Drafting With Rich #8

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:

Terrarion, Votary of the Conclave, Drift of Phantasms, Sadistic Augermage, Thundersong Trumpeter, Goblin Fire Fiend, Sundering Vitae, Leave No Trace, Galvanic Arc, Elves of Deep Shadow, Selesnya Evangel, Wizened Snitches, Peregrine Mask, Putrefy, Woodwraith Corrupter

Pick: Galvanic Arc

Pack 2:

Selesnya Sanctuary, Stasis Cell, Roofstalker Wight, Forest, Nightguard Patrol, Vedalken Dismisser, Rally the Righteous, Dromad Purebred, Grayscaled Gharial, Snapping Drake, Golgari Signet, Grifter’s Blade, Ivy Dancer, Bathe in Light

Pick: Vedalken Dismisser

Pack 3:

Gaze of the Gorgon, Goblin Spelunkers, Greater Mossdog, Thundersong Trumpeter, Gather Courage, Lurking Informant, Sewerdreg, Smash, Shambling Shell, Transluminant, Lore Broker, Spectral Searchlight, Sunhome Enforcer

Pick: Spectral Searchlight

Pack 4:

Gaze of the Gorgon, Coalhauler Swine, Ordruun Commando, Tidewater Minion, Zephyr Spirit, Boros Recruit, Smash, Shambling Shell, Indentured Oaf, Svogthos, the Restless Tomb, Chant of Vitu-Ghazi, Concerted Effort

Pick: Indentured Oaf

Pack 5:

Wojek Siren, Convolute, Stinkweed Imp, Sabertooth Alley Cat, Golgari Brownscale, Conclave’s Blessing, Quickchange, Fiery Conclusion, Skyknight Legionnaire, Duskmantle, House of Shadow, Selesnya Sagittars

Pick: Stinkweed Imp

Pack 6:

Votary of the Conclave, Terraformer, Bramble Elemental, Benevolent Ancestor, Vedalken Entrancer, Surge of Zeal, Golgari Brownscale, Gate Hound, Brainspoil, Auratouched Mage

Pick: Brainspoil

Pack 7:

Tattered Drake, Barbarian Riftcutter, Muddle the Mixture, Caregiver, Drake Familiar, Thoughtpicker Witch, Flight of Fancy, Vitu-Ghazi, the City-Tree, Suppression Field

Pick: Tattered Drake

Pack 8:

Viashino Slasher, Incite Hysteria, Necromantic Thirst, Perplex, Dryad’s Caress, Mnemonic Nexus, Carrion Howler, Nightmare Void

Pick: Perplex

Pack 9:

Votary of the Conclave, Sadistic Augermage, Goblin Fire Fiend, Sundering Vitae, Leave No Trace, Wizened Snitches, Peregrine Mask

Pick: Wizened Snitches

Pack 10:

Stasis Cell, Roofstalker Wight, Forest, Dromad Purebred, Grayscaled Gharial, Grifter’s Blade

Pick: Roofstalker Wight

Pack 11:

Gaze of the Gorgon, Greater Mossdog, Sewerdreg, Smash, Lore Broker

Pick: Sewerdreg

Pack 12:

Coalhauler Swine, Zephyr Spirit, Svogthos, the Restless Tomb, Chant of Vitu-Ghazi

Pick: Coalhauler Swine

Pack 13:

Conclave’s Blessing, Quickchange, Duskmantle, House of Shadow

Pick: Duskmantle, House of Shadow

Pack 14:

Surge of Zeal, Gate Hound

Pick: Surge of Zeal

Pack 15:


Pick: Caregiver

Pack 16:

Orzhov Euthanist, Pillory of the Sleepless, Silhana Starfletcher, Pyromatics, Orzhov Basilica, Wild Cantor, Poisonbelly Ogre, Guardian’s Magemark, Wee Dragonauts, Runeboggle, Gruul Nodorog, Plagued Rusalka, Agent of Masks, Gatherer of Graces, Skarrgan Firebird

Pick: Skarrgan Firebird

Pack 17:

Restless Bones, Petrahydrox, Skyrider Trainee, Runeboggle, Mourning Thrull, Orzhov Signet, Withstand, Douse in Gloom, Silhana Starfletcher, Orzhov Basilica, Dryad Sophisticate, Ghor-Clan Bloodscale, Nivix, Aerie of the Firemind, Moratorium Stone

Pick: Douse in Gloom

Pack 18:

Mourning Thrull, Train of Thought, Restless Bones, Fencer’s Magemark, Wee Dragonauts, Repeal, Izzet Boilerworks, Ghost Warden, Orzhov Euthanist, Vacuumelt, Smogsteed Rider, Shattering Spree, Leyline of Lifeforce

Pick: Izzet Boilerworks

Pack 19:

Cry of Contrition, Tin Street Hooligan, Lionheart Maverick, Leap of Flame, Train of Thought, Beastmaster’s Magemark, Blind Hunter, Ghost Warden, Izzet Signet, Martyred Rusalka, Vertigo Spawn, Dune-Brood Nephilim

Pick: Izzet Signet

Pack 20:

Castigate, Necromancer’s Magemark, Fencer’s Magemark, Fencer’s Magemark, Poisonbelly Ogre, Leap of Flame, Benediction of Moons, Silhana Ledgewalker, Scorched Rusalka, To Arms!, Mimeofacture

Pick: Mimeofacture

Pack 21:

Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Lionheart Maverick, Burning-Tree Bloodscale, Crystal Seer, Cry of Contrition, Beastmaster’s Magemark, Castigate, Orzhov Signet, Starved Rusalka, Sinstriker’s Will

Pick: Orzhov Signet

Pack 22:

Necromancer’s Magemark, Skyrider Trainee, Gigadrowse, Wild Cantor, Cremate, Gruul Nodorog, Conjurer’s Ban, Smogsteed Rider, Leyline of the Void

Pick: Cremate

Pack 23:

Scab-Clan Mauler, Gruul Turf, Ostiary Thrull, Benediction of Moons, Ghost Warden, Silhana Ledgewalker, Cryptwailing, Souls of the Faultless

Pick: Gruul Turf

Pack 24:

Orzhov Euthanist, Poisonbelly Ogre, Guardian’s Magemark, Runeboggle, Gruul Nodorog, Plagued Rusalka, Gatherer of Graces

Pick: Orzhov Euthanist

Pack 25:

Restless Bones, Skyrider Trainee, Runeboggle, Ghor-Clan Bloodscale, Nivix, Aerie of the Firemind, Moratorium Stone

Pick: Restless Bones

Pack 26:

Restless Bones, Fencer’s Magemark, Smogsteed Rider, Shattering Spree, Leyline of Lifeforce

Pick: Leyline of Lifeforce

Pack 27:

Cry of Contrition, Lionheart Maverick, Leap of Flame, Vertigo Spawn

Pick: Vertigo Spawn

Pack 28:

Necromancer’s Magemark, Poisonbelly Ogre, Benediction of Moons

Pick: Necromancer’s Magemark

Pack 29:

Lionheart Maverick, Starved Rusalka

Pick: Starved Rusalka

Pack 30:

Smogsteed Rider

Pick: Smogsteed Rider

Pack 31:

Sandstorm Eidolon, Slaughterhouse Bouncer, Rakdos Carnarium, Cytospawn Shambler, Helium Squirter, Carom, Whiptail Moloch, Writ of Passage, Plumes of Peace, Sporeback Troll, Haazda Exonerator, Skullmead Cauldron, Hit / Run, Nightcreep, Loaming Shaman

Pick: Helium Squirter

Pack 32:

Rakdos Signet, Ogre Gatecrasher, Ocular Halo, Aurora Eidolon, Rakdos Carnarium, Riot Spikes, Taste for Mayhem, Simic Initiate, Vigean Hydropon, Nettling Curse, Flaring Flame-Kin, Transguild Courier, Rise / Fall, Experiment Kraj

Pick: Rise / Fall

Pack 33:

Nettling Curse, Kill-Suit Cultist, Street Savvy, Azorius First-Wing, Writ of Passage, Vesper Ghoul, Sandstorm Eidolon, Minister of Impediments, Steeling Stance, Simic Growth Chamber, Brace for Impact, Vigean Graftmage, Ratcatcher

Pick: Ratcatcher

Pack 34:

Shielding Plax, Vesper Ghoul, Enigma Eidolon, Gobhobbler Rats, Valor Made Real, Slaughterhouse Bouncer, Utopia Sprawl, Freewind Equenaut, Azorius Signet, Rise / Fall, Slithering Shade, Omnibian

Pick: Rise / Fall

Pack 35:

Vision Skeins, Coiling Oracle, Whiptail Moloch, Thrive, Haazda Exonerator, Overrule, Verdant Eidolon, Psychotic Fury, Plaxmanta, Vigean Intuition, Rise / Fall

Pick: Rise / Fall

Pack 36:

Simic Growth Chamber, Azorius Signet, Simic Ragworm, Steeling Stance, Delirium Skeins, Valor Made Real, Enigma Eidolon, Shielding Plax, Stomp and Howl, Weight of Spires

Pick: Enigma Eidolon

Pack 37:

Beacon Hawk, Overrule, Utvara Scalper, Soulsworn Jury, Entropic Eidolon, Aurora Eidolon, Azorius Chancery, Bond of Agony, Jagged Poppet

Pick: Entropic Eidolon

Pack 38:

Macabre Waltz, Carom, Coiling Oracle, Taste for Mayhem, Street Savvy, Enemy of the Guildpact, Flash Foliage, Azorius Aethermage

Pick: Macabre Waltz

Pack 39:

Sandstorm Eidolon, Cytospawn Shambler, Whiptail Moloch, Writ of Passage, Haazda Exonerator, Skullmead Cauldron, Nightcreep

Pick: Cytospawn Shambler

Pack 40:

Rakdos Signet, Riot Spikes, Taste for Mayhem, Simic Initiate, Nettling Curse, Transguild Courier

Pick: Transguild Courier

Pack 41:

Nettling Curse, Street Savvy, Writ of Passage, Vesper Ghoul, Steeling Stance

Pick: Vesper Ghoul

Pack 42:

Vesper Ghoul, Enigma Eidolon, Valor Made Real, Slithering Shade

Pick: Enigma Eidolon

Pack 43:

Vision Skeins, Whiptail Moloch, Haazda Exonerator

Pick: Whiptail Moloch

Pack 44:

Valor Made Real, Shielding Plax

Pick: Shielding Plax

Final Decklist:


1 Tattered Drake
1 Vedalken Dismisser
1 Helium Squirter
1 Brainspoil
1 Douse in Gloom
1 Orzhov Euthanist
1 Roofstalker Wight
1 Sewerdreg
1 Stinkweed Imp
1 Entropic Eidolon
1 Macabre Waltz
1 Ratcatcher
1 Vesper Ghoul
1 Galvanic Arc
1 Indentured Oaf
1 Skarrgan Firebird
1 Izzet Signet
1 Orzhov Signet
1 Spectral Searchlight
1 Perplex
2 Rise/Fall
1 Rise/Fall [FOIL]
1 Transguild Courier
1 Gruul Turf
3 Island
1 Izzet Boilerworks
4 Mountain
7 Swamp


1 Caregiver
1 Coalhauler Swine
1 Cremate
1 Cytospawn Shambler
1 Duskmantle, House of Shadow
2 Enigma Eidolon
1 Island
1 Leyline of Lifeforce
1 Mimeofacture
1 Necromancer’s Magemark
1 Restless Bones
1 Shielding Plax
1 Smogsteed Rider
1 Starved Rusalka
1 Surge of Zeal
1 Utvara Scalper
1 Vertigo Spawn
1 Whiptail Moloch
1 Wizened Snitches

This draft started off quite well, and it felt like my deck would end up very good since the Izzet and Rakdos commons would fit well into my deck. Unfortunately, Guildpact and Dissension were very disappointing as I didn’t get any of either guild’s top commons. I did end up with 3 Rise/Falls, but wasn’t sure if it was even worth playing all of them. I was forced to play them because I was short on playables, and I am glad I did. The one game I drew all three I used two to get rid of four spells, and the third to gain an insurmountable board advantage. I ended up splitting the finals after two hard-fought victories.

Until Tomorrow,


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