Drafting With Rich – Lorwyn/Lorwyn/Morningtide #13

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Wednesday, April 9th – 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:

Avian Changeling Warren Pilferers Lowland Oaf Fistful of Force Aethersnipe Quill-Slinger Boggart Surge of Thoughtweft Heal the Scars Inkfathom Divers Boggart Birth Rite Ingot Chewer Boggart Harbinger Lammastide Weave Fodder Launch Chandra Nalaar

Pick: Chandra Nalaar

Pack 2:

Eyeblight’s Ending Springleaf Drum Oakgnarl Warrior Goldmeadow Harrier Glimmerdust Nap Warren Pilferers Exiled Boggart Ponder Heal the Scars Skeletal Changeling Woodland Guidance Giant Harbinger Vigor Rebellion of the Flamekin

Pick: Vigor

Pack 3:

Quill-Slinger Boggart Bog-Strider Ash Aethersnipe Tarfire Herbal Poultice Bog Hoodlums Protective Bubble Fire-Belly Changeling Skeletal Changeling Aquitect’s Will Vivid Meadow Sylvan Echoes Colfenor’s Plans

Pick: Tarfire

Pack 4:

Kithkin Greatheart Oakgnarl Warrior Hornet Harasser Deeptread Merrow Goldmeadow Harrier Kinsbaile Skirmisher Spring Cleaning Blind-Spot Giant Wellgabber Apothecary Captivating Glance Boggart Harbinger Changeling Berserker

Pick: Changeling Berserker

Pack 5:

Kithkin Healer Deeptread Merrow Herbal Poultice Exiled Boggart Shields of Velis Vel Mournwhelk Needle Drop Springjack Knight Glen Elendra Pranksters Entangling Trap Benthicore

Pick: Kithkin Healer

Pack 6:

Soulbright Flamekin Kithkin Daggerdare Weed Strangle Mudbutton Torchrunner Shields of Velis Vel Elvish Branchbender Amoeboid Changeling Kinsbaile Skirmisher Hunter of Eyeblights Faerie Harbinger

Pick: Mudbutton Torchrunner

Pack 7:

Kithkin Healer Footbottom Feast Axegrinder Giant Lace with Moonglove Scarred Vinebreeder Springjack Knight Ponder Hearthcage Giant Familiar’s Ruse

Pick: Hearthcage Giant

Pack 8:

Wanderer’s Twig Soaring Hope Shimmering Grotto Judge of Currents Lace with Moonglove Merrow Commerce Benthicore Deathrender

Pick: Deathrender

Pack 9:

Quill-Slinger Boggart Heal the Scars Inkfathom Divers Boggart Birth Rite Ingot Chewer Boggart Harbinger Lammastide Weave

Pick: Boggart Harbinger

Pack 10:

Oakgnarl Warrior Glimmerdust Nap Exiled Boggart Heal the Scars Woodland Guidance Rebellion of the Flamekin

Pick: Oakgnarl Warrior

Pack 11:

Quill-Slinger Boggart Herbal Poultice Bog Hoodlums Protective Bubble Aquitect’s Will

Pick: Quill-Slinger Boggart

Pack 12:

Kinsbaile Skirmisher Spring Cleaning Wellgabber Apothecary Captivating Glance

Pick: Kinsbaile Skirmisher

Pack 13:

Herbal Poultice Exiled Boggart Needle Drop

Pick: Needle Drop

Pack 14:

Kithkin Daggerdare Shields of Velis Vel

Pick: Kithkin Daggerdare

Pack 15:

Springjack Knight

Pick: Springjack Knight

Pack 16:

Adder-Staff Boggart Fertile Ground Moonglove Extract Hillcomber Giant Sentinels of Glen Elendra Broken Ambitions Nath’s Buffoon Faultgrinder Rootgrapple Goldmeadow Dodger Changeling Berserker Drowner of Secrets Forge[/author]-Tender”]Burrenton [author name="Forge"]Forge[/author]-Tender Gaddock Teeg Plains

Pick: Changeling Berserker

Pack 17:

Gilt-Leaf Ambush Moonglove Winnower Kinsbaile Balloonist Inner-Flame Acolyte Peppersmoke Paperfin Rascal Nath’s Elite Nath’s Buffoon Caterwauling Boggart Tideshaper Mystic Elvish Handservant Cloudgoat Ranger Vivid Crag Thousand-Year Elixir

Pick: Cloudgoat Ranger

Pack 18:

Runed Stalactite Nath’s Elite Neck Snap Smokebraider Spiderwig Boggart Boggart Forager Ringskipper Hunt Down Triclopean Sight Jagged-Scar Archers Inner-Flame Igniter Crush Underfoot Timber Protector

Pick: Neck Snap

Pack 19:

Neck Snap Leaf Gilder Boggart Sprite-Chaser Kinsbaile Balloonist Whirlpool Whelm Nightshade Stinger Blades of Velis Vel Elvish Handservant Dawnfluke Knight of Meadowgrain Sylvan Echoes Favor of the Mighty

Pick: Knight of Meadowgrain

Pack 20:

Fertile Ground Moonglove Winnower Plover Knights Whirlpool Whelm Leaf Gilder Adder-Staff Boggart Wispmare Giant’s Ire Dawnfluke Black Poplar Shaman Nectar Faerie

Pick: Adder-Staff Boggart

Pack 21:

Stinkdrinker Daredevil Battlewand Oak Oaken Brawler Hurly-Burly Wings of Velis Vel Flamekin Brawler Facevaulter Warren-Scourge Elf Flamekin Bladewhirl Dauntless Dourbark

Pick: Stinkdrinker Daredevil

Pack 22:

Boggart Sprite-Chaser Oaken Brawler Smokebraider Broken Ambitions Cenn’s Heir Boggart Forager Facevaulter Hunt Down Giant Harbinger

Pick: Giant Harbinger

Pack 23:

Consuming Bonfire Boggart Loggers Inner-Flame Acolyte Elvish Eulogist Goldmeadow Dodger Faerie Trickery Guardian of Cloverdell Scattering Stroke

Pick: Consuming Bonfire

Pack 24:

Hillcomber Giant Nath’s Buffoon Faultgrinder Rootgrapple Goldmeadow Dodger Forge[/author]-Tender”]Burrenton [author name="Forge"]Forge[/author]-Tender Plains

Pick: Hillcomber Giant

Pack 25:

Moonglove Winnower Nath’s Buffoon Caterwauling Boggart Tideshaper Mystic Elvish Handservant Thousand-Year Elixir

Pick: Thousand-Year Elixir

Pack 26:

Nath’s Elite Boggart Forager Ringskipper Hunt Down Crush Underfoot

Pick: Crush Underfoot

Pack 27:

Blades of Velis Vel Dawnfluke Sylvan Echoes Favor of the Mighty

Pick: Favor of the Mighty

Pack 28:

Giant’s Ire Dawnfluke Black Poplar Shaman

Pick: Giant’s Ire

Pack 29:

Flamekin Brawler Warren-Scourge Elf

Pick: Flamekin Brawler

Pack 30:

Hunt Down

Pick: Hunt Down

Pack 31:

Changeling Sentinel Latchkey Faerie Winnower Patrol Pack’s Disdain Seething Pathblazer Burrenton Shield-Bearers Shard Volley Lys Alana Bowmaster Frogtosser Banneret Stonybrook Banneret Mosquito Guard Swell of Courage Oona’s Blackguard Stomping Slabs Supreme Exemplar

Pick: Swell of Courage

Pack 32:

Disperse War-Spike Changeling Ambassador Oak Kithkin Zephyrnaut Moonglove Changeling Shard Volley Festercreep Deglamer Forfend Floodchaser Kindled Fury Waterspout Weavers Offalsnout Fendeep Summoner

Pick: Shard Volley

Pack 33:

Reins of the Vinesteed Burrenton Bombardier Distant Melody Game-Trail Changeling Order of the Golden Cricket Sunflare Shaman Stonybrook Schoolmaster Negate Prickly Boggart Hostile Realm Everbark Shaman Nightshade Schemers Sage’s Dousing

Pick: Burrenton Bombardier

Pack 34:

Weed-Pruner Poplar Stream of Unconsciousness Burrenton Shield-Bearers Elvish Warrior Pulling Teeth Mosquito Guard Floodchaser Morsel Theft Luminescent Rain Pyroclast Consul Revive the Fallen Rustic Clachan

Pick: Rustic Clachan

Pack 35:

Seething Pathblazer Final-Sting Faerie Latchkey Faerie Lunk Errant Earthbrawn Negate Bosk Banneret Prickly Boggart Stingmoggie Stinkdrinker Bandit Sage’s Dousing

Pick: Lunk Errant

Pack 36:

Lunk Errant Stream of Unconsciousness Final-Sting Faerie Fire Juggler Mudbutton Clanger Stonybrook Banneret Shinewend Festercreep Sage of Fables Walker of the Grove

Pick: Sage of Fables

Pack 37:

Squeaking Pie Grubfellows Ambassador Oak Reins of the Vinesteed Hostile Realm Coordinated Barrage Negate Bosk Banneret Prickly Boggart Daily Regimen

Pick: Coordinated Barrage

Pack 38:

Fertilid Ballyrush Banneret Squeaking Pie Grubfellows Merrow Witsniper Morsel Theft Stingmoggie Waterspout Weavers Boldwyr Intimidator

Pick: Ballyrush Banneret

Pack 39:

Seething Pathblazer Burrenton Shield-Bearers Lys Alana Bowmaster Frogtosser Banneret Stonybrook Banneret Mosquito Guard Stomping Slabs

Pick: Mosquito Guard

Pack 40:

Deglamer Forfend Floodchaser Kindled Fury Waterspout Weavers Offalsnout

Pick: Kindled Fury

Pack 41:

Reins of the Vinesteed Distant Melody Sunflare Shaman Negate Hostile Realm

Pick: Sunflare Shaman

Pack 42:

Burrenton Shield-Bearers Pulling Teeth Luminescent Rain Revive the Fallen

Pick: Revive the Fallen

Pack 43:

Seething Pathblazer Final-Sting Faerie Negate

Pick: Seething Pathblazer

Pack 44:

Mudbutton Clanger Shinewend

Pick: Shinewend

Pack 45:

Hostile Realm

Pick: Hostile Realm

Final Decklist:


1 Cloudgoat Ranger
1 Hillcomber Giant
1 Kinsbaile Skirmisher
1 Kithkin Healer
1 Knight of Meadowgrain
1 Neck Snap
1 Ballyrush Banneret
1 Burrenton Bombardier
1 Swell of Courage
1 Adder-Staff Boggart
1 Chandra Nalaar
2 Changeling Berserker
1 Consuming Bonfire
1 Crush Underfoot
1 Giant Harbinger
1 Hearthcage Giant
1 Mudbutton Torchrunner
1 Stinkdrinker Daredevil
1 Tarfire
1 Lunk Errant
1 Shard Volley
9 Mountain
8 Plains
1 Rustic Clachan


1 Boggart Harbinger
1 Coordinated Barrage
1 Deathrender
1 Favor of the Mighty
1 Flamekin Brawler
1 Giant’s Ire
1 Hostile Realm
1 Hunt Down
1 Kindled Fury
1 Kithkin Daggerdare
1 Mosquito Guard
1 Needle Drop
1 Oakgnarl Warrior
1 Quill-Slinger Boggart
1 Revive the Fallen
1 Sage of Fables
1 Seething Pathblazer
1 Shinewend
1 Springjack Knight
1 Sunflare Shaman
1 Thousand-Year Elixir
1 Vigor

2nd Pick: I figured the guy on my right took Shriekmaw since an uncommon was missing and Vigor is just too much better than the Giant or Harrier to take either of them. I could take Ending with the intention of splashing it but there isn’t really a reason to not take Vigor.

6th Pick: Perhaps I should’ve gone Black here but there was still a reasonable card for me and I couldn’t think of another card that the dude on my right could’ve taken first.

8th Pick: I’m still not sure about Hearthcage versus Axegrinder. I used to always take Axegrinder but recently every time I’ve had Hearthcage I’ve been happy with it and Lunk Errant replaces Axegrinder quite well.

I didn’t play the Deathrender because it’s so slow. I figured that most of the time I’m going to spend six mana to do something I’d rather use it to just play monsters. If I were to play it I’d want to keep 18 lands in my deck and cut a big Giant for it but then the Crush Underfoot becomes worse etc.

Round 1 I played against a Merfolk deck. In the first game I had Banneret on turn 2 and Stinkdrinker turn 3. From there I played Giant Harbinger and chained one mana Changeling Berserkers which he had a lot of trouble handling. Game 2 he held me off for a couple of turns with Harpoon Sniper until I could get two Giants into play to be safe when I Crushed it. With the Sniper gone he couldn’t stop my dudes.

Round 2 I played against a good Faerie deck. Both games were very similar. I played turn 2 Knight of Meadowgrain he played Pestermite on turn 3 and tapped a land and I Kinsbaile Skirmishered the Knight both times. Then on turn 5 both games I had Burrenton Bombardier for the Knight when he blocked and used a trick like Stream of Unconsciousness or Peppersmoke. The games developed into races with his Faeries including Wydwen trying and failing to race my 4/4 Knight. In the first game I finished him off with Swell of Courage and in the second I had four turns to draw a spell since he was at 1 and blocking with Fencer’s Clique every turn while attacking with Wydwen. On the second turn I drew Chandra to finish him.

Round 3 I chose to play because I had some time to kill. In the first game he had a good start with Prickly Boggart Stinkdrinker Bandit and Marsh Flitter on turn 4. I didn’t put up much of a fight since I kept a five land hand I probably should’ve mulliganed and continued to draw lands until I died. Game 2 I had a good draw and crushed him. Game 3 I kept fighting through Marsh Flitter but he kept returning it with Footbottom Feast or Makeshift Mannequin. The game didn’t look very close but I had a few turns to draw a sixth land and steal it with Lunk Errant and Swell of Courage to make a 9/9 trampler. I didn’t draw it and the Marsh Flitter dealt me about 16 damage.

Until tomorrow


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