Drafting With Tiago – LLL #7

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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:

Lash Out, Kithkin Daggerdare, Herbal Poultice, Avian Changeling, Warren Pilferers, Lowland Oaf, Wellgabber Apothecary, Aquitect’s Will,
Mournwhelk, Zephyr Net, Scarred Vinebreeder, Scattering Stroke, Boggart Harbinger, Makeshift Mannequin, Epic Proportions

Pick: Lash Out

Pack 2:

Cloudcrown Oak, Oblivion Ring, Wanderer’s Twig, Axegrinder Giant, Woodland Changeling, Kithkin Greatheart, Wellgabber Apothecary, Aquitect’s Will, Mournwhelk, Zephyr Net, Vivid Grove, Nectar Faerie, Changeling Hero, Gilt-Leaf Ambush

Pick: Oblivion Ring

Pack 3:

Silvergill Douser, Avian Changeling, Bog-Strider Ash, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Springleaf Drum, Oakgnarl Warrior, Shields of Velis Vel, Fire-Belly Changeling, Elvish Branchbender, Amoeboid Changeling, Ego Erasure, Crib Swap, Drowner of Secrets

Pick: Silvergill Douser

Pack 4:

Runed Stalactite, Neck Snap, Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Smokebraider, Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Cenn’s Heir, Ringskipper, Black Poplar Shaman, Shimmering Grotto, Sentry Oak, Elvish Promenade, Spinerock Knoll

Pick: Sentinels of Glen Elendra

Pack 5:

Oaken Brawler, Hurly-Burly, Peppersmoke, Lairwatch Giant, Spellstutter Sprite, Spiderwig Boggart, Flamekin Brawler, Tideshaper Mystic, Guardian of Cloverdell, Lys Alana Scarblade, Hoofprints of the Stag

Pick: Hoofprints of the Stag

Pack 6:

Axegrinder Giant, Lignify, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Aquitect’s Will, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Spring Cleaning, Blind-Spot Giant, Wellgabber Apothecary, Woodland Guidance, Flamekin Bladewhirl

Pick: Wellgabber Apothecary

Pack 7:

Hurly-Burly, Peppersmoke, Nightshade Stinger, Blades of Velis Vel, Elvish Handservant, Dawnfluke, Broken Ambitions, Rebellion of the Flamekin, Faerie Tauntings

Pick: Broken Ambitions

Pack 8:

Runed Stalactite, Cenn’s Heir, Boggart
Forager, Facevaulter, Hunt Down, Knight of Meadowgrain, Vivid Crag, Judge of Currents

Pick: Judge of Currents

Pack 9:

Herbal Poultice, Wellgabber Apothecary, Aquitect’s Will, Mournwhelk, Zephyr Net, Scarred Vinebreeder, Scattering Stroke

Pick: Wellgabber Apothecary

Pack 10:

Axegrinder Giant, Kithkin Greatheart, Wellgabber Apothecary, Aquitect’s Will, Zephyr Net, Nectar Faerie

Pick: Kithkin Greatheart

Pack 11:

Springleaf Drum, Oakgnarl Warrior, Shields of Velis Vel, Amoeboid Changeling, Ego Erasure

Pick: Amoeboid Changeling

Pack 12:

Cenn’s Heir, Ringskipper, Sentry Oak, Elvish Promenade

Pick: Sentry Oak

Pack 13:

Oaken Brawler, Lairwatch Giant, Spellstutter Sprite

Pick: Oaken Brawler

Pack 14:

Spring Cleaning, Woodland Guidance

Pick: Woodland Guidance

Pack 15:


Pick: Dawnfluke

Pack 16:

Lash Out, Kithkin Daggerdare, Herbal Poultice, Avian Changeling, Warren Pilferers, Lowland Oaf, Fistful of Force, Soaring Hope, Shimmering
Grotto, Judge of Currents, Lace with Moonglove, Glen Elendra Pranksters, Crib Swap, Guardian of Cloverdell, Vigor

Pick: Crib Swap

Pack 17:

Wispmare, Stonybrook Angler, Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Hillcomber Giant, Streambed Aquitects, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Rootgrapple, Triclopean Sight, Nightshade Stinger, Faultgrinder, Drowner of Secrets, Cloudgoat Ranger, Crib Swap, Fallowsage

Pick: Cloudgoat Ranger

Pack 18:

Aethersnipe, Tarfire, Herbal Poultice, Kithkin Greatheart, Oakgnarl Warrior, Hornet Harasser, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums, Battle Mastery, Vivid Creek, Windbrisk Heights

Pick: Aethersnipe

Pack 19:

Glimmerdust Nap, Warren Pilferers, Soulbright Flamekin, Kithkin Daggerdare, Surge of Thoughtweft, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Lace with Moonglove, Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Ponder, Nectar Faerie, Mad Auntie

Pick: Surge of Thoughtweft

Pack 20:

Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Thieving Sprite, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Whirlpool Whelm, Boggart Loggers, Giant’s Ire, Dawnfluke, Black Poplar Shaman, Elvish Eulogist, Hearthcage Giant, Swamp

Pick: Whirlpool Whelm

Pack 21:

Wanderer’s Twig, Hornet Harasser, Axegrinder Giant, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums, Entangling Trap, Merrow Commerce, Ceaseless Searblades

Pick: Wanderer’s Twig

Pack 22:

Wispmare, Stonybrook Angler, Thieving Sprite, Hillcomber Giant, Nath’s Buffoon, Faultgrinder, Rootgrapple, Goldmeadow Dodger, Pollen Lullaby

Pick: Stonybrook Angler

Pack 23:

Inner-Flame Acolyte, Paperfin
Rascal, Elvish Eulogist, Giant’s Ire, Lairwatch Giant, Spellstutter Sprite, Spiderwig Boggart, Wild Ricochet

Pick: Paperfin Rascal

Pack 24:

Kithkin Daggerdare, Herbal Poultice, Lowland Oaf, Soaring Hope, Shimmering Grotto, Lace with Moonglove, Glen Elendra Pranksters

Pick: Glen Elendra Pranksters

Pack 25:

Wispmare, Hillcomber Giant, Rootgrapple, Triclopean Sight, Nightshade Stinger, Faultgrinder

Pick: Wispmare

Pack 26:

Herbal Poultice, Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums, Battle Mastery

Pick: Zephyr Net

Pack 27:

Glimmerdust Nap, Lace with Moonglove, Springjack Knight, Nectar Faerie

Pick: Glimmerdust Nap

Pack 28:

Dawnfluke, Elvish Eulogist, Swamp

Pick: Dawnfluke

Pack 29:

Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums

Pick: Zephyr Net

Pack 30:

Goldmeadow Dodger

Pick: Goldmeadow Dodger

Pack 31:

Mulldrifter, Weed Strangle, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Springleaf Drum, Kithkin Healer, Footbottom Feast, Bog Hoodlums, Protective Bubble,
Fire-Belly Changeling, Skeletal Changeling, Captivating Glance, Battle Mastery, Merrow Reejerey, Austere Command, Plains

Pick: Austere Command

Pack 32:

Fertile Ground, Moonglove Extract, Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Dreamspoiler Witches, Battlewand Oak, Black Poplar Shaman, Shimmering Grotto, Elvish Eulogist, Giant’s Ire, Merrow Reejerey, Wizened Cenn, Wanderwine Prophets, Ponder

Pick: Merrow Reejerey

Pack 33:

Adder-Staff Boggart, Moonglove Extract, Hillcomber Giant, Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Dreamspoiler Witches, Wings of Velis Vel, Caterwauling Boggart, Goldmeadow Dodger, Faerie Trickery, Thorntooth Witch, Wizened Cenn, Vivid Meadow

Pick: Sentinels of Glen Elendra

Pack 34:

Deeptread Merrow, Fistful of Force, Soulbright Flamekin, Glimmerdust Nap, Judge of Currents, Inkfathom Divers, Needle Drop, Soaring Hope, Elvish Branchbender, Flamekin Bladewhirl, Scattering Stroke, Dolmen Gate

Pick: Inkfathom Divers

Pack 35:

Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Hurly-Burly, Plover Knights, Paperfin Rascal, Wings of Velis Vel, Flamekin Brawler, Facevaulter, Warren-Scourge Elf, Blades of Velis Vel, Merrow Harbinger, Rings of Brighthearth

Pick: Merrow Harbinger

Pack 36:

Footbottom Feast, Lignify, Weed Strangle, Deeptread Merrow, Inkfathom Divers, Needle Drop, Soaring Hope, Kithkin Mourncaller, Boggart Shenanigans, Triclopean Sight

Pick: Deeptread Merrow

Pack 37:

Aethersnipe, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Surge of Thoughtweft, Exiled Boggart, Heal the Scars, Skeletal Changeling, Faerie Tauntings, Makeshift Mannequin, Colfenor’s Plans

Pick: Aethersnipe

Pack 38:

Whirlpool Whelm, Wispmare, Nath’s
Buffoon, Caterwauling Boggart, Tideshaper Mystic, Elvish Handservant, Broken Ambitions, Goatnapper

Pick: Whirlpool Whelm

Pack 39:

Springleaf Drum, Kithkin Healer, Bog Hoodlums, Protective Bubble, Captivating Glance, Battle Mastery, Plains

Pick: Kithkin Healer

Pack 40:

Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Black Poplar Shaman, Elvish Eulogist, Giant’s Ire, Wanderwine Prophets, Ponder

Pick: Ponder

Pack 41:

Hillcomber Giant, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Wings of Velis Vel, Goldmeadow Dodger, Faerie Trickery

Pick: Wings of Velis Vel

Pack 42:

Glimmerdust Nap, Needle Drop, Soaring Hope, Scattering Stroke

Pick: Scattering Stroke

Pack 43:

Hurly-Burly, Paperfin Rascal, Flamekin Brawler

Pick: Paperfin Rascal

Pack 44:

Needle Drop, Soaring Hope

Pick: Needle Drop

Pack 45:

Heal the Scars

Pick: Heal the Scars

Final Decklist:


9 Island
8 Plains
1 Deeptread Merrow
1 Hoofprints of the Stag
1 Judge of Currents [FOIL]
1 Silvergill
1 Stonybrook Angler
2 Whirlpool Whelm
1 Crib Swap
1 Merrow Reejerey
1 Oblivion Ring
2 Paperfin Rascal
1 Merrow Harbinger
2 Sentinels of Glen Elendra
1 Cloudgoat Ranger
1 Inkfathom Divers
2 Wellgabber Apothecary
1 Austere Command
2 Aethersnipe
1 Broken Ambitions


1 Amoeboid Changeling
2 Dawnfluke
1 Glen Elendra Pranksters
1 Glimmerdust Nap
1 Goldmeadow Dodger
1 Heal the Scars
1 Kithkin Greatheart
1 Kithkin Healer
1 Lash Out
1 Needle Drop
1 Oaken Brawler
1 Ponder [FOIL]
1 Scattering Stroke
1 Sentry Oak
1 Surge of Thoughtweft
1 Wanderer’s Twig
1 Wings of Velis Vel
1 Wispmare
1 Woodland Guidance
2 Zephyr Net

Pick 1: Lash Out or Epic Proportions? A pick certain to cause some debate no
matter which one you choose. I think Lash Out has a small edge over Epic
Proportions, or maybe it’s because I don’t like (and never have liked) Green,
neither in Limited nor Constructed.

Pick 4: I’ve been taking Smokebraider fourth pick many times, but I’ve never really
got an Elementals deck, so this time I decided I wouldn’t fall for the lure
one more time and picked a safer and solid 2/3 flying flash guy, Sentinels of
Glen Elendra. This also meant I was hoping for Blue to be one of my main
colors, to go with either Red or White.

After settling for Blue/White the picks weren’t complicated, with the
exception of Pick 17.

Pick 17: A total of six good cards I wanted for my deck. Four are Merfolk, one is
removal. If my deck ends up with a theme, it would be Merfolk, but I think
Cloadgoat Ranger is much more powerful than all the other options, and worth
giving away a Merfolk for it, so I just picked the strongest card.

Round 1 I played versus Red/Black Goblins with Wort, and in both games I had
solution for the problematic legend – one game Oblivion Ring, the other Ring
and Crib Swap.

Game 1 he won the roll and started with turn 2 Adder-Staff Boggart; turn
3 Goatnapper; turn 4 Wort, Boggart Auntie, but my start matched his
perfectly. I played turn 2 Stonybrook Angler, turn 3 Merfolk Reejerey,
and never blocked even though the Angler was a 2/3 and could block the 2/1. I
decided to attack when he was tapped and had no tricks, because I had ways
to unbalance the damage race in my favor, and I could not afford losing a
Merfolk. Turn 4, after he tapped for Wort, I played Judge of Currents,
untapping one of my lands to play Oblivion Ring on Wort, and attacked for
four damage, gaining two life. He was forced to kill the Judge of Currents
on his turn, which left my other two good merfolk alive. I followed with
double Wellgabber Apothecary (3/4) and Aethersnipe, having a tapper in play. I
won the game.

Game 2 he missed his fourth land drop, which slowed him down a little, I
had Cloadgoat Ranger for turn 5, which was amazing versus some 1/1 and
2/1 Goblins, and Aethersnipe for turn 6. I had Oblivion Ring for Wort,
Broken Ambitions for Warren Pilferers (he sacrificed Wort in response to the
Ring trigger to Facevaulter), and my bigger creatures got me there.

Round 2: I played versus a Kithkin/Giant Red/White deck.

Game 1, even though he has a Militia’s Pride he’s kind of mana flooded, and
also has a useless Blind Spot Giant in play, so I’m trying my best to
overrun him with my superior cards. I’m holding two Aethersnipe and I have
Hoofprints of the Stag in play. He’s always holding just one card, which
is either Surge of Thoughtweft or a land, by the way he’s been attacking
me. I’m very close to actually winning the damage race, so one turn he
attacks with everything and I block to gain advantage, and to have the
creatures I wanted alive after combat even if he plays Surge of
Thoughtweft, which he does. This way, I can attack back next turn for the
win. Problem was, he drew a Giant of the Surge, so he got himself two
blockers, and I could only kill him in two turns. I passed on my turn,
holding on Sentinels of Glen Elendra, and he attacked once again with
everything, and made the Militia’s Pride tokens. I had five blockers,
Sentinels included, to his six attackers, tokens included. One got through,
and put me at 4 life. His blockers didn’t matter now, as I had two fliers,
but he hit me with Giant’s Ire.

Game 2 I kept with two Plains, two Island, Judge of Currents, Oblivion
Ring, and Whirlpool Whelm on the play, and this hand was quite bad to hold a
fast kithkin assault. I made the Judge on turn 2, the Ring on his Knight of
Meadowgrain on turn 3, and then nothing on turn 4. I still drew a
Douser a couple of turns after, but even his ability and gaining one a turn
with him was not good enough to stop an army of Kithkins.

See you tomorrow!


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