Drafting With Tiago – LLL #47

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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:

Fistful of Force, Aethersnipe, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Surge of Thoughtweft, Cloudcrown Oak, Tarfire, Wanderer’s Twig, Amoeboid
Changeling, Spring Cleaning, Exiled Boggart, Shields of Velis Vel, Lys Alana Scarblade, Elvish Promenade, Changeling Titan, Mistbind Clique

Pick: Changeling Titan

Pack 2:

Avian Changeling, Bog-Strider Ash, Eyeblight’s Ending, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Springleaf Drum, Oakgnarl Warrior, Lace with Moonglove, Blind-Spot Giant, Exiled Boggart, Ponder, Heal the Scars, Woodland Guidance, Giant Harbinger, Sentry Oak

Pick: Eyeblight’s Ending

Pack 3:

Oblivion Ring, Wanderer’s Twig, Axegrinder Giant, Woodland Changeling, Bog Hoodlums, Judge of Currents, Inkfathom Divers, Needle Drop, Soaring Hope, Boggart Shenanigans, Crib Swap, Cloudgoat Ranger, Neck Snap

Pick: Cloudgoat Ranger

Pack 4:

Moonglove Winnower, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Peppersmoke, Paperfin Rascal, Nath’s Elite, Triclopean Sight, Nath’s Buffoon, Caterwauling Boggart, Tideshaper Mystic, Elvish Handservant, Familiar’s Ruse, Nettlevine Blight

Pick: Peppersmoke

Pack 5:

Wispmare, Stonybrook Angler, Thieving Sprite, Faultgrinder, Faerie Trickery, Warren-Scourge Elf, Lairwatch Giant, Vivid Marsh, Sentry Oak, Vivid Meadow, Thousand-Year Elixir

Pick: Thieving Sprite

Pack 6:

Neck Snap, Thieving Sprite, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Cenn’s Heir, Ringskipper, Black Poplar Shaman, Shimmering Grotto, Elvish Eulogist, Flamekin Spitfire, Entangling Trap

Pick: Thieving Sprite

Pack 7:

Axegrinder Giant, Lignify, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Ponder, Bog Hoodlums, Protective Bubble, Fire-Belly Changeling, Vivid Meadow, Sylvan Echoes

Pick: Lignify

Pack 8:

Boggart Sprite-Chaser,
Oaken Brawler, Stonybrook Angler, Blades of Velis Vel, Elvish Handservant, Dawnfluke, Broken Ambitions, Sylvan Echoes

Pick: Boggart Sprite-Chaser

Pack 9:

Surge of Thoughtweft, Wanderer’s Twig, Spring Cleaning, Exiled Boggart, Shields of Velis Vel, Lys Alana Scarblade, Elvish Promenade

Pick: Surge of Thoughtweft

Pack 10:

Oakgnarl Warrior, Lace with Moonglove, Exiled Boggart, Heal the Scars, Woodland Guidance, Sentry Oak

Pick: Oakgnarl Warrior

Pack 11:

Wanderer’s Twig, Bog Hoodlums, Judge of Currents, Soaring Hope, Boggart Shenanigans

Pick: Wanderer’s Twig

Pack 12:

Moonglove Winnower, Triclopean Sight, Tideshaper Mystic, Familiar’s Ruse

Pick: Moonglove Winnower

Pack 13:

Wispmare, Faerie Trickery, Lairwatch Giant

Pick: Wispmare

Pack 14:

Ringskipper, Elvish Eulogist

Pick: Elvish Eulogist

Pack 15:

Bog Hoodlums

Pick: Bog Hoodlums

Pack 16:

Mulldrifter, Footbottom Feast, Lowland Oaf, Lignify, Weed Strangle, Kithkin Healer, Deeptread Merrow, Elvish Branchbender, Wellgabber
Apothecary, Aquitect’s Will, Mournwhelk, Boggart Harbinger, Kithkin Mourncaller, Merrow Reejerey, Brion Stoutarm

Pick: Mulldrifter

Pack 17:

Fertile Ground, Moonglove Winnower, Plover Knights, Whirlpool Whelm, Leaf Gilder, Adder-Staff Boggart, Nath’s Buffoon, Faultgrinder, Goldmeadow Dodger, Wings of Velis Vel, Thorntooth Witch, Glarewielder, Forge[/author]-Tender”]Burrenton [author name="Forge"]Forge[/author]-Tender, Knucklebone Witch

Pick: Fertile Ground

Pack 18:

Goldmeadow Harrier, Glimmerdust Nap, Warren Pilferers, Soulbright Flamekin, Kithkin Daggerdare, Surge of Thoughtweft, Skeletal Changeling, Shields of Velis Vel, Elvish Branchbender, Summon the School, Hunter of Eyeblights, Ethereal Whiskergill, Gilt-Leaf Palace

Pick: Warren Pilferers

Pack 19:

Paperfin Rascal, Runed Stalactite, Nath’s Elite, Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Smokebraider, Spellstutter Sprite, Black Poplar Shaman, Elvish Eulogist, Silvergill Adept, Vivid Creek, Nectar Faerie, Deeptread Merrow

Pick: Sentinels of Glen Elendra

Pack 20:

Tarfire, Wanderer’s Twig, Bog-Strider Ash, Bog Hoodlums, Protective Bubble, Fire-Belly Changeling, Skeletal Changeling, Aquitect’s Will, Sylvan Echoes, Hearthcage Giant, Changeling Hero

Pick: Skeletal Changeling

Pack 21:

Hillcomber Giant, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Battlewand Oak, Hurly-Burly, Spiderwig Boggart, Boggart Forager, Ringskipper, Hunt Down, Triclopean Sight, Briarhorn

Pick: Briarhorn

Pack 22:

Herbal Poultice, Oakgnarl Warrior, Hornet Harasser, Aquitect’s Will, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Spring Cleaning, Blind-Spot Giant, Captivating Glance, Boggart Harbinger

Pick: Boggart Harbinger

Pack 23:

Boggart Loggers, Adder-Staff
Boggart, Fertile Ground, Hillcomber Giant, Giant’s Ire, Lairwatch Giant, Spiderwig Boggart, Kithkin Mourncaller

Pick: Fertile Ground

Pack 24:

Footbottom Feast, Lignify, Kithkin Healer, Deeptread Merrow, Wellgabber Apothecary, Aquitect’s Will, Mournwhelk

Pick: Footbottom Feast

Pack 25:

Moonglove Winnower, Adder-Staff Boggart, Nath’s Buffoon, Faultgrinder, Goldmeadow Dodger, Forge[/author]-Tender”]Burrenton [author name="Forge"]Forge[/author]-Tender

Pick: Moonglove Winnower

Pack 26:

Glimmerdust Nap, Kithkin Daggerdare, Surge of Thoughtweft, Shields of Velis Vel, Ethereal Whiskergill

Pick: Kithkin Daggerdare

Pack 27:

Paperfin Rascal, Spellstutter Sprite, Elvish Eulogist, Nectar Faerie

Pick: Spellstutter Sprite

Pack 28:

Bog Hoodlums, Protective Bubble, Sylvan Echoes

Pick: Sylvan Echoes

Pack 29:

Boggart Forager, Hunt Down

Pick: Hunt Down

Pack 30:

Captivating Glance

Pick: Captivating Glance

Pack 31:

Wispmare, Streambed Aquitects, Consuming Bonfire, Boggart Loggers, Lys Alana Huntmaster, Runed Stalactite, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Flamekin Brawler,
Facevaulter, Warren-Scourge Elf, Blades of Velis Vel, Fallowsage, Incremental Growth, Flamekin Bladewhirl, Nova Chaser

Pick: Lys Alana Huntmaster

Pack 32:

Weed Strangle, Woodland Changeling, Springleaf Drum, Kithkin Healer, Footbottom Feast, Amoeboid Changeling, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Lace with Moonglove, Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Hearthcage Giant, Familiar’s Ruse, Wren’s Run Vanquisher, Jace Beleren

Pick: Weed Strangle

Pack 33:

Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Dreamspoiler Witches, Battlewand Oak, Oaken Brawler, Pestermite, Hurly-Burly, Flamekin Brawler, Tideshaper Mystic, Rootgrapple, Triclopean Sight, Nightshade Stinger, Inner-Flame Igniter, Scattering Stroke

Pick: Dreamspoiler Witches

Pack 34:

Kithkin Daggerdare, Herbal Poultice, Avian Changeling, Lowland Oaf, Zephyr Net, Scarred Vinebreeder, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Protective Bubble, Ingot Chewer, Battle Mastery, Turtleshell Changeling, Ajani Goldmane

Pick: Ajani Goldmane

Pack 35:

Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Moonglove Winnower, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Peppersmoke, Caterwauling Boggart, Goldmeadow Dodger, Faerie Trickery, Nightshade Stinger, Scattering Stroke, Deathrender

Pick: Peppersmoke

Pack 36:

Quill-Slinger Boggart, Surge of Thoughtweft, Cloudcrown Oak, Wanderer’s Twig, Ingot Chewer, Soaring Hope, Shimmering Grotto, Judge of Currents, Merrow Commerce, Veteran of the Depths

Pick: Cloudcrown Oak

Pack 37:

Plover Knights, Paperfin Rascal, Runed Stalactite, Nath’s Buffoon, Tideshaper Mystic, Elvish Handservant, Goatnapper, Ceaseless Searblades, Entangling Trap

Pick: Runed Stalactite

Pack 38:

Deeptread Merrow, Glimmerdust Nap,
Wellgabber Apothecary, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Zephyr Net, Merrow Commerce, Lys Alana Scarblade, Forest

Pick: Gilt-Leaf Seer

Pack 39:

Wispmare, Boggart Loggers, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Flamekin Brawler, Warren-Scourge Elf, Blades of Velis Vel, Flamekin Bladewhirl

Pick: Boggart Loggers

Pack 40:

Kithkin Healer, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Lace with Moonglove, Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Familiar’s Ruse

Pick: Kithkin Healer

Pack 41:

Oaken Brawler, Flamekin Brawler, Rootgrapple, Triclopean Sight, Nightshade Stinger

Pick: Rootgrapple

Pack 42:

Herbal Poultice, Zephyr Net, Scarred Vinebreeder, Protective Bubble

Pick: Scarred Vinebreeder

Pack 43:

Moonglove Winnower, Goldmeadow Dodger, Nightshade Stinger

Pick: Moonglove Winnower

Pack 44:

Soaring Hope, Merrow Commerce

Pick: Merrow Commerce

Pack 45:

Entangling Trap

Pick: Entangling Trap

Final Decklist:

2 Fertile Ground
8 Forest
1 Island
8 Swamp
1 Boggart Harbinger
1 Briarhorn
1 Changeling Titan
1 Cloudcrown Oak
1 Dreamspoiler Witches
1 Eyeblight’s Ending
1 Footbottom Feast
1 Gilt-Leaf Seer
1 Kithkin Daggerdare
1 Lignify
1 Lys Alana Huntmaster
1 Moonglove Winnower
1 Mulldrifter
2 Peppersmoke
1 Skeletal Changeling
2 Thieving Sprite
1 Wanderer’s Twig
1 Warren Pilferers
1 Weed Strangle

1 Ajani Goldmane
1 Boggart Loggers
1 Boggart Sprite-Chaser
1 Bog Hoodlums
1 Captivating Glance
1 Cloudgoat Ranger
1 Elvish Eulogist
1 Entangling Trap
1 Hunt Down
1 Kithkin Healer
1 Merrow Commerce
2 Moonglove Winnower
1 Oakgnarl Warrior
1 Rootgrapple
1 Runed Stalactite
1 Scarred Vinebreeder
1 Sentinels of Glen Elendra
1 Spellstutter Sprite
1 Surge of Thoughtweft
1 Sylvan Echoes
1 Wispmare

This was one of the most confusing drafts I’ve been through, mostly because I
must have screwed up somewhere. I’ll go through the motions with you.

Pick 1 and Pick 2 weren’t that hard, but things got confusing soon after.

Pick 3: All the best cards in the pack are White, and there is no alternative pick
here. Either I take Crib Swap as a potential card to splash, since players
after me will pick White cards for sure, or I believe that the two players
before me will stay away from White, and in that case I’ll take the most
powerful card – Cloudgoat Ranger – and hope that White comes. Usually when
players see a pack like this they stay away from White by passing this train
and letting other people fight for it, so I was convinced the two players to
my right were not in White. I gambled a little, taking the best card,
knowing that if it failed I would lose Pick 3 and a potential splash in Crib

Pick 6: In the 3 packs following the Cloadgoat Ranger, White has been weak, with only
a Balloonist and now Neck Snap. I’d rather stay Black with Thieving Sprite.

After the first Booster I knew I was Black, but unsure of the second
color since neither Green nor White came. I had a Boggart-Sprite Chaser just
in case, although it was very unlikely I’d play it.

Pick 16: it did not help me settling in my colors, but I took a Mulldrifter to splash.

Pick 17: This is where I had to choose between Green or White. I was afraid I
had passed too much White, and Fertile Ground was going to be really
important in my deck according to the cards I had so far, so I tried to go
for B/G splash Mulldrifter.

Pick 19: I don’t like Nath’s Elite outside Elves, and even in the tribe it’s
just average. I could also splash Sentinels of Glen Elendra.

Once I settled in my colors, picks were a little less confusing.

Round 1 I played versus Blue/White Merfolk.

Game 1 I won with random creatures attacking backed by Kithkin Daggerdare,
after I killed two Silvergill Dousers with two Peppersmoke, drawing two
extra cards.

Game 2 he played Douser and Rascal off a Vivid Meadow, and had only Plains
and wasn’t casting anything. My hand was very strong: I was holding
Dreamspoiler Witches, Peppersmoke, Mulldrifter (with mana to cast), and I was
busy casting creatures, planning to kill the Douser in a timely fashion. I was
convinced I was gonna win, but the server crashed.

I tried to log in every ten seconds since I had nothing better to do with a
draft going on. When I finally logged in, the match was tied at 1-1. I don’t
know why, since I was hitting Log On continuosly.

Besides that, my hand was unplayable and I was forced to take a mulligan on
the play, when I was sure to win the match just 15 mins ago.

Game 3: luckily Peppersmoke saved the day, as I played turn 2
Skeletal Changeling and I really needed him to play a one toughness creature
for me to cycle Peppersmoke. I killed a Douser. Then I killed another
creature in combat and drew another card, which allowed me to keep the tempo
and regain cards. Eventually by turn 6 I played
Mulldrifter, then Changeling Titan championing Mulldrifter, and the game was
over here. Nice 3-0 win.

Round 2 I played against White/Green/Black Elves/Treefolk.

Game 1 I kept this hand on the draw:

2 Fertile Ground
Changeling Titan
Cloudcrown Oak

I did not discard, but I had a very slow start. I drew non land, then
Wanderer’s Twig and played it, then on turn 3 I drew a land and played
Fertile Ground. Turn 4 was another non land, so I sacrificed the Twig and
played Fertile Ground #2. By turn 5 I was ready to play my spells. But he
had Masked Admirers, Nath of the Gilt-Leaf, and another creature. Later he
played Galepowder Mage and a total of three Neck Snap before killing me.
They’re quite good when you’re on the offensive and way ahead in tempo. I
still had a decent shot, as I could’ve died very quickly mana screw. I gambled
with that hand, and I was behind on tempo.

Game 2 my draws were weak. I kept 4 lands, Fertile Ground, Boggart Loggers
I sided in, and Lys Alana Huntmaster. I drew Fertile Ground, Wanderer’s Twig,
Cloudcrown Oak, and all lands until I died.

I still think this deck was good… after all, it’s full of “Tiago” cards,
cards that I value higher than most people, though it’s lacking a
tribal theme. Mulliganing both hands I kept could’ve changed the outcome of
the round, but both seemed reasonable keepers.

See you next week!


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