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Drafting With Kyle - RTR/RTR/RTR #4


Kyle Boggemes
Kyle Boggemes

About Kyle Boggemes

Kyle is a tournament Magic player who enjoys writing about the game and drafting is his favorite format. He has a number of high-profile finishes under his belt:

  • Second place finish at Pro Tour San Diego
  • 4th place GP: Washington DC
  • Two Limited GP top 16s

Drafting with Kyle - RTR/RTR/RTR #4

Booster 1 - Return to Ravnica

Pack 1 pick 1:

Inaction Injunction Electrickery Rakdos Shred-Freak Rakdos Cackler Paralyzing Grasp Gore-House Chainwalker Racecourse Fury Stonefare Crocodile Axebane Stag Essence Backlash Destroy the Evidence Nivmagus Elemental New Prahv Guildmage Izzet Guildgate

My Pick: New Prahv Guildmage

There isn’t much in competition with the guildmage.  I prefer the white guilds over the others so I’m happy to open it.

Pack 1 pick 2:

Grim Roustabout Splatter Thug Towering Indrik Rakdos Shred-Freak Selesnya Guildgate Giant Growth Knightly Valor Chronic Flooding Traitorous Instinct Common Bond Faerie Impostor Slitherhead Havoc Festival

My Pick: Towering Indrik

I’ve come around to splashing in my decks and the dip into green makes it easier (Gatecreeper Vine and Axebane Guardian).  Although Knightly Valor will keep me in two colors, the Giant Spider is strong enough to consider a splash on the guildmage.

Pack 1 pick 3:

Trained Caracal Azorius Arrester Eyes in the Skies Inspiration Sewer Shambler Survey the Wreckage Gatecreeper Vine Trestle Troll Phantom General Seek the Horizon Frostburn Weird Izzet Staticaster

My Pick: Frostburn Weird

I really like this card as do most people by now.  This pick gives me the option to be Azorius splashing Towering Indrik.  It was a difficult pick and I went with the best card in a vacuum. 

Pack 1 pick 4:

Concordia Pegasus Swift Justice Daggerdrome Imp Codex Shredder Cancel Isperia's Skywatch Horncaller's Chant Sundering Growth Lobber Crew Grave Betrayal Izzet Guildgate

My Pick: Concordia Pegasus

At the beginning, I could table this card.  It has been a few drafts since I have been able to get my hands on one so I took it earlier and was not disappointed. 

Pack 1 pick 5:

Keening Apparition Terrus Wurm Dynacharge Golgari Guildgate Dark Revenant Mind Rot Explosive Impact Common Bond Faerie Impostor

My Pick: Keening Apparition

At this point, I’m Azorious with a Selesnya card.  I avoid the Common Bond because splashing for a combat trick is a risky maneuver.  It’s also worth noting that Keening Apparition has been very solid for me in every white draft. 

Pack 1 pick 6:

Tenement Crasher Drainpipe Vermin Assassin's Strike Aerial Predation Dark Revenant Chronic Flooding Perilous Shadow Cobblebrute Guild Feud

My Pick: Aerial Predation

There’s nothing for me in Azorious and I have the option to play the removal spell.  It’s also a card I would rather not face.

Pack 1 pick 7:

Tenement Crasher Crosstown Courier Drainpipe Vermin Search Warrant Giant Growth Pursuit of Flight Golgari Longlegs Bazaar Krovod

My Pick: Giant Growth

Another Azorious-free pack; it may be time to move in and ditch the weird.

Pack 1 pick 8:

Tenement Crasher Swift Justice Judge's Familiar Tablet of the Guilds Runewing Perilous Shadow Golgari Longlegs

My Pick: Swift Justice

I hedge with the card that I’m happy with in Azorious and Selesnya.

Pack 1 pick 9:

Electrickery Racecourse Fury Stonefare Crocodile Axebane Stag Essence Backlash Destroy the Evidence

My Pick: Axebane Stag

Pack 1 pick 10:

Rakdos Shred-Freak Giant Growth Traitorous Instinct Faerie Impostor Havoc Festival

My Pick: Giant Growth

Green looks pretty open; I basically missed out on Common Bond and blew a pick on the weird.

Pack 1 pick 11:

Trained Caracal Survey the Wreckage Seek the Horizon Izzet Staticaster

My Pick: Izzet Staticaster

Pack 1 pick 12:

Cancel Isperia's Skywatch Grave Betrayal

My Pick: Isperia's Skywatch

I can splash this in Selesnya.

Pack 1 pick 13:

Terrus Wurm

My Pick: Terrus Wurm

Pack 1 pick 14:

Drainpipe Vermin

My Pick: Drainpipe Vermin

Booster 2 - Return to Ravnica

Pack 2 pick 1:

Sunspire Griffin Korozda Monitor Selesnya Guildgate Codex Shredder Abrupt Decay Dispel Chronic Flooding Cobblebrute Pursuit of Flight Horncaller's Chant Hussar Patrol Skyline Predator Bloodfray Giant Jarad's Orders

My Pick: Sunspire Griffin

This is a mediocre pack for me so I go with the cheap efficient beater.

Pack 2 pick 2:

Trained Caracal Seller of Songbirds Viashino Racketeer Gatecreeper Vine Carnival Hellsteed Giant Growth Voidwielder Chronic Flooding Mind Rot Spawn of Rix Maadi Sluiceway Scorpion Goblin Rally Street Spasm

My Pick: Voidwielder

I can take this or Gatecreeper Vine, but I stay with the powerful spell.  This was likely a mistake as I could use some fixing.

Pack 2 pick 3:

Tenement Crasher Rootborn Defenses Search Warrant Frostburn Weird Rakdos Keyrune Trostani's Judgment Runewing Dispel Perilous Shadow Traitorous Instinct Hover Barrier Guild Feud

My Pick: Trostani's Judgment

Pack 2 pick 4:

Keening Apparition Crosstown Courier Sewer Shambler Viashino Racketeer Electrickery Grisly Salvage Judge's Familiar Counterflux Mind Rot Druid's Deliverance Sphere of Safety

My Pick: Keening Apparition

Pack 2 pick 5:

Trained Caracal Korozda Monitor Blistercoil Weird Trestle Troll Stab Wound Seek the Horizon Dreg Mangler Cancel Runewing Druid's Deliverance

My Pick: Korozda Monitor

Some pretty solid black cards, but I’m already splashing for blue.  It’s best to stick with the solid creature.

Pack 2 pick 6:

Tenement Crasher Armory Guard Avenging Arrow Grim Roustabout Launch Party Korozda Monitor Tower Drake Bellows Lizard Sundering Growth

My Pick: Avenging Arrow

I initially underrated this card, but was impressed playing against it.  There weren’t any amazing creatures I could take anyway so it was worth the chance.

Pack 2 pick 7:

Downsize Terrus Wurm Cremate Deviant Glee Search Warrant Blustersquall Golgari Longlegs Gobbling Ooze

My Pick: Golgari Longlegs

You need some fat creatures in these green white decks to punch through the opposing creatures that don’t get over the walls.

Pack 2 pick 8:

Tenement Crasher Drainpipe Vermin Search Warrant Golgari Keyrune Giant Growth Bazaar Krovod Nivix Guildmage

My Pick: Giant Growth

I can’t imagine being sad with three of this card.

Pack 2 pick 9:

Korozda Monitor Codex Shredder Dispel Cobblebrute Horncaller's Chant Skyline Predator

My Pick: Korozda Monitor

Pack 2 pick 10:

Trained Caracal Viashino Racketeer Mind Rot Spawn of Rix Maadi Sluiceway Scorpion

My Pick: Sluiceway Scorpion

Pack 2 pick 11:

Tenement Crasher Search Warrant Dispel Guild Feud

My Pick: Dispel

I’ll sideboard this even if I’m splashing blue against the right deck.

Pack 2 pick 12:

Crosstown Courier Electrickery Mind Rot

My Pick: Electrickery

Pack 2 pick 13:

Trained Caracal Seek the Horizon

My Pick: Trained Caracal

Pack 2 pick 14:

Bellows Lizard

My Pick: Bellows Lizard

Booster 3 - Return to Ravnica

Pack 3 pick 1:

Azorius Arrester Crosstown Courier Terrus Wurm Dynacharge Rubbleback Rhino Chemister's Trick Jace, Architect of Thought Isperia's Skywatch Ogre Jailbreaker Ultimate Price Explosive Impact Coursers' Accord Thoughtflare Street Sweeper

My Pick: Jace, Architect of Thought

I would like to play this card even though I’m in Selesnya.  This means I have to choose a base color and splash the other two.  Green looks like the base because Korozda Monitor is double green.  I will have to abandon the Sunspire Griffin.

Pack 3 pick 2:

Tenement Crasher Trained Caracal Inspiration Grim Roustabout Rakdos Shred-Freak Azorius Guildgate Zanikev Locust Azorius Keyrune Hallowed Fountain Stealer of Secrets Runewing Urban Burgeoning Dramatic Rescue

My Pick: Hallowed Fountain

Nice rares!

It’s nice that these aren’t even rare-drafts.  I could really use some Azorious duals.

Pack 3 pick 3:

Towering Indrik Vassal Soul Teleportal Treasured Find Knightly Valor Stealer of Secrets Dispel Pursuit of Flight Horncaller's Chant Sundering Growth Gobbling Ooze Ash Zealot

My Pick: Towering Indrik

This deck is looking pretty defensive so I’m happy to get another one of these.

Pack 3 pick 4:

Sunspire Griffin Swift Justice Drainpipe Vermin Grim Roustabout Drudge Beetle Skull Rend Selesnya Guildgate Izzet Staticaster Runewing Horncaller's Chant Golgari Longlegs

My Pick: Selesnya Guildgate

I need some mana fixing and I’m not missing anything exciting.

Pack 3 pick 5:

Selesnya Sentry Armory Guard Downsize Cremate Deviant Glee Centaur Healer Grisly Salvage Lyev Skyknight Stonefare Crocodile Azorius Justiciar

My Pick: Centaur Healer

It looked like I was heavy green and decided to stick with the card that was easier to cast.  It was a very close call between the Lyev Skynight.

Pack 3 pick 6:

Selesnya Sentry Drudge Beetle Trestle Troll Fencing Ace Frostburn Weird Rakdos Charm Ogre Jailbreaker Catacomb Slug Axebane Stag

My Pick: Drudge Beetle

I needed some filler creatures to play early.

Pack 3 pick 7:

Aquus Steed Chemister's Trick Fall of the Gavel Tower Drake Perilous Shadow Centaur's Herald Chorus of Might Destroy the Evidence

My Pick: Centaur's Herald

Pack 3 pick 8:

Terrus Wurm Deviant Glee Survey the Wreckage Golgari Charm Racecourse Fury Axebane Stag Archweaver

My Pick: Archweaver

Pack 3 pick 9:

Terrus Wurm Rubbleback Rhino Chemister's Trick Isperia's Skywatch Ogre Jailbreaker Street Sweeper

My Pick: Isperia's Skywatch

Pack 3 pick 10:

Tenement Crasher Trained Caracal Inspiration Runewing Urban Burgeoning

My Pick: Runewing

I would rather have an additional flyer than Inspiration.

Pack 3 pick 11:

Dispel Horncaller's Chant Sundering Growth Gobbling Ooze

My Pick: Dispel

Pack 3 pick 12:

Drainpipe Vermin Skull Rend Horncaller's Chant

My Pick: Horncaller's Chant

Pack 3 pick 13:

Downsize Cremate

My Pick: Downsize

Pack 3 pick 14:

Catacomb Slug

My Pick: Catacomb Slug

I was pleased with my deck and my ability to open Jace.

The mana was surprisingly reliable for a deck that was playing more than just a couple spells for the third color.  My actual “splash” ended up being white with eight spells.  The fact that both duals produced white allowed me to play only three Plains.  I wanted more than the bare minimum because some of the white spells were combat tricks and I didn’t want to get bottlenecked.

Notable exclusions:

  • Sunspire Griffin- The double white would be too hard to pull off.
  • Dispel- This card continually impresses me and it was close to being maindecked.
  • Aerial Predation- Most of my creatures could handle flyers so it remains as an important sideboard card.
  • The seven drop green creatures- I had too many things to do with my mana already.

Match 1 Game 1

I win the die roll and go first.  We both keep seven.

The game starts as a race between Keening Apparition and Runewing versus Dead Reveler and Thrill-Kill AssassinAvenging Arrow takes care of an early unleashed Roustabout.  Swift Justice takes out the Thrill-Kill.  Giant Growth handles Batterhorn.

The major draw to these Selesnya/Bant decks is the abundance of tricks, but you also can’t lose focus of drafting creatures.  Most of the tricks are used in combat which is why Dispel was a contender for the maindeck.

I don’t sideboard in anything.

Match 1 Game 2

He’s on the play and mulls to six, while I keep seven.

This wasn’t much of a game as he gets mana screwed and I have a draw that spits out a creature each turn.  Notice the interaction between Keening Apparition and Deviant Glee.  Assuming he wasn’t mana screwed, the 4 power would be awkward for Towering Indrik and this is a nice answer.

Match 2 Game 1

I lose the die roll, go second, and we both keep seven.

I got stuck at 5 lands and all three six drops for a little while.  A Street Spasm killed two of my guys and then it was returned with Treasure Find.  The Horncaller's Chant was a turn too fast for me to stabilize.

Sideboard in: Dispel

Sideboard out: 1 Keening Apparition

Match 2 Game 2

I go first and we both keep seven.

I have a fast draw and eke out a game with flyers.  Dispel was very good for me this game because it countered Street Spasm when he tried to kill my Golgari Longlegs in response to Giant Growth.

Match 2 Game 3

He’s on the play and we both keep seven.

The game goes back and forth during the early game, but he plays Pack Rats.  I’m a little slow getting my sixth land again and die to the rats.  The game ended up being closer than I expected because Isperia's Skywatch was very impressive.

What I learned:

  1. Pack Rats are good.
  2. No seriously, Pack Rats are really good.
  3. The Axebane Guardian and Gatecreeper Vine would have been very good for my deck.  I should have been taking those as well as the Selesnya Guildgates higher.  The fact that I had two games end with six drops in my hand says I need more mana sources and not just leave it at color requirements.
  4. Bant has a lot of tricks which makes it an attractive color combination.
  5. Dispel was very good the one game I drew it.

Thanks for reading,


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