Drafting With Tiago – LLL #26

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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:

Surge of Thoughtweft, Mulldrifter, Weed Strangle, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Woodland Changeling, Springleaf Drum, Judge of Currents, Inkfathom Divers,
Needle Drop, Soaring Hope, Elvish Branchbender, Ego Erasure, Veteran of the Depths, Final Revels, Mistbind Clique

Pick: Mulldrifter

Pack 2:

Footbottom Feast, Axegrinder Giant, Lignify, Silvergill Douser, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Bog-Strider Ash, Exiled Boggart, Shields of Velis Vel, Mournwhelk, Needle Drop, Merrow Harbinger, Battle Mastery, Changeling Titan, Ancient Amphitheater

Pick: Silvergill Douser

Pack 3:

Lowland Oaf, Fistful of Force, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Surge of Thoughtweft, Cloudcrown Oak, Tarfire, Bog Hoodlums, Protective Bubble, Fire-Belly Changeling, Skeletal Changeling, Vivid Grove, Hunter of Eyeblights, Glarewielder

Pick: Tarfire

Pack 4:

Wanderer’s Twig, Hornet Harasser, Axegrinder Giant, Woodland Changeling, Blind-Spot Giant, Exiled Boggart, Ponder, Heal the Scars, Skeletal Changeling, Lammastide Weave, Rebellion of the Flamekin, Secluded Glen

Pick: Hornet Harasser

Pack 5:

Hurly-Burly, Peppersmoke, Consuming Bonfire, Wispmare, Stonybrook Angler, Nightshade Stinger, Blades of Velis Vel, Elvish Handservant, Dawnfluke, Broken Ambitions, Veteran of the Depths

Pick: Peppersmoke

Pack 6:

Runed Stalactite, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Thieving Sprite, Cenn’s Heir, Facevaulter, Hunt Down, Drowner of Secrets, Treefolk Harbinger, Nettlevine Blight

Pick: Drowner of Secrets

Pack 7:

Hurly-Burly, Ringskipper, Black Poplar Shaman, Shimmering Grotto, Elvish Eulogist, Vivid Marsh, Sentry Oak, Battle Mastery, Island

Pick: Vivid Marsh

Pack 8:

Boggart Sprite-Chaser,
Oaken Brawler, Faultgrinder, Faerie Trickery, Warren-Scourge Elf, Lairwatch Giant, Spiderwig Boggart, Scattering Stroke

Pick: Faerie Trickery

Pack 9:

Surge of Thoughtweft, Springleaf Drum, Inkfathom Divers, Needle Drop, Soaring Hope, Elvish Branchbender, Ego Erasure

Pick: Inkfathom Divers

Pack 10:

Quill-Slinger Boggart, Exiled Boggart, Shields of Velis Vel, Mournwhelk, Needle Drop, Battle Mastery

Pick: Mournwhelk

Pack 11:

Lowland Oaf, Fistful of Force, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Bog Hoodlums, Protective Bubble

Pick: Lowland Oaf

Pack 12:

Exiled Boggart, Heal the Scars, Lammastide Weave, Rebellion of the Flamekin

Pick: Rebellion of the Flamekin

Pack 13:

Hurly-Burly, Nightshade Stinger, Dawnfluke

Pick: Hurly-Burly

Pack 14:

Cenn’s Heir, Facevaulter

Pick: Facevaulter

Pack 15:


Pick: Ringskipper

Pack 16:

Kithkin Greatheart, Mulldrifter, Footbottom Feast, Lowland Oaf, Lignify, Weed Strangle, Kithkin Healer, Shields of Velis Vel,
Fire-Belly Changeling, Elvish Branchbender, Amoeboid Changeling, Kithkin Harbinger, Prowess of the Fair, Guardian of Cloverdell, Liliana Vess

Pick: Mulldrifter

Pack 17:

Kinsbaile Balloonist, Whirlpool Whelm, Boggart Loggers, Adder-Staff Boggart, Fertile Ground, Moonglove Extract, Giant’s Ire, Dawnfluke, Spellstutter Sprite, Black Poplar Shaman, Elvish Eulogist, Makeshift Mannequin, Guardian of Cloverdell, Summon the School

Pick: Makeshift Mannequin

Pack 18:

Thieving Sprite, Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Hillcomber Giant, Streambed Aquitects, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Battlewand Oak, Nath’s Buffoon, Faultgrinder, Rootgrapple, Goldmeadow Dodger, Ethereal Whiskergill, Harpoon Sniper, Flamekin Harbinger

Pick: Streambed Aquitects

Pack 19:

Plover Knights, Paperfin Rascal, Runed Stalactite, Nath’s Elite, Neck Snap, Giant’s Ire, Lairwatch Giant, Spellstutter Sprite, Spiderwig Boggart, Flamekin Brawler, Flamekin Bladewhirl, Knucklebone Witch

Pick: Paperfin Rascal

Pack 20:

Herbal Poultice, Kithkin Greatheart, Oakgnarl Warrior, Springjack Knight, Heal the Scars, Inkfathom Divers, Boggart Birth Rite, Ingot Chewer, Elvish Promenade, Flamekin Bladewhirl, Fallowsage

Pick: Fallowsage

Pack 21:

Wanderer’s Twig, Bog-Strider Ash, Aquitect’s Will, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Spring Cleaning, Blind-Spot Giant, Wellgabber Apothecary, Boggart Shenanigans, Familiar’s Ruse, Dolmen Gate

Pick: Familiar’s Ruse

Pack 22:

Lowland Oaf, Lignify, Kithkin Healer, Deeptread Merrow, Soaring Hope, Wellgabber Apothecary, Aquitect’s Will, Lammastide Weave, Sentry Oak

Pick: Deeptread Merrow

Pack 23:

Moonglove Winnower, Plover Knights, Whirlpool Whelm, Boggart Forager, Ringskipper, Hunt Down, Nectar Faerie, Forest

Pick: Whirlpool Whelm

Pack 24:

Kithkin Greatheart, Lowland Oaf, Kithkin Healer, Shields of Velis Vel, Kithkin Harbinger, Prowess of the Fair, Guardian of Cloverdell

Pick: Kithkin Harbinger

Pack 25:

Giant’s Ire, Dawnfluke, Spellstutter Sprite, Black Poplar Shaman, Elvish Eulogist, Guardian of Cloverdell

Pick: Spellstutter Sprite

Pack 26:

Hillcomber Giant, Nath’s Buffoon, Faultgrinder, Rootgrapple, Goldmeadow Dodger

Pick: Hillcomber Giant

Pack 27:

Runed Stalactite, Giant’s Ire, Lairwatch Giant, Flamekin Brawler

Pick: Runed Stalactite

Pack 28:

Herbal Poultice, Springjack Knight, Heal the Scars

Pick: Springjack Knight

Pack 29:

Aquitect’s Will, Spring Cleaning

Pick: Aquitect’s Will

Pack 30:

Soaring Hope

Pick: Soaring Hope

Pack 31:

Springleaf Drum, Oakgnarl Warrior, Goldmeadow Harrier, Glimmerdust Nap, Warren Pilferers, Soulbright Flamekin, Kithkin Daggerdare,
Gilt-Leaf Seer, Boggart Birth Rite, Bog Hoodlums, Hunter of Eyeblights, Woodland Guidance, Changeling Berserker, Mirror Entity, Dauntless Dourbark

Pick: Mirror Entity

Pack 32:

Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Dreamspoiler Witches, Battlewand Oak, Oaken Brawler, Pestermite, Wings of Velis Vel, Caterwauling Boggart, Goldmeadow Dodger, Faerie Trickery, Faerie Harbinger, Harpoon Sniper, Treefolk Harbinger, Heat Shimmer

Pick: Dreamspoiler Witches

Pack 33:

Hornet Harasser, Deeptread Merrow, Goldmeadow Harrier, Fistful of Force, Eyeblight’s Ending, Soulbright Flamekin, Glimmerdust Nap, Soaring Hope, Shimmering Grotto, Judge of Currents, Lace with Moonglove, Kithkin Harbinger, Vivid Grove

Pick: Eyeblight’s Ending

Pack 34:

Adder-Staff Boggart, Wispmare, Consuming Bonfire, Boggart Loggers, Nath’s Buffoon, Caterwauling Boggart, Tideshaper Mystic, Elvish Handservant, Broken Ambitions, Ceaseless Searblades, Glen Elendra Pranksters, Mosswort Bridge

Pick: Glen Elendra Pranksters

Pack 35:

Moonglove Winnower, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Tideshaper Mystic, Rootgrapple, Triclopean Sight, Nightshade Stinger, Goatnapper, Ceaseless Searblades, Hoarder’s Greed, Eyes of the Wisent

Pick: Moonglove Winnower

Pack 36:

Consuming Bonfire, Runed Stalactite, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Dawnfluke, Broken Ambitions, Faultgrinder, Rootgrapple, Vivid Creek, Forced Fruition, Ego Erasure

Pick: Vivid Creek

Pack 37:

Mudbutton Torchrunner, Woodland Changeling, Kithkin Healer, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Protective Bubble, Ingot Chewer, Spring Cleaning, Woodland Guidance, Kithkin Healer

Pick: Woodland Changeling

Pack 38:

Herbal Poultice,
Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Lace with Moonglove, Scarred Vinebreeder, Ponder, Hearthcage Giant, Merrow Commerce, Amoeboid Changeling

Pick: Ponder

Pack 39:

Oakgnarl Warrior, Soulbright Flamekin, Kithkin Daggerdare, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Boggart Birth Rite, Bog Hoodlums, Hunter of Eyeblights

Pick: Hunter of Eyeblights

Pack 40:

Oaken Brawler, Wings of Velis Vel, Caterwauling Boggart, Goldmeadow Dodger, Faerie Trickery, Faerie Harbinger

Pick: Faerie Harbinger

Pack 41:

Soulbright Flamekin, Soaring Hope, Shimmering Grotto, Lace with Moonglove, Kithkin Harbinger

Pick: Shimmering Grotto

Pack 42:

Boggart Loggers, Nath’s Buffoon, Caterwauling Boggart, Ceaseless Searblades

Pick: Boggart Loggers

Pack 43:

Rootgrapple, Nightshade Stinger, Ceaseless Searblades

Pick: Ceaseless Searblades

Pack 44:

Dawnfluke, Rootgrapple

Pick: Rootgrapple

Pack 45:

Spring Cleaning

Pick: Spring Cleaning

Final Decklist:

9 Island
6 Swamp
1 Boggart Loggers
1 Deeptread Merrow
1 Dreamspoiler Witches
1 Drowner of Secrets
1 Eyeblight’s Ending
1 Faerie Harbinger
1 Faerie Trickery
1 Fallowsage
1 Glen Elendra Pranksters
1 Hornet Harasser
1 Inkfathom Divers
1 Makeshift Mannequin
1 Mirror Entity
2 Mulldrifter
1 Paperfin Rascal
1 Peppersmoke
1 Ponder
1 Shimmering Grotto
1 Silvergill Douser
1 Streambed Aquitects
1 Tarfire
1 Vivid Creek
1 Vivid Marsh
1 Whirlpool Whelm

1 Swamp
1 Aquitect’s Will
1 Ceaseless Searblades
1 Facevaulter
1 Familiar’s Ruse
1 Hillcomber Giant
1 Hunter of Eyeblights
1 Hurly-Burly
1 Kithkin Harbinger
1 Lowland Oaf
1 Moonglove Winnower
1 Mournwhelk
1 Rebellion of the Flamekin
1 Ringskipper
1 Rootgrapple
1 Runed Stalactite
1 Soaring Hope
1 Spellstutter Sprite
1 Springjack Knight
1 Spring Cleaning
1 Woodland Changeling

Finally! A deck that I truly like. Despite what many people think, I don’t
like Elves or Kithkin. The decks that I like look much more like this one.

Pick 1: I’ll pick Mulldrifter over almost everything on the format, including
the cards in this pack.

Pick 3: There’s a Rare and Aethersnipe missing, not good news, Ruud Warmenhoven
opened this pack two seats away from me probably took the rare, and Craig
Stevenson to my immediate right probably took the Snipe [Yup. I played a decent W/U Aggro Merfolk deck with three Streambed Aquitets, but didn’t make it out of the miasma of Round 1 – Craig]. I pick Tarfire over
Glarewielder, I only like Glarewielder in pure aggro decks when I
already have some removal, or in elementals. In all other scenarios I like
Tarfire better.

Pick 4: I know I passed Final Revels, but I don’t have many options and I like
Hornet Harasser in control decks.

I finished the first Booster in Blue. Adding to my first picks, I also
received Drowner of Secrets and Inkfathom Divers. I also had a pair of
Black and Red cards.

Pick 16: Like I said before, I like
Mulldrifter better than pretty much everything in this format.

Pick 17: The toughest pick for me. I feel I could still go Merfolk, as I had
Drowner already but no White card so far. On the other hand, Mannequin keeps
me in color, and I already have two Mulldrifter. Hornet Harasser also
works fine with it.

Had I went for Merfolk, I would’ve got some Wellgaber Apothecaries and a pair
of Harpoon Snipers, but I was happy with how the deck turned out.

Round 1 I played versus Blue/White splash Red. Game 1 he had Judge of
Currents, Springleaf Drum, and Silvergill Douser and was gaining life, but I
had some Merfolk plus Drowner of Secrets. He was having trouble getting
through, running low on cards on his hand and library, and he conceded when
I played Mulldrifter.

Game 2 he had an aggro start: Silvergill Adept, Avian Changeling, Ethereal
Whiskergill, and Wellgaber Apothecary. I played Faerie Harbinger, Mulldrifter
(drawing 2), Peppersmoke (drawing 1), and Glen Elendra Pranksters. The rest
was 12 lands.

Game 3 his start was slower and I pretty much did what I wanted with the
combo of Pranksters and Faerie Harbinger. The first time I fetched Faerie
Trickey. I countered something, returned the Harbinger to my hand, played it
again, fetch Dreamspoiler Witches, and I was holding Peppermoke in case he
tried to kill in response. Then I played Dreamspoiler Witches, used
Peppersmoke, killed creature, drew a card, returned the Harbinger to my hand…
since I already had some flyers I could go for Mirror Entity, but he
conceded before that.

Round 2 I played against Ruud Warmenhoven with an all Treefolk Black and
Green deck.

Game one I died with six good cards in my hand, and plenty of mana
available. I played and replayed Mulldrifters, but I was fighting an
indestructible Treefolk team, and Liliana Vess. If I could watch the replay,
I’m sure something different could’ve been done.

Games 2 and 3 he mulliganed once each game, got weaker draws, and died
to my flying team in game 2, and Mirror Entity game 3.

I split the finals.

See you tomorrow!


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