Drafting With Tiago – LLL #57

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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:

Aethersnipe, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Surge of Thoughtweft, Cloudcrown Oak, Tarfire, Wanderer’s Twig, Silvergill Douser, Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums, Judge of Currents, Vivid Crag, Boggart Shenanigans, Final Revels, Guile

Pick: Final Revels

Pack 2:

Inner-Flame Acolyte, Neck Snap, Pestermite, Leaf Gilder, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Thieving Sprite, Hunt Down, Triclopean Sight, Nath’s Buffoon, Caterwauling Boggart, Tideshaper Mystic, Ghostly Changeling, Wren’s Run Vanquisher, Faerie Tauntings

Pick: Ghostly Changeling

Pack 3:

Smokebraider, Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Moonglove Winnower, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Rootgrapple, Goldmeadow Dodger, Wings of Velis Vel, Flamekin Brawler, Facevaulter, Inner-Flame Igniter, Benthicore, Crib Swap

Pick: Inner-Flame Igniter

Pack 4:

Deeptread Merrow, Goldmeadow Harrier, Fistful of Force, Soulbright Flamekin, Glimmerdust Nap, Cloudcrown Oak, Soaring Hope, Shimmering Grotto, Judge of Currents, Lace with Moonglove, Rebellion of the Flamekin, Captivating Glance

Pick: Cloudcrown Oak

Pack 5:

Hurly-Burly, Consuming Bonfire, Wispmare, Thieving Sprite, Black Poplar Shaman, Elvish Eulogist, Wings of Velis Vel, Caterwauling Boggart, Knight of Meadowgrain, Vivid Marsh, Lammastide Weave

Pick: Consuming Bonfire

Pack 6:

Paperfin Rascal, Nath’s Elite, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Oaken Brawler, Smokebraider, Blades of Velis Vel, Elvish Handservant, Dawnfluke, Glarewielder, Lys Alana Scarblade

Pick: Smokebraider

Pack 7:

Footbottom Feast, Axegrinder Giant, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Spring Cleaning, Blind-Spot Giant, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Scattering Stroke, Colfenor’s Urn

Pick: Footbottom Feast

Pack 8:

Mudbutton Torchrunner, Kithkin Healer,
Protective Bubble, Ingot Chewer, Spring Cleaning, Vivid Crag, Faerie Tauntings, Benthicore

Pick: Mudbutton Torchrunner

Pack 9:

Quill-Slinger Boggart, Surge of Thoughtweft, Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums, Vivid Crag, Boggart Shenanigans

Pick: Vivid Crag

Pack 10:

Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Hunt Down, Triclopean Sight, Nath’s Buffoon, Caterwauling Boggart, Faerie Tauntings

Pick: Caterwauling Boggart

Pack 11:

Inner-Flame Acolyte, Rootgrapple, Goldmeadow Dodger, Flamekin Brawler, Facevaulter

Pick: Inner-Flame Acolyte

Pack 12:

Soaring Hope, Lace with Moonglove, Rebellion of the Flamekin, Captivating Glance

Pick: Rebellion of the Flamekin

Pack 13:

Hurly-Burly, Elvish Eulogist, Lammastide Weave

Pick: Hurly-Burly

Pack 14:

Elvish Handservant, Dawnfluke

Pick: Elvish Handservant

Pack 15:

Quill-Slinger Boggart

Pick: Quill-Slinger Boggart

Pack 16:

Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Hillcomber Giant, Streambed Aquitects, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Nameless Inversion, Battlewand Oak, Goldmeadow
Dodger, Faerie Trickery, Nightshade Stinger, Blades of Velis Vel, Elvish Handservant, Changeling Titan, Thundercloud Shaman, Crib Swap, Ashling the Pilgrim

Pick: Ashling the Pilgrim

Pack 17:

Axegrinder Giant, Lignify, Oblivion Ring, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Bog-Strider Ash, Aethersnipe, Exiled Boggart, Shields of Velis Vel, Mournwhelk, Needle Drop, Hearthcage Giant, Ego Erasure, Jagged-Scar Archers, Deathrender

Pick: Aethersnipe

Pack 18:

Kinsbaile Balloonist, Whirlpool Whelm, Boggart Loggers, Adder-Staff Boggart, Fertile Ground, Hillcomber Giant, Broken Ambitions, Cenn’s Heir, Boggart Forager, Silvergill Adept, Elvish Harbinger, Eyes of the Wisent, Plains

Pick: Adder-Staff Boggart

Pack 19:

Peppersmoke, Nath’s Elite, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Oaken Brawler, Warren-Scourge Elf, Blades of Velis Vel, Cenn’s Heir, Ringskipper, Marsh Flitter, Fodder Launch, Rings of Brighthearth, Guardian of Cloverdell

Pick: Marsh Flitter

Pack 20:

Bog-Strider Ash, Springleaf Drum, Inkfathom Divers, Needle Drop, Soaring Hope, Wellgabber Apothecary, Goldmeadow Stalwart, Hoarder’s Greed, Fallowsage, Windbrisk Heights, Kinsbaile Balloonist

Pick: Bog-Strider Ash

Pack 21:

Moonglove Winnower, Plover Knights, Whirlpool Whelm, Broken Ambitions, Nath’s Buffoon, Faultgrinder, Rootgrapple, Goldmeadow Dodger, Sentry Oak, Wanderwine Prophets

Pick: Moonglove Winnower

Pack 22:

Glimmerdust Nap, Warren Pilferers, Lace with Moonglove, Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Ponder, Bog Hoodlums, Entangling Trap, Merrow Commerce

Pick: Warren Pilferers

Pack 23:

Aethersnipe, Herbal Poultice, Oakgnarl
Warrior, Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums, Vivid Meadow, Battle Mastery

Pick: Aethersnipe

Pack 24:

Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Hillcomber Giant, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Goldmeadow Dodger, Nightshade Stinger, Blades of Velis Vel, Elvish Handservant

Pick: Hillcomber Giant

Pack 25:

Quill-Slinger Boggart, Exiled Boggart, Shields of Velis Vel, Mournwhelk, Needle Drop, Ego Erasure

Pick: Mournwhelk

Pack 26:

Kinsbaile Balloonist, Cenn’s Heir, Boggart Forager, Eyes of the Wisent, Plains

Pick: Eyes of the Wisent

Pack 27:

Oaken Brawler, Warren-Scourge Elf, Blades of Velis Vel, Ringskipper

Pick: Blades of Velis Vel

Pack 28:

Soaring Hope, Wellgabber Apothecary, Hoarder’s Greed

Pick: Hoarder’s Greed

Pack 29:

Nath’s Buffoon, Goldmeadow Dodger

Pick: Nath’s Buffoon

Pack 30:

Bog Hoodlums

Pick: Bog Hoodlums

Pack 31:

Hurly-Burly, Plover Knights, Paperfin Rascal, Dreamspoiler Witches, Runed Stalactite, Nath’s Elite, Neck Snap, Dawnfluke, Broken Ambitions, Nath’s
Buffoon, Faultgrinder, Pollen Lullaby, Marsh Flitter, Kithkin Mourncaller, Knucklebone Witch

Pick: Marsh Flitter

Pack 32:

Goldmeadow Harrier, Glimmerdust Nap, Warren Pilferers, Soulbright Flamekin, Kithkin Daggerdare, Surge of Thoughtweft, Mulldrifter, Aquitect’s Will, Mournwhelk, Zephyr Net, Scarred Vinebreeder, Flamekin Harbinger, Glen Elendra Pranksters, Dolmen Gate

Pick: Mulldrifter

Pack 33:

Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Dreamspoiler Witches, Battlewand Oak, Oaken Brawler, Facevaulter, Hunt Down, Dawnfluke, Spellstutter Sprite, Seedguide Ash, Flamekin Spitfire, Ego Erasure, Ethereal Whiskergill

Pick: Flamekin Spitfire

Pack 34:

Mudbutton Torchrunner, Woodland Changeling, Springleaf Drum, Kithkin Healer, Protective Bubble, Fire-Belly Changeling, Skeletal Changeling, Aquitect’s Will, Kithkin Mourncaller, Boggart Shenanigans, Silvergill Adept, Timber Protector

Pick: Mudbutton Torchrunner

Pack 35:

Kithkin Daggerdare, Herbal Poultice, Lowland Oaf, Fistful of Force, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Spring Cleaning, Blind-Spot Giant, Wellgabber Apothecary, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Forge[/author]-Tender”]Burrenton [author name="Forge"]Forge[/author]-Tender, Flamekin Spitfire

Pick: Lowland Oaf

Pack 36:

Smokebraider, Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Moonglove Winnower, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Elvish Eulogist, Caterwauling Boggart, Goldmeadow Dodger, Faerie Trickery, Favor of the Mighty

Pick: Smokebraider

Pack 37:

Adder-Staff Boggart, Wispmare, Consuming Bonfire, Boggart Loggers, Flamekin Brawler, Facevaulter, Warren-Scourge Elf, Kithkin Mourncaller, Horde of Notions

Pick: Consuming Bonfire

Pack 38:

Herbal Poultice, Kithkin
Greatheart, Oakgnarl Warrior, Springjack Knight, Heal the Scars, Boggart Birth Rite, Ingot Chewer, Vivid Meadow

Pick: Vivid Meadow

Pack 39:

Hurly-Burly, Dawnfluke, Broken Ambitions, Nath’s Buffoon, Faultgrinder, Pollen Lullaby, Knucklebone Witch

Pick: Knucklebone Witch

Pack 40:

Glimmerdust Nap, Soulbright Flamekin, Kithkin Daggerdare, Mournwhelk, Zephyr Net, Scarred Vinebreeder

Pick: Soulbright Flamekin

Pack 41:

Oaken Brawler, Facevaulter, Hunt Down, Dawnfluke, Ego Erasure

Pick: Facevaulter

Pack 42:

Kithkin Healer, Protective Bubble, Kithkin Mourncaller, Boggart Shenanigans

Pick: Kithkin Healer

Pack 43:

Herbal Poultice, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Spring Cleaning

Pick: Kinsbaile Skirmisher

Pack 44:

Elvish Eulogist, Goldmeadow Dodger

Pick: Elvish Eulogist

Pack 45:

Warren-Scourge Elf

Pick: Warren-Scourge Elf

Final Decklist:

1 Island
8 Mountain
7 Swamp
1 Ashling the Pilgrim
1 Caterwauling Boggart
2 Consuming Bonfire
1 Final Revels
1 Flamekin Spitfire
1 Footbottom Feast
1 Ghostly Changeling
1 Inner-Flame Acolyte
1 Inner-Flame Igniter
1 Lowland Oaf
2 Marsh Flitter
1 Mournwhelk
2 Mudbutton Torchrunnerv
1 Mulldrifter
2 Smokebraider
1 Soulbright Flamekin
1 Vivid Crag
1 Warren Pilferers
2 AEthersnipe

1 Adder-Staff Boggart
1 Blades of Velis Vel
1 Bog Hoodlums
1 Bog-Strider Ash
1 Cloudcrown Oak
1 Elvish Eulogist
1 Elvish Handservant
1 Eyes of the Wisent
1 Facevaulter
1 Hillcomber Giant
1 Hoarder’s Greed
1 Hurly-Burly
1 Kinsbaile Skirmisher
1 Kithkin Healer
1 Knucklebone Witch
1 Moonglove Winnower
1 Nath’s Buffoon
1 Quill-Slinger Boggart
1 Rebellion of the Flamekin
1 Vivid Meadow
1 Warren-Scourge Elf

Pick 1: I don’t like this pick, and I wasn’t happy with it. Now that I’ve had
more time to think about it, I guess I should’ve picked Silvergill Douser.
Not only is he the best card in the pack, but I’m not even sure Final Reveal
over Tarfire is correct. The reason to avoid the Douser is because there are
three very appealing Blue cards, so my initial reaction is to avoid and
pass them on, hoping to set up a Blue line in front of me. This will not
work with this pack, unless the person right after us has first picked a
Blue card, because otherwise he’ll just follow the same logic and pick
Tarfire. Therefore we’re setting up a Blue line for our neighbour, and not
for our own benefict.

Pick 16: Rating these cards in a list, I would have Thundercloud Shaman first,
then Nameless Inversion, and finally Ashling the Pilgrim, but in my deck it’s
another Elemental that can grow large, use Smokebraider mana, deal the final
damage, and clear the board if needed. I think Thundercloud Shaman would hurt
me when played, but to make things more confusing I even had a good
changeling. Ashling got the nod over Nameless Inversion thanks to the
reasons above.

Pick 17: I can splash Aethersnipe off a Vivid Land and a Smokebraider so far, hoping to
get more of any of these. I don’t like splashing that much, but nothing else is
good here, and Oblivion Ring is even harder to splash.

Round 1 I played against Black/Green Goblins with Boggart Harbinger, double
Fodder Launch, and Warren Pilferers.

Game 1 I won the roll and crossed my fingers, hoping the Smokebraider would
live as I was holding Ashling the Pilgrim and two Consuming Bonfire. His turn
2 play was just Leaf Glider, so I untapped and played Pilgrim and pumped
him. Nex turn I attacked, pumped him once, and played Marsh Flitter. He was
forced to use a Fodder Launch on the Pilgrim before it grew too large,
losing tempo and his plays for turns 3 and 4. I answered with another
creature, and then I had removal to clear the blockers.

Game 2 I made some awkward trades, like Ashling the Pilgrim for Kithkin
Daggerdare. Basically my plan was to keep the board free of creatures, then
I cleared his hand with Mournwhelk evoked. I had Marsh Flitter and
Footbottom Feast to ensure continuous good draws, while he drew half spells, half lands in topdeck mode.

Round 2 I played versus Blue/White Merfolk.

Game 1 I stalled on three lands for a while, which was actually good,
because he used Oblivion Ring and Crib Swap on my two Smokebraider, and when
I drew lands I had many spells to work with while he had already used some
resources. The Thoughtweft Trio that came soon after was good enough to stop my entire
army… except for Marsh Flitter, which got there.

Game 2 he started with a pair of Judge of Currents, which put him at 25
life, but I wasn’t worried as my hand was quite good thanks to the
Smokebraider I drew and played on turn 3. Then turn 4 I played
Aethersnipe. Turn 5 I had the chance to play Final Reveals, killing my
Smokebraider, and his two Judge of Currents plus Sygg, but I decided to be
greedy and get even more profit out of Final Reveals, so I played Ashling
the Pilgrim with mana to pump it twice. I grew it to a 3/3, and on my turn I
used Smokebraider to turn him a 4/4, and played Final Reveals, clearing
everything except for my Aethersnipe and the 4/4 Pilgrim. That was pretty much

I split the finals.

See you tomorrow!


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