Drafting With Rich #30

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:

Barbarian Riftcutter, Terrarion, Votary of the Conclave, Bramble Elemental, Ordruun Commando, Elvish Skysweeper, Boros Recruit, Quickchange, Selesnya Signet, Veteran Armorer, Dimir Signet, Indentured Oaf, Svogthos, the Restless Tomb, Chant of Vitu-Ghazi, Golgari Grave-Troll

Pick: Indentured Oaf

Pack 2:

Dimir Aqueduct, Goblin Spelunkers, Farseek, Centaur Safeguard, Tidewater Minion, Sadistic Augermage, Surge of Zeal, Golgari Brownscale, Gate Hound, Seeds of Strength, Galvanic Arc, Dark Heart of the Wood, Selesnya Guildmage, Flow of Ideas

Pick: Galvanic Arc

Pack 3:

Consult the Necrosages, Tattered Drake, Strands of Undeath, Benevolent Ancestor, Surveilling Sprite, Clinging Darkness, Dizzy Spell, Thoughtpicker Witch, Seismic Spike, Boros Signet, Wizened Snitches, Peregrine Mask, Putrefy

Pick: Putrefy

Pack 4:

Drift of Phantasms, Gaze of the Gorgon, Coalhauler Swine, Muddle the Mixture, Stinkweed Imp, Infectious Host, Rain of Embers, Stone-Seeder Hierophant, Sell-Sword Brute, Duskmantle, House of Shadow, Mark of Eviction, Shadow of Doubt

Pick: Mark of Eviction

Pack 5:

Greater Mossdog, Selesnya Sanctuary, Stasis Cell, Vedalken Entrancer, Gate Hound, Zephyr Spirit, Lurking Informant, Fiery Conclusion, Mnemonic Nexus, Carrion Howler, Nightmare Void

Pick: Fiery Conclusion

Pack 6:

Wojek Siren, Convolute, Sparkmage Apprentice, Fists of Ironwood, Leave No Trace, Drake Familiar, Shred Memory, Siege Wurm, Skyknight Legionnaire, Greater Forgeling

Pick: Greater Forgeling

Pack 7:

Roofstalker Wight, Viashino Slasher, Incite Hysteria, Surge of Zeal, Sundering Vitae, Caregiver, Boros Swiftblade, Vitu-Ghazi, the City-Tree, Suppression Field

Pick: Roofstalker Wight

Pack 8:

Induce Paranoia, Roofstalker Wight, War-Torch Goblin, Lurking Informant, Sewerdreg, Smash, Ethereal Usher, Autochthon Wurm

Pick: Lurking Informant

Pack 9:

Barbarian Riftcutter, Terrarion, Votary of the Conclave, Boros Recruit, Quickchange, Selesnya Signet, Chant of Vitu-Ghazi

Pick: Terrarion

Pack 10:

Tidewater Minion, Sadistic Augermage, Surge of Zeal, Gate Hound, Dark Heart of the Wood, Flow of Ideas

Pick: Tidewater Minion

Pack 11:

Surveilling Sprite, Dizzy Spell, Seismic Spike, Wizened Snitches, Peregrine Mask

Pick: Surveilling Sprite

Pack 12:

Coalhauler Swine, Muddle the Mixture, Stone-Seeder Hierophant, Duskmantle, House of Shadow

Pick: Muddle the Mixture

Pack 13:

Stasis Cell, Zephyr Spirit, Mnemonic Nexus

Pick: Stasis Cell

Pack 14:

Drake Familiar, Shred Memory

Pick: Shred Memory

Pack 15:

Surge of Zeal

Pick: Surge of Zeal

Pack 16:

Leap of Flame, Train of Thought, Beastmaster’s Magemark, Wild Cantor, Poisonbelly Ogre, Torch Drake, Shrieking Grotesque, Necromancer’s Magemark, Gruul Scrapper, Gruul Turf, Pillory of the Sleepless, Gruul Guildmage, Aetherplasm, Predatory Focus, Killer Instinct

Pick: Gruul Turf

Pack 17:

Torch Drake, Absolver Thrull, Douse in Gloom, Izzet Signet, Ghor-Clan Savage, Streetbreaker Wurm, Guardian’s Magemark, Wee Dragonauts, Runeboggle, Gruul Nodorog, Fencer’s Magemark, Order of the Stars, Skarrgan Skybreaker, Revenant Patriarch

Pick: Wee Dragonauts

Pack 18:

Orzhov Signet, Steamcore Weird, Withstand, Douse in Gloom, Silhana Starfletcher, Gigadrowse, Wild Cantor, Cremate, Gruul Nodorog, Petrahydrox, Thunderheads, Hissing Miasma, Burning-Tree Shaman

Pick: Steamcore Weird

Pack 19:

Restless Bones, Fencer’s Magemark, Wee Dragonauts, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Lionheart Maverick, Burning-Tree Bloodscale, Gruul Scrapper, Gruul Signet, Pyromatics, Infiltrator’s Magemark, Daggerclaw Imp, Martyred Rusalka

Pick: Pyromatics

Pack 20:

Crystal Seer, Cry of Contrition, Beastmaster’s Magemark, Skyrider Trainee, Absolver Thrull, Scab-Clan Mauler, Gruul Turf, Ostiary Thrull, Gristleback, Orzhov Guildmage, Shattering Spree

Pick: Gruul Turf

Pack 21:

Bloodscale Prowler, Infiltrator’s Magemark, Withstand, Poisonbelly Ogre, Leap of Flame, Benediction of Moons, Battering Wurm, Izzet Guildmage, Aetherplasm, Yore-Tiller Nephilim

Pick: Izzet Guildmage

Pack 22:

Skyrider Trainee, Runeboggle, Cry of Contrition, Lionheart Maverick, Ghost Warden, Orzhov Euthanist, Castigate, Droning Bureaucrats, Primeval Light

Pick: Runeboggle

Pack 23:

Ghost Warden, Guardian’s Magemark, Gigadrowse, Cremate, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Benediction of Moons, Sinstriker’s Will, Primeval Light

Pick: Ghost Warden

Pack 24:

Leap of Flame, Beastmaster’s Magemark, Wild Cantor, Poisonbelly Ogre, Necromancer’s Magemark, Aetherplasm, Killer Instinct

Pick: Killer Instinct

Pack 25:

Guardian’s Magemark, Runeboggle, Gruul Nodorog, Fencer’s Magemark, Order of the Stars, Skarrgan Skybreaker

Pick: Skarrgan Skybreaker

Pack 26:

Gigadrowse, Cremate, Gruul Nodorog, Thunderheads, Hissing Miasma

Pick: Thunderheads

Pack 27:

Fencer’s Magemark, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Lionheart Maverick, Martyred Rusalka

Pick: Martyred Rusalka

Pack 28:

Crystal Seer, Cry of Contrition, Shattering Spree

Pick: Crystal Seer

Pack 29:

Benediction of Moons, Aetherplasm

Pick: Aetherplasm

Pack 30:

Skyrider Trainee

Pick: Skyrider Trainee

Pack 31:

Entropic Eidolon, Cackling Flames, Rakdos Signet, Aurora Eidolon, Azorius Chancery, Verdant Eidolon, Riot Spikes, Soulsworn Jury, Enemy of the Guildpact, Utvara Scalper, Thrive, Ghost Quarter, Rakdos Guildmage, Bond of Agony, Wit’s End

Pick: Rakdos Guildmage

Pack 32:

Shielding Plax, Whiptail Moloch, Writ of Passage, Plumes of Peace, Sporeback Troll, Haazda Exonerator, Macabre Waltz, Silkwing Scout, Assault Zeppelid, Carom, Rix Maadi, Dungeon Palace, Ignorant Bliss, Paladin of Prahv, Novijen Sages

Pick: Assault Zeppelid

Pack 33:

Sandstorm Eidolon, Steeling Stance, Simic Growth Chamber, Aquastrand Spider, Overrule, Gobhobbler Rats, Delirium Skeins, Sporeback Troll, Valor Made Real, Enigma Eidolon, Nightcreep, Fertile Imagination, Trial / Error

Pick: Simic Growth Chamber

Pack 34:

Entropic Eidolon, Utopia Sprawl, Simic Signet, Ogre Gatecrasher, Riot Spikes, Taste for Mayhem, Simic Initiate, Vigean Hydropon, Nettling Curse, Indrik Stomphowler, Trygon Predator, Rain of Gore

Pick: Indrik Stomphowler

Pack 35:

Taste for Mayhem, Street Savvy, Vigean Hydropon, Beacon Hawk, Enemy of the Guildpact, Slaughterhouse Bouncer, Helium Squirter, Carom, Court Hussar, AzoriusAe*, Momir Vig, Simic Visionary

Pick: Helium Squirter

Pack 36:

Psychotic Fury, Helium Squirter, Simic Growth Chamber, Vesper Ghoul, Enigma Eidolon, Valor Made Real, Nettling Curse, Stomp and Howl, Vigean Intuition, Walking Archive

Pick: Helium Squirter

Pack 37:

Kill-Suit Cultist, Street Savvy, Azorius First-Wing, Writ of Passage, Vesper Ghoul, Coiling Oracle, Azorius Signet, Simic Ragworm, Novijen, Heart of Progress

Pick: Azorius Signet

Pack 38:

Delirium Skeins, Kill-Suit Cultist, Vision Skeins, Ocular Halo, Aurora Eidolon, Prahv, Spires of Order, Azorius Ploy, Aethermage’s Touch

Pick: Ocular Halo

Pack 39:

Entropic Eidolon, Aurora Eidolon, Verdant Eidolon, Soulsworn Jury, Utvara Scalper, Thrive, Ghost Quarter

Pick: Ghost Quarter

Pack 40:

Shielding Plax, Whiptail Moloch, Writ of Passage, Carom, Rix Maadi, Dungeon Palace, Ignorant Bliss

Pick: Carom

Pack 41:

Sandstorm Eidolon, Delirium Skeins, Valor Made Real, Nightcreep, Trial / Error

Pick: Sandstorm Eidolon

Pack 42:

Entropic Eidolon, Taste for Mayhem, Vigean Hydropon, Nettling Curse

Pick: Vigean Hydropon

Pack 43:

Taste for Mayhem, Street Savvy, Slaughterhouse Bouncer

Pick: Slaughterhouse Bouncer

Pack 44:

Psychotic Fury, Valor Made Real

Pick: Psychotic Fury

Pack 45:

Writ of Passage

Pick: Writ of Passage

Final Decklist:


1 Mark of Eviction
1 Steamcore Weird
1 Surveilling Sprite
1 Thunderheads
1 Tidewater Minion
2 Helium Squirter
1 Ocular Halo
1 Fiery Conclusion
1 Galvanic Arc
1 Greater Forgeling
1 Indentured Oaf
1 Pyromatics
1 Putrefy
1 Wee Dragonauts
1 Assault Zeppelid
1 Indrik Stomphowler
1 Terrarion
1 Azorius Signet
1 Izzet Guildmage
1 Lurking Informant
1 Skarrgan Skybreaker
1 Rakdos Guildmage
2 Gruul Turf
1 Simic Growth Chamber
1 Forest
5 Island
5 Mountain
3 Swamp


1 Aetherplasm
1 Carom
1 Crystal Seer
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Ghost Warden
1 Killer Instinct
1 Martyred Rusalka
1 Muddle the Mixture
1 Psychotic Fury
1 Roofstalker Wight
1 Runeboggle
1 Sandstorm Eidolon
1 Shred Memory
1 Skyrider Trainee
1 Slaughterhouse Bouncer
1 Stasis Cell
1 Surge of Zeal
1 Vigean Hydropon
1 Writ of Passage

I never got the mana fix I was looking for for this deck, but it turned out pretty well nonetheless. I won the first round in three close games against Nicolai Herzog, then won a fairly easy second round because my opponent had mana troubles in two of the games. I tried to draft a Red-based deck since I’ve found them very powerful in the rare instances that they come together, but the cards just weren’t really there for it. I ended up having to move into a Blue-based deck with lots of splashes.

Until next time,


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