Drafting With Rich – Time Spiral #4

After a short hiatus, Rich Hoaen returns to continue his daily article series! Each day, the grumpy Canadian draft master takes us through a Magic Online draft, from pick 1 to pick 45, and shares his insight into the cards, the deck, and the games themselves. For more detailed analysis, Rich answers your questions in the forums!


Pack 1:

Thallid Germinator, Terramorphic Expanse, Snapback, Rift Bolt, Pentarch Ward, Call to the Netherworld, Brass Gnat, Savage Thallid, Screeching Sliver, Thunder Totem, Sudden Death, Firewake Sliver, Mishra, Artificer Prodigy, Nicol Bolas, Mana Skimmer

Pick: Sudden Death

Pack 2:

Keldon Halberdier, Ivory Giant, Grapeshot, Mindstab, Slipstream Serpent, Two-Headed Sliver, Blazing Blade Askari, Shadow Sliver, Ophidian Eye, Watcher Sliver, Return to Dust, Spell Burst, Phantom Wurm, Gemstone Mine

Pick: Mindstab

Pack 3:

Chromatic Star, Gorgon Recluse, Herd Gnarr, Fortify, Coal Stoker, Plunder, Eternity Snare, Molder, Venser’s Sliver, Stormcloud Djinn, Dementia Sliver, Opaline Sliver, Gauntlet of Power

Pick: Coal Stoker

Pack 4:

Mindstab, Slipstream Serpent, Nantuko Shaman, Castle Raptors, Gorgon Recluse, Venser’s Sliver, Clockspinning, Bogardan Rager, Sangrophage, Dementia Sliver, Chronatog Totem, Voidmage Husher

Pick: Castle Raptors

Pack 5:

Viscerid Deepwalker, Ironclaw Buzzardiers, Icatian Crier, Jedit’s Dragoons, Savage Thallid, Ancient Grudge, Flickering Spirit, Call to the Netherworld, Ghostflame Sliver, Tectonic Fiend, Auratog

Pick: Ghostflame Sliver

Pack 6:

Goblin Skycutter, Cancel, Penumbra Spider, Pentarch Ward, Thallid Germinator, Jhoira’s Timebug, Chameleon Blur, Subterranean Shambler, Saltcrusted Steppe, Lim-Dul the Necromancer

Pick: Goblin Skycutter

Pack 7:

Coral Trickster, Flowstone Channeler, Glass Asp, Ground Rift, Eternity Snare, Skulking Knight, Volcanic Awakening, Durkwood Tracker, Gaea’s Liege

Pick: Flowstone Channeler

Pack 8:

Think Twice, Aether Web, Flickering Spirit, Ghitu Firebreathing, Bewilder, Detainment Spell, Hypergenesis, Kobold Taskmaster

Pick: Flickering Spirit

Pack 9:

Pentarch Ward, Call to the Netherworld, Brass Gnat, Savage Thallid, Screeching Sliver, Firewake Sliver, Mishra, Artificer Prodigy

Pick: Mishra, Artificer Prodigy

Pack 10:

Two-Headed Sliver, Shadow Sliver, Ophidian Eye, Watcher Sliver, Return to Dust, Spell Burst

Pick: Watcher Sliver

Pack 11:

Plunder, Eternity Snare, Molder, Dementia Sliver, Opaline Sliver

Pick: Plunder

Pack 12:

Clockspinning, Sangrophage, Dementia Sliver, Voidmage Husher

Pick: Sangrophage

Pack 13:

Jedit’s Dragoons, Ancient Grudge, Call to the Netherworld

Pick: Jedit’s Dragoons

Pack 14:

Cancel, Chameleon Blur

Pick: Chameleon Blur

Pack 15:

Ground Rift

Pick: Ground Rift

Pack 16:

Deathspore Thallid, Benalish Cavalry, Orcish Cannonade, Errant Ephemeron, Children of Korlis, Sangrophage, Viashino Bladescout, Mystical Teachings, Thrill of the Hunt, Durkwood Tracker, Ignite Memories, Foriysian Totem, Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder, Evil Eye of Orms-by-Gore, Mountain

Pick: Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder

Pack 17:

Zealot il-Vec, Ironclaw Buzzardiers, Temporal Eddy, Tendrils of Corruption, Screeching Sliver, Psychotic Episode, Jedit’s Dragoons, Sprout, Foriysian Interceptor, Might of Old Krosa, Duskrider Peregrine, Skittering Monstrosity, Wurmcalling, Swamp

Pick: Tendrils of Corruption

Pack 18:

Nantuko Shaman, Castle Raptors, Gorgon Recluse, Scarwood Treefolk, Thrill of the Hunt, Plunder, Skulking Knight, Brass Gnat, Firewake Sliver, Locket of Yesterdays, Dreadship Reef, Magus of the Disk, Giant Oyster

Pick: Magus of the Disk

Pack 19:

Cloudchaser Kestrel, Drudge Reavers, Cancel, Penumbra Spider, Thallid Shell-Dweller, Jhoira’s Timebug, Savage Thallid, Sudden Death, Opaline Sliver, Gemstone Caverns, Coalition Victory, Bonesplitter Sliver

Pick: Sudden Death

Pack 20:

Fortify, Flamecore Elemental, Mana Skimmer, D’Avenant Healer, Wormwood Dryad, Mystical Teachings, Two-Headed Sliver, Prismatic Lens, Volcanic Awakening, Krosan Grip, Merieke Ri Berit

Pick: Prismatic Lens

Pack 21:

Goblin Skycutter, Strength in Numbers, Zealot il-Vec, Urborg Syphon-Mage, Havenwood Wurm, Basal Sliver, Sage of Epityr, Thick-Skinned Goblin, Fungal Reaches, Foriysian Totem

Pick: Urborg Syphon-Mage

Pack 22:

Temporal Eddy, Mogg War Marshal, Psychotic Episode, Sprout, Aetherflame Wall, Pit Keeper, Sage of Epityr, Barbed Shocker, Angel’s Grace

Pick: Pit Keeper

Pack 23:

Scarwood Treefolk, Slipstream Serpent, Sidewinder Sliver, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss, Viashino Bladescout, Ophidian Eye, Molten Slagheap, Fallen Ideal

Pick: Molten Slagheap

Pack 24:

Children of Korlis, Sangrophage, Mystical Teachings, Durkwood Tracker, Ignite Memories, Evil Eye of Orms-by-Gore, Mountain

Pick: Evil Eye of Orms-by-Gore

Pack 25:

Screeching Sliver, Psychotic Episode, Jedit’s Dragoons, Sprout, Foriysian Interceptor, Swamp

Pick: Jedit’s Dragoons

Pack 26:

Scarwood Treefolk, Plunder, Skulking Knight, Brass Gnat, Locket of Yesterdays

Pick: Skulking Knight

Pack 27:

Drudge Reavers, Jhoira’s Timebug, Savage Thallid, Opaline Sliver

Pick: Drudge Reavers

Pack 28:

D’Avenant Healer, Two-Headed Sliver, Volcanic Awakening

Pick: D’Avenant Healer

Pack 29:

Havenwood Wurm, Sage of Epityr

Pick: Havenwood Wurm

Pack 30:

Psychotic Episode

Pick: Psychotic Episode

Pack 31:

Strangling Soot, Gemhide Sliver, Mindstab, Gaze of Justice, Coal Stoker, Durkwood Baloth, Shadow Sliver, Traitor’s Clutch, D’Avenant Healer, Fool’s Demise, Harmonic Sliver, Nightshade Assassin, Sprite Noble, Shadowmage Infiltrator, Plains

Pick: Strangling Soot

Pack 32:

Nantuko Shaman, Coral Trickster, Benalish Cavalry, Feebleness, Spinneret Sliver, Clockspinning, Sidewinder Sliver, Viscid Lemures, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss, Assembly-Worker, Haunting Hymn, Phthisis, Undertaker, Slipstream Serpent

Pick: Benalish Cavalry

Pack 33:

Mogg War Marshal, Temporal Isolation, Think Twice, Ashcoat Bear, Urborg Syphon-Mage, Cloudchaser Kestrel, Aetherflame Wall, Detainment Spell, Thallid Shell-Dweller, Bewilder, Voidmage Husher, Plated Pegasus, Reiterate

Pick: Temporal Isolation

Pack 34:

Mana Skimmer, Fathom Seer, Dream Stalker, Watcher Sliver, Blazing Blade Askari, Glass Asp, Traitor’s Clutch, Return to Dust, Evil Eye of Urborg, Vampiric Sliver, Magus of the Jar, Eron the Relentless

Pick: Evil Eye of Urborg

Pack 35:

Aether Web, Cloudchaser Kestrel, Drudge Reavers, Ghitu Firebreathing, Momentary Blink, Greenseeker, Pit Keeper, Divine Congregation, Faceless Devourer, Chronatog Totem, Grinning Totem

Pick: Pit Keeper

Pack 36:

Cancel, Icatian Crier, Drifter il-Dal, Subterranean Shambler, Mindlash Sliver, Havenwood Wurm, Chameleon Blur, Stormcloud Djinn, Curse of the Cabal, War Barge

Pick: Icatian Crier

Pack 37:

Feebleness, Children of Korlis, Viscid Lemures, Ground Rift, Dream Stalker, Wormwood Dryad, Evil Eye of Urborg, Fungal Reaches, Thunder Totem

Pick: Feebleness

Pack 38:

Drudge Reavers, Errant Doomsayers, Divine Congregation, Mindlash Sliver, Jhoira’s Timebug, Faceless Devourer, Basalt Gargoyle, Goblin Snowman

Pick: Errant Doomsayers

Pack 39:

Gaze of Justice, Shadow Sliver, Traitor’s Clutch, D’Avenant Healer, Fool’s Demise, Harmonic Sliver, Plains

Pick: D’Avenant Healer

Pack 40:

Clockspinning, Sidewinder Sliver, Viscid Lemures, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss, Haunting Hymn, Slipstream Serpent

Pick: Viscid Lemures

Pack 41:

Aetherflame Wall, Detainment Spell, Bewilder, Voidmage Husher, Plated Pegasus

Pick: Plated Pegasus

Pack 42:

Watcher Sliver, Blazing Blade Askari, Glass Asp, Traitor’s Clutch

Pick: Watcher Sliver

Pack 43:

Drudge Reavers, Ghitu Firebreathing, Divine Congregation

Pick: Divine Congregation

Pack 44:

Drifter il-Dal, Chameleon Blur

Pick: Drifter il-Dal

Pack 45:

Ground Rift

Pick: Ground Rift

Final Decklist:


1 Benalish Cavalry
1 Castle Raptors
1 D’Avenant Healer
1 Errant Doomsayers
1 Flickering Spirit
1 Jedit’s Dragoons
1 Magus of the Disk
1 Temporal Isolation
2 Watcher Sliver
1 Evil Eye of Orms-by-Gore
1 Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder
1 Evil Eye of Urborg
1 Feebleness
1 Mindstab
2 Pit Keeper
1 Strangling Soot
2 Sudden Death
1 Tendrils of Corruption
1 Urborg Syphon-Mage
1 Prismatic Lens
8 Plains
8 Swamp
1 Molten Slagheap


1 Chameleon Blur
1 Coal Stoker
1 D’Avenant Healer
1 Divine Congregation
1 Drifter il-Dal
1 Drudge Reavers
1 Flowstone Channeler
1 Ghostflame Sliver
1 Goblin Skycutter
2 Ground Rift
1 Havenwood Wurm
1 Icatian Crier
1 Jedit’s Dragoons
1 Mishra, Artificer Prodigy
1 Plated Pegasus
1 Plunder
1 Psychotic Episode
1 Sangrophage
1 Skulking Knight
1 Viscid Lemures

This draft was interesting because of how long it took me to get into my colors. It appears that I tried very hard to play my favourite color combination – Black Red, but the packs were just very mediocre and the Red dorks I took were nearly the best cards in each of the packs. I eventually settled into White with Magus of the Disk in pack 2, but my deck ended up being a little slow, with a bad manabase because of how long it took to figure out my colors.

I won a close first round in which my opponent mulliganed all three games. To be fair he got back the mulligan in each of those games with Nightshade Assassin. He won one of the games when I flooded and he drew Premature Burial the turn I drew Jedit’s Dragoons which would have stabilised the game.

I lost a frustrating second round. In game 1 he had an excellent draw in which he suspended Durkwood Baloth turn 1, played Jhoira’s Timebug turn 2, and suspended two Corpulent Corpses on turn 3. I didn’t play a third land until turn 5 this game, but was able to take over by chump blocking a couple times, and then creating a massive army with Endrek Sahr. I had him dead in two turns with Evil Eye of Orms by Gore, when I Mindstabbed his last card. He of course drew Tromp the Domains the next turn. In the second game I played turn 5 Endrek Sahr, turn 6 Castle Raptors, and turn 7 Jedit’s Dragoons, a draw which his removalless Green Black deck couldn’t handle. In the third game I once again failed to play lands, and couldn’t handle his combination of Undertaker and Viscid Lemures while stuck on four lands.

Until tomorrow,


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