Drafting With Tiago – LLL #6

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That’s right, folks: The “Drafting With…” series is back! Taking up where both Rich Hoaen and Kenji Tsumura left off, we have Level 6 Mage Tiago Chan. As before, Tiago takes us through a triple Lorwyn draft from pick 1 to pick 45, before sharing his insight on the draft and the games that followed. For more detailed draft debate, come to the forums!


Pack 1:

Woodland Changeling, Kithkin Greatheart, Mulldrifter, Footbottom Feast, Lowland Oaf, Lignify, Wellgabber Apothecary, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums, Prowess of the Fair, Elvish Harbinger, Shriekmaw, Guile

Pick: Shriekmaw

Pack 2:

Whirlpool Whelm, Leaf Gilder, Wispmare, Streambed Aquitects, Consuming Bonfire, Boggart Loggers, Faerie Trickery, Warren-Scourge Elf, Lairwatch Giant, Spiderwig Boggart, Guardian of Cloverdell, Glarewielder, Woodland Guidance, Primal Command

Pick: Primal Command

Pack 3:

Neck Snap, Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Smokebraider, Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Moonglove Winnower, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Ringskipper, Black Poplar Shaman, Shimmering Grotto, Elvish Eulogist, Giant’s Ire, Merrow Commerce, Arbiter of Knollridge

Pick: Smokebraider

Pack 4:

Hillcomber Giant, Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Dreamspoiler Witches, Battlewand Oak, Cenn’s Heir, Boggart Forager, Facevaulter, Hunt Down, Giant’s Ire, Final Revels, Vivid Crag

Pick: Final Revels

Pack 5:

Springleaf Drum, Oakgnarl Warrior, Glimmerdust Nap, Soulbright Flamekin, Ingot Chewer, Soaring Hope, Shimmering Grotto, Judge of Currents, Lace with Moonglove, Glen Elendra Pranksters, Colfenor’s Urn

Pick: Soulbright Flamekin

Pack 6:

Kithkin Daggerdare, Herbal Poultice, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Protective Bubble, Ingot Chewer, Amoeboid Changeling, Hoarder’s Greed, Elvish Promenade, Vivid Marsh, Forest

Pick: Vivid Marsh

Pack 7:

Quill-Slinger Boggart, Bog-Strider Ash, Herbal Poultice, Oakgnarl Warrior, Lace with Moonglove, Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Treefolk Harbinger, Boggart Shenanigans

Pick: Bog-Strider Ash

Pack 8:

Hurly-Burly, Peppersmoke, Wispmare, Elvish Handservant, Dawnfluke, Broken Ambitions, Nath’s Buffoon, Vivid Grove

Pick: Peppersmoke

Pack 9:

Footbottom Feast, Lignify, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums, Prowess of the Fair

Pick: Lignify

Pack 10:

Boggart Loggers, Warren-Scourge Elf, Lairwatch Giant, Spiderwig Boggart, Guardian of Cloverdell, Woodland Guidance

Pick: Guardian of Cloverdell

Pack 11:

Ringskipper, Black Poplar Shaman, Elvish Eulogist, Merrow Commerce, Arbiter of Knollridge

Pick: Black Poplar Shaman

Pack 12:

Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Cenn’s Heir, Boggart Forager, Hunt Down

Pick: Stinkdrinker Daredevil

Pack 13:

Oakgnarl Warrior, Soaring Hope, Colfenor’s Urn

Pick: Oakgnarl Warrior

Pack 14:

Protective Bubble, Forest

Pick: Protective Bubble

Pack 15:

Scarred Vinebreeder

Pick: Scarred Vinebreeder

Pack 16:

Lash Out, Hornet Harasser, Deeptread Merrow, Goldmeadow Harrier, Fistful of Force, Eyeblight’s Ending, Ponder, Bog
Hoodlums, Protective Bubble, Fire-Belly Changeling, Skeletal Changeling, Veteran of the Depths, Hunter of Eyeblights, Makeshift Mannequin, Oona’s Prowler

Pick: Eyeblight’s Ending

Pack 17:

Runed Stalactite, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Neck Snap, Pestermite, Leaf Gilder, Boggart Forager, Ringskipper, Hunt Down, Triclopean Sight, Nath’s Buffoon, Harpoon Sniper, Vivid Marsh, Veteran of the Depths, Spinerock Knoll

Pick: Leaf Gilder

Pack 18:

Inner-Flame Acolyte, Peppersmoke, Paperfin Rascal, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Oaken Brawler, Lairwatch Giant, Spellstutter Sprite, Spiderwig Boggart, Squeaking Pie Sneak, Guardian of Cloverdell, Hunter of Eyeblights, Rings of Brighthearth, Militia’s Pride

Pick: Peppersmoke

Pack 19:

Weed Strangle, Kithkin Healer, Deeptread Merrow, Kithkin Daggerdare, Herbal Poultice, Avian Changeling, Judge of Currents, Inkfathom Divers, Needle Drop, Soaring Hope, Glen Elendra Pranksters, Entangling Trap

Pick: Weed Strangle

Pack 20:

Thieving Sprite, Hillcomber Giant, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Rootgrapple, Goldmeadow Dodger, Wings of Velis Vel, Flamekin Brawler, Fallowsage, Rebellion of the Flamekin, Thousand-Year Elixir, Forest

Pick: Thieving Sprite

Pack 21:

Kithkin Daggerdare, Surge of Thoughtweft, Woodland Changeling, Springleaf Drum, Blind-Spot Giant, Exiled Boggart, Ponder, Heal the Scars, Treefolk Harbinger, Hearthcage Giant

Pick: Woodland Changeling

Pack 22:

Thieving Sprite, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Whirlpool Whelm, Boggart Loggers, Fertile Ground, Black Poplar Shaman, Elvish Eulogist, Wings of Velis Vel, Battle Mastery

Pick: Thieving Sprite

Pack 23:

Boggart, Exiled Boggart, Shields of Velis Vel, Mournwhelk, Needle Drop, Scattering Stroke, Kithkin Harbinger, Stinkdrinker Daredevil

Pick: Mournwhelk

Pack 24:

Hornet Harasser, Deeptread Merrow, Ponder, Bog Hoodlums, Protective Bubble, Skeletal Changeling, Hunter of Eyeblights

Pick: Skeletal Changeling

Pack 25:

Neck Snap, Boggart Forager, Ringskipper, Hunt Down, Triclopean Sight, Nath’s Buffoon

Pick: Neck Snap

Pack 26:

Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Lairwatch Giant, Spiderwig Boggart, Guardian of Cloverdell, Hunter of Eyeblights

Pick: Guardian of Cloverdell

Pack 27:

Herbal Poultice, Inkfathom Divers, Soaring Hope, Entangling Trap

Pick: Inkfathom Divers

Pack 28:

Goldmeadow Dodger, Flamekin Brawler, Rebellion of the Flamekin

Pick: Rebellion of the Flamekin

Pack 29:

Exiled Boggart, Heal the Scars

Pick: Exiled Boggart

Pack 30:

Battle Mastery

Pick: Battle Mastery

Pack 31:

Soulbright Flamekin, Glimmerdust Nap, Cloudcrown Oak, Oblivion Ring, Wanderer’s Twig, Hornet Harasser, Axegrinder Giant, Aquitect’s Will,
Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Spring Cleaning, Blind-Spot Giant, Flamekin Harbinger, Ego Erasure, Faerie Harbinger, Hostility

Pick: Cloudcrown Oak

Pack 32:

Battlewand Oak, Hurly-Burly, Plover Knights, Paperfin Rascal, Runed Stalactite, Nath’s Elite, Facevaulter, Warren-Scourge Elf, Blades of Velis Vel, Cenn’s Heir, Shriekmaw, Prowess of the Fair, Forced Fruition, Blades of Velis Vel

Pick: Shriekmaw

Pack 33:

Mulldrifter, Footbottom Feast, Lowland Oaf, Lignify, Weed Strangle, Wellgabber Apothecary, Aquitect’s Will, Mournwhelk, Zephyr Net, Scarred Vinebreeder, Flamekin Bladewhirl, Merrow Harbinger, Inner-Flame Igniter

Pick: Weed Strangle

Pack 34:

Tarfire, Wanderer’s Twig, Bog-Strider Ash, Eyeblight’s Ending, Springjack Knight, Heal the Scars, Inkfathom Divers, Boggart Birth Rite, Nectar Faerie, Lammastide Weave, Goatnapper, Skeletal Changeling

Pick: Eyeblight’s Ending

Pack 35:

Hillcomber Giant, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Battlewand Oak, Oaken Brawler, Caterwauling Boggart, Goldmeadow Dodger, Faerie Trickery, Nightshade Stinger, Blades of Velis Vel, Sentry Oak, Flamekin Bladewhirl

Pick: Battlewand Oak

Pack 36:

Stonybrook Angler, Fertile Ground, Moonglove Winnower, Tideshaper Mystic, Rootgrapple, Triclopean Sight, Nightshade Stinger, Faultgrinder, Familiar’s Ruse, Hamletback Goliath

Pick: Fertile Ground

Pack 37:

Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Thieving Sprite, Boggart Loggers, Adder-Staff Boggart, Fertile Ground, Elvish Handservant, Broken Ambitions, Seedguide Ash, Crush Underfoot

Pick: Seedguide Ash

Pack 38:

Axegrinder Giant, Skeletal Changeling, Shields of Velis Vel, Fire-Belly Changeling, Elvish Branchbender, Amoeboid Changeling, Vivid Grove, Ceaseless Searblades

Pick: Skeletal Changeling

Pack 39:

Glimmerdust Nap, Wanderer’s Twig, Hornet Harasser, Axegrinder Giant, Aquitect’s Will, Spring Cleaning, Blind-Spot Giant

Pick: Hornet Harasser

Pack 40:

Battlewand Oak, Hurly-Burly, Warren-Scourge Elf, Blades of Velis Vel, Cenn’s Heir, Prowess of the Fair

Pick: Battlewand Oak

Pack 41:

Footbottom Feast, Aquitect’s Will, Zephyr Net, Scarred Vinebreeder, Inner-Flame Igniter

Pick: Footbottom Feast

Pack 42:

Bog-Strider Ash, Springjack Knight, Heal the Scars, Nectar Faerie

Pick: Bog-Strider Ash

Pack 43:

Goldmeadow Dodger, Nightshade Stinger, Blades of Velis Vel

Pick: Nightshade Stinger

Pack 44:

Moonglove Winnower, Nightshade Stinger

Pick: Moonglove Winnower

Pack 45:

Boggart Sprite-Chaser

Pick: Boggart Sprite-Chaser

Final Decklist:


1 Black Poplar Shaman
2 Eyeblight’s Ending
1 Final Revels
1 Footbottom Feast
2 Peppersmoke
2 Shriekmaw
2 Skeletal Changeling
1 Thieving Sprite
2 Weed Strangle
2 Battlewand Oak
1 Bog-Strider Ash
1 Cloudcrown Oak
1 Guardian of
1 Leaf Gilder
1 Lignify
1 Seedguide Ash
1 Woodland Changeling
8 Forest
8 Swamp
1 Vivid Marsh


1 Battle Mastery
1 Bog-Strider Ash
1 Boggart Sprite-Chaser
1 Exiled Boggart
1 Fertile Ground
1 Guardian of Cloverdell
1 Hornet Harasser
1 Inkfathom Divers
1 Moonglove Winnower
1 Mournwhelk
1 Neck Snap
1 Nightshade Stinger
1 Oakgnarl Warrior
1 Primal Command
1 Protective Bubble
1 Rebellion of the Flamekin
1 Scarred Vinebreeder
1 Smokebraider
1 Soulbright Flamekin
1 Stinkdrinker Daredevil
1 Thieving Sprite

Pick 2 and Pick 3: I stayed away from Blue since I had passed Guile and Mulldrifter
Pack 1. I also had a Shriekmaw to fetch with Primal Command, and I like
Smokebraider a lot. Besides, Shriekmaw is an elemental too.

I ended the first booster moving towards a Green/Black Treefolk deck.

P33: I hesitated for the full time, deciding between Weed Strangle and Mulldrifter. Mulldrifter is
my favorite common, and my favorite card for Sealed Deck… but I took the
Weed Strangle to stay in my colurs, as I love stable manabases. However, I
had one Vivid Marsh so splashing for Mulldrifter was also an option. I prefer
consistency, but doesn’t mean it’s better… it simply makes me feel more comfortable.

Round 1 I played versus a good Black/Red Goblins deck. Game 2 I was on the
play and decided to not play Skeletal Changeling on turn 2 because I had
two Battlewand Oak. I played them in my next turns. He killed one with a
combat trick, but the other was always attacking and pumped, thanks to two
Skeletal Changelings, Woodland Changeling, and Seedguide Ash. When the Ash
died, I got the three Forests, and with that much mana, I played Footbottom
Feast and a guy on the same turn, and set up the next turns too.

He got quite a nice curve in game 2, with a turn 2 Squeaking Pie Sneak, turn
3 Adder Staff Boggart (winning the clash, which was huge, as he could
attack into my Skeletal Changeling), turn 4 Caterwauling Boggart, and any
attempts I had to block on the next turn were foiled by a Glarewielder.

I mulliganed on the play and he got another good draw, involving early
Goblins, topped with a Tar Pitcher and Hostility. I played Lignify on the
Hostility to stay alive, but this left me with two problems: an active
Tar Pitcher and a good blocker on his side. I did all the damage with a
swampwalking Bog-Strider Ash, which gained me close to 20 life in between my
Changellings and his Goblins spells… he played a lot, including Warren
Pilferers twice and Boggart Birth Rite (which count as four life for me each time). I
tried to survive the best I could with a regenerator, and some chump blocks. In
a turn in which his Tar Pitcher was tapped, I killed it with Weed Strangle. Since most
of his removal was damage based, he could not deal with the Swampwalker, and
I dealt the final two in the last possible turn I could while containing his army.

Round 2 I played versus a Blue/White Merfolk deck. Game 1 he took control of
the ground from the beginning with Judge of Currents, Harpoon Sniper,
Goldmeadow Stalwart, Silvergill Douser, and something else. He was gaining
life and preventing me from dealing damage, but without knowing he was
giving me time to set up a huge Final Revels which killed all five of his
creatures and only my Skeletal Changeling. It wasn’t too hard to win after

Game 2 I accelerated into a turn 4 Shriekmaw killing his Veteran of the
Depths. I dealt most of the damage with Shriekmaw, while playing creatures
that would survive Final Revels, which I was holding.
Since he never really tapped out to play something that stabilized the
board, I did not need to cast the Revels.

I split the finals, even though this deck is quite good. The reason is that the
prize difference is not that much, and it saves me playing an extra round,
which leaves me more time to draft and playtest Constructed.

See you tomorrow!


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