Drafting With Rich – Time Spiral #12

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:

Crookclaw Transmuter, Empty the Warrens, Strength in Numbers, Errant Doomsayers, Corpulent Corpse, Viscerid Deepwalker, Thallid Shell-Dweller, Bewilder, Call to the Netherworld, Cyclopean Giant, Sudden Shock, Scryb Ranger, Spell Burst, Norin the Wary, Disintegrate

Pick: Disintegrate

Pack 2:

Keldon Halberdier, Mana Skimmer, Durkwood Baloth, Fathom Seer, Chromatic Star, Venser’s Sliver, Children of Korlis, Sangrophage, Viashino Bladescout, Krosan Grip, Brine Elemental, Wipe Away, Vesuva, Mistform Ultimus

Pick: Fathom Seer

Pack 3:

Cloudchaser Kestrel, Drudge Reavers, Goblin Skycutter, Cancel, Subterranean Shambler, Havenwood Wurm, Chameleon Blur, Flickering Spirit, Premature Burial, Clockwork Hydra, Dementia Sliver, Weathered Bodyguards, Think Twice

Pick: Clockwork Hydra

Pack 4:

Flowstone Channeler, Herd Gnarr, Trespasser il-Vec, Wormwood Dryad, Venser’s Sliver, Clockspinning, Bogardan Rager, Tectonic Fiend, Return to Dust, Basalt Gargoyle, Kher Keep, Bad Moon

Pick: Basalt Gargoyle

Pack 5:

Flowstone Channeler, Spinneret Sliver, Fortify, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss, Two-Headed Sliver, Blazing Blade Askari, Shadow Sliver, Ophidian Eye, Saltcrusted Steppe, Fool’s Demise, Lord of Atlantis

Pick: Flowstone Channeler

Pack 6:

Icatian Crier, Bonesplitter Sliver, Think Twice, Greenseeker, Pit Keeper, Divine Congregation, Jhoira’s Timebug, Chameleon Blur, Urza’s Factory, Haunting Hymn

Pick: Think Twice

Pack 7:

Think Twice, Thallid Germinator, Mindlash Sliver, Thallid Shell-Dweller, Jhoira’s Timebug, Jedit’s Dragoons, Dreadship Reef, Durkwood Tracker, Mishra, Artificer Prodigy

Pick: Thallid Germinator

Pack 8:

Deathspore Thallid, Tolarian Sentinel, Glass Asp, Ground Rift, Eternity Snare, Skulking Knight, Assembly-Worker, Whirling Dervish

Pick: Tolarian Sentinel

Pack 9:

Empty the Warrens, Strength in Numbers, Bewilder, Call to the Netherworld, Cyclopean Giant, Spell Burst, Norin the Wary

Pick: Empty the Warrens

Pack 10:

Venser’s Sliver, Children of Korlis, Sangrophage, Viashino Bladescout, Krosan Grip, Wipe Away

Pick: Wipe Away

Pack 11:

Drudge Reavers, Cancel, Chameleon Blur, Flickering Spirit, Dementia Sliver

Pick: Cancel

Pack 12:

Clockspinning, Tectonic Fiend, Return to Dust, Kher Keep

Pick: Kher Keep

Pack 13:

Mwonvuli Acid-Moss, Shadow Sliver, Fool’s Demise

Pick: Fool’s Demise

Pack 14:

Divine Congregation, Haunting Hymn

Pick: Haunting Hymn

Pack 15:

Mindlash Sliver

Pick: Mindlash Sliver

Pack 16:

Penumbra Spider, Pentarch Ward, Assassinate, Thallid Germinator, Zealot il-Vec, Ironclaw Buzzardiers, Ghitu Firebreathing, Bewilder, Detainment Spell, Psychotic Episode, Phantom Wurm, Foriysian Totem, Ignite Memories, Evangelize, Wildfire Emissary

Pick: Wildfire Emissary

Pack 17:

Scarwood Treefolk, Amrou Scout, Keldon Halberdier, Mana Skimmer, Children of Korlis, Sangrophage, Viashino Bladescout, Mystical Teachings, Thrill of the Hunt, Aspect of Mongoose, Quilled Sliver, Wipe Away, Enduring Renewal, Weatherseed Totem

Pick: Keldon Halberdier

Pack 18:

Errant Ephemeron, Strangling Soot, Gemhide Sliver, Mindstab, Gaze of Justice, Sidewinder Sliver, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss, Viashino Bladescout, Ophidian Eye, Barbed Shocker, Return to Dust, Vampiric Sliver, Sacred Mesa

Pick: Errant Ephemeron

Pack 19:

Dark Withering, Viscerid Deepwalker, Ashcoat Bear, Greenseeker, Foriysian Interceptor, Basal Sliver, Drifter il-Dal, Subterranean Shambler, Urza’s Factory, Volcanic Awakening, Nether Traitor, Honorable Passage

Pick: Viscerid Deepwalker

Pack 20:

Flamecore Elemental, Mana Skimmer, Coral Trickster, Benalish Cavalry, Watcher Sliver, Thrill of the Hunt, Plunder, Skulking Knight, Volcanic Awakening, Telekinetic Sliver, Icatian Javelineers

Pick: Coral Trickster

Pack 21:

Scarwood Treefolk, Slipstream Serpent, Gaze of Justice, Sangrophage, D’Avenant Healer, Wormwood Dryad, Mystical Teachings, Fungal Reaches, Stormcloud Djinn, Magus of the Mirror

Pick: Stormcloud Djinn

Pack 22:

Errant Doomsayers, Aether Web, Cyclopean Giant, Screeching Sliver, Psychotic Episode, Might of Old Krosa, Weatherseed Totem, Krosan Grip, Sarpadian Empires, Vol. VII

Pick: Sarpadian Empires, Vol. VII

Pack 23:

Ironclaw Buzzardiers, Brass Gnat, Savage Thallid, Screeching Sliver, Ancient Grudge, Locket of Yesterdays, Gaea’s Blessing, Mountain

Pick: Ironclaw Buzzardiers

Pack 24:

Pentarch Ward, Zealot il-Vec, Ghitu Firebreathing, Bewilder, Detainment Spell, Psychotic Episode, Ignite Memories

Pick: Bewilder

Pack 25:

Scarwood Treefolk, Children of Korlis, Sangrophage, Mystical Teachings, Aspect of Mongoose, Quilled Sliver

Pick: Mystical Teachings

Pack 26:

Sidewinder Sliver, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss, Ophidian Eye, Barbed Shocker, Return to Dust

Pick: Ophidian Eye

Pack 27:

Foriysian Interceptor, Drifter il-Dal, Volcanic Awakening, Nether Traitor

Pick: Drifter il-Dal

Pack 28:

Flamecore Elemental, Plunder, Volcanic Awakening

Pick: Flamecore Elemental

Pack 29:

D’Avenant Healer, Mystical Teachings

Pick: Mystical Teachings

Pack 30:

Screeching Sliver

Pick: Screeching Sliver

Pack 31:

Temporal Eddy, Mogg War Marshal, Drudge Reavers, Temporal Isolation, Jedit’s Dragoons, Sprout, Foriysian Interceptor, Aetherflame Wall, Detainment Spell, Thunder Totem, Cavalry Master, Haunting Hymn, Trickbind, Undead Warchief, Island

Pick: Mogg War Marshal

Pack 32:

Temporal Eddy, Tendrils of Corruption, Lightning Axe, Mogg War Marshal, Sprout, Aetherflame Wall, Pit Keeper, Sage of Epityr, Divine Congregation, Voidmage Husher, Phyrexian Totem, Harmonic Sliver, Psionic Sliver, Pit Keeper

Pick: Lightning Axe

Pack 33:

Viscerid Deepwalker, Ashcoat Bear, Amrou Seekers, Search for Tomorrow, Corpulent Corpse, Cancel, Basal Sliver, Sage of Epityr, Ghitu Firebreathing, Momentary Blink, Fury Sliver, Wheel of Fate, Tribal Flames

Pick: Tribal Flames

Pack 34:

Coal Stoker, Coral Trickster, Ivory Giant, Deathspore Thallid, Molder, Children of Korlis, Viscid Lemures, Ground Rift, Dream Stalker, Yavimaya Dryad, Firewake Sliver, Whirling Dervish

Pick: Coal Stoker

Pack 35:

Spinneret Sliver, Keldon Halberdier, Grapeshot, Brass Gnat, Dream Stalker, Watcher Sliver, Blazing Blade Askari, Plated Pegasus, Molten Slagheap, Whispers of the Muse, Gauntlet of Power

Pick: Grapeshot

Pack 36:

Flamecore Elemental, Feebleness, Castle Raptors, Chromatic Star, Tolarian Sentinel, Clockspinning, Sidewinder Sliver, Viscid Lemures, Chronatog Totem, Durkwood Tracker

Pick: Chromatic Star

Pack 37:

Fathom Seer, Chromatic Star, Shadow Sliver, Bogardan Rager, Traitor’s Clutch, D’Avenant Healer, Stormcloud Djinn, Volcanic Awakening, Goblin Snowman

Pick: Fathom Seer

Pack 38:

Crookclaw Transmuter, Zealot il-Vec, Snapback, Aether Web, Foriysian Interceptor, Basal Sliver, Drifter il-Dal, Lim-Dul the Necromancer

Pick: Crookclaw Transmuter

Pack 39:

Drudge Reavers, Jedit’s Dragoons, Sprout, Foriysian Interceptor, Detainment Spell, Haunting Hymn, Island

Pick: Island

Pack 40:

Sprout, Aetherflame Wall, Sage of Epityr, Divine Congregation, Voidmage Husher, Harmonic Sliver

Pick: Aetherflame Wall

Pack 41:

Viscerid Deepwalker, Cancel, Sage of Epityr, Ghitu Firebreathing, Wheel of Fate

Pick: Viscerid Deepwalker

Pack 42:

Molder, Children of Korlis, Ground Rift, Dream Stalker

Pick: Dream Stalker

Pack 43:

Brass Gnat, Dream Stalker, Plated Pegasus

Pick: Dream Stalker

Pack 44:

Clockspinning, Sidewinder Sliver

Pick: Clockspinning

Pack 45:

Traitor’s Clutch

Pick: Traitor’s Clutch

Final Decklist:


1 Coral Trickster
1 Crookclaw Transmuter
1 Dream Stalker
1 Errant Ephemeron
2 Fathom Seer
1 Stormcloud Djinn
2 Viscerid Deepwalker
1 Wipe Away
1 Disintegrate
1 Tribal Flames
1 Wildfire Emissary
1 Basalt Gargoyle
1 Coal Stoker
1 Empty the Warrens
1 Flowstone Channeler
1 Grapeshot
1 Keldon Halberdier
1 Lightning Axe
1 Mogg War Marshal
1 Aetherflame Wall
1 Clockwork Hydra
9 Island
8 Mountain


1 Bewilder
1 Cancel
1 Chromatic Star
1 Clockspinning
1 Dream Stalker
1 Drifter il-Dal
1 Flamecore Elemental
1 Fool’s Demise
1 Haunting Hymn
1 Ironclaw Buzzardiers
1 Island [FOIL]
1 Kher Keep
1 Mindlash Sliver
2 Mystical Teachings
1 Ophidian Eye
1 Sarpadian Empires, Vol. VII
1 Screeching Sliver
1 Thallid Germinator
1 Think Twice
1 Tolarian Sentinel
1 Traitor’s Clutch

The actual draft part was pretty easy this time. My first couple of picks got me into my colors, and I never left them. The games, however, were pretty difficult.

In the first game I got to an early lead with the first two creatures on board. I got a little greedy not using Tribal Flames on his blocker before attacking, because I didn’t think he would block either of my ground creatures. He did block my Flowstone Channeler, and followed up with a Stuffy Doll that I wasn’t able to get through the entire game. I Suspended Keldon Halberdier on about turn 5 in the hopes that I’d draw into something by the time he came in, since my opponent had a Deathspore Thallid that was about to make a man. I did in fact draw into Coral Trickster, Wipe Away, and Empty the Warrens to go with my many lands, and I thought I was going to steal a game that looked unwinnable, but he had Tendrils, and Firemaw Kavu which he used on his Stuffy Doll to burn me out. He had Stuffy Doll again in game 2, but this time my Flowstone Channeler lived long enough to kill it, which let me beat his extremely mana flooded draw. In the third game he mulliganed and I Suspended Viscerid Deepwalker turn 1. I got a little greedy and used Disintegrate on his turn 4 Mana Skimmer in the hopes that he’d play a creature next turn and I could Lightning Axe it, and use Empty the Warrens to make six tokens. Of course he did have a creature… Stuffy Doll. So I made four goblins and attacked into the Stuffy Doll for a few turns, until I drew a seventh land for my Errant Ephemeron. Despite Stuffy Doll being the only spell he played that stayed on board he still could have won this game if he drew Tendrils of Despair.

The second round was also very close. In the first game I got him to sixteen with a Fathom Seer before he Sulfurous Blasted to kill Fathom Seer and Stormcloud Djinn. I Suspended Viscerid Deepwalker and Keldon Halberdier next turn. He then played Jaya, which I had to Disintegrate. We traded Empty the Warrens for four and he played Kaervek. I Wipe Awayed Kaervek the turn before my guys came in, and played Errant Ephemeron that turn. He replayed Kaervek and was forced to chump with this other creatures next turn, leaving him dead to the Ephemeron on my next turn. Unfortunately he had a second Sulfurous Blast which gave him exactly enough damage to kill me and leave him on one. Next game he was a little manascrewed and didn’t have a Sulfurous Blast, so my turn q Viscerid Deepwalker, turn 5 Empty the Warrens and Lightning Axe and Grapeshot to remove his blockers and Disintegrate to finish him was enough. In the third game I was able to play around Sulfurous Blast by playing a morph turn 3 and Wildfire Emissary turn 4, with an Errant Ephemeron suspended turn 2. He played turn 4 Gemhide Sliver and turn 5 Phantom Wurm, which I Wipe Awayed. The Ephemeron was able to go the distance since I had Cancel for his Scryb Ranger.

I split the finals since Julien Nuijten told me the deck he lost the semis to was insane.

Until tomorrow,


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