Drafting With Tiago – LLL #59

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Tuesday, February 12th – 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:

Kithkin Daggerdare, Herbal Poultice, Avian Changeling, Warren Pilferers, Lowland Oaf, Fistful of Force, Protective Bubble, Fire-Belly Changeling, Skeletal
Changeling, Aquitect’s Will, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Ego Erasure, Crib Swap, Tar Pitcher, Guile

Pick: Warren Pilferers

Pack 2:

Goldmeadow Harrier, Glimmerdust Nap, Warren Pilferers, Soulbright Flamekin, Kithkin Daggerdare, Surge of Thoughtweft, Mulldrifter, Needle Drop, Soaring Hope, Elvish Branchbender, Wellgabber Apothecary, Woodland Guidance, Flamekin Bladewhirl, Windbrisk Heights

Pick: Mulldrifter

Pack 3:

Tarfire, Herbal Poultice, Kithkin Greatheart, Oakgnarl Warrior, Lash Out, Hornet Harasser, Exiled Boggart, Shields of Velis Vel, Mournwhelk, Needle Drop, Vivid Grove, Nectar Faerie, Swamp

Pick: Lash Out

Pack 4:

Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Whirlpool Whelm, Boggart Loggers, Faerie Trickery, Warren-Scourge Elf, Lairwatch Giant, Spiderwig Boggart, Goatnapper, Ceaseless Searblades, Rebellion of the Flamekin, Battlewand Oak

Pick: Ceaseless Searblades

Pack 5:

Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Moonglove Winnower, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Paperfin Rascal, Nath’s Elite, Blades of Velis Vel, Elvish Handservant, Dawnfluke, Broken Ambitions, Harpoon Sniper, Kithkin Harbinger

Pick: Broken Ambitions

Pack 6:

Fistful of Force, Soulbright Flamekin, Glimmerdust Nap, Cloudcrown Oak, Ponder, Heal the Scars, Skeletal Changeling, Shields of Velis Vel, Hoarder’s Greed, Lammastide Weave

Pick: Soulbright Flamekin

Pack 7:

Oaken Brawler, Smokebraider, Fertile Ground, Ringskipper, Black Poplar Shaman, Shimmering Grotto, Elvish Eulogist, Giant’s Ire, Inner-Flame Igniter

Pick: Inner-Flame Igniter

Pack 8:

Wispmare, Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Cenn’s Heir, Boggart Forager, Hunt Down, Giant’s Ire, Elvish Promenade, Spinerock Knoll

Pick: Spinerock Knoll

Pack 9:

Kithkin Daggerdare, Herbal Poultice, Protective Bubble, Skeletal Changeling, Aquitect’s Will, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Ego Erasure

Pick: Skeletal Changeling

Pack 10:

Glimmerdust Nap, Kithkin Daggerdare, Needle Drop, Soaring Hope, Wellgabber Apothecary, Woodland Guidance

Pick: Glimmerdust Nap

Pack 11:

Herbal Poultice, Oakgnarl Warrior, Shields of Velis Vel, Needle Drop, Swamp

Pick: Needle Drop

Pack 12:

Warren-Scourge Elf, Lairwatch Giant, Spiderwig Boggart, Rebellion of the Flamekin

Pick: Rebellion of the Flamekin

Pack 13:

Kinsbaile Balloonist, Nath’s Elite, Dawnfluke

Pick: Dawnfluke

Pack 14:

Heal the Scars, Shields of Velis Vel

Pick: Shields of Velis Vel

Pack 15:

Elvish Eulogist

Pick: Elvish Eulogist

Pack 16:

Wanderer’s Twig, Hornet Harasser, Axegrinder Giant, Woodland Changeling, Kithkin Greatheart, Mulldrifter, Fire-Belly Changeling, Elvish
Branchbender, Amoeboid Changeling, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Lace with Moonglove, Glen Elendra Pranksters, Crib Swap, Cloudgoat Ranger, Dread

Pick: Mulldrifter

Pack 17:

Mudbutton Torchrunner, Woodland Changeling, Springleaf Drum, Kithkin Healer, Footbottom Feast, Aquitect’s Will, Mournwhelk, Zephyr Net, Scarred Vinebreeder, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Battle Mastery, Hoarder’s Greed, Wizened Cenn, Giant’s Ire

Pick: Mudbutton Torchrunner

Pack 18:

Runed Stalactite, Nath’s Elite, Neck Snap, Smokebraider, Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Faultgrinder, Rootgrapple, Goldmeadow Dodger, Wings of Velis Vel, Flamekin Brawler, Flamekin Spitfire, Changeling Hero, Goldmeadow Stalwart

Pick: Smokebraider

Pack 19:

Plover Knights, Whirlpool Whelm, Wispmare, Lairwatch Giant, Spellstutter Sprite, Spiderwig Boggart, Flamekin Brawler, Vivid Marsh, Sentry Oak, Hearthcage Giant, Militia’s Pride, Faultgrinder

Pick: Vivid Marsh

Pack 20:

Adder-Staff Boggart, Fertile Ground, Hillcomber Giant, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Boggart Forager, Ringskipper, Hunt Down, Triclopean Sight, Nath’s Buffoon, Lys Alana Scarblade, Nath of the Gilt-Leaf

Pick: Nath of the Gilt-Leaf

Pack 21:

Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Hurly-Burly, Plover Knights, Paperfin Rascal, Dawnfluke, Spellstutter Sprite, Black Poplar Shaman, Elvish Eulogist, Kithkin Harbinger, Wild Ricochet

Pick: Wild Ricochet

Pack 22:

Quill-Slinger Boggart, Wanderer’s Twig, Spring Cleaning, Blind-Spot Giant, Wellgabber Apothecary, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Nectar Faerie, Treefolk Harbinger, Changeling Titan

Pick: Changeling Titan

Pack 23:

Merrow, Fistful of Force, Glimmerdust Nap, Heal the Scars, Inkfathom Divers, Ingot Chewer, Rebellion of the Flamekin, Glen Elendra Pranksters

Pick: Glen Elendra Pranksters

Pack 24:

Wanderer’s Twig, Axegrinder Giant, Kithkin Greatheart, Elvish Branchbender, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Lace with Moonglove, Glen Elendra Pranksters

Pick: Glen Elendra Pranksters

Pack 25:

Kithkin Healer, Aquitect’s Will, Zephyr Net, Scarred Vinebreeder, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Battle Mastery

Pick: Kithkin Healer

Pack 26:

Nath’s Elite, Faultgrinder, Rootgrapple, Goldmeadow Dodger, Wings of Velis Vel

Pick: Wings of Velis Vel

Pack 27:

Wispmare, Lairwatch Giant, Flamekin Brawler, Sentry Oak

Pick: Flamekin Brawler

Pack 28:

Boggart Forager, Ringskipper, Hunt Down

Pick: Ringskipper

Pack 29:

Black Poplar Shaman, Elvish Eulogist

Pick: Black Poplar Shaman

Pack 30:

Spring Cleaning

Pick: Spring Cleaning

Pack 31:

Dreamspoiler Witches, Battlewand Oak, Oaken Brawler, Pestermite, Hurly-Burly, Peppersmoke, Lys Alana Huntmaster, Caterwauling
Boggart, Tideshaper Mystic, Elvish Handservant, Broken Ambitions, Inner-Flame Igniter, Merrow Reejerey, Merrow Harbinger, Rings of Brighthearth

Pick: Inner-Flame Igniter

Pack 32:

Axegrinder Giant, Lignify, Silvergill Douser, Oblivion Ring, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Aethersnipe, Protective Bubble, Ingot Chewer, Amoeboid Changeling, Spring Cleaning, Flamekin Bladewhirl, Scattering Stroke, Guardian of Cloverdell, Hunt Down

Pick: Silvergill Douser

Pack 33:

Avian Changeling, Bog-Strider Ash, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Springleaf Drum, Oakgnarl Warrior, Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums, Judge of Currents, Inkfathom Divers, Captivating Glance, Battle Mastery, Fathom Trawl

Pick: Fathom Trawl

Pack 34:

Herbal Poultice, Kithkin Greatheart, Oakgnarl Warrior, Hornet Harasser, Deeptread Merrow, Shimmering Grotto, Judge of Currents, Lace with Moonglove, Blind-Spot Giant, Exiled Boggart, Boggart Shenanigans, Ego Erasure

Pick: Deeptread Merrow

Pack 35:

Footbottom Feast, Lowland Oaf, Lignify, Kithkin Healer, Deeptread Merrow, Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Ponder, Bog Hoodlums, Faerie Tauntings, Kithkin Mourncaller

Pick: Lowland Oaf

Pack 36:

Consuming Bonfire, Lys Alana Huntmaster, Runed Stalactite, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Neck Snap, Tideshaper Mystic, Rootgrapple, Triclopean Sight, Nightshade Stinger, Faultgrinder

Pick: Consuming Bonfire

Pack 37:

Runed Stalactite, Nath’s Elite, Neck Snap, Wings of Velis Vel, Goldmeadow Dodger, Faerie Trickery, Nightshade Stinger, Guardian of Cloverdell, Lammastide Weave

Pick: Wings of Velis Vel

Pack 38:

Moonglove Winnower,
Kinsbaile Balloonist, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Paperfin Rascal, Nath’s Elite, Warren-Scourge Elf, Cenn’s Heir, Eyes of the Wisent

Pick: Inner-Flame Acolyte

Pack 39:

Oaken Brawler, Hurly-Burly, Lys Alana Huntmaster, Tideshaper Mystic, Elvish Handservant, Broken Ambitions, Rings of Brighthearth

Pick: Broken Ambitions

Pack 40:

Axegrinder Giant, Protective Bubble, Ingot Chewer, Spring Cleaning, Guardian of Cloverdell, Hunt Down

Pick: Axegrinder Giant

Pack 41:

Oakgnarl Warrior, Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums, Captivating Glance, Battle Mastery

Pick: Captivating Glance

Pack 42:

Herbal Poultice, Oakgnarl Warrior, Exiled Boggart, Ego Erasure

Pick: Ego Erasure

Pack 43:

Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Bog Hoodlums

Pick: Springjack Knight

Pack 44:

Tideshaper Mystic, Rootgrapple

Pick: Tideshaper Mystic

Pack 45:

Goldmeadow Dodger

Pick: Goldmeadow Dodger

Final Decklist:

1 Forest
8 Island
8 Mountain
2 Broken Ambitions
1 Ceaseless Searblades
1 Changeling Titan
1 Consuming Bonfire
1 Deeptread Merrow
1 Fathom Trawl
1 Glen Elendra Pranksters
1 Inner-Flame Acolyte
2 Inner-Flame Igniter
1 Lash Out
1 Lowland Oaf
1 Mudbutton Torchrunner
2 Mulldrifter
1 Silvergill Douser
1 Smokebraider
1 Soulbright Flamekin
1 Vivid Marsh
1 Wild Ricochet
2 Wings of Velis Vel

1 Axegrinder Giant
1 Black Poplar Shaman
1 Captivating Glance
1 Dawnfluke
1 Ego Erasure
1 Elvish Eulogist
1 Flamekin Brawler
1 Glen Elendra Pranksters
1 Glimmerdust Nap
1 Goldmeadow Dodger
1 Kithkin Healer
1 Nath of the Gilt-Leaf
1 Needle Drop
1 Rebellion of the Flamekin
1 Ringskipper
1 Shields of Velis Vel
1 Skeletal Changeling
1 Spinerock Knoll
1 Springjack Knight
1 Spring Cleaning
1 Tideshaper Mystic
1 Warren Pilferers

I took Pick 3 as a signal to go Red, with Tarfire and Lash Out. Even if there had been only
one of them I would’ve picked it anyway, as either card was much better than
anyhting else in there. The next packs were lacking Black cards, and I picked
some average Red and Blue ones until Pick 7 showed me that Red – or, to be more
precise, Elementals – was not being drafted that close to my right.

Other than the first pick Mulldrifter and the Smokebraider, I got very little
value from the second booster. The third one went a little better.

Pick 32: Even though Douser is weakened in my deck, it’s still a good card.
I didn’t want my deck to be too dependant on Smokebraider, and I already had 2
Mulldrifter, Consuming Bonfire, and Changeling Titan. Douser is a card that’s
extremely annoying for my deck when it’s on the opposite side of the table. For example,
when I’m Blue/Black I don’t care much about him, I just wait until I draw a
Peppersmoke to start attacking.

I won round 1 against Blue/Black Faeries with Wydwen, Faerie Harbinger, and all
the good guys you’d need. One of the games was close, and it looked like it could be a
win by decking as I had won two clashes on Broken Ambitions. He was at 5, I
was at 19, so he had to stay on defense, but I drew Inner-Flame Igniter to
break the stalled situation. In the other game I drew too many extra cards
as I championed a Mulldrifter with Changeling Titan and he was forced to
kill it to stay alive.

Round 2 I played against White/Blue Kithkin/Merfolk.

Game 1 I made a turn 3 Changeling Titan when he only had a Kithkin
Greatheart, but it only hit once as he played Goldmeadow Harrier. That and
a Silvergill Douser were nullifying my attack, while he was beating me with
a Hillcomber Giant and an Islandwalker.

Game 2 was very long. I got to see more of his deck, including two Cloudgoat Ranger
and more Islandwalkers (probably from the sideboard). I stopped the Giants in
combat, and the Islandwalkers came too late when the game was already looking good
for my side.

Game 3 was decided on a single play. On his fifth turn he had five
lands, Hillcomber Giant, and Pestermite. I had four lands and Silvergill
Douser. I was holding Broken Ambitions, Wings of Velis-Vel, and something I
can’t remember.

There was already five power on the table I couldn’t block, and my Douser could only
prevent one. I had a play that may have been really good, which was to play
Wings of Velis Vel on the Douser, use it to block Pestermite, take two from
the Giant. He had two Cloudgoat Rangers and five mana in play, so
if he played one, I could still Broken Ambitions for one.

That’s the play I made, but he responded to the Wings of Velis Vel with Lash Out
off a Vivid Meadow, so I took four. Then he only had three mana, so he passed.
On my turn, I had nothing and was facing those two creatures, so I was forced to
move and hope he didn’t have Cloudgoat Ranger… but he did. It wasn’t
a bad plan, but things just didn’t go as expected. I was satisfied with the
five games I played in this draft, as it seemed that lately the outcomes
were just coming down to mulligans and mana problems from one side or
another, while these games actually had many decisions.

See you tomorrow!


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