Drafting With Rich – Lorwyn/Lorwyn/Morningtide #4

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Thursday, March 27th – 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:

Springleaf Drum Oakgnarl Warrior Goldmeadow Harrier Glimmerdust Nap Warren Pilferers Soulbright Flamekin Inkfathom Divers Boggart Birth Rite Ingot Chewer Soaring Hope Treefolk Harbinger Boggart Shenanigans Wizened Cenn Mistbind Clique Weed Strangle

Pick: Wizened Cenn

Pack 2:

Glimmerdust Nap Cloudcrown Oak Wanderer’s Twig Hornet Harasser Axegrinder Giant Woodland Changeling Bog Hoodlums Judge of Currents Inkfathom Divers Scattering Stroke Kithkin Harbinger Incremental Growth Deathrender Exiled Boggart

Pick: Woodland Changeling

Pack 3:

Kithkin Healer Deeptread Merrow Kithkin Daggerdare Herbal Poultice Avian Changeling Warren Pilferers Zephyr Net Scarred Vinebreeder Protective Bubble Glen Elendra Pranksters Kithkin Harbinger Goatnapper Inner-Flame Acolyte

Pick: Avian Changeling

Pack 4:

Kithkin Daggerdare Surge of Thoughtweft Weed Strangle Mudbutton Torchrunner Springleaf Drum Judge of Currents Lace with Moonglove Blind-Spot Giant Exiled Boggart Veteran of the Depths Hunter of Eyeblights Fodder Launch

Pick: Surge of Thoughtweft

Pack 5:

Wanderer’s Twig Avian Changeling Bog-Strider Ash Eyeblight’s Ending Mudbutton Torchrunner Mournwhelk Needle Drop Springjack Knight Heal the Scars Summon the School Vivid Grove

Pick: Avian Changeling

Pack 6:

Lowland Oaf Fistful of Force Quill-Slinger Boggart Surge of Thoughtweft Ingot Chewer Spring Cleaning Exiled Boggart Shields of Velis Vel Hearthcage Giant Knight of Meadowgrain

Pick: Knight of Meadowgrain

Pack 7:

Lowland Oaf Soaring Hope Elvish Branchbender Wellgabber Apothecary Aquitect’s Will Mournwhelk Nectar Faerie Lammastide Weave Ghostly Changeling

Pick: Lowland Oaf

Pack 8:

Hornet Harasser Fistful of Force Soulbright Flamekin Wellgabber Apothecary Gilt-Leaf Seer Boggart Birth Rite Zephyr Net Hoarder’s Greed

Pick: Fistful of Force

Pack 9:

Oakgnarl Warrior Glimmerdust Nap Inkfathom Divers Boggart Birth Rite Ingot Chewer Soaring Hope Boggart Shenanigans

Pick: Oakgnarl Warrior

Pack 10:

Glimmerdust Nap Hornet Harasser Bog Hoodlums Inkfathom Divers Scattering Stroke Exiled Boggart

Pick: Exiled Boggart

Pack 11:

Herbal Poultice Zephyr Net Scarred Vinebreeder Protective Bubble Glen Elendra Pranksters

Pick: Glen Elendra Pranksters

Pack 12:

Lace with Moonglove Exiled Boggart Hunter of Eyeblights Fodder Launch

Pick: Fodder Launch

Pack 13:

Bog-Strider Ash Springjack Knight Heal the Scars

Pick: Bog-Strider Ash

Pack 14:

Quill-Slinger Boggart Exiled Boggart

Pick: Quill-Slinger Boggart

Pack 15:

Soaring Hope

Pick: Soaring Hope

Pack 16:

Stonybrook Angler Nameless Inversion Fertile Ground Moonglove Winnower Plover Knights Whirlpool Whelm Elvish Handservant Broken Ambitions Cenn’s Heir Boggart Forager Facevaulter Marsh Flitter Fodder Launch Flamekin Bladewhirl Nettlevine Blight

Pick: Nameless Inversion

Pack 17:

Pestermite Hurly-Burly Peppersmoke Consuming Bonfire Wispmare Stonybrook Angler Goldmeadow Dodger Wings of Velis Vel Facevaulter Drowner of Secrets Thorntooth Witch Hunter of Eyeblights Gaddock Teeg Paperfin Rascal

Pick: Thorntooth Witch

Pack 18:

Leaf Gilder Adder-Staff Boggart Wispmare Streambed Aquitects Consuming Bonfire Boggart Loggers Hunt Down Giant’s Ire Dawnfluke Tar Pitcher Benthicore Vivid Grove Wanderwine Hub

Pick: Leaf Gilder

Pack 19:

Runed Stalactite Inner-Flame Acolyte Leaf Gilder Black Poplar Shaman Elvish Eulogist Wings of Velis Vel Caterwauling Boggart Goldmeadow Dodger Harpoon Sniper Rebellion of the Flamekin Heat Shimmer Ringskipper

Pick: Leaf Gilder

Pack 20:

Thieving Sprite Whirlpool Whelm Boggart Loggers Fertile Ground Moonglove Extract Faerie Trickery Nightshade Stinger Blades of Velis Vel Elvish Handservant Guardian of Cloverdell Prowess of the Fair

Pick: Moonglove Extract

Pack 21:

Thieving Sprite Hillcomber Giant Streambed Aquitects Stinkdrinker Daredevil Warren-Scourge Elf Blades of Velis Vel Ringskipper Black Poplar Shaman Familiar’s Ruse Thousand-Year Elixir

Pick: Hillcomber Giant

Pack 22:

Peppersmoke Paperfin Rascal Oaken Brawler Smokebraider Triclopean Sight Nath’s Buffoon Caterwauling Boggart Tideshaper Mystic Battle Mastery

Pick: Triclopean Sight

Pack 23:

Oaken Brawler Dawnfluke Broken Ambitions Nath’s Buffoon Faultgrinder Rootgrapple Makeshift Mannequin Merrow Commerce

Pick: Makeshift Mannequin

Pack 24:

Stonybrook Angler Moonglove Winnower Broken Ambitions Boggart Forager Facevaulter Flamekin Bladewhirl Nettlevine Blight

Pick: Nettlevine Blight

Pack 25:

Peppersmoke Wispmare Goldmeadow Dodger Facevaulter Hunter of Eyeblights Paperfin Rascal

Pick: Peppersmoke

Pack 26:

Adder-Staff Boggart Wispmare Hunt Down Dawnfluke Vivid Grove

Pick: Vivid Grove

Pack 27:

Inner-Flame Acolyte Caterwauling Boggart Goldmeadow Dodger Rebellion of the Flamekin

Pick: Inner-Flame Acolyte

Pack 28:

Thieving Sprite Blades of Velis Vel Prowess of the Fair

Pick: Thieving Sprite

Pack 29:

Blades of Velis Vel Ringskipper

Pick: Blades of Velis Vel

Pack 30:

Battle Mastery

Pick: Battle Mastery

Pack 31:

Seething Pathblazer Final-Sting Faerie Latchkey Faerie Lunk Errant Earthbrawn Order of the Golden Cricket Disperse Frogtosser Banneret Mothdust Changeling Blightsoil Druid Forfend Cenn’s Tactician Spitebellows Research the Deep Grimoire Thief

Pick: Earthbrawn

Pack 32:

Final-Sting Faerie Weight of Conscience Fire Juggler Squeaking Pie Grubfellows Ambassador Oak Prickly Boggart Stingmoggie Festercreep Deglamer Forfend Rage Forger Revive the Fallen Release the Ants Mutavault

Pick: Mutavault

Pack 33:

Fertilid Ballyrush Banneret Brighthearth Banneret Squeaking Pie Grubfellows Reins of the Vinesteed Burrenton Bombardier Everbark Shaman Pulling Teeth Mosquito Guard Floodchaser Morsel Theft Wandering Graybeard Oona’s Blackguard

Pick: Burrenton Bombardier

Pack 34:

Distant Melody Order of the Golden Cricket Sunflare Shaman Weed-Pruner Poplar Stream of Unconsciousness Luminescent Rain Mudbutton Clanger Stonybrook Banneret Shinewend Festercreep Rivals’ Duel Graceful Reprieve

Pick: Order of the Golden Cricket

Pack 35:

Burrenton Shield-Bearers Elvish Warrior Ballyrush Banneret Fencer Clique Lunk Errant Stream of Unconsciousness Hostile Realm Negate Cenn’s Tactician Veteran’s Armaments Rustic Clachan

Pick: Ballyrush Banneret

Pack 36:

Fertilid Disperse Winnower Patrol Stonybrook Banneret Mosquito Guard Roar of the Crowd Luminescent Rain Ink Dissolver Noggin Whack Recross the Paths

Pick: Fertilid

Pack 37:

Fencer Clique Reins of the Vinesteed Moonglove Changeling Floodchaser Kindled Fury Frogtosser Banneret Orchard Warden Daily Regimen Declaration of Naught

Pick: Orchard Warden

Pack 38:

War-Spike Changeling Changeling Sentinel Mudbutton Clanger Deglamer Ink Dissolver Nightshade Schemers Stomping Slabs Nightshade Schemers

Pick: Changeling Sentinel

Pack 39:

Final-Sting Faerie Lunk Errant Disperse Frogtosser Banneret Mothdust Changeling Forfend Research the Deep

Pick: Final-Sting Faerie

Pack 40:

Fire Juggler Squeaking Pie Grubfellows Stingmoggie Festercreep Deglamer Forfend

Pick: Deglamer

Pack 41:

Squeaking Pie Grubfellows Reins of the Vinesteed Pulling Teeth Morsel Theft Wandering Graybeard

Pick: Wandering Graybeard

Pack 42:

Mudbutton Clanger Stonybrook Banneret Shinewend Festercreep

Pick: Stonybrook Banneret

Pack 43:

Burrenton Shield-Bearers Lunk Errant Negate

Pick: Burrenton Shield-Bearers

Pack 44:

Luminescent Rain Ink Dissolver

Pick: Ink Dissolver

Pack 45:

Kindled Fury

Pick: Kindled Fury

Final Decklist:


2 Avian Changeling
1 Knight of Meadowgrain
1 Surge of Thoughtweft
1 Triclopean Sight
1 Wizened Cenn
1 Ballyrush Banneret
1 Burrenton Bombardier
1 Changeling Sentinel
1 Order of the Golden Cricket
1 Wandering Graybeard
1 Nameless Inversion
1 Thorntooth Witch
1 Bog-Strider Ash
1 Fistful of Force
2 Leaf Gilder
1 Oakgnarl Warrior
1 Woodland Changeling
1 Earthbrawn
1 Fertilid
1 Orchard Warden
1 Moonglove Extract
6 Forest
8 Plains
2 Swamp
1 Vivid Grove


1 Battle Mastery
1 Blades of Velis Vel
1 Burrenton Shield-Bearers
1 Deglamer
1 Exiled Boggart [FOIL]
1 Final-Sting Faerie
1 Fodder Launch
1 Glen Elendra Pranksters
1 Hillcomber Giant
1 Ink Dissolver
1 Inner-Flame Acolyte
1 Kindled Fury
1 Lowland Oaf
1 Makeshift Mannequin
1 Mutavault
1 Nettlevine Blight
1 Peppersmoke
1 Quill-Slinger Boggart
1 Soaring Hope
1 Stonybrook Banneret
1 Thieving Sprite

Pick 1: I’m not sure about this pick. I think the Cenn Clique and Weed Strangle are all reasonable options. I took the Cenn because I’d been successful with White Weenie decks recently.

Pick 2: I’m not a big fan of Incremental Growth or Kithkin Harbinger so I took the Changeling which I do like. With some more thought I think the Harbinger is the correct pick.

Pick 5: I was kicking myself for taking the White card at this point but since there were still solid White cards for me it seemed incorrect to give up on them.

Pick 18: I was really kicking myself at this point. I don’t know how I didn’t get any White in pack 2 but sometimes what people behind you are drafting is just incomprehensible.

Pick 32: I didn’t even think I was going to play Mutavault but I figured taking the 15 tickets was the only way to salvage this draft. [Passed a Mutavault… Must be nice – Craig.] In a Pro Tour I’d have taken Weight of Conscience here.

This deck started off well but ended up mediocre thanks to a miserable pack 2. I lost the first round to a deck much better than mine. In the first game I had a solid start but ended up with both Black cards in my hand and no Black source. The game developed into a war of attrition and the fact that I had two dead cards in my hand left me short on spells when any creature or removal spell would have won me the game. Game 2 I mulliganed into a hand that would be great if I drew a Forest. I didn’t and that was that.

Looking back if I had taken Weed Strangle or Clique my deck would’ve been excellent but since I took the Cenn I don’t think there was really an opportunity for me to get into Black since there was always a reasonable pick for my unsuccessful Kithkin deck.

Until tomorrow


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