Drafting With Tiago – LLL #14

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Tiago Chan, Portugal’s Level 6 Magic dynamo, takes us by the hand and leads us through the choppy waters of a triple-Lorwyn draft on Magic Online. He shares each and every pick, from one to forty-five, and supplies expert commentary on the draft and the games. For more detailed information, visit the forums!


Pack 1:

Paperfin Rascal, Nath’s Elite, Moonglove Extract, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Oaken Brawler, Smokebraider, Dawnfluke, Spellstutter Sprite, Black
Poplar Shaman, Elvish Eulogist, Drowner of Secrets, Cloudgoat Ranger, Goldmeadow Stalwart, Wanderwine Prophets, Swamp

Pick: Cloudgoat Ranger

Pack 2:

Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Hillcomber Giant, Streambed Aquitects, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Nameless Inversion, Battlewand Oak, Hurly-Burly, Ringskipper, Hunt Down, Triclopean Sight, Nath’s Buffoon, Imperious Perfect, Giant Harbinger, Thousand-Year Elixir

Pick: Imperious Perfect

Pack 3:

Woodland Changeling, Kithkin Greatheart, Footbottom Feast, Lowland Oaf, Lignify, Aquitect’s Will, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Spring Cleaning, Blind-Spot Giant, Nectar Faerie, Treefolk Harbinger, Jagged-Scar Archers, Dolmen Gate

Pick: Jagged-Scar Archers

Pack 4:

Runed Stalactite, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Pestermite, Leaf Gilder, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Faultgrinder, Rootgrapple, Goldmeadow Dodger, Wings of Velis Vel, Seedguide Ash, Hearthcage Giant, Hamletback Goliath

Pick: Leaf Gilder

Pack 5:

Kithkin Healer, Deeptread Merrow, Kithkin Daggerdare, Herbal Poultice, Wellgabber Apothecary, Aquitect’s Will, Mournwhelk, Zephyr Net, Merrow Harbinger, Summon the School, Goatnapper

Pick: Summon the School

Pack 6:

Quill-Slinger Boggart, Bog-Strider Ash, Herbal Poultice, Kithkin Greatheart, Oakgnarl Warrior, Skeletal Changeling, Shields of Velis Vel, Fire-Belly Changeling, Elvish Branchbender, Glen Elendra Pranksters

Pick: Elvish Branchbender

Pack 7:

Boggart Loggers, Adder-Staff Boggart, Fertile Ground, Lairwatch Giant, Spiderwig Boggart, Tideshaper Mystic, Sentry Oak, Forge[/author]-Tender”]Burrenton [author name="Forge"]Forge[/author]-Tender, Thorn of Amethyst

Pick: Fertile Ground

Pack 8:

Oakgnarl Warrior,
Glimmerdust Nap, Soulbright Flamekin, Needle Drop, Springjack Knight, Heal the Scars, Boggart Birth Rite, Colfenor’s Plans

Pick: Colfenor’s Plans

Pack 9:

Nath’s Elite, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Oaken Brawler, Dawnfluke, Black Poplar Shaman, Elvish Eulogist, Swamp

Pick: Nath’s Elite

Pack 10:

Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Battlewand Oak, Hunt Down, Triclopean Sight, Nath’s Buffoon, Thousand-Year Elixir

Pick: Gilt-Leaf Ambush

Pack 11:

Lignify, Aquitect’s Will, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Spring Cleaning, Nectar Faerie

Pick: Lignify

Pack 12:

Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Faultgrinder, Rootgrapple, Goldmeadow Dodger

Pick: Rootgrapple

Pack 13:

Herbal Poultice, Wellgabber Apothecary, Zephyr Net

Pick: Wellgabber Apothecary

Pack 14:

Herbal Poultice, Oakgnarl Warrior

Pick: Oakgnarl Warrior

Pack 15:

Sentry Oak

Pick: Sentry Oak

Pack 16:

Glimmerdust Nap, Cloudcrown Oak, Oblivion Ring, Wanderer’s Twig, Hornet Harasser, Axegrinder Giant, Woodland Changeling, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Boggart Birth
Rite, Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums, Prowess of the Fair, Merrow Harbinger, Vivid Marsh, Auntie’s Hovel

Pick: Oblivion Ring

Pack 17:

Surge of Thoughtweft, Weed Strangle, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Woodland Changeling, Springleaf Drum, Ingot Chewer, Soaring Hope, Shimmering Grotto, Judge of Currents, Boggart Shenanigans, Ego Erasure, Tar Pitcher, Brion Stoutarm, Hornet Harasser

Pick: Surge of Thoughtweft

Pack 18:

Plover Knights, Paperfin Rascal, Runed Stalactite, Nath’s Elite, Neck Snap, Caterwauling Boggart, Tideshaper Mystic, Broken Ambitions, Cenn’s Heir, Merrow Reejerey, Wizened Cenn, Forge[/author]-Tender”]Burrenton [author name="Forge"]Forge[/author]-Tender, Hunter of Eyeblights

Pick: Nath’s Elite

Pack 19:

Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Battlewand Oak, Oaken Brawler, Pestermite, Hurly-Burly, Rootgrapple, Triclopean Sight, Nightshade Stinger, Faultgrinder, Hoarder’s Greed, Gaddock Teeg

Pick: Gaddock Teeg

Pack 20:

Fertile Ground, Moonglove Winnower, Plover Knights, Leaf Gilder, Caterwauling Boggart, Goldmeadow Dodger, Faerie Trickery, Nightshade Stinger, Guardian of Cloverdell, Flamekin Harbinger, Hoofprints of the Stag

Pick: Leaf Gilder

Pack 21:

Fistful of Force, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Surge of Thoughtweft, Cloudcrown Oak, Scarred Vinebreeder, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Protective Bubble, Goldmeadow Stalwart, Captivating Glance, Avian Changeling

Pick: Surge of Thoughtweft

Pack 22:

Deeptread Merrow, Fistful of Force, Amoeboid Changeling, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Lace with Moonglove, Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Faerie Tauntings, Kithkin Mourncaller

Pick: Fistful of Force

Pack 23:

Boggart Loggers, Adder-Staff
Boggart, Flamekin Brawler, Warren-Scourge Elf, Blades of Velis Vel, Cenn’s Heir, Vivid Meadow, Twinning Glass

Pick: Vivid Meadow

Pack 24:

Cloudcrown Oak, Wanderer’s Twig, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums, Prowess of the Fair

Pick: Gilt-Leaf Seer

Pack 25:

Ingot Chewer, Soaring Hope, Boggart Shenanigans, Ego Erasure, Tar Pitcher, Hornet Harasser

Pick: Tar Pitcher

Pack 26:

Runed Stalactite, Tideshaper Mystic, Cenn’s Heir, Forge[/author]-Tender”]Burrenton [author name="Forge"]Forge[/author]-Tender, Hunter of Eyeblights

Pick: Runed Stalactite

Pack 27:

Oaken Brawler, Hurly-Burly, Triclopean Sight, Nightshade Stinger

Pick: Hurly-Burly

Pack 28:

Goldmeadow Dodger, Nightshade Stinger, Guardian of Cloverdell

Pick: Guardian of Cloverdell

Pack 29:

Scarred Vinebreeder, Protective Bubble

Pick: Scarred Vinebreeder

Pack 30:

Scarred Vinebreeder

Pick: Scarred Vinebreeder

Pack 31:

Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Smokebraider, Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Moonglove Winnower, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Peppersmoke, Boggart Forager,
Facevaulter, Hunt Down, Giant’s Ire, Squeaking Pie Sneak, Guardian of Cloverdell, Vivid Crag, Mosswort Bridge

Pick: Gilt-Leaf Ambush

Pack 32:

Soulbright Flamekin, Glimmerdust Nap, Oblivion Ring, Wanderer’s Twig, Hornet Harasser, Axegrinder Giant, Bog Hoodlums, Protective Bubble, Fire-Belly Changeling, Ego Erasure, Crib Swap, Ethereal Whiskergill, Windbrisk Heights, Plains

Pick: Oblivion Ring

Pack 33:

Tarfire, Wanderer’s Twig, Avian Changeling, Bog-Strider Ash, Eyeblight’s Ending, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Spring Cleaning, Shields of Velis Vel, Mournwhelk, Vivid Grove, Faerie Tauntings, Inner-Flame Igniter, Vigor

Pick: Vigor

Pack 34:

Footbottom Feast, Lowland Oaf, Lignify, Judge of Currents, Inkfathom Divers, Needle Drop, Soaring Hope, Elvish Branchbender, Elvish Promenade, Crush Underfoot, Briarhorn, Epic Proportions

Pick: Briarhorn

Pack 35:

Kithkin Healer, Footbottom Feast, Axegrinder Giant, Lignify, Lace with Moonglove, Blind-Spot Giant, Exiled Boggart, Heal the Scars, Hoarder’s Greed, Lammastide Weave, Triclopean Sight

Pick: Lignify

Pack 36:

Lys Alana Huntmaster, Wispmare, Thieving Sprite, Faerie Trickery, Warren-Scourge Elf, Lairwatch Giant, Spiderwig Boggart, Boggart Forager, Ceaseless Searblades, Elvish Harbinger

Pick: Lys Alana Huntmaster

Pack 37:

Wispmare, Boggart Loggers, Lys Alana Huntmaster, Blades of Velis Vel, Elvish Handservant, Dawnfluke, Broken Ambitions, Nath’s Buffoon, Vivid Marsh

Pick: Lys Alana Huntmaster

Pack 38:

Acolyte, Leaf Gilder, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Black Poplar Shaman, Elvish Eulogist, Giant’s Ire, Changeling Titan, Rebellion of the Flamekin

Pick: Leaf Gilder

Pack 39:

Moonglove Winnower, Boggart Forager, Facevaulter, Hunt Down, Giant’s Ire, Guardian of Cloverdell, Mosswort Bridge

Pick: Mosswort Bridge

Pack 40:

Wanderer’s Twig, Axegrinder Giant, Bog Hoodlums, Protective Bubble, Ego Erasure, Plains

Pick: Wanderer’s Twig

Pack 41:

Bog-Strider Ash, Spring Cleaning, Shields of Velis Vel, Vivid Grove, Faerie Tauntings

Pick: Vivid Grove

Pack 42:

Lignify, Needle Drop, Soaring Hope, Elvish Promenade

Pick: Elvish Promenade

Pack 43:

Lace with Moonglove, Heal the Scars, Lammastide Weave

Pick: Lammastide Weave

Pack 44:

Warren-Scourge Elf, Boggart Forager

Pick: Warren-Scourge Elf

Pack 45:

Nath’s Buffoon

Pick: Nath’s Buffoon

Final Decklist:


10 Forest
5 Plains
1 Mosswort Bridge
1 Vivid Grove
1 Fistful of Force
3 Leaf Gilder
2 Lignify
2 Surge of Thoughtweft
1 Elvish Branchbender
2 Gilt-Leaf Ambush
1 Gilt-Leaf Seer
Imperious Perfect
1 Jagged-Scar Archers
2 Oblivion Ring
1 Briarhorn
1 Elvish Promenade
2 Lys Alana Huntmaster
2 Nath’s Elite
1 Vigor


1 Cloudgoat Ranger
1 Colfenor’s Plans
1 Fertile Ground
1 Gaddock Teeg
1 Guardian of Cloverdell
1 Hurly-Burly
1 Lammastide Weave
1 Nath’s Buffoon
1 Oakgnarl Warrior
1 Rootgrapple
1 Runed Stalactite
2 Scarred Vinebreeder
1 Sentry Oak
1 Summon the School
1 Tar Pitcher
1 Vivid Meadow
1 Wanderer’s Twig
1 Warren-Scourge Elf
1 Wellgabber Apothecary

After being passed Imperious Perfect and Jagged-Scar Archers, I was looking
for Elves to keep coming. I ended up drafting one of the archetypes I’ve
been more successful with: Green Elves splashing White.

Round 1 I played against Red/Black Goblins/Elementals

He was quite unfortunate. Game 1 he mulliganed on the play and saw only
Mountains. He drew the Swamp mid game, played a card, and died the next
turn. On my side, I played Imperious Perfect. I saved it from Lash Out with
Briarhorn, and it lived for the rest of the game, holding and then
overwhelming the small Red creatures he played.

Game 2 he had a pair of Mudbutton Torchrunners on defense, and a Dolmen’s
Gate in play, doing nothing with that draw. I accumulated some creatures,
then attacked with everyone and a Nath’s Elite. It was blocked by the two
Torchrunners and another creature. I played Surge of Thoughtweft, with the
combat damage he went down to three. He killed two creatures when his
Goblins died, and I was left with a pair of 1/1s, but with him at three life.
I played another guy, and had an Oblivion Ring for his next play.

Round 2 I played against U/W

I lost game 1. I played very few spells. I made Leaf Gilder, which was immediately
killed with Oblivion Ring. I also played a Ring of my own on one of his
creatures, and then I just sat there doing nothing, as my
hand was a pair of pump spells. He wasn’t attacking with his Harpoon Sniper
and Kithkin Greathart, so he was probably playing around Gilt-Leaf Ambush, a
good call since I had two in my deck. I finally played Vigor, tapping out,
but he bounced it with Whirlpool Whelm, won the clash, and attacked for eight
damage. With this scenario, I knew I was dead in a few turns, as he had
fliers as well.

Game 2 I started with Leaf Gilder and Gilt-Leaf Seer for some early
attacks. My Imperious Perfect was removed with Crib Swap, giving me a
shapeshifter, which was nice as it gave me an extra elf off Elvish Promenade.
With a bunch of 2/2 and 1/1 I always attacked into his bigger creatures, and
I always had a pump spell – Briarhorn and Fistful of Force – so I always
forced damage through. In both attacks I lost a token and a pump spell, but
in return I killed one of his creatures in combat. This allowed me to put
him on defense, in a situation where he couldn’t use his Hideway land.
Besides, with the Briarhorn I also got a new 3/3 body.

Game 3 I had a nice start: Leaf Gilder, Elvish Branchbender, and turn
4 my second Leaf Gilder, attacking for four damage with a Forest. His board so
far was Avian Changeling and Hillcomber Giant. He went down to 14, as
Leaf Gilder had attacked once before. Next turn he played Kinsbaile Balloonist
and attacked with the Avian. I was holding two Oblivion Ring, so I used one
on the Giant to put a lot of pressure on him as I had a second as a
safeguard. I made a 4/4 Forest and attacked with it and the three
Leaf Gilders. One traded with the Balloonist and he went down to 6. He then
Played Brion Stoutarm, but I was ready with Oblivion Ring #2. I made a 3/3
Forest and attacked with both Leaf Gilders. One traded with Avian Changeling
and he went down to 1. I won on the next turn.

I split the finals.

See you next week!


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