Drafting With Tiago – LLL #17

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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:

Moonglove Winnower, Plover Knights, Whirlpool Whelm, Leaf Gilder, Adder-Staff Boggart, Wispmare, Giant’s Ire, Lairwatch Giant,
Spellstutter Sprite, Spiderwig Boggart, Flamekin Brawler, Pollen Lullaby, Marsh Flitter, Goldmeadow Stalwart, Eyes of the Wisent

Pick: Marsh Flitter

Pack 2:

Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Battlewand Oak, Hurly-Burly, Plover Knights, Paperfin Rascal, Dreamspoiler Witches, Faultgrinder, Rootgrapple, Goldmeadow Dodger, Wings of Velis Vel, Fallowsage, Changeling Hero, Vivid Crag, Eyes of the Wisent

Pick: Dreamspoiler Witches

Pack 3:

Wanderer’s Twig, Hornet Harasser, Woodland Changeling, Kithkin Greatheart, Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums, Judge of Currents, Inkfathom Divers, Faerie Tauntings, Forge[/author]-Tender”]Burrenton [author name="Forge"]Forge[/author]-Tender, Cloudgoat Ranger, Incandescent Soulstoke

Pick: Incandescent Soulstoke

Pack 4:

Lignify, Weed Strangle, Kithkin Healer, Deeptread Merrow, Lash Out, Kithkin Daggerdare, Inkfathom Divers, Soaring Hope, Elvish Branchbender, Wellgabber Apothecary, Prowess of the Fair, Elvish Harbinger

Pick: Lash Out

Pack 5:

Fertile Ground, Hillcomber Giant, Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Dawnfluke, Spellstutter Sprite, Black Poplar Shaman, Elvish Eulogist, Wings of Velis Vel, Vivid Marsh, Woodland Guidance, Ashling’s Prerogative

Pick: Sentinels of Glen Elendra

Pack 6:

Lignify, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Bog-Strider Ash, Aethersnipe, Tarfire, Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Ponder, Hoarder’s Greed, Springleaf Drum

Pick: Tarfire

Pack 7:

Boggart Loggers, Fertile Ground, Hillcomber Giant, Boggart Forager, Hunt Down, Triclopean Sight, Benthicore, Boggart Shenanigans, Mosswort Bridge

Pick: Benthicore

Pack 8:

Oakgnarl Warrior,
Hornet Harasser, Deeptread Merrow, Fistful of Force, Protective Bubble, Fire-Belly Changeling, Aquitect’s Will, Treefolk Harbinger

Pick: Hornet Harasser

Pack 9:

Leaf Gilder, Wispmare, Giant’s Ire, Lairwatch Giant, Spiderwig Boggart, Pollen Lullaby, Eyes of the Wisent

Pick: Spiderwig Boggart

Pack 10:

Battlewand Oak, Hurly-Burly, Faultgrinder, Rootgrapple, Goldmeadow Dodger, Eyes of the Wisent

Pick: Eyes of the Wisent

Pack 11:

Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums, Inkfathom Divers, Faerie Tauntings

Pick: Inkfathom Divers

Pack 12:

Kithkin Healer, Soaring Hope, Elvish Branchbender, Wellgabber Apothecary

Pick: Elvish Branchbender

Pack 13:

Dawnfluke, Elvish Eulogist, Woodland Guidance

Pick: Woodland Guidance

Pack 14:

Bog-Strider Ash, Scarred Vinebreeder

Pick: Bog-Strider Ash

Pack 15:

Hunt Down

Pick: Hunt Down

Pack 16:

Kithkin Greatheart, Oakgnarl Warrior, Lash Out, Hornet Harasser, Deeptread Merrow, Protective Bubble, Fire-Belly Changeling, Skeletal Changeling,
Aquitect’s Will, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Summon the School, Elvish Harbinger, Benthicore, Secluded Glen, Aquitect’s Will

Pick: Lash Out

Pack 17:

Streambed Aquitects, Consuming Bonfire, Boggart Loggers, Lys Alana Huntmaster, Runed Stalactite, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Neck Snap, Tideshaper Mystic, Rootgrapple, Triclopean Sight, Nightshade Stinger, Inner-Flame Igniter, Benthicore, Vivid Grove

Pick: Consuming Bonfire

Pack 18:

Moonglove Winnower, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Paperfin Rascal, Flamekin Brawler, Facevaulter, Warren-Scourge Elf, Blades of Velis Vel, Cenn’s Heir, Knight of Meadowgrain, Vivid Marsh, Elvish Promenade, Knucklebone Witch

Pick: Inner-Flame Acolyte

Pack 19:

Battlewand Oak, Oaken Brawler, Hurly-Burly, Peppersmoke, Lys Alana Huntmaster, Consuming Bonfire, Caterwauling Boggart, Goldmeadow Dodger, Faerie Trickery, Nightshade Stinger, Veteran of the Depths, Howltooth Hollow

Pick: Peppersmoke

Pack 20:

Footbottom Feast, Lowland Oaf, Lignify, Deeptread Merrow, Needle Drop, Soaring Hope, Elvish Branchbender, Wellgabber Apothecary, Elvish Harbinger, Vivid Crag, Incremental Growth

Pick: Lowland Oaf

Pack 21:

Herbal Poultice, Lowland Oaf, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Aquitect’s Will, Mournwhelk, Zephyr Net, Scarred Vinebreeder, Glen Elendra Pranksters, Entangling Trap, Ceaseless Searblades

Pick: Ceaseless Searblades

Pack 22:

Boggart Loggers, Runed Stalactite, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Tideshaper Mystic, Elvish Handservant, Broken Ambitions, Cenn’s Heir, Incremental Growth, Hunter of Eyeblights

Pick: Inner-Flame Acolyte

Pack 23:

Flamekin, Glimmerdust Nap, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Spring Cleaning, Blind-Spot Giant, Wellgabber Apothecary, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Hunter of Eyeblights

Pick: Soulbright Flamekin

Pack 24:

Oakgnarl Warrior, Deeptread Merrow, Protective Bubble, Fire-Belly Changeling, Skeletal Changeling, Aquitect’s Will, Kinsbaile Skirmisher

Pick: Skeletal Changeling

Pack 25:

Inner-Flame Acolyte, Tideshaper Mystic, Rootgrapple, Nightshade Stinger, Benthicore, Vivid Grove

Pick: Inner-Flame Acolyte

Pack 26:

Paperfin Rascal, Flamekin Brawler, Facevaulter, Warren-Scourge Elf, Cenn’s Heir

Pick: Flamekin Brawler

Pack 27:

Hurly-Burly, Caterwauling Boggart, Goldmeadow Dodger, Nightshade Stinger

Pick: Caterwauling Boggart

Pack 28:

Footbottom Feast, Soaring Hope, Vivid Crag

Pick: Footbottom Feast

Pack 29:

Herbal Poultice, Entangling Trap

Pick: Entangling Trap

Pack 30:

Cenn’s Heir

Pick: Cenn’s Heir

Pack 31:

Leaf Gilder, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Thieving Sprite, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Whirlpool Whelm, Boggart Loggers, Adder-Staff Boggart, Boggart Forager,
Facevaulter, Hunt Down, Giant’s Ire, Cloudgoat Ranger, Inner-Flame Igniter, Familiar’s Ruse, Brigid, Hero of Kinsbaile

Pick: Inner-Flame Igniter

Pack 32:

Surge of Thoughtweft, Cloudcrown Oak, Tarfire, Wanderer’s Twig, Avian Changeling, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Protective Bubble, Ingot Chewer, Amoeboid Changeling, Spring Cleaning, Boggart Harbinger, Lammastide Weave, Imperious Perfect, Vigor

Pick: Tarfire

Pack 33:

Quill-Slinger Boggart, Bog-Strider Ash, Aethersnipe, Herbal Poultice, Lace with Moonglove, Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Ponder, Bog Hoodlums, Summon the School, Vivid Grove, Changeling Hero, Colfenor’s Urn

Pick: Aethersnipe

Pack 34:

Hornet Harasser, Axegrinder Giant, Woodland Changeling, Kithkin Greatheart, Footbottom Feast, Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums, Judge of Currents, Flamekin Harbinger, Ego Erasure, Sentry Oak

Pick: Flamekin Harbinger

Pack 35:

Goldmeadow Harrier, Fistful of Force, Glimmerdust Nap, Cloudcrown Oak, Spring Cleaning, Blind-Spot Giant, Wellgabber Apothecary, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Captivating Glance, Giant Harbinger, Jagged-Scar Archers

Pick: Giant Harbinger

Pack 36:

Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Oaken Brawler, Smokebraider, Stonybrook Angler, Fertile Ground, Ringskipper, Black Poplar Shaman, Shimmering Grotto, Elvish Eulogist, Merrow Harbinger

Pick: Smokebraider

Pack 37:

Wispmare, Thieving Sprite, Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Elvish Handservant, Dawnfluke, Broken Ambitions, Nath’s Buffoon, Goatnapper, Crush Underfoot

Pick: Thieving Sprite

Pack 38:

Sprite-Chaser, Thieving Sprite, Faultgrinder, Faerie Trickery, Warren-Scourge Elf, Lairwatch Giant, Spiderwig Boggart, Turtleshell Changeling

Pick: Faultgrinder

Pack 39:

Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Thieving Sprite, Boggart Loggers, Adder-Staff Boggart, Boggart Forager, Facevaulter, Hunt Down

Pick: Thieving Sprite

Pack 40:

Cloudcrown Oak, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Protective Bubble, Ingot Chewer, Amoeboid Changeling, Spring Cleaning

Pick: Cloudcrown Oak

Pack 41:

Quill-Slinger Boggart, Bog-Strider Ash, Herbal Poultice, Lace with Moonglove, Scarred Vinebreeder

Pick: Bog-Strider Ash

Pack 42:

Hornet Harasser, Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums

Pick: Hornet Harasser

Pack 43:

Spring Cleaning, Wellgabber Apothecary, Captivating Glance

Pick: Captivating Glance

Pack 44:

Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Elvish Eulogist

Pick: Boggart Sprite-Chaser

Final Decklist:


1 Dreamspoiler Witches
1 Footbottom Feast
1 Marsh Flitter
1 Peppersmoke
1 Skeletal Changeling
2 Thieving Sprite
1 Caterwauling
1 Ceaseless Searblades
1 Consuming Bonfire
1 Flamekin Brawler
1 Flamekin Harbinger
1 Incandescent Soulstoke
3 Inner-Flame Acolyte
1 Inner-Flame Igniter
2 Lash Out
1 Smokebraider
1 Soulbright Flamekin
2 Tarfire
11 Mountain
6 Swamp


1 Aethersnipe
1 Benthicore
2 Bog-Strider Ash
1 Boggart Sprite-Chaser
1 Captivating Glance
1 Cenn’s Heir
1 Cloudcrown Oak
1 Elvish Branchbender
1 Entangling Trap
1 Eyes of the Wisent
1 Faultgrinder
1 Giant Harbinger
2 Hornet Harasser
1 Hunt Down
1 Inkfathom Divers
1 Lowland Oaf
1 Nath’s Buffoon
1 Sentinels of Glen Elendra
1 Spiderwig Boggart
1 Woodland Guidance

Pick 3: I love Cloadgoat Ranger, but I don’t think White/Black is very good.
Incandescent Soulstoke is also a nice card.

Pick 4: Weed Strangle would allow me to stay more solidly in Black, and get me ready to
discard Red, but I think Lash Out is a better card and a signal to go Red.

Pick 5: Vivid Marsh or Sentinels of Glen Elendra? I wanted to keep my options
open just in case I move into Blue.

Pick 6: With Aethersnipe, I could probably move into Blue. I usually draft it
over Tarfire, but not with this setup, where I already had a late Lash Out
and now a late Tarfire.

Pick 7: Again, no Black or Red card, but there’s a Benthicore, which is an

Pick 8: I have three Red cards, two Black Faeries, and two Blue cards. I still
haven’t decided on my colors, but probably Red/Blue or Red/Black, or
less likely Blue/Black splash Red. With this pick between Hornet Harasser
and Deeptread Merrow I’m taking a step into a direction for either Blue or
Black. I choose Hornet Harasser… it seems stronger, and better in my deck.
I don’t have Merfolks, and in Black I have Marsh Flitter to sacrifice the

Pick 11: At this point, even if I’m Red/Black, I don’t have any reasons to play
Boggart Birth Rite, and I can probably get one later if I want to. Still
keeping the options open with this late pick Divers.

Pick 19: Multiple Consuming Bonfire can make my deck slow. At this point I know
I want to be Red/Black, as two Lash Out, Tarfire, and Peppersmoke go very
well with Dreamspoiler Witches.

Pick 24: Mistake! Even though I like Skeletal Changeling better than Fire-Belly
Changeling, I am probably going to end up with many more Mountains than
Swamps, and my final build should be aggressive.

Pick 28: I want the Vivid Crag, but I decided to be greedy and secure this
Footbottom Feast that I might use, so that I don’t have to take it later
or regret that it didn’t make it back. Maybe the Vivid Crag was too high a price to pay.

Round 1 I played versus Blue/White.

All the games were pretty bad, with lots of bad draws on both sides, and I was lucky
to come out on top. Game 1 I drew 10 lands, 5 spells, and I lost. Game
2… at some point I had 4 Mountains in play, had played 4 Red cards and was
holding 4 Black cards, and I still won. He may have mulliganed, and he played
very few action spells. I drew the swamp, as I needed to play all four
Faeries to win in the air. Game 3 I had a good draw, with a turn 2
Smokebraider. He slowed me down with Pestermite, tapping it on my upkeep. I
played Inner-Flame Igniter and passed. I was holding Incandescent
Soulstoke, Tarfire, Lash Out, and Caterwauling Boggart, so I exploded over the
next turns.

Round 2 I played against Black/Green.

Game 1 he made turn 2 Fertile Ground, turn 3 Imperious Perfect, and
turn 4 Warren PIlferers. He died on my next attack. I had won the die roll,
played a turn 1 Flamekin Harbinger fetching Smokebraider, then turn 2
Smokebraider. Turn 3 play Inner-Flame Igniter and Soulbright Flamekin.
Turn 4, active Soulbright Flamekin three times giving trample to
everyone, and receive eight Red mana in my pool. Play Inner-Flame Acolyte,
used the Igniter to give plus one attack to everyone, gave trample to the
Acolyte, and attack. He blocked one with the Perfect, and was down to 7
life. Next turn I attacked again and won.

Game two, he had a much better draw… turn 1 Treefolk Harbinger getting
Changeling Hero, turn 2 Fertile Ground, turn 3 Jagged-Scar Archers,
turn 4 Hero. He drew one more Fertile Ground, the rest were all lands. He
just had two unreal games.

I split the finals.

See you tomorrow!


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