Drafting With Tiago – LLL #40

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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:

Eyeblight’s Ending, Soulbright Flamekin, Glimmerdust Nap, Cloudcrown Oak, Oblivion Ring, Wanderer’s Twig, Soaring Hope, Shimmering Grotto,
Judge of Currents, Lace with Moonglove, Hoarder’s Greed, Lammastide Weave, Merrow Reejerey, Garruk Wildspeaker, Mountain

Pick: Garruk Wildspeaker

Pack 2:

Runed Stalactite, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Neck Snap, Pestermite, Leaf Gilder, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Triclopean Sight, Nightshade Stinger, Faultgrinder, Faerie Trickery, Warren-Scourge Elf, Benthicore, Rebellion of the Flamekin, Arbiter of Knollridge

Pick: Leaf Gilder

Pack 3:

Cloudcrown Oak, Wanderer’s Twig, Silvergill Douser, Avian Changeling, Bog-Strider Ash, Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums, Inkfathom Divers, Elvish Promenade, Crush Underfoot, Tar Pitcher, Wanderwine Prophets

Pick: Silvergill Douser

Pack 4:

Axegrinder Giant, Woodland Changeling, Lignify, Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Ponder, Bog Hoodlums, Goldmeadow Stalwart, Flamekin Harbinger, Pollen Lullaby, Deathrender, Knucklebone Witch

Pick: Woodland Changeling

Pack 5:

Paperfin Rascal, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Oaken Brawler, Blades of Velis Vel, Cenn’s Heir, Ringskipper, Black Poplar Shaman, Vivid Marsh, Elvish Promenade, Spinerock Knoll, Plains

Pick: Elvish Promenade

Pack 6:

Smokebraider, Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Moonglove Winnower, Goldmeadow Dodger, Faerie Trickery, Nightshade Stinger, Blades of Velis Vel, Elvish Handservant, Wizened Cenn, Vivid Crag

Pick: Gilt-Leaf Ambush

Pack 7:

Hurly-Burly, Peppersmoke, Wispmare, Stonybrook Angler, Broken Ambitions, Cenn’s Heir, Boggart Forager, Thorn of Amethyst, Flamekin Bladewhirl

Pick: Peppersmoke

Pack 8:

Springleaf Drum, Footbottom Feast, Lignify,
Protective Bubble, Ingot Chewer, Spring Cleaning, Vivid Grove, Faerie Tauntings

Pick: Lignify

Pack 9:

Wanderer’s Twig, Soaring Hope, Shimmering Grotto, Judge of Currents, Hoarder’s Greed, Lammastide Weave, Mountain

Pick: Wanderer’s Twig

Pack 10:

Runed Stalactite, Nightshade Stinger, Faultgrinder, Faerie Trickery, Warren-Scourge Elf, Rebellion of the Flamekin

Pick: Runed Stalactite

Pack 11:

Wanderer’s Twig, Bog-Strider Ash, Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums

Pick: Bog-Strider Ash

Pack 12:

Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Ponder, Bog Hoodlums

Pick: Ponder

Pack 13:

Cenn’s Heir, Ringskipper, Plains

Pick: Cenn’s Heir

Pack 14:

Goldmeadow Dodger, Nightshade Stinger

Pick: Nightshade Stinger

Pack 15:

Boggart Forager

Pick: Boggart Forager

Pack 16:

Weed Strangle, Kithkin Healer, Deeptread Merrow, Lash Out, Kithkin Daggerdare, Herbal Poultice, Protective Bubble, Fire-Belly Changeling,
Skeletal Changeling, Aquitect’s Will, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Kithkin Harbinger, Sylvan Echoes, Inner-Flame Igniter, Dread

Pick: Dread

Pack 17:

Eyeblight’s Ending, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Springleaf Drum, Oakgnarl Warrior, Goldmeadow Harrier, Glimmerdust Nap, Warren Pilferers, Needle Drop, Soaring Hope, Elvish Branchbender, Wellgabber Apothecary, Merrow Harbinger, Summon the School, Harpoon Sniper

Pick: Eyeblight’s Ending

Pack 18:

Thieving Sprite, Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Hillcomber Giant, Streambed Aquitects, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Nameless Inversion, Facevaulter, Hunt Down, Giant’s Ire, Dawnfluke, Spellstutter Sprite, Faerie Harbinger, Giant Harbinger

Pick: Nameless Inversion

Pack 19:

Inner-Flame Acolyte, Peppersmoke, Paperfin Rascal, Nath’s Elite, Moonglove Extract, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Oaken Brawler, Dawnfluke, Broken Ambitions, Nath’s Buffoon, Faultgrinder, Howltooth Hollow

Pick: Peppersmoke

Pack 20:

Quill-Slinger Boggart, Bog-Strider Ash, Aethersnipe, Herbal Poultice, Kithkin Greatheart, Scarred Vinebreeder, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Protective Bubble, Ingot Chewer, Giant Harbinger, Merrow Commerce

Pick: Gilt-Leaf Seer

Pack 21:

Stonybrook Angler, Moonglove Winnower, Whirlpool Whelm, Shimmering Grotto, Elvish Eulogist, Giant’s Ire, Lairwatch Giant, Spellstutter Sprite, Faerie Tauntings, Wild Ricochet

Pick: Moonglove Winnower

Pack 22:

Bog-Strider Ash, Herbal Poultice, Exiled Boggart, Shields of Velis Vel, Mournwhelk, Needle Drop, Springjack Knight, Turtleshell Changeling, Drowner of Secrets

Pick: Bog-Strider Ash

Pack 23:

Thieving Sprite, Boggart
Loggers, Lairwatch Giant, Spiderwig Boggart, Boggart Forager, Ringskipper, Fodder Launch, Forge[/author]-Tender”]Burrenton [author name="Forge"]Forge[/author]-Tender

Pick: Thieving Sprite

Pack 24:

Kithkin Healer, Kithkin Daggerdare, Herbal Poultice, Protective Bubble, Aquitect’s Will, Kithkin Harbinger, Sylvan Echoes

Pick: Kithkin Daggerdare

Pack 25:

Springleaf Drum, Oakgnarl Warrior, Glimmerdust Nap, Needle Drop, Soaring Hope, Wellgabber Apothecary

Pick: Oakgnarl Warrior

Pack 26:

Thieving Sprite, Hunt Down, Giant’s Ire, Dawnfluke, Spellstutter Sprite

Pick: Thieving Sprite

Pack 27:

Paperfin Rascal, Oaken Brawler, Dawnfluke, Nath’s Buffoon

Pick: Nath’s Buffoon

Pack 28:

Herbal Poultice, Scarred Vinebreeder, Protective Bubble

Pick: Scarred Vinebreeder

Pack 29:

Lairwatch Giant, Faerie Tauntings

Pick: Lairwatch Giant

Pack 30:

Exiled Boggart

Pick: Exiled Boggart

Pack 31:

Hillcomber Giant, Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Dreamspoiler Witches, Battlewand Oak, Oaken Brawler, Hunt Down,
Triclopean Sight, Nath’s Buffoon, Caterwauling Boggart, Tideshaper Mystic, Benthicore, Ghostly Changeling, Hoarder’s Greed, Hoofprints of the Stag

Pick: Dreamspoiler Witches

Pack 32:

Soulbright Flamekin, Glimmerdust Nap, Cloudcrown Oak, Wanderer’s Twig, Hornet Harasser, Fire-Belly Changeling, Elvish Branchbender, Amoeboid Changeling, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Lace with Moonglove, Entangling Trap, Turtleshell Changeling, Changeling Titan, Incandescent Soulstoke

Pick: Changeling Titan

Pack 33:

Battlewand Oak, Plover Knights, Paperfin Rascal, Dreamspoiler Witches, Runed Stalactite, Nath’s Elite, Black Poplar Shaman, Elvish Eulogist, Wings of Velis Vel, Caterwauling Boggart, Jagged-Scar Archers, Forge[/author]-Tender”]Burrenton [author name="Forge"]Forge[/author]-Tender, Giant Harbinger

Pick: Dreamspoiler Witches

Pack 34:

Oakgnarl Warrior, Hornet Harasser, Deeptread Merrow, Goldmeadow Harrier, Fistful of Force, Heal the Scars, Inkfathom Divers, Boggart Birth Rite, Ingot Chewer, Boggart Shenanigans, Ego Erasure, Colfenor’s Plans

Pick: Fistful of Force

Pack 35:

Kinsbaile Balloonist, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Peppersmoke, Paperfin Rascal, Nath’s Elite, Giant’s Ire, Lairwatch Giant, Spellstutter Sprite, Spiderwig Boggart, Flamekin Brawler, Lammastide Weave

Pick: Peppersmoke

Pack 36:

Leaf Gilder, Wispmare, Boggart Loggers, Spiderwig Boggart, Flamekin Brawler, Tideshaper Mystic, Rootgrapple, Jagged-Scar Archers, Familiar’s Ruse, Primal Command

Pick: Leaf Gilder

Pack 37:

Warren Pilferers, Fistful of Force, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Surge of Thoughtweft, Spring Cleaning, Wellgabber Apothecary, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Prowess of the Fair, Merrow Harbinger

Pick: Warren Pilferers

Pack 38:

Kithkin Daggerdare,
Aquitect’s Will, Mournwhelk, Zephyr Net, Scarred Vinebreeder, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Captivating Glance, Guardian of Cloverdell

Pick: Mournwhelk

Pack 39:

Oaken Brawler, Hunt Down, Triclopean Sight, Nath’s Buffoon, Caterwauling Boggart, Tideshaper Mystic, Hoarder’s Greed

Pick: Nath’s Buffoon

Pack 40:

Glimmerdust Nap, Wanderer’s Twig, Amoeboid Changeling, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Lace with Moonglove, Entangling Trap

Pick: Glimmerdust Nap

Pack 41:

Paperfin Rascal, Black Poplar Shaman, Elvish Eulogist, Jagged-Scar Archers, Forge[/author]-Tender”]Burrenton [author name="Forge"]Forge[/author]-Tender

Pick: Jagged-Scar Archers

Pack 42:

Heal the Scars, Boggart Birth Rite, Ingot Chewer, Boggart Shenanigans

Pick: Boggart Birth Rite

Pack 43:

Spiderwig Boggart, Flamekin Brawler, Lammastide Weave

Pick: Lammastide Weave

Pack 44:

Flamekin Brawler, Tideshaper Mystic

Pick: Flamekin Brawler

Pack 45:

Spring Cleaning

Pick: Spring Cleaning

Final Decklist:

8 Forest
9 Swamp
1 Bog-Strider Ash
1 Changeling Titan
1 Dread
2 Dreamspoiler Witches
1 Eyeblight’s Ending
1 Garruk Wildspeaker
1 Gilt-Leaf Ambush
1 Gilt-Leaf Seer
1 Jagged-Scar Archers
1 Kithkin Daggerdare
2 Leaf Gilder
1 Lignify
1 Moonglove Winnower
1 Nameless Inversion
3 Peppersmoke
2 Thieving Sprite
1 Warren Pilferers
1 Woodland Changeling

1 Boggart Birth Rite
1 Boggart Forager
1 Bog-Strider Ash
1 Cenn’s Heir
1 Elvish Promenade
1 Exiled Boggart
1 Fistful of Force
1 Flamekin Brawler
1 Glimmerdust Nap
1 Lairwatch Giant
1 Lammastide Weave
1 Mournwhelk
2 Nath’s Buffoon
1 Nightshade Stinger
1 Oakgnarl Warrior
1 Ponder
1 Runed Stalactite
1 Scarred Vinebreeder
1 Silvergill Douser
1 Spring Cleaning
1 Wanderer’s Twig

Pick 2: The person next to me took an uncommon, so I got to look at all the
commons in this booster. Not much to choose from. The rare is good – it won me a
round in my last draft two minutes ago – and Pestermite is the best common. For me,
Garruk is one of the Top 3 cards in the set Pick 1. It’s worth being in Green,
and it’s also much better on turn 3, thanks to Leaf Glider.

Pick 3: Usually I don’t see this as a signal to go Blue, since most of the times
there are just absurd packs. However, this time all the uncommons and rare are in
the pack, so two people picked two commons over Douser. I think I have to go
for it. There’s only one scenario where this can be deceiving: Foil something
and Mulldrifter.

Pick 5: I almost timed out here. I wasn’t sure between the Vivid land and the
Elvish Promenade. Promenade can be ridiculous in the right deck… I
went for it as I already had two Elves and one Overrun effect.

Pick 8: Peppermoke is better than those two Blue cards, and after Douser Pick 3, the
next 3 packs were dry on Blue.

Pick 16: Usually, I’m very against this. After the first booster, I know
I’m Green and I have one Peppermoke and one Silvergill Douser. I opened a
pack with nothing Green and nothing Blue. My options are to get another
single card off-color – Lash Out – have a very weak in-colors pick –
Kithkin Daggerdare – or gamble a little more on Black, despite both cards
requiring commitment to Black mana. At this point I only have a
Peppersmoke. I usually go for the card that helps me better with my mana,
but this time I picked Dread over Weed Strangle.

Black did come, both in the second and third booster, so the Dread was a nice
power addition to my deck. However I was ready to bench it if I couldn’t
play Black, or if my Black didn’t warrant enough Swamps to support him.

Pick 20: I know people love splashing Aethersnipe. I also know people don’t
understand me picking and playing with Gilt-Leaf Seer. While I don’t want to
go over Seer again, I don’t think splashing Aethersnipe should happen in a
deck where you’re playing with cards costing triple Black and double Green.

Round 1 I played against Green/Black Treefolk with Final Revels, which is
my favorite card for the Treefolk archetype.

Game 1 I got all the power out. I made Garruk on turn 5 and created a token. I
had a Moonglove Winnower in play too. He played Final Revels, giving
everyone +2/+0 to try to kill Garruk. I blocked and traded with two of his
creatures, and played Peppersmoke on the other. At his end of turn the board
was down to my Garruk and nothing else. I untapped, made a token, and played Dread. He never
found a solution for the Dread, and he was also behind on the board.

Game 2 I drew only seven Swamps as my lands, playing only half of the
cards I held. His start was also punishing for a color-screwed opponent: turns
3 and 4 Battlewand Oak, and turn 5 Bog-Strider Ash.

Game 3 he only drew a Swamp on turn 6. By then I already had a Garruk
and Bog-Strider Ash in play.

Round 2 I played against a Red/White/Green deck.

Game 1 I played Dreamspoiler Witches turn 3 which generated too much
card advantage: two Peppersmokes killed two creatures, and the turn where he
played a Champion creature, Eyeblight’s Ending killed both the big creature
and the one-toughness guy, forcing the Champion to be sacrificed.

Game 2 he did not draw one of his main colors.

I split the finals.

See you tomorrow!


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