Drafting With Tiago – LLL #49

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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:

Moonglove Extract, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Oaken Brawler, Smokebraider, Stonybrook Angler, Nameless Inversion, Spellstutter
Sprite, Black Poplar Shaman, Elvish Eulogist, Wings of Velis Vel, Caterwauling Boggart, Ghostly Changeling, Wren’s Run Vanquisher, Flamekin Harbinger, Knucklebone Witch

Pick: Nameless Inversion

Pack 2:

Glimmerdust Nap, Cloudcrown Oak, Wanderer’s Twig, Hornet Harasser, Axegrinder Giant, Woodland Changeling, Judge of Currents, Lace with Moonglove, Blind-Spot Giant, Exiled Boggart, Kithkin Harbinger, Prowess of the Fair, Pollen Lullaby, Dolmen Gate

Pick: Cloudcrown Oak

Pack 3:

Lowland Oaf, Fistful of Force, Aethersnipe, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Surge of Thoughtweft, Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Ponder, Bog Hoodlums, Protective Bubble, Boggart Shenanigans, Familiar’s Ruse, Ceaseless Searblades

Pick: Aethersnipe

Pack 4:

Adder-Staff Boggart, Moonglove Extract, Hillcomber Giant, Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Spellstutter Sprite, Spiderwig Boggart, Flamekin Brawler, Tideshaper Mystic, Rootgrapple, Nectar Faerie, Heat Shimmer

Pick: Sentinels of Glen Elendra

Pack 5:

Wanderer’s Twig, Avian Changeling, Bog-Strider Ash, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Springleaf Drum, Bog Hoodlums, Judge of Currents, Inkfathom Divers, Needle Drop, Rebellion of the Flamekin, Captivating Glance

Pick: Wanderer’s Twig

Pack 6:

Streambed Aquitects, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Hurly-Burly, Paperfin Rascal, Hunt Down, Triclopean Sight, Nath’s Buffoon, Caterwauling Boggart, Silvergill Adept, Nova Chaser

Pick: Streambed Aquitects

Pack 7:

Moonglove Winnower, Adder-Staff Boggart, Wispmare, Goldmeadow Dodger, Flamekin Brawler, Facevaulter, Guardian of Cloverdell, Flamekin Bladewhirl, Gaddock Teeg

Pick: Moonglove Winnower

Pack 8:

Axegrinder Giant,
Quill-Slinger Boggart, Ingot Chewer, Amoeboid Changeling, Spring Cleaning, Exiled Boggart, Shields of Velis Vel, Flamekin Bladewhirl

Pick: Amoeboid Changeling

Pack 9:

Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Spellstutter Sprite, Elvish Eulogist, Wings of Velis Vel, Caterwauling Boggart, Flamekin Harbinger, Knucklebone Witch

Pick: Wings of Velis Vel

Pack 10:

Glimmerdust Nap, Axegrinder Giant, Lace with Moonglove, Exiled Boggart, Prowess of the Fair, Pollen Lullaby

Pick: Glimmerdust Nap

Pack 11:

Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Bog Hoodlums, Protective Bubble, Boggart Shenanigans

Pick: Scarred Vinebreeder

Pack 12:

Adder-Staff Boggart, Hillcomber Giant, Flamekin Brawler, Nectar Faerie

Pick: Adder-Staff Boggart

Pack 13:

Bog Hoodlums, Needle Drop, Rebellion of the Flamekin

Pick: Needle Drop

Pack 14:

Hunt Down, Nath’s Buffoon

Pick: Nath’s Buffoon

Pack 15:

Goldmeadow Dodger

Pick: Goldmeadow Dodger

Pack 16:

Kithkin Greatheart, Mulldrifter, Footbottom Feast, Lowland Oaf, Lignify, Weed Strangle, Ponder, Heal the Scars, Skeletal Changeling,
Shields of Velis Vel, Fire-Belly Changeling, Hearthcage Giant, Merrow Commerce, Briarhorn, Chandra Nalaar

Pick: Chandra Nalaar

Pack 17:

Moonglove Winnower, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Peppersmoke, Paperfin Rascal, Nath’s Elite, Faerie Trickery, Nightshade Stinger, Blades of Velis Vel, Elvish Handservant, Squeaking Pie Sneak, Guardian of Cloverdell, Treefolk Harbinger, Boggart Mob

Pick: Faerie Trickery

Pack 18:

Boggart Loggers, Lys Alana Huntmaster, Runed Stalactite, Neck Snap, Warren-Scourge Elf, Blades of Velis Vel, Cenn’s Heir, Ringskipper, Black Poplar Shaman, Harpoon Sniper, Vivid Marsh, Hoarder’s Greed, Dauntless Dourbark

Pick: Vivid Marsh

Pack 19:

Battlewand Oak, Oaken Brawler, Pestermite, Hurly-Burly, Peppersmoke, Triclopean Sight, Nightshade Stinger, Faerie Trickery, Goatnapper, Drowner of Secrets, Glen Elendra Pranksters, Favor of the Mighty

Pick: Drowner of Secrets

Pack 20:

Runed Stalactite, Nath’s Elite, Neck Snap, Tideshaper Mystic, Broken Ambitions, Cenn’s Heir, Boggart Forager, Makeshift Mannequin, Treefolk Harbinger, Shelldock Isle, Forest

Pick: Shelldock Isle

Pack 21:

Bog-Strider Ash, Herbal Poultice, Kithkin Greatheart, Oakgnarl Warrior, Needle Drop, Springjack Knight, Heal the Scars, Kithkin Harbinger, Vivid Grove, Ethereal Whiskergill

Pick: Ethereal Whiskergill

Pack 22:

Oakgnarl Warrior, Glimmerdust Nap, Kithkin Daggerdare, Soaring Hope, Elvish Branchbender, Wellgabber Apothecary, Aquitect’s Will, Mournwhelk, Lys Alana Scarblade

Pick: Mournwhelk

Pack 23:

Wanderer’s Twig,
Bog-Strider Ash, Aquitect’s Will, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Hunter of Eyeblights, Woodland Guidance, Vivid Creek, Nightshade Stinger

Pick: Vivid Creek

Pack 24:

Kithkin Greatheart, Lowland Oaf, Lignify, Heal the Scars, Skeletal Changeling, Shields of Velis Vel, Merrow Commerce

Pick: Lowland Oaf

Pack 25:

Moonglove Winnower, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Paperfin Rascal, Nightshade Stinger, Elvish Handservant, Guardian of Cloverdell

Pick: Paperfin Rascal

Pack 26:

Runed Stalactite, Warren-Scourge Elf, Cenn’s Heir, Ringskipper, Black Poplar Shaman

Pick: Runed Stalactite

Pack 27:

Oaken Brawler, Triclopean Sight, Nightshade Stinger, Faerie Trickery

Pick: Faerie Trickery

Pack 28:

Tideshaper Mystic, Cenn’s Heir, Boggart Forager

Pick: Tideshaper Mystic

Pack 29:

Herbal Poultice, Springjack Knight

Pick: Springjack Knight

Pack 30:

Aquitect’s Will

Pick: Aquitect’s Will

Pack 31:

Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Smokebraider, Stonybrook Angler, Nameless Inversion, Fertile Ground, Dawnfluke, Broken Ambitions, Nath’s Buffoon,
Faultgrinder, Rootgrapple, Drowner of Secrets, Cloudgoat Ranger, Battle Mastery, Favor of the Mighty, Black Poplar Shaman

Pick: Nameless Inversion

Pack 32:

Fistful of Force, Aethersnipe, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Surge of Thoughtweft, Cloudcrown Oak, Tarfire, Blind-Spot Giant, Wellgabber Apothecary, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Vivid Meadow, Nectar Faerie, Ceaseless Searblades

Pick: Tarfire

Pack 33:

Hornet Harasser, Deeptread Merrow, Fistful of Force, Soulbright Flamekin, Boggart Birth Rite, Ingot Chewer, Soaring Hope, Shimmering Grotto, Lammastide Weave, Rebellion of the Flamekin, Jagged-Scar Archers, Windbrisk Heights, Inner-Flame Acolyte

Pick: Deeptread Merrow

Pack 34:

Kithkin Healer, Deeptread Merrow, Kithkin Daggerdare, Herbal Poultice, Avian Changeling, Elvish Branchbender, Amoeboid Changeling, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Lace with Moonglove, Vivid Grove, Hunter of Eyeblights, Sentry Oak

Pick: Deeptread Merrow

Pack 35:

Surge of Thoughtweft, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Springleaf Drum, Kithkin Healer, Zephyr Net, Scarred Vinebreeder, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Protective Bubble, Merrow Harbinger, Battle Mastery, Faerie Harbinger

Pick: Mudbutton Torchrunner

Pack 36:

Moonglove Winnower, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Paperfin Rascal, Nath’s Elite, Facevaulter, Hunt Down, Giant’s Ire, Dawnfluke, Ethereal Whiskergill

Pick: Ethereal Whiskergill

Pack 37:

Wispmare, Thieving Sprite, Hillcomber Giant, Warren-Scourge Elf, Lairwatch Giant, Spiderwig Boggart, Boggart Forager, Ringskipper, Rings of Brighthearth

Pick: Hillcomber Giant

Pack 38:

Boggart Sprite-Chaser,
Thieving Sprite, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Elvish Eulogist, Lairwatch Giant, Scattering Stroke, Howltooth Hollow, Swamp

Pick: Scattering Stroke

Pack 39:

Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Dawnfluke, Broken Ambitions, Nath’s Buffoon, Rootgrapple, Battle Mastery, Favor of the Mighty

Pick: Broken Ambitions

Pack 40:

Quill-Slinger Boggart, Surge of Thoughtweft, Wellgabber Apothecary, Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Nectar Faerie

Pick: Surge of Thoughtweft

Pack 41:

Boggart Birth Rite, Ingot Chewer, Soaring Hope, Lammastide Weave, Rebellion of the Flamekin

Pick: Ingot Chewer

Pack 42:

Kithkin Healer, Herbal Poultice, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Lace with Moonglove

Pick: Kithkin Healer

Pack 43:

Zephyr Net, Scarred Vinebreeder, Protective Bubble

Pick: Zephyr Net

Pack 44:

Facevaulter, Hunt Down

Pick: Facevaulter

Pack 45:

Boggart Forager

Pick: Boggart Forager

Final Decklist:

8 Island
5 Mountain
1 Swamp
1 Adder-Staff Boggart
1 Amoeboid Changeling
1 Aquitect’s Will
1 Broken Ambitions
1 Chandra Nalaar
2 Deeptread Merrow
1 Drowner of Secrets
2 Ethereal Whiskergill
1 Faerie Trickery
1 Lowland Oaf
1 Mudbutton Torchrunner
2 Nameless Inversion
1 Paperfin Rascal
1 Runed Stalactite
1 Sentinels of Glen Elendra
1 Shelldock Isle
1 Streambed Aquitects
1 Tarfire
1 Tideshaper Mystic
1 Vivid Creek
1 Vivid Marsh
1 Wings of Velis Vel
1 AEthersnipe

1 Mountain
1 Boggart Forager
1 Cloudcrown Oak
1 Facevaulter
1 Faerie Trickery
1 Glimmerdust Nap
1 Goldmeadow Dodger
1 Hillcomber Giant
1 Ingot Chewer
1 Kithkin Healer
1 Moonglove Winnower
1 Mournwhelk
1 Nath’s Buffoon
1 Needle Drop
1 Scarred Vinebreeder
1 Scattering Stroke
1 Springjack Knight
1 Surge of Thoughtweft
1 Wanderer’s Twig
1 Zephyr Net

Pick 2: Everything’s pretty bad except Woodland Changeling, Cloudcrown Oak, and
Hornet Harasser. Oak seemed a litttle stronger in power than the other two,
and I wasn’t that committed to Black to make me pick Harasser.

Pick 4: Moonglove Extract was a fine pick here. It can never be wrong against other
medium power cards, but I think Sentinels is good since we can’t be waiting
for colors much longer, and both Pick 3 and Pick 4 seemed to give the all clear to Blue.

Pick 5: I thought Twig would be okay as Nameless Inversion can be a splash card,
but looking back I think Inkfathom Divers would be a better pick.

I ended the first booster settled into Blue, as (fortunately) Pick 3 and Pick 4 hit. I
had probably lost a Cloudcrown Oak because I saw very little Green. With
Nameless Inversion plus Moonglove Winnower, and a late Adder-Staff Boggart,
I was most likely to end Blue/Black.

Pick 16 was the toughest call in this draft. Maybe it was too greedy to pick
Chandra, but I wasn’t settled into a second color at that point, and I could still
splash the Nameless Inversion. In the next packs,
the only Black card I got was Moonglove Winnower, so I thought I could ditch
Black and hope for Red.

Pick 19: I feel that Drowner of Secrets is better than Pestermite, not only in
Merfolk but in all non-aggro decks. I thought this draft was going
to end as a non-aggro build.

Pick 35: I had nothing that exciting to fetch up with either Harbinger. [The two Nameless Inversions don’t count? – Craig.]

Round 1 I played against a solid Green/Black half Elf half Treefolk deck.

In game 1 I won a damage race because of Sentinels of Glen Elendra and
Islandwalking, by turning his land into an Island. Game 2 I had two Ethereal
Whiskergill, so I played Aquitect’s Will even without cantripping just to
attack hard and fast in the air.

Round 2 I played against Green/Black splash Mulldrifter.

Game 1 he had a very slow start. After the Wanderer’s Twig, his first
spell was Warren Pilferers on turn 5. Once again, I played Aquitect’s
Will and did the last points with Ethereal Whiskergill and Deeptread Merrow.

Game 2 he played turn 3 Pestermite. Turn 4 he evoked Mulldrifter and
missed a land drop, and turn 5 he missed another land drop but played Wanderer’s
Twig and Leaf Gilder. He had an Island in play, so my Islandwalkers and
Ethereal Whiskergill could attack. I had Aquitect’s Will nevertheless, which
turned out to be the mvp during both rounds, I drew it all games. I thought
the deck was too dependant on Chandra, which surprised me since I never drew
it. In this game my opponent was far behind, and with an Island he had very
little chance to block. Like I said before, his turn 3 Pestermite was
an awful blocker, even for non Islandwalkers.

I thought this deck wasn’t good enough to reach the finals, but my round 2
opponent got weak draws both games.

I split the finals.

See you tomorrow!


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