Drafting With Tiago – LLL #54

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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:

Lash Out, Hornet Harasser, Deeptread Merrow, Goldmeadow Harrier, Fistful of Force, Eyeblight’s Ending, Blind-Spot Giant, Wellgabber Apothecary,
Gilt-Leaf Seer, Boggart Birth Rite, Familiar’s Ruse, Veteran of the Depths, Harpoon Sniper, Colfenor’s Urn, Nath’s Buffoon

Pick: Eyeblight’s Ending

Pack 2:

Hurly-Burly, Peppersmoke, Lys Alana Huntmaster, Consuming Bonfire, Wispmare, Stonybrook Angler, Caterwauling Boggart, Tideshaper Mystic, Elvish Handservant, Broken Ambitions, Cloudgoat Ranger, Makeshift Mannequin, Vivid Grove, Sunrise Sovereign

Pick: Cloudgoat Ranger

Pack 3:

Soulbright Flamekin, Kithkin Daggerdare, Surge of Thoughtweft, Weed Strangle, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Judge of Currents, Lace with Moonglove, Blind-Spot Giant, Exiled Boggart, Giant Harbinger, Merrow Commerce, Benthicore, Colfenor’s Plans

Pick: Weed Strangle

Pack 4:

Surge of Thoughtweft, Weed Strangle, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Springleaf Drum, Elvish Branchbender, Amoeboid Changeling, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Lace with Moonglove, Scarred Vinebreeder, Prowess of the Fair, Treefolk Harbinger, Squeaking Pie Sneak

Pick: Weed Strangle

Pack 5:

Neck Snap, Smokebraider, Moonglove Winnower, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Wings of Velis Vel, Caterwauling Boggart, Goldmeadow Dodger, Faerie Trickery, Ethereal Whiskergill, Ego Erasure

Pick: Moonglove Winnower

Pack 6:

Adder-Staff Boggart, Wispmare, Boggart Loggers, Flamekin Brawler, Facevaulter, Warren-Scourge Elf, Blades of Velis Vel, Lammastide Weave, Shelldock Isle, Colfenor’s Urn

Pick: Shelldock Isle

Pack 7:

Kithkin Healer, Kithkin Daggerdare, Herbal Poultice, Zephyr Net, Scarred Vinebreeder, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Protective Bubble, Crush Underfoot, Goatnapper

Pick: Kithkin Healer

Pack 8:

Oaken Brawler, Stonybrook
Angler, Moonglove Winnower, Lairwatch Giant, Spiderwig Boggart, Flamekin Brawler, Inner-Flame Igniter, Benthicore

Pick: Inner-Flame Igniter

Pack 9:

Deeptread Merrow, Blind-Spot Giant, Wellgabber Apothecary, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Boggart Birth Rite, Veteran of the Depths, Nath’s Buffoon

Pick: Veteran of the Depths

Pack 10:

Hurly-Burly, Wispmare, Caterwauling Boggart, Tideshaper Mystic, Elvish Handservant, Broken Ambitions

Pick: Broken Ambitions

Pack 11:

Soulbright Flamekin, Lace with Moonglove, Blind-Spot Giant, Exiled Boggart, Merrow Commerce

Pick: Soulbright Flamekin

Pack 12:

Surge of Thoughtweft, Scarred Vinebreeder, Prowess of the Fair, Squeaking Pie Sneak

Pick: Squeaking Pie Sneak

Pack 13:

Caterwauling Boggart, Goldmeadow Dodger, Ego Erasure

Pick: Caterwauling Boggart

Pack 14:

Flamekin Brawler, Facevaulter

Pick: Facevaulter

Pack 15:

Herbal Poultice

Pick: Herbal Poultice

Pack 16:

Thieving Sprite, Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Hillcomber Giant, Streambed Aquitects, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Nameless Inversion, Battlewand Oak, Cenn’s Heir,
Boggart Forager, Facevaulter, Hunt Down, Glarewielder, Faerie Harbinger, Boggart Shenanigans, Howltooth Hollow

Pick: Nameless Inversion

Pack 17:

Springleaf Drum, Kithkin Healer, Footbottom Feast, Axegrinder Giant, Lignify, Silvergill Douser, Ponder, Heal the Scars, Skeletal Changeling, Shields of Velis Vel, Fire-Belly Changeling, Nectar Faerie, Woodland Guidance, Jagged-Scar Archers

Pick: Skeletal Changeling

Pack 18:

Warren Pilferers, Fistful of Force, Aethersnipe, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Surge of Thoughtweft, Cloudcrown Oak, Ingot Chewer, Amoeboid Changeling, Spring Cleaning, Exiled Boggart, Vivid Crag, Boggart Harbinger, Vivid Creek

Pick: Warren Pilferers

Pack 19:

Nath’s Elite, Neck Snap, Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Moonglove Winnower, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Facevaulter, Warren-Scourge Elf, Blades of Velis Vel, Cenn’s Heir, Lammastide Weave, Howltooth Hollow

Pick: Moonglove Winnower

Pack 20:

Kinsbaile Balloonist, Whirlpool Whelm, Boggart Loggers, Adder-Staff Boggart, Faultgrinder, Faerie Trickery, Warren-Scourge Elf, Lairwatch Giant, Spiderwig Boggart, Kithkin Harbinger, Favor of the Mighty

Pick: Boggart Loggers

Pack 21:

Paperfin Rascal, Nath’s Elite, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Oaken Brawler, Nightshade Stinger, Blades of Velis Vel, Elvish Handservant, Dawnfluke, Broken Ambitions, Rings of Brighthearth

Pick: Boggart Sprite-Chaser

Pack 22:

Kithkin Healer, Footbottom Feast, Axegrinder Giant, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Springjack Knight, Ponder, Bog Hoodlums, Protective Bubble, Merrow Commerce

Pick: Footbottom Feast

Pack 23:

Hornet Harasser, Axegrinder Giant, Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums, Inkfathom Divers, Needle Drop, Woodland Guidance, Forest

Pick: Hornet Harasser

Pack 24:

Hillcomber Giant, Cenn’s Heir, Boggart Forager, Facevaulter, Hunt Down, Boggart Shenanigans, Howltooth Hollow

Pick: Hillcomber Giant

Pack 25:

Springleaf Drum, Ponder, Heal the Scars, Shields of Velis Vel, Nectar Faerie, Woodland Guidance

Pick: Springleaf Drum

Pack 26:

Quill-Slinger Boggart, Ingot Chewer, Spring Cleaning, Exiled Boggart, Vivid Creek

Pick: Vivid Creek

Pack 27:

Facevaulter, Cenn’s Heir, Lammastide Weave, Howltooth Hollow

Pick: Howltooth Hollow

Pack 28:

Warren-Scourge Elf, Lairwatch Giant, Spiderwig Boggart

Pick: Spiderwig Boggart

Pack 29:

Nightshade Stinger, Dawnfluke

Pick: Nightshade Stinger

Pack 30:

Bog Hoodlums

Pick: Bog Hoodlums

Pack 31:

Hillcomber Giant, Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Dreamspoiler Witches, Battlewand Oak, Oaken Brawler, Pestermite, Boggart Forager,
Ringskipper, Hunt Down, Triclopean Sight, Guardian of Cloverdell, Tar Pitcher, Hearthcage Giant, Gaddock Teeg

Pick: Tar Pitcher

Pack 32:

Inner-Flame Acolyte, Peppersmoke, Paperfin Rascal, Nath’s Elite, Moonglove Extract, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Ringskipper, Shimmering Grotto, Elvish Eulogist, Giant’s Ire, Pollen Lullaby, Marsh Flitter, Veteran of the Depths, Heat Shimmer

Pick: Marsh Flitter

Pack 33:

Bog-Strider Ash, Aethersnipe, Tarfire, Herbal Poultice, Kithkin Greatheart, Oakgnarl Warrior, Fire-Belly Changeling, Skeletal Changeling, Aquitect’s Will, Spring Cleaning, Hunter of Eyeblights, Guardian of Cloverdell, Triclopean Sight

Pick: Tarfire

Pack 34:

Mudbutton Torchrunner, Springleaf Drum, Goldmeadow Harrier, Glimmerdust Nap, Warren Pilferers, Inkfathom Divers, Boggart Birth Rite, Ingot Chewer, Soaring Hope, Shimmering Grotto, Vivid Crag, Boggart Harbinger

Pick: Warren Pilferers

Pack 35:

Woodland Changeling, Kithkin Greatheart, Footbottom Feast, Lowland Oaf, Lignify, Soaring Hope, Elvish Branchbender, Wellgabber Apothecary, Aquitect’s Will, Veteran of the Depths, Prowess of the Fair

Pick: Lowland Oaf

Pack 36:

Hurly-Burly, Paperfin Rascal, Runed Stalactite, Giant’s Ire, Dawnfluke, Spellstutter Sprite, Elvish Eulogist, Vivid Marsh, Hunter of Eyeblights, Heat Shimmer

Pick: Runed Stalactite

Pack 37:

Stonybrook Angler, Moonglove Winnower, Nath’s Buffoon, Faultgrinder, Rootgrapple, Goldmeadow Dodger, Pollen Lullaby, Entangling Trap, Nova Chaser

Pick: Nath’s Buffoon

Pack 38:

Drum, Glimmerdust Nap, Soulbright Flamekin, Heal the Scars, Shields of Velis Vel, Rebellion of the Flamekin, Glen Elendra Pranksters, Cenn’s Heir

Pick: Soulbright Flamekin

Pack 39:

Hillcomber Giant, Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Oaken Brawler, Boggart Forager, Ringskipper, Hunt Down, Hearthcage Giant

Pick: Hearthcage Giant

Pack 40:

Paperfin Rascal, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Ringskipper, Shimmering Grotto, Elvish Eulogist, Giant’s Ire

Pick: Boggart Sprite-Chaser

Pack 41:

Herbal Poultice, Oakgnarl Warrior, Spring Cleaning, Hunter of Eyeblights, Triclopean Sight

Pick: Hunter of Eyeblights

Pack 42:

Glimmerdust Nap, Boggart Birth Rite, Ingot Chewer, Soaring Hope

Pick: Boggart Birth Rite

Pack 43:

Soaring Hope, Wellgabber Apothecary, Aquitect’s Will

Pick: Wellgabber Apothecary

Pack 44:

Giant’s Ire, Dawnfluke

Pick: Giant’s Ire

Pack 45:

Goldmeadow Dodger

Pick: Goldmeadow Dodger

Final Decklist:

8 Mountain
10 Swamp
1 Boggart Birth Rite
1 Boggart Loggers
1 Caterwauling Boggart
1 Eyeblight’s Ending
1 Facevaulter
1 Footbottom Feast
1 Hearthcage Giant
1 Hornet Harasser
1 Inner-Flame Igniter
1 Marsh Flitter
1 Nameless Inversion
1 Runed Stalactite
1 Skeletal Changeling
2 Soulbright Flamekin
1 Squeaking Pie Sneak
1 Tarfire
1 Tar Pitcher
2 Warren Pilferers
2 Weed Strangle

2 Boggart Sprite-Chaser
1 Bog Hoodlums
1 Broken Ambitions
1 Cloudgoat Ranger
1 Giant’s Ire
1 Goldmeadow Dodger
1 Herbal Poultice
1 Hillcomber Giant
1 Howltooth Hollow
1 Hunter of Eyeblights
1 Kithkin Healer
1 Lowland Oaf
2 Moonglove Winnower
1 Nath’s Buffoon
1 Nightshade Stinger
1 Shelldock Isle
1 Spiderwig Boggart
1 Springleaf Drum
1 Veteran of the Depths
1 Vivid Creek
1 Wellgabber Apothecary

Pick 1: Lash Out versus Eyeblight’s Ending. I think these two cards rank very close
in power level, if I had to rank them, I would say Lash Out is slightly
higher. However, when two cards rank this close, the better pick will be the
one in the colors that you’re going to be passed. If you’re going to be
passed lots of Red, you’ll wish you’d taken Lash Out, but if you see lots
of Black you’ll wish you’d first picked Eyeblight’s Ending. I like Black far more
than Red. For a small difference in power, I put my money on Black instead of
Red in this roulette game.

Pick 2: Sunrise Sovereign was a foil, so the person
before me took a rare, which makes harder for us to read the pack. I think
the options are Lys Alana Huntmaster, the only Green card, as It triggers with
Eyeblight’s Ending (and Green/Black is a combination that works). It could
be Cloudgoat Ranger, the strongest card in the pack in a vaccuum, but
White/Black doesn’t go well together. Or it could be Sunrise Sovereign, as even by
itself a six mana 5/5 is okay. Plus it can be really good with many giants and

I almost timed out, so I had to make a pick I wasn’t sure of. Now I’ve had
more time to think about it, I would’ve picked Sunrise Sovereign. I’m
not saying this just because of the big picture, knowing that Giant
Harbinger and multiple late Blind-Spot Giants were passed. The reason is that I have picked Cloudgoat Rangers passed to me
many times, and they were wasted as I did not move into White. Besides Oblivion Ring
and Plover Knights, there’s no White common I want to pick and play with, as
I hate vanilla 2/2s.

Pick 6: Everything’s pretty bad except for Shelldock Isle, which is really good.

Pack 1 showed me Black was a successful bet, as I was passed two Weed
Strangles Pick 3 and Pick 4, and a very late Squeaking Pie-Sneak. However, it also
showed me that Red would also be a good choice, especially as the Sovereign,
many giants passed by my hands (but it was too late to get them), and also
because there were some late Red cards good for the Elemental archetype. Even though I tried to go
Black/White, late pick Igniter, Flamekin, and Caterwauling Boggart showed me
that I should be Red. I wasn’t expecting to get much of it in the
second booster, but I would keep a door open for it in the third Booster.

In the second booster I saw very little Red or White, as the person I
passed to was probably Red/White Giants, but I grabbed many Black playables.
I was rewarded with the Tar Pitcher Pick 31, and in the third booster I
managed to reap the Black/Red I had set up by the end of the first

Pick 34: Having the possibility of double/multiple Warren PIlferers is too

Round 1 I played against White/Red.

Game 1 he missed his fourth land drop for one or two turns which was
enough to put him behind on tempo. I got another free turn when he played
Changeling Berserker as soon as he got to four mana by killing his only
creature with Nameless Inversion. I was holding Weed Strangle, and when I
cast it next turn on a Plover Knights, revealing a second in the clash, he conceded.

Game 2 he just mana flooded. We traded some cards one for one, and then he
died holding four lands.

Round 2 I played against Green/White.

Game 1 I kept with three lands, and died with three lands in play. If I had reached
land number four before he played Immaculate Magistrate on his turn 5, I
would’ve won, as all his creatures were two toughness and I was holding
Hornet Harasser as well as having three Goblins in play. He did not draw
removal, so Tar Pitcher would’ve been insanely good. As soon as Magistrate
became active, I don’t think I could’ve won.

Game 2 was his turn to stall on three lands. He still recovered, but was a
little behind. I made two suicide attacks, crashing creatures into his Plover
Knights, to drop him to two life and kill him with Tarfire. If he’d fully
recovered and stabilized, I would’ve lost for sure.

All four games so far were decided by mana problems, so for game 3 of
this round we both mulliganed. Who would get the better deal out of his six
cards? Yes, it was me. I made turn 3 Boggart Loggers
(unblockable), turn 4 Squeaking Pie-Sneak (unblockable), and then I cast Nameless
Inversion on his Plover Knights. Then came Tar Pitcher, followed by Inner-Flame Igniter. His
draw was okay, but much slower.

I split the finals.

See you tomorrow!


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