Drafting With Tiago – Lorwyn/Lorwyn/Lorwyn #61

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Thursday, February 14th – 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:

Streambed Aquitects, Consuming Bonfire, Boggart Loggers, Lys Alana Huntmaster, Runed Stalactite, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Neck Snap, Tideshaper Mystic,
Rootgrapple, Triclopean Sight, Sentry Oak, Tar Pitcher, Lammastide Weave, Heat Shimmer, Changeling Titan

Pick: Changeling Titan

Pack 2:

Springleaf Drum, Kithkin Healer, Footbottom Feast, Axegrinder Giant, Lignify, Silvergill Douser, Oblivion Ring, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Spring Cleaning, Blind-Spot Giant, Wellgabber Apothecary, Forge[/author]-Tender”]Burrenton [author name="Forge"]Forge[/author]-Tender, Vivid Meadow, Ceaseless Searblades

Pick: Oblivion Ring

Pack 3:

Nath’s Elite, Neck Snap, Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Smokebraider, Moonglove Winnower, Nightshade Stinger, Faultgrinder, Faerie Trickery, Warren-Scourge Elf, Lairwatch Giant, Goatnapper, Nectar Faerie, Favor of the Mighty

Pick: Smokebraider

Pack 4:

Paperfin Rascal, Dreamspoiler Witches, Runed Stalactite, Nath’s Elite, Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Smokebraider, Elvish Eulogist, Wings of Velis Vel, Caterwauling Boggart, Goldmeadow Dodger, Drowner of Secrets, Boggart Harbinger

Pick: Drowner of Secrets

Pack 5:

Battlewand Oak, Oaken Brawler, Pestermite, Hurly-Burly, Peppersmoke, Triclopean Sight, Nath’s Buffoon, Caterwauling Boggart, Tideshaper Mystic, Elvish Handservant, Hamletback Goliath

Pick: Pestermite

Pack 6:

Soulbright Flamekin, Glimmerdust Nap, Wanderer’s Twig, Hornet Harasser, Wellgabber Apothecary, Aquitect’s Will, Mournwhelk, Zephyr Net, Scarred Vinebreeder, Boggart Shenanigans

Pick: Wellgabber Apothecary

Pack 7:

Kithkin Greatheart, Footbottom Feast, Lowland Oaf, Lignify, Heal the Scars, Boggart Birth Rite, Ingot Chewer, Crush Underfoot, Glen Elendra Pranksters

Pick: Glen Elendra Pranksters

Pack 8:

Wanderer’s Twig,
Bog-Strider Ash, Shields of Velis Vel, Fire-Belly Changeling, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Nectar Faerie, Woodland Guidance, Goatnapper

Pick: Fire-Belly Changeling

Pack 9:

Boggart Loggers, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Rootgrapple, Triclopean Sight, Sentry Oak, Lammastide Weave, Heat Shimmer

Pick: Inner-Flame Acolyte

Pack 10:

Kithkin Healer, Axegrinder Giant, Lignify, Spring Cleaning, Wellgabber Apothecary, Forge[/author]-Tender”]Burrenton [author name="Forge"]Forge[/author]-Tender

Pick: Axegrinder Giant

Pack 11:

Nightshade Stinger, Faultgrinder, Warren-Scourge Elf, Nectar Faerie, Favor of the Mighty

Pick: Faultgrinder

Pack 12:

Paperfin Rascal, Elvish Eulogist, Caterwauling Boggart, Goldmeadow Dodger

Pick: Caterwauling Boggart

Pack 13:

Oaken Brawler, Triclopean Sight, Caterwauling Boggart

Pick: Caterwauling Boggart

Pack 14:

Zephyr Net, Boggart Shenanigans

Pick: Zephyr Net

Pack 15:

Heal the Scars

Pick: Heal the Scars

Pack 16:

Lys Alana Huntmaster, Consuming Bonfire, Wispmare, Stonybrook Angler, Thieving Sprite, Hillcomber Giant, Broken Ambitions, Cenn’s Heir, Boggart Forager,
Facevaulter, Merrow Reejerey, Wizened Cenn, Familiar’s Ruse, Horde of Notions, Benthicore

Pick: Consuming Bonfire

Pack 17:

Pestermite, Leaf Gilder, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Thieving Sprite, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Whirlpool Whelm, Nightshade Stinger, Faultgrinder, Warren-Scourge Elf, Lairwatch Giant, Changeling Titan, Veteran of the Depths, Shelldock Isle, Wellgabber Apothecary

Pick: Changeling Titan

Pack 18:

Kithkin Healer, Deeptread Merrow, Kithkin Daggerdare, Herbal Poultice, Avian Changeling, Soaring Hope, Shimmering Grotto, Judge of Currents, Lace with Moonglove, Blind-Spot Giant, Vivid Crag, Boggart Harbinger, Vivid Marsh

Pick: Vivid Crag

Pack 19:

Quill-Slinger Boggart, Bog-Strider Ash, Herbal Poultice, Kithkin Greatheart, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums, Judge of Currents, Flamekin Bladewhirl, Captivating Glance, Incandescent Soulstoke

Pick: Incandescent Soulstoke

Pack 20:

Kithkin Healer, Deeptread Merrow, Kithkin Daggerdare, Herbal Poultice, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Spring Cleaning, Blind-Spot Giant, Wellgabber Apothecary, Crib Swap, Vivid Meadow, Cloudthresher

Pick: Crib Swap

Pack 21:

Mudbutton Torchrunner, Springleaf Drum, Glimmerdust Nap, Soulbright Flamekin, Lace with Moonglove, Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Scattering Stroke, Summon the School, Moonglove Winnower

Pick: Mudbutton Torchrunner

Pack 22:

Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Paperfin Rascal, Faerie Trickery, Nightshade Stinger, Blades of Velis Vel, Elvish Handservant, Dawnfluke, Glarewielder, Lys Alana Scarblade

Pick: Glarewielder

Pack 23:

Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Oaken
Brawler, Smokebraider, Fertile Ground, Cenn’s Heir, Ringskipper, Black Poplar Shaman, Squeaking Pie Sneak

Pick: Smokebraider

Pack 24:

Wispmare, Stonybrook Angler, Broken Ambitions, Cenn’s Heir, Boggart Forager, Facevaulter, Familiar’s Ruse

Pick: Stonybrook Angler

Pack 25:

Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Nightshade Stinger, Faultgrinder, Warren-Scourge Elf, Lairwatch Giant, Wellgabber Apothecary

Pick: Wellgabber Apothecary

Pack 26:

Kithkin Healer, Kithkin Daggerdare, Herbal Poultice, Soaring Hope, Lace with Moonglove

Pick: Kithkin Daggerdare

Pack 27:

Quill-Slinger Boggart, Herbal Poultice, Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums

Pick: Quill-Slinger Boggart

Pack 28:

Herbal Poultice, Spring Cleaning, Wellgabber Apothecary

Pick: Wellgabber Apothecary

Pack 29:

Glimmerdust Nap, Scarred Vinebreeder

Pick: Glimmerdust Nap

Pack 30:


Pick: Dawnfluke

Pack 31:

Streambed Aquitects, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Nameless Inversion, Battlewand Oak, Hurly-Burly, Plover Knights, Hunt Down, Giant’s
Ire, Dawnfluke, Spellstutter Sprite, Black Poplar Shaman, Squeaking Pie Sneak, Guardian of Cloverdell, Sylvan Echoes, Favor of the Mighty

Pick: Nameless Inversion

Pack 32:

Kithkin Daggerdare, Surge of Thoughtweft, Mulldrifter, Weed Strangle, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Bog Hoodlums, Protective Bubble, Fire-Belly Changeling, Skeletal Changeling, Aquitect’s Will, Sylvan Echoes, Hearthcage Giant, Inner-Flame Igniter, Mistbind Clique

Pick: Mulldrifter

Pack 33:

Glimmerdust Nap, Oblivion Ring, Wanderer’s Twig, Hornet Harasser, Axegrinder Giant, Exiled Boggart, Shields of Velis Vel, Mournwhelk, Needle Drop, Springjack Knight, Veteran of the Depths, Prowess of the Fair, Secluded Glen

Pick: Oblivion Ring

Pack 34:

Moonglove Winnower, Plover Knights, Whirlpool Whelm, Adder-Staff Boggart, Wispmare, Elvish Eulogist, Giant’s Ire, Lairwatch Giant, Spellstutter Sprite, Spiderwig Boggart, Merrow Reejerey, Entangling Trap

Pick: Adder-Staff Boggart

Pack 35:

Oakgnarl Warrior, Lash Out, Hornet Harasser, Deeptread Merrow, Fistful of Force, Needle Drop, Soaring Hope, Elvish Branchbender, Entangling Trap, Merrow Commerce, Makeshift Mannequin

Pick: Lash Out

Pack 36:

Fistful of Force, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Surge of Thoughtweft, Cloudcrown Oak, Exiled Boggart, Ponder, Heal the Scars, Skeletal Changeling, Merrow Commerce, Wanderwine Hub

Pick: Wanderwine Hub

Pack 37:

Battlewand Oak, Hurly-Burly, Paperfin Rascal, Runed Stalactite, Flamekin Brawler, Tideshaper Mystic, Triclopean Sight, Ego Erasure, Horde of Notions

Pick: Horde of Notions

Pack 38:

Adder-Staff Boggart,
Hillcomber Giant, Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Spiderwig Boggart, Boggart Forager, Ringskipper, Hunt Down, Ceaseless Searblades

Pick: Ceaseless Searblades

Pack 39:

Hurly-Burly, Hunt Down, Giant’s Ire, Dawnfluke, Spellstutter Sprite, Black Poplar Shaman, Sylvan Echoes

Pick: Hurly-Burly

Pack 40:

Kithkin Daggerdare, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Bog Hoodlums, Protective Bubble, Skeletal Changeling, Hearthcage Giant

Pick: Mudbutton Torchrunner

Pack 41:

Glimmerdust Nap, Axegrinder Giant, Exiled Boggart, Needle Drop, Springjack Knight

Pick: Glimmerdust Nap

Pack 42:

Elvish Eulogist, Lairwatch Giant, Spiderwig Boggart, Entangling Trap

Pick: Entangling Trap

Pack 43:

Needle Drop, Soaring Hope, Entangling Trap

Pick: Needle Drop

Pack 44:

Quill-Slinger Boggart, Exiled Boggart

Pick: Quill-Slinger Boggart

Pack 45:

Flamekin Brawler

Pick: Flamekin Brawler

Final Decklist:

1 Forest
9 Mountain
4 Plains
1 Swamp
1 Adder-Staff Boggart
1 Caterwauling Boggart
1 Ceaseless Searblades
2 Changeling Titan
1 Consuming Bonfire
1 Crib Swap
1 Faultgrinder
1 Fire-Belly Changeling
1 Flamekin Brawler
1 Glarewielder
1 Horde of Notions
1 Incandescent Soulstoke
1 Inner-Flame Acolyte
1 Lash Out
2 Mudbutton Torchrunner
1 Mulldrifter
1 Nameless Inversion
2 Oblivion Ring
2 Smokebraider
1 Vivid Crag
1 Wanderwine Hub

1 Island
1 Axegrinder Giant
1 Caterwauling Boggart
1 Dawnfluke
1 Drowner of Secrets
1 Entangling Trap
1 Glen Elendra Pranksters
2 Glimmerdust Nap
1 Heal the Scars
1 Hurly-Burly
1 Kithkin Daggerdare
1 Needle Drop
1 Pestermite
2 Quill-Slinger Boggart
1 Stonybrook Angler
3 Wellgabber Apothecary
1 Zephyr Net

Pick 3: You don’t want to pick Nath’s Elite or Neck Snap at this point, so it’s
between Smokebraider and Sentinels of Glen-Elendra, since everything else is
weak. Sentinels is also not even one of the strongest Blue commons. I picked
Smokebraider as I already had a Changeling Titan, so it could allow for a turn
three Titan (or a splashed Titan).

Pick 4: The first tough decision of this draft. Unlike the last pack, this one
is full with goodies. Smokebraider would commit us to Elementals, which has
two big advantages – the fact we already have one Smokebraider and Titan,
plus my experience tells me Red Elementals are being underdrafted now. However,
Drowner is a card that is so strong, I consider it first pick quality. Seeing it
fourth pick I feel I should go for it, as I already had an Oblivion Ring. If
this worked out, I was losing Pick 1 and Pick 3, Titan and Smokebraider.

For the next picks I saw only a Wellgabber Apothecary from the Merfolk tribe,
and I managed a switch into Red in time… Blue/Red, or so I thought.

After establishing myself in Red, I made some off-color picks, mostly
Changeling spells. I was counting on Smokebraider or Vivid Lands to play
them, and I managed to finally draft a five-color Smokebraider deck, as requested by
some readers on the foruns. I just wish I had one more Vivid, or one
Wanderer’s Twig for better fixing.

Round 1 I played against Blue/White Merfolk.

I had perfect mana both games. I was able to cast any spell in my
hand, but in game 1 he just had the god draw. There was nothing I could do about it. He
used all of his mana every single turn until he killed me, starting with a
turn 1 Drum, going through turn 4 Shriekmaw, turn 6 Benthicore, and
Mirror Entity the next turn.

Game 2 I managed to deal some damage early on, refill with a Mulldrifter
and champion it for a Changeling Titan. However, he found a way to stop
Titan without killing it, Tideshaper Mystic and Wellgabber Apothecary [umm…
how does that work? – Craig, amused]. He also had a Judge in play that also
meant he was going up in life again. My Lash Out
was not good enough to stop it, and when he drew a Benthicore he went up 20
life too quickly. I finally drew one of my cards that could kill Apothecary
(non-damage based), so I got rid of it and the Judge, passing to offense with
Changeling Titan. He had lots of life and many merfolk to chump, so it was
going to take a while. One turn he used Tideshaper Mystic on one of his
lands, and I immediately knew I was dead, even before the Mystic ability
resolved. He had something likev5 Islands, 5 Plains, and 1 Swamp… I’m pretty sure you
can figure it out too.

It’s sad that I had all the power I saw in my deck, had no mana problems,
and decent draws, and was still outpowered by Shriekmaw, Mirror Entity, and
Profane Command. Add Chandra and Garruk, and that’s my shortlist of cards I
pick over Mulldrifter.

See you tomorrow!


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