Drafting With Rich – Lorwyn/Lorwyn/Morningtide #11

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Monday, April 7th – 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.


Pack 1:

Stinkdrinker Daredevil Nameless Inversion Battlewand Oak Hurly-Burly Plover Knights Paperfin Rascal Dreamspoiler Witches Facevaulter Hunt Down Giant’s Ire Dawnfluke Glarewielder Silvergill Adept Kithkin Mourncaller Hoofprints of the Stag

Pick: Nameless Inversion

Pack 2:

Runed Stalactite Nath’s Elite Neck Snap Gilt-Leaf Ambush Spellstutter Sprite Black Poplar Shaman Elvish Eulogist Wings of Velis Vel Caterwauling Boggart Sentry Oak Wren’s Run Vanquisher Scattering Stroke Thorn of Amethyst Merrow Commerce

Pick: Wren’s Run Vanquisher

Pack 3:

Moonglove Winnower Plover Knights Whirlpool Whelm Leaf Gilder Adder-Staff Boggart Wispmare Streambed Aquitects Rootgrapple Goldmeadow Dodger Wings of Velis Vel Flamekin Brawler Fallowsage Entangling Trap

Pick: Leaf Gilder

Pack 4:

Moonglove Extract Hillcomber Giant Sentinels of Glen Elendra Stinkdrinker Daredevil Warren-Scourge Elf Lairwatch Giant Spiderwig Boggart Boggart Forager Ringskipper Thorntooth Witch Forge[/author]-Tender”]Burrenton [author name="Forge"]Forge[/author]-Tender Primal Command

Pick: Thorntooth Witch

Pack 5:

Wispmare Thieving Sprite Hillcomber Giant Streambed Aquitects Tideshaper Mystic Elvish Handservant Broken Ambitions Cenn’s Heir Boggart Forager Pollen Lullaby Entangling Trap

Pick: Streambed Aquitects

Pack 6:

Moonglove Winnower Kinsbaile Balloonist Paperfin Rascal Nath’s Elite Goldmeadow Dodger Faerie Trickery Nightshade Stinger Blades of Velis Vel Ethereal Whiskergill Vivid Meadow

Pick: Nath’s Elite

Pack 7:

Boggart Sprite-Chaser Oaken Brawler Fertile Ground Elvish Handservant Dawnfluke Broken Ambitions Nath’s Buffoon Faultgrinder Crush Underfoot

Pick: Fertile Ground

Pack 8:

Battlewand Oak Oaken Brawler Hurly-Burly Triclopean Sight Nath’s Buffoon Caterwauling Boggart Arbiter of Knollridge Bog-Strider Ash

Pick: Battlewand Oak

Pack 9:

Stinkdrinker Daredevil Battlewand Oak Hurly-Burly Facevaulter Hunt Down Giant’s Ire Dawnfluke

Pick: Battlewand Oak

Pack 10:

Runed Stalactite Black Poplar Shaman Elvish Eulogist Wings of Velis Vel Scattering Stroke Merrow Commerce

Pick: Black Poplar Shaman

Pack 11:

Whirlpool Whelm Wispmare Rootgrapple Goldmeadow Dodger Entangling Trap

Pick: Rootgrapple

Pack 12:

Warren-Scourge Elf Lairwatch Giant Boggart Forager Ringskipper

Pick: Warren-Scourge Elf

Pack 13:

Tideshaper Mystic Boggart Forager Entangling Trap

Pick: Entangling Trap

Pack 14:

Goldmeadow Dodger Faerie Trickery

Pick: Goldmeadow Dodger

Pack 15:


Pick: Dawnfluke

Pack 16:

Glimmerdust Nap Warren Pilferers Soulbright Flamekin Kithkin Daggerdare Surge of Thoughtweft Mulldrifter Scarred Vinebreeder Gilt-Leaf Seer Protective Bubble Ingot Chewer Lys Alana Scarblade Elvish Promenade Glarewielder Garruk Wildspeaker Soulbright Flamekin

Pick: Garruk Wildspeaker

Pack 17:

Kithkin Daggerdare Herbal Poultice Avian Changeling Warren Pilferers Lowland Oaf Fistful of Force Wellgabber Apothecary Gilt-Leaf Seer Boggart Birth Rite Zephyr Net Bog Hoodlums Boggart Shenanigans Vivid Creek Incendiary Command

Pick: Warren Pilferers

Pack 18:

Herbal Poultice Kithkin Greatheart Oakgnarl Warrior Hornet Harasser Deeptread Merrow Skeletal Changeling Shields of Velis Vel Fire-Belly Changeling Amoeboid Changeling Hearthcage Giant Familiar’s Ruse Cloudthresher Deathrender

Pick: Cloudthresher

Pack 19:

Avian Changeling Bog-Strider Ash Mudbutton Torchrunner Springleaf Drum Oakgnarl Warrior Elvish Branchbender Wellgabber Apothecary Aquitect’s Will Mournwhelk Zephyr Net Battle Mastery Colfenor’s Plans

Pick: Colfenor’s Plans

Pack 20:

Wanderer’s Twig Axegrinder Giant Woodland Changeling Ponder Bog Hoodlums Protective Bubble Fire-Belly Changeling Skeletal Changeling Captivating Glance Boggart Harbinger Moonglove Extract

Pick: Moonglove Extract

Pack 21:

Quill-Slinger Boggart Surge of Thoughtweft Cloudcrown Oak Tarfire Wanderer’s Twig Inkfathom Divers Needle Drop Soaring Hope Boggart Harbinger Kithkin Mourncaller

Pick: Cloudcrown Oak

Pack 22:

Fistful of Force Glimmerdust Nap Cloudcrown Oak Kinsbaile Skirmisher Lace with Moonglove Scarred Vinebreeder Springjack Knight Vivid Meadow Sylvan Echoes

Pick: Cloudcrown Oak

Pack 23:

Lowland Oaf Lignify Kithkin Healer Aquitect’s Will Spring Cleaning Merrow Commerce Lys Alana Scarblade Seedguide Ash

Pick: Seedguide Ash

Pack 24:

Glimmerdust Nap Scarred Vinebreeder Gilt-Leaf Seer Protective Bubble Ingot Chewer Lys Alana Scarblade Elvish Promenade

Pick: Lys Alana Scarblade

Pack 25:

Kithkin Daggerdare Herbal Poultice Gilt-Leaf Seer Zephyr Net Bog Hoodlums Boggart Shenanigans

Pick: Kithkin Daggerdare

Pack 26:

Herbal Poultice Oakgnarl Warrior Shields of Velis Vel Fire-Belly Changeling Familiar’s Ruse

Pick: Oakgnarl Warrior

Pack 27:

Bog-Strider Ash Wellgabber Apothecary Zephyr Net Battle Mastery

Pick: Bog-Strider Ash

Pack 28:

Axegrinder Giant Bog Hoodlums Protective Bubble

Pick: Bog Hoodlums

Pack 29:

Quill-Slinger Boggart Needle Drop

Pick: Quill-Slinger Boggart

Pack 30:

Lace with Moonglove

Pick: Lace with Moonglove

Pack 31:

Ambassador Oak Kithkin Zephyrnaut Moonglove Changeling Shard Volley Changeling Sentinel Latchkey Faerie Winnower Patrol Stonybrook Schoolmaster Negate Prickly Boggart Hostile Realm Stinkdrinker Bandit Waterspout Weavers Offalsnout Greatbow Doyen

Pick: Winnower Patrol

Pack 32:

Final-Sting Faerie Game-Trail Changeling Weight of Conscience Fire Juggler Squeaking Pie Grubfellows Ambassador Oak Stonybrook Banneret Mosquito Guard Roar of the Crowd Luminescent Rain Ink Dissolver Sage of Fables Hunting Triad Research the Deep

Pick: Hunting Triad

Pack 33:

Game-Trail Changeling Order of the Golden Cricket Sunflare Shaman Weed-Pruner Poplar Stream of Unconsciousness Prickly Boggart Stingmoggie Festercreep Deglamer Forfend Wandering Graybeard Graceful Reprieve Reach of Branches

Pick: Reach of Branches

Pack 34:

Earthbrawn Fire Juggler Weed-Pruner Poplar War-Spike Changeling Violet Pall Luminescent Rain Mudbutton Clanger Stonybrook Banneret Shinewend Festercreep Cloak and Dagger Sigil Tracer

Pick: Violet Pall

Pack 35:

Distant Melody Fertilid Squeaking Pie Grubfellows Reins of the Vinesteed Hostile Realm Coordinated Barrage Negate Bosk Banneret Diviner’s Wand Heritage Druid Declaration of Naught

Pick: Bosk Banneret

Pack 36:

Seething Pathblazer Burrenton Shield-Bearers Elvish Warrior Dewdrop Spy Everbark Shaman Pulling Teeth Floodchaser Morsel Theft Boldwyr Intimidator Cloak and Dagger

Pick: Elvish Warrior

Pack 37:

Burrenton Shield-Bearers Elvish Warrior Fencer Clique Lunk Errant Stream of Unconsciousness Floodchaser Kindled Fury Lys Alana Bowmaster Rivals’ Duel

Pick: Elvish Warrior

Pack 38:

Changeling Sentinel Dewdrop Spy Reins of the Vinesteed Pack’s Disdain Frogtosser Banneret Mothdust Changeling Forfend Vengeful Firebrand

Pick: Pack’s Disdain

Pack 39:

Ambassador Oak Changeling Sentinel Negate Prickly Boggart Hostile Realm Waterspout Weavers Offalsnout

Pick: Ambassador Oak

Pack 40:

Final-Sting Faerie Squeaking Pie Grubfellows Stonybrook Banneret Luminescent Rain Ink Dissolver Research the Deep

Pick: Final-Sting Faerie

Pack 41:

Stream of Unconsciousness Festercreep Deglamer Forfend Graceful Reprieve

Pick: Festercreep

Pack 42:

Luminescent Rain Mudbutton Clanger Stonybrook Banneret Shinewend

Pick: Stonybrook Banneret

Pack 43:

Squeaking Pie Grubfellows Reins of the Vinesteed Hostile Realm

Pick: Squeaking Pie Grubfellows

Pack 44:

Pulling Teeth Floodchaser

Pick: Floodchaser

Pack 45:

Burrenton Shield-Bearers

Pick: Burrenton Shield-Bearers

Final Decklist:


1 Nameless Inversion
1 Thorntooth Witch
1 Warren Pilferers
1 Violet Pall
2 Elvish Warrior
1 Fertile Ground
2 Battlewand Oak
2 Cloudcrown Oak
1 Cloudthresher
1 Garruk Wildspeaker
1 Leaf Gilder
1 Nath’s Elite
1 Seedguide Ash
1 Wren’s Run Vanquisher
1 Ambassador Oak
1 Bosk Banneret
1 Hunting Triad
1 Reach of Branches
1 Winnower Patrol
1 Moonglove Extract [FOIL]
11 Forest
6 Swamp


1 Black Poplar Shaman
1 Bog Hoodlums
1 Bog-Strider Ash
1 Burrenton Shield-Bearers
1 Colfenor’s Plans
1 Dawnfluke
1 Entangling Trap
1 Festercreep
1 Final-Sting Faerie
1 Floodchaser
1 Goldmeadow Dodger
1 Kithkin Daggerdare
1 Lace with Moonglove
1 Lys Alana Scarblade
1 Oakgnarl Warrior
1 Pack’s Disdain
1 Quill-Slinger Boggart
1 Rootgrapple
1 Squeaking Pie Grubfellows
1 Stonybrook Banneret
1 Streambed Aquitects
1 Warren-Scourge Elf

4th Pick: I wasn’t sure about this one but I figured Thorntooth Witch is the most splashable card and it would be good and splashable in almost any deck I end up with.

5th Pick: I wasn’t so committed to Black that I was willing to take the Sprite which is quite mediocre in Green Black.

19th Pick: I think the Plans are underrated. They aren’t necessarily good in Green Black but I think it’s the best Green or Black card in this pack.

31st Pick: I think Ambassador Oak is a better card but I wanted the three-drop and I figured I’d be able to get more powerful cards later and the Oak might come back.

I was very happy with this deck. It’s fast consistent has bombs and removal. Can’t ask for much more. I should’ve played the Pack’s Disdain over Nath’s Elite and I ended up boarding it in both rounds.

Round 1 I played against a mediocre Black Red deck. In the first game I started casting Reach of Branches every turn at a stable life total and there was nothing he could do. In the second game I started casting Reach of Branches at 13 but this time he had double Fodder Launch and Mudbutton Torchrunner to burn me out. Game 3 I had a quick draw with Garruk on turn 6 and he just had some 1/1s and 2/1s.

Round 2 I played against a good Rogue deck. Game 1 he had Oona’s Backguards on turns 2 and 3. I removed one of them and kept it close despite not playing a fourth land and him playing Rogues every turn. I lost when he had Peppersmoke for the Cloudcrown Oak that blocked his 3/3 Paperfin Rascal. Game 2 I had a fast draw with turn 3 Battlewand Oak and a Forest and a Treefolk every turn after that. It didn’t take long before he succumbed. Game 3 he didn’t have a turn 2 Backguard so my creatures were just bigger than his throughout and he could never mount a defense.

I split the finals.

Until tomorrow


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