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Quentin presents his first in-depth Lorwyn draft walkthrough.

Why Walk When You Can Fly?

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The letter T!his article doesn't need much of an introduction. It's the eagerly awaited first Lorwyn draft walkthrough. As the set is still new, picks are still uncertain, and people have yet to form clear and concise (and accurate) opinions about cards, there's more detail than normal. Note how most of the picks juggle tribal worth. At the beginning, tribal cards present diametrically opposed reactions. Some are powerful enough so that when you see them early, you dive into that archetype, whilst some just aren't powerful enough to warrant picking early because they only bloom in the right environment. It is a tricky line to walk between when picking a card is justified and when it is correct to pass it by. Let's crack some packs.

Pack 1

Pack 1, Pick 1

Pack 1 -- Click to enlarge Surge of Thoughtweft, Mulldrifter, Weed Strangle, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Woodland Changeling, Springleaf Drum, Kithkin Healer, Springjack Knight, Heal the Scars, Inkfathom Divers, Boggart Birth Rite, Hunter of Eyeblights, Woodland Guidance, Glarewielder, Liliana Vess

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Pack 1, Pick 2

Kithkin Healer, Deeptread Merrow, Kithkin Daggerdare, Herbal Poultice, Avian Changeling, Warren Pilferers, Aquitect's Will, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Spring Cleaning, Blind-Spot Giant, Giant Harbinger, Scattering Stroke, Silvergill Adept, Mad Auntie

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Pack 1, Pick 3

Moonglove Extract, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Oaken Brawler, Smokebraider, Stonybrook Angler, Fertile Ground, Dawnfluke, Broken Ambitions, Nath's Buffoon, Faultgrinder, Drowner of Secrets, Treefolk Harbinger, Spinerock Knoll

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Pack 1, Pick 4

Pestermite, Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Thieving Sprite, Kinsbaile Balloonist, Whirlpool Whelm, Black Poplar Shaman, Shimmering Grotto, Elvish Eulogist, Giant's Ire, Lairwatch Giant, Seedguide Ash, Prowess of the Fair

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Pack 1, Pick 5

Wispmare, Thieving Sprite, Hillcomber Giant, Warren-Scourge Elf, Lairwatch Giant, Spiderwig Boggart, Boggart Forager, Pollen Lullaby, Vivid Creek, Merrow Commerce, Thorn of Amethyst

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Pack 1, Pick 6

Battlewand Oak, Hurly-Burly, Plover Knights, Paperfin Rascal, Facevaulter, Hunt Down, Giant's Ire, Dawnfluke, Spellstutter Sprite, Knucklebone Witch

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Pack 1, Pick 7

Deeptread Merrow, Fistful of Force, Soulbright Flamekin, Shields of Velis Vel, Fire-Belly Changeling, Elvish Branchbender, Amoeboid Changeling, Entangling Trap, Vivid Crag

Pick: Amoeboid Changeling

Pack 1, Pick 8

Surge of Thoughtweft, Wellgabber Apothecary, Aquitect's Will, Mournwhelk, Zephyr Net, Scarred Vinebreeder, Hearthcage Giant, Merrow Commerce

Pick: Mournwhelk

Pack 1, Pick 9

Springleaf Drum, Kithkin Healer, Springjack Knight, Heal the Scars, Boggart Birth Rite, Woodland Guidance, Glarewielder

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Pack 1, Pick 10

Kithkin Healer, Herbal Poultice, Aquitect's Will, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Spring Cleaning, Scattering Stroke

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Pack 1, Pick 11

Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Oaken Brawler, Dawnfluke, Nath's Buffoon, Faultgrinder

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Pack 1, Pick 12

Boggart Sprite-Chaser, Black Poplar Shaman, Elvish Eulogist, Giant's Ire

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Pack 1, Pick 13

Wispmare, Boggart Forager, Merrow Commerce

Pick: Wispmare

Pack 1, Pick 14

Hunt Down, Dawnfluke

Pick: Dawnfluke

Pack 1, Pick 15

Shields of Velis Vel

Pick: Shields of Velis Vel

Nothing too special after the first pack. We're strongly in black, blue is looking to be the best partner, and we have a burgeoning Faerie theme. I want to pick up as many Dreamspoiler Witches as possible and to facilitate their strength, I will tend to favour instants if the choice is close. Faeries either use the Witches to lock up the game backed by counters, or they frustrate and stall opponents whilst nibbling in the air. The deck can go either way, so I'll be looking for both early creatures like Silvergill Douser and Streambed Aquitects to stall or some flyers and cheap removal / bounce to race with. I tend to prefer the former strategy, especially as I have yet to see how a Faerie deck filled with Ringskippers and Nightshade Stingers performs, although I have my doubts.

Pack 2

Pack 2, Pick 1

Pack 2 -- Click to enlarge Streambed Aquitects, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Nameless Inversion, Battlewand Oak, Hurly-Burly, Plover Knights, Ringskipper, Hunt Down, Triclopean Sight, Nath's Buffoon, Caterwauling Boggart, Briarhorn, Thundercloud Shaman, Woodland Guidance, Thoughtseize

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Pack 2, Pick 2

Dreamspoiler Witches, Nath's Elite, Neck Snap, Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Smokebraider, Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Black Poplar Shaman, Elvish Eulogist, Wings of Velis Vel, Caterwauling Boggart, Inner-Flame Igniter, Treefolk Harbinger, Nath of the Gilt-Leaf, Whirlpool Whelm

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Pack 2, Pick 3

Glimmerdust Nap, Cloudcrown Oak, Oblivion Ring, Wanderer's Twig, Axegrinder Giant, Woodland Changeling, Kinsbaile Skirmisher, Lace with Moonglove, Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Lammastide Weave, Giant Harbinger, Thoughtweft Trio

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Pack 2, Pick 4

Axegrinder Giant, Lignify, Quill-Slinger Boggart, Ingot Chewer, Soaring Hope, Shimmering Grotto, Judge of Currents, Lace with Moonglove, Ego Erasure, Veteran of the Depths, Vivid Marsh, Peppersmoke

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Pack 2, Pick 5

Wanderer's Twig, Bog-Strider Ash, Mudbutton Torchrunner, Springleaf Drum, Gilt-Leaf Seer, Protective Bubble, Ingot Chewer, Amoeboid Changeling, Vivid Grove, Hunter of Eyeblights, Guardian of Cloverdell

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Pack 2, Pick 6

Moonglove Winnower, Whirlpool Whelm, Leaf Gilder, Adder-Staff Boggart, Wispmare, Rootgrapple, Flamekin Brawler, Facevaulter, Makeshift Mannequin

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Pack 2, Pick 7

Adder-Staff Boggart, Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Spellstutter Sprite, Spiderwig Boggart, Flamekin Brawler, Tideshaper Mystic, Ethereal Whiskergill, Glen Elendra Pranksters

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Pack 2, Pick 8

Footbottom Feast, Kithkin Healer, Boggart Birth Rite, Zephyr Net, Bog Hoodlums, Lammastide Weave, Rebellion of the Flamekin, Fallowsage

Pick: Fallowsage

Pack 2, Pick 9

Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Hurly-Burly, Ringskipper, Hunt Down, Triclopean Sight, Nath's Buffoon, Woodland Guidance

Pick: Ringskipper

Pack 2, Pick 10

Smokebraider, Gilt-Leaf Ambush, Black Poplar Shaman, Elvish Eulogist, Wings of Velis Vel, Inner-Flame Igniter

Pick: Wings of Velis Vel

Pack 2, Pick 11

Axegrinder Giant, Lace with Moonglove, Scarred Vinebreeder, Springjack Knight, Lammastide Weave

Pick: Axegrinder Giant

Pack 2, Pick 12

Ingot Chewer, Soaring Hope, Lace with Moonglove, Ego Erasure

Pick: Ego Erasure

Pack 2, Pick 13

Gilt-Leaf Seer, Protective Bubble, Guardian of Cloverdell

Pick: Protective Bubble

Pack 2, Pick 14

Rootgrapple, Flamekin Brawler

Pick: Rootgrapple

Pack 2, Pick 15

Tideshaper Mystic

Pick: Tideshaper Mystic

Pack 2 went nicely. Plenty of cheap, efficient tricks, more Faeries, and the needed Witches. What am I looking for in the last pack? I still want some early defense so a Silvergill Douser or Streambed Aquitects wouldn't go amiss, and we've little countermagic so far so a Faerie Trickery or Broken Ambitions would be nice. And I want some more Witches...We have eighteen playables, about four of which I'm happy not to play, so the last pack is needed.

Pack 3

Pack 3, Pick 1

Pack 3 -- Click to enlarge Kithkin Greatheart, Mulldrifter, Footbottom Feast, Lowland Oaf, Lignify, Weed Strangle, Bog Hoodlums, Protective Bubble, Fire-Belly Changeling, Skeletal Changeling, Veteran of the Depths, Nectar Faerie, Thorntooth Witch, Epic Proportions, Glimmerdust Nap

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Pack 3, Pick 2

Fertile Ground, Moonglove Extract, Hillcomber Giant, Sentinels of Glen Elendra, Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Dreamspoiler Witches, Lairwatch Giant, Spellstutter Sprite, Spiderwig Boggart, Flamekin Brawler, Tar Pitcher, Briarhorn, Eyes of the Wisent, Burrenton Forge-Tender

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Pack 3, Pick 3

Dreamspoiler Witches, Battlewand Oak, Oaken Brawler, Pestermite, Hurly-Burly, Peppersmoke, Rootgrapple, Nightshade Stinger, Faultgrinder, Faerie Trickery, Jagged-Scar Archers, Goatnapper, Boggart Harbinger

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Pack 3, Pick 4

Deeptread Merrow, Kithkin Daggerdare, Herbal Poultice, Warren Pilferers, Lowland Oaf, Inkfathom Divers, Needle Drop, Soaring Hope, Elvish Branchbender, Kithkin Harbinger, Prowess of the Fair, Deathrender

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Pack 3, Pick 5

Oakgnarl Warrior, Glimmerdust Nap, Soulbright Flamekin, Kithkin Daggerdare, Spring Cleaning, Exiled Boggart, Shields of Velis Vel, Needle Drop, Boggart Shenanigans, Familiar's Ruse, Windbrisk Heights

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Pack 3, Pick 6

Moonglove Winnower, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Paperfin Rascal, Nath's Elite, Goldmeadow Dodger, Faerie Trickery, Nightshade Stinger, Blades of Velis Vel, Elvish Handservant, Ceaseless Searblades

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Pack 3, Pick 7

Streambed Aquitects, Boggart Loggers, Runed Stalactite, Inner-Flame Acolyte, Warren-Scourge Elf, Blades of Velis Vel, Cenn's Heir, Ringskipper, Flamekin Harbinger

Happy, happy, happy.

Pick: Streambed Aquitects

Pack 3, Pick 8

Bog-Strider Ash, Herbal Poultice, Oakgnarl Warrior, Blind-Spot Giant, Exiled Boggart, Heal the Scars, Crush Underfoot, Changeling Berserker

Pick: Changeling Berserker

Pack 3, Pick 9

Bog Hoodlums, Protective Bubble, Fire-Belly Changeling, Veteran of the Depths, Nectar Faerie, Thorntooth Witch, Glimmerdust Nap

Pick: Glimmerdust Nap

Pack 3, Pick 10

Stinkdrinker Daredevil, Lairwatch Giant, Spellstutter Sprite, Spiderwig Boggart, Flamekin Brawler, Burrenton Forge-Tender

Pick: Spellstutter Sprite

Pack 3, Pick 11

Oaken Brawler, Rootgrapple, Nightshade Stinger, Faultgrinder, Faerie Trickery

Pick: Faerie Trickery

Pack 3, Pick 12

Herbal Poultice, Lowland Oaf, Soaring Hope, Prowess of the Fair

Pick: Lowland Oaf

Pack 3, Pick 13

Exiled Boggart, Shields of Velis Vel, Boggart Shenanigans

Pick: Boggart Shenanigans

Pack 3, Pick 14

Goldmeadow Dodger, Nightshade Stinger

Pick: Nightshade Stinger

Pack 3, Pick 15

Cenn's Heir

Pick: Cenn's Heir

Deck Building

I've thirty-one playables to choose from, but some of them can be quickly discarded. Firstly, the Oblivion Ring is not going to be splashed and there are few early guys to use the Springleaf Drum with. This puts Fallowsage in the board, which is no problem as the deck has plenty of things to do on turn four. This also helps set the Mournwhelk and Scattering Stroke aside as this deck has plenty of late game.

The last three contenders for the final slot were the second Glimmerdust Nap, the Amoeboid Changeling, and the Hunter of Eyeblights. The Hunter was the first to be discarded as the deck already has four fine five-drops and, as I mentioned earlier, it is a little too slow for this deck. The Changeling doesn't do very much for the deck. It makes the Spellstutter Sprites better, but they are already pretty fine, and the little guy doesn't fizzle enough spells or effects as some of its predecessors have done. It is better in a Merfolk deck where it lets your Streambed Aquitects pump everything. This leaves the Glimmerdust Nap as the default inclusion, which suits me fine as it helps to shut off cards like Imperious Perferct and big men that the deck will struggle with. The deck will definitely play eighteen land as it has so many expensive spells that it must get there and cannot afford to stumble.


I was expecting great things from the deck. In the first round, my Elf opponent resolved an Imperious Perfect and Lys Alana Huntmaster as I had to tap out to keep up whilst on the draw and couldn't keep my counter open. I couldn't draw an answer to the Perfect in time, but the deck has a hard time dealing with the Huntmaster anyway. Not the best matchup. I drew seven land in a row after I kept my opening hand in the second game and lost to double Huntmaster and a Pilferered Perfect. He flashed me the Garruk Wildspeaker in his grip at the end of the match. A first round loss is disappointing, but the mana screw combined with the awesome power of his deck doesn't make me worry much. He went on to win the draft without dropping a game to boot.

I liked my deck, especially as anything with three Dreamspoiler Witches and ten instants is something to be feared. Even now, though, how to go about drafting the various archetypes is still in question. Have I given the right cards the correct value or should, for instance, I have picked Pestermite over Witches? To the forums.

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