Drafting With Tiago – LLL #32

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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:

Goldmeadow Harrier, Fistful of Force, Soulbright Flamekin, Glimmerdust Nap, Cloudcrown Oak, Oblivion Ring, Ponder, Heal the Scars, Skeletal
Changeling, Shields of Velis Vel, Sylvan Echoes, Hearthcage Giant, Changeling Hero, Deathrender, Sylvan Echoes

Pick: Oblivion Ring

Pack 2:

Kithkin Daggerdare, Herbal Poultice, Avian Changeling, Warren Pilferers, Lowland Oaf, Fistful of Force, Protective Bubble, Fire-Belly Changeling, Skeletal Changeling, Aquitect’s Will, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Entangling Trap, Merrow Commerce, Tar Pitcher

Pick: Tar Pitcher

Pack 3:

Inner-Flame Acolyte, Peppersmoke, Paperfin Rascal, Nath’s Elite, Moonglove Extract, Shimmering Grotto, Giant’s Ire, Lairwatch Giant, Spellstutter Sprite, Wizened Cenn, Sylvan Echoes, Boggart Mob, Mountain

Pick: Boggart Mob

Pack 4:

Boggart Loggers, Lys Alana Huntmaster, Runed Stalactite, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Neck Snap, Leaf Gilder, Lairwatch Giant, Spiderwig Boggart, Boggart Forager, Ringskipper, Guardian of Cloverdell, Glarewielder

Pick: Glarewielder

Pack 5:

Stonybrook Angler, Thieving Sprite, Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Hillcomber Giant, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Broken Ambitions, Nath’s Buffoon, Faultgrinder, Rootgrapple, Changeling Titan, Giant Harbinger

Pick: Stinkdrinker Daredevil

Pack 6:

Springleaf Drum, Kithkin Healer, Footbottom Feast, Axegrinder Giant, Shields of Velis Vel, Mournwhelk, Needle Drop, Springjack Knight, Heal the Scars, Merrow Commerce

Pick: Footbottom Feast

Pack 7:

Oaken Brawler, Hurly-Burly, Peppersmoke, Facevaulter, Hunt Down, Giant’s Ire, Dawnfluke, Spellstutter Sprite, Elvish Promenade

Pick: Peppersmoke

Pack 8:

Glimmerdust Nap, Kithkin
Daggerdare, Surge of Thoughtweft, Needle Drop, Soaring Hope, Elvish Branchbender, Vivid Meadow, Battle Mastery

Pick: Vivid Meadow

Pack 9:

Fistful of Force, Soulbright Flamekin, Heal the Scars, Shields of Velis Vel, Sylvan Echoes, Hearthcage Giant, Sylvan Echoes

Pick: Soulbright Flamekin

Pack 10:

Kithkin Daggerdare, Herbal Poultice, Fistful of Force, Protective Bubble, Entangling Trap, Merrow Commerce

Pick: Fistful of Force

Pack 11:

Giant’s Ire, Lairwatch Giant, Spellstutter Sprite, Sylvan Echoes, Mountain

Pick: Giant’s Ire

Pack 12:

Lairwatch Giant, Boggart Forager, Ringskipper, Guardian of Cloverdell

Pick: Guardian of Cloverdell

Pack 13:

Nath’s Buffoon, Faultgrinder, Rootgrapple

Pick: Nath’s Buffoon

Pack 14:

Springjack Knight, Heal the Scars

Pick: Springjack Knight

Pack 15:


Pick: Dawnfluke

Pack 16:

Wanderer’s Twig, Hornet Harasser, Axegrinder Giant, Woodland Changeling, Kithkin Greatheart, Mulldrifter, Fire-Belly Changeling, Elvish
Branchbender, Amoeboid Changeling, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Lace with Moonglove, Forge[/author]-Tender”]Burrenton [author name="Forge"]Forge[/author]-Tender, Vivid Meadow, Inner-Flame Igniter, Vigor

Pick: Mulldrifter

Pack 17:

Weed Strangle, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Springleaf Drum, Kithkin Healer, Footbottom Feast, Aquitect’s Will, Mournwhelk, Zephyr Net, Scarred Vinebreeder, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Crush Underfoot, Lys Alana Scarblade, Ethereal Whiskergill, Ancient Amphitheater

Pick: Weed Strangle

Pack 18:

Oaken Brawler, Smokebraider, Stonybrook Angler, Fertile Ground, Moonglove Winnower, Flamekin Brawler, Tideshaper Mystic, Rootgrapple, Squeaking Pie Sneak, Guardian of Cloverdell, Boggart Harbinger, Wanderwine Prophets, Vivid Creek

Pick: Boggart Harbinger

Pack 19:

Aethersnipe, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Tarfire, Wanderer’s Twig, Silvergill Douser, Spring Cleaning, Blind-Spot Giant, Wellgabber Apothecary, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Boggart Shenanigans, Colfenor’s Plans, Springleaf Drum

Pick: Tarfire

Pack 20:

Pestermite, Hurly-Burly, Consuming Bonfire, Wispmare, Stonybrook Angler, Cenn’s Heir, Boggart Forager, Facevaulter, Hunt Down, Seedguide Ash, Howltooth Hollow

Pick: Consuming Bonfire

Pack 21:

Hurly-Burly, Paperfin Rascal, Runed Stalactite, Goldmeadow Dodger, Wings of Velis Vel, Flamekin Brawler, Warren-Scourge Elf, Ceaseless Searblades, Hunter of Eyeblights, Thorn of Amethyst

Pick: Runed Stalactite

Pack 22:

Silvergill Douser, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Bog-Strider Ash, Inkfathom Divers, Boggart Birth Rite, Soaring Hope, Nectar Faerie, Woodland Guidance, Dolmen Gate

Pick: Boggart Birth Rite

Pack 23:

Thieving Sprite, Whirlpool
Whelm, Adder-Staff Boggart, Hunt Down, Triclopean Sight, Nath’s Buffoon, Tideshaper Mystic, Ashling’s Prerogative

Pick: Adder-Staff Boggart

Pack 24:

Axegrinder Giant, Elvish Branchbender, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Lace with Moonglove, Forge[/author]-Tender”]Burrenton [author name="Forge"]Forge[/author]-Tender, Vivid Meadow, Inner-Flame Igniter

Pick: Inner-Flame Igniter

Pack 25:

Kithkin Healer, Aquitect’s Will, Zephyr Net, Scarred Vinebreeder, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Crush Underfoot

Pick: Kithkin Healer

Pack 26:

Oaken Brawler, Flamekin Brawler, Tideshaper Mystic, Rootgrapple, Wanderwine Prophets

Pick: Wanderwine Prophets

Pack 27:

Spring Cleaning, Wellgabber Apothecary, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Boggart Shenanigans

Pick: Wellgabber Apothecary

Pack 28:

Wispmare, Boggart Forager, Facevaulter

Pick: Facevaulter

Pack 29:

Flamekin Brawler, Hunter of Eyeblights

Pick: Hunter of Eyeblights

Pack 30:

Soaring Hope

Pick: Soaring Hope

Pack 31:

Pestermite, Hurly-Burly, Peppersmoke, Lys Alana Huntmaster, Consuming Bonfire, Wispmare, Faerie Trickery, Nightshade Stinger, Blades of Velis Vel,
Elvish Handservant, Dawnfluke, Sentry Oak, Tar Pitcher, Veteran of the Depths, Galepowder Mage

Pick: Tar Pitcher

Pack 32:

Herbal Poultice, Kithkin Greatheart, Oakgnarl Warrior, Lash Out, Hornet Harasser, Deeptread Merrow, Shimmering Grotto, Judge of Currents, Lace with Moonglove, Blind-Spot Giant, Exiled Boggart, Scattering Stroke, Summon the School, Goatnapper

Pick: Lash Out

Pack 33:

Fistful of Force, Aethersnipe, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Surge of Thoughtweft, Cloudcrown Oak, Wanderer’s Twig, Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Ponder, Bog Hoodlums, Hoarder’s Greed, Elvish Promenade, Ancient Amphitheater

Pick: Wanderer’s Twig

Pack 34:

Footbottom Feast, Lowland Oaf, Lignify, Weed Strangle, Kithkin Healer, Deeptread Merrow, Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Bog Hoodlums, Flamekin Bladewhirl, Captivating Glance, Ceaseless Searblades

Pick: Weed Strangle

Pack 35:

Fertile Ground, Hillcomber Giant, Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Dreamspoiler Witches, Battlewand Oak, Elvish Handservant, Cenn’s Heir, Boggart Forager, Seedguide Ash, Howltooth Hollow

Pick: Dreamspoiler Witches

Pack 36:

Bog-Strider Ash, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Springleaf Drum, Oakgnarl Warrior, Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums, Inkfathom Divers, Scattering Stroke, Boggart Harbinger

Pick: Boggart Harbinger

Pack 37:

Whirlpool Whelm, Adder-Staff Boggart, Wispmare, Triclopean Sight, Nightshade Stinger, Faultgrinder, Warren-Scourge Elf, Drowner of Secrets, Lys Alana Scarblade

Pick: Adder-Staff Boggart

Pack 38:

Moonglove Winnower,
Kinsbaile Balloonist, Blades of Velis Vel, Cenn’s Heir, Ringskipper, Black Poplar Shaman, Familiar’s Ruse, Deeptread Merrow

Pick: Moonglove Winnower

Pack 39:

Hurly-Burly, Peppersmoke, Wispmare, Blades of Velis Vel, Elvish Handservant, Dawnfluke, Sentry Oak

Pick: Peppersmoke

Pack 40:

Herbal Poultice, Oakgnarl Warrior, Lace with Moonglove, Exiled Boggart, Scattering Stroke, Goatnapper

Pick: Goatnapper

Pack 41:

Quill-Slinger Boggart, Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Bog Hoodlums, Elvish Promenade

Pick: Quill-Slinger Boggart

Pack 42:

Springjack Knight, Bog Hoodlums, Captivating Glance, Ceaseless Searblades

Pick: Ceaseless Searblades

Pack 43:

Hillcomber Giant, Cenn’s Heir, Boggart Forager

Pick: Hillcomber Giant

Pack 44:

Oakgnarl Warrior, Bog Hoodlums

Pick: Oakgnarl Warrior

Pack 45:

Warren-Scourge Elf

Pick: Warren-Scourge Elf

Final Decklist:

1 Island
8 Mountain
8 Swamp
2 Adder-Staff Boggart
2 Boggart Harbinger
1 Boggart Mob
1 Consuming Bonfire
1 Dreamspoiler Witches
1 Facevaulter
1 Footbottom Feast
1 Glarewielder
1 Goatnapper
1 Inner-Flame Igniter
1 Lash Out
1 Mulldrifter
2 Peppersmoke
1 Runed Stalactite
1 Tarfire
2 Tar Pitcher
1 Wanderer’s Twig
2 Weed Strangle

1 Boggart Birth Rite
1 Ceaseless Searblades
1 Dawnfluke
1 Fistful of Force
1 Giant’s Ire
1 Guardian of Cloverdell
1 Hillcomber Giant
1 Hunter of Eyeblights
1 Kithkin Healer
1 Moonglove Winnower
1 Nath’s Buffoon
1 Oakgnarl Warrior
1 Oblivion Ring
1 Quill-Slinger Boggart
1 Soaring Hope
1 Soulbright Flamekin
1 Springjack Knight
1 Stinkdrinker Daredevil
1 Vivid Meadow
1 Wanderwine Prophets
1 Warren-Scourge Elf
1 Wellgabber Apothecary

Pick 2: I think the possibilities are Tar Pitcher and Warren Pilferers. None of
the cards combine well with my first pick. White/Black is a little awkward,
and Tar Pitcher usually doesn’t have many Goblins in Red/White. Whatever
card I pick it’s quite likely that either the first or second pick will be
discarded or splashed. I went with Tar Pitcher, knowing I could try to go
for Red/Black Goblins, where he shines, and he was still playable in
White/Red… but it was all very dependable on the next boosters.

Pick 3: Moonglove Extract is a pick that keeps me in a waiting position for a
little longer. Wizened Cenn pushes me into White and Kithkin, Boggart Mob
takes me into Black/Red Goblins. Since I had the Tar Pitcher, I went for it.

Pick 5: All the cards in my colors aren’t very good, I took Stinkdrinker
Daredevil mostly because he’s a Goblin, but perhaps Thieving Sprite would’ve
been better. I just wanted plenty of Goblins costing two and three, to play
Mob or Tar Pitcher turn 4.

Pick 16: Nothing spectacular to pick, and I like Mulldrifter enough to splash
it. I wouldn’t advise you to do it… I don’t know if it’s correct to
splash Mulldrifter, but I like when I’m passed Mulldrifters in the second
and third boosters.

Round 1 I played against Mark Herberholz. He was also Red/Black Goblins.

Game 1 he had Facevaulter comboing with Hornet Harasser and Mudbutton
Torchrunner. He got one of them back with Warren Pilferers. It was good
enough, as my life had taken some hits in the beginning from Changeling

Game 2 was much longer, I left him really low on life, thanks to a big
attack where my Goatsnapper stole his Changeling Berserker. He managed to
stabilize, and kill me with a Cairn Wanderer, but at that point the game was
very lost because of his Colfenor’s Plans.

When I lose these long games, where I have plenty of decisions each turn, I
always feel I could’ve played different. After rewinding the game in my
head, I think I could’ve won on the turn where I stole Changeling Berserker
with Goatsnapper.

He had Skeletal Changeling and Changeling Berserker, both tapped. I have
Facevaulter, Boggart Harbinger, and I played Goatsnapper, leaving one Black,
one Red open. I attacked with everyone. His life totals went to three. After
combat I sacrificed Changeling Berserker to my Facevaulter, to get rid of
it. The Thieving Sprite that was championed returned to play, and I
responded to the discard with Tarfire.

I could’ve played Goatsnapper, attacked with everyone, and instead of using
my single Black mana to get rid of Changeling Berserker after combat, I
could’ve sacrificed Goatnapper to Facevaulter, to leave him at one. While
holding a Tarfire. It’s not an elaborate plan, it’s not math, it’s just like
Sesame Street…

Playing on autopilot in a game where you have multiple decisions each turn
causes these problems. Sometimes, the play that you are supposed to make most of
the time will not win you the game.

See you next week!


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