Drafting With Kenji – TPF #1

Richie Hoaen, our resident draft expert for many a month, has decided to hang up his boots… and in his place we’re proud to announce Kenji Tsumura! As before, Kenji will take us through a Time Spiral draft from pick 1 to pick 45, before sharing his draft deck and commenting briefly on the games. Thanks for the great run, Rich, we’ll miss you… and hello Kenji!


Pack 1:

Cancel, Penumbra Spider, Pentarch Ward, Assassinate, Thallid Germinator, Divine Congregation, Mindlash Sliver, Jhoira’s Timebug,
Jedit’s Dragoons, Vampiric Sliver, Thick-Skinned Goblin, Aspect of Mongoose, Scion of the Ur-Dragon, Fiery Justice, Candles of Leng

Pick: Penumbra Spider

Pack 2:

Looter il-Kor, Spinneret Sliver, Ivory Giant, Grapeshot, Mindstab, Clockspinning, Sidewinder Sliver, Viscid Lemures, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss, Paradox Haze, Fury Sliver, Tromp the Domains, Disenchant, Aspect of Mongoose

Pick: Tromp the Domains

Pack 3:

Snapback, Aether Web, Cloudchaser Kestrel, Drudge Reavers, Goblin Skycutter, Sprout, Aetherflame Wall, Pit Keeper, Sage of Epityr, Dreadship Reef, Ghostflame Sliver, Unyaro Bees, Spitting Slug

Pick: Spitting Slug

Pack 4:

Goblin Skycutter, Strength in Numbers, Zealot il-Vec, Flickering Spirit, Ghitu Firebreathing, Bewilder, Detainment Spell, Psychotic Episode, Phantom Wurm, Faceless Devourer, Flagstones of Trokair, Willbender

Pick: Willbender

Pack 5:

Slipstream Serpent, Nantuko Shaman, Spiketail Drakeling, Two-Headed Sliver, Blazing Blade Askari, Ophidian Eye, Watcher Sliver, Quilled Sliver, Haunting Hymn, Ghost Ship, Swamp

Pick: Ghost Ship

Pack 6:

Zealot il-Vec, Ironclaw Buzzardiers, Temporal Eddy, Mogg War Marshal, Ancient Grudge, Flickering Spirit, Call to the Netherworld, Opaline Sliver, Celestial Crusader, Living End

Pick: Temporal Eddy

Pack 7:

Mana Skimmer, D’Avenant Healer, Wormwood Dryad, Mystical Teachings, Two-Headed Sliver, Locket of Yesterdays, Quilled Sliver, Gauntlet of Power, Orcish Librarian

Pick: Gauntlet of Power

Pack 8:

Fortify, Flamecore Elemental, Venser’s
Sliver, Clockspinning, Bogardan Rager, Sangrophage, Saltcrusted Steppe, Urza’s Factory

Pick: Saltcrusted Steppe

Pack 9:

Cancel, Pentarch Ward, Divine Congregation, Mindlash Sliver, Jhoira’s Timebug, Aspect of Mongoose, Scion of the Ur-Dragon

Pick: Cancel

Pack 10:

Spinneret Sliver, Ivory Giant, Clockspinning, Sidewinder Sliver, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss, Disenchant

Pick: Spinneret Sliver

Pack 11:

Aether Web, Drudge Reavers, Aetherflame Wall, Sage of Epityr, Ghostflame Sliver

Pick: Aether Web

Pack 12:

Flickering Spirit, Ghitu Firebreathing, Bewilder, Detainment Spell

Pick: Flickering Spirit

Pack 13:

Two-Headed Sliver, Ophidian Eye, Swamp

Pick: Two-Headed Sliver

Pack 14:

Ancient Grudge, Flickering Spirit

Pick: Flickering Spirit

Pack 15:

Wormwood Dryad

Pick: Wormwood Dryad

Pack 16:

Cradle to Grave, Reflex Sliver, Dreamscape Artist, Poultice Sliver, Dead / Gone, Shade of Trokair, Vitaspore Thallid, Brain Gorgers, Healing Leaves, Mana Tithe, Melancholy, Enslave, Timecrafting, Mycologist, Mirri the Cursed

Pick: Dead / Gone

Pack 17:

Dreamscape Artist, Aven Riftwatcher, Cradle to Grave, Dust Corona, Reality Acid, Blightspeaker, Evolution Charm, Essence Warden, Simian Spirit Guide, *, *, Hunting Wilds, Mesa Enchantress, Volcano Hellion

Pick: Dreamscape Artist

Pack 18:

Synchronous Sliver, Giant Dustwasp, Dawn Charm, Stingscourger, Deadly Grub, Aquamorph Entity, Firefright Mage, Blightspeaker, Skirk Shaman, Fa’adiyah Seer, *, Tidewalker, Reckless Wurm

Pick: Giant Dustwasp

Pack 19:

Ridged Kusite, Battering Sliver, Reflex Sliver, Wistful Thinking, Citanul Woodreaders, Firefright Mage, Simian Spirit Guide, Fa’adiyah Seer, Pongify, Rebuff the Wicked, Kor Dirge, Heroes Remembered

Pick: Citanul Woodreaders

Pack 20:

Midnight Charm, Synchronous Sliver, Needlepeak Spider, Pallid Mycoderm, Uktabi Drake, Deadly Grub, Revered Dead, Melancholy, Vampiric Link, Big Game Hunter, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

Pick: Pallid Mycoderm

Pack 21:

Midnight Charm, Needlepeak Spider, Ghost Tactician, Fury Charm, Bog Serpent, Merfolk Thaumaturgist, Skirk Shaman, Treacherous Urge, Rough / Tumble, Intet, the Dreamer

Pick: Intet, the Dreamer

Pack 22:

Reflex Sliver, Spitting Sliver, Veiling Oddity, Fury Charm, Vitaspore Thallid, Merfolk Thaumaturgist, Timebender, Dormant Sliver, Frozen Aether

Pick: Veiling Oddity

Pack 23:

Utopia Vow, Spitting Sliver, Reality Acid, Deadly Grub, Citanul Woodreaders, Brain Gorgers, Porphyry Nodes, Retether

Pick: Citanul Woodreaders

Pack 24:

Reflex Sliver, Brain Gorgers, Healing Leaves, Mana Tithe, Melancholy, Timecrafting, Mycologist

Pick: Melancholy

Pack 25:

Dust Corona, Reality Acid, Simian Spirit Guide, Timecrafting, Hunting Wilds, Mesa Enchantress

Pick: Hunting Wilds

Pack 26:

Synchronous Sliver, Deadly Grub, Firefright Mage, Fa’adiyah Seer, Tidewalker

Pick: Synchronous Sliver

Pack 27:

Ridged Kusite, Wistful Thinking, Simian Spirit Guide, Fa’adiyah Seer

Pick: Fa’adiyah Seer

Pack 28:

Deadly Grub, Revered Dead, Vampiric Link

Pick: Revered Dead

Pack 29:

Ghost Tactician, Bog Serpent

Pick: Bog Serpent

Pack 30:

Reflex Sliver

Pick: Reflex Sliver

Pack 31:

Aven Augur, Ichor Slick, Bogardan Lancer, Knight of Sursi, Grave Peril, Patrician’s Scorn, Sarcomite Myr, Thornweald Archer, Death Rattle, Blind
Phantasm, Emblem of the Warmind, Imperiosaur, Ramosian Revivalist, Pyromancer’s Swath, Seht’s Tiger

Pick: Imperiosaur

Pack 32:

Cutthroat il-Dal, Gathan Raiders, Llanowar Augur, Augur of Skulls, Sprout Swarm, Samite Censer-Bearer, Lucent Liminid, Thornweald Archer, Flowstone Embrace, Frenzy Sliver, Mesmeric Sliver, Aven Mindcensor, Arcanum Wings, Snake Cult Initiation

Pick: Sprout Swarm

Pack 33:

Knight of Sursi, Leaden Fists, Gift of Granite, Augur of Skulls, Lost Hours, Fomori Nomad, Patrician’s Scorn, Logic Knot, Nessian Courser, Grave Scrabbler, Spin into Myth, Witch’s Mist, Boldwyr Intimidator

Pick: Spin into Myth

Pack 34:

Saltskitter, Unblinking Bleb, Llanowar Augur, Venser’s Diffusion, Judge Unworthy, Lumithread Field, Mesmeric Sliver, Flowstone Embrace, Nessian Courser, Fleshwrither, Skizzik Surger, Daybreak Coronet

Pick: Nessian Courser

Pack 35:

Marshaling Cry, Unblinking Bleb, Lost Hours, Wrap in Vigor, Logic Knot, Lucent Liminid, Vedalken Aethermage, Virulent Sliver, Frenzy Sliver

Pick: Unblinking Bleb

Pack 36:

Wrap in Vigor, Samite Censer-Bearer, Putrid Cyclops, Rift Elemental, Llanowar Empath, Lumithread Field, Grinning Ignus, Second Wind, Storm Entity, Magus of the Vineyard

Pick: Second Wind

Pack 37:

Quiet Disrepair, Saltskitter, Unblinking Bleb, Llanowar Augur, Lumithread Field, Grinning Ignus, Fomori Nomad, Logic Knot, Riftsweeper

Pick: Riftsweeper

Pack 38:

Petrified Plating, Judge Unworthy,
Leaden Fists, Quiet Disrepair, Henchfiend of Ukor, Homing Sliver, Phosphorescent Feast, Narcomoeba

Pick: Leaden Fists

Pack 39:

Bogardan Lancer, Grave Peril, Patrician’s Scorn, Sarcomite Myr, Blind Phantasm, Emblem of the Warmind, Ramosian Revivalist

Pick: Sarcomite Myr

Pack 40:

Cutthroat il-Dal, Llanowar Augur, Samite Censer-Bearer, Frenzy Sliver, Mesmeric Sliver, Arcanum Wings

Pick: Mesmeric Sliver

Pack 41:

Leaden Fists, Gift of Granite, Lost Hours, Patrician’s Scorn, Logic Knot

Pick: Logic Knot

Pack 42:

Saltskitter, Unblinking Bleb, Llanowar Augur, Daybreak Coronet

Pick: Unblinking Bleb

Pack 43:

Lost Hours, Vedalken Aethermage, Frenzy Sliver

Pick: Vedalken Aethermage

Pack 44:

Samite Censer-Bearer, Putrid Cyclops

Pick: Putrid Cyclops

Pack 45:

Quiet Disrepair

Pick: Quiet Disrepair

Final Decklist:


1 Dreamscape Artist
1 Giant Dustwasp
1 Riftsweeper
1 Spinneret Sliver
1 Veiling Oddity
1 Spitting Slug
1 Willbender
1 Nessian Courser
1 Unblinking Bleb
1 Ghost Ship
1 Imperiosaur
1 Penumbra Spider
1 Sprout Swarm
2 Citanul
1 Intet, the Dreamer
8 Forest
8 Island
1 Mountain
1 Dead // Gone
1 Leaden Fists
1 Second Wind
1 Hunting Wilds
1 Gauntlet of Power
1 Spin into Myth
1 Tromp the Domains


1 Aether Web
1 Bog Serpent
1 Cancel
1 Fa’adiyah Seer
2 Flickering Spirit
1 Logic Knot
1 Melancholy
1 Mesmeric Sliver
1 Pallid Mycoderm
1 Putrid Cyclops
1 Quiet Disrepair
1 Reflex Sliver
1 Revered Dead
1 Saltcrusted Steppe
1 Sarcomite Myr
1 Synchronous Sliver
1 Temporal Eddy
1 Two-Headed Sliver
1 Unblinking Bleb
1 Vedalken Aethermage
1 Wormwood Dryad

Picks 1, 2, and 3 were pretty easy. I went into Blue/Green because of the Willbender as my 4th pick, as it’s a clear signal.
20th pick saw me take Pallid Mycoderm over Uktabi Drake, because I don’t like the Drake too much, and if I picked up a Sprout Swarm in Future Sight I could morph to Blue/Green splash White. Of course, as you can see, this didn’t pan out… but
I picked up an Intet for my 21st pick.

Round 1 I played against a good Slivers deck. In game 1, he played many slivers including Pulmonic and Necrotic, and I
lost pretty quickly.

In – 1 Cancel, 1 Logic Knot
Out – 1 Leaden Fists, 1 Gauntlet of Power

Game 2 was good for me.I played Cancel on his Pulmonic, and his Evolution
charm (used to return Pulmonic) miraculously changed target and returned a Reflex Sliver. Then I drew Tromp
the Domains and won.

Game 3 he played Pulmonic again… but Spin Into Myth removed this tricky Sliver, and
my flyers beat him down.

Round 2 I played against a Blue/White deck. Game 1 saw me color-screwed, but my Second Wind and Leaden Fists neuter his
Looter and 2/2 flyers. Then I drew a Forest, and my Gauntlet-fuelled Sprout Swarm beat him.

In – 1 Aether Web
Out – 1 Veiling Oddity

Game 2 he stopped on two land, but made a Looter. I played Fists for his Looter, but he drew land next turn, and played Zealot il-Vec. I tried an Aether Web on my Spitting Slug in his attack step, but he played Erratic Mutation with my Web on the stack and revealed a four-mana card. I played Citanul Woodreaders with kicker twice, but I didn’t draw a Mountain and I
had Dead/Gone and Intet in hand. My opponent played four flyers, and I can’t beat that.

Game 3 saw me make a little mistake, and his Ivory Giant with Shade of Trokair and Zealot il-Vec beat me up.

If I hadn’t made a mistake, I think I would’ve still lost… I need more practice.

Until tomorrow,


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