Drafting With Tiago – LLL #45

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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:

Mulldrifter, Weed Strangle, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Woodland Changeling, Springleaf Drum, Kithkin Healer, Soaring Hope, Wellgabber Apothecary, Aquitect’s Will,
Mournwhelk, Vivid Crag, Boggart Shenanigans, Fallowsage, Brion Stoutarm, Lairwatch Giant

Pick: Mulldrifter

Pack 2:

Moonglove Extract, Hillcomber Giant, Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Dreamspoiler Witches, Battlewand Oak, Faerie Trickery, Nightshade Stinger, Blades of Velis Vel, Elvish Handservant, Changeling Titan, Treefolk Harbinger, Wanderwine Prophets, Cenn’s Heir

Pick: Sentinels of Glen Elendra

Pack 3:

Fistful of Force, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Surge of Thoughtweft, Cloudcrown Oak, Tarfire, Wanderer’s Twig, Skeletal Changeling, Aquitect’s Will, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Spring Cleaning, Elvish Harbinger, Goldmeadow Stalwart, Vivid Creek

Pick: Tarfire

Pack 4:

Battlewand Oak, Oaken Brawler, Hurly-Burly, Peppersmoke, Lys Alana Huntmaster, Consuming Bonfire, Goldmeadow Dodger, Wings of Velis Vel, Flamekin Brawler, Facevaulter, Changeling Titan, Lammastide Weave

Pick: Consuming Bonfire

Pack 5:

Wanderer’s Twig, Hornet Harasser, Axegrinder Giant, Woodland Changeling, Kithkin Greatheart, Heal the Scars, Skeletal Changeling, Shields of Velis Vel, Elvish Branchbender, Rebellion of the Flamekin, Prowess of the Fair

Pick: Wanderer’s Twig

Pack 6:

Fistful of Force, Soulbright Flamekin, Glimmerdust Nap, Mournwhelk, Needle Drop, Springjack Knight, Heal the Scars, Vivid Crag, Faerie Tauntings, Lairwatch Giant

Pick: Soulbright Flamekin

Pack 7:

Kinsbaile Balloonist, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Peppersmoke, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Triclopean Sight, Nath’s Buffoon, Caterwauling Boggart, Tideshaper Mystic, Crush Underfoot

Pick: Inner-Flame Acolyte

Pack 8:

Boggart Loggers,
Runed Stalactite, Black Poplar Shaman, Elvish Eulogist, Wings of Velis Vel, Caterwauling Boggart, Goldmeadow Dodger, Faerie Tauntings

Pick: Wings of Velis Vel

Pack 9:

Mudbutton Torchrunner, Kithkin Healer, Soaring Hope, Wellgabber Apothecary, Mournwhelk, Boggart Shenanigans, Lairwatch Giant

Pick: Mudbutton Torchrunner

Pack 10:

Hillcomber Giant, Faerie Trickery, Nightshade Stinger, Blades of Velis Vel, Treefolk Harbinger, Cenn’s Heir

Pick: Faerie Trickery

Pack 11:

Quill-Slinger Boggart, Surge of Thoughtweft, Wanderer’s Twig, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Spring Cleaning

Pick: Surge of Thoughtweft

Pack 12:

Oaken Brawler, Hurly-Burly, Goldmeadow Dodger, Facevaulter

Pick: Hurly-Burly

Pack 13:

Heal the Scars, Shields of Velis Vel, Prowess of the Fair

Pick: Prowess of the Fair

Pack 14:

Needle Drop, Heal the Scars

Pick: Needle Drop

Pack 15:

Nath’s Buffoon

Pick: Nath’s Buffoon

Pack 16:

Silvergill Douser, Avian Changeling, Bog-Strider Ash, Eyeblight’s Ending, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Springleaf Drum, Blind-Spot Giant, Wellgabber
Apothecary, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Giant Harbinger, Vivid Grove, Flamekin Spitfire, Secluded Glen

Pick: Silvergill Douser

Pack 17:

Battlewand Oak, Hurly-Burly, Plover Knights, Paperfin Rascal, Dreamspoiler Witches, Runed Stalactite, Nightshade Stinger, Faultgrinder, Faerie Trickery, Warren-Scourge Elf, Vivid Creek, Thorntooth Witch, Sylvan Echoes, Favor of the Mighty

Pick: Vivid Creek

Pack 18:

Wispmare, Stonybrook Angler, Thieving Sprite, Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Hillcomber Giant, Streambed Aquitects, Warren-Scourge Elf, Blades of Velis Vel, Cenn’s Heir, Ringskipper, Black Poplar Shaman, Pollen Lullaby, Marsh Flitter

Pick: Marsh Flitter

Pack 19:

Oaken Brawler, Smokebraider, Stonybrook Angler, Elvish Handservant, Broken Ambitions, Cenn’s Heir, Boggart Forager, Facevaulter, Ethereal Whiskergill, Summon the School, Howltooth Hollow, Mountain

Pick: Smokebraider

Pack 20:

Cloudcrown Oak, Wanderer’s Twig, Hornet Harasser, Inkfathom Divers, Boggart Birth Rite, Ingot Chewer, Soaring Hope, Shimmering Grotto, Hearthcage Giant, Ego Erasure, Mistbind Clique

Pick: Mistbind Clique

Pack 21:

Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Thieving Sprite, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Whirlpool Whelm, Adder-Staff Boggart, Faerie Trickery, Nightshade Stinger, Blades of Velis Vel, Elvish Handservant, Rings of Brighthearth

Pick: Whirlpool Whelm

Pack 22:

Kithkin Healer, Deeptread Merrow, Amoeboid Changeling, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Lace with Moonglove, Scarred Vinebreeder, Forge[/author]-Tender”]Burrenton [author name="Forge"]Forge[/author]-Tender, Elvish Promenade, Amoeboid Changeling

Pick: Amoeboid Changeling

Pack 23:

Footbottom Feast,
Axegrinder Giant, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Zephyr Net, Scarred Vinebreeder, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Protective Bubble, Hoarder’s Greed

Pick: Axegrinder Giant

Pack 24:

Mudbutton Torchrunner, Springleaf Drum, Blind-Spot Giant, Wellgabber Apothecary, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net

Pick: Mudbutton Torchrunner

Pack 25:

Paperfin Rascal, Nightshade Stinger, Faultgrinder, Warren-Scourge Elf, Sylvan Echoes, Favor of the Mighty

Pick: Paperfin Rascal

Pack 26:

Wispmare, Thieving Sprite, Blades of Velis Vel, Cenn’s Heir, Ringskipper

Pick: Thieving Sprite

Pack 27:

Cenn’s Heir, Boggart Forager, Facevaulter, Mountain

Pick: Facevaulter

Pack 28:

Boggart Birth Rite, Ingot Chewer, Soaring Hope

Pick: Ingot Chewer

Pack 29:

Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Blades of Velis Vel

Pick: Boggart Sprite-Chaser

Pack 30:

Scarred Vinebreeder

Pick: Scarred Vinebreeder

Pack 31:

Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Nameless Inversion, Battlewand Oak, Hurly-Burly, Plover Knights, Paperfin Rascal, Dreamspoiler Witches, Shimmering Grotto,
Elvish Eulogist, Giant’s Ire, Lairwatch Giant, Inner-Flame Igniter, Benthicore, Kithkin Mourncaller, Knucklebone Witch

Pick: Nameless Inversion

Pack 32:

Nath’s Elite, Neck Snap, Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Smokebraider, Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Moonglove Winnower, Lairwatch Giant, Spiderwig Boggart, Boggart Forager, Ringskipper, Hunt Down, Thundercloud Shaman, Silvergill Adept, Gaddock Teeg

Pick: Thundercloud Shaman

Pack 33:

Kithkin Daggerdare, Herbal Poultice, Avian Changeling, Warren Pilferers, Lowland Oaf, Springjack Knight, Ponder, Protective Bubble, Fire-Belly Changeling, Hoarder’s Greed, Ceaseless Searblades, Incendiary Command, Mountain

Pick: Incendiary Command

Pack 34:

Oakgnarl Warrior, Goldmeadow Harrier, Glimmerdust Nap, Warren Pilferers, Soulbright Flamekin, Kithkin Daggerdare, Surge of Thoughtweft, Bog Hoodlums, Inkfathom Divers, Needle Drop, Forge[/author]-Tender”]Burrenton [author name="Forge"]Forge[/author]-Tender, Turtleshell Changeling

Pick: Warren Pilferers

Pack 35:

Fertile Ground, Hillcomber Giant, Dawnfluke, Broken Ambitions, Nath’s Buffoon, Faultgrinder, Rootgrapple, Knight of Meadowgrain, Vivid Marsh, Ego Erasure, Nova Chaser

Pick: Broken Ambitions

Pack 36:

Adder-Staff Boggart, Wispmare, Consuming Bonfire, Hunt Down, Giant’s Ire, Dawnfluke, Spellstutter Sprite, Ghostly Changeling, Captivating Glance, Heat Shimmer

Pick: Consuming Bonfire

Pack 37:

Deeptread Merrow, Soulbright Flamekin, Glimmerdust Nap, Lace with Moonglove, Blind-Spot Giant, Exiled Boggart, Ponder, Familiar’s Ruse, Kithkin Harbinger

Pick: Soulbright Flamekin

Pack 38:

Herbal Poultice, Kithkin
Greatheart, Oakgnarl Warrior, Ingot Chewer, Spring Cleaning, Exiled Boggart, Shields of Velis Vel, Benthicore

Pick: Benthicore

Pack 39:

Hurly-Burly, Paperfin Rascal, Shimmering Grotto, Elvish Eulogist, Giant’s Ire, Lairwatch Giant, Inner-Flame Igniter

Pick: Inner-Flame Igniter

Pack 40:

Moonglove Winnower, Lairwatch Giant, Spiderwig Boggart, Boggart Forager, Ringskipper, Hunt Down

Pick: Moonglove Winnower

Pack 41:

Herbal Poultice, Springjack Knight, Protective Bubble, Hoarder’s Greed, Mountain

Pick: Hoarder’s Greed

Pack 42:

Glimmerdust Nap, Bog Hoodlums, Needle Drop, Forge[/author]-Tender”]Burrenton [author name="Forge"]Forge[/author]-Tender

Pick: Glimmerdust Nap

Pack 43:

Nath’s Buffoon, Faultgrinder, Rootgrapple

Pick: Faultgrinder

Pack 44:

Hunt Down, Captivating Glance

Pick: Captivating Glance

Pack 45:

Lace with Moonglove

Pick: Lace with Moonglove

Final Decklist:

6 Island
9 Mountain
2 Swamp
1 Broken Ambitions
2 Consuming Bonfire
1 Incendiary Command
1 Inner-Flame Acolyte
1 Inner-Flame Igniter
1 Marsh Flitter
2 Mudbutton Torchrunner
1 Mulldrifter
1 Nameless Inversion
1 Paperfin Rascal
1 Sentinels of Glen Elendra
1 Silvergill Douser
1 Smokebraider
2 Soulbright Flamekin
1 Tarfire
1 Thundercloud Shaman
1 Vivid Creek
1 Warren Pilferers
1 Whirlpool Whelm
1 Wings of Velis Vel

1 Amoeboid Changeling
1 Axegrinder Giant
1 Benthicore
1 Boggart Sprite-Chaser
1 Captivating Glance
1 Facevaulter
1 Faerie Trickery
1 Faultgrinder
1 Glimmerdust Nap
1 Hoarder’s Greed
1 Hurly-Burly
1 Ingot Chewer
1 Lace with Moonglove
1 Mistbind Clique
1 Moonglove Winnower
1 Nath’s Buffoon
1 Needle Drop
1 Prowess of the Fair
1 Scarred Vinebreeder
1 Surge of Thoughtweft
1 Thieving Sprite
1 Wanderer’s Twig

Pick 2: I wanted to pick Dreamspoiler Witches, but then it would seem I was once
again trying for Blue/Black control when I had no reason to do so. Changeling
Titan is probably a better card, and Sentinels of Glen Elendra is on
color. I guess the pick would either be to stay on color or take the better
card, and not take the Witches.

Pick 4: The same dilemma as Pick 2. I wanted to pick Peppersmoke, but once again I had no
reason to believe I should head into Blue/Black. What we can conclude is
that Green seems to be open, so it was either a Green card or Consuming
Bonfire. I stayed away from Green, as I’ve had really bad experiences mixing
Green and Blue.

Another way to look at these first picks is to consider that Blue is
heavily overdrafted and Green is kind of underdrafted. As I have a first
pick Mulldrifter, I could just take it as a splash… Green and Blue don’t go
well, but Green is the color that’s flowing my way.

Pick 5: I considered picking Changeling to go for Red/Green splash Mulldrifter,
but I wasn’t sure if I would get that much Green from the rest of this pack to make it worthwhile.
I’d already passed many good Green cards, so it was
unlikely I would get hooked up in the second booster.

Pick 20: Here I decided to take some risks to add power to my deck. Inkfathom
Divers is weaker in my deck since I’m not Merfolk, but he’s still playable.
Mistbind Clique is probably going to be left in the sideboard… but it could be
really good. I paid the price of taking one Inkfathom Divers to keep that option

Round 1 I played against Blue/White/Black.

Game 1 I got two three-for-one trades. One with Thundercloud Shaman killing two
Goldmeadow Harriers, and the next turn I played Mulldrifter. It was too much
card advantage.

Game 2 he mulliganed on the play, and I played turn 5 Mulldrifter.
Usually you don’t lose these games, but he stabilized at two life with two
Goldmeadow Harriers and one Stonybrook Angler. Despite being up by many cards,
by turn 15 that was reversed, as I had 14 lands in play to his
seven, and I also knew what card he was holding thanks to a previous
clash. My only chance was to topdeck either Incendiary Command or Tarfire,
but when he won the clash of a Weed Strangle (putting my land #16 on the
bottom) I only had the Command as an out, which I didn’t see.

For game 3 I wanted to sideboard Hoarder’s Greed, a card I absolutely
hate, but I felt this matchup was a medium speed deck versus a long game
deck, and since I was the medium one I felt I needed more cards as he had
many one-for-one removal spells. Besides, I was on the play and he wasn’t
aggressive at all. I ended up not boarding it in, because I didn’t want 4
Black cards.

Instead I took out Wings of Velis-Vel for Faultgrinder, which is also card advantage
in non-tribal slow matchups.

Game 3 I lived the dream: turn 2 Smokebraider, turn 3 Mulldrifter.
By his turn 3 he had Island, Plains, and Swamp. But by his turn six,
he only had those same three lands in play. On his turn 8 he only had Island and Swamp,
since I Faultgrinded his Plains. I won shortly after.

Round 2 I played against Blue/Green/Black.

Maybe he was color screwed, since in game 1 I only saw Islands and
Forests, and I milled a Black card with Broken Ambitions. I won this game
with Marsh Flitter plus Inner-Flame Igniter. One turn he attacked me and
played Epic Proportions, trying to race me. I untapped, played Inner-Flame
Igniter, activated his ability once and attacked for 10. He conceded next

Game 2 I only saw Islands and Swamps. hH still played many spells, but
Sentinels of Glen Elendra took him from 12 to 2, and then Mudbutton
Torchrunner did the rest.

I split the finals.

See you tomorrow!


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