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Drafting Commons in Lorwyn - Blue - Arthur Childers (3/27/2008)

Well by now everyone is deep into drafting with Morningtide
Morningtide
MorningtideSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
10
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Remove all cards in all graveyards from the game.
, most places I go to still do a Lorwyn/Morningtide
Morningtide
MorningtideSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
10
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Remove all cards in all graveyards from the game.
mix which is a good thing. Back when we were drafting strictly Coldsnap it quickly became a bit boring as it was such a small set, we would probably run into the same problem with Morningtide
Morningtide
MorningtideSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
10
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Remove all cards in all graveyards from the game.
since it is a smaller set.

Okay, on with the blue commons in the Lorwyn set.

Aethersnipe
Aethersnipe
AethersnipeSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Number:
50
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Æthersnipe comes into play, return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand. Evoke 1UU (You may play this spell for its evoke cost. If you do, it's sacrificed when it comes into play.)

Would I draft it? Yes
Usefulness 4
As a quick fix for 3 mana to bounce back a permanent (including a planeswalker) will give you a shot at countering it next time it is played or remove an obstacle preventing you from busting through for a win. If you can get it hardcasted its not a bad 4/4 creature.

Amoeboid Changeling
Amoeboid Changeling
Amoeboid ChangelingSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shapeshifter
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Changeling (This card is every creature type at all times.) T: Target creature gains all creature types until end of turn. T: Target creature loses all creature types until end of turn.

Would I draft it? Yes
Usefulness 4.5
Yes I did write he was my little friend but he was a lot more useful when the set came out and people were not used to drafting or playing in tribal formats. He is still quite useful in a draft format but I don’t expect him to see much play in competitive decks.

Aquitect’s Will
Would I draft it? Yes
Usefulness 2.5
This card is strictly useful if you have drafted Merfolk, but since Merfolk have gotten such a popularity boost with Lorwyn draft this if you’re trying to go with them as either a main drafted tribe or as splashed creatures.

Broken Ambitions
Broken Ambitions
Broken AmbitionsSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays x. Clash with an opponent. If you win, that spell's controller puts the top four cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard. (Each clashing player reveals the top card of his or her library, then puts that card on the top or bottom. A player wins if his or her card had a higher converted mana cost.)

Would I draft it? Yes
Usefulness 3
Once again this is a card that is very useful in a merfolk/mill deck with it’s clash ability but it is also a great counterspell because you can pump it past their mana threshold.

Deeptread Merrow
Deeptread Merrow
Deeptread MerrowSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Rogue
Rarity:
C
Number:
57
Artist:
Terese Nielsen & Philip Tan
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
U: Deeptread Merrow gains islandwalk until end of turn.

Would I draft it? Yes
Usefulness 3.5
Another one of the useful Merfolk commons in the set that for one blue you can give Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
walk. This teams well with Aquitect’s Will.

Faerie Trickery
Faerie Trickery
Faerie TrickerySet: Lorwyn
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Tribal Instant
Sub Type:
Faerie
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Counter target non-Faerie spell. If that spell is countered this way, remove it from the game instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.

Would I draft it? Yes
Usefulness 3.5
With all the blue Merfolk and faeries in the blue and black of this set this is a useful for not only countering a spell but removing it from the game as well.

Glimmerdust Nap
Glimmerdust Nap
Glimmerdust NapSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Enchant tapped creature Enchanted creature doesn't untap during its controller's untap step.

Would I draft it? Yes
Usefulness 4
A good lockdown for any creature. You can lock down its ability or the ability to attack and block, this doesn’t work so great on Merfolk If Merrow Reejerey
Merrow Reejerey
Merrow ReejereySet: Lorwyn
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
74
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Other Merfolk creatures you control get +1/+1. Whenever you play a Merfolk spell, you may tap or untap target permanent.
is out though.

Inkfathom Divers
Inkfathom Divers
Inkfathom DiversSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Steven Belledin
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Islandwalk When Inkfathom Divers comes into play, look at the top four cards of your library, then put them back in any order.

Would I draft it? Maybe
Usefulness 3
The Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
walk is a good thing as well as the come into play scry for 4 ability. The only downside is the 5 casting cost with 2 color specific mana.

Mulldrifter
Mulldrifter
MulldrifterSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Number:
76
Artist:
Eric Fortune
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Mulldrifter comes into play, draw two cards. Evoke 2U (You may play this spell for its evoke cost. If you do, it's sacrificed when it comes into play.)

Would I draft it? Yes
Usefulness 5
If you can hard cast it, a 2/2 for 5 isn't all that great, but the secondary ability to draw two cards makes it much better. Using its Evoke cost for a quick two card draw sometimes will make all the difference in a close game.

Paperfin Rascal
Paperfin Rascal
Paperfin RascalSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Rogue
Rarity:
C
Number:
77
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Paperfin Rascal comes into play, clash with an opponent. If you win, put a +1/+1 counter on Paperfin Rascal. (Each clashing player reveals the top card of his or her library, then puts that card on the top or bottom. A player wins if his or her card had a higher converted mana cost.)

Would I draft it? Yes
Usefulness 3 (except in a merfolk heavy deck)
A 2/2 for 3 isn't bad, but if you can win the clash it is a 3/3 for 3 which makes it much better. In a merfolk deck it is a solid player

Pestermite
Pestermite
PestermiteSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faerie Rogue
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flash Flying When Pestermite comes into play, you may tap or untap target permanent.

Would I draft it? Yes
Usefulness 4.5
A flying 2/1 flash for 3 isn't bad but if you can flash it in to tap a big hitter coming your way it's all the better. If you can then use the flyer to inflict some damage all the better.

Ponder
Ponder
PonderSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
79
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Look at the top three cards of your library, then put them back in any order. You may shuffle your library. Draw a card.

Would I draft it? Yes
Usefulness 5
A solid scry 3 and draw one of them is a solid help in any format, in a merfolk deck it is awesome. In a Faerie flying deck it is good to get a card you are going to need.

Protective Bubble
Protective Bubble
Protective BubbleSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
80
Artist:
Steve Ellis
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature is unblockable and has shroud. (It can't be the target of spells or abilities.)

Would I drat it? Maybe
Usefulness 3
Making a creature unblockable is an awesome thing and giving it shroud to make it untargetable is even better. The only downside to this card is the 4 casting cost, by the time you’re up to 4 mana you better have more options than just this one to play out.

Ringskipper
Ringskipper
RingskipperSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faerie Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
81
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying When Ringskipper is put into a graveyard from play, clash with an opponent. If you win, return Ringskipper to its owner's hand. (Each clashing player reveals the top card of his or her library, then puts that card on the top or bottom. A player wins if his or her card had a higher converted mana cost.)

Would I draft it? Yes
Usefulness 3
A 1/1 for 2 is a good early chump blocker but this one can come back to your hand by winning a clash when it is on the way to the graveyard.

Sentinel
Sentinel
SentinelSet: Chronicles
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Randy Asplund
Power:
1
Toughness:
*
Text:
When Sentinel comes into play, its toughness is equal to 1.0: Change Sentinel's toughness to 1 plus the power of target creature blocking or blocked by Sentinel.
s Of Glen Elendra
Would I draft it? Yes
Usefulness 4
A flash in 2/3 flyer is good for a surprise blocker but the higher casting cost is once again its only drawback. This is mitigated by having only 1 color specific mana.

Silvergill Douser
Silvergill Douser
Silvergill DouserSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target creature gets -X/-0 until end of turn, where X is the number of Merfolk and/or Faeries you control.

Would I draft it? Yes
Usefulness 5
With the larger amount of merfolk, faeries , and changelings in the Lorwyn set this card can reduce the power of any heavy hitter coming at you.

Spellstutter Sprite
Spellstutter Sprite
Spellstutter SpriteSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faerie Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
89
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flash Flying When Spellstutter Sprite comes into play, counter target spell with converted mana cost X or less, where X is the number of Faeries you control.

Would I draft it? Yes
Usefulness 3
As a counterspell it is good for lower casting cost creatures but you have to realize the bigger spell you are trying to counter you have to have enough Faeries. This flash-in flyer is a good quick blocker if needed.

Stonybrook Angler
Stonybrook Angler
Stonybrook AnglerSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
90
Artist:
Larry MacDougall
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
1U, T: You may tap or untap target creature.

Would I draft it? Yes
Usefulness 2
A 1/2 for 2 is a good average early drop creature, along with all the merfolk in the set he is good to tap to set off other abilities but his own ability come with a 2 casting cost with 1 color specific mana.

Streambed Aquitects
Streambed Aquitects
Streambed AquitectsSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Scout
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
William O'Connor
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Target Merfolk creature gets +1/+1 and gains islandwalk until end of turn. T: Target land becomes an Island until end of turn.

Would I draft it Yes
Usefulness 4
A merfolk with a non-pay tap ability, it can boost another merfolk by +1/+1 and give it islandwalk or make another land an island until the end of turn. Two of this card is especially useful if you have Wanderwine Prophets
Wanderwine Prophets
Wanderwine ProphetsSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
95
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Champion a Merfolk (When this comes into play, sacrifice it unless you remove another Merfolk you control from the game. When this leaves play, that card returns to play.) Whenever Wanderwine Prophets deals combat damage to a player, you may sacrifice a Merfolk. If you do, take an extra turn after this one.
in play.

Tideshaper Mystic
Tideshaper Mystic
Tideshaper MysticSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target land becomes the basic land type of your choice until end of turn. Play this ability only during your turn.

Would I draft it? Yes
Usefulness 4
Another landchanging Merfolk that doesn’t need anything but to tap to change a land plus a quick early drop 1/1 for 1.

Whirlpool Whelm
Whirlpool Whelm
Whirlpool WhelmSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
96
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Text:
Clash with an opponent, then return target creature to its owner's hand. If you win, you may put that creature on top of its owner's library instead. (Each clashing player reveals the top card of his or her library, then puts that card on the top or bottom. A player wins if his or her card had a higher converted mana cost.)

Would I draft it? Yes
Usefulness 3
This is a conditional creature removal that will not completely remove the creature from the game. It will either put it back in your opponents hand or on top of their library.

Wings Of Velis Vel
Velis Vel
Velis VelSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Lorwyn
Rarity:
C
Number:
40
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Each creature gets +1/+1 for each other creature on the battlefield that shares at least one creature type with it. (For example, if two Elemental Shamans and an Elemental Spirit are on the battlefield, each gets +2/+2.) Whenever you roll {C}, target creature gains all creature types until end of turn.

Would I draft it? Yes
Usefulness 4.5
For a 2 cost you can use this instant to block a flyer or make a ground based creature big enough to survive an attack by another creature, I have always loved splashing blue for this card.

Zephyr Net
Zephyr Net
Zephyr NetSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature has defender and flying.

Would I draft it? Yes
Usefulness 3
To make a flyer is a good thing but to make it defender only isn’t the best thing. Usually if you are playing blue you usually have a flyer since blue is the most popular color for flyers.

Well this is the 23 Blue in the set and I promise the last 23 in Black will be coming soon and then the Morningtide
Morningtide
MorningtideSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
10
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Remove all cards in all graveyards from the game.
set.


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