Drafting With Tiago – Lorwyn/Lorwyn/Lorwyn #62

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Friday, February 15th – 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:

Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Hillcomber Giant, Streambed Aquitects, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Nameless Inversion, Battlewand Oak, Hurly-Burly,
Broken Ambitions, Nath’s Buffoon, Faultgrinder, Rootgrapple, Changeling Berserker, Drowner of Secrets, Turtleshell Changeling, Ashling’s Prerogative

Pick: Nameless Inversion

Pack 2:

Boggart Loggers, Adder-Staff Boggart, Fertile Ground, Hillcomber Giant, Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Spiderwig Boggart, Boggart Forager, Ringskipper, Hunt Down, Triclopean Sight, Incremental Growth, Marsh Flitter, Battle Mastery, Rings of Brighthearth

Pick: Marsh Flitter

Pack 3:

Goldmeadow Harrier, Glimmerdust Nap, Kithkin Daggerdare, Surge of Thoughtweft, Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Ponder, Bog Hoodlums, Protective Bubble, Kithkin Mourncaller, Hearthcage Giant, Ancient Amphitheater, Runed Stalactite

Pick: Goldmeadow Harrier

Pack 4:

Runed Stalactite, Nath’s Elite, Neck Snap, Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Smokebraider, Nath’s Buffoon, Faultgrinder, Rootgrapple, Goldmeadow Dodger, Pollen Lullaby, Glen Elendra Pranksters, Eyes of the Wisent

Pick: Sentinels of Glen Elendra

Pack 5:

Tarfire, Herbal Poultice, Kithkin Greatheart, Oakgnarl Warrior, Hornet Harasser, Zephyr Net, Inkfathom Divers, Battle Mastery, Lys Alana Scarblade, Thorntooth Witch, Mountain

Pick: Tarfire

Pack 6:

Fertile Ground, Moonglove Winnower, Leaf Gilder, Adder-Staff Boggart, Wispmare, Giant’s Ire, Lairwatch Giant, Spiderwig Boggart, Ethereal Whiskergill, Nectar Faerie

Pick: Adder-Staff Boggart

Pack 7:

Footbottom Feast, Lowland Oaf, Lignify, Kithkin Healer, Protective Bubble, Spring Cleaning, Exiled Boggart, Scattering Stroke, Kithkin Harbinger

Pick: Lowland Oaf

Pack 8:

Boggart, Surge of Thoughtweft, Cloudcrown Oak, Spring Cleaning, Blind-Spot Giant, Wellgabber Apothecary, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Entangling Trap

Pick: Blind-Spot Giant

Pack 9:

Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Hillcomber Giant, Hurly-Burly, Nath’s Buffoon, Faultgrinder, Rootgrapple, Ashling’s Prerogative

Pick: Hillcomber Giant

Pack 10:

Boggart Loggers, Spiderwig Boggart, Boggart Forager, Ringskipper, Hunt Down, Battle Mastery

Pick: Boggart Loggers

Pack 11:

Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Bog Hoodlums, Protective Bubble, Kithkin Mourncaller

Pick: Kithkin Mourncaller

Pack 12:

Nath’s Buffoon, Faultgrinder, Rootgrapple, Goldmeadow Dodger

Pick: Nath’s Buffoon

Pack 13:

Herbal Poultice, Zephyr Net, Lys Alana Scarblade

Pick: Lys Alana Scarblade

Pack 14:

Wispmare, Nectar Faerie

Pick: Nectar Faerie

Pack 15:

Spring Cleaning

Pick: Spring Cleaning

Pack 16:

Mulldrifter, Weed Strangle, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Woodland Changeling, Springleaf Drum, Kithkin Healer, Footbottom Feast, Skeletal Changeling,
Aquitect’s Will, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Crib Swap, Vivid Meadow, Wren’s Run Vanquisher, Hostility, Horde of Notions

Pick: Hostility

Pack 17:

Deeptread Merrow, Goldmeadow Harrier, Fistful of Force, Eyeblight’s Ending, Soulbright Flamekin, Glimmerdust Nap, Needle Drop, Soaring Hope, Elvish Branchbender, Wellgabber Apothecary, Aquitect’s Will, Flamekin Bladewhirl, Merrow Harbinger, Fallowsage

Pick: Eyeblight’s Ending

Pack 18:

Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Dreamspoiler Witches, Battlewand Oak, Oaken Brawler, Hurly-Burly, Peppersmoke, Nath’s Buffoon, Caterwauling Boggart, Tideshaper Mystic, Elvish Handservant, Changeling Hero, Flamekin Bladewhirl, Spinerock Knoll

Pick: Dreamspoiler Witches

Pack 19:

Quill-Slinger Boggart, Surge of Thoughtweft, Cloudcrown Oak, Wanderer’s Twig, Ponder, Heal the Scars, Skeletal Changeling, Shields of Velis Vel, Fire-Belly Changeling, Lammastide Weave, Flamekin Harbinger, Fodder Launch

Pick: Fire-Belly Changeling

Pack 20:

Lignify, Kithkin Healer, Deeptread Merrow, Kithkin Daggerdare, Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Bog Hoodlums, Vivid Meadow, Battle Mastery, Auntie’s Hovel, Wild Ricochet

Pick: Auntie’s Hovel

Pack 21:

Moonglove Winnower, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Paperfin Rascal, Nath’s Elite, Flamekin Brawler, Facevaulter, Warren-Scourge Elf, Blades of Velis Vel, Seedguide Ash, Faerie Tauntings

Pick: Facevaulter

Pack 22:

Paperfin Rascal, Dreamspoiler Witches, Runed Stalactite, Nath’s Elite, Neck Snap, Goldmeadow Dodger, Flamekin Brawler, Facevaulter, Warren-Scourge Elf

Pick: Dreamspoiler Witches

Pack 23:

Runed Stalactite,
Flamekin Brawler, Tideshaper Mystic, Rootgrapple, Triclopean Sight, Nightshade Stinger, Captivating Glance, Knucklebone Witch

Pick: Knucklebone Witch

Pack 24:

Woodland Changeling, Springleaf Drum, Kithkin Healer, Footbottom Feast, Aquitect’s Will, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Horde of Notions

Pick: Footbottom Feast

Pack 25:

Glimmerdust Nap, Needle Drop, Soaring Hope, Wellgabber Apothecary, Aquitect’s Will, Flamekin Bladewhirl

Pick: Flamekin Bladewhirl

Pack 26:

Oaken Brawler, Hurly-Burly, Nath’s Buffoon, Tideshaper Mystic, Elvish Handservant

Pick: Hurly-Burly

Pack 27:

Quill-Slinger Boggart, Heal the Scars, Shields of Velis Vel, Lammastide Weave

Pick: Quill-Slinger Boggart

Pack 28:

Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Bog Hoodlums

Pick: Scarred Vinebreeder

Pack 29:

Warren-Scourge Elf, Faerie Tauntings

Pick: Warren-Scourge Elf

Pack 30:

Goldmeadow Dodger

Pick: Goldmeadow Dodger

Pack 31:

Cloudcrown Oak, Oblivion Ring, Wanderer’s Twig, Hornet Harasser, Axegrinder Giant, Woodland Changeling, Kithkin Greatheart, Mournwhelk, Zephyr Net, Scarred
Vinebreeder, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Hoarder’s Greed, Elvish Promenade, Flamekin Spitfire, Dread

Pick: Dread

Pack 32:

Streambed Aquitects, Nameless Inversion, Battlewand Oak, Hurly-Burly, Plover Knights, Paperfin Rascal, Blades of Velis Vel, Elvish Handservant, Dawnfluke, Broken Ambitions, Briarhorn, Changeling Berserker, Hoarder’s Greed, Cairn Wanderer

Pick: Nameless Inversion

Pack 33:

Neck Snap, Pestermite, Leaf Gilder, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Thieving Sprite, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Faultgrinder, Faerie Trickery, Warren-Scourge Elf, Lairwatch Giant, Glarewielder, Squeaking Pie Sneak, Woodland Guidance

Pick: Squeaking Pie Sneak

Pack 34:

Avian Changeling, Bog-Strider Ash, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Springleaf Drum, Oakgnarl Warrior, Elvish Branchbender, Amoeboid Changeling, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Lace with Moonglove, Crib Swap, Vivid Crag, Ghostly Changeling

Pick: Mudbutton Torchrunner

Pack 35:

Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Oaken Brawler, Cenn’s Heir, Ringskipper, Black Poplar Shaman, Elvish Eulogist, Vivid Creek, Sentry Oak, Ego Erasure, Militia’s Pride, Plains

Pick: Boggart Sprite-Chaser

Pack 36:

Herbal Poultice, Lowland Oaf, Fistful of Force, Protective Bubble, Fire-Belly Changeling, Skeletal Changeling, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Crush Underfoot, Lys Alana Scarblade, Gilt-Leaf Seer

Pick: Skeletal Changeling

Pack 37:

Peppersmoke, Wispmare, Thieving Sprite, Faerie Trickery, Nightshade Stinger, Blades of Velis Vel, Elvish Handservant, Kithkin Mourncaller, Mountain

Pick: Peppersmoke

Pack 38:

Giant, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Bog-Strider Ash, Spring Cleaning, Blind-Spot Giant, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Boggart Birth Rite, Rebellion of the Flamekin

Pick: Boggart Birth Rite

Pack 39:

Hornet Harasser, Axegrinder Giant, Mournwhelk, Scarred Vinebreeder, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Hoarder’s Greed, Elvish Promenade

Pick: Hornet Harasser

Pack 40:

Hurly-Burly, Blades of Velis Vel, Elvish Handservant, Dawnfluke, Broken Ambitions, Hoarder’s Greed

Pick: Broken Ambitions

Pack 41:

Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Faultgrinder, Warren-Scourge Elf, Lairwatch Giant, Woodland Guidance

Pick: Boggart Sprite-Chaser

Pack 42:

Springleaf Drum, Oakgnarl Warrior, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Lace with Moonglove

Pick: Springleaf Drum

Pack 43:

Ringskipper, Elvish Eulogist, Plains

Pick: Plains

Pack 44:

Herbal Poultice, Gilt-Leaf Seer

Pick: Gilt-Leaf Seer

Pack 45:


Pick: Mountain

[Editor’s Note – Tiago accidentally sent this draft without a final decklist.
He’s currently in Malaysia, and thus isn’t in a position the send me the details.
Hopefully the actual draft process is enough until Tiago returns… I’ll post the
final decklist as soon as I get it. – Craig.]

Pick 3: I had two very good Black cards as my first picks, and I don’t like
mixing it with White, but after Goldmeadow Harrier (and Surge) the difference in
quality was abysmal so that I don’t think I could make any other pick here.

Pick 4: Sentinel of Glen Elendra was the one most fitting with my first picks,
though Smokebraider was also an option.

Pick 6: I wanted to pick Leaf Gilder, as it’s one of the best Green commons, but I
already had too many colors.

At the end of the first booster and in the beginning of the second I settled into
Red/Black, and things were a lot cleaner from there.

Round 1 I played against Red/White Kithkin aggro.

Game 1 my opponent won the die roll, and started with Goldmeadow Harrier. He followed with
Kithkin Greathart, Avian Changeling, Changeling Berserker, and Hillcomber
Giant. I missed two land drops on my fourth and fifth
turn, which prevented me playing Marsh Flitter and Dreamspoiler Witches
early. I stabilized at three life. I was about to turn the game, but he topdecked Ashling the Pilgrim for the final damage.

Game 2 we’re in the lategame, both with many lands in play and very few
cards in hand. I have Skeletal Changeling, Squeaking Pie-Sneak, Lowland Oaf,
and Hornet Harasser, while he only has Fire-Belly Changeling. He plays Changeling
Berserker. I’m holding Eyeblight’s Ending and Nameless Inversion, and I try
the two-for-one by playing Inversion on his creature, but he responds with
Wild Ricochet, killing my Lowland Oaf and Squeaking-Pie Sneak. Then, before the Berserker resolves, I
play Eyeblight’s Ending on my Hornet Harasser, as the Ending couldn’t deal
with the Changeling Berserker and he would only trade it for Hornet
Harasser if he wanted. I think this play was okay, as I got rid of the 5/3
right away. After all these plays, I’d lost both my removal
spells and three of my creatures, for his two creatures and his card,
leaving us both with nothing in hand and a Skeletal Changeling for me. Then
I drew four lands in a row, while he drew unknown card, Glarewielder,
Ashling the Pilgrim, and Purity.

Maybe I should have saved the Eyeblight’s Ending for later… that way I
wouldn’t lose to Ashling the Pilgrim. It would’ve been his Changeling Berserker
facing my Hornet Harasser and Skeletal Changeling, so even if he killed the
Hornet Harasser I had Skeletal Changeling to stop it. His Glarewielder would
give him an attack for eight damage, but I could kill his Ashling the Pilgrim next
turn and play for a little longer.

Rewinding even more, I had no need to play Nameless Inversion with
Changeling Berserker on the stack. Using the removal was only as good as blocking with my Skeletal Changeling,
and it couldn’t attack me. I was still going to be three-for-oned this game
at some point (with his Wild Ricochet). I had no need to play the removal here.

This second game was quite interesting as I had many decisions to make,
and I believe I made many on autopilot, when I should’ve
thought a little more about them. I don’t know if I would’ve won,
but it was challenging, unlike game o1 in which I had many cards in my hand
but I could not choose the cards I wanted to play – I either had to play the
ones I had mana for, or the ones neccessary for survival. Sometimes I win games where I
think I played sloppily, but this time I can actually identify it.

I’m gonna take a break until Morningtide is released online, as triple
Lorwyn drafts are becoming increasingly pointless. I’m excited to continue
when the new cards arrive, so I’ll see you next time on Drafting with Tiago
– Lorwyn/Lorwyn/Morningtide Edition!


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