Drafting With Kenji – TPF #5

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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:

Flamecore Elemental, Gemhide Sliver, Feebleness, Castle Raptors, Chromatic Star, Venser’s Sliver, Clockspinning, Bogardan Rager, Sangrophage,
Ignite Memories, Skittering Monstrosity, Duskrider Peregrine, Squall Line, Willbender, Gauntlet of Power

Pick: Squall Line

Pack 2:

Zealot il-Vec, Urborg Syphon-Mage, Snapback, Aether Web, Cloudchaser Kestrel, Sprout, Aetherflame Wall, Pit Keeper, Sage of Epityr, Wipe Away, Undying Rage, Spirit Loop, Hypergenesis, Orcish Librarian

Pick: Urborg Syphon-Mage

Pack 3:

Flowstone Channeler, Trespasser il-Vec, Spinneret Sliver, Fortify, Spiketail Drakeling, Wormwood Dryad, Mystical Teachings, Two-Headed Sliver, Prismatic Lens, Molten Slagheap, Pendelhaven Elder, Urza’s Factory, Spitting Slug

Pick: Spinneret Sliver

Pack 4:

Flowstone Channeler, Herd Gnarr, Trespasser il-Vec, Amrou Scout, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss, Viashino Bladescout, Ophidian Eye, Molder, Children of Korlis, Spell Burst, Dementia Sliver, Uncle Istvan

Pick: Herd Gnarr

Pack 5:

Terramorphic Expanse, Drudge Reavers, Crookclaw Transmuter, Empty the Warrens, Ancient Grudge, Greenseeker, Foriysian Interceptor, Basal Sliver, Drifter il-Dal, Phthisis, Firewake Sliver

Pick: Phthisis

Pack 6:

Scarwood Treefolk, Slipstream Serpent, Gaze of Justice, Viscid Lemures, Ground Rift, Dream Stalker, Wormwood Dryad, Primal Forcemage, Gustcloak Cavalier, Celestial Dawn

Pick: Primal Forcemage

Pack 7:

Icatian Crier, Strength in Numbers, Flickering Spirit, Ghitu Firebreathing, Bewilder, Detainment Spell, Psychotic Episode, Spell Burst, Craw Giant

Pick: Strength in Numbers

Pack 8:

Strength in Numbers, Ironclaw
Buzzardiers, Mindlash Sliver, Havenwood Wurm, Chameleon Blur, Paradise Plume, Walk the Aeons, Pendelhaven

Pick: Strength in Numbers

Pack 9:

Flamecore Elemental, Venser’s Sliver, Clockspinning, Bogardan Rager, Sangrophage, Ignite Memories, Skittering Monstrosity

Pick: Skittering Monstrosity

Pack 10:

Sprout, Pit Keeper, Sage of Epityr, Spirit Loop, Hypergenesis, Orcish Librarian

Pick: Pit Keeper

Pack 11:

Wormwood Dryad, Molten Slagheap, Pendelhaven Elder, Urza’s Factory, Spitting Slug

Pick: Spitting Slug

Pack 12:

Mwonvuli Acid-Moss, Ophidian Eye, Children of Korlis, Dementia Sliver

Pick: Mwonvuli Acid-Moss

Pack 13:

Ancient Grudge, Foriysian Interceptor, Drifter il-Dal

Pick: Ancient Grudge

Pack 14:

Gaze of Justice, Ground Rift

Pick: Gaze of Justice

Pack 15:

Detainment Spell

Pick: Detainment Spell

Pack 16:

Veiling Oddity, Midnight Charm, Shaper Parasite, Battering Sliver, Whitemane Lion, Aquamorph Entity, Shade of Trokair, Uktabi Drake, Revered Dead, Melancholy,
Vampiric Link, Stonecloaker, Jodah’s Avenger, Pyrohemia, Benalish Commander

Pick: Jodah’s Avenger

Pack 17:

Dreamscape Artist, Aven Riftwatcher, Cradle to Grave, Dead / Gone, Keldon Marauders, Ghost Tactician, Wistful Thinking, Dash Hopes, Mana Tithe, Vampiric Link, Rathi Trapper, Circle of Affliction, Lavacore Elemental, Gaea’s Anthem

Pick: Gaea’s Anthem

Pack 18:

Battering Sliver, Reflex Sliver, Whitemane Lion, Ghost Tactician, Fury Charm, Evolution Charm, Reality Acid, Essence Warden, Gossamer Phantasm, Deadwood Treefolk, Necrotic Sliver, Dunerider Outlaw, Radha, Heir to Keld

Pick: Deadwood Treefolk

Pack 19:

Midnight Charm, Needlepeak Spider, Utopia Vow, Aquamorph Entity, Evolution Charm, Pallid Mycoderm, Healing Leaves, Mana Tithe, Melancholy, Aether Membrane, Big Game Hunter, Keen Sense

Pick: Evolution Charm

Pack 20:

Giant Dustwasp, Dawn Charm, Whitemane Lion, Keldon Marauders, Dust Corona, Uktabi Drake, Blightspeaker, Seal of Primordium, Bog Serpent, Darkheart Sliver, Frozen Aether

Pick: Giant Dustwasp

Pack 21:

Spitting Sliver, Brain Gorgers, Dust Corona, Vitaspore Thallid, Dash Hopes, Simian Spirit Guide, Fa’adiyah Seer, Primal Plasma, Hunting Wilds, Frenetic Sliver

Pick: Hunting Wilds

Pack 22:

Reflex Sliver, Poultice Sliver, Spitting Sliver, Synchronous Sliver, Reality Acid, Pallid Mycoderm, Piracy Charm, Skirk Shaman, Serra’s Boon

Pick: Spitting Sliver

Pack 23:

Midnight Charm, Synchronous Sliver, Deadly Grub, Brain Gorgers, Primal Plasma, Skirk Shaman, Timebender, Dust Elemental

Pick: Brain Gorgers

Pack 24:

Midnight Charm, Battering Sliver, Whitemane Lion, Uktabi Drake, Revered Dead, Vampiric Link, Benalish Commander

Pick: Uktabi Drake

Pack 25:

Wistful Thinking, Dash Hopes, Mana Tithe, Vampiric Link, Circle of Affliction, Lavacore Elemental

Pick: Circle of Affliction

Pack 26:

Battering Sliver, Reflex Sliver, Ghost Tactician, Fury Charm, Dunerider Outlaw

Pick: Dunerider Outlaw

Pack 27:

Healing Leaves, Mana Tithe, Melancholy, Keen Sense

Pick: Melancholy

Pack 28:

Keldon Marauders, Dust Corona, Bog Serpent

Pick: Bog Serpent

Pack 29:

Dust Corona, Vitaspore Thallid

Pick: Vitaspore Thallid

Pack 30:

Reflex Sliver

Pick: Reflex Sliver

Pack 31:

Venser’s Diffusion, Judge Unworthy, Kavu Primarch, Oblivion Crown, Emberwilde Augur, Aven Augur, Homing Sliver, Edge of Autumn, Lymph Sliver, Blind
Phantasm, Virulent Sliver, Reality Strobe, Pooling Venom, Tolaria West, Magus of the Abyss

Pick: Kavu Primarch

Pack 32:

Wrap in Vigor, Leaden Fists, Gift of Granite, Augur of Skulls, Logic Knot, Nessian Courser, Henchfiend of Ukor, Whip-Spine Drake, Lymph Sliver, Sword of the Meek, Spirit en-Dal, Cryptic Annelid, Magus of the Vineyard, Second Wind

Pick: Nessian Courser

Pack 33:

Lost Hours, Petrified Plating, Leaden Fists, Gathan Raiders, Homing Sliver, Sporoloth Ancient, Grave Scrabbler, Lumithread Field, Mesmeric Sliver, Pooling Venom, Keldon Megaliths, Sparkspitter, Magus of the Moat

Pick: Gathan Raiders

Pack 34:

Fatal Attraction, Cutthroat il-Dal, Gift of Granite, Quiet Disrepair, Mass of Ghouls, Vedalken Aethermage, Blade of the Sixth Pride, Sporoloth Ancient, Grinning Ignus, Arc Blade, Ravaging Riftwurm, Lost Auramancers

Pick: Sporoloth Ancient

Pack 35:

Rift Elemental, Augur il-Vec, Llanowar Empath, Grave Peril, Marshaling Cry, Mass of Ghouls, Thornweald Archer, Delay, Sparkspitter, Force of Savagery, Cryptic Annelid

Pick: Thornweald Archer

Pack 36:

Quiet Disrepair, Saltskitter, Unblinking Bleb, Llanowar Augur, Riddle of Lightning, Nessian Courser, Sarcomite Myr, Riftsweeper, New Benalia, Even the Odds

Pick: Nessian Courser

Pack 37:

Rift Elemental, Unblinking Bleb, Lost Hours, Virulent Sliver, Frenzy Sliver, Patrician’s Scorn, Char-Rumbler, Pyromancer’s Swath, Spellwild Ouphe

Pick: Unblinking Bleb

Pack 38:

Grave Peril, Wrap in Vigor,
Samite Censer-Bearer, Putrid Cyclops, Logic Knot, Vedalken Aethermage, Mystic Speculation, Minions’ Murmurs

Pick: Logic Knot

Pack 39:

Venser’s Diffusion, Oblivion Crown, Homing Sliver, Edge of Autumn, Virulent Sliver, Pooling Venom, Tolaria West

Pick: Edge of Autumn

Pack 40:

Wrap in Vigor, Leaden Fists, Gift of Granite, Logic Knot, Henchfiend of Ukor, Magus of the Vineyard

Pick: Logic Knot

Pack 41:

Lost Hours, Petrified Plating, Grave Scrabbler, Mesmeric Sliver, Pooling Venom

Pick: Grave Scrabbler

Pack 42:

Gift of Granite, Quiet Disrepair, Vedalken Aethermage, Ravaging Riftwurm

Pick: Quiet Disrepair

Pack 43:

Rift Elemental, Grave Peril, Force of Savagery

Pick: Rift Elemental

Pack 44:

Quiet Disrepair, Llanowar Augur

Pick: Quiet Disrepair

Pack 45:

Lost Hours

Pick: Lost Hours

Final Decklist:


1 Uktabi Drake
1 Giant Dustwasp
1 Pit Keeper
1 Spinneret Sliver
1 Thornweald Archer
1 Spitting Slug
1 Gathan Raiders
2 Nessian Courser
1 Primal Forcemage
1 Urborg Syphon-Mage
1 Herd Gnarr
1 Kavu Primarch
1 Sporoloth Ancient
1 Deadwood
1 Jodah’s Avenger
1 Island
10 Forest
6 Swamp
1 Edge of Autumn
1 Evolution Charm
2 Strength in Numbers
1 Gaea’s Anthem
1 Phthisis
1 Squall Line


1 Ancient Grudge
1 Bog Serpent
1 Brain Gorgers
1 Circle of Affliction
1 Detainment Spell
1 Dunerider Outlaw
1 Gaze of Justice
1 Grave Scrabbler
1 Hunting Wilds
2 Logic Knot
1 Lost Hours
1 Melancholy
1 Mwonvuli Acid-Moss
2 Quiet Disrepair
1 Reflex Sliver
1 Rift Elemental
1 Skittering Monstrosity
1 Spitting Sliver
1 Swamp
1 Unblinking Bleb
1 Vitaspore Thallid

Unfortunately, MTGO crashed after this draft, before I could watch my replays. I don’t remember much of games 1 and 2 in any round.

In pack 16, I took Jodah’s Avenger. It’s simply a strong card, and so funny with double Strength in Numbers.

Round 1

Game 3: This was won with Jodah’s Avenger. With Gaea’s Anthem out, he managed to Double Strike for 16 with a timely Strength in Numbers.

Round 2: W/R
Game 3: I mulliganed to five, but this five-carder was passable. I managed to cast three 2/2 guys. and followed with Gaea’s Anthem, but my opponent played a Molten Disaster for three. I dropped a Kavu Primarch, holding nothing buit a land. Unfortunately, my opponent followed this with a 4/4 guy… but I topdecked a Jodah’s Avenger! My opponent sat at six life, so the Avenger’s abilities (Shadow and Double Strike) plus Gaea’s Anthem killed him the following time.

I split the final.

Until tomorrow,


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