Drafting With Rich #6

Rich returns for another walk through the Draft streets of Ravnica. As usual, he presents each pick of his draft, from pick one to pick forty-five, and appends a brief overview on his final deck and performance. For a more detailed draft deconstruction, come join the forums!


Pack 1:

Gaze of the Gorgon, Coalhauler Swine, Civic Wayfinder, Stinkweed Imp, Sabertooth Alley Cat, Gather Courage, Dizzy Spell, Infectious Host, Rally the Righteous, Transluminant, Faith’s Fetters, Netherborn Phalanx, Putrefy, Congregation at Dawn, Excruciator

Pick: Civic Wayfinder

Pack 2:

Civic Wayfinder, Votary of the Conclave, Terraformer, Clinging Darkness, Incite Hysteria, Centaur Safeguard, Surge of Zeal, Golgari Brownscale, Gate Hound, Siege Wurm, Boros Signet, Festival of the Guildpact, Golgari Thug, Blazing Archon

Pick: Civic Wayfinder

Pack 3:

Terrarion, Votary of the Conclave, Drift of Phantasms, Golgari Rotwurm, Tidewater Minion, Rain of Embers, Dryad’s Caress, Dromad Purebred, Brainspoil, Shambling Shell, Devouring Light, Ethereal Usher, Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion

Pick: Golgari Rotwurm

Pack 4:

Convolute, Golgari Rot Farm, Dogpile, Nightguard Patrol, Leave No Trace, Drake Familiar, Shred Memory, Snapping Drake, Dimir Signet, Fiery Conclusion, Flash Conscription, Leashling

Pick: Golgari Rot Farm

Pack 5:

Gaze of the Gorgon, Goblin Spelunkers, Greater Mossdog, Screeching Griffin, Muddle the Mixture, Lurking Informant, Sewerdreg, Smash, Sell-Sword Brute, Drooling Groodion, Cleansing Beam

Pick: Drooling Groodion

Pack 6:

Viashino Slasher, Consult the Necrosages, Tidewater Minion, Necromantic Thirst, Perplex, Dryad’s Caress, Brainspoil, Grifter’s Blade, Ivy Dancer, Warp World

Pick: Brainspoil

Pack 7:

Barbarian Riftcutter, Sabertooth Alley Cat, Gather Courage, Caregiver, Drake Familiar, Thoughtpicker Witch, Mnemonic Nexus, Carrion Howler, Szadek, Lord of Secrets

Pick: Gather Courage

Pack 8:

Stasis Cell, Sadistic Augermage, Ordruun Commando, Rally the Righteous, Dromad Purebred, Grayscaled Gharial, Lore Broker, Moonlight Bargain

Pick: Moonlight Bargain

Pack 9:

Gaze of the Gorgon, Sabertooth Alley Cat, Dizzy Spell, Infectious Host, Rally the Righteous, Congregation at Dawn, Excruciator

Pick: Congregation at Dawn

Pack 10:

Votary of the Conclave, Incite Hysteria, Surge of Zeal, Gate Hound, Festival of the Guildpact, Golgari Thug

Pick: Golgari Thug

Pack 11:

Votary of the Conclave, Rain of Embers, Dryad’s Caress, Dromad Purebred, Ethereal Usher

Pick: Ethereal Usher

Pack 12:

Convolute, Drake Familiar, Shred Memory, Leashling

Pick: Shred Memory

Pack 13:

Muddle the Mixture, Smash, Sell-Sword Brute

Pick: Muddle the Mixture

Pack 14:

Necromantic Thirst, Dryad’s Caress

Pick: Necromantic Thirst

Pack 15:

Mnemonic Nexus

Pick: Mnemonic Nexus

Pack 16:

Silhana Starfletcher, Orzhov Basilica, Blind Hunter, Bloodscale Prowler, Repeal, Poisonbelly Ogre, Guardian’s Magemark, Wee Dragonauts, Runeboggle, Gruul Nodorog, Fencer’s Magemark, Stratozeppelid, Conjurer’s Ban, Shadow Lance, Sky Swallower

Pick: Stratozeppelid

Pack 17:

Train of Thought, Restless Bones, Fencer’s Magemark, Wee Dragonauts, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Orzhov Basilica, Shrieking Grotesque, Castigate, Necromancer’s Magemark, Gruul Signet, Harrier Griffin, Vedalken Plotter, Caustic Rain, Storm Herd

Pick: Orzhov Basilica

Pack 18:

Ghost Warden, Izzet Signet, Orzhov Euthanist, Pyromatics, Poisonbelly Ogre, Leap of Flame, Benediction of Moons, Silhana Ledgewalker, Mourning Thrull, Dryad Sophisticate, Orzhova, the Church of Deals, Schismotivate, Bioplasm

Pick: Bioplasm

Pack 19:

Torch Drake, Shrieking Grotesque, Necromancer’s Magemark, Gruul Scrapper, Guardian’s Magemark, Gigadrowse, Burning-Tree Bloodscale, Cremate, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Ghor-Clan Bloodscale, Schismotivate, Leyline of Singularity

Pick: Shrieking Grotesque

Pack 20:

Tin Street Hooligan, Lionheart Maverick, Leap of Flame, Train of Thought, Beastmaster’s Magemark, Wild Cantor, Steamcore Weird, Withstand, Starved Rusalka, Sinstriker’s Will, Leyline of Lightning

Pick: Steamcore Weird

Pack 21:

Castigate, Orzhov Signet, Skyrider Trainee, Gigadrowse, Wild Cantor, Cremate, Gruul Nodorog, Petrahydrox, Wreak Havoc, Siege of Towers

Pick: Orzhov Signet

Pack 22:

Lionheart Maverick, Burning-Tree Bloodscale, Crystal Seer, Cry of Contrition, Beastmaster’s Magemark, Izzet Chronarch, Scab-Clan Mauler, Rabble-Rouser, Crash Landing

Pick: Izzet Chronarch

Pack 23:

Benediction of Moons, Tin Street Hooligan, Crystal Seer, Silhana Ledgewalker, Absolver Thrull, Battering Wurm, Frazzle, Leyline of Lifeforce

Pick: Battering Wurm

Pack 24:

Poisonbelly Ogre, Guardian’s Magemark, Runeboggle, Gruul Nodorog, Fencer’s Magemark, Conjurer’s Ban, Sky Swallower

Pick: Gruul Nodorog

Pack 25:

Restless Bones, Fencer’s Magemark, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Castigate, Necromancer’s Magemark, Caustic Rain

Pick: Restless Bones

Pack 26:

Poisonbelly Ogre, Leap of Flame, Benediction of Moons, Mourning Thrull, Orzhova, the Church of Deals

Pick: Mourning Thrull

Pack 27:

Necromancer’s Magemark, Gigadrowse, Cremate, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk

Pick: Necromancer’s Magemark

Pack 28:

Lionheart Maverick, Beastmaster’s Magemark, Starved Rusalka

Pick: Beastmaster’s Magemark

Pack 29:

Gigadrowse, Wreak Havoc

Pick: Wreak Havoc

Pack 30:

Lionheart Maverick

Pick: Lionheart Maverick

Pack 31:

Slaughterhouse Bouncer, Rakdos Carnarium, Cytospawn Shambler, Helium Squirter, Carom, Seal of Fire, Sporeback Troll, Valor Made Real, Enigma Eidolon, Shielding Plax, Whiptail Moloch, Rise / Fall, Bond of Agony, Jagged Poppet, Windreaver

Pick: Helium Squirter

Pack 32:

Azorius First-Wing, Writ of Passage, Vesper Ghoul, Coiling Oracle, Taste for Mayhem, Aquastrand Spider, Macabre Waltz, Silkwing Scout, Assault Zeppelid, Carom, Fertile Imagination, Sky Hussar, Weight of Spires, Crime / Punishment

Pick: Crime / Punishment

Pack 33:

Utvara Scalper, Plumes of Peace, Soulsworn Jury, Vision Skeins, Coiling Oracle, Whiptail Moloch, Verdant Eidolon, Psychotic Fury, Demon’s Jester, Leafdrake Roost, Crypt Champion, Flash Foliage, Loaming Shaman

Pick: Leafdrake Roost

Pack 34:

Thrive, Haazda Exonerator, Overrule, Gobhobbler Rats, Delirium Skeins, Azorius Signet, Simic Ragworm, Steeling Stance, Sandstorm Eidolon, Azorius Aethermage, Flaring Flame-Kin, Transguild Courier

Pick: Azorius Signet

Pack 35:

Entropic Eidolon, Rakdos Signet, Aurora Eidolon, Azorius Chancery, Taste for Mayhem, Simic Initiate, Thrive, Nettling Curse, Beacon Hawk, Overrule, Brace for Impact

Pick: Azorius Chancery

Pack 36:

Simic Signet, Simic Initiate, Vision Skeins, Riot Spikes, Soulsworn Jury, Enemy of the Guildpact, Demon’s Jester, Ocular Halo, Ragamuffyn, Stomp and Howl

Pick: Demon’s Jester

Pack 37:

Ogre Gatecrasher, Ocular Halo, Aurora Eidolon, Simic Ragworm, Street Savvy, Beacon Hawk, Enemy of the Guildpact, Riot Spikes, Rix Maadi, Dungeon Palace

Pick: Simic Ragworm

Pack 38:

Entropic Eidolon, Simic Signet, Writ of Passage, Haazda Exonerator, Delirium Skeins, Kill-Suit Cultist, Vigean Intuition, Nihilistic Glee

Pick: Simic Signet

Pack 39:

Slaughterhouse Bouncer, Cytospawn Shambler, Valor Made Real, Enigma Eidolon, Shielding Plax, Whiptail Moloch, Bond of Agony

Pick: Cytospawn Shambler

Pack 40:

Writ of Passage, Vesper Ghoul, Coiling Oracle, Taste for Mayhem, Fertile Imagination, Weight of Spires

Pick: Fertile Imagination

Pack 41:

Utvara Scalper, Vision Skeins, Whiptail Moloch, Verdant Eidolon, Psychotic Fury

Pick: Verdant Eidolon

Pack 42:

Thrive, Delirium Skeins, Steeling Stance, Sandstorm Eidolon

Pick: Thrive

Pack 43:

Simic Initiate, Nettling Curse, Brace for Impact

Pick: Simic Initiate

Pack 44:

Simic Initiate, Vision Skeins

Pick: Vision Skeins

Pack 45:

Street Savvy

Pick: Street Savvy

Final Decklist:


1 Shrieking Grotesque
1 Stratozeppelid
1 Helium Squirter
1 Brainspoil
1 Demon’s Jester
1 Battering Wurm
1 Bioplasm
2 Civic Wayfinder
1 Gather Courage
1 Gruul Nodorog
1 Cytospawn Shambler
1 Fertile Imagination
1 Simic Ragworm
1 Verdant Eidolon
1 Orzhov Signet
1 Azorius Signet
1 Simic Signet
1 Congregation at Dawn
1 Drooling Groodion
1 Golgari Rotwurm
1 Mourning Thrull
1 Crime/Punishment
1 Leafdrake Roost
8 Forest
1 Golgari Rot Farm
1 Island
1 Orzhov Basilica
1 Plains
3 Swamp
1 Azorius Chancery


1 Beastmaster’s Magemark
1 Ethereal Usher
1 Golgari Thug
1 Izzet Chronarch
1 Lionheart Maverick
1 Mnemonic Nexus
1 Moonlight Bargain
1 Muddle the Mixture
1 Necromancer’s Magemark
1 Necromantic Thirst
1 Restless Bones
1 Shred Memory
1 Simic Initiate
1 Steamcore Weird
1 Street Savvy
1 Thrive
1 Vision Skeins
1 Wreak Havoc

The first pick of this draft was quite interesting. I took Civic Wayfinder over the more powerful Faith’s Fetters and Putrefy. I took the Wayfinder because it leaves my options more open, and leads to a more consistent deck than taking one of the other two. With the two Wayfinders in my deck to start with, I set out to draft the most powerful five-color deck I could. For most of the draft I simply took the best card out of each pack, then towards the end of the second pack, and throughout the third, I paid careful attention to my mana curve. I won the first two rounds fairly easily, including the game I missed on a Fertile Imagination when my opponent had seven cards. I split the third round with Maxamillian Bracht because I had an appointment I couldn’t miss.

Until tomorrow,


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