Drafting With Kenji – TPF #6

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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:

Temporal Eddy, Tendrils of Corruption, Lightning Axe, Mogg War Marshal, Temporal Isolation, Think Twice, Brass Gnat, Savage Thallid,
Screeching Sliver, Momentary Blink, Might of Old Krosa, Duskrider Peregrine, Molten Slagheap, Demonic Collusion, Hunting Moa

Pick: Lightning Axe

Pack 2:

Flowstone Channeler, Trespasser il-Vec, Spinneret Sliver, Fortify, Spiketail Drakeling, Flamecore Elemental, Venser’s Sliver, Clockspinning, Bogardan Rager, Sangrophage, Krosan Grip, Fury Sliver, Vampiric Sliver, Feldon’s Cane

Pick: Spiketail Drakeling

Pack 3:

Mana Skimmer, Nantuko Shaman, Coral Trickster, Benalish Cavalry, Feebleness, D’Avenant Healer, Wormwood Dryad, Mystical Teachings, Two-Headed Sliver, Prismatic Lens, Return to Dust, Brine Elemental, Uncle Istvan

Pick: Brine Elemental

Pack 4:

Slipstream Serpent, Nantuko Shaman, Gorgon Recluse, Spiketail Drakeling, Two-Headed Sliver, Blazing Blade Askari, Shadow Sliver, Ophidian Eye, Watcher Sliver, Brine Elemental, Evil Eye of Urborg, Thick-Skinned Goblin

Pick: Brine Elemental

Pack 5:

Spinneret Sliver, Keldon Halberdier, Mindstab, Clockspinning, Sidewinder Sliver, Viscid Lemures, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss, Volcanic Awakening, Chronatog Totem

Pick: Keldon Halberdier

Pack 6:

Pentarch Ward, Bonesplitter Sliver, Subterranean Shambler, Havenwood Wurm, Chameleon Blur, Thunder Totem, Primal Forcemage, Academy Ruins, Pendelhaven, Basal Sliver

Pick: Subterranean Shambler

Pack 7:

Ashcoat Bear, Terramorphic Expanse, Ancient Grudge, Greenseeker, Foriysian Interceptor, Drifter il-Dal, Voidmage Husher, Smallpox, Tivadar of Thorn

Pick: Terramorphic Expanse

Pack 8:

Ghitu Firebreathing, Bewilder,
Detainment Spell, Psychotic Episode, Voidmage Husher, Faceless Devourer, Spirit Loop, Craw Giant

Pick: Voidmage Husher

Pack 9:

Temporal Eddy, Brass Gnat, Savage Thallid, Screeching Sliver, Might of Old Krosa, Molten Slagheap, Demonic Collusion

Pick: Molten Slagheap

Pack 10:

Flamecore Elemental, Clockspinning, Bogardan Rager, Sangrophage, Krosan Grip, Feldon’s Cane

Pick: Bogardan Rager

Pack 11:

Mana Skimmer, Feebleness, Wormwood Dryad, Mystical Teachings, Uncle Istvan

Pick: Mystical Teachings

Pack 12:

Blazing Blade Askari, Shadow Sliver, Ophidian Eye, Evil Eye of Urborg

Pick: Blazing Blade Askari

Pack 13:

Clockspinning, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss, Volcanic Awakening

Pick: Clockspinning

Pack 14:

Pentarch Ward, Chameleon Blur

Pick: Pentarch Ward

Pack 15:

Foriysian Interceptor

Pick: Foriysian Interceptor

Pack 16:

Giant Dustwasp, Dawn Charm, Stingscourger, Whitemane Lion, Reality Acid, Citanul Woodreaders, Pallid Mycoderm, Keldon Marauders, Simian Spirit
Guide, Merfolk Thaumaturgist, Healing Leaves, Sulfur Elemental, Ana Battlemage, Ovinize, Life and Limb

Pick: Ovinize

Pack 17:

Reflex Sliver, Spitting Sliver, Veiling Oddity, Synchronous Sliver, Ghost Tactician, Wistful Thinking, Dash Hopes, Mana Tithe, Prodigal Pyromancer, Auramancer’s Guise, Treacherous Urge, Mycologist, Detritivore, Cradle to Grave

Pick: Prodigal Pyromancer

Pack 18:

Battering Sliver, Aven Riftwatcher, Erratic Mutation, Cradle to Grave, Reality Acid, Blightspeaker, Evolution Charm, Simian Spirit Guide, Gossamer Phantasm, Timecrafting, Hunting Wilds, Dunerider Outlaw, Imp’s Mischief

Pick: Erratic Mutation

Pack 19:

Reflex Sliver, Dreamscape Artist, Poultice Sliver, Ridged Kusite, Fury Charm, Vitaspore Thallid, Deadly Grub, Seal of Primordium, Brute Force, Timebender, Dormant Sliver, Magus of the Tabernacle

Pick: Dreamscape Artist

Pack 20:

Cradle to Grave, Deadly Grub, Citanul Woodreaders, Brain Gorgers, Rathi Trapper, Fa’adiyah Seer, Merfolk Thaumaturgist, Pouncing Wurm, Rebuff the Wicked, Blood Knight, Fa’adiyah Seer

Pick: Blood Knight

Pack 21:

Erratic Mutation, Midnight Charm, Utopia Vow, Dust Corona, Uktabi Drake, Blightspeaker, Melancholy, Dismal Failure, Darkheart Sliver, Serendib Sorcerer

Pick: Serendib Sorcerer

Pack 22:

Reflex Sliver, Aquamorph Entity, Firefright Mage, Blightspeaker, Ghost Tactician, Primal Plasma, Vampiric Link, Tidewalker, Shrouded Lore

Pick: Aquamorph Entity

Pack 23:

Needlepeak Spider, Fury Charm, Reality Acid, Skirk Shaman, Healing Leaves, Revered Dead, Treacherous Urge, Dichotomancy

Pick: Skirk Shaman

Pack 24:

Stingscourger, Reality Acid, Keldon Marauders, Simian Spirit Guide, Merfolk Thaumaturgist, Healing Leaves, Life and Limb

Pick: Stingscourger

Pack 25:

Synchronous Sliver, Ghost Tactician, Wistful Thinking, Dash Hopes, Auramancer’s Guise, Mycologist

Pick: Synchronous Sliver

Pack 26:

Reality Acid, Simian Spirit Guide, Timecrafting, Hunting Wilds, Imp’s Mischief

Pick: Reality Acid

Pack 27:

Vitaspore Thallid, Deadly Grub, Timebender, Dormant Sliver

Pick: Timebender

Pack 28:

Deadly Grub, Brain Gorgers, Fa’adiyah Seer

Pick: Brain Gorgers

Pack 29:

Dust Corona, Uktabi Drake

Pick: Uktabi Drake

Pack 30:

Firefright Mage

Pick: Firefright Mage

Pack 31:

Sprout Swarm, Oblivion Crown, Saltskitter, Infiltrator il-Kor, Cutthroat il-Dal, Lucent Liminid, Vedalken Aethermage, Frenzy Sliver, Ghostfire, Fomori Nomad, Street Wraith, Storm Entity, Spellwild Ouphe, Scout’s Warning, Llanowar Reborn

Pick: Ghostfire

Pack 32:

Ichor Slick, Bogardan Lancer, Knight of Sursi, Grave Peril, Wrap in Vigor, Whip-Spine Drake, Lymph Sliver, Homing Sliver, Sporoloth Ancient, Grave Scrabbler, Lumithread Field, Witch’s Mist, Boldwyr Intimidator, Phosphorescent Feast

Pick: Ichor Slick

Pack 33:

Saltskitter, Unblinking Bleb, Llanowar Augur, Venser’s Diffusion, Patrician’s Scorn, Henchfiend of Ukor, Thornweald Archer, Death Rattle, Blind Phantasm, Sword of the Meek, Mystic Speculation, Veilstone Amulet, Homing Sliver

Pick: Death Rattle

Pack 34:

Putrid Cyclops, Augur il-Vec, Petrified Plating, Bogardan Lancer, Venser’s Diffusion, Grinning Ignus, Edge of Autumn, Fomori Nomad, Logic Knot, Imperiosaur, Ramosian Revivalist, Second Wind

Pick: Second Wind

Pack 35:

Cutthroat il-Dal, Gift of Granite, Quiet Disrepair, Foresee, Rift Elemental, Logic Knot, Vedalken Aethermage, Virulent Sliver, Cyclical Evolution, Sliversmith, Chronomantic Escape

Pick: Foresee

Pack 36:

Oblivion Crown, Emberwilde Augur, Fatal Attraction, Grinning Ignus, Edge of Autumn, Fomori Nomad, Stronghold Rats, Shivan Sand-Mage, Intervention Pact, Kavu Primarch

Pick: Fatal Attraction

Pack 37:

Samite Censer-Bearer, Rift Elemental, Llanowar Empath, Marshaling Cry, Mesmeric Sliver, Nessian Courser, Narcomoeba, Fleshwrither, Pyromancer’s Swath

Pick: Nessian Courser

Pack 38:

Llanowar Augur, Augur of Skulls,
Samite Censer-Bearer, Aven Augur, Patrician’s Scorn, Logic Knot, Henchfiend of Ukor, Zoetic Cavern

Pick: Logic Knot

Pack 39:

Oblivion Crown, Saltskitter, Cutthroat il-Dal, Vedalken Aethermage, Frenzy Sliver, Storm Entity, Spellwild Ouphe

Pick: Storm Entity

Pack 40:

Bogardan Lancer, Grave Peril, Wrap in Vigor, Witch’s Mist, Boldwyr Intimidator, Phosphorescent Feast

Pick: Boldwyr Intimidator

Pack 41:

Saltskitter, Patrician’s Scorn, Henchfiend of Ukor, Blind Phantasm, Mystic Speculation

Pick: Blind Phantasm

Pack 42:

Putrid Cyclops, Augur il-Vec, Petrified Plating, Bogardan Lancer

Pick: Petrified Plating

Pack 43:

Cutthroat il-Dal, Quiet Disrepair, Cyclical Evolution

Pick: Cutthroat il-Dal

Pack 44:

Oblivion Crown, Grinning Ignus

Pick: Grinning Ignus

Pack 45:

Samite Censer-Bearer

Pick: Samite Censer-Bearer

Final Decklist:


1 Keldon Halberdier
1 Blood Knight
1 Dreamscape Artist
1 Stingscourger
1 Aquamorph Entity
2 Brine Elemental
1 Prodigal Pyromancer
1 Serendib Sorcerer [FOIL]
1 Skirk Shaman
1 Spiketail
1 Bogardan Rager
1 Lightning Axe
1 Ovinize
1 Erratic Mutation
1 Fatal Attraction
1 Ghostfire
1 Ichor Slick
1 Second Wind
1 Foresee
1 Mystical Teachings
1 Death Rattle
8 Island
7 Mountain
1 Swamp
1 Molten Slagheap
1 Terramorphic Expanse


1 Blazing Blade Askari
1 Blind Phantasm
1 Boldwyr Intimidator
1 Brain Gorgers
1 Clockspinning
1 Cutthroat il-Dal
1 Firefright Mage
1 Foriysian Interceptor
1 Grinning Ignus
1 Logic Knot
1 Nessian Courser
1 Pentarch Ward
1 Petrified Plating
1 Reality Acid
1 Samite Censer-Bearer
1 Storm Entity
1 Subterranean Shambler
1 Synchronous Sliver
1 Timebender
1 Uktabi Drake
1 Voidmage Husher

Round 1: G/R/w

Game 1 was ridiculous. At one stage, I had Ovinize, Second Wind, and Erratic Mutation in hand. MY opponent then played a Kavu Primarch with Kicker. I used my Ovinize on it, and killed it with the Mutation. This is definitely wrong, as if I could replay the situation I would simply use my Second Wind on the Kavu and pass the turn. I lost pretty quickly.

In: Logic Knot
Out: Bogardan Ranger

Game 2, I was mana flooded while my opponent was color screwed. I drew nine lands by turn 7, but my early Blood Knight did him eight damage before it died. My opponent made a Needlepeak Spider and a Prodigal Pyromancer. I killed them both, and replied with a Brine Elemental and a Stingscourger for his blocker. The game was over quickly.

Game 3 I played a morph on turn 3, which my opponent killed with a Dead/Gone. Soon, his board showed Needlepeak Spider, Prodigal Pyromancer, Fury Sliver, Emberwilde Auger, and Pouncing Wurm with kicker. Thankfully, I managed to wipe his team with my various removal spells, before drawing my seventh land. THis allowed me to unmorph both of my Brine Elementals on successive turns.

Round 2: U/W

Game 1: Serendib Sorcerer was a big problem for my opponent. Backed with my removal, it was the perfect defence. My Spiketail Drakeling attacked for two each turn, and when I drew my second Mountain I played Blood Knight and a morph (Brine Elemental). The next turn I flipped the Elemental, and the game was over.

In: Subterranean Shambler
Out: Bogardan Rager

Game 2: I started with Serendib Sorcerer again. My opponent played four flyers and
Magus of the Disk, but I killed everythinf. Then I attacked with my Blood Knight every turn, and drew Mystical Teachings. My opponent conceded the game soon after.

Round 3: W/G

Game 1: My opening hand was Spiketail Drakeling, Bogardan Rager, two Island, two Mountain, and one Swamp. My opponent began with land, suspend Knight of Sursi. I drew five more lands, and my Spiketail met a Mana Tithe. I drew Death Rattle, but my opponent drew land and more creatures, and I lost quickly.

In: Logic Knot
Out: Bogardan Rager

Game 2: My opponent started this game with Duskrider Peregrine, Aven Riftwatcher, and Pallid Mycoderm. I attempt to Ghostfire the Duskrider in the upkeep of the turn it unsuspends, but it is saved with a Fortify. My Keldon Halberdier arrived on the ground, but my opponent had double SUnlance and a second Aven Riftwatcher. I killed both the Riftwatcher and the Aven, but a Tivadar of Thorn was too much. I died.

I think I should be playing Logic Knot in my maindeck. I chose Bogardan Rager over Logic Knot because my creatures are small. I thought it would be tough to kill my opponent with my small guys, and Rager is sometimes a six mana Terror. It’s also good against big creatuers.

Until tomorrow,


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