Drafting With Rich #28

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:

Tattered Drake, Strands of Undeath, Barbarian Riftcutter, Incite Hysteria, Scatter the Seeds, Benevolent Ancestor, Thoughtpicker Witch, Seismic Spike, Elvish Skysweeper, Greater Mossdog, Snapping Drake, Oathsworn Giant, Twisted Justice, Vindictive Mob, Concerted Effort

Pick: Snapping Drake

Pack 2:

Wojek Siren, Convolute, Dimir Aqueduct, Muddle the Mixture, Stinkweed Imp, Drake Familiar, Shred Memory, Surge of Zeal, Disembowel, Sell-Sword Brute, Elves of Deep Shadow, Dimir Guildmage, Voyager Staff, Perilous Forays

Pick: Dimir Guildmage

Pack 3:

Terrarion, Votary of the Conclave, Drift of Phantasms, Surveilling Sprite, Clinging Darkness, Boros Recruit, Transluminant, Infectious Host, Dimir Signet, Fiery Conclusion, Siege Wurm, Blockbuster, Reroute

Pick: Drift of Phantasms

Pack 4:

Selesnya Sanctuary, Stasis Cell, Roofstalker Wight, War-Torch Goblin, Screeching Griffin, Zephyr Spirit, Lurking Informant, Surge of Zeal, Compulsive Research, Seed Spark, Cyclopean Snare, Dimir Machinations

Pick: Compulsive Research

Pack 5:

Selesnya Sanctuary, Stasis Cell, Roofstalker Wight, Smash, Gather Courage, Golgari Brownscale, Gate Hound, Lurking Informant, Spectral Searchlight, Grifter’s Blade, Breath of Fury

Pick: Spectral Searchlight

Pack 6:

Coalhauler Swine, Ordruun Commando, Nightguard Patrol, Rain of Embers, Stone-Seeder Hierophant, Leave No Trace, Boros Signet, Conclave Phalanx, Clutch of the Undercity, Molten Sentry

Pick: Clutch of the Undercity

Pack 7:

Gaze of the Gorgon, Vedalken Entrancer, Drake Familiar, Shred Memory, Surge of Zeal, Transluminant, Auratouched Mage, Lore Broker, Helldozer

Pick: Helldozer

Pack 8:

Viashino Slasher, Consult the Necrosages, Sundering Vitae, Caregiver, Dizzy Spell, Transluminant, Instill Furor, Junktroller

Pick: Consult the Necrosages

Pack 9:

Strands of Undeath, Barbarian Riftcutter, Incite Hysteria, Thoughtpicker Witch, Seismic Spike, Twisted Justice, Vindictive Mob

Pick: Strands of Undeath

Pack 10:

Wojek Siren, Muddle the Mixture, Drake Familiar, Shred Memory, Surge of Zeal, Perilous Forays

Pick: Muddle the Mixture

Pack 11:

Terrarion, Votary of the Conclave, Boros Recruit, Infectious Host, Reroute

Pick: Terrarion

Pack 12:

Zephyr Spirit, Surge of Zeal, Seed Spark, Cyclopean Snare

Pick: Seed Spark

Pack 13:

Smash, Gate Hound, Grifter’s Blade

Pick: Smash

Pack 14:

Stone-Seeder Hierophant, Leave No Trace

Pick: Leave No Trace

Pack 15:

Shred Memory

Pick: Shred Memory

Pack 16:

Beastmaster’s Magemark, Wild Cantor, Poisonbelly Ogre, Guardian’s Magemark, Wee Dragonauts, Ghost Warden, Orzhov Euthanist, Wildsize, Castigate, Orzhov Signet, Torch Drake, Gelectrode, Crash Landing, Thunderheads, Rumbling Slum

Pick: Gelectrode

Pack 17:

Blind Hunter, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Lionheart Maverick, Crystal Seer, Cry of Contrition, Bloodscale Prowler, Infiltrator’s Magemark, Izzet Boilerworks, Withstand, Ostiary Thrull, Drowned Rusalka, Belfry Spirit, Cryptwailing, Witch-Maw Nephilim

Pick: Izzet Boilerworks

Pack 18:

Scab-Clan Mauler, Ostiary Thrull, Wildsize, Ogre Savant, Blind Hunter, Cremate, Gruul Nodorog, Petrahydrox, Guardian’s Magemark, Gigadrowse, Drowned Rusalka, Feral Animist, Killer Instinct

Pick: Ogre Savant

Pack 19:

Shrieking Grotesque, Necromancer’s Magemark, Gruul Scrapper, Gruul Turf, Pillory of the Sleepless, Torch Drake, Runeboggle, Gruul Nodorog, Fencer’s Magemark, Poisonbelly Ogre, Leap of Flame, Order of the Stars

Pick: Pillory of the Sleepless

Pack 20:

Absolver Thrull, Izzet Signet, Benediction of Moons, Silhana Ledgewalker, Mourning Thrull, Train of Thought, Restless Bones, Fencer’s Magemark, Hypervolt Grasp, Orzhova, the Church of Deals, Cerebral Vortex

Pick: Train of Thought

Pack 21:

Crystal Seer, Silhana Ledgewalker, Skyrider Trainee, Runeboggle, Orzhov Basilica, Guardian’s Magemark, Aetherplasm, Predatory Focus, Order of the Stars, Yore-Tiller Nephilim

Pick: Orzhov Basilica

Pack 22:

Beastmaster’s Magemark, Skyrider Trainee, Gigadrowse, Wild Cantor, Gruul Signet, Infiltrator’s Magemark, Absolver Thrull, Predatory Focus, Hypervolt Grasp

Pick: Hypervolt Grasp

Pack 23:

Orzhov Signet, Withstand, Cremate, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Benediction of Moons, Tin Street Hooligan, Primeval Light, Dune-Brood Nephilim

Pick: Orzhov Signet

Pack 24:

Wild Cantor, Guardian’s Magemark, Wee Dragonauts, Castigate, Torch Drake, Crash Landing, Thunderheads

Pick: Thunderheads

Pack 25:

Lionheart Maverick, Crystal Seer, Cry of Contrition, Drowned Rusalka, Cryptwailing, Witch-Maw Nephilim

Pick: Witch-Maw Nephilim

Pack 26:

Cremate, Gruul Nodorog, Petrahydrox, Drowned Rusalka, Killer Instinct

Pick: Petrahydrox

Pack 27:

Runeboggle, Gruul Nodorog, Leap of Flame, Order of the Stars

Pick: Runeboggle

Pack 28:

Skyrider Trainee, Aetherplasm

Pick: Aetherplasm

Pack 29:

Skyrider Trainee

Pick: Skyrider Trainee

Pack 30:

Enemy of the Guildpact, Utvara Scalper, Thrive, Shielding Plax, Vesper Ghoul, Seal of Fire, Entropic Eidolon, Utopia Sprawl, Rakdos Ickspitter, Simic Signet, Ogre Gatecrasher, Rix Maadi, Dungeon Palace, Rise / Fall, Slithering Shade, Pride of the Clouds

Pick: Seal of Fire

Pack 31:

Street Savvy, Vigean Hydropon, Beacon Hawk, Enemy of the Guildpact, Riot Spikes, Taste for Mayhem, Macabre Waltz, Wrecking Ball, Cytospawn Shambler, Guardian of the Guildpact, Simic Signet, Azorius Aethermage, Transguild Courier, Cytoplast Root-Kin

Pick: Wrecking Ball

Pack 32:

Sandstorm Eidolon, Minister of Impediments, Steeling Stance, Simic Growth Chamber, Aquastrand Spider, Utvara Scalper, Plumes of Peace, Soulsworn Jury, Vision Skeins, Coiling Oracle, Azorius Herald, Plaxmanta, Vigean Intuition

Pick: Minister of Impediments

Pack 33:

Macabre Waltz, Silkwing Scout, Carom, Whiptail Moloch, Thrive, Haazda Exonerator, Overrule, Gobhobbler Rats, Delirium Skeins, Ragamuffyn, Stomp and Howl, Stormscale Anarch

Pick: Stormscale Anarch

Pack 34:

Valor Made Real, Enigma Eidolon, Shielding Plax, Whiptail Moloch, Writ of Passage, Rakdos Ickspitter, Ogre Gatecrasher, Aurora Eidolon, Rakdos Carnarium, Weight of Spires, Skullmead Cauldron

Pick: Rakdos Carnarium

Pack 35:

Verdant Eidolon, Silkwing Scout, Street Savvy, Azorius First-Wing, Writ of Passage, Vesper Ghoul, Coiling Oracle, Taste for Mayhem, Flash Foliage, Omnibian

Pick: Silkwing Scout

Pack 36:

Ocular Halo, Azorius Chancery, Psychotic Fury, Enigma Eidolon, Gobhobbler Rats, Valor Made Real, Nettling Curse, Kill-Suit Cultist, Brace for Impact

Pick: Azorius Chancery

Pack 37:

Simic Initiate, Vigean Hydropon, Nettling Curse, Beacon Hawk, Overrule, Slaughterhouse Bouncer, Azorius Signet, Bond of Agony

Pick: Azorius Signet

Pack 38:

Utvara Scalper, Thrive, Shielding Plax, Entropic Eidolon, Rix Maadi, Dungeon Palace, Rise / Fall, Slithering Shade

Pick: Rise / Fall

Pack 39:

Street Savvy, Vigean Hydropon, Enemy of the Guildpact, Riot Spikes, Macabre Waltz, Azorius Aethermage

Pick: Macabre Waltz

Pack 40:

Sandstorm Eidolon, Steeling Stance, Soulsworn Jury, Vision Skeins, Vigean Intuition

Pick: Sandstorm Eidolon

Pack 41:

Whiptail Moloch, Haazda Exonerator, Overrule, Delirium Skeins

Pick: Delirium Skeins

Pack 42:

Valor Made Real, Shielding Plax, Writ of Passage

Pick: Shielding Plax

Pack 43:

Street Savvy, Writ of Passage

Pick: Writ of Passage

Pack 44:

Valor Made Real

Pick: Valor Made Real

Final Decklist:


1 Compulsive Research
1 Dimir Guildmage
1 Drift of Phantasms
1 Petrahydrox
1 Snapping Drake
1 Thunderheads
1 Train of Thought
1 Minister of Impediments
1 Silkwing Scout
1 Clutch of the Undercity
1 Consult the Necrosages
1 Pillory of the Sleepless
1 Macabre Waltz
1 Rise/Fall
1 Wrecking Ball
1 Gelectrode
1 Hypervolt Grasp
1 Ogre Savant
1 Seal of Fire
1 Sandstorm Eidolon
1 Stormscale Anarch
1 Orzhov Signet
1 Spectral Searchlight
1 Azorius Signet
5 Island
1 Izzet Boilerworks
4 Mountain
1 Orzhov Basilica
3 Swamp
1 Azorius Chancery
1 Rakdos Carnarium


1 Aetherplasm
1 Delirium Skeins
1 Helldozer
1 Leave No Trace
1 Mountain
1 Muddle the Mixture
1 Orzhova, the Church of Deals
1 Runeboggle
1 Seed Spark
1 Shielding Plax
1 Shred Memory
1 Skyrider Trainee
1 Smash [FOIL]
1 Strands of Undeath
1 Street Savvy
1 Swamp
1 Terrarion
1 Valor Made Real
1 Witch-Maw Nephilim

This was one of those drafts where everything came together. I was getting powerful late picks, and almost every card I realistically wanted to table actually did. I won the first two rounds quite easily and split the finals. My opponents were about to get me to between 10 and 15 life each game before I took over the games with removal and card drawing. Looking back at the deck now I see some powerful cards that I never even drew, like Gelectrode and Pillory of the Sleepless.

Until tomorrow,


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