Drafting With Tiago – LLL #53

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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, Neck Snap, Pestermite, Leaf Gilder, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Thieving Sprite, Hunt Down, Giant’s Ire, Dawnfluke,
Spellstutter Sprite, Black Poplar Shaman, Ceaseless Searblades, Fallowsage, Turtleshell Changeling, Ashling’s Prerogative

Pick: Leaf Gilder

Pack 2:

Hurly-Burly, Consuming Bonfire, Wispmare, Stonybrook Angler, Thieving Sprite, Broken Ambitions, Nath’s Buffoon, Faultgrinder, Rootgrapple, Squeaking Pie Sneak, Guardian of Cloverdell, Familiar’s Ruse, Wanderwine Prophets, Gilt-Leaf Seer

Pick: Squeaking Pie Sneak

Pack 3:

Glimmerdust Nap, Warren Pilferers, Soulbright Flamekin, Kithkin Daggerdare, Surge of Thoughtweft, Weed Strangle, Skeletal Changeling, Aquitect’s Will, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Spring Cleaning, Entangling Trap, Turtleshell Changeling, Inner-Flame Igniter

Pick: Warren Pilferers

Pack 4:

Fistful of Force, Soulbright Flamekin, Glimmerdust Nap, Cloudcrown Oak, Wanderer’s Twig, Needle Drop, Springjack Knight, Heal the Scars, Inkfathom Divers, Flamekin Bladewhirl, Captivating Glance, Incremental Growth

Pick: Incremental Growth

Pack 5:

Herbal Poultice, Avian Changeling, Lowland Oaf, Fistful of Force, Heal the Scars, Skeletal Changeling, Shields of Velis Vel, Fire-Belly Changeling, Elvish Branchbender, Scattering Stroke, Boggart Harbinger

Pick: Boggart Harbinger

Pack 6:

Moonglove Winnower, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Shimmering Grotto, Elvish Eulogist, Giant’s Ire, Lairwatch Giant, Spellstutter Sprite, Harpoon Sniper, Vivid Marsh, Hoarder’s Greed

Pick: Vivid Marsh

Pack 7:

Paperfin Rascal, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Oaken Brawler, Spiderwig Boggart, Boggart Forager, Ringskipper, Hunt Down, Lys Alana Scarblade, Facevaulter

Pick: Facevaulter

Pack 8:

Herbal Poultice, Oakgnarl
Warrior, Hornet Harasser, Deeptread Merrow, Soaring Hope, Wellgabber Apothecary, Aquitect’s Will, Colfenor’s Urn

Pick: Hornet Harasser

Pack 9:

Inner-Flame Acolyte, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Hunt Down, Giant’s Ire, Dawnfluke, Spellstutter Sprite, Ashling’s Prerogative

Pick: Boggart Sprite-Chaser

Pack 10:

Wispmare, Nath’s Buffoon, Faultgrinder, Familiar’s Ruse, Wanderwine Prophets, Gilt-Leaf Seer

Pick: Gilt-Leaf Seer

Pack 11:

Kithkin Daggerdare, Aquitect’s Will, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Spring Cleaning, Entangling Trap

Pick: Kithkin Daggerdare

Pack 12:

Glimmerdust Nap, Needle Drop, Heal the Scars, Captivating Glance

Pick: Glimmerdust Nap

Pack 13:

Herbal Poultice, Heal the Scars, Shields of Velis Vel

Pick: Shields of Velis Vel

Pack 14:

Lairwatch Giant, Hoarder’s Greed

Pick: Hoarder’s Greed

Pack 15:

Hunt Down

Pick: Hunt Down

Pack 16:

Nameless Inversion, Fertile Ground, Moonglove Winnower, Plover Knights, Whirlpool Whelm, Leaf Gilder, Triclopean Sight, Nath’s Buffoon, Caterwauling
Boggart, Tideshaper Mystic, Elvish Handservant, Sentry Oak, Tar Pitcher, Crib Swap, Thoughtseize

Pick: Nameless Inversion

Pack 17:

Kinsbaile Balloonist, Whirlpool Whelm, Boggart Loggers, Adder-Staff Boggart, Fertile Ground, Moonglove Extract, Hillcomber Giant, Elvish Eulogist, Wings of Velis Vel, Caterwauling Boggart, Goldmeadow Dodger, Imperious Perfect, Elvish Promenade, Shelldock Isle

Pick: Imperious Perfect

Pack 18:

Goldmeadow Harrier, Eyeblight’s Ending, Soulbright Flamekin, Glimmerdust Nap, Cloudcrown Oak, Zephyr Net, Scarred Vinebreeder, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Protective Bubble, Elvish Promenade, Crush Underfoot, Faerie Harbinger, Hillcomber Giant

Pick: Eyeblight’s Ending

Pack 19:

Quill-Slinger Boggart, Surge of Thoughtweft, Cloudcrown Oak, Tarfire, Wanderer’s Twig, Amoeboid Changeling, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Lace with Moonglove, Scarred Vinebreeder, Vivid Meadow, Battle Mastery, Goatnapper

Pick: Cloudcrown Oak

Pack 20:

Kithkin Healer, Footbottom Feast, Axegrinder Giant, Blind-Spot Giant, Wellgabber Apothecary, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Goldmeadow Stalwart, Flamekin Harbinger, Ceaseless Searblades

Pick: Footbottom Feast

Pack 21:

Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Hillcomber Giant, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Goldmeadow Dodger, Wings of Velis Vel, Flamekin Brawler, Facevaulter, Warren-Scourge Elf, Rebellion of the Flamekin, Militia’s Pride

Pick: Gilt-Leaf Ambush

Pack 22:

Hornet Harasser, Axegrinder Giant, Footbottom Feast, Boggart Birth Rite, Ingot Chewer, Soaring Hope, Entangling Trap, Merrow Commerce, Inner-Flame Igniter

Pick: Hornet Harasser

Pack 23:

Plover Knights, Paperfin Rascal,
Runed Stalactite, Nath’s Elite, Flamekin Brawler, Tideshaper Mystic, Triclopean Sight, Sylvan Echoes

Pick: Nath’s Elite

Pack 24:

Moonglove Winnower, Triclopean Sight, Nath’s Buffoon, Caterwauling Boggart, Elvish Handservant, Sentry Oak, Tar Pitcher

Pick: Tar Pitcher

Pack 25:

Kinsbaile Balloonist, Adder-Staff Boggart, Elvish Eulogist, Caterwauling Boggart, Goldmeadow Dodger, Elvish Promenade

Pick: Elvish Promenade

Pack 26:

Glimmerdust Nap, Zephyr Net, Scarred Vinebreeder, Protective Bubble, Elvish Promenade

Pick: Elvish Promenade

Pack 27:

Quill-Slinger Boggart, Lace with Moonglove, Scarred Vinebreeder, Battle Mastery

Pick: Lace with Moonglove

Pack 28:

Blind-Spot Giant, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Zephyr Net

Pick: Gilt-Leaf Seer

Pack 29:

Goldmeadow Dodger, Facevaulter

Pick: Facevaulter

Pack 30:

Soaring Hope

Pick: Soaring Hope

Pack 31:

Adder-Staff Boggart, Wispmare, Streambed Aquitects, Consuming Bonfire, Boggart Loggers, Lys Alana Huntmaster, Runed Stalactite, Broken
Ambitions, Cenn’s Heir, Boggart Forager, Facevaulter, Faerie Harbinger, Changeling Titan, Kithkin Mourncaller, Hoofprints of the Stag

Pick: Changeling Titan

Pack 32:

Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Dreamspoiler Witches, Battlewand Oak, Oaken Brawler, Faerie Trickery, Nightshade Stinger, Blades of Velis Vel, Elvish Handservant, Dawnfluke, Merrow Reejerey, Wizened Cenn, Faerie Tauntings, Masked Admirers

Pick: Masked Admirers

Pack 33:

Kithkin Greatheart, Lowland Oaf, Lignify, Weed Strangle, Ponder, Bog Hoodlums, Protective Bubble, Fire-Belly Changeling, Skeletal Changeling, Merrow Commerce, Veteran of the Depths, Inner-Flame Igniter, Ancient Amphitheater

Pick: Weed Strangle

Pack 34:

Lowland Oaf, Lignify, Kithkin Healer, Deeptread Merrow, Kithkin Daggerdare, Lace with Moonglove, Blind-Spot Giant, Exiled Boggart, Ponder, Kithkin Mourncaller, Boggart Shenanigans, Vivid Marsh

Pick: Lignify

Pack 35:

Moonglove Winnower, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Nightshade Stinger, Faultgrinder, Faerie Trickery, Warren-Scourge Elf, Lairwatch Giant, Squeaking Pie Sneak, Boggart Harbinger, Horde of Notions, Black Poplar Shaman

Pick: Squeaking Pie Sneak

Pack 36:

Bog-Strider Ash, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Springleaf Drum, Oakgnarl Warrior, Springjack Knight, Bog Hoodlums, Protective Bubble, Fire-Belly Changeling, Crush Underfoot, Lys Alana Scarblade

Pick: Bog-Strider Ash

Pack 37:

Hurly-Burly, Runed Stalactite, Nath’s Elite, Cenn’s Heir, Ringskipper, Black Poplar Shaman, Guardian of Cloverdell, Forge[/author]-Tender”]Burrenton [author name="Forge"]Forge[/author]-Tender, Windbrisk Heights

Pick: Windbrisk Heights

Pack 38:

Lignify, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Bog Hoodlums, Judge of Currents, Inkfathom Divers, Needle Drop, Sylvan Echoes, Tar Pitcher

Pick: Lignify

Pack 39:

Adder-Staff Boggart, Wispmare, Boggart Loggers, Runed Stalactite, Cenn’s Heir, Boggart Forager, Facevaulter

Pick: Boggart Loggers

Pack 40:

Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Oaken Brawler, Nightshade Stinger, Blades of Velis Vel, Dawnfluke, Faerie Tauntings

Pick: Stinkdrinker Daredevil

Pack 41:

Lowland Oaf, Bog Hoodlums, Protective Bubble, Fire-Belly Changeling, Merrow Commerce

Pick: Lowland Oaf

Pack 42:

Lowland Oaf, Lace with Moonglove, Exiled Boggart, Boggart Shenanigans

Pick: Lowland Oaf

Pack 43:

Moonglove Winnower, Nightshade Stinger, Lairwatch Giant

Pick: Moonglove Winnower

Pack 44:

Bog Hoodlums, Protective Bubble

Pick: Bog Hoodlums

Pack 45:


Pick: Ringskipper

Final Decklist:

9 Forest
7 Swamp
1 Boggart Harbinger
1 Bog-Strider Ash
1 Changeling Titan
1 Cloudcrown Oak
1 Eyeblight’s Ending
1 Footbottom Feast
1 Gilt-Leaf Ambush
1 Gilt-Leaf Seer
2 Hornet Harasser
1 Imperious Perfect
1 Incremental Growth
1 Kithkin Daggerdare
1 Leaf Gilder
2 Lignify
1 Masked Admirers
1 Nameless Inversion
1 Nath’s Elite
2 Squeaking Pie Sneak
1 Vivid Marsh
1 Warren Pilferers
1 Weed Strangle

1 Swamp
1 Boggart Loggers
1 Boggart Sprite-Chaser
1 Bog Hoodlums
2 Elvish Promenade
2 Facevaulter
1 Gilt-Leaf Seer
1 Glimmerdust Nap
1 Hoarder’s Greed
1 Hunt Down
1 Lace with Moonglove
2 Lowland Oaf
1 Moonglove Winnower
1 Ringskipper
1 Shields of Velis Vel
1 Soaring Hope
1 Stinkdrinker Daredevil
1 Tar Pitcher
1 Windbrisk Heights

Pick 1: Pestermite is a better card than Leaf Glider, but there are many small
reasons to favor Leaf Gilder, that combined to make me pick Leaf Gilder.

Blue is very overdrafted. Many times I first pick Mulldrifter or Silvergill
Douser, or better cards than Pestermite, and Blue doesn’t come. I don’t feel
like going Blue with Pestermite – it’s not enough to make me fight for the color.
Green is more likely to come to you.

Pestermite is an aggro/tempo card. I value cards that promote attacking
lower. Pestermite is weaker when you’re trying to survive. Leaf Gilder is
much better in any Green deck than Pestermite is in any Blue deck.

Also, this is a weak pack, where 3 of the Top 5 cards are Blue, and there’s
no other Green card besides Leaf Gilder.

Overall, I felt that if I succeeded and my first pick ended up in my deck, be
it Pestermite or Leaf Glider, I would be much happier to have this Leaf
Gilder in my Green deck, than this Pestermite in a Blue deck.

Pick 2: Angler doesn’t seem strong enough to go Blue after the decision I made
for Pick 1. I like Pie-Sneak better than Consuming Bonfire, but it was close,
as Bonfire could also be fine since this pack was weak too.

Pick 16: How awkward. Just a while ago, I said I would rare draft money cards
like Thoughtseize. However, this is not Pick 1 where I’m clueless about where the
draft is heading. Nameless Inversion is a card I really want in this deck.

Pick 37: I’m not going to play with two Nath’s Elite. He’s not even that good in
Elves, let alone outside the archetype.

Pick 38: I considered splashing the two Tar Pitchers, but in the end it didn’t

Round 1 I played against White/Blue Kithkin.

One game he was stuck on three Plains. Another game I mulliganed and stalled
on two lands. The only real game was game 1… no screws, no floods, his
cards were just superior to mine: Thoughtweft Trio, Cloudgoat Ranger (he had
two), plus some other goodies. The tempo advantage made his cards seem even
better, and just when I was about to regain some life (I was at 2 life) with
the board even, he bounced my Cloudcrown Oak with Whelm and attacked in the
air for the win. I had Bog-Strider Ash and three Goblins in my hand, so
starting next turn I would be gaining some life to prevent that happening.

I still think this deck was fine, despite it being strange to see this
Goblins/Elves pairing.

See you tomorrow!


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