Drafting With Tiago – LLL #3

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:

Inner-Flame Acolyte, Neck Snap, Pestermite, Leaf Gilder, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Thieving Sprite, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Wings of Velis
Vel, Caterwauling Boggart, Goldmeadow Dodger, Faerie Trickery, Merrow Reejerey, Wizened Cenn, Flamekin Harbinger, Thorn of Amethyst

Pick: Pestermite

Pack 2:

Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Hillcomber Giant, Streambed Aquitects, Battlewand Oak, Cenn’s Heir, Boggart Forager, Facevaulter, Hunt Down, Giant’s Ire, Flamekin Spitfire, Changeling Hero, Elvish Harbinger, Militia’s Pride, Swamp

Pick: Streambed Aquitects

Pack 3:

Quill-Slinger Boggart, Bog-Strider Ash, Herbal Poultice, Kithkin Greatheart, Blind-Spot Giant, Exiled Boggart, Ponder, Heal the Scars, Skeletal Changeling, Elvish Promenade, Entangling Trap, Changeling Hero, Ancient Amphitheater

Pick: Skeletal Changeling

Pack 4:

Nath’s Elite, Moonglove Extract, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Oaken Brawler, Smokebraider, Stonybrook Angler, Caterwauling Boggart, Tideshaper Mystic, Elvish Handservant, Broken Ambitions, Battle Mastery, Nectar Faerie

Pick: Smokebraider

Pack 5:

Soulbright Flamekin, Kithkin Daggerdare, Surge of Thoughtweft, Weed Strangle, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums, Goldmeadow Stalwart, Hoarder’s Greed

Pick: Weed Strangle

Pack 6:

Kithkin Greatheart, Oakgnarl Warrior, Hornet Harasser, Deeptread Merrow, Fistful of Force, Protective Bubble, Ingot Chewer, Amoeboid Changeling, Hearthcage Giant, Ego Erasure

Pick: Hearthcage Giant

Pack 7:

Nath’s Elite, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Blades of Velis Vel, Elvish Handservant, Dawnfluke, Broken Ambitions, Vivid Marsh, Sentry Oak, Warren-Scourge Elf

Pick: Vivid Marsh

Pack 8:

Lowland Oaf,
Quill-Slinger Boggart, Surge of Thoughtweft, Lace with Moonglove, Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Ponder, Squeaking Pie Sneak

Pick: Lowland Oaf

Pack 9:

Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Thieving Sprite, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Caterwauling Boggart, Goldmeadow Dodger, Faerie Trickery, Thorn of Amethyst

Pick: Thieving Sprite

Pack 10:

Cenn’s Heir, Boggart Forager, Facevaulter, Hunt Down, Giant’s Ire, Swamp

Pick: Giant’s Ire

Pack 11:

Herbal Poultice, Exiled Boggart, Heal the Scars, Elvish Promenade, Entangling Trap

Pick: Exiled Boggart

Pack 12:

Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Oaken Brawler, Battle Mastery, Nectar Faerie

Pick: Nectar Faerie

Pack 13:

Surge of Thoughtweft, Boggart Birth Rite, Bog Hoodlums

Pick: Boggart Birth Rite

Pack 14:

Protective Bubble, Ego Erasure

Pick: Ego Erasure

Pack 15:


Pick: Dawnfluke

Pack 16:

Hurly-Burly, Plover Knights, Paperfin Rascal, Dreamspoiler Witches, Runed Stalactite, Nath’s Elite, Dawnfluke, Spellstutter Sprite,
Black Poplar Shaman, Elvish Eulogist, Incremental Growth, Squeaking Pie Sneak, Ego Erasure, Wanderwine Hub, Wort, Boggart Auntie

Pick: Wort, Boggart Auntie

Pack 17:

Oakgnarl Warrior, Lash Out, Hornet Harasser, Deeptread Merrow, Goldmeadow Harrier, Fistful of Force, Eyeblight’s Ending, Shields of Velis Vel, Fire-Belly Changeling, Elvish Branchbender, Amoeboid Changeling, Faerie Tauntings, Goldmeadow Stalwart, Inner-Flame Igniter

Pick: Lash Out

Pack 18:

Stonybrook Angler, Fertile Ground, Moonglove Winnower, Whirlpool Whelm, Nath’s Buffoon, Faultgrinder, Rootgrapple, Goldmeadow Dodger, Wings of Velis Vel, Briarhorn, Faerie Harbinger, Kithkin Mourncaller, Forced Fruition

Pick: Briarhorn

Pack 19:

Fertile Ground, Moonglove Winnower, Whirlpool Whelm, Leaf Gilder, Adder-Staff Boggart, Cenn’s Heir, Boggart Forager, Facevaulter, Hunt Down, Fallowsage, Lys Alana Scarblade, Knucklebone Witch

Pick: Adder-Staff Boggart

Pack 20:

Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Dreamspoiler Witches, Battlewand Oak, Oaken Brawler, Boggart Forager, Ringskipper, Hunt Down, Triclopean Sight, Nath’s Buffoon, Thorntooth Witch, Captivating Glance

Pick: Dreamspoiler Witches

Pack 21:

Springleaf Drum, Kithkin Healer, Footbottom Feast, Lignify, Inkfathom Divers, Soaring Hope, Elvish Branchbender, Glen Elendra Pranksters, Mad Auntie, Lammastide Weave

Pick: Mad Auntie

Pack 22:

Bog-Strider Ash, Bog Hoodlums, Protective Bubble, Fire-Belly Changeling, Skeletal Changeling, Aquitect’s Will, Forge[/author]-Tender”]Burrenton [author name="Forge"]Forge[/author]-Tender, Marsh Flitter, Mountain

Pick: Fire-Belly Changeling

Pack 23:

Daggerdare, Surge of Thoughtweft, Woodland Changeling, Heal the Scars, Inkfathom Divers, Boggart Birth Rite, Ingot Chewer, Kithkin Mourncaller

Pick: Ingot Chewer

Pack 24:

Hurly-Burly, Runed Stalactite, Nath’s Elite, Dawnfluke, Black Poplar Shaman, Elvish Eulogist, Ego Erasure

Pick: Runed Stalactite

Pack 25:

Oakgnarl Warrior, Deeptread Merrow, Fistful of Force, Shields of Velis Vel, Elvish Branchbender, Faerie Tauntings

Pick: Fistful of Force

Pack 26:

Moonglove Winnower, Nath’s Buffoon, Rootgrapple, Goldmeadow Dodger, Forced Fruition

Pick: Moonglove Winnower

Pack 27:

Boggart Forager, Facevaulter, Hunt Down, Lys Alana Scarblade

Pick: Facevaulter

Pack 28:

Ringskipper, Hunt Down, Nath’s Buffoon

Pick: Nath’s Buffoon

Pack 29:

Footbottom Feast, Soaring Hope

Pick: Footbottom Feast

Pack 30:

Bog Hoodlums

Pick: Bog Hoodlums

Pack 31:

Eyeblight’s Ending, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Springleaf Drum, Oakgnarl Warrior, Goldmeadow Harrier, Glimmerdust Nap, Warren Pilferers, Kinsbaile
Skirmisher, Spring Cleaning, Blind-Spot Giant, Vivid Crag, Boggart Shenanigans, Shriekmaw, Thoughtweft Trio, Springleaf Drum

Pick: Shriekmaw

Pack 32:

Oblivion Ring, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Bog-Strider Ash, Aethersnipe, Tarfire, Herbal Poultice, Aquitect’s Will, Mournwhelk, Zephyr Net, Scarred Vinebreeder, Vivid Crag, Faerie Tauntings, Tar Pitcher, Island

Pick: Tar Pitcher

Pack 33:

Hurly-Burly, Peppersmoke, Consuming Bonfire, Wispmare, Stonybrook Angler, Thieving Sprite, Tideshaper Mystic, Elvish Handservant, Fallowsage, Incremental Growth, Faerie Tauntings, Wanderwine Prophets, Triclopean Sight

Pick: Peppersmoke

Pack 34:

Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Smokebraider, Moonglove Winnower, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Wings of Velis Vel, Caterwauling Boggart, Goldmeadow Dodger, Faerie Trickery, Nightshade Stinger, Inner-Flame Igniter, Lammastide Weave, Flamekin Bladewhirl

Pick: Caterwauling Boggart

Pack 35:

Smokebraider, Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Moonglove Winnower, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Peppersmoke, Paperfin Rascal, Boggart Forager, Ringskipper, Hunt Down, Triclopean Sight, Sentry Oak

Pick: Peppersmoke

Pack 36:

Soulbright Flamekin, Glimmerdust Nap, Wanderer’s Twig, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Lace with Moonglove, Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Ponder, Familiar’s Ruse, Kithkin Harbinger

Pick: Soulbright Flamekin

Pack 37:

Kithkin Healer, Footbottom Feast, Axegrinder Giant, Lignify, Soaring Hope, Shimmering Grotto, Judge of Currents, Lace with Moonglove, Crush Underfoot

Pick: Axegrinder Giant

Pack 38:

Wispmare, Boggart Loggers, Runed
Stalactite, Giant’s Ire, Dawnfluke, Black Poplar Shaman, Elvish Eulogist, Turtleshell Changeling

Pick: Boggart Loggers

Pack 39:

Springleaf Drum, Oakgnarl Warrior, Glimmerdust Nap, Spring Cleaning, Vivid Crag, Boggart Shenanigans, Springleaf Drum

Pick: Vivid Crag

Pack 40:

Quill-Slinger Boggart, Herbal Poultice, Aquitect’s Will, Zephyr Net, Scarred Vinebreeder, Faerie Tauntings

Pick: Quill-Slinger Boggart

Pack 41:

Wispmare, Tideshaper Mystic, Faerie Tauntings, Wanderwine Prophets, Triclopean Sight

Pick: Wanderwine Prophets

Pack 42:

Goldmeadow Dodger, Faerie Trickery, Nightshade Stinger, Lammastide Weave

Pick: Nightshade Stinger

Pack 43:

Boggart Forager, Hunt Down, Triclopean Sight

Pick: Triclopean Sight

Pack 44:

Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight

Pick: Scarred Vinebreeder

Pack 45:

Soaring Hope

Pick: Soaring Hope

Final Decklist:


1 Boggart Loggers
1 Dreamspoiler Witches
1 Facevaulter
1 Footbottom Feast
1 Mad Auntie
2 Peppersmoke
1 Shriekmaw
1 Skeletal Changeling
1 Thieving Sprite
1 Weed Strangle
1 Adder-Staff Boggart
1 Caterwauling
1 Fire-Belly Changeling
1 Hearthcage Giant
1 Lash Out
1 Lowland Oaf
1 Smokebraider
1 Soulbright Flamekin
1 Tar Pitcher
1 Briarhorn
1 Runed Stalactite
1 Wort, Boggart Auntie [FOIL]
7 Mountain
8 Swamp
1 Vivid Crag
1 Vivid Marsh


1 Axegrinder Giant
1 Bog Hoodlums
1 Boggart Birth Rite
1 Dawnfluke
1 Ego Erasure
1 Exiled Boggart
1 Fistful of Force
1 Giant’s Ire
1 Ingot Chewer
1 Moonglove Winnower
1 Nath’s Buffoon
1 Nectar Faerie [FOIL]
1 Nightshade Stinger
1 Pestermite
1 Quill-Slinger Boggart
1 Scarred Vinebreeder
1 Soaring Hope
1 Streambed Aquitects
1 Triclopean Sight
1 Wanderwine Prophets

Pick 1: Unless we want to force something, our options for first pick are
Pestermite, Merfolk Reejerey, and Wizened Cenn. I didn’t want to go Kithkins
so early, so I eliminated the Cenn. Reejerey is a more powerful card if you
have Merfolk, but Pestermite is always good and leaves options open.

Pick 2: Even though I passed Reejerey, I took the Architects, trying to position
myself for Blue, as this was the only Blue card of the pack. Looking back, I
think I should have taken Militia’s Pride: the card is very good, and you
don’t have to be Kithkin. It also goes well with Pestermite or fliers in

Pick 3: Since I had those two Blue cards, and already passed Wizened Cenn
and Militia’s Pride, it doesn’t seem good to pick Changeling Hero, so I took
Skeletal Changeling.

Pick 4: One solid Merfolk card (Stonybrook Angler), one solid Blue card
(Broken Ambitions), one solid card overall (Moonglove Extract). I ignored
them all, and took Smokebraider as a signal that I could go Elementals.

Pick 6: Having two Blue cards, two Black cards, and the Smokebraider, we can now
take a playable Blue or Black card. I was still looking for Elementals, and
took the Hearthcage Giant.

I could have ended the first Booster calmly set on Blue and Black, as the
cards were there, but it wouldn’t have a theme. It would just be solid
cards. Pestermite and Weed Strangle the best ones, so I wasn’t regretting trying to be Elementals just yet. Eventually Wort, Boggart Auntie and Mad Auntie made my deck more of a Goblins build, with a very small Faeries theme. I’m still running the Smokebraider, since people usually kill it on turn 2, and
if not it can accelerate something, and it helps splashing for Briarhorn.

Round 1 I understood why I didn’t see any cards for the Elementals deck, as
my opponent was Blue/Red Elementals. Game 1 he played Flamekin Harbinger
for a Mulldrifter, and a Flamekin Bladewhirl revealing Nova Chaser. The
Bladewhirl died in combat, and I killed the Harbinger with Peppersmoke and
the Mulldrifter with Shriekmaw. He was stalling the ground with two
Mudbutton Torchrunners, but a Briarhorn convinced me to attack. Trades
occurred, but Briarhorn saved my best creature and gave me another good body.
When he finanaly got the 10/2 in play, he was almost in range of dying to a
couple of activations of my Tar Pitcher.

Game 2 I play a turn 2 Facevaulter and turn 3 Runed Stalactite and
equip. He attacks me with Inner-Flame igniter, and I don’t trade, even though
it’s a 1/1 for a 2/2, because I’m holding Briarhorn and Peppersmoke… I
wanted creatures on the table ready to attack, and Facevaulter counted as a
Faerie. He passes on his turn 4. I attack, he plays Sentinels of Glen
Elendra and blocks. I play Briarhorn and gain a huge tempo advantage. I
followed that with Dreamspoiler Witches, then killed most of his defenses by
playing spells on his turn. Peppersmoke, Footbottom Feast getting back
Briarhorn, and Briarhorn for a second time, which was too much for the
current board.

Round 2 I played against a Black/Red Goblin deck, splashing for some Elementals
and a pair of Changeling Titans thanks to Smokebraider, so I guess I chose
the wrong draft to try to be Elementals. Game 1 he got the Elementals
draw, playing Aethersnipe and Mournwhelk, but I killed them and beat in the
air. Game 2 he got the Goblins draw, including a Wort. I killed it with
Lash Out. He brought it back with Warren Pilfererers, but I killed it again
with my own Wort. Once again, I dealt most of the damage in the air, until
he drew Marsh Flitter. However, he was too low on life, so I just made some
careful attacks. Eventually I had enough time to draw something, as he
had to stay on defense.

I split the finals.

See you tomorrow!


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