Drafting With Tiago – LLL #44

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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:

Warren Pilferers, Soulbright Flamekin, Kithkin Daggerdare, Surge of Thoughtweft, Mulldrifter, Weed Strangle, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Ponder, Bog
Hoodlums, Protective Bubble, Fire-Belly Changeling, Merrow Harbinger, Forge[/author]-Tender”]Burrenton [author name="Forge"]Forge[/author]-Tender, Benthicore, Vigor

Pick: Mulldrifter

Pack 2:

Battlewand Oak, Oaken Brawler, Hurly-Burly, Peppersmoke, Lys Alana Huntmaster, Consuming Bonfire, Faultgrinder, Faerie Trickery, Warren-Scourge Elf, Lairwatch Giant, Incremental Growth, Tar Pitcher, Merrow Harbinger, Nettlevine Blight

Pick: Peppersmoke

Pack 3:

Boggart Loggers, Runed Stalactite, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Neck Snap, Cenn’s Heir, Ringskipper, Black Poplar Shaman, Shimmering Grotto, Elvish Eulogist, Benthicore, Pollen Lullaby, Kithkin Harbinger, Favor of the Mighty

Pick: Benthicore

Pack 4:

Kinsbaile Balloonist, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Paperfin Rascal, Nath’s Elite, Moonglove Extract, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Blades of Velis Vel, Elvish Handservant, Dawnfluke, Broken Ambitions, Seedguide Ash, Crush Underfoot

Pick: Moonglove Extract

Pack 5:

Thieving Sprite, Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Hillcomber Giant, Streambed Aquitects, Cenn’s Heir, Boggart Forager, Facevaulter, Hunt Down, Giant’s Ire, Ethereal Whiskergill, Twinning Glass

Pick: Streambed Aquitects

Pack 6:

Fistful of Force, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Lace with Moonglove, Exiled Boggart, Ponder, Heal the Scars, Turtleshell Changeling, Faerie Tauntings, Vivid Marsh, Elvish Promenade

Pick: Turtleshell Changeling

Pack 7:

Soulbright Flamekin, Glimmerdust Nap, Cloudcrown Oak, Wanderer’s Twig, Spring Cleaning, Exiled Boggart, Shields of Velis Vel, Mournwhelk, Ancient Amphitheater

Pick: Cloudcrown Oak

Pack 8:

Springleaf Drum, Kithkin Healer, Lignify,
Judge of Currents, Needle Drop, Soaring Hope, Captivating Glance, Pollen Lullaby

Pick: Judge of Currents

Pack 9:

Kithkin Daggerdare, Surge of Thoughtweft, Ponder, Bog Hoodlums, Protective Bubble, Fire-Belly Changeling, Forge[/author]-Tender”]Burrenton [author name="Forge"]Forge[/author]-Tender

Pick: Kithkin Daggerdare

Pack 10:

Battlewand Oak, Oaken Brawler, Hurly-Burly, Faultgrinder, Warren-Scourge Elf, Lairwatch Giant

Pick: Battlewand Oak

Pack 11:

Runed Stalactite, Black Poplar Shaman, Elvish Eulogist, Pollen Lullaby, Favor of the Mighty

Pick: Runed Stalactite

Pack 12:

Inner-Flame Acolyte, Blades of Velis Vel, Elvish Handservant, Dawnfluke

Pick: Elvish Handservant

Pack 13:

Cenn’s Heir, Facevaulter, Hunt Down

Pick: Facevaulter

Pack 14:

Lace with Moonglove, Heal the Scars

Pick: Lace with Moonglove

Pack 15:

Exiled Boggart

Pick: Exiled Boggart

Pack 16:

Leaf Gilder, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Thieving Sprite, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Whirlpool Whelm, Boggart Loggers, Adder-Staff
Boggart, Giant’s Ire, Lairwatch Giant, Spellstutter Sprite, Spiderwig Boggart, Jagged-Scar Archers, Inner-Flame Igniter, Prowess of the Fair, Masked Admirers

Pick: Masked Admirers

Pack 17:

Moonglove Extract, Hillcomber Giant, Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Dreamspoiler Witches, Battlewand Oak, Boggart Forager, Ringskipper, Hunt Down, Nath’s Buffoon, Thundercloud Shaman, Flamekin Bladewhirl, Forced Fruition, Swamp

Pick: Moonglove Extract

Pack 18:

Battlewand Oak, Hurly-Burly, Paperfin Rascal, Runed Stalactite, Dawnfluke, Spellstutter Sprite, Black Poplar Shaman, Elvish Eulogist, Vivid Creek, Ghostly Changeling, Scattering Stroke, Heat Shimmer, Moonglove Winnower

Pick: Battlewand Oak

Pack 19:

Oblivion Ring, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Bog-Strider Ash, Aethersnipe, Herbal Poultice, Kithkin Greatheart, Aquitect’s Will, Mournwhelk, Zephyr Net, Merrow Commerce, Lys Alana Scarblade, Mournwhelk

Pick: Aethersnipe

Pack 20:

Springleaf Drum, Kithkin Healer, Axegrinder Giant, Skeletal Changeling, Aquitect’s Will, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Spring Cleaning, Blind-Spot Giant, Crush Underfoot, Hoarder’s Greed, Dolmen Gate

Pick: Dolmen Gate

Pack 21:

Oaken Brawler, Stonybrook Angler, Moonglove Winnower, Nath’s Buffoon, Faultgrinder, Rootgrapple, Goldmeadow Dodger, Wings of Velis Vel, Entangling Trap, Hamletback Goliath

Pick: Stonybrook Angler

Pack 22:

Surge of Thoughtweft, Wanderer’s Twig, Bog-Strider Ash, Skeletal Changeling, Shields of Velis Vel, Fire-Belly Changeling, Elvish Branchbender, Flamekin Harbinger, Familiar’s Ruse

Pick: Bog-Strider Ash

Pack 23:

Axegrinder Giant, Footbottom Feast,
Lowland Oaf, Needle Drop, Springjack Knight, Heal the Scars, Inkfathom Divers, Battle Mastery

Pick: Inkfathom Divers

Pack 24:

Boggart Loggers, Adder-Staff Boggart, Giant’s Ire, Lairwatch Giant, Spellstutter Sprite, Spiderwig Boggart, Prowess of the Fair

Pick: Boggart Loggers

Pack 25:

Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Boggart Forager, Ringskipper, Hunt Down, Nath’s Buffoon, Swamp

Pick: Nath’s Buffoon

Pack 26:

Dawnfluke, Spellstutter Sprite, Black Poplar Shaman, Elvish Eulogist, Scattering Stroke

Pick: Scattering Stroke

Pack 27:

Quill-Slinger Boggart, Herbal Poultice, Aquitect’s Will, Zephyr Net

Pick: Zephyr Net

Pack 28:

Springleaf Drum, Kithkin Healer, Spring Cleaning

Pick: Springleaf Drum

Pack 29:

Faultgrinder, Goldmeadow Dodger

Pick: Faultgrinder

Pack 30:

Shields of Velis Vel

Pick: Shields of Velis Vel

Pack 31:

Oaken Brawler, Pestermite, Hurly-Burly, Peppersmoke, Lys Alana Huntmaster, Consuming Bonfire, Wispmare, Caterwauling Boggart, Tideshaper
Mystic, Elvish Handservant, Broken Ambitions, Sentry Oak, Makeshift Mannequin, Entangling Trap, Galepowder Mage

Pick: Pestermite

Pack 32:

Nath’s Elite, Neck Snap, Smokebraider, Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Moonglove Winnower, Wings of Velis Vel, Caterwauling Boggart, Goldmeadow Dodger, Faerie Trickery, Nightshade Stinger, Flamekin Spitfire, Silvergill Adept, Vivid Meadow, Shelldock Isle

Pick: Silvergill Adept

Pack 33:

Mudbutton Torchrunner, Springleaf Drum, Oakgnarl Warrior, Goldmeadow Harrier, Glimmerdust Nap, Amoeboid Changeling, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Lace with Moonglove, Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Sylvan Echoes, Rebellion of the Flamekin, Brion Stoutarm

Pick: Brion Stoutarm

Pack 34:

Lignify, Kithkin Healer, Deeptread Merrow, Kithkin Daggerdare, Herbal Poultice, Ingot Chewer, Soaring Hope, Shimmering Grotto, Judge of Currents, Lys Alana Scarblade, Elvish Promenade, Flamekin Spitfire

Pick: Kithkin Daggerdare

Pack 35:

Soulbright Flamekin, Kithkin Daggerdare, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Woodland Changeling, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums, Vivid Meadow, Sylvan Echoes, Thorntooth Witch

Pick: Woodland Changeling

Pack 36:

Fertile Ground, Hillcomber Giant, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Flamekin Brawler, Tideshaper Mystic, Rootgrapple, Triclopean Sight, Nightshade Stinger, Cloudgoat Ranger, Elvish Promenade

Pick: Cloudgoat Ranger

Pack 37:

Plover Knights, Adder-Staff Boggart, Wispmare, Streambed Aquitects, Flamekin Brawler, Facevaulter, Warren-Scourge Elf, Blades of Velis Vel, Horde of Notions

Pick: Streambed Aquitects

Pack 38:

Oakgnarl Warrior,
Deeptread Merrow, Scarred Vinebreeder, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Protective Bubble, Ingot Chewer, Amoeboid Changeling, Boggart Shenanigans

Pick: Deeptread Merrow

Pack 39:

Oaken Brawler, Hurly-Burly, Consuming Bonfire, Wispmare, Elvish Handservant, Sentry Oak, Entangling Trap

Pick: Consuming Bonfire

Pack 40:

Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Moonglove Winnower, Caterwauling Boggart, Goldmeadow Dodger, Faerie Trickery, Nightshade Stinger

Pick: Gilt-Leaf Ambush

Pack 41:

Oakgnarl Warrior, Lace with Moonglove, Scarred Vinebreeder, Sylvan Echoes, Rebellion of the Flamekin

Pick: Oakgnarl Warrior

Pack 42:

Herbal Poultice, Ingot Chewer, Soaring Hope, Elvish Promenade

Pick: Elvish Promenade

Pack 43:

Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums, Sylvan Echoes

Pick: Zephyr Net

Pack 44:

Flamekin Brawler, Rootgrapple

Pick: Rootgrapple

Pack 45:


Pick: Facevaulter

Final Decklist:

9 Forest
9 Island
2 Battlewand Oak
1 Bog-Strider Ash
1 Cloudcrown Oak
1 Deeptread Merrow
1 Gilt-Leaf Ambush
1 Inkfathom Divers
2 Kithkin Daggerdare
1 Masked Admirers
2 Moonglove Extract
1 Mulldrifter
1 Pestermite
1 Runed Stalactite
1 Silvergill Adept
1 Stonybrook Angler
2 Streambed Aquitects
1 Turtleshell Changeling
1 Woodland Changeling
1 AEthersnipe

1 Benthicore
1 Boggart Loggers
1 Brion Stoutarm
1 Cloudgoat Ranger
1 Consuming Bonfire
1 Dolmen Gate
1 Elvish Handservant
1 Elvish Promenade
1 Exiled Boggart
2 Facevaulter
1 Faultgrinder
1 Judge of Currents
1 Lace with Moonglove
1 Nath’s Buffoon
1 Oakgnarl Warrior
1 Peppersmoke
1 Rootgrapple
1 Scattering Stroke
1 Shields of Velis Vel
1 Springleaf Drum
2 Zephyr Net

Pick 2: All the cards rank close to me, Although the only Blue card (Merrow
Harbinger) is a little below the other options (Huntmaster, Incremental
Growth, Tar Pitcher, and Peppersmoke). I don’t think picking a Green card here
would be correct, so it was between Peppersmoke and Merrow Harbinger.

Pick 3: When reviewing the Draft, I thought the pick should’ve been Neck

Pick 7: Black was not coming, so I took this late Green card to see where this was

Pick 8: I was still in position for Merfolk where Judge would be really good: I
had Aquitects and Benthicore as ways to get Merfolks tapped, plus the Turtle
was also a Merfolk.

Pick 9: There was no way I would get another Black playable from this set of
Boosters, so I was going to be either Blue/Green or Blue/White and this pick
would be a push me in one of those directions. I figured Daggerdare was good
in aggro Blue/Green tempo decks, while Surge of Thoughtweft wasn’t that good
in Blue/White unless you had Summon the School.

Round 1 I played against Red/Black Goblins/Elementals.

Game 1 I mulliganed to five on the play, kept a hand with two Island, two
Blue cards, and Masked Admirers, since I didn’t want to go to four. I had a passable
draw to stay in the game. I managed to play a cheap Silvergill Adept,
and took two creatures down with Gilt-Leaf Ambush, but eventually the gas ran
out as I got stuck with both the Masked Admirers and the Cloudcrown Oak in
my hand with 5 Island and 1 Forest in play.

The game took more than 20 minutes, as both our clocks were below 20 mins when it finished. The game was
long, and I was always behind, but I felt I kept drawing ways to stay in contention. It was one of those
games you know you’ll never win, but even so it’s never bad enough for you to concede outright.

Game 2 was much better since it only took me 4 minutes. He played
Stinkdrinker Daredevil, turn 4 Thundercloud Shaman killing my two
creatures, and then Smokebraider, Ceaseless Searblades, and Inner-Flame

See you tomorrow!


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