Drafting With Rich #24

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:

Guardian of Vitu-Ghazi, Viashino Slasher, Farseek, Sabertooth Alley Cat, Bramble Elemental, Golgari Brownscale, Conclave’s Blessing, Quickchange, Elves of Deep Shadow, Selesnya Evangel, Peel from Reality, Netherborn Phalanx, Glass Golem, Congregation at Dawn, Crown of Convergence

Pick: Peel from Reality

Pack 2:

Dogpile, Selesnya Sanctuary, Wojek Siren, Centaur Safeguard, Tidewater Minion, Sadistic Augermage, Caregiver, Drake Familiar, Thoughtpicker Witch, Golgari Signet, Divebomber Griffin, Remand, Golgari Guildmage, Hunted Phantasm

Pick: Golgari Guildmage

Pack 3:

Torpid Moloch, Terrarion, Woodwraith Strangler, Gather Courage, Sparkmage Apprentice, Dimir Infiltrator, Grayscaled Gharial, Shred Memory, Conclave Equenaut, Golgari Signet, Telling Time, Undercity Shade, Circu, Dimir Lobotomist

Pick: Golgari Signet

Pack 4:

Terraformer, Consult the Necrosages, Barbarian Riftcutter, War-Torch Goblin, Goblin Fire Fiend, Sundering Vitae, Leave No Trace, Seeds of Strength, Veteran Armorer, Flight of Fancy, Pollenbright Wings, Life from the Loam

Pick: Consult the Necrosages

Pack 5:

Roofstalker Wight, Torpid Moloch, Guardian of Vitu-Ghazi, Nightguard Patrol, Muddle the Mixture, Dromad Purebred, Grayscaled Gharial, Brainspoil, Shambling Shell, Conclave Phalanx, Clutch of the Undercity

Pick: Shambling Shell

Pack 6:

Courier Hawk, Stasis Cell, Boros Fury-Shield, Surveilling Sprite, Dimir House Guard, Zephyr Spirit, Boros Recruit, Drift of Phantasms, Ethereal Usher, Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion

Pick: Dimir House Guard

Pack 7:

Boros Garrison, Induce Paranoia, Mortipede, Benevolent Ancestor, Seismic Spike, Stone-Seeder Hierophant, Sandsower, Psychic Drain, Hunted Troll

Pick: Boros Garrison

Pack 8:

Stasis Cell, Mortipede, Sparkmage Apprentice, Necromantic Thirst, Perplex, Dryad’s Caress, Perilous Forays, Bloodbond March

Pick: Mortipede

Pack 9:

Viashino Slasher, Sabertooth Alley Cat, Golgari Brownscale, Conclave’s Blessing, Quickchange, Congregation at Dawn, Crown of Convergence

Pick: Golgari Brownscale

Pack 10:

Wojek Siren, Sadistic Augermage, Caregiver, Drake Familiar, Thoughtpicker Witch, Hunted Phantasm

Pick: Sadistic Augermage

Pack 11:

Woodwraith Strangler, Dimir Infiltrator, Grayscaled Gharial, Shred Memory, Undercity Shade

Pick: Dimir Infiltrator

Pack 12:

Goblin Fire Fiend, Sundering Vitae, Leave No Trace, Seeds of Strength

Pick: Seeds of Strength

Pack 13:

Roofstalker Wight, Dromad Purebred, Grayscaled Gharial

Pick: Roofstalker Wight

Pack 14:

Zephyr Spirit, Ethereal Usher

Pick: Ethereal Usher

Pack 15:

Seismic Spike

Pick: Seismic Spike

Pack 16:

Gruul Nodorog, Petrahydrox, Guardian’s Magemark, Gigadrowse, Burning-Tree Bloodscale, Cremate, Castigate, Necromancer’s Magemark, Gruul Signet, Ghor-Clan Savage, Ogre Savant, Ghor-Clan Bloodscale, Schismotivate, Battering Wurm, Mimeofacture

Pick: Ghor-Clan Savage

Pack 17:

Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Benediction of Moons, Tin Street Hooligan, Crystal Seer, Repeal, Scab-Clan Mauler, Izzet Boilerworks, Ghost Warden, Orzhov Euthanist, Wildsize, Droning Bureaucrats, Frazzle, Goblin Flectomancer, Leyline of Lifeforce

Pick: Wildsize

Pack 18:

Castigate, Orzhov Signet, Torch Drake, Necromancer’s Magemark, Gruul Scrapper, Silhana Ledgewalker, Restless Bones, Petrahydrox, Skyrider Trainee, Runeboggle, Plagued Rusalka, Gatherer of Graces, Rabble-Rouser

Pick: Plagued Rusalka

Pack 19:

Beastmaster’s Magemark, Wild Cantor, Poisonbelly Ogre, Guardian’s Magemark, Wee Dragonauts, Runeboggle, Izzet Signet, Bloodscale Prowler, Infiltrator’s Magemark, Revenant Patriarch, Crash Landing, Leyline of Lightning

Pick: Izzet Signet

Pack 20:

Infiltrator’s Magemark, Absolver Thrull, Scab-Clan Mauler, Ostiary Thrull, Silhana Ledgewalker, Train of Thought, Restless Bones, Fencer’s Magemark, Exhumer Thrull, Orzhova, the Church of Deals, Petrified Wood-Kin

Pick: Exhumer Thrull

Pack 21:

Absolver Thrull, Mourning Thrull, Cry of Contrition, Tin Street Hooligan, Lionheart Maverick, Runeboggle, Train of Thought, To Arms!, Vedalken Plotter, Leyline of the Void

Pick: Mourning Thrull

Pack 22:

Gruul Nodorog, Fencer’s Magemark, Poisonbelly Ogre, Leap of Flame, Benediction of Moons, Withstand, Thunderheads, Order of the Stars, Quicken

Pick: Quicken

Pack 23:

Wee Dragonauts, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Lionheart Maverick, Crystal Seer, Cry of Contrition, Skarrgan Skybreaker, Drowned Rusalka, Leyline of the Meek

Pick: Leyline of the Meek

Pack 24:

Gruul Nodorog, Guardian’s Magemark, Gigadrowse, Cremate, Castigate, Necromancer’s Magemark, Ghor-Clan Bloodscale

Pick: Necromancer’s Magemark

Pack 25:

Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Benediction of Moons, Tin Street Hooligan, Crystal Seer, Frazzle, Leyline of Lifeforce

Pick: Leyline of Lifeforce

Pack 26:

Necromancer’s Magemark, Restless Bones, Skyrider Trainee, Runeboggle, Gatherer of Graces

Pick: Necromancer’s Magemark

Pack 27:

Beastmaster’s Magemark, Wild Cantor, Poisonbelly Ogre, Guardian’s Magemark

Pick: Beastmaster’s Magemark

Pack 28:

Restless Bones, Fencer’s Magemark, Orzhova, the Church of Deals

Pick: Restless Bones

Pack 29:

Lionheart Maverick, To Arms!

Pick: To Arms!

Pack 30:

Benediction of Moons

Pick: Benediction of Moons

Pack 31:

Simic Initiate, Vigean Hydropon, Nettling Curse, Beacon Hawk, Overrule, Utvara Scalper, Demon’s Jester, Helium Squirter, Simic Growth Chamber, Azorius Signet, Simic Ragworm, Court Hussar, Pain Magnification, Ragamuffyn, Muse Vessel

Pick: Helium Squirter

Pack 32:

Street Savvy, Azorius First-Wing, Writ of Passage, Vesper Ghoul, Coiling Oracle, Taste for Mayhem, Ocular Halo, Freewind Equenaut, Azorius Chancery, Psychotic Fury, Slithering Shade, Might of the Nephilim, Trial / Error, Walking Archive

Pick: Might of the Nephilim

Pack 33:

Gobhobbler Rats, Valor Made Real, Nettling Curse, Kill-Suit Cultist, Street Savvy, Assault Zeppelid, Carom, Rakdos Signet, Rakdos Ickspitter, Ogre Gatecrasher, Ocular Halo, Drekavac, Indrik Stomphowler

Pick: Indrik Stomphowler

Pack 34:

Aurora Eidolon, Valor Made Real, Verdant Eidolon, Psychotic Fury, Street Savvy, Vigean Hydropon, Beacon Hawk, Enemy of the Guildpact, Riot Spikes, Taste for Mayhem, Flash Foliage, Stoic Ephemera

Pick: Verdant Eidolon

Pack 35:

Rakdos Carnarium, Cytospawn Shambler, Carom, Entropic Eidolon, Soulsworn Jury, Enemy of the Guildpact, Utvara Scalper, Thrive, Shielding Plax, Kindle the Carnage, Aethermage’s Touch

Pick: Rakdos Carnarium

Pack 36:

Rakdos Ickspitter, Vesper Ghoul, Enigma Eidolon, Gobhobbler Rats, Valor Made Real, Nettling Curse, Kill-Suit Cultist, Spell Snare, Hellhole Rats, Wit’s End

Pick: Rakdos Ickspitter

Pack 37:

Simic Initiate, Rakdos Carnarium, Rakdos Signet, Writ of Passage, Vesper Ghoul, Taste for Mayhem, Flame-Kin War Scout, Magewright’s Stone, Pure / Simple

Pick: Rakdos Carnarium

Pack 38:

Kill-Suit Cultist, Simic Initiate, Vision Skeins, Steeling Stance, Sandstorm Eidolon, Slaughterhouse Bouncer, Ignorant Bliss, Ghost Quarter

Pick: Slaughterhouse Bouncer

Pack 39:

Simic Initiate, Nettling Curse, Overrule, Utvara Scalper, Simic Ragworm, Pain Magnification, Muse Vessel

Pick: Simic Ragworm

Pack 40:

Street Savvy, Writ of Passage, Vesper Ghoul, Taste for Mayhem, Slithering Shade, Walking Archive

Pick: Vesper Ghoul

Pack 41:

Gobhobbler Rats, Valor Made Real, Nettling Curse, Kill-Suit Cultist, Street Savvy

Pick: Gobhobbler Rats

Pack 42:

Valor Made Real, Psychotic Fury, Street Savvy, Taste for Mayhem

Pick: Valor Made Real

Pack 43:

Utvara Scalper, Thrive, Aethermage’s Touch

Pick: Aethermage’s Touch

Pack 44:

Valor Made Real, Nettling Curse

Pick: Nettling Curse

Pack 45:

Writ of Passage

Pick: Writ of Passage

Final Decklist:


1 Peel from Reality
1 Helium Squirter
1 Dimir House Guard
1 Exhumer Thrull
1 Mortipede
1 Plagued Rusalka
1 Roofstalker Wight
1 Vesper Ghoul
1 Ghor-Clan Savage
1 Golgari Brownscale
1 Wildsize
1 Indrik Stomphowler
1 Might of the Nephilim
1 Simic Ragworm
1 Verdant Eidolon
1 Golgari Signet
1 Izzet Signet
1 Consult the Necrosages
1 Dimir Infiltrator
1 Golgari Guildmage
1 Mourning Thrull
1 Shambling Shell
1 Gobhobbler Rats
1 Rakdos Ickspitter
6 Forest
3 Island
5 Swamp
2 Rakdos Carnarium


1 Aethermage’s Touch
1 Beastmaster’s Magemark
1 Benediction of Moons
1 Boros Garrison
1 Ethereal Usher
1 Leyline of Lifeforce
1 Leyline of the Meek
2 Necromancer’s Magemark
1 Nettling Curse
1 Quicken
1 Restless Bones
1 Sadistic Augermage
1 Seeds of Strength
1 Seismic Spike
1 Slaughterhouse Bouncer
1 Swamp
1 To Arms!
1 Valor Made Real [FOIL]
1 Writ of Passage

This draft was just miserable. It seems like I made some poor decisions somewhere but I can’t really pinpoint them. Even looking back over the draft now I can’t really tell what direction I should have gone, but I’m sure you’ll be able to tell me. I lost round 2 to a vastly superior deck.

Until tomorrow,


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