Drafting With Rich #23

Rich continues his excellent series of RGD Draft walkthroughs, presenting each pick as it happened and highlighting each card chosen. He shares his final decklist, and gives us a brief overview of his results and processes. As usual, for more detailed draft deconstruction, come visit us in the forums!


Pack 1:

Selesnya Sanctuary, Stasis Cell, Roofstalker Wight, Centaur Safeguard, Screeching Griffin, Perplex, Gate Hound, Zephyr Spirit, Fiery Conclusion, Siege Wurm, Boros Signet, Wojek Embermage, Dowsing Shaman, Goliath Spider, Cerulean Sphinx

Pick: Cerulean Sphinx

Pack 2:

Gaze of the Gorgon, Goblin Spelunkers, Greater Mossdog, Vedalken Dismisser, Clinging Darkness, Incite Hysteria, Dimir Infiltrator, Necromantic Thirst, Goblin Fire Fiend, Snapping Drake, Dimir Signet, Flow of Ideas, Keening Banshee, Tunnel Vision

Pick: Vedalken Dismisser

Pack 3:

Convolute, Golgari Rot Farm, Dogpile, Ordruun Commando, Thundersong Trumpeter, Dromad Purebred, Dizzy Spell, Infectious Host, Compulsive Research, Selesnya Sagittars, Mark of Eviction, Mausoleum Turnkey, Nullstone Gargoyle

Pick: Mark of Eviction

Pack 4:

Coalhauler Swine, Dimir Aqueduct, Courier Hawk, Bramble Elemental, Benevolent Ancestor, Shred Memory, Rain of Embers, Dryad’s Caress, Svogthos, the Restless Tomb, Chant of Vitu-Ghazi, Duskmantle, House of Shadow, Grozoth

Pick: Bramble Elemental

Pack 5:

Mortipede, Torpid Moloch, Terrarion, War-Torch Goblin, Boros Fury-Shield, Quickchange, Sewerdreg, Seismic Spike, Vitu-Ghazi, the City-Tree, Suppression Field, Wizened Snitches

Pick: Terrarion

Pack 6:

Induce Paranoia, Tidewater Minion, Sadistic Augermage, Scatter the Seeds, Smash, Conclave’s Blessing, Dimir Signet, Carrion Howler, Nightmare Void, Boros Swiftblade

Pick: Dimir Signet

Pack 7:

Woodwraith Strangler, Drift of Phantasms, Surveilling Sprite, Sabertooth Alley Cat, Stone-Seeder Hierophant, Dimir Infiltrator, Grayscaled Gharial, Peregrine Mask, Indentured Oaf

Pick: Drift of Phantasms

Pack 8:

Votary of the Conclave, Terraformer, Rally the Righteous, Elvish Skysweeper, Conclave’s Blessing, Selesnya Signet, Greater Forgeling, Dark Heart of the Wood

Pick: Terraformer

Pack 9:

Stasis Cell, Roofstalker Wight, Centaur Safeguard, Perplex, Gate Hound, Zephyr Spirit, Goliath Spider

Pick: Centaur Safeguard

Pack 10:

Incite Hysteria, Dimir Infiltrator, Necromantic Thirst, Goblin Fire Fiend, Dimir Signet, Flow of Ideas

Pick: Flow of Ideas

Pack 11:

Convolute, Dromad Purebred, Dizzy Spell, Infectious Host, Selesnya Sagittars

Pick: Selesnya Sagittars

Pack 12:

Coalhauler Swine, Shred Memory, Dryad’s Caress, Duskmantle, House of Shadow

Pick: Duskmantle, House of Shadow

Pack 13:

Torpid Moloch, Quickchange, Seismic Spike

Pick: Quickchange

Pack 14:

Induce Paranoia, Conclave’s Blessing

Pick: Induce Paranoia

Pack 15:

Grayscaled Gharial

Pick: Grayscaled Gharial

Pack 16:

Cremate, Gruul Nodorog, Petrahydrox, Guardian’s Magemark, Gigadrowse, Gruul Signet, Ghor-Clan Savage, Ogre Savant, Repeal, Scab-Clan Mauler, Izzet Boilerworks, Order of the Stars, Skarrgan Skybreaker, Revenant Patriarch, Mizzium Transreliquat

Pick: Ogre Savant

Pack 17:

Silhana Starfletcher, Orzhov Basilica, Bloodscale Prowler, Repeal, Ghost Warden, Benediction of Moons, Silhana Ledgewalker, Mourning Thrull, Train of Thought, Restless Bones, Hypervolt Grasp, Drowned Rusalka, Feral Animist, Culling Sun

Pick: Silhana Starfletcher

Pack 18:

Izzet Signet, Orzhov Euthanist, Pillory of the Sleepless, Pyromatics, Fencer’s Magemark, Wee Dragonauts, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Lionheart Maverick, Burning-Tree Bloodscale, Crystal Seer, Droning Bureaucrats, Shattering Spree, Exhumer Thrull

Pick: Exhumer Thrull

Pack 19:

Runeboggle, Gruul Nodorog, Fencer’s Magemark, Poisonbelly Ogre, Leap of Flame, Orzhov Signet, Withstand, Douse in Gloom, Cryptwailing, Izzet Guildmage, Predatory Focus, Stitch in Time

Pick: Douse in Gloom

Pack 20:

Shrieking Grotesque, Necromancer’s Magemark, Tin Street Hooligan, Crystal Seer, Silhana Ledgewalker, Restless Bones, Petrahydrox, Skyrider Trainee, Daggerclaw Imp, Martyred Rusalka, Cerebral Vortex

Pick: Daggerclaw Imp

Pack 21:

Ghost Warden, Castigate, Orzhov Signet, Burning-Tree Bloodscale, Cremate, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Benediction of Moons, Battering Wurm, Izzet Guildmage, Aetherplasm

Pick: Izzet Guildmage

Pack 22:

Train of Thought, Beastmaster’s Magemark, Wild Cantor, Poisonbelly Ogre, Guardian’s Magemark, Absolver Thrull, Scab-Clan Mauler, Ostiary Thrull, Drowned Rusalka

Pick: Train of Thought

Pack 23:

Cry of Contrition, Beastmaster’s Magemark, Skyrider Trainee, Gigadrowse, Castigate, Necromancer’s Magemark, Aetherplasm, Predatory Focus

Pick: Predatory Focus

Pack 24:

Cremate, Gruul Nodorog, Petrahydrox, Guardian’s Magemark, Gigadrowse, Order of the Stars, Mizzium Transreliquat

Pick: Petrahydrox

Pack 25:

Ghost Warden, Benediction of Moons, Silhana Ledgewalker, Restless Bones, Drowned Rusalka, Culling Sun

Pick: Silhana Ledgewalker

Pack 26:

Orzhov Euthanist, Fencer’s Magemark, Lionheart Maverick, Crystal Seer, Shattering Spree

Pick: Orzhov Euthanist

Pack 27:

Gruul Nodorog, Fencer’s Magemark, Poisonbelly Ogre, Cryptwailing

Pick: Gruul Nodorog

Pack 28:

Crystal Seer, Skyrider Trainee, Martyred Rusalka

Pick: Crystal Seer

Pack 29:

Benediction of Moons, Aetherplasm

Pick: Aetherplasm

Pack 30:

Guardian’s Magemark

Pick: Guardian’s Magemark

Pack 31:

Kill-Suit Cultist, Street Savvy, Azorius First-Wing, Writ of Passage, Vesper Ghoul, Utopia Sprawl, Rakdos Ickspitter, Simic Signet, Ogre Gatecrasher, Demon’s Jester, Ocular Halo, Bond of Agony, Jagged Poppet, Azorius Herald, Nihilistic Glee

Pick: Simic Signet

Pack 32:

Freewind Equenaut, Azorius Chancery, Psychotic Fury, Seal of Doom, Verdant Eidolon, Coiling Oracle, Taste for Mayhem, Street Savvy, Vigean Hydropon, Beacon Hawk, Plaxmanta, Vigean Intuition, Ragamuffyn, Celestial Ancient

Pick: Seal of Doom

Pack 33:

Steeling Stance, Wrecking Ball, Sandstorm Eidolon, Slaughterhouse Bouncer, Rakdos Carnarium, Vision Skeins, Riot Spikes, Soulsworn Jury, Enemy of the Guildpact, Utvara Scalper, Crypt Champion, Flash Foliage, Azorius Aethermage

Pick: Wrecking Ball

Pack 34:

Guardian of the Guildpact, Silkwing Scout, Macabre Waltz, Enemy of the Guildpact, Riot Spikes, Taste for Mayhem, Simic Initiate, Vigean Hydropon, Nettling Curse, Stomp and Howl, Weight of Spires, Cytoshape

Pick: Silkwing Scout

Pack 35:

Steeling Stance, Simic Growth Chamber, Aquastrand Spider, Macabre Waltz, Silkwing Scout, Delirium Skeins, Sporeback Troll, Valor Made Real, Enigma Eidolon, Drekavac, Patagia Viper

Pick: Patagia Viper

Pack 36:

Shielding Plax, Vesper Ghoul, Enigma Eidolon, Gobhobbler Rats, Valor Made Real, Nettling Curse, Cytospawn Shambler, Helium Squirter, Entropic Eidolon, Rise / Fall

Pick: Helium Squirter

Pack 37:

Beacon Hawk, Overrule, Utvara Scalper, Soulsworn Jury, Vision Skeins, Cytospawn Shambler, Simic Signet, Slaughterhouse Bouncer, Skullmead Cauldron

Pick: Simic Signet

Pack 38:

Coiling Oracle, Whiptail Moloch, Thrive, Haazda Exonerator, Overrule, Utopia Sprawl, Sandstorm Eidolon, Brace for Impact

Pick: Coiling Oracle

Pack 39:

Kill-Suit Cultist, Street Savvy, Writ of Passage, Vesper Ghoul, Ocular Halo, Bond of Agony, Nihilistic Glee

Pick: Ocular Halo

Pack 40:

Psychotic Fury, Verdant Eidolon, Taste for Mayhem, Street Savvy, Beacon Hawk, Vigean Intuition

Pick: Verdant Eidolon

Pack 41:

Sandstorm Eidolon, Vision Skeins, Enemy of the Guildpact, Utvara Scalper, Flash Foliage

Pick: Flash Foliage

Pack 42:

Enemy of the Guildpact, Vigean Hydropon, Nettling Curse, Stomp and Howl

Pick: Vigean Hydropon

Pack 43:

Steeling Stance, Valor Made Real, Enigma Eidolon

Pick: Enigma Eidolon

Pack 44:

Valor Made Real, Nettling Curse

Pick: Nettling Curse

Pack 45:

Vision Skeins

Pick: Vision Skeins

Final Decklist:


1 Cerulean Sphinx
1 Drift of Phantasms
1 Mark of Eviction
1 Terraformer
1 Train of Thought
1 Vedalken Dismisser
1 Helium Squirter
1 Ocular Halo
1 Silkwing Scout
1 Douse in Gloom
1 Exhumer Thrull
1 Seal of Doom
1 Ogre Savant
1 Bramble Elemental
1 Silhana Starfletcher
1 Patagia Viper
1 Dimir Signet
1 Terrarion
1 Simic Signet
1 Centaur Safeguard
1 Izzet Guildmage
1 Petrahydrox
1 Coiling Oracle
1 Wrecking Ball
5 Forest
6 Island
2 Mountain
3 Swamp


1 Aetherplasm
1 Crystal Seer
1 Daggerclaw Imp
1 Duskmantle, House of Shadow
1 Enigma Eidolon
1 Flash Foliage
1 Flow of Ideas
1 Grayscaled Gharial
1 Gruul Nodorog
1 Guardian’s Magemark
1 Induce Paranoia
1 Nettling Curse
1 Orzhov Euthanist
1 Predatory Focus
1 Quickchange
1 Selesnya Sagittars
1 Silhana Ledgewalker
1 Simic Signet
1 Verdant Eidolon
1 Vigean Hydropon
1 Vision Skeins

This deck didn’t turn out great because I was too indecisive when it came to picking a second color, but it was still good enough to get to the finals. The mana was a bit ugly because I got no bouncelands, but the spells were very powerful. I took Mark of Eviction over Compulsive Research because I have felt my Blue decks have been getting too slow lately, and I haven’t had a chance to play with Mark of Eviction in a while.

Until tomorrow,


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