Drafting With Rich – Time Spiral #11

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:

Strength in Numbers, Errant Doomsayers, Corpulent Corpse, Viscerid Deepwalker, Ironclaw Buzzardiers, Thallid Shell-Dweller, Jhoira’s Timebug, Jedit’s Dragoons, Savage Thallid, Ancient Grudge, Riftwing Cloudskate, Nightshade Assassin, Yavimaya Dryad, Lotus Bloom, Lord of Atlantis

Pick: Riftwing Cloudskate

Pack 2:

Coal Stoker, Tolarian Sentinel, Benalish Cavalry, Orcish Cannonade, D’Avenant Healer, Glass Asp, Prismatic Lens, Ground Rift, Eternity Snare, Paradox Haze, Fury Sliver, Cavalry Master, Ancestral Vision, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss

Pick: Ancestral Vision

Pack 3:

Flowstone Channeler, Trespasser il-Vec, Amrou Scout, Grapeshot, Scarwood Treefolk, Dream Stalker, Wormwood Dryad, Venser’s Sliver, Clockspinning, Assembly-Worker, Haunting Hymn, Telekinetic Sliver, Cockatrice

Pick: Grapeshot

Pack 4:

Urborg Syphon-Mage, Cloudchaser Kestrel, Thallid Germinator, Terramorphic Expanse, Snapback, Call to the Netherworld, Cyclopean Giant, Brass Gnat, Savage Thallid, Phthisis, Primal Forcemage, Demonic Collusion

Pick: Snapback

Pack 5:

Icatian Crier, Tendrils of Corruption, Think Twice, Errant Doomsayers, Havenwood Wurm, Chameleon Blur, Flickering Spirit, Ghitu Firebreathing, Undying Rage, Stormcloud Djinn, Candles of Leng

Pick: Tendrils of Corruption

Pack 6:

Cloudchaser Kestrel, Drudge Reavers, Cancel, Pentarch Ward, Divine Congregation, Jhoira’s Timebug, Chameleon Blur, Subterranean Shambler, Ghostflame Sliver, Pull from Eternity

Pick: Jhoira’s Timebug

Pack 7:

Trespasser il-Vec, Fortify, Spiketail Drakeling, Flamecore Elemental, Two-Headed Sliver, Blazing Blade Askari, Shadow Sliver, Paradise Plume, Havenwood Wurm

Pick: Spiketail Drakeling

Pack 8:

Slipstream Serpent, Scarwood Treefolk, Traitor’s Clutch, Plunder, Eternity Snare, Molder, Assembly-Worker, Plated Pegasus

Pick: Slipstream Serpent

Pack 9:

Strength in Numbers, Errant Doomsayers, Ironclaw Buzzardiers, Jhoira’s Timebug, Jedit’s Dragoons, Savage Thallid, Ancient Grudge

Pick: Errant Doomsayers

Pack 10:

Coal Stoker, D’Avenant Healer, Glass Asp, Ground Rift, Eternity Snare, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss

Pick: Coal Stoker

Pack 11:

Dream Stalker, Wormwood Dryad, Clockspinning, Assembly-Worker, Haunting Hymn

Pick: Dream Stalker

Pack 12:

Urborg Syphon-Mage, Cyclopean Giant, Brass Gnat, Savage Thallid

Pick: Urborg Syphon-Mage

Pack 13:

Chameleon Blur, Flickering Spirit, Ghitu Firebreathing

Pick: Flickering Spirit

Pack 14:

Divine Congregation, Chameleon Blur

Pick: Divine Congregation

Pack 15:

Two-Headed Sliver

Pick: Two-Headed Sliver

Pack 16:

Mana Skimmer, Nantuko Shaman, Coral Trickster, Benalish Cavalry, Feebleness, Looter il-Kor, Watcher Sliver, Thrill of the Hunt, Plunder, Skulking Knight, Fury Sliver, Harmonic Sliver, Firemaw Kavu, Stronghold Overseer, Avatar of Woe

Pick: Firemaw Kavu

Pack 17:

Slipstream Serpent, Gaze of Justice, Flamecore Elemental, Bogardan Rager, Sangrophage, D’Avenant Healer, Wormwood Dryad, Mystical Teachings, Return to Dust, Spell Burst, Weatherseed Totem, Pulmonic Sliver, Wildfire Emissary, Foriysian Totem

Pick: Wildfire Emissary

Pack 18:

Amrou Scout, Keldon Halberdier, Mana Skimmer, Durkwood Baloth, Venser’s Sliver, Children of Korlis, Sangrophage, Viashino Bladescout, Mystical Teachings, Smallpox, Saltcrusted Steppe, Wipe Away, Flowstone Channeler

Pick: Keldon Halberdier

Pack 19:

Strangling Soot, Gemhide Sliver, Mindstab, Gaze of Justice, Coal Stoker, Skulking Knight, Sidewinder Sliver, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss, Viashino Bladescout, Quilled Sliver, Haunting Hymn, Gaea’s Blessing

Pick: Coal Stoker

Pack 20:

Thallid Germinator, Ironclaw Buzzardiers, Temporal Eddy, Screeching Sliver, Psychotic Episode, Jedit’s Dragoons, Sprout, Dreadship Reef, Conflagrate, Mishra, Artificer Prodigy, Enduring Renewal

Pick: Conflagrate

Pack 21:

Aether Web, Amrou Seekers, Bewilder, Detainment Spell, Psychotic Episode, Sprout, Aetherflame Wall, Calciform Pools, Ib Halfheart, Goblin Tactician, Dauthi Slayer

Pick: Ib Halfheart, Goblin Tactician

Pack 22:

Pentarch Ward, Bonesplitter Sliver, Viscerid Deepwalker, Ashcoat Bear, Screeching Sliver, Momentary Blink, Ancient Grudge, Greenseeker, Might of Old Krosa

Pick: Viscerid Deepwalker

Pack 23:

Icatian Crier, Goblin Skycutter, Strength in Numbers, Drifter il-Dal, Havenwood Wurm, Basal Sliver, Voidmage Husher, Haunting Hymn

Pick: Goblin Skycutter

Pack 24:

Mana Skimmer, Coral Trickster, Feebleness, Thrill of the Hunt, Plunder, Skulking Knight, Harmonic Sliver

Pick: Coral Trickster

Pack 25:

Bogardan Rager, Sangrophage, D’Avenant Healer, Mystical Teachings, Return to Dust, Spell Burst

Pick: Bogardan Rager

Pack 26:

Venser’s Sliver, Children of Korlis, Mystical Teachings, Smallpox, Flowstone Channeler

Pick: Flowstone Channeler

Pack 27:

Sidewinder Sliver, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss, Viashino Bladescout, Gaea’s Blessing

Pick: Gaea’s Blessing

Pack 28:

Ironclaw Buzzardiers, Screeching Sliver, Sprout

Pick: Ironclaw Buzzardiers

Pack 29:

Detainment Spell, Sprout

Pick: Sprout

Pack 30:

Ancient Grudge

Pick: Ancient Grudge

Pack 31:

Gemhide Sliver, Feebleness, Castle Raptors, Chromatic Star, Tolarian Sentinel, Flowstone Channeler, Prismatic Lens, Clockspinning, Sidewinder Sliver, Viscid Lemures, Yavimaya Dryad, Plated Pegasus, Sudden Death, Sedge Sliver, Thallid

Pick: Prismatic Lens

Pack 32:

Tendrils of Corruption, Mogg War Marshal, Think Twice, Ashcoat Bear, Foriysian Interceptor, Aetherflame Wall, Detainment Spell, Thallid Shell-Dweller, Urza’s Factory, Premature Burial, Truth or Tale, Moonlace, Goblin Snowman, Aetherflame Wall

Pick: Think Twice

Pack 33:

Amrou Seekers, Search for Tomorrow, Corpulent Corpse, Cancel, Empty the Warrens, Foriysian Interceptor, Drifter il-Dal, Subterranean Shambler, Mindlash Sliver, Fledgling Mawcor, Aspect of Mongoose, Leviathan, Ghostflame Sliver

Pick: Fledgling Mawcor

Pack 34:

Mogg War Marshal, Terramorphic Expanse, Drudge Reavers, Crookclaw Transmuter, Empty the Warrens, Divine Congregation, Mindlash Sliver, Thick-Skinned Goblin, Might Sliver, Barbed Shocker, Fungus Sliver, Zhalfirin Commander

Pick: Empty the Warrens

Pack 35:

Coral Trickster, Ivory Giant, Deathspore Thallid, Ophidian Eye, Molder, Children of Korlis, Ground Rift, Volcanic Awakening, Krosan Grip, Phantom Wurm, Resurrection

Pick: Coral Trickster

Pack 36:

Spinneret Sliver, Keldon Halberdier, Ivory Giant, Mindstab, Brass Gnat, Dream Stalker, Blazing Blade Askari, Glass Asp, Aspect of Mongoose, Scryb Ranger

Pick: Keldon Halberdier

Pack 37:

Zealot il-Vec, Urborg Syphon-Mage, Aether Web, Sage of Epityr, Ghitu Firebreathing, Pit Keeper, Dreadship Reef, Firewake Sliver, Island

Pick: Dreadship Reef

Pack 38:

Gorgon Recluse, Thrill of the Hunt, Shadow Sliver, Bogardan Rager, Traitor’s Clutch, Locket of Yesterdays, Quilled Sliver, Undead Warchief

Pick: Undead Warchief

Pack 39:

Feebleness, Tolarian Sentinel, Flowstone Channeler, Clockspinning, Sidewinder Sliver, Plated Pegasus, Thallid

Pick: Tolarian Sentinel

Pack 40:

Foriysian Interceptor, Aetherflame Wall, Detainment Spell, Thallid Shell-Dweller, Moonlace, Goblin Snowman

Pick: Aetherflame Wall

Pack 41:

Foriysian Interceptor, Drifter il-Dal, Aspect of Mongoose, Leviathan, Ghostflame Sliver

Pick: Ghostflame Sliver

Pack 42:

Drudge Reavers, Divine Congregation, Mindlash Sliver, Barbed Shocker

Pick: Barbed Shocker

Pack 43:

Ophidian Eye, Ground Rift, Volcanic Awakening

Pick: Ophidian Eye

Pack 44:

Glass Asp, Aspect of Mongoose

Pick: Aspect of Mongoose

Pack 45:

Ghitu Firebreathing

Pick: Ghitu Firebreathing

Final Decklist:


1 Ancestral Vision
2 Coral Trickster
1 Dream Stalker
1 Fledgling Mawcor
1 Riftwing Cloudskate
1 Snapback
1 Spiketail Drakeling
1 Viscerid Deepwalker
1 Wildfire Emissary
2 Coal Stoker
1 Conflagrate
1 Empty the Warrens
1 Firemaw Kavu
1 Flowstone Channeler [FOIL]
1 Goblin Skycutter
1 Grapeshot
1 Ib Halfheart, Goblin Tactician
2 Keldon Halberdier
1 Jhoira’s Timebug
1 Prismatic Lens
8 Island
9 Mountain


1 Aetherflame Wall
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Aspect of Mongoose
1 Barbed Shocker
1 Bogardan Rager
1 Divine Congregation
1 Dreadship Reef
1 Errant Doomsayers
1 Flickering Spirit
1 Gaea’s Blessing
1 Ghitu Firebreathing
1 Ghostflame Sliver [FOIL]
1 Ironclaw Buzzardiers
1 Ophidian Eye
1 Slipstream Serpent
1 Sprout
1 Tendrils of Corruption
1 Think Twice
1 Tolarian Sentinel
1 Two-Headed Sliver
1 Undead Warchief
1 Urborg Syphon-Mage

This draft was a little annoying because the player two seats to my left was disconnected for the entire draft. He took the full amount of time for each pick, and lots of cards were passed much later than they should have been. After the first pack I was sure I was in Blue, but any of the other three colors were reasonable options, although I was leaning towards Red because of the Coal Stoker. After opening Firemaw Kavu my decisions were relatively easy for the rest of the draft, although I did think to myself that I should be in Black a number of times.

In the first game I suspended Ancestral Vision turn 1, and it’s pretty hard to lose when you do that. In the second game my opponent got suspended Mindstab turn 1, and played Clockwork Hydra turn 4; the combination almost completely locked me out of the game. In the third game I had a pretty ridiculous draw that led to me having nine creatures attacking to his none on turn 6.

In the second round I “played” Tomoharu Saito, but it wasn’t really a match. I had another of the ridiculous draws that the combination of Storm and Suspend lead to in the first game, and in the second, he failed to play a third land.

My opponent wouldn’t split the finals so I was forced to play against the excellent Black deck that I passed. The first game was close until I was able to trade away most of my team, which forced him to Cancel the Phthisis he suspended on turn 3. After that I unloaded my hand and he was dead in a couple turns. In the second game I suspended Ancestral turn 1, Cloudskate turn 2, had turn 3 Prismatic Lens, Grapeshot, and turn 4 Coal Stoker Empty the Warrens. Seems fair.

Until tomorrow,


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