Drafting With Kenji – TPF #7

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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:

Dark Withering, Goblin Skycutter, Crookclaw Transmuter, Strength in Numbers, Zealot il-Vec, Mindlash Sliver, Havenwood Wurm, Chameleon Blur, Flickering
Spirit, Ghitu Firebreathing, Wipe Away, Firemaw Kavu, Return to Dust, Liege of the Pit, Fiery Temper

Pick: Firemaw Kavu

Pack 2:

Goblin Skycutter, Cancel, Pentarch Ward, Assassinate, Aetherflame Wall, Pit Keeper, Sage of Epityr, Divine Congregation, Mindlash Sliver, Cavalry Master, Fledgling Mawcor, Brine Elemental, Unyaro Bees, Conspiracy

Pick: Fledgling Mawcor

Pack 3:

Urborg Syphon-Mage, Snapback, Aether Web, Cloudchaser Kestrel, Drudge Reavers, Bewilder, Detainment Spell, Psychotic Episode, Sprout, *, *, Hypergenesis, Tormod’s Crypt

Pick: Urborg Syphon-Mage

Pack 4:

Spinneret Sliver, Spiketail Drakeling, Flamecore Elemental, Mana Skimmer, D’Avenant Healer, Glass Asp, Prismatic Lens, Ground Rift, Eternity Snare, Primal Forcemage, Ith, High Arcanist, Voidmage Prodigy

Pick: Prismatic Lens

Pack 5:

Feebleness, Chromatic Star, Flowstone Channeler, Trespasser il-Vec, Shadow Sliver, Bogardan Rager, Traitor’s Clutch, Fury Sliver, Smallpox, Swarmyard, Sengir Autocrat

Pick: Flowstone Channeler

Pack 6:

Nantuko Shaman, Coral Trickster, Feebleness, Spinneret Sliver, Skulking Knight, Sidewinder Sliver, Viashino Bladescout, Chronatog Totem, Spirit Loop, Bewilder

Pick: Coral Trickster

Pack 7:

Errant Doomsayers, Ironclaw Buzzardiers, Icatian Crier, Foriysian Interceptor, Basal Sliver, Drifter il-Dal, Subterranean Shambler, Krosan Grip, Sarpadian Empires, Vol. VII

Pick: Subterranean Shambler

Pack 8:

Mindstab, Slipstream Serpent, Ophidian Eye, Molder, Children of Korlis, Viscid Lemures, Ground Rift, Barbed Shocker

Pick: Slipstream Serpent

Pack 9:

Mindlash Sliver, Havenwood Wurm, Chameleon Blur, Flickering Spirit, Ghitu Firebreathing, Wipe Away, Return to Dust

Pick: Wipe Away

Pack 10:

Pentarch Ward, Aetherflame Wall, Sage of Epityr, Divine Congregation, Mindlash Sliver, Conspiracy

Pick: Aetherflame Wall

Pack 11:

Drudge Reavers, Bewilder, Detainment Spell, Sprout, Volcanic Awakening

Pick: Drudge Reavers

Pack 12:

Glass Asp, Ground Rift, Eternity Snare, Primal Forcemage

Pick: Primal Forcemage

Pack 13:

Shadow Sliver, Traitor’s Clutch, Smallpox

Pick: Shadow Sliver

Pack 14:

Sidewinder Sliver, Bewilder

Pick: Bewilder

Pack 15:

Foriysian Interceptor

Pick: Foriysian Interceptor

Pack 16:

Poultice Sliver, Ridged Kusite, Erratic Mutation, Battering Sliver, Evolution Charm, Pallid Mycoderm, Brain Gorgers, Healing Leaves, Sinew Sliver, Rathi
Trapper, Stormfront Riders, Frenetic Sliver, Harmonize, Volcano Hellion, Deadwood Treefolk

Pick: Volcano Hellion

Pack 17:

Giant Dustwasp, Stingscourger, Synchronous Sliver, Utopia Vow, Ghost Tactician, Wistful Thinking, Dash Hopes, Reality Acid, Revered Dead, Healing Leaves, Brute Force, Cautery Sliver, Lavacore Elemental, Ovinize

Pick: Ovinize

Pack 18:

Needlepeak Spider, Poultice Sliver, Fury Charm, Evolution Charm, Reality Acid, Deadly Grub, Primal Plasma, Seal of Primordium, Healing Leaves, Waning Wurm, Sulfur Elemental, Blood Knight, Voidstone Gargoyle

Pick: Sulfur Elemental

Pack 19:

Dawn Charm, Spitting Sliver, Battering Sliver, Aven Riftwatcher, Pallid Mycoderm, Keldon Marauders, Primal Plasma, Essence Warden, Mana Tithe, Dismal Failure, Tidewalker, Intet, the Dreamer

Pick: Intet, the Dreamer

Pack 20:

Synchronous Sliver, Needlepeak Spider, Dreamscape Artist, Aven Riftwatcher, Uktabi Drake, Ghost Tactician, Sinew Sliver, Bog Serpent, Timecrafting, Pouncing Wurm, Spellshift

Pick: Dreamscape Artist

Pack 21:

Dreamscape Artist, Ridged Kusite, Keldon Marauders, Simian Spirit Guide, Gossamer Phantasm, Bog Serpent, Mantle of Leadership, Mycologist, Temporal Extortion, Phantasmagorian

Pick: Dreamscape Artist

Pack 22:

Reflex Sliver, Midnight Charm, Dust Corona, Vitaspore Thallid, Dash Hopes, Fa’adiyah Seer, Auramancer’s Guise, Waning Wurm, Malach of the Dawn

Pick: Malach of the Dawn

Pack 23:

Reflex Sliver, Dust Corona, Uktabi Drake,
Aquamorph Entity, Bog Serpent, Phantasmagorian, Hunting Wilds, Shrouded Lore

Pick: Aquamorph Entity

Pack 24:

Poultice Sliver, Ridged Kusite, Battering Sliver, Brain Gorgers, Healing Leaves, Sinew Sliver, Frenetic Sliver

Pick: Frenetic Sliver

Pack 25:

Synchronous Sliver, Ghost Tactician, Wistful Thinking, Dash Hopes, Reality Acid, Healing Leaves

Pick: Synchronous Sliver

Pack 26:

Fury Charm, Reality Acid, Seal of Primordium, Healing Leaves, Waning Wurm

Pick: Fury Charm

Pack 27:

Spitting Sliver, Battering Sliver, Mana Tithe, Tidewalker

Pick: Battering Sliver

Pack 28:

Ghost Tactician, Bog Serpent, Timecrafting

Pick: Timecrafting

Pack 29:

Simian Spirit Guide, Mantle of Leadership

Pick: Simian Spirit Guide

Pack 30:

Dust Corona

Pick: Dust Corona

Pack 31:

Kavu Primarch, Oblivion Crown, Emberwilde Augur, Fatal Attraction, Blind Phantasm, Lumithread Field, Grinning Ignus, Edge of Autumn, Deepcavern Imp, Fomori
Nomad, Stronghold Rats, Dakmor Salvage, Arc Blade, Spellweaver Volute, Aven Augur

Pick: Arc Blade

Pack 32:

Wrap in Vigor, Samite Censer-Bearer, Infiltrator il-Kor, Putrid Cyclops, Rift Elemental, Llanowar Empath, Blade of the Sixth Pride, Sarcomite Myr, Death Rattle, Homing Sliver, Cloudseeder, Skirk Ridge Exhumer, Llanowar Reborn, Rites of Flourishing

Pick: Infiltrator il-Kor

Pack 33:

Aven Augur, Ichor Slick, Bogardan Lancer, Grave Peril, Grave Scrabbler, Lumithread Field, Mesmeric Sliver, Deepcavern Imp, Flowstone Embrace, Cyclical Evolution, Sliversmith, Chronomantic Escape, Magus of the Moon

Pick: Flowstone Embrace

Pack 34:

Leaden Fists, Gift of Granite, Augur of Skulls, Fatal Attraction, Vedalken Aethermage, Blade of the Sixth Pride, Sporoloth Ancient, Grinning Ignus, Dust of Moments, Reality Strobe, Festering March, Leaden Fists

Pick: Fatal Attraction

Pack 35:

Saltskitter, Unblinking Bleb, Llanowar Augur, Riddle of Lightning, Venser’s Diffusion, Patrician’s Scorn, Sarcomite Myr, Henchfiend of Ukor, Death Rattle, Soultether Golem, Lost Auramancers

Pick: Riddle of Lightning

Pack 36:

Petrified Plating, Leaden Fists, Quiet Disrepair, Mass of Ghouls, Flowstone Embrace, Frenzy Sliver, Mesmeric Sliver, Keldon Megaliths, Ravaging Riftwurm, Scout’s Warning

Pick: Flowstone Embrace

Pack 37:

Lost Hours, Wrap in Vigor, Lymph Sliver, Blind Phantasm, Virulent Sliver, Mass of Ghouls, Utopia Mycon, Haze of Rage, Dakmor Salvage

Pick: Blind Phantasm

Pack 38:

Unblinking Bleb, Lost Hours, Wrap in Vigor,
Lumithread Field, Grinning Ignus, Fomori Nomad, Pooling Venom, Steamflogger Boss

Pick: Fomori Nomad

Pack 39:

Oblivion Crown, Emberwilde Augur, Blind Phantasm, Lumithread Field, Grinning Ignus, Dakmor Salvage, Spellweaver Volute

Pick: Emberwilde Augur

Pack 40:

Wrap in Vigor, Samite Censer-Bearer, Putrid Cyclops, Rift Elemental, Homing Sliver, Cloudseeder

Pick: Rift Elemental

Pack 41:

Bogardan Lancer, Grave Peril, Grave Scrabbler, Cyclical Evolution, Chronomantic Escape

Pick: Grave Scrabbler

Pack 42:

Leaden Fists, Vedalken Aethermage, Dust of Moments, Leaden Fists

Pick: Leaden Fists

Pack 43:

Unblinking Bleb, Llanowar Augur, Patrician’s Scorn

Pick: Unblinking Bleb

Pack 44:

Quiet Disrepair, Frenzy Sliver

Pick: Quiet Disrepair

Pack 45:

Lost Hours

Pick: Lost Hours

Final Decklist:


2 Dreamscape Artist
1 Emberwilde Augur
1 Infiltrator il-Kor
1 Aetherflame Wall
1 Aquamorph Entity
1 Coral Trickster
1 Fledgling
1 Flowstone Channeler
1 Slipstream Serpent
1 Sulfur Elemental
1 Volcano Hellion
1 Fomori Nomad
1 Firemaw Kavu
1 Intet, the Dreamer
2 Flowstone Embrace
1 Ovinize
1 Prismatic Lens
1 Fatal Attraction
1 Leaden Fists [FOIL]
1 Arc Blade
1 Riddle of Lightning
8 Island
8 Mountain
1 Forest


1 Battering Sliver
1 Bewilder [FOIL]
1 Blind Phantasm
1 Drudge Reavers
1 Dust Corona
1 Foriysian Interceptor
1 Frenetic Sliver
1 Fury Charm
1 Grave Scrabbler
1 Lost Hours
1 Malach of the Dawn
1 Primal Forcemage
1 Quiet Disrepair
1 Rift Elemental
1 Shadow Sliver
1 Simian Spirit Guide
1 Subterranean Shambler
1 Synchronous Sliver
1 Timecrafting
1 Unblinking Bleb
1 Urborg Syphon-Mage
1 Wipe Away

Unfortunately, MTGO crashed in the middle of the draft, and I can’t rememebr what happened in round 1. Thankfully, I won. I hope this is okay.

Round 2: U/W/r
Game 1: I mulliganed to six, and my new cards were five lands and Dreamscape Artist. I kept… and my first draw was Intet, the Dreamer! My opponent played a Cryptic Annelid, and a Voidstone Gargoyle (naming Intet). On my next turn, I attacked with Intet and paid three mana for the ability. At the time, my hand was Arc Blade, Leaden Fists, and one land. Intet revealed my Firemaw Kavu. I should’ve played that, but I got greedy. I thought I could play Kavu next turn to kill one of the bigger guys in tandem with Arc Blade, and then use it to kill a second guy when I didn’t pay the echo. So I passed my turn. Of course, my opponent bounced Intet with Reality Strobe. My next draw was a Slipstream Serpent. My opponent made a morph, then Dismal Failure took out my Arc Blade (targeting the morph).

I added an Emberwilde Auger to the table, and attacked with the Serpent. HE blocked with Cryptic Annelid, and then the Strobe returned the following turn. He made a Prodigal Pyromancer and a Clockwork Hydra, attacked with the Voidstone Gargoyle, and passed the turn. At this point, the life totals were 14 (me) and 7 (him).

I drew Volcanic Hellion, and shot his Hydra (paying 4 life, as I could mana burn down to pay the echo). I attacked with my Augur and my Dreamscape Artist. His untapped creatures were a morph and a Prodigal Pyromancer with summoning sickness. He blocked the Artist, so I played Leaden Fists on my Augur. My opponent was now on two life, and I had an Emberwilde Augur in play. He didn’t have an answer, and conceded.

Game 2: My opponent’s first action was to suspend a Reality Strobe. The following turn, I made a morph (Fledgling Mawcor). He passed turn 4, and Dismal Failured my Aetherflame Wall. The then dropped a morph, a Clockwork Hydra, and a Voidstone Gargoyle, but I handled them all. Flowstone Embrace took out the morph, Leaden Fists handled his Hydra, and Firemaw KAvu plus Sulfur Elemental killed his Gargoyle. I had two more removal spells in hand, and the game was over.

I split the finals.

Until tomorrow,


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