Drafting With Tiago – LLL #42

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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:

Inner-Flame Acolyte, Peppersmoke, Paperfin Rascal, Nath’s Elite, Moonglove Extract, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Oaken Brawler, Broken Ambitions, Cenn’s Heir,
Boggart Forager, Facevaulter, Fallowsage, Incremental Growth, Boggart Harbinger, Militia’s Pride

Pick: Moonglove Extract

Pack 2:

Avian Changeling, Bog-Strider Ash, Eyeblight’s Ending, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Springleaf Drum, Oakgnarl Warrior, Soaring Hope, Shimmering Grotto, Judge of Currents, Lace with Moonglove, Blind-Spot Giant, Turtleshell Changeling, Crush Underfoot, Incendiary Command

Pick: Incendiary Command

Pack 3:

Thieving Sprite, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Whirlpool Whelm, Boggart Loggers, Adder-Staff Boggart, Fertile Ground, Cenn’s Heir, Ringskipper, Black Poplar Shaman, Shimmering Grotto, Merrow Reejerey, Summon the School, Exiled Boggart

Pick: Summon the School

Pack 4:

Footbottom Feast, Lowland Oaf, Lignify, Kithkin Healer, Deeptread Merrow, Protective Bubble, Ingot Chewer, Amoeboid Changeling, Spring Cleaning, Lys Alana Scarblade, Kithkin Mourncaller, Wren’s Run Vanquisher

Pick: Wren’s Run Vanquisher

Pack 5:

Lys Alana Huntmaster, Runed Stalactite, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Neck Snap, Nightshade Stinger, Blades of Velis Vel, Elvish Handservant, Dawnfluke, Turtleshell Changeling, Gaddock Teeg, Herbal Poultice

Pick: Lys Alana Huntmaster

Pack 6:

Wanderer’s Twig, Avian Changeling, Bog-Strider Ash, Springleaf Drum, Inkfathom Divers, Boggart Birth Rite, Ingot Chewer, Soaring Hope, Elvish Promenade, Sunrise Sovereign

Pick: Sunrise Sovereign

Pack 7:

Thieving Sprite, Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Hillcomber Giant, Streambed Aquitects, Nightshade Stinger, Faerie Trickery, Warren-Scourge Elf, Lairwatch Giant, Captivating Glance

Pick: Gilt-Leaf Ambush

Pack 8:

Herbal Poultice, Kithkin Greatheart,
Oakgnarl Warrior, Hornet Harasser, Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums, Judge of Currents, Familiar’s Ruse

Pick: Oakgnarl Warrior

Pack 9:

Paperfin Rascal, Nath’s Elite, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Oaken Brawler, Broken Ambitions, Boggart Forager, Facevaulter

Pick: Nath’s Elite

Pack 10:

Bog-Strider Ash, Oakgnarl Warrior, Soaring Hope, Shimmering Grotto, Lace with Moonglove, Crush Underfoot

Pick: Bog-Strider Ash

Pack 11:

Whirlpool Whelm, Ringskipper, Black Poplar Shaman, Shimmering Grotto, Exiled Boggart

Pick: Whirlpool Whelm

Pack 12:

Deeptread Merrow, Protective Bubble, Amoeboid Changeling, Spring Cleaning

Pick: Spring Cleaning

Pack 13:

Nightshade Stinger, Dawnfluke, Herbal Poultice

Pick: Herbal Poultice

Pack 14:

Ingot Chewer, Soaring Hope

Pick: Ingot Chewer

Pack 15:

Lairwatch Giant

Pick: Lairwatch Giant

Pack 16:

Battlewand Oak, Hurly-Burly, Plover Knights, Paperfin Rascal, Dreamspoiler Witches, Runed Stalactite, Nath’s Elite, Spiderwig Boggart, Boggart Forager,
Ringskipper, Hunt Down, Fodder Launch, Changeling Hero, Merrow Commerce, Thousand-Year Elixir

Pick: Nath’s Elite

Pack 17:

Hillcomber Giant, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Dreamspoiler Witches, Battlewand Oak, Oaken Brawler, Elvish Eulogist, Giant’s Ire, Lairwatch Giant, Spellstutter Sprite, Spiderwig Boggart, Ghostly Changeling, Seedguide Ash, Hearthcage Giant, Howltooth Hollow

Pick: Seedguide Ash

Pack 18:

Smokebraider, Stonybrook Angler, Fertile Ground, Moonglove Winnower, Plover Knights, Hunt Down, Giant’s Ire, Dawnfluke, Spellstutter Sprite, Black Poplar Shaman, Flamekin Spitfire, Battle Mastery, Boggart Mob

Pick: Fertile Ground

Pack 19:

Stonybrook Angler, Thieving Sprite, Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Hillcomber Giant, Streambed Aquitects, Boggart Forager, Facevaulter, Hunt Down, Drowner of Secrets, Thorntooth Witch, Hoarder’s Greed, Scion of Oona

Pick: Thorntooth Witch

Pack 20:

Oakgnarl Warrior, Goldmeadow Harrier, Glimmerdust Nap, Soulbright Flamekin, Kithkin Daggerdare, Shimmering Grotto, Judge of Currents, Lace with Moonglove, Blind-Spot Giant, Exiled Boggart, Vivid Grove

Pick: Vivid Grove

Pack 21:

Kithkin Daggerdare, Herbal Poultice, Lowland Oaf, Fistful of Force, Exiled Boggart, Shields of Velis Vel, Mournwhelk, Needle Drop, Scattering Stroke, Incandescent Soulstoke

Pick: Lowland Oaf

Pack 22:

Glimmerdust Nap, Soulbright Flamekin, Kithkin Daggerdare, Exiled Boggart, Ponder, Heal the Scars, Skeletal Changeling, Elvish Promenade, Entangling Trap

Pick: Kithkin Daggerdare

Pack 23:

Soulbright Flamekin, Glimmerdust
Nap, Needle Drop, Soaring Hope, Elvish Branchbender, Wellgabber Apothecary, Sylvan Echoes, Sentry Oak

Pick: Elvish Branchbender

Pack 24:

Hurly-Burly, Spiderwig Boggart, Boggart Forager, Ringskipper, Hunt Down, Merrow Commerce, Thousand-Year Elixir

Pick: Hurly-Burly

Pack 25:

Oaken Brawler, Elvish Eulogist, Giant’s Ire, Lairwatch Giant, Spiderwig Boggart, Hearthcage Giant

Pick: Hearthcage Giant

Pack 26:

Hunt Down, Dawnfluke, Spellstutter Sprite, Black Poplar Shaman, Flamekin Spitfire

Pick: Flamekin Spitfire

Pack 27:

Thieving Sprite, Boggart Forager, Facevaulter, Hoarder’s Greed

Pick: Thieving Sprite

Pack 28:

Glimmerdust Nap, Lace with Moonglove, Exiled Boggart

Pick: Lace with Moonglove

Pack 29:

Herbal Poultice, Needle Drop

Pick: Needle Drop

Pack 30:

Entangling Trap

Pick: Entangling Trap

Pack 31:

Lignify, Silvergill Douser, Oblivion Ring, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Bog-Strider Ash, Aethersnipe, Tarfire, Spring Cleaning, Blind-Spot Giant,
Gilt-Leaf Seer, Hunter of Eyeblights, Sylvan Echoes, Pollen Lullaby, Jace Beleren, Summon the School

Pick: Tarfire

Pack 32:

Pestermite, Hurly-Burly, Lys Alana Huntmaster, Consuming Bonfire, Wispmare, Stonybrook Angler, Flamekin Brawler, Tideshaper Mystic, Rootgrapple, Triclopean Sight, Silvergill Adept, Vivid Creek, Vivid Meadow, Wild Ricochet

Pick: Lys Alana Huntmaster

Pack 33:

Wanderer’s Twig, Hornet Harasser, Axegrinder Giant, Kithkin Greatheart, Aquitect’s Will, Mournwhelk, Zephyr Net, Scarred Vinebreeder, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Entangling Trap, Ethereal Whiskergill, Secluded Glen, Plains

Pick: Gilt-Leaf Seer

Pack 34:

Whirlpool Whelm, Leaf Gilder, Adder-Staff Boggart, Wispmare, Streambed Aquitects, Elvish Eulogist, Wings of Velis Vel, Caterwauling Boggart, Goldmeadow Dodger, Incremental Growth, Lys Alana Scarblade, Favor of the Mighty

Pick: Leaf Gilder

Pack 35:

Aethersnipe, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Surge of Thoughtweft, Wanderer’s Twig, Silvergill Douser, Heal the Scars, Inkfathom Divers, Boggart Birth Rite, Ingot Chewer, Kithkin Mourncaller, Vivid Meadow

Pick: Kithkin Mourncaller

Pack 36:

Neck Snap, Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Moonglove Winnower, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Triclopean Sight, Nath’s Buffoon, Caterwauling Boggart, Elvish Handservant, Glarewielder, Boggart Shenanigans

Pick: Glarewielder

Pack 37:

Fistful of Force, Aethersnipe, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Shields of Velis Vel, Needle Drop, Springjack Knight, Heal the Scars, Battle Mastery, Changeling Berserker

Pick: Changeling Berserker

Pack 38:

Battlewand Oak, Paperfin Rascal,
Runed Stalactite, Giant’s Ire, Dawnfluke, Spellstutter Sprite, Black Poplar Shaman, Scattering Stroke

Pick: Battlewand Oak

Pack 39:

Lignify, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Bog-Strider Ash, Spring Cleaning, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Sylvan Echoes, Pollen Lullaby

Pick: Lignify

Pack 40:

Hurly-Burly, Wispmare, Flamekin Brawler, Tideshaper Mystic, Silvergill Adept, Wild Ricochet

Pick: Wild Ricochet

Pack 41:

Aquitect’s Will, Mournwhelk, Zephyr Net, Scarred Vinebreeder, Plains

Pick: Mournwhelk

Pack 42:

Adder-Staff Boggart, Wispmare, Elvish Eulogist, Wings of Velis Vel

Pick: Adder-Staff Boggart

Pack 43:

Heal the Scars, Boggart Birth Rite, Ingot Chewer

Pick: Ingot Chewer

Pack 44:

Nath’s Buffoon, Boggart Shenanigans

Pick: Nath’s Buffoon

Pack 45:

Heal the Scars

Pick: Heal the Scars

Final decklist:

9 Forest
7 Mountain
1 Fertile Ground
1 Battlewand Oak
1 Changeling Berserker
1 Elvish Branchbenderv
1 Flamekin Spitfire
1 Gilt-Leaf Ambush
1 Gilt-Leaf Seer
1 Glarewielder
1 Incendiary Command
1 Kithkin Daggerdare
1 Kithkin Mourncaller
1 Leaf Gilder
1 Lignify
1 Lowland Oaf
2 Lys Alana Huntmaster
1 Moonglove Extract
2 Nath’s Elite
1 Seedguide Ash
1 Sunrise Sovereign
1 Tarfire
1 Vivid Grove
1 Wren’s Run Vanquisher

1 Adder-Staff Boggart
1 Bog-Strider Ash
1 Entangling Trapv
1 Heal the Scars
1 Hearthcage Giant
1 Herbal Poultice
1 Hurly-Burly
2 Ingot Chewer
1 Lace with Moonglove
1 Lairwatch Giant
1 Mournwhelk
1 Nath’s Buffoon
1 Needle Drop
1 Oakgnarl Warrior
1 Spring Cleaning
1 Summon the School
1 Thieving Sprite
1 Thorntooth Witch
1 Whirlpool Whelm
1 Wild Ricochet

Pick 1 I took Moonglove Extract to keep my options open for the next packs,
since no card was that powerful (ex: Peppersmoke), or they somehow forced commitment
(Fallowsage). I prefered Moonglove Extract and hold my options, rather than going
Green right away with Incremental Growth.

Picks 2, 3, and 4 I just took the best card. By Pick 5 I figured I
wouldn’t be U/W Merfolk, and by Pick 6 (with the Giant lord) I thought I could move
into the Elves and Giants archetype.

Pick 7 there was a very late Steambed Aquitects, but I only had Summon the School
to go with it, and I alreay had four good Red and Green cards, plus I had a
pick here.

Pick 16 I just took the only card that would probably make it into my deck at this
point, even though I wasn’t clearly happy about it.

Pick 19 I considered splashing or moving into a Treefolk theme, but this ended up in
the sideboard and I settled for Green/Red.

Round 1 I played versus Blue/Black Merfolk.

Game 1 he started with Angler, Aquitects, Douser, and Douser. I made turn
4 Huntmaster and turn 5 Incendiary Command, getting a three-for-one as
the Aquitects had attacked the previous turn. He had a third
Silvergill Douser, but I followed with turn 6 Sunrise Sovereign, and turn
7 Glarewielder plus Kithkin Daggerdare, which was enough to force the

I sided in Hurly Burly and Thorntooth Witch for extra removal, since I can
afford to wait for the Thorntooth Witch to kill the Dousers.

Game 2 he mulliganed to six, and I to five. He got a better start and
dropped me to 13. He had Angler, Douser, Aquitects. Meanwhile I was building,
as I got a good draw for five cards. I killed the Douser, and I had a
Daggerdare that allowed me to go on offense with the random 3/3 guys I
had. I started forcing damage through, and getting decent creature trades
thanks to Daggerdare, especially in the turns where he had no mana for Angler. I
never stopped attacking, and there was a turn where he had two 1/1
Faeries behind to chump block, since he had attacked with two creatures the
previous turn to put me to 8. I never got to know if he had something, as I
drew a sideboarded Hurly Burly to kill the Faeries and attack for the win.

Round 2 I played against Mono Red Elementals splashing Mulldrifter.

Game 1 he killed my Huntmaster with Lash Out, and Flamekin Spitfire with
Tarfire, as retribution for the Lignify I cast on his Smokebraider to slow him
down. The only creature I had in my hand was a Daggerdare, which I didn’t
cast because I had Incendiary Command. He only had a Cauterwailing Boggart
attacking me, so I held onto the Command for a while. One turn he played a 3/3 and my
life was a little above ten. I figured I could wait no more, so I used
Command to kill the Boggart, and also forced us to cycle our hands… Mine was 3 lands
and the Daggerdare, so it put me back in the game. Our next creatures traded.
The key moment was when he had Flamekin Bladewhirl and Inner-Flame
Igniter plus the Lignified Smokebraider, on eight lands. I only had Seedguide
Ash, and I figured if he drew the 9th land it would always be bad for me, so I
attacked, holding on my Gilt-Leaf Ambush. He attacked me back, and I played
Ambush, hoping just to get the Igniter, but won the clash and took the
Bladewhirl down as well. Since he was at zero cards in hand, I don’t think it
was necessary, but I just needed to take out the Igniter before he drew the 9th

Game 2 I mulliganed and he had a fast start of Soulbright Flamekin,
Inner-Flame Igniter, Cauterwailing Boggart. That took me more than half of
my life, but there was one attack where I Tarfired his Boggart and made some
profitable blocks, getting a four-for-three and clearing his side of the board while
keeping a creature on mine. The problem was that we were both left with very
little, and a couple of turns passed with nothing happening… until he
played a Mulldrifter. Frown.

Game 3 it’s his time to mulligan and my time to have a good start. Turn
2 Wren’s Run Vanquisher, and turn 3 Lignify for his Smokebraider. The
Vanquisher dealt all the damage this game, up until the point where he had to
triple block it. The situation: he had the Lignified
Smokebraider, 3 life, and almost no hand. I was at 14 life, with a creature easily
blocked by the 0/4 Wall, holding lands and Tarfire. The game went again into
topdecking mode, but I had life advantage and many more lands in play. I just
didn’t want him to draw Mulldrifter. All of our next cards traded with each
other, the exception being the Wild Ricochet I sided in, but it could also
be a game winning if he cast removal or a Tarfire. Just when my Seedguide
Ash was ready to attack into his Faultgrinder, I drew Incendiary Command for
the final points.

I split the finals.

See you next week!


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