Drafting With Rich #33

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:

Guardian of Vitu-Ghazi, Boros Garrison, Tattered Drake, Vedalken Dismisser, Dimir House Guard, Quickchange, Sewerdreg, Seismic Spike, Compulsive Research, Last Gasp, Viashino Fangtail, Dowsing Shaman, Goliath Spider, Seed Spark, Plague Boiler

Pick: Compulsive Research

Pack 2:

Induce Paranoia, Roofstalker Wight, Torpid Moloch, Sabertooth Alley Cat, Gather Courage, Boros Fury-Shield, Smash, Golgari Brownscale, Conclave’s Blessing, Selesnya Evangel, Flow of Ideas, Keening Banshee, Wojek Embermage, Shadow of Doubt

Pick: Keening Banshee

Pack 3:

Wojek Siren, Terraformer, Consult the Necrosages, Vedalken Entrancer, Shred Memory, Rain of Embers, Dryad’s Caress, Snapping Drake, Dimir Signet, Fiery Conclusion, Junktroller, Duskmantle, House of Shadow, Autochthon Wurm

Pick: Snapping Drake

Pack 4:

Barbarian Riftcutter, Greater Mossdog, Courier Hawk, Incite Hysteria, Benevolent Ancestor, Dromad Purebred, Dizzy Spell, Infectious Host, Boros Signet, Vindictive Mob, Blockbuster, Cloudstone Curio

Pick: Cloudstone Curio

Pack 5:

Mortipede, Dogpile, War-Torch Goblin, Stone-Seeder Hierophant, Dimir Infiltrator, Grayscaled Gharial, Transluminant, Selesnya Signet, Cyclopean Snare, Dimir Machinations, Instill Furor

Pick: Dimir Infiltrator

Pack 6:

Boros Garrison, Induce Paranoia, Bramble Elemental, Ordruun Commando, Nightguard Patrol, Dimir Infiltrator, Necromantic Thirst, Goblin Fire Fiend, Belltower Sphinx, Clutch of the Undercity

Pick: Belltower Sphinx

Pack 7:

Goblin Spelunkers, Woodwraith Strangler, Stinkweed Imp, Leave No Trace, Zephyr Spirit, Boros Recruit, Peel from Reality, Seeds of Strength, Dark Heart of the Wood

Pick: Peel from Reality

Pack 8:

Stasis Cell, Guardian of Vitu-Ghazi, Incite Hysteria, Rally the Righteous, Conclave’s Blessing, Reroute, Conclave Phalanx, Hunted Horror

Pick: Conclave Phalanx

Pack 9:

Guardian of Vitu-Ghazi, Boros Garrison, Quickchange, Sewerdreg, Seismic Spike, Goliath Spider, Seed Spark

Pick: Boros Garrison

Pack 10:

Induce Paranoia, Torpid Moloch, Sabertooth Alley Cat, Smash, Conclave’s Blessing, Flow of Ideas

Pick: Flow of Ideas

Pack 11:

Wojek Siren, Shred Memory, Rain of Embers, Dryad’s Caress, Duskmantle, House of Shadow

Pick: Duskmantle, House of Shadow

Pack 12:

Incite Hysteria, Dromad Purebred, Dizzy Spell, Infectious Host

Pick: Dizzy Spell

Pack 13:

War-Torch Goblin, Grayscaled Gharial, Instill Furor

Pick: Instill Furor

Pack 14:

Necromantic Thirst, Goblin Fire Fiend

Pick: Necromantic Thirst

Pack 15:

Zephyr Spirit

Pick: Zephyr Spirit

Pack 16:

Silhana Starfletcher, Pyromatics, Orzhov Basilica, Steamcore Weird, Shrieking Grotesque, Castigate, Cry of Contrition, Beastmaster’s Magemark, Izzet Chronarch, Skyrider Trainee, Gigadrowse, Plagued Rusalka, Gatherer of Graces, Rabble-Rouser, Stitch in Time

Pick: Steamcore Weird

Pack 17:

Gruul Turf, Pillory of the Sleepless, Torch Drake, Absolver Thrull, Douse in Gloom, Izzet Signet, Runeboggle, Mourning Thrull, Cry of Contrition, Tin Street Hooligan, Lionheart Maverick, Exhumer Thrull, Hypervolt Grasp, Orzhova, the Church of Deals

Pick: Exhumer Thrull

Pack 18:

Leap of Flame, Train of Thought, Beastmaster’s Magemark, Wild Cantor, Poisonbelly Ogre, Ghor-Clan Savage, Bloodscale Prowler, Infiltrator’s Magemark, Izzet Boilerworks, Withstand, Skarrgan Skybreaker, Drowned Rusalka, Belfry Spirit

Pick: Izzet Boilerworks

Pack 19:

Orzhov Signet, Torch Drake, Shrieking Grotesque, Gruul Scrapper, Crystal Seer, Silhana Ledgewalker, Restless Bones, Petrahydrox, Skyrider Trainee, Thunderheads, Order of the Stars, Souls of the Faultless

Pick: Orzhov Signet

Pack 20:

Wild Cantor, Cremate, Gruul Nodorog, Petrahydrox, Guardian’s Magemark, Necromancer’s Magemark, Ogre Savant, Repeal, Scab-Clan Mauler, To Arms!, Vedalken Plotter

Pick: Ogre Savant

Pack 21:

Gigadrowse, Burning-Tree Bloodscale, Cremate, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Benediction of Moons, Izzet Chronarch, Orzhov Euthanist, Castigate, Revenant Patriarch, Crash Landing

Pick: Izzet Chronarch

Pack 22:

Izzet Signet, Orzhov Euthanist, Fencer’s Magemark, Wee Dragonauts, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Lionheart Maverick, Crystal Seer, Frazzle, Goblin Flectomancer

Pick: Izzet Signet

Pack 23:

Restless Bones, Petrahydrox, Skyrider Trainee, Runeboggle, Cry of Contrition, Izzet Boilerworks, Primeval Light, Nivix, Aerie of the Firemind

Pick: Izzet Boilerworks

Pack 24:

Castigate, Cry of Contrition, Beastmaster’s Magemark, Skyrider Trainee, Gigadrowse, Gatherer of Graces, Rabble-Rouser

Pick: Castigate

Pack 25:

Torch Drake, Absolver Thrull, Runeboggle, Mourning Thrull, Cry of Contrition, Lionheart Maverick

Pick: Torch Drake

Pack 26:

Leap of Flame, Train of Thought, Beastmaster’s Magemark, Poisonbelly Ogre, Withstand

Pick: Train of Thought

Pack 27:

Crystal Seer, Restless Bones, Skyrider Trainee, Thunderheads

Pick: Thunderheads

Pack 28:

Cremate, Petrahydrox, Guardian’s Magemark

Pick: Petrahydrox

Pack 29:

Gigadrowse, Benediction of Moons

Pick: Gigadrowse

Pack 30:


Pick: Frazzle

Pack 31:

Ocular Halo, Aurora Eidolon, Rakdos Carnarium, Simic Ragworm, Entropic Eidolon, Cackling Flames, Delirium Skeins, Kill-Suit Cultist, Azorius First-Wing, Simic Initiate, Vision Skeins, Rix Maadi, Dungeon Palace, Ignorant Bliss, Paladin of Prahv, Aethermage’s Touch

Pick: Cackling Flames

Pack 32:

Gobhobbler Rats, Delirium Skeins, Sporeback Troll, Valor Made Real, Enigma Eidolon, Shielding Plax, Steeling Stance, Simic Growth Chamber, Aquastrand Spider, Macabre Waltz, Blessing of the Nephilim, Vigean Graftmage, Twinstrike, Pillar of the Paruns

Pick: Twinstrike

Pack 33:

Whiptail Moloch, Writ of Passage, Sporeback Troll, Haazda Exonerator, Silkwing Scout, Assault Zeppelid, Carom, Rakdos Signet, Ogre Gatecrasher, Nightcreep, Fertile Imagination, Trial / Error, Novijen Sages

Pick: Novijen Sages

Pack 34:

Riot Spikes, Taste for Mayhem, Simic Initiate, Vigean Hydropon, Nettling Curse, Verdant Eidolon, Silkwing Scout, Macabre Waltz, Hellhole Rats, Slithering Shade, Might of the Nephilim, Anthem of Rakdos

Pick: Silkwing Scout

Pack 35:

Utopia Sprawl, Azorius Signet, Sandstorm Eidolon, Vision Skeins, Coiling Oracle, Whiptail Moloch, Thrive, Haazda Exonerator, Overrule, Magewright’s Stone, Palliation Accord

Pick: Azorius Signet

Pack 36:

Simic Signet, Ogre Gatecrasher, Ocular Halo, Nettling Curse, Kill-Suit Cultist, Street Savvy, Writ of Passage, Vesper Ghoul, Ghost Quarter, Paladin of Prahv

Pick: Ogre Gatecrasher

Pack 37:

Cytospawn Shambler, Simic Signet, Slaughterhouse Bouncer, Beacon Hawk, Overrule, Utvara Scalper, Plumes of Peace, Trial / Error, Prahv, Spires of Order

Pick: Plumes of Peace

Pack 38:

Coiling Oracle, Taste for Mayhem, Street Savvy, Vigean Hydropon, Beacon Hawk, Enemy of the Guildpact, Psychotic Fury, Spell Snare

Pick: Spell Snare

Pack 39:

Aurora Eidolon, Delirium Skeins, Kill-Suit Cultist, Simic Initiate, Vision Skeins, Rix Maadi, Dungeon Palace, Ignorant Bliss

Pick: Aurora Eidolon

Pack 40:

Gobhobbler Rats, Delirium Skeins, Valor Made Real, Enigma Eidolon, Shielding Plax, Blessing of the Nephilim

Pick: Enigma Eidolon

Pack 41:

Whiptail Moloch, Writ of Passage, Haazda Exonerator, Carom, Trial / Error

Pick: Trial / Error

Pack 42:

Taste for Mayhem, Simic Initiate, Nettling Curse, Slithering Shade

Pick: Slithering Shade

Pack 43:

Sandstorm Eidolon, Vision Skeins, Whiptail Moloch

Pick: Sandstorm Eidolon

Pack 44:

Nettling Curse, Street Savvy

Pick: Nettling Curse

Final Decklist:


1 Aurora Eidolon
1 Belltower Sphinx
1 Compulsive Research
1 Peel from Reality
1 Snapping Drake
1 Steamcore Weird
1 Thunderheads
1 Torch Drake
1 Train of Thought
1 Novijen Sages
1 Silkwing Scout
1 Exhumer Thrull
1 Keening Banshee
1 Ogre Savant
1 Cackling Flames
1 Izzet Signet
1 Orzhov Signet
1 Azorius Signet
1 Dimir Infiltrator
1 Izzet Chronarch
1 Petrahydrox
1 Plumes of Peace
1 Trial/Error
1 Twinstrike
7 Island
1 Mountain
5 Swamp
1 Boros Garrison
2 Izzet Boilerworks


1 Castigate
1 Cloudstone Curio
1 Conclave Phalanx
1 Dizzy Spell
1 Duskmantle, House of Shadow [FOIL]
1 Enigma Eidolon
1 Flow of Ideas
1 Frazzle
1 Gigadrowse
1 Instill Furor
1 Necromantic Thirst
1 Nettling Curse
1 Ogre Gatecrasher
1 Sandstorm Eidolon
1 Slithering Shade
1 Spell Snare
1 Utvara Scalper
1 Zephyr Spirit

This draft was particularly disappointing. I was really happy with my deck, even though I ended up a few cards short and had to play some cards that I didn’t really want to. I lost a not particularly close first round because I couldn’t find a fifth land, even with Compulsive Research on turn 4, and got killed by a quick Ghor-Clan Savage. In the next game I double mulliganed and got Tin-Street Hooliganed on turn 3.

Until tomorrow,


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