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By: 88spartans88, Kurt Johanknecht
Apr 03 2008 10:21am
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Work kept me quite busy for the last couple of weeks but I was able to draft LLM a couple of times this past weekend.  This draft was in the 4-3-2-2 queue.


Pack 1:


Kithkin Greatheart, Mulldrifter, Footbottom Feast, Lowland Oaf, Lignify, Weed Strangle, Kithkin Healer, Ingot Chewer, Soaring Hope, Shimmering Grotto, Judge of Currents, Treefolk Harbinger, Hearthcage Giant, Glarewielder, Cloudthresher

Pick: Mulldrifter

Mulldrifter is a pretty easy pick here over Cloudthresher and its massive green committment.   I chose to stay neutral with a great splashable common.

Pack 2:


Kithkin Healer, Footbottom Feast, Axegrinder Giant, Lignify, Silvergill Douser, Oblivion Ring, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Wellgabber Apothecary, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Glen Elendra Pranksters, Entangling Trap, Faerie Harbinger

Pick: Oblivion Ring

Another neutral pick here - and a powerful splash card in Oblivion Ring.   Taking the Silvergill Douser and sticking with the blue from pick one is tempting.  But the rare was taken from this pack and I have no idea if blue will be open.

Pack 3:


Surge of Thoughtweft, Weed Strangle, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Woodland Changeling, Springleaf Drum, Skeletal Changeling, Aquitect's Will, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Spring Cleaning, Blind-Spot Giant, Prowess of the Fair, Elvish Harbinger, Sentry Oak

 Pick: Elvish Harbinger

Woodland Changeling and Elvish Harbinger are the best cards in this pack and a strong signal that green will be open in this pack and pack three.   The harbinger allows for an easier splash of either of the first two cards picked and Green White is a common archetype.  Green Blue is not so common but I've seen merfolk/elves work.

Pack 4:
Silvergill Douser, Bog-Strider Ash, Eyeblight's Ending, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Amoeboid Changeling, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Lace with Moonglove, Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Hunter of Eyeblights, Squeaking Pie Sneak, Swamp

Pick: Eyeblight's Ending

Another very clear signal with an awesome removal spell and a clear sign that black (and most likely green/black) are the colors I should be in.   A surprising Silvergill Douser is in this pack too.  It is very clear that white is being drafted to my right at this point.

Pack 5:

Lowland Oaf, Fistful of Force, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Cloudcrown Oak, Skeletal Changeling, Shields of Velis Vel, Fire-Belly Changeling, Elvish Branchbender, Treefolk Harbinger, Boggart Shenanigans, Stonybrook Angler

Pick: Cloudcrown Oak

Pack 6:

Deeptread Merrow, Kithkin Daggerdare, Warren Pilferers, Lace with Moonglove, Blind-Spot Giant, Exiled Boggart, Ponder, Heal the Scars, Vivid Grove, Incremental Growth

Pick: Incremental Growth

Warren Pilferers was really tempting and a strong pick here as well.

Pack 7:

Cloudcrown Oak, Wanderer's Twig, Hornet Harasser, Axegrinder Giant, Needle Drop, Springjack Knight, Heal the Scars, Inkfathom Divers, Boggart Birth Rite

Pick: Cloudcrown Oak

Pack 8:

Springleaf Drum, Oakgnarl Warrior, Glimmerdust Nap, Soulbright Flamekin, Kithkin Daggerdare, Bog Hoodlums, Protective Bubble, Flamekin Harbinger

Pick: Oakgnarl Warrior

With some Bosk Bannerets in the Morningtide pack - this is playable.

Pack 9:

Footbottom Feast, Lignify, Ingot Chewer, Soaring Hope, Shimmering Grotto, Hearthcage Giant, Glarewielder

Pick: Shimmering Grotto

Footbottom Feast is a very good card - but I need mana fixing with my first two splashable picks.  I am surprised looking at the draft now that the two good red cards tabled from pack one.  Both kithkin and the Judge of Currents are gone.

Pack 10:

Quill-Slinger Boggart, Wellgabber Apothecary, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Entangling Trap

Pick: Gilt-Leaf Seer

Pack 11:

Surge of Thoughtweft, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Springleaf Drum, Spring Cleaning, Prowess of the Fair

Pick: Surge of Thoughtweft

Pack 12:

Bog-Strider Ash, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Lace with Moonglove, Scarred Vinebreeder

Pick: Bog-Strider Ash

Pack 13:

Lowland Oaf, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Boggart Shenanigans

Pick: Lowland Oaf

Pack 14:

Lace with Moonglove, Exiled Boggart

Pick: Lace with Moonglove

Pack 15:

Heal the Scars

Pick: Heal the Scars

Pack 16:


Moonglove Extract, Hillcomber Giant, Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Dreamspoiler Witches, Battlewand Oak, Nath's Buffoon, Faultgrinder, Rootgrapple, Goldmeadow Dodger, Wings of Velis Vel, Tar Pitcher, Briarhorn, Crush Underfoot, Mosswort Bridge

Pick: Briarhorn

A pretty easy pick here and a great card to add to my GBwu deck.

Pack 17:

Inner-Flame Acolyte, Peppersmoke, Paperfin Rascal, Nath's Elite, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Oaken Brawler, Caterwauling Boggart, Tideshaper Mystic, Elvish Handservant, Broken Ambitions, Squeaking Pie Sneak, Fallowsage, Merrow Commerce, Thorn of Amethyst

Pick: Peppersmoke

This pick was probably influenced by those Silvergill Douser's that I passed in the first pack.  I don't have enough (nor am I likely to get enough) goblins to take Squeaking Pie Sneak.  The Nath's Elite is a good card, but at this point I'll take the removal and perhaps be able to pick up some Dreamspoiler Witches or enough changelings to allow it to cantrip.

Pack 18:
Smokebraider, Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Moonglove Winnower, Boggart Forager, Ringskipper, Hunt Down, Triclopean Sight, Nath's Buffoon, Wren's Run Vanquisher, Thorntooth Witch, Prowess of the Fair, Nova Chaser, Swamp

Pick: Wren's Run Vanquisher

The Thorntooth Witch is very tempting.  But Wren's Run Vanquisher is just too powerful.  And I'd rather have it with the potential for the kinship cards in Morningtide.

Pack 19:

Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Thieving Sprite, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Whirlpool Whelm, Boggart Loggers, Adder-Staff Boggart, Fertile Ground, Blades of Velis Vel, Elvish Handservant, Dawnfluke, Broken Ambitions, Masked Admirers

Pick: Masked Admirers

Sweet.  I'd love the Fertile Ground to table.  But a fourth pick Masked Admirers is great.  There really must only be one other green drafter at the table.

Pack 20:

Lys Alana Huntmaster, Runed Stalactite, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Leaf Gilder, Wings of Velis Vel, Caterwauling Boggart, Faerie Trickery, Nightshade Stinger, Inner-Flame Igniter

Pick: Lys Alana Huntmaster

Even better.  I'm feeling very good at this point.

Pack 21:

Whirlpool Whelm, Adder-Staff Boggart, Wispmare, Consuming Bonfire, Boggart Loggers, Dawnfluke, Black Poplar Shaman, Elvish Eulogist, Incremental Growth, Familiar's Ruse

Pick: Boggart Loggers

Tough choice over the second Incremental Growth.  I don't want the forestwalk used on me and this is a solid card no matter what.

Pack 22:

Smokebraider, Fertile Ground, Moonglove Winnower, Cenn's Heir, Boggart Forager, Facevaulter, Hunt Down, Giant's Ire, Flamekin Spitfire

Pick: Fertile Ground

Pack 23:

Hurly-Burly, Dreamspoiler Witches, Runed Stalactite, Nath's Elite, Warren-Scourge Elf, Lairwatch Giant, Spiderwig Boggart, Rebellion of the Flamekin

Pick: Dreamspoiler Witches

What is this doing here this late?  Amazing.

Pack 24:

Nath's Buffoon, Faultgrinder, Rootgrapple, Goldmeadow Dodger, Tar Pitcher, Crush Underfoot, Mosswort Bridge

Pick: Mosswort Bridge

Pack 25:

Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Oaken Brawler, Caterwauling Boggart, Tideshaper Mystic, Elvish Handservant, Thorn of Amethyst

Pick: Elvish Handservant

Pack 26:
Boggart Forager, Hunt Down, Nath's Buffoon, Prowess of the Fair, Swamp

Pick: Prowess of the Fair

Pack 27:

Thieving Sprite, Adder-Staff Boggart, Blades of Velis Vel, Dawnfluke

Pick: Thieving Sprite

Pack 28:

Caterwauling Boggart, Inner-Flame Igniter, Woodland Guidance

Pick: Inner-Flame Igniter

Pack 29:

Dawnfluke, Elvish Eulogist

Pick: Elvish Eulogist

Pack 30:

Hunt Down

Pick: Hunt Down

Pack 31:


Winnower Patrol, Seething Pathblazer, Final-Sting Faerie, Latchkey Faerie, Lunk Errant, Earthbrawn, Order of the Golden Cricket, Prickly Boggart, Stingmoggie, Festercreep, Deglamer, Wolf-Skull Shaman, Obsidian Battle-Axe, Daily Regimen, Cream of the Crop

Pick: Wolf-Skull Shaman

As tempting as Cream of the Crop is, along with Obsidian Battle-Axe - I believe that Wolf-Skull Shaman is the strongest card here.

Pack 32:

Burrenton Bombardier, Distant Melody, Game-Trail Changeling, Order of the Golden Cricket, Sunflare Shaman, Weed-Pruner Poplar, Shinewend, Merrow Witsniper, Morsel Theft, Lys Alana Bowmaster, Orchard Warden, Diviner's Wand, Recross the Paths, Stream of Unconsciousness

Pick: Game-Trail Changeling

Pack 33:

Moonglove Changeling, Burrenton Bombardier, Disperse, Brighthearth Banneret, Weight of Conscience, Festercreep, Hostile Realm, Coordinated Barrage, Negate, Bosk Banneret, Oona's Blackguard, Revive the Fallen, Winnower Patrol

Pick: Winnower Patrol

Bosk Banneret is certainly a choice, but I am hoping that either this one will table or that another will be available.

Pack 34:

Dewdrop Spy, Earthbrawn, Fire Juggler, Weed-Pruner Poplar, War-Spike Changeling, Violet Pall, Merrow Witsniper, Blightsoil Druid, Kindled Fury, Bosk Banneret, Rage Forger, Release the Ants

Pick: Violet Pall

Amazing that this great removal spell is here this late.

Pack 35:

Stream of Unconsciousness, Violet Pall, Burrenton Shield-Bearers, Fencer Clique, Lunk Errant, Stonybrook Schoolmaster, Negate, Prickly Boggart, Hostile Realm, Wandering Graybeard, Research the Deep

Pick: Violet Pall

Pack 36:

Fencer Clique, Changeling Sentinel, Dewdrop Spy, Reins of the Vinesteed, Sunflare Shaman, Luminescent Rain, Mudbutton Clanger, Shinewend, Pyroclast Consul, Cloak and Dagger

Pick: Cloak and Dagger

Perhaps the Pyroclast Consul would be a better hate draft.  But I may actually play the equipment against a very removal heavy deck.  But probably not.

Pack 37:

Fertilid, Squeaking Pie Grubfellows, Stonybrook Schoolmaster, Mothdust Changeling, Pulling Teeth, Roar of the Crowd, Everbark Shaman, Stinkdrinker Bandit, Daily Regimen

Pick: Fertilid

Pack 38:

Stream of Unconsciousness, Fire Juggler, Squeaking Pie Grubfellows, Everbark Shaman, Pulling Teeth, Floodchaser, Morsel Theft, Stomping Slabs

Pick: Everbark Shaman

Pack 39:

Seething Pathblazer, Lunk Errant, Earthbrawn, Prickly Boggart, Stingmoggie, Festercreep, Deglamer

Pick: Earthbrawn

Pack 40:

Sunflare Shaman, Weed-Pruner Poplar, Shinewend, Merrow Witsniper, Orchard Warden, Recross the Paths

Pick: Weed-Pruner Poplar

Pack 41:

Moonglove Changeling, Weight of Conscience, Festercreep, Hostile Realm, Revive the Fallen

Pick: Moonglove Changeling

Pack 42:

Fire Juggler, Blightsoil Druid, Kindled Fury, Bosk Banneret

Pick: Bosk Banneret

Pack 43:

Burrenton Shield-Bearers, Negate, Prickly Boggart

Pick: Prickly Boggart

Pack 44:
Reins of the Vinesteed, Luminescent Rain

Pick: Reins of the Vinesteed

Pack 45:

Squeaking Pie Grubfellows

Pick: Squeaking Pie Grubfellows

 Final Decklist:


7 Forest
2 Island
6 Swamp
1 Mosswort Bridge
1 Shimmering Grotto

1 Peppersmoke
1 Fertile Ground
1 Earthbrawn
1 Eyeblight's Ending
1 Incremental Growth
2 Violet Pall

1 Wren's Run Vanquisher
1 Bosk Banneret
1 Wolf-Skull Shaman
1 Elvish Harbinger
1 Gilt-Leaf Seer
1 Fertilid
1 Moonglove Changeling
1 Winnower Patrol [FOIL]
1 Briarhorn
2 Cloudcrown Oak
1 Lys Alana Huntmaster
1 Masked Admirers
1 Mulldrifter
1 Game-Trail Changeling
1 Weed-Pruner Poplar


1 Bog-Strider Ash
1 Boggart Loggers
1 Cloak and Dagger
1 Dreamspoiler Witches
1 Elvish Eulogist
1 Elvish Handservant
1 Everbark Shaman
1 Heal the Scars
1 Hunt Down
1 Inner-Flame Igniter
1 Lace with Moonglove
1 Lowland Oaf
1 Oakgnarl Warrior
1 Oblivion Ring
1 Plains
1 Prickly Boggart
1 Prowess of the Fair
1 Reins of the Vinesteed
1 Squeaking Pie Grubfellows
1 Surge of Thoughtweft
1 Thieving Sprite

Draft recording done by Blargware's MTGO DraftCap. Support Blargware! 

Match Summary

Round one was a 2-0 victory against a Green White deck that was not all that exciting.  He had no removal that I saw (no Coordinated Barrage, etc.)   I had removal and Incremental Growth both games.

Round two was a 2-1 victory against a Blue White Wizard deck (you could also call it Merfolk but I think it focused more on Wizards.)  Merrow Commerce was an effective card in game two for my opponent who had at least two Sage of Fables and a Surgespanner.    Game one was pretty straight forward with my aggressive start and Violet Pall to clear out some blockers at the end.  Game two was a long, drawn-out affair where Surgespanner effectively neutralized my Incremental Growth and the Merrow Commerce prevented a race.  Game three my opponent was stuck on two lands and by the time he found his third was too far behind.

Round three was all about white flyers.  And my inability to find my Cloudcrown Oaks.    Game one was the first chance I had to play Mosswort Bridge and I was able to hide a Cloudcrown Oak under it.  But then wasn't able to effectively use it.  Game two wasn't close as I made a bad choice to keep a hand with three swamps, two black spells and two green spells.  I proceeded to draw only green spells and no forests.

Draft Table Analysis

My opponent in round one played Green White though not particularly focused on either Kithkin or Elves. 

The drafter to my left lost in the first round but told me afterwards that he drafted white/black.

My second round opponent was two seats to my right and drafted a UW deck.

And my finals opponent was immediately to my right and drafted a white kithkin deck with a small splash that I don't recall.

It was pretty clear throughought the draft that white was totally cutoff both ways. 

Draft Summary

I believe that I did a good job of staying neutral in my first few picks this draft, and then reading the open colors and moving into them correctly.

 I thought the deck was quite good so I didn't stretch the splash to include Oblivion Ring.  I'm sure many would disagree with that as I had enough mana fixing.


by runeliger at Wed, 09/17/2008 - 14:04
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*shrugs* I suppose for a first attempt it was decent although I disagreed with some of your picks

by TheRegularGangster (Unregistered) (not verified) at Tue, 04/08/2008 - 12:46
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The Faerie/Rogue deck you should have had would have been so over the top, it probably would not have dropped a game . . . you dont pass those dousers.  Period.

2 mispicks (in my oppinion) by trumpetman (Unregistered) (not verified) at Thu, 04/03/2008 - 13:24
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Ok, so you don't want boggart loggers used against you, but you hate drafted when a bomb was in the pack.  Incremental growth is just a better card.  Also, I don't think wolf-skull shaman was a bad pick, but I think the raw power of the battle-axe is better.  You have lots of warriors, and early drops to compensate.  Other than that good job.

by MirrorMage at Thu, 04/03/2008 - 11:17
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You did a good job steering the course away from blue/white. I think your 3rd pick Elvish Harbringer saved you. I think most people would have picked double Douser and then instantly would have had a clunky draft pack two and three.
I think that once you noticed you were going to settle into green you should have reoptimised your draft strategy. The best colours for green are either G/R or G/B, and your deck could have been a little bit better if you noticed that red was flowing like crazy. Pick 11 and 12 Mudbottom Torchrunners pack 1? Pick 13 Inner Flame Igniter? That's a huge signal that you might have wanted to take advantage of.
But in the end, pack three did give the Violet Pails, so maybe it was better in the end, but had you opted for red, I would have tried to draft an aggro deck, picking the extra Incremenetal Growths and the Obsidian Battle-Axe.
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