Drafting With Rich #3

Today’s edition of “Drafting With Rich” sees the Limited maestro lean heavily on the Red cards. As usual, the article lists each pick as it was made, with decklist and brief analysis supplied. For more detailed commentary, visit the forums!


Pack 1:

Torpid Moloch, Terrarion, Woodwraith Strangler, Clinging Darkness, Bramble Elemental, Caregiver, Drake Familiar, Thoughtpicker Witch, Viashino Fangtail, Transluminant, Selesnya Signet, Nightmare Void, Boros Swiftblade, Vitu-Ghazi, the City-Tree, Pariah’s Shield

Pick: Viashino Fangtail

Pack 2:

Goblin Spelunkers, Greater Mossdog, Selesnya Sanctuary, War-Torch Goblin, Boros Fury-Shield, Surveilling Sprite, Dimir Infiltrator, Grayscaled Gharial, Shred Memory, Compulsive Research, Brainspoil, Trophy Hunter, Dark Heart of the Wood, Twilight Drover

Pick: Compulsive Research

Pack 3:

Votary of the Conclave, Terraformer, Gaze of the Gorgon, Sadistic Augermage, Scatter the Seeds, Sewerdreg, Seismic Spike, Stone-Seeder Hierophant, Sell-Sword Brute, Elves of Deep Shadow, Conclave Equenaut, Mausoleum Turnkey, Greater Forgeling

Pick: Mausoleum Turnkey

Pack 4:

Consult the Necrosages, Tattered Drake, Bramble Elemental, Benevolent Ancestor, Vedalken Entrancer, Dizzy Spell, Infectious Host, Rally the Righteous, Golgari Signet, Goliath Spider, Seed Spark, Hammerfist Giant

Pick: Hammerfist Giant

Pack 5:

Strands of Undeath, Coalhauler Swine, Ordruun Commando, Nightguard Patrol, Goblin Fire Fiend, Sundering Vitae, Leave No Trace, Dimir Signet, Suppression Field, Wizened Snitches, Peregrine Mask

Pick: Dimir Signet

Pack 6:

Courier Hawk, Convolute, Sparkmage Apprentice, Zephyr Spirit, Boros Recruit, Smash, Fiery Conclusion, Boros Signet, Indentured Oaf, Svogthos, the Restless Tomb

Pick: Indentured Oaf

Pack 7:

Golgari Rot Farm, Dogpile, Centaur Safeguard, Tidewater Minion, Dogpile, Conclave’s Blessing, Quickchange, Chant of Vitu-Ghazi, Duskmantle, House of Shadow

Pick: Tidewater Minion

Pack 8:

Stasis Cell, Roofstalker Wight, Viashino Slasher, Sabertooth Alley Cat, Rain of Embers, Dryad’s Caress, Flow of Ideas, Empty the Catacombs

Pick: Roofstalker Wight

Pack 9:

Torpid Moloch, Woodwraith Strangler, Caregiver, Drake Familiar, Thoughtpicker Witch, Nightmare Void, Boros Swiftblade

Pick: Nightmare Void

Pack 10:

Goblin Spelunkers, War-Torch Goblin, Dimir Infiltrator, Grayscaled Gharial, Shred Memory, Dark Heart of the Wood

Pick: Goblin Spelunkers

Pack 11:

Votary of the Conclave, Sadistic Augermage, Seismic Spike, Sell-Sword Brute, Greater Forgeling

Pick: Greater Forgeling

Pack 12:

Dizzy Spell, Infectious Host, Rally the Righteous, Goliath Spider

Pick: Dizzy Spell

Pack 13:

Coalhauler Swine, Goblin Fire Fiend, Leave No Trace

Pick: Coalhauler Swine

Pack 14:

Convolute, Smash

Pick: Convolute

Pack 15:


Pick: Dogpile

Pack 16:

Gruul Nodorog, Fencer’s Magemark, Poisonbelly Ogre, Leap of Flame, Benediction of Moons, Silhana Ledgewalker, Torch Drake, Shrieking Grotesque, Necromancer’s Magemark, Gruul Scrapper, Gruul Turf, Hypervolt Grasp, Drowned Rusalka, Feral Animist, Living Inferno

Pick: Living Inferno

Pack 17:

Ghor-Clan Savage, Streetbreaker Wurm, Bloodscale Prowler, Infiltrator’s Magemark, Izzet Boilerworks, Withstand, Lionheart Maverick, Burning-Tree Bloodscale, Crystal Seer, Cry of Contrition, Beastmaster’s Magemark, Aetherplasm, Predatory Focus, Wurmweaver Coil

Pick: Izzet Boilerworks

Pack 18:

Gruul Nodorog, Petrahydrox, Guardian’s Magemark, Gigadrowse, Burning-Tree Bloodscale, Cremate, Scab-Clan Mauler, Gruul Turf, Wildsize, Battering Wurm, Izzet Guildmage, Aetherplasm, Abyssal Nocturnus

Pick: Izzet Guildmage

Pack 19:

Necromancer’s Magemark, Ogre Savant, Repeal, Scab-Clan Mauler, Tin Street Hooligan, Lionheart Maverick, Leap of Flame, Train of Thought, Beastmaster’s Magemark, Skarrgan Skybreaker, Drowned Rusalka, Storm Herd

Pick: Ogre Savant

Pack 20:

Izzet Chronarch, Skyrider Trainee, Gigadrowse, Wild Cantor, Cremate, Gruul Signet, Infiltrator’s Magemark, Order of the Stars, Skarrgan Skybreaker, Revenant Patriarch, Leyline of the Meek

Pick: Izzet Chronarch

Pack 21:

Castigate, Restless Bones, Petrahydrox, Skyrider Trainee, Runeboggle, Mourning Thrull, Cry of Contrition, Hypervolt Grasp, Orzhova, the Church of Deals, Petrified Wood-Kin

Pick: Hypervolt Grasp

Pack 22:

Wild Cantor, Poisonbelly Ogre, Guardian’s Magemark, Wee Dragonauts, Runeboggle, Castigate, Orzhov Signet, Cryptwailing, Predatory Focus

Pick: Wee Dragonauts

Pack 23:

Train of Thought, Restless Bones, Fencer’s Magemark, Wee Dragonauts, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Droning Bureaucrats, Primeval Light, Hatching Plans

Pick: Train of Thought

Pack 24:

Fencer’s Magemark, Poisonbelly Ogre, Leap of Flame, Benediction of Moons, Necromancer’s Magemark, Drowned Rusalka, Feral Animist

Pick: Drowned Rusalka

Pack 25:

Lionheart Maverick, Crystal Seer, Cry of Contrition, Beastmaster’s Magemark, Aetherplasm, Predatory Focus

Pick: Aetherplasm

Pack 26:

Gruul Nodorog, Gigadrowse, Cremate, Scab-Clan Mauler, Aetherplasm

Pick: Aetherplasm

Pack 27:

Scab-Clan Mauler, Lionheart Maverick, Leap of Flame, Train of Thought

Pick: Train of Thought

Pack 28:

Skyrider Trainee, Gigadrowse, Cremate

Pick: Cremate

Pack 29:

Restless Bones, Cry of Contrition

Pick: Restless Bones

Pack 30:


Pick: Cryptwailing

Pack 31:

Cytospawn Shambler, Guardian of the Guildpact, Simic Signet, Seal of Fire, Slaughterhouse Bouncer, Taste for Mayhem, Simic Initiate, Vigean Hydropon, Nettling Curse, Beacon Hawk, Overrule, Fertile Imagination, Indrik Stomphowler, Trygon Predator, Stalking Vengeance

Pick: Seal of Fire

Pack 32:

Utvara Scalper, Plumes of Peace, Soulsworn Jury, Vision Skeins, Coiling Oracle, Whiptail Moloch, Minister of Impediments, Utopia Sprawl, Freewind Equenaut, Azorius Signet, Flame-Kin War Scout, Magewright’s Stone, Gnat Alley Creeper, Hide / Seek

Pick: Minister of Impediments

Pack 33:

Simic Ragworm, Vesper Ghoul, Wrecking Ball, Sandstorm Eidolon, Slaughterhouse Bouncer, Rakdos Carnarium, Kill-Suit Cultist, Azorius First-Wing, Simic Initiate, Vision Skeins, Riot Spikes, Prahv, Spires of Order, Azorius Ploy

Pick: Wrecking Ball

Pack 34:

Cytospawn Shambler, Carom, Entropic Eidolon, Soulsworn Jury, Enemy of the Guildpact, Utvara Scalper, Thrive, Shielding Plax, Vesper Ghoul, Rakdos Guildmage, Bond of Agony, Proclamation of Rebirth

Pick: Rakdos Guildmage

Pack 35:

Verdant Eidolon, Macabre Waltz, Wrecking Ball, Street Savvy, Vigean Hydropon, Beacon Hawk, Enemy of the Guildpact, Riot Spikes, Blessing of the Nephilim, Azorius Aethermage, Dovescape

Pick: Wrecking Ball

Pack 36:

Enigma Eidolon, Gobhobbler Rats, Valor Made Real, Kill-Suit Cultist, Street Savvy, Simic Signet, Ogre Gatecrasher, Demon’s Jester, Stomp and Howl, Rain of Gore

Pick: Demon’s Jester

Pack 37:

Writ of Passage, Haazda Exonerator, Delirium Skeins, Psychotic Fury, Simic Growth Chamber, Azorius Signet, Rix Maadi, Dungeon Palace, Ignorant Bliss, Biomantic Mastery

Pick: Simic Growth Chamber

Pack 38:

Azorius First-Wing, Writ of Passage, Vesper Ghoul, Ocular Halo, Azorius Chancery, Psychotic Fury, Novijen, Heart of Progress, Bound / Determined

Pick: Bound / Determined

Pack 39:

Slaughterhouse Bouncer, Taste for Mayhem, Vigean Hydropon, Nettling Curse, Beacon Hawk, Overrule, Stalking Vengeance

Pick: Stalking Vengeance

Pack 40:

Utvara Scalper, Plumes of Peace, Soulsworn Jury, Vision Skeins, Flame-Kin War Scout, Hide / Seek

Pick: Flame-Kin War Scout

Pack 41:

Sandstorm Eidolon, Slaughterhouse Bouncer, Kill-Suit Cultist, Vision Skeins, Azorius Ploy

Pick: Sandstorm Eidolon

Pack 42:

Cytospawn Shambler, Enemy of the Guildpact, Utvara Scalper, Bond of Agony

Pick: Enemy of the Guildpact

Pack 43:

Macabre Waltz, Blessing of the Nephilim, Azorius Aethermage

Pick: Macabre Waltz

Pack 44:

Valor Made Real, Kill-Suit Cultist

Pick: Kill-Suit Cultist

Pack 45:

Delirium Skeins

Pick: Delirium Skeins

Final Decklist:


1 Compulsive Research
1 Tidewater Minion
2 Train of Thought
1 Mausoleum Turnkey
1 Macabre Waltz
1 Goblin Spelunkers
1 Greater Forgeling
1 Hammerfist Giant
1 Hypervolt Grasp
1 Indentured Oaf
1 Living Inferno
1 Ogre Savant
1 Seal of Fire
1 Viashino Fangtail
1 Stalking Vengeance
1 Dimir Signet
1 Izzet Chronarch
1 Izzet Guildmage
1 Wee Dragonauts
1 Minister of Impediments
1 Rakdos Guildmage
2 Wrecking Ball
4 Island
1 Izzet Boilerworks
7 Mountain
3 Swamp
1 Simic Growth Chamber


2 Aetherplasm
1 Bound/Determined
1 Coalhauler Swine
1 Convolute
1 Cremate
1 Cryptwailing
1 Delirium Skeins
1 Demon’s Jester
1 Dizzy Spell
1 Dogpile
1 Drowned Rusalka
1 Enemy of the Guildpact
1 Flame-Kin War Scout
1 Kill-Suit Cultist
1 Nightmare Void
1 Restless Bones
1 Roofstalker Wight
1 Sandstorm Eidolon

This was one of those rare drafts where I ended up with Red as my main color. Usually it’s a splash color, or one of three main colors in the Red White Black archetype, which makes casting Viashino Fangtail problematic. Red was somewhat underdrafted so I got some slow but powerful rares in Hammerfist Giant and Stalking Vengeance later than usual. I got fairly lucky in the third pack getting a lot of removal later than I would expect it. I went 3-0 in the draft, nearly losing the second round when I activated my Hammerfist Giant, thinking it would kill my Living Inferno and my opponent would take 17 from Stalking Vengeance, but the Inferno has five toughness, and I had to use it to kill itself next turn after going to two life from his fliers.

Until tomorrow,


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