Drafting With Tiago – LLL #36

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Tiago Chan, Portugal’s 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:

Lys Alana Huntmaster, Consuming Bonfire, Wispmare, Stonybrook Angler, Thieving Sprite, Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Triclopean Sight,
Nightshade Stinger, Faultgrinder, Faerie Trickery, Warren-Scourge Elf, Makeshift Mannequin, Jagged-Scar Archers, Woodland Guidance, Nath of the Gilt-Leaf

Pick: Nath of the Gilt-Leaf

Pack 2:

Kithkin Healer, Deeptread Merrow, Lash Out, Kithkin Daggerdare, Herbal Poultice, Avian Changeling, Warren Pilferers, Shields of Velis Vel, Mournwhelk, Needle Drop, Springjack Knight, Glen Elendra Pranksters, Kithkin Harbinger, Cloudgoat Ranger

Pick: Cloudgoat Ranger

Pack 3:

Quill-Slinger Boggart, Bog-Strider Ash, Tarfire, Herbal Poultice, Kithkin Greatheart, Oakgnarl Warrior, Protective Bubble, Fire-Belly Changeling, Aquitect’s Will, Prowess of the Fair, Elvish Harbinger, Wizened Cenn, Gilt-Leaf Palace

Pick: Elvish Harbinger

Pack 4:

Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Moonglove Winnower, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Paperfin Rascal, Elvish Handservant, Broken Ambitions, Cenn’s Heir, Boggart Forager, Pollen Lullaby, Vivid Crag, Howltooth Hollow

Pick: Gilt-Leaf Ambush

Pack 5:

Springleaf Drum, Oakgnarl Warrior, Goldmeadow Harrier, Glimmerdust Nap, Exiled Boggart, Ponder, Heal the Scars, Shields of Velis Vel, Treefolk Harbinger, Boggart Shenanigans, Goatnapper

Pick: Goldmeadow Harrier

Pack 6:

Wispmare, Consuming Bonfire, Boggart Loggers, Lys Alana Huntmaster, Runed Stalactite, Goldmeadow Dodger, Nightshade Stinger, Blades of Velis Vel, Elvish Handservant, Scattering Stroke

Pick: Lys Alana Huntmaster

Pack 7:

Woodland Changeling, Footbottom Feast, Lowland Oaf, Lignify, Needle Drop, Soaring Hope, Elvish Branchbender, Wellgabber Apothecary, Merrow Commerce

Pick: Elvish Branchbender

Pack 8:

Leaf Gilder, Kinsbaile Balloonist,
Cenn’s Heir, Ringskipper, Black Poplar Shaman, Tar Pitcher, Merrow Commerce, Scattering Stroke

Pick: Leaf Gilder

Pack 9:

Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Triclopean Sight, Nightshade Stinger, Faultgrinder, Warren-Scourge Elf, Jagged-Scar Archers, Woodland Guidance

Pick: Jagged-Scar Archers

Pack 10:

Kithkin Healer, Kithkin Daggerdare, Herbal Poultice, Shields of Velis Vel, Needle Drop, Springjack Knight

Pick: Kithkin Daggerdare

Pack 11:

Quill-Slinger Boggart, Bog-Strider Ash, Herbal Poultice, Oakgnarl Warrior, Aquitect’s Will

Pick: Bog-Strider Ash

Pack 12:

Elvish Handservant, Cenn’s Heir, Boggart Forager, Pollen Lullaby

Pick: Elvish Handservant

Pack 13:

Exiled Boggart, Heal the Scars, Shields of Velis Vel

Pick: Heal the Scars

Pack 14:

Goldmeadow Dodger, Nightshade Stinger

Pick: Goldmeadow Dodger

Pack 15:

Soaring Hope

Pick: Soaring Hope

Pack 16:

Lowland Oaf, Fistful of Force, Aethersnipe, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Surge of Thoughtweft, Cloudcrown Oak, Heal the Scars, Inkfathom Divers, Boggart
Birth Rite, Ingot Chewer, Soaring Hope, Treefolk Harbinger, Hearthcage Giant, Incremental Growth, Hostility

Pick: Incremental Growth

Pack 17:

Nath’s Elite, Moonglove Extract, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Oaken Brawler, Smokebraider, Stonybrook Angler, Facevaulter, Hunt Down, Giant’s Ire, Dawnfluke, Spellstutter Sprite, Seedguide Ash, Glarewielder, Giant Harbinger

Pick: Nath’s Elite

Pack 18:

Kithkin Daggerdare, Surge of Thoughtweft, Weed Strangle, Woodland Changeling, Springleaf Drum, Fire-Belly Changeling, Elvish Branchbender, Amoeboid Changeling, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Veteran of the Depths, Hunter of Eyeblights, Knight of Meadowgrain, Epic Proportions

Pick: Epic Proportions

Pack 19:

Boggart Loggers, Adder-Staff Boggart, Fertile Ground, Moonglove Extract, Hillcomber Giant, Shimmering Grotto, Elvish Eulogist, Giant’s Ire, Lairwatch Giant, Spellstutter Sprite, Harpoon Sniper, Hunter of Eyeblights

Pick: Moonglove Extract

Pack 20:

Fertile Ground, Moonglove Winnower, Leaf Gilder, Wispmare, Broken Ambitions, Nath’s Buffoon, Faultgrinder, Rootgrapple, Inner-Flame Igniter, Benthicore, Rebellion of the Flamekin

Pick: Leaf Gilder

Pack 21:

Hornet Harasser, Deeptread Merrow, Fistful of Force, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Spring Cleaning, Blind-Spot Giant, Wellgabber Apothecary, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Glen Elendra Pranksters, Entangling Trap

Pick: Gilt-Leaf Seer

Pack 22:

Kithkin Healer, Kithkin Daggerdare, Herbal Poultice, Aquitect’s Will, Mournwhelk, Zephyr Net, Scarred Vinebreeder, Woodland Guidance, Wren’s Run Vanquisher

Pick: Wren’s Run Vanquisher

Pack 23:

Hillcomber Giant, Streambed
Aquitects, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Hurly-Burly, Lairwatch Giant, Spiderwig Boggart, Boggart Forager, Ringskipper

Pick: Streambed Aquitects

Pack 24:

Fistful of Force, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Heal the Scars, Ingot Chewer, Soaring Hope, Treefolk Harbinger, Hearthcage Giant

Pick: Fistful of Force

Pack 25:

Oaken Brawler, Facevaulter, Hunt Down, Giant’s Ire, Dawnfluke, Glarewielder

Pick: Glarewielder

Pack 26:

Kithkin Daggerdare, Springleaf Drum, Elvish Branchbender, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Hunter of Eyeblights

Pick: Elvish Branchbender

Pack 27:

Adder-Staff Boggart, Elvish Eulogist, Giant’s Ire, Hunter of Eyeblights

Pick: Hunter of Eyeblights

Pack 28:

Nath’s Buffoon, Rootgrapple, Rebellion of the Flamekin

Pick: Nath’s Buffoon

Pack 29:

Spring Cleaning, Wellgabber Apothecary

Pick: Wellgabber Apothecary

Pack 30:

Herbal Poultice

Pick: Herbal Poultice

Pack 31: Missing. Goofgrabbed Nectar Faerie

Pack 32:

Kithkin Healer, Footbottom Feast, Axegrinder Giant, Lignify, Lace with Moonglove, Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Ponder, Bog Hoodlums, Flamekin Harbinger, Ego Erasure, Changeling Berserker, Mad Auntie, Broken Ambitions

Pick: Lignify

Pack 33:

Paperfin Rascal, Runed Stalactite, Nath’s Elite, Neck Snap, Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Hunt Down, Triclopean Sight, Nath’s Buffoon, Caterwauling Boggart, Tideshaper Mystic, Briarhorn, Crush Underfoot, Ashling’s Prerogative

Pick: Briarhorn

Pack 34:

Glimmerdust Nap, Cloudcrown Oak, Oblivion Ring, Wanderer’s Twig, Hornet Harasser, Axegrinder Giant, Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums, Judge of Currents, Boggart Harbinger, Lammastide Weave

Pick: Oblivion Ring

Pack 35:

Consuming Bonfire, Boggart Loggers, Lys Alana Huntmaster, Runed Stalactite, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Goldmeadow Dodger, Wings of Velis Vel, Facevaulter, Warren-Scourge Elf, Prowess of the Fair, Thorn of Amethyst

Pick: Lys Alana Huntmaster

Pack 36:

Lowland Oaf, Lignify, Protective Bubble, Ingot Chewer, Amoeboid Changeling, Spring Cleaning, Exiled Boggart, Nectar Faerie, Lammastide Weave, Jagged-Scar Archers

Pick: Jagged-Scar Archers

Pack 37:

Battlewand Oak, Oaken Brawler, Hurly-Burly, Spiderwig Boggart, Tideshaper Mystic, Rootgrapple, Guardian of Cloverdell, Familiar’s Ruse, Wanderwine Prophets

Pick: Hurly-Burly

Pack 38:

Wanderer’s Twig, Avian
Changeling, Bog-Strider Ash, Judge of Currents, Lace with Moonglove, Blind-Spot Giant, Vivid Grove, Caterwauling Boggart

Pick: Vivid Grove

Pack 39:

Moonglove Winnower, Leaf Gilder, Adder-Staff Boggart, Black Poplar Shaman, Elvish Eulogist, Caterwauling Boggart, Sentry Oak

Pick: Leaf Gilder

Pack 40:

Kithkin Healer, Lace with Moonglove, Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Bog Hoodlums, Ego Erasure

Pick: Lace with Moonglove

Pack 41:

Nath’s Elite, Hunt Down, Triclopean Sight, Nath’s Buffoon, Caterwauling Boggart

Pick: Nath’s Elite

Pack 42:

Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums, Lammastide Weave

Pick: Lammastide Weave

Pack 43:

Goldmeadow Dodger, Warren-Scourge Elf, Prowess of the Fair

Pick: Warren-Scourge Elf

Pack 44:

Ingot Chewer, Spring Cleaning

Pick: Spring Cleaning

Pack 45:


Pick: Rootgrapple

Final Decklist:

12 Forest
2 Plains
2 Swamp
1 Briarhorn
2 Elvish Branchbender
1 Elvish Harbinger
1 Epic Proportions
1 Fistful of Force
1 Gilt-Leaf Ambush
1 Gilt-Leaf Seer
1 Incremental Growth
2 Jagged-Scar Archers
3 Leaf Gilder
1 Lignify
2 Lys Alana Huntmaster
1 Moonglove Extract
1 Nath of the Gilt-Leaf
2 Nath’s Elite
1 Oblivion Ring
1 Vivid Grove
1 Wren’s Run Vanquisher

1 Bog-Strider Ash
1 Cloudgoat Ranger
1 Elvish Handservant
1 Glarewielder
1 Goldmeadow Dodger
1 Goldmeadow Harrier
1 Heal the Scars
1 Herbal Poultice
1 Hunter of Eyeblights
1 Hurly-Burly
1 Kithkin Daggerdare
1 Lace with Moonglove
1 Lammastide Weave
1 Nath’s Buffoon
1 Nectar Faerie
1 Rootgrapple
1 Soaring Hope
1 Spring Cleaning
1 Streambed Aquitects
1 Warren-Scourge Elf
1 Wellgabber Apothecary

Pick 1: The three best cards in the pack are all Elves, and the next best is
far below the best one. I’ve been accused of forcing Elves too much, but I
don’t think one should be picking Consuming Bonfire or Stonybrook Angler
over Nath of the Gilt-Leaf.

Pick 2: If this was Pick 1, with no other picks as an influence, I would’ve picked
Cloudgoat Ranger since it’s more powerful than the commons we have here.
This was me not being too confident, not holding onto Green/Black much because of Nath, so I did not pick Warren PIlferers. I took
the best card – Cloudgoat Ranger – to see where the draft was heading.

Pick 3: Go White with Wizened Cenn, or Elvish Harbinger? I like Harbinger better
because it allows me to go Green/White splash Nath, beyond the
obvious Green/Black route.

Pick 6 and Pick 9 showed me I was in a great position, and the second booster
confirmed this even further.

I lost my Internet connection momentarily so I missed Pick 31. I did not see
which cards were available. I goofgrabbed a random Nectar Faerie.

Round 1 I played versus Kithkin.

Game 1 I won the die roll. He played a Brigid, Hero of Kinsbaile, and
conceded the turn after. I made turn 2 Leaf-Glider, turn 5 Jagged Scar
Archers, turn 4 Nath of the Gilt-Leaf, turn 5 Incremental Growth.

Game 2 he won in the air. He had Broken Ambitions for my Leaf Glider, then
Avian Changeling, Thoughtweft Trio, Plover Knights, and Sentinels of Glen
Elendra. I had Nath and I was holding Briarhorn, so the Trio was controlled,
but not the fliers.

Game 3 I won attacking twice with a Forest mutated by Elvish Branchbender,
and both times he was 11/11, thanks to Lys Alana Huntmaster and Nath of the Gilt-Leaf.
I did make one mistake… I should’ve started attacking one turn earlier with the
big forest, as I could always chump-block Thoughtweft Trio with one of my
tokens. One time he chumpblocked. The other time it went through and took
half of his life. By now he was down to zero cards in hand thanks to Nath, so
I made end of turn Gilt-Leaf Ambush. He left Surge of Thoughtweft on top. I
used Gilt-Leaf Seer and put something bigger on top to win the clash, so that
Fistful of Force would give trample to the 12/12 Forest he chumpblocked.

Round 2 I played against Blue/White.

Game 1 I got a Jagged-Scar Archers which killed his Pestermite and Avian
Changeling. Meanwhile, he had a very large Veteran of the Depths, but
Archers took care of it too, because I played Gilt-Leaf Ambush during attack
phase to make it big enough to block and kill it, and my opponent conceded having lost
too many of his creatures.

Game 2 he evoked Mulldrifter on turn 4 looking for a land. He didn’t
miss a land drop in the next turns, but only found a Plains on turn 6. I
had Lys Alana Huntmaster in play plus some more Elves, and I was holding
Oblivion Ring and Incremental Growth and Epic Proportions, so I figured I
should be winning this one. I played Nath’s Elite, and he tapped out to play two
guys. I attacked, he triple blocked, I played Epic Proportions, and he

See you tomorrow!


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