: Gruul Scrapper

Pack 23:

Gruul Signet, Burning-Tree Bloodscale, Cremate, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Benediction of Moons, Tin Street Hooligan, Caustic Rain, Rabble-Rouser

Pick: Gruul Signet

Pack 24:

Infiltrator’s Magemark, Gruul Nodorog, Petrahydrox, Guardian’s Magemark, Gigadrowse, Schismotivate, Vedalken Plotter

Pick: Vedalken Plotter

Pack 25:

Beastmaster’s Magemark, Wild Cantor, Poisonbelly Ogre, Guardian’s Magemark, Schismotivate, Battering Wurm

Pick: Schismotivate

Pack 26:

Beastmaster’s Magemark, Skyrider Trainee, Gigadrowse, Wild Cantor, Smogsteed Rider

Pick: Wild Cantor

Pack 27:

Runeboggle, Gruul Nodorog, Fencer’s Magemark, Frazzle

Pick: Gruul Nodorog

Pack 28:

Crystal Seer, Skyrider Trainee, Runeboggle

Pick: Runeboggle

Pack 29:

Cry of Contrition, Lionheart Maverick

Pick: Cry of Contrition

Pack 30:

Crystal Seer

Pick: Crystal Seer

Pack 31:

Aurora Eidolon, Azorius Chancery, Verdant Eidolon, Assault Zeppelid, Psychotic Fury, Demon’s Jester, Nettling Curse, Beacon Hawk, Overrule, Utvara Scalper, Plumes of Peace, Vigean Graftmage, Leafdrake Roost, Crypt Champion, Stalking Vengeance

Pick: Leafdrake Roost

Pack 32:

Freewind Equenaut, Azorius Signet, Sandstorm Eidolon, Minister of Impediments, Steeling Stance, Thrive, Shielding Plax, Vesper Ghoul, Enigma Eidolon, Gobhobbler Rats, Mistral Charger, Skyscribing, Azorius Guildmage, Proclamation of Rebirth

Pick: Minister of Impediments

Pack 33:

Vesper Ghoul, Coiling Oracle, Taste for Mayhem, Street Savvy, Vigean Hydropon, Beacon Hawk, Carom, Rakdos Signet, Ogre Gatecrasher, Ocular Halo, Brain Pry, Rix Maadi, Dungeon Palace, Rise / Fall

Pick: Rise / Fall

Pack 34:

Sporeback Troll, Haazda Exonerator, Delirium Skeins, Kill-Suit Cultist, Azorius First-Wing, Simic Initiate, Silkwing Scout, Macabre Waltz, Cytospawn Shambler, Gnat Alley Creeper, Skullmead Cauldron, Biomantic Mastery

Pick: Silkwing Scout

Pack 35:

Simic Growth Chamber, Macabre Waltz, Silkwing Scout, Valor Made Real, Nettling Curse, Kill-Suit Cultist, Street Savvy, Writ of Passage, Brain Pry, Fertile Imagination, Rain of Gore

Pick: Simic Growth Chamber

Pack 36:

Azorius Chancery, Psychotic Fury, Verdant Eidolon, Guardian of the Guildpact, Valor Made Real, Enigma Eidolon, Shielding Plax, Whiptail Moloch, Writ of Passage, Nightcreep

Pick: Azorius Chancery

Pack 37:

Enemy of the Guildpact, Riot Spikes, Taste for Mayhem, Simic Initiate, Vigean Hydropon, Aurora Eidolon, Simic Ragworm, Slithering Shade, Brace for Impact

Pick: Simic Ragworm

Pack 38:

Vision Skeins, Riot Spikes, Enemy of the Guildpact, Utvara Scalper, Slaughterhouse Bouncer, Utopia Sprawl, Palliation Accord, Bronze Bombshell

Pick: Utopia Sprawl

Pack 39:

Aurora Eidolon, Verdant Eidolon, Nettling Curse, Beacon Hawk, Overrule, Utvara Scalper, Vigean Graftmage

Pick: Vigean Graftmage

Pack 40:

Azorius Signet, Sandstorm Eidolon, Steeling Stance, Thrive, Vesper Ghoul, Skyscribing

Pick: Azorius Signet

Pack 41:

Vesper Ghoul, Coiling Oracle, Taste for Mayhem, Street Savvy, Rix Maadi, Dungeon Palace

Pick: Coiling Oracle

Pack 42:

Haazda Exonerator, Delirium Skeins, Kill-Suit Cultist, Simic Initiate

Pick: Delirium Skeins

Pack 43:

Valor Made Real, Nettling Curse, Street Savvy

Pick: Nettling Curse

Pack 44:

Valor Made Real, Whiptail Moloch

Pick: Whiptail Moloch

Pack 45:

Slithering Shade

Pick: Slithering Shade

Final Decklist:


1 Drift of Phantasms
1 Remand
1 Repeal
1 Tattered Drake
1 Vedalken Plotter
1 Silkwing Scout
1 Last Gasp
1 Civic Wayfinder
1 Farseek
1 Gather Courage
1 Ghor-Clan Savage
1 Gruul Scrapper
1 Silhana Starfletcher
1 Wildsize
1 Simic Ragworm
1 Utopia Sprawl
1 Gruul Signet
1 Rumbling Slum
1 Schismotivate
1 Shambling Shell
1 Coiling Oracle
1 Leafdrake Roost
1 Minister of Impediments
1 Rise/Fall
7 Forest
4 Island
1 Orzhov Basilica
1 Swamp
1 Azorius Chancery
1 Simic Growth Chamber
1 Mountain


1 Azorius Signet
1 Cry of Contrition
1 Crystal Seer
1 Delirium Skeins
1 Dimir Infiltrator
1 Dromad Purebred
1 Gaze of the Gorgon
1 Gruul Nodorog
1 Muddle the Mixture
1 Necromantic Thirst
1 Nettling Curse
1 Runeboggle
1 Sell-Sword Brute
1 Slithering Shade
1 Vigean Graftmage
1 Vindictive Mob
1 Whiptail Moloch
1 Wild Cantor

I managed to defeat my nemesis przemol in the first round, and had a scare when I got Hexed out of game 2 and had a mediocre draw game 3, but I was still able to split the finals. The third pack was a bit disappointing since I was expecting to get lots of Simic cards. Oh well.

Until tomorrow,


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