Drafting With Rich – TPF #31

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You all know the drill by now… Rich Hoaen, Canada’s finest and grumpiest draft export, takes us by the hand and drags us through the rollercoaster ride of an 8-4 TPF Draft on Magic Online. From pick 1 to pick 45, Rich shares them all, and his final deck and draft performance are analyzed in the article, the forums, and beyond. Come join in the fun!


Pack 1:

Trespasser il-Vec, Spinneret Sliver, Fortify, Spiketail Drakeling, Flamecore Elemental, Sidewinder Sliver, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss, Viashino Bladescout, Ophidian Eye, Molder, Quilled Sliver, Fallen Ideal, Phthisis, Word of Seizing, Wildfire Emissary

Pick: Word of Seizing

Pack 2:

Flowstone Channeler, Herd Gnarr, Trespasser il-Vec, Amrou Scout, Grapeshot, Scarwood Treefolk, Sangrophage, Viashino Bladescout, Mystical Teachings, Thrill of the Hunt, Truth or Tale, Aspect of Mongoose, Thelon of Havenwood, Gaea’s Blessing

Pick: Grapeshot

Pack 3:

Viscerid Deepwalker, Ironclaw Buzzardiers, Search for Tomorrow, Icatian Crier, Drifter il-Dal, Basal Sliver, Sage of Epityr, Ghitu Firebreathing, Thunder Totem, Sporesower Thallid, Fungal Reaches, Academy Ruins, Bad Moon

Pick: Sporesower Thallid

Pack 4:

Gemhide Sliver, Feebleness, Chromatic Star, Tolarian Sentinel, Flowstone Channeler, Prismatic Lens, Ground Rift, Eternity Snare, Skulking Knight, Fool’s Demise, Assembly-Worker, Fledgling Mawcor

Pick: Gemhide Sliver

Pack 5:

Goblin Skycutter, Zealot il-Vec, Snapback, Momentary Blink, Pit Keeper, Divine Congregation, Outrider en-Kor, Premature Burial, Dread Return, Demonic Collusion, Ancient Grudge

Pick: Premature Burial

Pack 6:

Drudge Reavers, Jhoira’s Timebug, Chameleon Blur, Subterranean Shambler, Cyclopean Giant, Screeching Sliver, Pendelhaven Elder, Norin the Wary, Zhalfirin Commander, Dread Return

Pick: Subterranean Shambler

Pack 7:

Cancel, Pentarch Ward, Psychotic Episode, Jedit’s Dragoons, Sprout, Foriysian Interceptor, Ignite Memories, Scion of the Ur-Dragon, Swamp

Pick: Psychotic Episode

Pack 8:

Slipstream Serpent, Gaze of Justice, Shadow Sliver, Traitor’s Clutch, D’Avenant Healer, Glass Asp, Paradise Plume, Resurrection

Pick: Resurrection

Pack 9:

Flamecore Elemental, Sidewinder Sliver, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss, Viashino Bladescout, Ophidian Eye, Molder, Fallen Ideal

Pick: Flamecore Elemental

Pack 10:

Scarwood Treefolk, Sangrophage, Viashino Bladescout, Mystical Teachings, Truth or Tale, Aspect of Mongoose

Pick: Scarwood Treefolk

Pack 11:

Icatian Crier, Drifter il-Dal, Sage of Epityr, Ghitu Firebreathing, Fungal Reaches

Pick: Fungal Reaches

Pack 12:

Ground Rift, Eternity Snare, Fool’s Demise, Assembly-Worker

Pick: Assembly-Worker

Pack 13:

Pit Keeper, Divine Congregation, Ancient Grudge

Pick: Pit Keeper

Pack 14:

Chameleon Blur, Cyclopean Giant

Pick: Cyclopean Giant

Pack 15:

Foriysian Interceptor

Pick: Foriysian Interceptor

Pack 16:

Stingscourger, Synchronous Sliver, Utopia Vow, Dawn Charm, Dust Corona, Reality Acid, Blightspeaker, Evolution Charm, Piracy Charm, Fa’adiyah Seer, Sinew Sliver, Dormant Sliver, Mantle of Leadership, Harmonize, Crovax, Ascendant Hero

Pick: Harmonize

Pack 17:

Dead / Gone, Reflex Sliver, Poultice Sliver, Spitting Sliver, Dash Hopes, Reality Acid, Citanul Woodreaders, Pallid Mycoderm, Vampiric Link, Gossamer Phantasm, Prodigal Pyromancer, Circle of Affliction, Jodah’s Avenger, Voidstone Gargoyle

Pick: Dead / Gone

Pack 18:

Spitting Sliver, Mire Boa, Battering Sliver, Aven Riftwatcher, Fury Charm, Vitaspore Thallid, Bog Serpent, Skirk Shaman, Essence Warden, Phantasmagorian, Hammerheim Deadeye, Frozen Aether, Braids, Conjurer Adept

Pick: Mire Boa

Pack 19:

Whitemane Lion, Midnight Charm, Saltfield Recluse, Synchronous Sliver, Reality Acid, Deadly Grub, Citanul Woodreaders, Brain Gorgers, Revered Dead, Merfolk Thaumaturgist, Brute Force, Aether Membrane

Pick: Citanul Woodreaders

Pack 20:

Needlepeak Spider, Mire Boa, Dreamscape Artist, Keldon Marauders, Ghost Tactician, Wistful Thinking, Melancholy, Seal of Primordium, Frenetic Sliver, Saltblast, Timebender

Pick: Mire Boa

Pack 21:

Ridged Kusite, Battering Sliver, Reflex Sliver, Ghost Tactician, Fury Charm, Evolution Charm, Brute Force, Fa’adiyah Seer, Serra’s Boon, Shrouded Lore

Pick: Brute Force

Pack 22:

Ridged Kusite, Dawn Charm, Pallid Mycoderm, Uktabi Drake, Deadly Grub, Simian Spirit Guide, Timecrafting, Pouncing Wurm, Fungal Behemoth

Pick: Pouncing Wurm

Pack 23:

Reflex Sliver, Dreamscape Artist, Deadly Grub, Firefright Mage, Blightspeaker, Merfolk Thaumaturgist, Vampiric Link, Cautery Sliver

Pick: Blightspeaker

Pack 24:

Dawn Charm, Dust Corona, Reality Acid, Blightspeaker, Fa’adiyah Seer, Dormant Sliver, Mantle of Leadership

Pick: Blightspeaker

Pack 25:

Reflex Sliver, Spitting Sliver, Dash Hopes, Reality Acid, Vampiric Link, Circle of Affliction

Pick: Reflex Sliver

Pack 26:

Fury Charm, Vitaspore Thallid, Bog Serpent, Phantasmagorian, Frozen Aether

Pick: Fury Charm

Pack 27:

Reality Acid, Deadly Grub, Brain Gorgers, Revered Dead

Pick: Reality Acid

Pack 28:

Keldon Marauders, Ghost Tactician, Seal of Primordium

Pick: Seal of Primordium

Pack 29:

Ridged Kusite, Reflex Sliver

Pick: Reflex Sliver

Pack 30:

Deadly Grub

Pick: Deadly Grub

Pack 31:

Lost Hours, Riddle of Lightning, Wrap in Vigor, Knight of Sursi, Leaden Fists, Gift of Granite, Ghostfire, Mass of Ghouls, Vedalken Aethermage, Blade of the Sixth Pride, Sporoloth Ancient, Second Wind, Street Wraith, Storm Entity, Pact of Negation

Pick: Ghostfire

Pack 32:

Oblivion Crown, Saltskitter, Infiltrator il-Kor, Cutthroat il-Dal, Llanowar Augur, Logic Knot, Nessian Courser, Grave Scrabbler, Henchfiend of Ukor, Whip-Spine Drake, Utopia Mycon, Goldmeadow Lookout, Second Wind, Heartwood Storyteller

Pick: Nessian Courser

Pack 33:

Bogardan Lancer, Grave Peril, Wrap in Vigor, Samite Censer-Bearer, Infiltrator il-Kor, Deepcavern Imp, Nessian Courser, Blade of the Sixth Pride, Sarcomite Myr, Aven Mindcensor, Arcanum Wings, Snake Cult Initiation, Jhoira of the Ghitu

Pick: Nessian Courser

Pack 34:

Augur of Skulls, Samite Censer-Bearer, Aven Augur, Lymph Sliver, Homing Sliver, Sporoloth Ancient, Grave Scrabbler, Lumithread Field, Mesmeric Sliver, Fleshwrither, Bloodshot Trainee, Nacatl War-Pride

Pick: Nacatl War-Pride

Pack 35:

Petrified Plating, Bogardan Lancer, Venser’s Diffusion, Sprout Swarm, Vedalken Aethermage, Virulent Sliver, Frenzy Sliver, Patrician’s Scorn, Minions’ Murmurs, Llanowar Reborn, Char-Rumbler

Pick: Sprout Swarm

Pack 36:

Augur of Skulls, Lost Hours, Petrified Plating, Mass of Ghouls, Thornweald Archer, Flowstone Embrace, Spellwild Ouphe, Aven Mindcensor, Zoetic Cavern, Pooling Venom

Pick: Flowstone Embrace

Pack 37:

Putrid Cyclops, Rift Elemental, Unblinking Bleb, Homing Sliver, Lymph Sliver, Blind Phantasm, Virulent Sliver, Emblem of the Warmind, Ramosian Revivalist

Pick: Unblinking Bleb

Pack 38:

Marshaling Cry, Putrid Cyclops, Augur il-Vec, Logic Knot, Sliversmith, Dust of Moments, Gibbering Descent, Witch’s Mist

Pick: Marshaling Cry

Pack 39:

Lost Hours, Wrap in Vigor, Leaden Fists, Mass of Ghouls, Vedalken Aethermage, Second Wind, Street Wraith

Pick: Second Wind

Pack 40:

Oblivion Crown, Cutthroat il-Dal, Llanowar Augur, Logic Knot, Henchfiend of Ukor, Utopia Mycon

Pick: Utopia Mycon

Pack 41:

Bogardan Lancer, Wrap in Vigor, Sarcomite Myr, Arcanum Wings, Snake Cult Initiation

Pick: Wrap in Vigor

Pack 42:

Samite Censer-Bearer, Homing Sliver, Mesmeric Sliver, Bloodshot Trainee

Pick: Bloodshot Trainee

Pack 43:

*, *, *

Pick: *

Pack 44:

Lost Hours, Pooling Venom

Pick: Pooling Venom

Pack 45:


Pick: *

Final Decklist:


1 Brute Force
1 Dead // Gone
1 Utopia Mycon
1 Flowstone Embrace
1 Fury Charm
1 Gemhide Sliver
1 Grapeshot
2 Mire Boa
1 Sprout Swarm
1 Citanul Woodreaders
1 Ghostfire
2 Nessian Courser
1 Second Wind
1 Unblinking Bleb
1 Flamecore Elemental
1 Harmonize
1 Pouncing Wurm
1 Scarwood Treefolk
1 Sporesower Thallid
1 Word of Seizing
1 Nacatl War-Pride
8 Forest
1 Island
7 Mountain
1 Fungal Reaches


1 Assembly-Worker
2 Blightspeaker
1 Bloodshot Trainee
1 Cyclopean Giant
1 Deadly Grub
1 Emblem of the Warmind
1 Foriysian Interceptor
1 Marshaling Cry
1 Patrician’s Scorn
1 Pit Keeper
1 Pooling Venom [FOIL]
1 Premature Burial
1 Psychotic Episode
1 Reality Acid
2 Reflex Sliver
1 Resurrection
1 Seal of Primordium
1 Subterranean Shambler
1 Wrap in Vigor

I really wasn’t sure about the first pick in this draft. I’m not a big fan of Word of Seizing or Phthisis, so I strongly considered taking the Spiketail Drakeling. The Sporesower Thallid seemed like a clear indication that Green was open, because there aren’t many commons I take over it, certainly no Green ones, and there were no rares, uncommons or Timeshifted cards missing. But then there were no Green cards after the Gemhide Sliver. That was okay, because I knew I’d be getting Green in Planar Chaos, having not passed any. Planar Chaos was pretty good to me, and so was Future Sight. I guess there just weren’t many Green cards in the Time Spiral packs. My deck ended up decent, but a few cards short.

Round 1 I played against a mediocre Red/White/Blue deck, with no real splash. Game 1 I had a good draw with Nessian Courser turn 3, Scarwood turn 4, and Flamecore turn 5. He got run over when I had Ghostfire to remove a blocker. Game 2 I mulliganed into a slow draw, and took a lot of damage when he had Riddle of Lightning to stop my Sporesower Thallid from blocking. He got me to seven, and then finished me off with Aven Mindcensor when my Harmonize and Woodreaders couldn’t find an answer. Game 3 I got ahead early, but then drew a few too many lands. For about five turns I could have drawn any spell to win, but just before I did he drew into Angel of Retribution and Momentary Blink to steal the game and match.

Until tomorrow,


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