Drafting With Rich – RGD #37

Rich continues his excellent Draft series. The Canadian maestro turns his back on the cooling Coldsnap, and heads for the balmy waters of sweeter formats. From now until the online release of Time Spiral, Rich will draft a number of formats, from RGD to 999 to CBS to CCC… whatever takes his fancy at the time. He’ll supply each pick, from pick one to pick forty-five, and pen a brief commentary on hs deck and performace. For more detailed comments, visit the forums!


Pack 1:

Greater Mossdog, Courier Hawk, Stasis Cell, Scatter the Seeds, War-Torch Goblin, Conclave’s Blessing, Swamp, Necromantic Thirst, Siege Wurm, Skyknight Legionnaire, Peel from Reality, Leashling, Carven Caryatid, Festival of the Guildpact, Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran

Pick: Peel from Reality

Pack 2:

Dimir Aqueduct, Courier Hawk, Convolute, Nightguard Patrol, Vedalken Dismisser, Clinging Darkness, Boros Recruit, Quickchange, Infectious Host, Dimir Signet, Fiery Conclusion, Mnemonic Nexus, Carrion Howler, Nightmare Void

Pick: Vedalken Dismisser

Pack 3:

Torpid Moloch, Terrarion, Woodwraith Strangler, Benevolent Ancestor, Vedalken Entrancer, Thundersong Trumpeter, Sundering Vitae, Caregiver, Last Gasp, Lore Broker, Spectral Searchlight, Sunhome Enforcer, Szadek, Lord of Secrets

Pick: Last Gasp

Pack 4:

Guardian of Vitu-Ghazi, Viashino Slasher, Farseek, Boros Fury-Shield, Surveilling Sprite, Goblin Fire Fiend, Perplex, Gate Hound, Seeds of Strength, Golgari Thug, Drooling Groodion, Moonlight Bargain

Pick: Surveilling Sprite

Pack 5:

Drift of Phantasms, Coalhauler Swine, Gather Courage, Sparkmage Apprentice, Thoughtpicker Witch, Seismic Spike, Elvish Skysweeper, Transluminant, Selesnya Signet, Grifter’s Blade, Ivy Dancer

Pick: Drift of Phantasms

Pack 6:

Terraformer, Barbarian Riftcutter, Centaur Safeguard, Sadistic Augermage, Infectious Host, Elvish Skysweeper, Sell-Sword Brute, Golgari Germination, Vigor Mortis, Flash Conscription

Pick: Terraformer

Pack 7:

Dogpile, Incite Hysteria, Rain of Embers, Stone-Seeder Hierophant, Leave No Trace, Veteran Armorer, Boros Signet, Vitu-Ghazi, the City-Tree, Suppression Field

Pick: Veteran Armorer

Pack 8:

Boros Garrison, Induce Paranoia, Mortipede, Sabertooth Alley Cat, Zephyr Spirit, Surge of Zeal, Auratouched Mage, Warp World

Pick: Boros Garrison

Pack 9:

War-Torch Goblin, Conclave’s Blessing, Swamp, Necromantic Thirst, Leashling, Carven Caryatid, Festival of the Guildpact

Pick: Carven Caryatid

Pack 10:

Convolute, Boros Recruit, Quickchange, Infectious Host, Mnemonic Nexus, Nightmare Void

Pick: Convolute

Pack 11:

Torpid Moloch, Terrarion, Woodwraith Strangler, Sundering Vitae, Caregiver

Pick: Terrarion

Pack 12:

Viashino Slasher, Goblin Fire Fiend, Gate Hound, Moonlight Bargain

Pick: Moonlight Bargain

Pack 13:

Coalhauler Swine, Seismic Spike, Ivy Dancer

Pick: Ivy Dancer

Pack 14:

Barbarian Riftcutter, Infectious Host

Pick: Barbarian Riftcutter

Pack 15:

Suppression Field

Pick: Suppression Field

Pack 16:

Runeboggle, Gruul Nodorog, Fencer’s Magemark, Poisonbelly Ogre, Leap of Flame, Ghor-Clan Savage, Ogre Savant, Repeal, Scab-Clan Mauler, Gruul Nodorog, Ghost Warden, Primeval Light, Nivix, Aerie of the Firemind, Savage Twister, Killer Instinct

Pick: Savage Twister

Pack 17:

Benediction of Moons, Silhana Ledgewalker, Mourning Thrull, Train of Thought, Restless Bones, Fencer’s Magemark, Orzhov Euthanist, Wildsize, Castigate, Orzhov Signet, Torch Drake, Frazzle, Hissing Miasma, Savage Twister

Pick: Savage Twister

Pack 18:

Orzhov Basilica, Bloodscale Prowler, Repeal, Ghost Warden, Gruul Nodorog, Petrahydrox, Guardian’s Magemark, Gigadrowse, Burning-Tree Bloodscale, Vertigo Spawn, Plagued Rusalka, Agent of Masks, Hatching Plans

Pick: Ghost Warden

Pack 19:

Necromancer’s Magemark, Gruul Scrapper, Gruul Turf, Wee Dragonauts, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Lionheart Maverick, Burning-Tree Bloodscale, Crystal Seer, Cry of Contrition, Shadow Lance, Skarrg, the Rage Pits, Yore-Tiller Nephilim

Pick: Gruul Turf

Pack 20:

Torch Drake, Absolver Thrull, Douse in Gloom, Beastmaster’s Magemark, Izzet Chronarch, Skyrider Trainee, Gigadrowse, Wild Cantor, Goblin Flectomancer, Vacuumelt, Caustic Rain

Pick: Izzet Chronarch

Pack 21:

Burning-Tree Bloodscale, Cremate, Skarrgan Pit-Skulk, Benediction of Moons, Gruul Scrapper, Infiltrator’s Magemark, Absolver Thrull, Conjurer’s Ban, Scorched Rusalka, Skarrg, the Rage Pits

Pick: Gruul Scrapper

Pack 22:

Orzhov Signet, Withstand, Beastmaster’s Magemark, Skyrider Trainee, Gigadrowse, Wild Cantor, Cremate, Nivix, Aerie of the Firemind, Martyred Rusalka

Pick: Orzhov Signet

Pack 23:

Cremate, Gruul Nodorog, Petrahydrox, Guardian’s Magemark, Gigadrowse, Infiltrator’s Magemark, Withstand, Nivix, Aerie of the Firemind

Pick: Petrahydrox

Pack 24:

Runeboggle, Fencer’s Magemark, Poisonbelly Ogre, Leap of Flame, Primeval Light, Nivix, Aerie of the Firemind, Killer Instinct

Pick: Runeboggle

Pack 25:

Benediction of Moons, Restless Bones, Fencer’s Magemark, Castigate, Frazzle, Hissing Miasma

Pick: Frazzle

Pack 26:

Petrahydrox, Guardian’s Magemark, Gigadrowse, Vertigo Spawn, Hatching Plans

Pick: Petrahydrox

Pack 27:

Necromancer’s Magemark, Lionheart Maverick, Crystal Seer, Cry of Contrition

Pick: Crystal Seer

Pack 28:

Beastmaster’s Magemark, Skyrider Trainee, Gigadrowse

Pick: Gigadrowse

Pack 29:

Benediction of Moons, Conjurer’s Ban

Pick: Conjurer’s Ban

Pack 30:

Nivix, Aerie of the Firemind

Pick: Nivix, Aerie of the Firemind

Pack 31:

Guardian of the Guildpact, Simic Signet, Seal of Fire, Slaughterhouse Bouncer, Minister of Impediments, Sporeback Troll, Haazda Exonerator, Delirium Skeins, Kill-Suit Cultist, Azorius First-Wing, Simic Initiate, Bond of Agony, Jagged Poppet, Azorius Herald, Momir Vig, Simic Visionary

Pick: Minister of Impediments

Pack 32:

Valor Made Real, Nettling Curse, Kill-Suit Cultist, Street Savvy, Azorius First-Wing, Writ of Passage, Carom, Rakdos Signet, Rakdos Ickspitter, Ogre Gatecrasher, Ocular Halo, Skullmead Cauldron, Gnat Alley Creeper, Stalking Vengeance

Pick: Rakdos Signet

Pack 33:

Utopia Sprawl, Freewind Equenaut, Azorius Signet, Sandstorm Eidolon, Minister of Impediments, Vision Skeins, Riot Spikes, Soulsworn Jury, Utvara Scalper, Plaxmanta, Vigean Intuition, Ragamuffyn, Rain of Gore

Pick: Minister of Impediments

Pack 34:

Thrive, Shielding Plax, Vesper Ghoul, Enigma Eidolon, Gobhobbler Rats, Steeling Stance, Simic Growth Chamber, Aquastrand Spider, Silkwing Scout, Assault Zeppelid, Stomp and Howl, Weight of Spires

Pick: Assault Zeppelid

Pack 35:

Valor Made Real, Enigma Eidolon, Shielding Plax, Whiptail Moloch, Writ of Passage, Plumes of Peace, Silkwing Scout, Macabre Waltz, Transguild Courier, Rise / Fall, Hide / Seek

Pick: Silkwing Scout

Pack 36:

Simic Signet, Ogre Gatecrasher, Ocular Halo, Aquastrand Spider, Soulsworn Jury, Vision Skeins, Coiling Oracle, Thrive, Brace for Impact, Leafdrake Roost

Pick: Leafdrake Roost

Pack 37:

Haazda Exonerator, Overrule, Sporeback Troll, Freewind Equenaut, Psychotic Fury, Guardian of the Guildpact, Flash Foliage, Azorius Aethermage, Walking Archive

Pick: Sporeback Troll

Pack 38:

Carom, Utopia Sprawl, Vigean Hydropon, Beacon Hawk, Overrule, Plumes of Peace, Slithering Shade, Aethermage’s Touch

Pick: Vigean Hydropon

Pack 39:

Simic Signet, Sporeback Troll, Haazda Exonerator, Delirium Skeins, Azorius First-Wing, Simic Initiate, Jagged Poppet

Pick: Simic Signet

Pack 40:

Valor Made Real, Nettling Curse, Street Savvy, Writ of Passage, Carom, Skullmead Cauldron

Pick: Carom

Pack 41:

Vision Skeins, Soulsworn Jury, Plaxmanta, Vigean Intuition, Rain of Gore

Pick: Plaxmanta

Pack 42:

Steeling Stance, Silkwing Scout, Stomp and Howl, Weight of Spires

Pick: Silkwing Scout

Pack 43:

Valor Made Real, Enigma Eidolon, Whiptail Moloch

Pick: Enigma Eidolon

Pack 44:

Vision Skeins, Brace for Impact

Pick: Vision Skeins

Pack 45:

Azorius Aethermage

Pick: Azorius Aethermage

Final Decklist:


1 Drift of Phantasms
1 Peel from Reality
1 Surveilling Sprite
1 Terraformer
1 Vedalken Dismisser
1 Plaxmanta
2 Silkwing Scout
1 Last Gasp
1 Carven Caryatid
1 Gruul Scrapper
1 Sporeback Troll
1 Terrarion
1 Rakdos Signet
1 Simic Signet
1 Izzet Chronarch
2 Petrahydrox
2 Savage Twister
1 Assault Zeppelid
1 Leafdrake Roost
2 Minister of Impediments
5 Forest
1 Gruul Turf
8 Island
1 Mountain
1 Swamp


1 Azorius Aethermage
1 Barbarian Riftcutter
1 Boros Garrison
1 Carom
1 Conjurer’s Ban
1 Convolute
1 Crystal Seer
1 Enigma Eidolon
1 Forest
1 Frazzle
1 Ghost Warden
1 Gigadrowse
1 Ivy Dancer
1 Moonlight Bargain
1 Nivix, Aerie of the Firemind
1 Orzhov Signet
1 Runeboggle
1 Suppression Field
1 Veteran Armorer [FOIL]
1 Vigean Hydropon
1 Vision Skeins

None of the queues were filling up today… it must be something to do with the many stale formats available to us. So, due to a lack of options, I present you with an RGD 4322. After pack 1 I looked like I was going to have a solid U/w/b deck, when the Veteran Armourer came around late, but then I got some Savage Twisters (!!!) that changed my direction. From there I was pretty much drafting a Blue based control deck with lots of splashes. The Ghost Warden I took after the Savage Twisters was a misclick. I meant to take Repeal there. I had a scare in the second round when I got decked in the second game because the five creatures I needed to win with were the bottom five cards of my library. Then in the third game I was missing Blue for a long time, but was able to hold him off with Savage Twisters until I could find it. I won the third round with relative ease thanks to some mana troubles on the part of my opponent.

Until Monday,


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