Drafting With Tiago – LLL #2

That’s right, folks: The “Drafting With…” series is back! Taking up where both Rich Hoaen and Kenji Tsumura left off, we have Level 6 Mage Tiago Chan. As before, Tiago takes us through a triple Lorwyn draft from pick 1 to pick 45, before sharing his insight on the draft and the games that followed. For more detailed draft debate, come to the forums!


Pack 1:

Kithkin Greatheart, Oakgnarl Warrior, Lash Out, Deeptread Merrow, Goldmeadow Harrier, Springjack Knight, Heal the Scars, Inkfathom Divers, Boggart Birth Rite, Ingot Chewer, Merrow Harbinger, Summon the School, Merrow Reejerey, Wort, Boggart Auntie, Shriekmaw

Pick: Shriekmaw

Pack 2:

Lowland Oaf, Lignify, Weed Strangle, Kithkin Healer, Deeptread Merrow, Lash Out, Kithkin Daggerdare, Shields of Velis Vel, Fire-Belly Changeling, Elvish Branchbender, Turtleshell Changeling, Elvish Harbinger, Fallowsage, Swamp

Pick: Weed Strangle

Pack 3:

Mudbutton Torchrunner, Springleaf Drum, Oakgnarl Warrior, Glimmerdust Nap, Wellgabber Apothecary, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums, Prowess of the Fair, Merrow Harbinger, Squeaking Pie Sneak, Colfenor’s Plans

Pick: Merrow Harbinger

Pack 4:

Nath’s Elite, Smokebraider, Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Moonglove Winnower, Triclopean Sight, Nightshade Stinger, Faultgrinder, Faerie Trickery, Warren-Scourge Elf, Inner-Flame Igniter, Goldmeadow Stalwart, Primal Command

Pick: Nath’s Elite

Pack 5:

Soulbright Flamekin, Kithkin Daggerdare, Surge of Thoughtweft, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Aquitect’s Will, Mournwhelk, Zephyr Net, Scarred Vinebreeder, Kithkin Harbinger, Sylvan Echoes, Marsh Flitter

Pick: Marsh Flitter

Pack 6:

Oaken Brawler, Hurly-Burly, Nightshade Stinger, Blades of Velis Vel, Elvish Handservant, Dawnfluke, Flamekin Spitfire, Hoarder’s Greed, Shelldock Isle, Spiderwig Boggart

Pick: Flamekin Spitfire

Pack 7:

Hurly-Burly, Lys Alana Huntmaster, Consuming Bonfire, Wispmare, Blades of Velis Vel, Cenn’s Heir, Ringskipper, Black Poplar Shaman, Giant Harbinger

Pick: Lys Alana Huntmaster

Pack 8:

Runed Stalactite, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Faerie Trickery, Nightshade Stinger, Blades of Velis Vel, Elvish Handservant, Dawnfluke, Forge[/author]-Tender”]Burrenton [author name="Forge"]Forge[/author]-Tender

Pick: Inner-Flame Acolyte

Pack 9:

Oakgnarl Warrior, Deeptread Merrow, Springjack Knight, Heal the Scars, Inkfathom Divers, Boggart Birth Rite, Ingot Chewer

Pick: Deeptread Merrow

Pack 10:

Lowland Oaf, Kithkin Healer, Kithkin Daggerdare, Shields of Velis Vel, Elvish Branchbender, Swamp

Pick: Elvish Branchbender

Pack 11:

Oakgnarl Warrior, Wellgabber Apothecary, Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums

Pick: Oakgnarl Warrior

Pack 12:

Triclopean Sight, Nightshade Stinger, Faultgrinder, Warren-Scourge Elf

Pick: Warren-Scourge Elf

Pack 13:

Aquitect’s Will, Zephyr Net, Sylvan Echoes

Pick: Sylvan Echoes

Pack 14:

Blades of Velis Vel, Dawnfluke

Pick: Blades of Velis Vel

Pack 15:


Pick: Hurly-Burly

Pack 16:

Herbal Poultice, Avian Changeling, Warren Pilferers, Lowland Oaf, Fistful of Force, Aethersnipe, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Lace with Moonglove, Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Ponder, Boggart Shenanigans, Ego Erasure, Shriekmaw, Hostility

Pick: Shriekmaw

Pack 17:

Fistful of Force, Eyeblight’s Ending, Soulbright Flamekin, Glimmerdust Nap, Cloudcrown Oak, Oblivion Ring, Wanderer’s Twig, Soaring Hope, Shimmering Grotto, Judge of Currents, Lace with Moonglove, Goldmeadow Stalwart, Captivating Glance, Gilt-Leaf Palace

Pick: Eyeblight’s Ending

Pack 18:

Smokebraider, Stonybrook Angler, Fertile Ground, Moonglove Winnower, Plover Knights, Hunt Down, Giant’s Ire, Dawnfluke, Spellstutter Sprite, Black Poplar Shaman, Fallowsage, Familiar’s Ruse, Timber Protector

Pick: Timber Protector

Pack 19:

Woodland Changeling, Springleaf Drum, Kithkin Healer, Footbottom Feast, Lignify, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Protective Bubble, Ingot Chewer, Amoeboid Changeling, Spring Cleaning, Prowess of the Fair, Merrow Harbinger

Pick: Woodland Changeling

Pack 20:

Stonybrook Angler, Thieving Sprite, Hillcomber Giant, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Elvish Eulogist, Giant’s Ire, Lairwatch Giant, Spellstutter Sprite, Ceaseless Searblades, Forge[/author]-Tender”]Burrenton [author name="Forge"]Forge[/author]-Tender, Rings of Brighthearth

Pick: Thieving Sprite

Pack 21:

Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Thieving Sprite, Broken Ambitions, Nath’s Buffoon, Faultgrinder, Rootgrapple, Inner-Flame Igniter, Hoarder’s Greed, Thousand-Year Elixir, Dreamspoiler Witches

Pick: Thieving Sprite

Pack 22:

Inner-Flame Acolyte, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Thieving Sprite, Giant’s Ire, Dawnfluke, Spellstutter Sprite, Black Poplar Shaman, Rebellion of the Flamekin, Twinning Glass

Pick: Thieving Sprite

Pack 23:

Soulbright Flamekin, Kithkin Daggerdare, Surge of Thoughtweft, Inkfathom Divers, Needle Drop, Soaring Hope, Elvish Promenade, Crush Underfoot

Pick: Kithkin Daggerdare

Pack 24:

Herbal Poultice, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Lace with Moonglove, Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Boggart Shenanigans, Ego Erasure

Pick: Lace with Moonglove

Pack 25:

Fistful of Force, Soaring Hope, Shimmering Grotto, Lace with Moonglove, Goldmeadow Stalwart, Captivating Glance

Pick: Fistful of Force

Pack 26:

Moonglove Winnower, Hunt Down, Dawnfluke, Black Poplar Shaman, Familiar’s Ruse

Pick: Moonglove Winnower

Pack 27:

Kithkin Healer, Protective Bubble, Spring Cleaning, Prowess of the Fair

Pick: Spring Cleaning

Pack 28:

Elvish Eulogist, Giant’s Ire, Lairwatch Giant

Pick: Elvish Eulogist

Pack 29:

Nath’s Buffoon, Hoarder’s Greed

Pick: Hoarder’s Greed

Pack 30:


Pick: Dawnfluke

Pack 31:

Moonglove Extract, Hillcomber Giant, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Dreamspoiler Witches, Battlewand Oak, Goldmeadow Dodger, Wings of Velis Vel, Flamekin Brawler, Facevaulter, Warren-Scourge Elf, Vivid Marsh, Sentry Oak, Elvish Harbinger, Forced Fruition, Mountain

Pick: Elvish Harbinger

Pack 32:

Cloudcrown Oak, Tarfire, Wanderer’s Twig, Silvergill Douser, Avian Changeling, Bog-Strider Ash, Eyeblight’s Ending, Aquitect’s Will, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Spring Cleaning, Blind-Spot Giant, Kithkin Harbinger, Sylvan Echoes, Wren’s Run Vanquisher

Pick: Eyeblight’s Ending

Pack 33:

Springleaf Drum, Kithkin Healer, Footbottom Feast, Axegrinder Giant, Lignify, Silvergill Douser, Elvish Branchbender, Wellgabber Apothecary, Aquitect’s Will, Mournwhelk, Zephyr Net, Merrow Harbinger, Summon the School

Pick: Elvish Branchbender

Pack 34:

Quill-Slinger Boggart, Bog-Strider Ash, Tarfire, Exiled Boggart, Shields of Velis Vel, Mournwhelk, Needle Drop, Elvish Promenade, Crush Underfoot, Cloudgoat Ranger, Colfenor’s Urn, Plains

Pick: Bog-Strider Ash

Pack 35:

Whirlpool Whelm, Boggart Loggers, Adder-Staff Boggart, Fertile Ground, Elvish Eulogist, Wings of Velis Vel, Caterwauling Boggart, Goldmeadow Dodger, Forge[/author]-Tender”]Burrenton [author name="Forge"]Forge[/author]-Tender, Heat Shimmer, Thorntooth Witch

Pick: Thorntooth Witch

Pack 36:

Battlewand Oak, Hurly-Burly, Paperfin Rascal, Runed Stalactite, Spiderwig Boggart, Flamekin Brawler, Tideshaper Mystic, Rootgrapple, Vivid Crag, Hamletback Goliath

Pick: Battlewand Oak

Pack 37:

Axegrinder Giant, Woodland Changeling, Kithkin Greatheart, Footbottom Feast, Blind-Spot Giant, Exiled Boggart, Heal the Scars, Vivid Grove, Faerie Tauntings

Pick: Woodland Changeling

Pack 38:

Leaf Gilder, Adder-Staff Boggart, Wispmare, Consuming Bonfire, Elvish Eulogist, Caterwauling Boggart, Goldmeadow Dodger, Rebellion of the Flamekin

Pick: Leaf Gilder

Pack 39:

Hillcomber Giant, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Goldmeadow Dodger, Flamekin Brawler, Facevaulter, Warren-Scourge Elf, Mountain

Pick: Stinkdrinker Daredevil

Pack 40:

Bog-Strider Ash, Aquitect’s Will, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Spring Cleaning, Blind-Spot Giant, Sylvan Echoes

Pick: Bog-Strider Ash

Pack 41:

Axegrinder Giant, Wellgabber Apothecary, Aquitect’s Will, Zephyr Net, Merrow Harbinger

Pick: Merrow Harbinger

Pack 42:

Exiled Boggart, Shields of Velis Vel, Needle Drop, Plains

Pick: Exiled Boggart

Pack 43:

Elvish Eulogist, Caterwauling Boggart, Goldmeadow Dodger

Pick: Elvish Eulogist

Pack 44:

Hurly-Burly, Flamekin Brawler

Pick: Hurly-Burly

Pack 45:

Exiled Boggart

Pick: Exiled Boggart

Final Decklist:


2 Eyeblight’s Ending
1 Marsh Flitter
1 Moonglove Winnower
1 Shriekmaw
1 Shriekmaw [FOIL]
1 Thorntooth Witch [FOIL]
1 Weed Strangle
1 Battlewand Oak
2 Bog-Strider Ash
2 Elvish Branchbender
1 Elvish Harbinger
1 Fistful of Force
1 Kithkin Daggerdare
1 Leaf Gilder
1 Lys Alana Huntmaster
1 Nath’s Elite
1 Oakgnarl Warrior
1 Timber Protector
2 Woodland Changeling
10 Forest
7 Swamp


1 Blades of Velis Vel
1 Dawnfluke
1 Deeptread Merrow
2 Elvish Eulogist
2 Exiled Boggart
1 Flamekin Spitfire
1 Hoarder’s Greed
2 Hurly-Burly
1 Inner-Flame Acolyte
1 Lace with Moonglove
2 Merrow Harbinger
1 Spring Cleaning
1 Stinkdrinker Daredevil
1 Sylvan Echoes
3 Thieving Sprite
1 Warren-Scourge Elf

I first picked Shriekmaw and decided by pick 2 to avoid Red because I’d passed a Lash Out and Wort, Boggart Auntie. I stayed in Black, but only because Weed Strangle is also a fine pick, otherwise I would’ve taken the Lash Out since either Lash Out or Shriekmaw are easy splashes if we end up being cut for a color. I then hesitated between colors, having picked two Blue, two Green, and two Red cards, until a late Elvish Branchbender settled me into Green, as my Green and Black picks were the quality cards. Yes, the Blue and Red cards were the best cards of their packs, but that’s because the packs did not have much, so I kept my options open.

I was fortunate to open a second Shriekmaw, which is ridiculous. Pick 18 I’m passed Timber Protector and I take it, as it’s pretty good on it’s own, even if I’m not on Treefolk, and there was nothing else comparable in the pack. Besides, it also combos well with Elvish Branchbender. My deck ended up being half Elves, half Treefolk, but that’s more through fortune than desire. I was much more focused on picking up Elves, but since that was not possible, I took cards in my colors for my deck, which happened to be Treefolk.

Round 1 I played against a G/W deck and won easily, as he had either a weak deck or weak draws. Game 1 he conceded much earlier that I would have: the board was pretty stalled with creatures, and he was at 13. I attacked him with Shriekmaw and Marsh Flitter, obtaining his concession. Perhaps he had no way to deal with the fear, and no form of evasion. Game 2 I played a turn 4 Timber Protector, then Bog-Strider Ash and a pair of Elvish Branchbenders, so I had a pair of 5/5 indestructible forests every turn, plus a 3/5 Bog-Strider Ash. He conceded when I played Nath’s Elite, even though I only had nineteen points of power on the table to his twenty life.

Round 2 my opponent was playing five-color Giants, including good stuff like Shriekmaw and two Incremental Growth. The game ended on turn 20, with the advantage being split evenly during the game. I died to an 8/8 Arbiter of Knollridge, as my Black removal was all in my last 13 cards. Game 2 he was slightly mana screwed, and I kept a slow but powerful hand: lands and two Shriekmaw. I killed some annoying creatures, but he neutralized both 3/2 fear guys… but they did deal him considerable damage. I had a Kithkin Daggerdare, drew a Marsh Flitter, then attacked for five damage, and five more for the win the turn after. I sacrificed a Goblin to turn him a 3/3, then attacked and pumped to make it 5/5. The ground was out of control already, with a 7/7 and a 6/6 from the other side. Game 3 he had a strong start, with Kithkin Daggerdare, Adder-Staff Boggart, and Fallowsage. I killed the Daggerdare with Eyeblight’s Ending, and played Marsh Flitter. He played Incremental Growth, making the Boggart a 4/3 and the Fallowsage a 5/5, and one of my Goblins a 2/2. I blocked the Fallowsage 5/5 with the 2/2 plus the Faerie, and turned it into a 3/3 sacrificing the other goblin who chumped blocked. Next turn I played Elvish Harbinger for Eyeblight’s Ending, and was still holding Weed Strangle. After I dealt with the next immediate threats, he just drew too many lands.

Round 3, I offered the draw but my opponent had a strong U/W deck and wanted to play. I played two Shriekmaws to kill his two Silvergill Dousers, and won easily. Game 2 he raced me with Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Pestermite, Mulldrifter, and three Whirlpool Whelm. Game 3 he made a misclick, which acted as a Time Walk. He has a Shelldock Isle, and tapped an both it and an Island for mana, but he used the Isle ability Instead. He did not met the “if” clause, so nothing happened. I still lost, because on my turn 12 I only had six Forests in play, and was holding only Black cards, including Eyeblight’s Ending and Shriekmaw to deal with his Purity. I believe I lost when he sat at three life, and I had creatures plus Kithkin Daggerdare. I had seen three Whirlpool Whelm in the previous games, and he had already played one. I played a Nath’s Elite and saw he has a Whelm #2 on top, and he left it there. I decided to attack with everything that turn, but he was holding one card… Whelm #3. Nothing happened in the attack, except that I lost a bunch of guys.

See you tomorrow!


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