Drafting With Rich #29

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:

Goblin Spelunkers, Greater Mossdog, Selesnya Sanctuary, Surveilling Sprite, Clinging Darkness, Bramble Elemental, Conclave’s Blessing, Tattered Drake, Necromantic Thirst, Conclave Equenaut, Compulsive Research, Overwhelm, Oathsworn Giant, Twisted Justice, Bloodbond March

Pick: Compulsive Research

Pack 2:

Stasis Cell, Roofstalker Wight, Viashino Slasher, Ordruun Commando, Nightguard Patrol, Goblin Fire Fiend, Perplex, Gate Hound, Brainspoil, Transluminant, Vindictive Mob, Blockbuster, Reroute, Hunted Phantasm

Pick: Brainspoil

Pack 3:

Votary of the Conclave, Drift of Phantasms, Tidewater Minion, Sadistic Augermage, Thoughtpicker Witch, Seismic Spike, Elvish Skysweeper, Veteran Armorer, Flight of Fancy, Perilous Forays, Divebomber Griffin, Remand, Crown of Convergence

Pick: Drift of Phantasms

Pack 4:

Convolute, Dimir Aqueduct, Goblin Spelunkers, Surveilling Sprite, Dimir House Guard, Sabertooth Alley Cat, Rain of Embers, Stone-Seeder Hierophant, Leave No Trace, Selesnya Evangel, Pollenbright Wings, Ethereal Usher

Pick: Dimir House Guard

Pack 5:

Votary of the Conclave, Terraformer, Gaze of the Gorgon, Infectious Host, Rally the Righteous, Elvish Skysweeper, Sell-Sword Brute, Elves of Deep Shadow, Dimir Machinations, Instill Furor, Junktroller

Pick: Junktroller

Pack 6:

Coalhauler Swine, Civic Wayfinder, Wojek Siren, War-Torch Goblin, Boros Fury-Shield, Boros Recruit, Quickchange, Infectious Host, Boros Guildmage, Hunted Troll

Pick: Civic Wayfinder

Pack 7:

Golgari Rot Farm, Consult the Necrosages, Tattered Drake, Muddle the Mixture, Sparkmage Apprentice, Zephyr Spirit, Lurking Informant, Surge of Zeal, Life from the Loam

Pick: Golgari Rot Farm

Pack 8:

Barbarian Riftcutter, Terrarion, Centaur Safeguard, Sundering Vitae, Caregiver, Dizzy Spell, Seeds of Strength, Voyager Staff

Pick: Centaur Safeguard

Pack 9:

Goblin Spelunkers, Selesnya Sanctuary, Surveilling Sprite, Clinging Darkness, Conclave’s Blessing, Necromantic Thirst, Overwhelm

Pick: Selesnya Sanctuary

Pack 10:

Viashino Slasher, Ordruun Commando, Goblin Fire Fiend, Gate Hound, Vindictive Mob, Blockbuster

Pick: Vindictive Mob

Pack 11:

Votary of the Conclave, Sadistic Augermage, Thoughtpicker Witch, Seismic Spike, Perilous Forays

Pick: Sadistic Augermage

Pack 12:

Sabertooth Alley Cat, Rain of Embers, Leave No Trace, Ethereal Usher

Pick: Ethereal Usher

Pack 13:

Rally the Righteous, Dimir Machinations, Instill Furor

Pick: Dimir Machinations

Pack 14:

Boros Recruit, Quickchange

Pick: Quickchange

Pack 15:

Zephyr Spirit

Pick: Zephyr Spirit

Pack 16:

Fencer’s Magemark, Wee Dragonauts, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Lionheart Maverick, Burning-Tree Bloodscale, Crystal Seer, Ghor-Clan Savage, Ogre Savant, Repeal, Scab-Clan Mauler, Izzet Boilerworks, Martyred Rusalka, Vertigo Spawn, Plagued Rusalka, Borborygmos

Pick: Repeal

Pack 17:

Cry of Contrition, Beastmaster’s Magemark, Izzet Chronarch, Skyrider Trainee, Gigadrowse, Ghost Warden, Orzhov Euthanist, Castigate, Orzhov Signet, Torch Drake, Izzet Guildmage, Gatherer of Graces, Scorched Rusalka, Djinn Illuminatus

Pick: Djinn Illuminatus

Pack 18:

Tin Street Hooligan, Crystal Seer, Silhana Ledgewalker, Restless Bones, Petrahydrox, Skyrider Trainee, Bloodscale Prowler, Infiltrator’s Magemark, Izzet Boilerworks, Withstand, Starved Rusalka, Sinstriker’s Will, Stitch in Time

Pick: Izzet Boilerworks

Pack 19:

Orzhov Signet, Withstand, Silhana Starfletcher, Guardian’s Magemark, Wee Dragonauts, Runeboggle, Gruul Nodorog, Fencer’s Magemark, Poisonbelly Ogre, Vedalken Plotter, Caustic Rain, Sword of the Paruns

Pick: Silhana Starfletcher

Pack 20:

Scab-Clan Mauler, Gruul Turf, Ostiary Thrull, Wildsize, Leap of Flame, Train of Thought, Beastmaster’s Magemark, Wild Cantor, Poisonbelly Ogre, Orzhova, the Church of Deals, Glint-Eye Nephilim

Pick: Wildsize

Pack 21:

Necromancer’s Magemark, Gruul Turf, Wild Cantor, Cremate, Gruul Nodorog, Petrahydrox, Guardian’s Magemark, To Arms!, Vacuumelt, Yore-Tiller Nephilim

Pick: Vacuumelt

Pack 22:

Absolver Thrull, Izzet Signet, Gigadrowse, Burning-Tree Bloodscale, Cremate, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Benediction of Moons, Smogsteed Rider, Shattering Spree

Pick: Izzet Signet

Pack 23:

Mourning Thrull, Cry of Contrition, Tin Street Hooligan, Lionheart Maverick, Gruul Scrapper, Absolver Thrull, Conjurer’s Ban, Smogsteed Rider

Pick: Gruul Scrapper

Pack 24:

Fencer’s Magemark, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Lionheart Maverick, Burning-Tree Bloodscale, Crystal Seer, Martyred Rusalka, Vertigo Spawn

Pick: Burning-Tree Bloodscale

Pack 25:

Cry of Contrition, Beastmaster’s Magemark, Skyrider Trainee, Gigadrowse, Gatherer of Graces, Scorched Rusalka

Pick: Scorched Rusalka

Pack 26:

Crystal Seer, Silhana Ledgewalker, Skyrider Trainee, Starved Rusalka, Sinstriker’s Will

Pick: Silhana Ledgewalker

Pack 27:

Runeboggle, Gruul Nodorog, Poisonbelly Ogre, Caustic Rain

Pick: Gruul Nodorog

Pack 28:

Leap of Flame, Beastmaster’s Magemark, Wild Cantor

Pick: Beastmaster’s Magemark

Pack 29:

Cremate, To Arms!

Pick: To Arms!

Pack 30:

Skarrgan Pit-Skulk

Pick: Skarrgan Pit-Skulk

Pack 31:

Writ of Passage, Plumes of Peace, Sporeback Troll, Haazda Exonerator, Delirium Skeins, Kill-Suit Cultist, Rakdos Ickspitter, Ogre Gatecrasher, Ocular Halo, Aurora Eidolon, Rakdos Carnarium, Nightcreep, Fertile Imagination, Trial / Error, Experiment Kraj

Pick: Experiment Kraj

Pack 32:

Azorius First-Wing, Simic Initiate, Vision Skeins, Riot Spikes, Soulsworn Jury, Simic Ragworm, Entropic Eidolon, Cackling Flames, Rakdos Signet, Aurora Eidolon, Azorius Chancery, Rix Maadi, Dungeon Palace, Ignorant Bliss, Paladin of Prahv

Pick: Cackling Flames

Pack 33:

Seal of Doom, Sandstorm Eidolon, Steeling Stance, Simic Growth Chamber, Aquastrand Spider, Whiptail Moloch, Thrive, Haazda Exonerator, Overrule, Gobhobbler Rats, Condemn, Magewright’s Stone, Palliation Accord

Pick: Seal of Doom

Pack 34:

Verdant Eidolon, Psychotic Fury, Demon’s Jester, Helium Squirter, Simic Growth Chamber, Enemy of the Guildpact, Utvara Scalper, Thrive, Shielding Plax, Vesper Ghoul, Prahv, Spires of Order, Azorius Ploy

Pick: Helium Squirter

Pack 35:

Macabre Waltz, Silkwing Scout, Carom, Rakdos Signet, Delirium Skeins, Sporeback Troll, Valor Made Real, Enigma Eidolon, Shielding Plax, Whiptail Moloch, Blessing of the Nephilim

Pick: Silkwing Scout

Pack 36:

Azorius Signet, Steeling Stance, Sandstorm Eidolon, Enigma Eidolon, Gobhobbler Rats, Valor Made Real, Vision Skeins, Kill-Suit Cultist, Street Savvy, Ghost Quarter

Pick: Azorius Signet

Pack 37:

Writ of Passage, Vesper Ghoul, Coiling Oracle, Taste for Mayhem, Street Savvy, Slaughterhouse Bouncer, Carom, Stomp and Howl, Kindle the Carnage

Pick: Coiling Oracle

Pack 38:

Utvara Scalper, Soulsworn Jury, Vision Skeins, Coiling Oracle, Slaughterhouse Bouncer, Azorius Signet, Trial / Error, Prahv, Spires of Order

Pick: Coiling Oracle

Pack 39:

Writ of Passage, Haazda Exonerator, Delirium Skeins, Kill-Suit Cultist, Ogre Gatecrasher, Aurora Eidolon, Nightcreep

Pick: Ogre Gatecrasher

Pack 40:

Simic Initiate, Riot Spikes, Soulsworn Jury, Aurora Eidolon, Rix Maadi, Dungeon Palace, Ignorant Bliss

Pick: Riot Spikes

Pack 41:

Sandstorm Eidolon, Steeling Stance, Whiptail Moloch, Haazda Exonerator, Magewright’s Stone

Pick: Sandstorm Eidolon

Pack 42:

Verdant Eidolon, Psychotic Fury, Utvara Scalper, Thrive

Pick: Verdant Eidolon

Pack 43:

Delirium Skeins, Valor Made Real, Whiptail Moloch

Pick: Delirium Skeins

Pack 44:

Steeling Stance, Street Savvy

Pick: Street Savvy

Pack 45:

Street Savvy

Pick: Street Savvy

Final Decklist:


1 Compulsive Research
1 Drift of Phantasms
1 Repeal
1 Vacuumelt
1 Helium Squirter
1 Silkwing Scout
1 Dimir House Guard
1 Seal of Doom
1 Cackling Flames
1 Ogre Gatecrasher
1 Civic Wayfinder
1 Gruul Nodorog
1 Gruul Scrapper
1 Silhana Starfletcher
1 Wildsize
1 Verdant Eidolon
1 Izzet Signet
1 Junktroller
1 Centaur Safeguard
1 Djinn Illuminatus
2 Coiling Oracle
1 Experiment Kraj
1 Riot Spikes
6 Forest
5 Island
1 Mountain
1 Swamp
1 Izzet Boilerworks
1 Golgari Rot Farm
1 Selesnya Sanctuary


1 Azorius Signet
1 Beastmaster’s Magemark
1 Brainspoil
1 Burning-Tree Bloodscale
1 Delirium Skeins
1 Dimir Machinations
1 Ethereal Usher
1 Quickchange
1 Sadistic Augermage
1 Sandstorm Eidolon
1 Scorched Rusalka
1 Silhana Ledgewalker
1 Skarrgan Pit-Skulk
2 Street Savvy
1 To Arms!
1 Vindictive Mob
1 Zephyr Spirit

This draft got messed up when I took the sixth pick Civic Wayfinder as a strong signal that I should be playing Green. This didn’t turn out well since I didn’t see any more Green for the rest of the pack, and then there was none in pack three. My deck still turned out alright, and looking back I’m still not sure what direction I should have gone. I won the first round, and lost the second to a mediocre uwb deck. I won the first game easily and then got flooded, in the second and double mulliganed the third.

Until tomorrow,


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