Drafting With Rich – Lorwyn/Lorwyn/Morningtide #1

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Monday, March 24th – That’s right, folks… Rich Hoaen is back! The renowned Canadian Limited maestro returns to bring us a Lorwyn/Lorwyn/Morningtide draft each day from the 8-4 queues of Magic Online. He takes us through each pick, from 1 to 45, and shares his thoughts on the draft and the games in both the article and the forums. Welcome back, Rich!


Pack 1:

Paperfin Rascal Dreamspoiler Witches Runed Stalactite Nath’s Elite Neck Snap Smokebraider Black Poplar Shaman Shimmering Grotto Elvish Eulogist Giant’s Ire Flamekin Spitfire Changeling Hero Vivid Meadow Scion of Oona Warren-Scourge Elf

Pick: Changeling Hero

Pack 2:

Streambed Aquitects Stinkdrinker Daredevil Battlewand Oak Hurly-Burly Facevaulter Warren-Scourge Elf Blades of Velis Vel Cenn’s Heir Ringskipper Fallowsage Incremental Growth Hearthcage Giant Arbiter of Knollridge Bog Hoodlums

Pick: Streambed Aquitects

Pack 3:

Consuming Bonfire Wispmare Stonybrook Angler Thieving Sprite Gilt-Leaf Ambush Hillcomber Giant Rootgrapple Goldmeadow Dodger Wings of Velis Vel Flamekin Brawler Glarewielder Vivid Crag Primal Command

Pick: Stonybrook Angler

Pack 4:

Nath’s Elite Boggart Sprite-Chaser Oaken Brawler Smokebraider Stonybrook Angler Rootgrapple Triclopean Sight Nightshade Stinger Faultgrinder Inner-Flame Igniter Lys Alana Scarblade Thorn of Amethyst

Pick: Stonybrook Angler

Pack 5:

Gilt-Leaf Ambush Kinsbaile Balloonist Inner-Flame Acolyte Paperfin Rascal Lairwatch Giant Spellstutter Sprite Spiderwig Boggart Flamekin Brawler Tideshaper Mystic Rebellion of the Flamekin Ego Erasure

Pick: Paperfin Rascal

Pack 6:

Fertile Ground Moonglove Winnower Whirlpool Whelm Adder-Staff Boggart Faerie Trickery Lairwatch Giant Spiderwig Boggart Boggart Forager Vivid Marsh Sentry Oak

Pick: Whirlpool Whelm

Pack 7:

Boggart Loggers Adder-Staff Boggart Stinkdrinker Daredevil Goldmeadow Dodger Faerie Trickery Nightshade Stinger Blades of Velis Vel Spinerock Knoll Mountain

Pick: Faerie Trickery

Pack 8:

Battlewand Oak Oaken Brawler Hurly-Burly Elvish Handservant Dawnfluke Nath’s Buffoon Faultgrinder Wild Ricochet

Pick: Oaken Brawler

Pack 9:

Smokebraider Black Poplar Shaman Shimmering Grotto Elvish Eulogist Giant’s Ire Flamekin Spitfire Warren-Scourge Elf

Pick: Shimmering Grotto

Pack 10:

Hurly-Burly Facevaulter Warren-Scourge Elf Cenn’s Heir Hearthcage Giant Bog Hoodlums

Pick: Hurly-Burly

Pack 11:

Wispmare Hillcomber Giant Goldmeadow Dodger Flamekin Brawler Vivid Crag

Pick: Hillcomber Giant

Pack 12:

Oaken Brawler Rootgrapple Triclopean Sight Faultgrinder

Pick: Triclopean Sight

Pack 13:

Lairwatch Giant Flamekin Brawler Rebellion of the Flamekin

Pick: Lairwatch Giant

Pack 14:

Faerie Trickery Lairwatch Giant

Pick: Faerie Trickery

Pack 15:

Blades of Velis Vel

Pick: Blades of Velis Vel

Pack 16:

Kithkin Healer Footbottom Feast Axegrinder Giant Lignify Silvergill Douser Oblivion Ring Quill-Slinger Boggart Elvish Branchbender Amoeboid Changeling Kinsbaile Skirmisher Lace with Moonglove Faerie Tauntings Kithkin Mourncaller Squeaking Pie Sneak Sower of Temptation

Pick: Sower of Temptation

Pack 17:

Woodland Changeling Kithkin Greatheart Footbottom Feast Lowland Oaf Lignify Weed Strangle Zephyr Net Bog Hoodlums Judge of Currents Inkfathom Divers Woodland Guidance Flamekin Bladewhirl Merrow Reejerey Sunrise Sovereign

Pick: Merrow Reejerey

Pack 18:

Springleaf Drum Oakgnarl Warrior Goldmeadow Harrier Glimmerdust Nap Soulbright Flamekin Kithkin Daggerdare Judge of Currents Lace with Moonglove Blind-Spot Giant Exiled Boggart Hoarder’s Greed Lammastide Weave Ethereal Whiskergill

Pick: Goldmeadow Harrier

Pack 19:

Bog-Strider Ash Herbal Poultice Kithkin Greatheart Oakgnarl Warrior Scarred Vinebreeder Springjack Knight Ponder Bog Hoodlums Ego Erasure Crib Swap Auntie’s Hovel Mountain

Pick: Crib Swap

Pack 20:

Glimmerdust Nap Cloudcrown Oak Wanderer’s Twig Axegrinder Giant Spring Cleaning Blind-Spot Giant Wellgabber Apothecary Gilt-Leaf Seer Boggart Birth Rite Captivating Glance Battle Mastery

Pick: Wanderer’s Twig

Pack 21:

Hornet Harasser Deeptread Merrow Goldmeadow Harrier Fistful of Force Soulbright Flamekin Fire-Belly Changeling Aquitect’s Will Kinsbaile Skirmisher Nectar Faerie Treefolk Harbinger

Pick: Goldmeadow Harrier

Pack 22:

Surge of Thoughtweft Mudbutton Torchrunner Woodland Changeling Springleaf Drum Ponder Heal the Scars Skeletal Changeling Shields of Velis Vel Fire-Belly Changeling

Pick: Ponder

Pack 23:

Wanderer’s Twig Bog-Strider Ash Mudbutton Torchrunner Boggart Birth Rite Ingot Chewer Soaring Hope Shimmering Grotto Ego Erasure

Pick: Mudbutton Torchrunner

Pack 24:

Kithkin Healer Axegrinder Giant Quill-Slinger Boggart Elvish Branchbender Lace with Moonglove Faerie Tauntings Squeaking Pie Sneak

Pick: Kithkin Healer

Pack 25:

Lowland Oaf Lignify Zephyr Net Bog Hoodlums Judge of Currents Woodland Guidance

Pick: Judge of Currents

Pack 26:

Soulbright Flamekin Lace with Moonglove Exiled Boggart Hoarder’s Greed Lammastide Weave

Pick: Soulbright Flamekin

Pack 27:

Herbal Poultice Scarred Vinebreeder Bog Hoodlums Mountain

Pick: Mountain

Pack 28:

Spring Cleaning Gilt-Leaf Seer Boggart Birth Rite

Pick: Boggart Birth Rite

Pack 29:

Soulbright Flamekin Kinsbaile Skirmisher

Pick: Kinsbaile Skirmisher

Pack 30:

Mudbutton Torchrunner

Pick: Mudbutton Torchrunner

Pack 31:

Squeaking Pie Grubfellows Ambassador Oak Fencer Clique Changeling Sentinel Dewdrop Spy Reins of the Vinesteed Pack’s Disdain Luminescent Rain Mudbutton Clanger Stonybrook Banneret Shinewend Spitebellows Nightshade Schemers Thieves’ Fortune Greatbow Doyen

Pick: Fencer Clique

Pack 32:

Lunk Errant Stream of Unconsciousness Final-Sting Faerie Game-Trail Changeling Weight of Conscience Fire Juggler Everbark Shaman Pulling Teeth Floodchaser Morsel Theft Cenn’s Tactician Daily Regimen Vengeful Firebrand Forfend

Pick: Weight of Conscience

Pack 33:

Sunflare Shaman Moonglove Changeling Fertilid Burrenton Bombardier Disperse Brighthearth Banneret Festercreep Coordinated Barrage Negate Bosk Banneret Nevermaker Wolf-Skull Shaman Warren Weirding

Pick: Nevermaker

Pack 34:

Squeaking Pie Grubfellows Reins of the Vinesteed Distant Melody Game-Trail Changeling Order of the Golden Cricket Coordinated Barrage Merrow Witsniper Blightsoil Druid Kindled Fury Sage’s Dousing Warren Weirding Borderland Behemoth

Pick: Order of the Golden Cricket

Pack 35:

Reins of the Vinesteed Sunflare Shaman Fertilid Burrenton Bombardier Disperse Hostile Realm Everbark Shaman Mosquito Guard Waterspout Weavers Diviner’s Wand Redeem the Lost

Pick: Burrenton Bombardier

Pack 36:

Lunk Errant Stream of Unconsciousness Game-Trail Changeling Weight of Conscience Roar of the Crowd Everbark Shaman Shinewend Merrow Witsniper Morsel Theft Nightshade Schemers

Pick: Weight of Conscience

Pack 37:

Sunflare Shaman Stream of Unconsciousness Burrenton Shield-Bearers Ballyrush Banneret Bosk Banneret Stonybrook Schoolmaster Pulling Teeth Stomping Slabs Knowledge Exploitation

Pick: Ballyrush Banneret

Pack 38:

Fire Juggler Squeaking Pie Grubfellows Ambassador Oak Stingmoggie Lys Alana Bowmaster Stonybrook Schoolmaster Negate Prickly Boggart

Pick: Stonybrook Schoolmaster

Pack 39:

Squeaking Pie Grubfellows Reins of the Vinesteed Luminescent Rain Stonybrook Banneret Shinewend Nightshade Schemers Thieves’ Fortune

Pick: Stonybrook Banneret

Pack 40:

Fire Juggler Everbark Shaman Pulling Teeth Floodchaser Vengeful Firebrand Forfend

Pick: Floodchaser

Pack 41:

Sunflare Shaman Fertilid Festercreep Negate Warren Weirding

Pick: Warren Weirding

Pack 42:

Squeaking Pie Grubfellows Reins of the Vinesteed Merrow Witsniper Kindled Fury

Pick: Squeaking Pie Grubfellows

Pack 43:

Reins of the Vinesteed Fertilid Hostile Realm

Pick: Fertilid

Pack 44:

Shinewend Merrow Witsniper

Pick: Shinewend

Pack 45:

Pulling Teeth

Pick: Pulling Teeth

Final Decklist:


2 Goldmeadow Harrier
1 Ponder
1 Kinsbaile Skirmisher
2 Stonybrook Angler
1 Triclopean Sight
1 Whirlpool Whelm
1 Ballyrush Banneret
1 Order of the Golden Cricket
2 Weight of Conscience
1 Crib Swap
1 Kithkin Healer
1 Merrow Reejerey
1 Paperfin Rascal
1 Streambed Aquitects
1 Burrenton Bombardier
1 Hillcomber Giant
1 Sower of Temptation
1 Fencer Clique
1 Nevermaker
1 Changeling Hero
8 Island
9 Plains


1 Blades of Velis Vel
1 Boggart Birth Rite
2 Faerie Trickery
1 Fertilid
1 Floodchaser
1 Hurly-Burly
1 Judge of Currents
1 Lairwatch Giant
1 Mountain [FOIL]
2 Mudbutton Torchrunner
1 Oaken Brawler
1 Pulling Teeth
1 Shimmering Grotto
1 Shinewend
1 Soulbright Flamekin
1 Squeaking Pie Grubfellows
1 Stonybrook Banneret
1 Stonybrook Schoolmaster
1 Wanderer’s Twig
1 Warren Weirding

Guess who’s back
Back again
Richie’s back
Tell a friend…

In January I started my first job. Unfortunately because of my location and schedule I wasn’t able to attend Pro Tour: Kuala Lumpur and I won’t be able to play any live tournaments for the foreseeable future. Thankfully this hasn’t reduced my desire to draft so here I am. Hopefully I’ll still be able to provide you with quality drafts.

I’ve also begun to do some casual gaming something I never would’ve done before. My favorite format is Pauper Prismatic Singleton. If you’ve got a deck together feel free to challenge me (rhoaen) on MTGO some time.

Without further ado here is the first draft of many in my return to Drafting With Rich!

1st Pick: I wasn’t sure about this one. None of the options were particularly exciting and I’d been told White was underdrafted on MTGO so I decided to go with the best White card over Dreamspoiler Witches since there was another Faerie card in the pack.

2nd Pick: I’m not a big fan of Incremental Growth and I am a big fan of Streambed Aquitects.

22nd Pick: Most of my picks had been pretty automatic up to here. I think I made a mistake taking Ponder over Surge of Thoughtweft. I figured I needed the consistency Ponder would provide and wouldn’t end up with many Kithkin in my deck but I was wrong about both of those things.

33rd Pick: I wasn’t sure about this one and I figured my deck was more controlling so the Nevermaker would be effective at holding them off until I could get my tappers online and I wouldn’t be the aggressor often enough to make full use of the Bombardier.

37th Pick: Although I was leaning towards Merfolk earlier I didn’t have any good ways to tap the Schoolmaster repeatedly so I gave up on that plan and took the Banneret since I needed more cheap creatures.

My deck ended up decent with a lot of removal for a Blue White deck but with almost no tribal synergy and no real theme for the deck.

Round 1 I played against a slow White Green deck with some bombs like Purity and Epic Proportions. In the first game I was without Blue mana for a long time but was able to hold him off with a Harrier and race a little with Changeling Hero. He played two Wren’s Run Vanquishers so I didn’t really have a choice but to trade with one of them. Eventually I found Blue mana and was able to hold off his Purity and Epic Proportionsed guy with tappers until I could find my Sower of Temptation and beat him with his own Purity. Game 2 I had a great draw and drew all of my Merfolk with the Reejerey. I spent a couple turns tapping down his team and alpha-striking and he was done for.

Round 2 I played against an Elemental deck that never played a Smokebraider or Banneret and I had two pretty good draws so I was able to attack very effectively through his awkward creatures and put him away before his card advantage from Mulldrifters could overwhelm me.

I split the finals.

Until tomorrow…


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