Drafting With Rich – Time Spiral #10

Rich continues his excellent series of Time Spiral Draft walkthroughs, presenting each pick as it happened and highlighting each card chosen. He shares his final decklist, and gives us a brief overview of his results and processes. As usual, for more detailed draft deconstruction, come visit us in the forums!


Pack 1:

Temporal Isolation, Crookclaw Transmuter, Empty the Warrens, Strength in Numbers, Errant Doomsayers, Subterranean Shambler, Mindlash Sliver, Havenwood Wurm, Chameleon Blur, Flickering Spirit, Nightshade Assassin, Basalt Gargoyle, Volcanic Awakening, Psionic Sliver, Evil Eye of Orms-by-Gore

Pick: Nightshade Assassin

Pack 2:

Mana Skimmer, Durkwood Baloth, Fathom Seer, Chromatic Star, Looter il-Kor, Gorgon Recluse, Sidewinder Sliver, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss, Viashino Bladescout, Ophidian Eye, Brine Elemental, Assembly-Worker, Stonebrow, Krosan Hero, Moorish Cavalry

Pick: Fathom Seer

Pack 3:

Viscerid Deepwalker, Ashcoat Bear, Search for Tomorrow, Corpulent Corpse, Cancel, Savage Thallid, Ancient Grudge, Flickering Spirit, Call to the Netherworld, Might of Old Krosa, Haunting Hymn, Wurmcalling, Avoid Fate

Pick: Viscerid Deepwalker

Pack 4:

Spinneret Sliver, Grapeshot, Mindstab, Traitor’s Clutch, D’Avenant Healer, Glass Asp, Prismatic Lens, Ground Rift, Haunting Hymn, Barbed Shocker, Premature Burial, Desert

Pick: Premature Burial

Pack 5:

Corpulent Corpse, Cancel, Empty the Warrens, Bonesplitter Sliver, Thallid Shell-Dweller, Bewilder, Call to the Netherworld, Cyclopean Giant, Locket of Yesterdays, Giant Oyster, Pendelhaven Elder

Pick: Giant Oyster

Pack 6:

Gemhide Sliver, Chromatic Star, Tolarian Sentinel, Flowstone Channeler, Glass Asp, Traitor’s Clutch, Plunder, Eternity Snare, Fury Sliver, Aspect of Mongoose

Pick: Gemhide Sliver

Pack 7:

Temporal Eddy, Drudge Reavers, Jhoira’s Timebug, Chameleon Blur, Cyclopean Giant, Screeching Sliver, Voidmage Husher, Faceless Devourer, Honorable Passage

Pick: Faceless Devourer

Pack 8:

Coral Trickster, Viscid Lemures, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss, Two-Headed Sliver, Blazing Blade Askari, Shadow Sliver, Plated Pegasus, Truth or Tale

Pick: Coral Trickster

Pack 9:

Errant Doomsayers, Mindlash Sliver, Havenwood Wurm, Chameleon Blur, Flickering Spirit, Volcanic Awakening, Evil Eye of Orms-by-Gore

Pick: Evil Eye of Orms-by-Gore

Pack 10:

Chromatic Star, Sidewinder Sliver, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss, Viashino Bladescout, Ophidian Eye, Assembly-Worker

Pick: Chromatic Star

Pack 11:

Cancel, Savage Thallid, Call to the Netherworld, Haunting Hymn, Avoid Fate

Pick: Haunting Hymn

Pack 12:

Traitor’s Clutch, Glass Asp, Ground Rift, Barbed Shocker

Pick: Traitor’s Clutch

Pack 13:

Bewilder, Call to the Netherworld, Locket of Yesterdays

Pick: Bewilder

Pack 14:

Glass Asp, Traitor’s Clutch

Pick: Traitor’s Clutch

Pack 15:

Voidmage Husher

Pick: Voidmage Husher

Pack 16:

Empty the Warrens, Icatian Crier, Bonesplitter Sliver, Tendrils of Corruption, Think Twice, Drifter il-Dal, Basal Sliver, Sage of Epityr, Ghitu Firebreathing, Weatherseed Totem, Voidmage Husher, Krosan Grip, Restore Balance, Hail Storm, Rift Bolt

Pick: Tendrils of Corruption

Pack 17:

Think Twice, Errant Doomsayers, Rift Bolt, Aether Web, Brass Gnat, Savage Thallid, Screeching Sliver, Momentary Blink, Ancient Grudge, Cavalry Master, Vampiric Sliver, Paradox Haze, Draining Whelk, Eron the Relentless

Pick: Draining Whelk

Pack 18:

Thallid Germinator, Snapback, Pentarch Ward, Bonesplitter Sliver, Subterranean Shambler, Cyclopean Giant, Screeching Sliver, Psychotic Episode, Wipe Away, Assembly-Worker, Demonic Collusion, Undertaker, Vampiric Sliver

Pick: Undertaker

Pack 19:

Herd Gnarr, Fortify, Deathspore Thallid, Tolarian Sentinel, Molder, Children of Korlis, Viscid Lemures, Ground Rift, Dream Stalker, Barbed Shocker, Return to Dust, Thallid

Pick: Dream Stalker

Pack 20:

Flowstone Channeler, Herd Gnarr, Trespasser il-Vec, Grapeshot, Scarwood Treefolk, Ophidian Eye, Watcher Sliver, Plunder, Saltcrusted Steppe, Primal Forcemage, Might of Old Krosa

Pick: Trespasser il-Vec

Pack 21:

Mindstab, Slipstream Serpent, Gorgon Recluse, Shadow Sliver, Bogardan Rager, Traitor’s Clutch, D’Avenant Healer, Aspect of Mongoose, Nightshade Assassin, Avalanche Riders

Pick: Nightshade Assassin

Pack 22:

Trespasser il-Vec, Spinneret Sliver, Fortify, Venser’s Sliver, Children of Korlis, Viashino Bladescout, Haunting Hymn, Grinning Totem, Divine Congregation

Pick: Trespasser il-Vec

Pack 23:

Corpulent Corpse, Ironclaw Buzzardiers, Icatian Crier, Ghitu Firebreathing, Bewilder, Detainment Spell, Psychotic Episode, Assembly-Worker

Pick: Corpulent Corpse

Pack 24:

Drifter il-Dal, Basal Sliver, Sage of Epityr, Ghitu Firebreathing, Voidmage Husher, Krosan Grip, Restore Balance

Pick: Basal Sliver

Pack 25:

Think Twice, Brass Gnat, Savage Thallid, Screeching Sliver, Ancient Grudge, Paradox Haze

Pick: Think Twice

Pack 26:

Thallid Germinator, Cyclopean Giant, Screeching Sliver, Psychotic Episode, Assembly-Worker

Pick: Psychotic Episode

Pack 27:

Molder, Children of Korlis, Ground Rift, Barbed Shocker

Pick: Barbed Shocker

Pack 28:

Ophidian Eye, Plunder, Primal Forcemage

Pick: Ophidian Eye

Pack 29:

Shadow Sliver, Traitor’s Clutch

Pick: Shadow Sliver

Pack 30:

Haunting Hymn

Pick: Haunting Hymn

Pack 31:

Snapback, Rift Bolt, Pentarch Ward, Bonesplitter Sliver, Dark Withering, Mindlash Sliver, Thallid Shell-Dweller, Jhoira’s Timebug, Jedit’s Dragoons, Firemaw Kavu, Knight of the Holy Nimbus, Fury Sliver, Curse of the Cabal, Witch Hunter, Walk the Aeons

Pick: Dark Withering

Pack 32:

Penumbra Spider, Errant Doomsayers, Rift Bolt, Aether Web, Assassinate, Amrou Seekers, Momentary Blink, Greenseeker, Pit Keeper, Divine Congregation, Thunder Totem, Haunting Hymn, Dralnu, Lich Lord, Dragonstorm

Pick: Assassinate

Pack 33:

Dark Withering, Viscerid Deepwalker, Ashcoat Bear, Search for Tomorrow, Jedit’s Dragoons, Sprout, Foriysian Interceptor, Aetherflame Wall, Detainment Spell, Urza’s Factory, Riftwing Cloudskate, Smallpox, Gemstone Mine

Pick: Riftwing Cloudskate

Pack 34:

Mana Skimmer, Nantuko Shaman, Coral Trickster, Benalish Cavalry, Feebleness, Looter il-Kor, Mystical Teachings, Thrill of the Hunt, Shadow Sliver, Bogardan Rager, Krosan Grip, Brine Elemental

Pick: Looter il-Kor

Pack 35:

Mindstab, Coal Stoker, Two-Headed Sliver, Prismatic Lens, Clockspinning, Sidewinder Sliver, Skittering Monstrosity, Conflagrate, Squall Line, Kobold Taskmaster, Stonebrow, Krosan Hero

Pick: Prismatic Lens

Pack 36:

Scarwood Treefolk, Orcish Cannonade, Glass Asp, Ground Rift, Eternity Snare, Skulking Knight, Stormcloud Djinn, Volcanic Awakening, Vampiric Sliver, Pirate Ship

Pick: Pirate Ship

Pack 37:

Slipstream Serpent, Gaze of Justice, Flamecore Elemental, Skulking Knight, Brass Gnat, Dream Stalker, Blazing Blade Askari, Quilled Sliver, Thunder Totem

Pick: Slipstream Serpent

Pack 38:

Temporal Eddy, Terramorphic Expanse, Drudge Reavers, Greenseeker, Foriysian Interceptor, Drifter il-Dal, Quilled Sliver, Wall of Roots

Pick: Terramorphic Expanse

Pack 39:

Snapback, Pentarch Ward, Mindlash Sliver, Thallid Shell-Dweller, Jhoira’s Timebug, Jedit’s Dragoons, Curse of the Cabal

Pick: Snapback

Pack 40:

Aether Web, Greenseeker, Divine Congregation, Thunder Totem, Haunting Hymn, Dralnu, Lich Lord

Pick: Dralnu, Lich Lord

Pack 41:

Ashcoat Bear, Jedit’s Dragoons, Sprout, Foriysian Interceptor, Detainment Spell

Pick: Ashcoat Bear

Pack 42:

Mystical Teachings, Shadow Sliver, Bogardan Rager, Krosan Grip

Pick: Mystical Teachings

Pack 43:

Clockspinning, Sidewinder Sliver, Kobold Taskmaster

Pick: Kobold Taskmaster

Pack 44:

Ground Rift, Volcanic Awakening

Pick: Volcanic Awakening

Pack 45:

Brass Gnat

Pick: Brass Gnat

Final Decklist:


1 Giant Oyster
1 Pirate Ship
1 Coral Trickster
1 Draining Whelk
1 Dream Stalker
1 Fathom Seer
1 Looter il-Kor
1 Riftwing Cloudskate
1 Snapback
1 Viscerid Deepwalker
1 Undertaker
1 Assassinate
1 Corpulent Corpse
1 Dark Withering
2 Nightshade Assassin
1 Premature Burial
1 Tendrils of Corruption
2 Trespasser il-Vec
1 Chromatic Star
1 Prismatic Lens
1 Dralnu, Lich Lord
8 Island
8 Swamp
1 Terramorphic Expanse


1 Ashcoat Bear
1 Barbed Shocker
1 Basal Sliver
1 Bewilder
1 Brass Gnat
1 Evil Eye of Orms-by-Gore
1 Faceless Devourer
1 Gemhide Sliver
2 Haunting Hymn
1 Kobold Taskmaster
1 Mystical Teachings
1 Ophidian Eye
1 Psychotic Episode
1 Shadow Sliver
1 Slipstream Serpent
1 Think Twice
2 Traitor’s Clutch
1 Voidmage Husher
1 Volcanic Awakening

This draft went really well, despite the mistakes I made. The first mistake was taking Fathom Seer second over Looter il-Kor. In general I think Fathom Seer is better (my thoughts on Looter are included in an article that’ll be posted when I can be bothered to send it in), but the Looter is much better with my first pick, and that is reason enough to take it. The other big mistake is not taking a Tolarian Sentinel. Looking back I should have taken the one in the first pack over Chromatic Star, although I do like to have Chromatic Stars and Terramorphic Expanses available to me because they allow me to splash bombs like Firemaw Kavu or Disintegrate.

I won the first round despite getting blown out by Sulfurous Blast twice. I won the first game easily and then was stuck on three Islands until turn 8 of game 2. Despite that I was able to get the game to the point where he had to have exactly Sulfurous Blast to survive, but sadly, he did. In game 3 he had it when he needed it again, but this time he lessened the blow by attacking with Castle Raptors after casting the Blast in his precombat main phase.

In the second round I played against a very good Blue/White deck. In the first game I played first and Draining Whelked the Errant Ephemeron he suspended turn 2. Game 2 was close, and a combination f a couple mistakes, and misclicks on my part cost me the game. In the third game I had an excellent draw involving Looter and both Nightshade Assassins which left him cursing me in Polish.

I liked my deck, but wasn’t in love with it so I wanted to split the finals… unfortunately my opponent was having none of it. In the first game I mulliganed and got destroyed by a combination of Fire Whip, which killed all my creatures, and Plague Sliver, which killed me. Game 2 I mulliganed again, and things were looking pretty bad when he suspended Mindstab turn 1. I was able to use my whole hand before the Mindstab went off. From there I drew Tendrils, Haunting Hymn, and a land to cast the Hymn which let me just barely win. In the third game he again suspended Mindstab turn 1. The only spell that was cast before the Mindstab went off was a Prismatic Lens from me. When the Mindstab went off I discarded down to Haunting Hymn, Draining Whelk, and Island, and hoped that he wouldn’t play anything that turn, which he didn’t. He then played Fury Sliver on his turn 6, right into the Whelk. I untapped, and Hymned him down to one card, which was a Dark Withering for the Whelk, and drew Corpulent Corpse and Viscerid Deepwalker in succession to win an extremely close match and draft.

Until tomorrow,


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