Drafting With Rich #31

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:

Courier Hawk, Convolute, Golgari Rot Farm, Sabertooth Alley Cat, Gather Courage, Infectious Host, Rally the Righteous, Elvish Skysweeper, Snapping Drake, Dimir Signet, Fiery Conclusion, Frenzied Goblin, Rolling Spoil, Watchwolf, Doubling Season

Pick: Snapping Drake

Pack 2:

Consult the Necrosages, Barbarian Riftcutter, Greater Mossdog, Gather Courage, Forest, Sundering Vitae, Leave No Trace, Zephyr Spirit, Dimir Signet, Sell-Sword Brute, Perilous Forays, Divebomber Griffin, Remand, Hunted Phantasm

Pick: Remand

Pack 3:

Induce Paranoia, Mortipede, Torpid Moloch, Screeching Griffin, Muddle the Mixture, Sadistic Augermage, Seismic Spike, Stone-Seeder Hierophant, Dimir Infiltrator, Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion, Netherborn Phalanx, Glass Golem, Crown of Convergence

Pick: Dimir Infiltrator

Pack 4:

Viashino Slasher, Farseek, Boros Garrison, Incite Hysteria, Centaur Safeguard, Conclave’s Blessing, Quickchange, Sewerdreg, Seeds of Strength, Pollenbright Wings, Devouring Light, Ethereal Usher

Pick: Devouring Light

Pack 5:

Rain of Embers, Votary of the Conclave, Boros Fury-Shield, Vedalken Dismisser, Dimir House Guard, Conclave’s Blessing, Dimir Infiltrator, Necromantic Thirst, Boros Signet, Darkblast, Three Dreams

Pick: Vedalken Dismisser

Pack 6:

Strands of Undeath, Coalhauler Swine, Tidewater Minion, Dryad’s Caress, Dromad Purebred, Dizzy Spell, Transluminant, Selesnya Signet, Undercity Shade, Circu, Dimir Lobotomist

Pick: Tidewater Minion

Pack 7:

Courier Hawk, Stasis Cell, Guardian of Vitu-Ghazi, Nightguard Patrol, Boros Recruit, Smash, Golgari Brownscale, Svogthos, the Restless Tomb, Life from the Loam

Pick: Nightguard Patrol

Pack 8:

Woodwraith Strangler, Drift of Phantasms, Ordruun Commando, Grayscaled Gharial, Shred Memory, Congregation at Dawn, Sandsower, Twisted Justice

Pick: Drift of Phantasms

Pack 9:

Courier Hawk, Convolute, Sabertooth Alley Cat, Infectious Host, Rally the Righteous, Elvish Skysweeper, Rolling Spoil

Pick: Courier Hawk

Pack 10:

Barbarian Riftcutter, Forest, Sundering Vitae, Leave No Trace, Zephyr Spirit, Perilous Forays

Pick: Leave No Trace

Pack 11:

Induce Paranoia, Torpid Moloch, Sadistic Augermage, Seismic Spike, Stone-Seeder Hierophant

Pick: Induce Paranoia

Pack 12:

Viashino Slasher, Conclave’s Blessing, Quickchange, Ethereal Usher

Pick: Ethereal Usher

Pack 13:

Votary of the Conclave, Conclave’s Blessing, Necromantic Thirst

Pick: Conclave’s Blessing

Pack 14:

Dryad’s Caress, Dromad Purebred

Pick: Dromad Purebred

Pack 15:

Boros Recruit

Pick: Boros Recruit

Pack 16:

Wee Dragonauts, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Lionheart Maverick, Burning-Tree Bloodscale, Crystal Seer, Scab-Clan Mauler, Izzet Boilerworks, Ghost Warden, Orzhov Euthanist, Wildsize, Castigate, Ghor-Clan Bloodscale, Schismotivate, Battering Wurm, Dune-Brood Nephilim

Pick: Izzet Boilerworks

Pack 17:

Silhana Starfletcher, Orzhov Basilica, Steamcore Weird, Shrieking Grotesque, Runeboggle, Gruul Nodorog, Fencer’s Magemark, Poisonbelly Ogre, Leap of Flame, Benediction of Moons, Rabble-Rouser, Crash Landing, Belfry Spirit, Tibor and Lumia

Pick: Belfry Spirit

Pack 18:

Ostiary Thrull, Wildsize, Blind Hunter, Orzhov Signet, Steamcore Weird, Silhana Ledgewalker, Restless Bones, Petrahydrox, Skyrider Trainee, Runeboggle, Conjurer’s Ban, Smogsteed Rider, Skarrgan Skybreaker

Pick: Steamcore Weird

Pack 19:

Mourning Thrull, Cry of Contrition, Tin Street Hooligan, Lionheart Maverick, Leap of Flame, Withstand, Orzhov Basilica, Blind Hunter, Bloodscale Prowler, Orzhova, the Church of Deals, Schismotivate, Culling Sun

Pick: Blind Hunter

Pack 20:

Infiltrator’s Magemark, Absolver Thrull, Scab-Clan Mauler, Cremate, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Benediction of Moons, Izzet Chronarch, Tin Street Hooligan, Crystal Seer, Starved Rusalka, Sinstriker’s Will

Pick: Izzet Chronarch

Pack 21:

Train of Thought, Beastmaster’s Magemark, Wild Cantor, Poisonbelly Ogre, Guardian’s Magemark, Ghost Warden, Izzet Signet, Vedalken Plotter, Caustic Rain, Witch-Maw Nephilim

Pick: Train of Thought

Pack 22:

Castigate, Necromancer’s Magemark, Silhana Ledgewalker, Train of Thought, Restless Bones, Fencer’s Magemark, Wreak Havoc, Vertigo Spawn, Moratorium Stone

Pick: Train of Thought

Pack 23:

Silhana Ledgewalker, Restless Bones, Skyrider Trainee, Runeboggle, Mourning Thrull, Withstand, Starved Rusalka, Sinstriker’s Will

Pick: Mourning Thrull

Pack 24:

Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Lionheart Maverick, Crystal Seer, Ghost Warden, Orzhov Euthanist, Castigate, Ghor-Clan Bloodscale

Pick: Ghost Warden

Pack 25:

Fencer’s Magemark, Poisonbelly Ogre, Leap of Flame, Benediction of Moons, Rabble-Rouser, Crash Landing

Pick: Leap of Flame

Pack 26:

Restless Bones, Skyrider Trainee, Runeboggle, Conjurer’s Ban, Smogsteed Rider

Pick: Runeboggle

Pack 27:

Cry of Contrition, Lionheart Maverick, Withstand, Orzhova, the Church of Deals

Pick: Withstand

Pack 28:

Cremate, Benediction of Moons, Starved Rusalka

Pick: Cremate

Pack 29:

Poisonbelly Ogre, Guardian’s Magemark

Pick: Guardian’s Magemark

Pack 30:

Restless Bones

Pick: Restless Bones

Pack 31:

Azorius Chancery, Psychotic Fury, Seal of Doom, Verdant Eidolon, Guardian of the Guildpact, Silkwing Scout, Coiling Oracle, Taste for Mayhem, Street Savvy, Vigean Hydropon, Beacon Hawk, Plaxcaster Frogling, Brace for Impact, Spell Snare, Tidespout Tyrant

Pick: Seal of Doom

Pack 32:

Macabre Waltz, Wrecking Ball, Cytospawn Shambler, Guardian of the Guildpact, Enemy of the Guildpact, Riot Spikes, Taste for Mayhem, Simic Initiate, Vigean Hydropon, Nettling Curse, Azorius Aethermage, Drekavac, Patagia Viper, Nihilistic Glee

Pick: Wrecking Ball

Pack 33:

Beacon Hawk, Overrule, Utvara Scalper, Plumes of Peace, Soulsworn Jury, Vision Skeins, Simic Signet, Slaughterhouse Bouncer, Minister of Impediments, Utopia Sprawl, Pain Magnification, Squealing Devil, Novijen, Heart of Progress

Pick: Minister of Impediments

Pack 34:

Sandstorm Eidolon, Slaughterhouse Bouncer, Rakdos Carnarium, Cytospawn Shambler, Vision Skeins, Riot Spikes, Soulsworn Jury, Enemy of the Guildpact, Utvara Scalper, Plaxmanta, Vigean Intuition, Ragamuffyn

Pick: Rakdos Carnarium

Pack 35:

Shielding Plax, Vesper Ghoul, Enigma Eidolon, Gobhobbler Rats, Valor Made Real, Nettling Curse, Carom, Entropic Eidolon, Stomp and Howl, Pain Magnification, Weight of Spires

Pick: Carom

Pack 36:

Whiptail Moloch, Thrive, Haazda Exonerator, Overrule, Freewind Equenaut, Azorius Signet, Sandstorm Eidolon, Steeling Stance, Supply / Demand, Vigean Intuition

Pick: Azorius Signet

Pack 37:

Kill-Suit Cultist, Street Savvy, Azorius First-Wing, Writ of Passage, Vesper Ghoul, Ogre Gatecrasher, Ocular Halo, Skullmead Cauldron, Gnat Alley Creeper

Pick: Azorius First-Wing

Pack 38:

Azorius Signet, Steeling Stance, Thrive, Vesper Ghoul, Enigma Eidolon, Plaxmanta, Vigean Intuition, Pillar of the Paruns

Pick: Azorius Signet

Pack 39:

Psychotic Fury, Coiling Oracle, Taste for Mayhem, Street Savvy, Beacon Hawk, Brace for Impact, Spell Snare

Pick: Spell Snare

Pack 40:

Enemy of the Guildpact, Simic Initiate, Vigean Hydropon, Nettling Curse, Azorius Aethermage, Nihilistic Glee

Pick: Azorius Aethermage

Pack 41:

Overrule, Utvara Scalper, Slaughterhouse Bouncer, Pain Magnification, Novijen, Heart of Progress

Pick: Overrule

Pack 42:

Slaughterhouse Bouncer, Vision Skeins, Soulsworn Jury, Utvara Scalper

Pick: Soulsworn Jury

Pack 43:

Vesper Ghoul, Valor Made Real, Nettling Curse

Pick: Vesper Ghoul

Pack 44:

Steeling Stance, Vigean Intuition

Pick: Vigean Intuition

Pack 45:

Writ of Passage

Pick: Writ of Passage

Final Decklist:


1 Belfry Spirit
1 Devouring Light
1 Ghost Warden
1 Nightguard Patrol
1 Withstand
1 Carom
1 Soulsworn Jury
1 Drift of Phantasms
1 Remand
1 Snapping Drake
1 Steamcore Weird
1 Tidewater Minion
2 Train of Thought
1 Vedalken Dismisser
1 Seal of Doom
2 Azorius Signet
1 Blind Hunter
1 Izzet Chronarch
1 Mourning Thrull
1 Azorius First-Wing
1 Minister of Impediments
1 Wrecking Ball
1 Izzet Boilerworks
1 Rakdos Carnarium
5 Island
1 Mountain
6 Plains
2 Swamp


1 Azorius Aethermage [FOIL]
1 Boros Recruit
1 Conclave’s Blessing
1 Courier Hawk
1 Cremate
1 Dimir Infiltrator
1 Dromad Purebred
1 Ethereal Usher
1 Guardian’s Magemark
1 Induce Paranoia
1 Leap of Flame
1 Leave No Trace
1 Overrule
1 Restless Bones
1 Runeboggle
1 Spell Snare
1 Vesper Ghoul
1 Vigean Intuition
1 Writ of Passage

It wasn’t my intention to play four colors in this draft, it just kind of happened because I was indecisive in Guildpact. Once I had a couple solid cards in Red and Black in addition to my main colors, I began looking for the Rakdos mana fixers in Dissension. I only saw one, but it was sufficient. I won two close rounds in which I won each game that I drew Train of Thought, and lost the ones I didn’t. The deck was good at controlling the board, but had trouble pulling ahead without the massive card advantage provided by Train of Thought. I would have liked at least one more draw spell, so maybe I should have taken the Ocular Halo, but in this instance the two Trains were sufficient.

Until tomorrow,


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