Drafting With Rich – Lorwyn/Lorwyn/Morningtide #2

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Tuesday, March 25th – 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:

Axegrinder Giant Woodland Changeling Kithkin Greatheart Mulldrifter Footbottom Feast Lowland Oaf Lignify Spring Cleaning Exiled Boggart Shields of Velis Vel Merrow Commerce Lys Alana Scarblade Cloudgoat Ranger Incendiary Command Wanderer’s Twig

Pick: Cloudgoat Ranger

Pack 2:

Woodland Changeling Springleaf Drum Kithkin Healer Footbottom Feast Axegrinder Giant Lignify Silvergill Douser Ponder Bog Hoodlums Protective Bubble Fire-Belly Changeling Flamekin Harbinger Familiar’s Ruse Auntie’s Hovel

Pick: Silvergill Douser

Pack 3:

Cloudcrown Oak Tarfire Silvergill Douser Bog-Strider Ash Lace with Moonglove Blind-Spot Giant Exiled Boggart Ponder Heal the Scars Battle Mastery Turtleshell Changeling Changeling Titan Mountain

Pick: Silvergill Douser

Pack 4:

Soulbright Flamekin Glimmerdust Nap Cloudcrown Oak Wanderer’s Twig Hornet Harasser Scarred Vinebreeder Gilt-Leaf Seer Protective Bubble Ingot Chewer Amoeboid Changeling Captivating Glance Boggart Harbinger

Pick: Amoeboid Changeling

Pack 5:

Lowland Oaf Fistful of Force Quill-Slinger Boggart Surge of Thoughtweft Ingot Chewer Soaring Hope Shimmering Grotto Judge of Currents Boggart Harbinger Kithkin Mourncaller Tar Pitcher

Pick: Judge of Currents

Pack 6:

Weed Strangle Kithkin Healer Deeptread Merrow Herbal Poultice Needle Drop Springjack Knight Heal the Scars Inkfathom Divers Boggart Birth Rite Boggart Shenanigans

Pick: Weed Strangle

Pack 7:

Mudbutton Torchrunner Springleaf Drum Oakgnarl Warrior Glimmerdust Nap Skeletal Changeling Shields of Velis Vel Elvish Branchbender Lys Alana Scarblade Colfenor’s Urn

Pick: Skeletal Changeling

Pack 8:

Soulbright Flamekin Kithkin Daggerdare Mudbutton Torchrunner Lace with Moonglove Scarred Vinebreeder Springjack Knight Turtleshell Changeling Faerie Tauntings

Pick: Turtleshell Changeling

Pack 9:

Footbottom Feast Lignify Spring Cleaning Exiled Boggart Shields of Velis Vel Merrow Commerce Lys Alana Scarblade

Pick: Footbottom Feast

Pack 10:

Springleaf Drum Axegrinder Giant Lignify Bog Hoodlums Protective Bubble Familiar’s Ruse

Pick: Springleaf Drum

Pack 11:

Lace with Moonglove Exiled Boggart Heal the Scars Battle Mastery Mountain

Pick: Battle Mastery

Pack 12:

Scarred Vinebreeder Gilt-Leaf Seer Protective Bubble Captivating Glance

Pick: Captivating Glance

Pack 13:

Quill-Slinger Boggart Ingot Chewer Soaring Hope

Pick: Quill-Slinger Boggart

Pack 14:

Herbal Poultice Heal the Scars

Pick: Herbal Poultice

Pack 15:

Oakgnarl Warrior

Pick: Oakgnarl Warrior

Pack 16:

Adder-Staff Boggart Wispmare Streambed Aquitects Consuming Bonfire Boggart Loggers Lys Alana Huntmaster Runed Stalactite Faerie Trickery Warren-Scourge Elf Lairwatch Giant Spiderwig Boggart Vivid Marsh Sentry Oak Scattering Stroke Thorn of Amethyst

Pick: Streambed Aquitects

Pack 17:

Inner-Flame Acolyte Neck Snap Pestermite Leaf Gilder Boggart Sprite-Chaser Thieving Sprite Boggart Forager Ringskipper Hunt Down Triclopean Sight Nath’s Buffoon Briarhorn Vivid Meadow Gaddock Teeg

Pick: Pestermite

Pack 18:

Kinsbaile Balloonist Whirlpool Whelm Boggart Loggers Adder-Staff Boggart Fertile Ground Moonglove Extract Hillcomber Giant Caterwauling Boggart Tideshaper Mystic Elvish Handservant Broken Ambitions Goatnapper Crush Underfoot

Pick: Moonglove Extract

Pack 19:

Hurly-Burly Peppersmoke Lys Alana Huntmaster Consuming Bonfire Wispmare Thieving Sprite Dawnfluke Spellstutter Sprite Black Poplar Shaman Elvish Eulogist Merrow Reejerey Goldmeadow Stalwart

Pick: Merrow Reejerey

Pack 20:

Sentinels of Glen Elendra Stinkdrinker Daredevil Battlewand Oak Oaken Brawler Cenn’s Heir Boggart Forager Facevaulter Hunt Down Giant’s Ire Entangling Trap Thousand-Year Elixir

Pick: Sentinels of Glen Elendra

Pack 21:

Paperfin Rascal Nath’s Elite Boggart Sprite-Chaser Oaken Brawler Lairwatch Giant Spiderwig Boggart Flamekin Brawler Incremental Growth Entangling Trap Knucklebone Witch

Pick: Paperfin Rascal

Pack 22:

Moonglove Winnower Kinsbaile Balloonist Peppersmoke Ringskipper Black Poplar Shaman Shimmering Grotto Elvish Eulogist Giant’s Ire Flamekin Bladewhirl

Pick: Peppersmoke

Pack 23:

Fertile Ground Moonglove Winnower Tideshaper Mystic Rootgrapple Triclopean Sight Nightshade Stinger Faultgrinder Kithkin Mourncaller

Pick: Moonglove Winnower

Pack 24:

Wispmare Boggart Loggers Warren-Scourge Elf Lairwatch Giant Spiderwig Boggart Sentry Oak Scattering Stroke

Pick: Boggart Loggers

Pack 25:

Thieving Sprite Boggart Forager Ringskipper Hunt Down Triclopean Sight Nath’s Buffoon

Pick: Thieving Sprite

Pack 26:

Whirlpool Whelm Adder-Staff Boggart Fertile Ground Goatnapper Crush Underfoot

Pick: Whirlpool Whelm

Pack 27:

Wispmare Thieving Sprite Dawnfluke Black Poplar Shaman

Pick: Thieving Sprite

Pack 28:

Boggart Forager Hunt Down Entangling Trap

Pick: Entangling Trap

Pack 29:

Lairwatch Giant Entangling Trap

Pick: Entangling Trap

Pack 30:

Elvish Eulogist

Pick: Elvish Eulogist

Pack 31:

Earthbrawn Kithkin Zephyrnaut Fire Juggler Weed-Pruner Poplar War-Spike Changeling Violet Pall Coordinated Barrage Negate Bosk Banneret Prickly Boggart Stingmoggie Oona’s Blackguard Sage of Fables Stomping Slabs Taurean Mauler

Pick: Violet Pall

Pack 32:

Fencer Clique Dewdrop Spy Reins of the Vinesteed Pack’s Disdain Sunflare Shaman Ink Dissolver Coordinated Barrage Merrow Witsniper Blightsoil Druid Kindled Fury Oona’s Blackguard Rage Forger Sage’s Dousing Slithermuse

Pick: Slithermuse

Pack 33:

Distant Melody Game-Trail Changeling Order of the Golden Cricket Sunflare Shaman Weed-Pruner Poplar Stream of Unconsciousness Lys Alana Bowmaster Frogtosser Banneret Stonybrook Banneret Mosquito Guard Rivals’ Duel Heritage Druid Primal Beyond

Pick: Weed-Pruner Poplar

Pack 34:

Distant Melody Fertilid Brighthearth Banneret Squeaking Pie Grubfellows Reins of the Vinesteed Festercreep Deglamer Forfend Floodchaser Kindled Fury Wolf-Skull Shaman Thornbite Staff

Pick: Floodchaser

Pack 35:

Stream of Unconsciousness Final-Sting Faerie Game-Trail Changeling Fire Juggler Squeaking Pie Grubfellows Ambassador Oak Blightsoil Druid Forfend Mudbutton Clanger Deglamer Boldwyr Intimidator

Pick: Stream of Unconsciousness

Pack 36:

Winnower Patrol Seething Pathblazer Burrenton Shield-Bearers Shard Volley Dewdrop Spy Stonybrook Banneret Shinewend Hostile Realm Pyroclast Consul Offalsnout

Pick: Dewdrop Spy

Pack 37:

Moonglove Changeling Shard Volley Latchkey Faerie Mosquito Guard Floodchaser Morsel Theft Luminescent Rain Mudbutton Clanger Nightshade Schemers

Pick: Latchkey Faerie

Pack 38:

Burrenton Shield-Bearers Lunk Errant Roar of the Crowd Luminescent Rain Ink Dissolver Frogtosser Banneret Mothdust Changeling Redeem the Lost

Pick: Ink Dissolver

Pack 39:

Fire Juggler Weed-Pruner Poplar Negate Prickly Boggart Stingmoggie Oona’s Blackguard Stomping Slabs

Pick: Weed-Pruner Poplar

Pack 40:

Fencer Clique Sunflare Shaman Ink Dissolver Merrow Witsniper Kindled Fury Sage’s Dousing

Pick: Fencer Clique

Pack 41:

Stream of Unconsciousness Frogtosser Banneret Stonybrook Banneret Heritage Druid Primal Beyond

Pick: Stream of Unconsciousness

Pack 42:

Squeaking Pie Grubfellows Deglamer Forfend Kindled Fury

Pick: Squeaking Pie Grubfellows

Pack 43:

Squeaking Pie Grubfellows Blightsoil Druid Mudbutton Clanger

Pick: Blightsoil Druid

Pack 44:

Shinewend Hostile Realm

Pick: Shinewend

Pack 45:

Mudbutton Clanger

Pick: Mudbutton Clanger

Final Decklist:


1 Peppersmoke
1 Amoeboid Changeling
1 Footbottom Feast
2 Silvergill Douser
1 Skeletal Changeling
1 Whirlpool Whelm
1 Merrow Reejerey
1 Moonglove Extract
1 Paperfin Rascal
1 Pestermite
1 Streambed Aquitects
2 Thieving Sprite
1 Dewdrop Spy
1 Sentinels of Glen Elendra
1 Turtleshell Changeling
1 Fencer Clique
1 Latchkey Faerie
1 Slithermuse
1 Weed Strangle
1 Violet Pall
1 Weed-Pruner Poplar
10 Island
7 Swamp


1 Battle Mastery
1 Blightsoil Druid
1 Boggart Loggers
1 Captivating Glance
1 Cloudgoat Ranger
1 Elvish Eulogist
2 Entangling Trap
1 Floodchaser
1 Herbal Poultice
1 Ink Dissolver
1 Judge of Currents
1 Moonglove Winnower
1 Mudbutton Clanger
1 Oakgnarl Warrior
1 Quill-Slinger Boggart
1 Shinewend
1 Springleaf Drum
1 Squeaking Pie Grubfellows
2 Stream of Unconsciousness
1 Weed-Pruner Poplar

I should’ve mentioned in my first draft that before now I’ve drafted with Morningtide twice so hopefully we’ll be able to learn the ins and outs of the set together and I’ll be more receptive to changing my card evaluations based on the opinions of the forum.

That being said I was very happy with this draft. I was able to get away from my first pick Cloudgoat Ranger and end up with a very powerful consistent deck with a great mana curve.

1st Pick: I along with everyone else read the Pro Tour: Kuala Lumpur coverage that stated over and over that Mulldrifter is the best card ever. While it is very good and very splashable I don’t think it compares to the power level of Cloudgoat Ranger.

5th Pick: I wanted to try simply jumping in on a tribe – in this case Merfolk. I generally avoid doing it since I think it’s generally better to be reactive to the draft but I didn’t know if being more aggressive with your tribe would be more effective with Morningtide. I learned. It isn’t. If I had the same pick again I’d take the Surge.

6th Pick: I can take a hint. Weed Strangle is just so much more powerful than the Blue or White card that it almost forces me to branch out since I lose so little.

19th Pick: There wasn’t any White for me but I think I still had enough Merfolk to take the Reejerey over Peppersmoke.

I don’t think there were many decisions to make in this draft. Whether or not I ended up with a good deck simply depended on quickly figuring out that White was cut off.

In the first round I played against a very good Merfolk deck. In the first game he played Sygg on turn 2 and although I was eventually able to kill it by using my two slow removal spells on it I was out of resources at that point and his Summon the School and Merfolk Reejerey were able to beat me. Game 2 I had the Moonglove Extract for his turn 2 Sygg and just played a bunch of cards more powerful than his while maintaining card advantage thanks to Thieving Sprites and Peppersmoke. Game 3 he once again had turn 2 Sygg and was going to town with it and Changeling Hero. Fortunately I drew my Moonglove Extract on the last possible turn and then beat him easily because he was quite flooded. A tough match for me because he drew the only relevant card in his deck in his opening hand three times.

Round 2 I played against a very mediocre Red Black deck and destroyed him with the two Dousers he couldn’t remove.

I split the finals.

Until tomorrow…


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