Drafting With Tim (Sorta) – Time Spiral #8

And for the final draft in the “Drafting with the Nationals Team” series, we have Luis “fob on Modo” Scott-Vargas, with commentary by Tim Aten and Paul Cheon.

And for the final draft in the "Drafting with the Nationals Team" series, we have Luis "fob on Modo" Scott-Vargas…


Pack 1:

Coral Trickster, Benalish Cavalry, Feebleness, Looter il-Kor, Spinneret Sliver, Dream Stalker, Watcher Sliver, Blazing Blade Askari, Glass Asp, Traitor’s Clutch, Brine Elemental, Primal Forcemage, Thick-Skinned Goblin, Stonewood Invocation, Teferi’s Moat

Pick: Looter il-Kor

Pack 2:

Empty the Warrens, Icatian Crier, Bonesplitter Sliver, Think Twice, Penumbra Spider, Drifter il-Dal, Havenwood Wurm, Basal Sliver, Sage of Epityr, Ghostflame Sliver, Tromp the Domains, Molten Slagheap, Demonic Collusion, Browbeat

Pick: Tromp the Domains

Pack 3:

Ashcoat Bear, Urborg Syphon-Mage, Cloudchaser Kestrel, Thallid Germinator, Terramorphic Expanse, Psychotic Episode, Sprout, Aetherflame Wall, Sage of Epityr, Might Sliver, Durkwood Tracker, Disenchant, Undying Rage

Pick: Might Sliver

Pack 4:

Gaze of Justice, Flamecore Elemental, Gemhide Sliver, Feebleness, Clockspinning, Sidewinder Sliver, Viscid Lemures, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss, Pendelhaven Elder, Tectonic Fiend, Vampiric Sliver, Vesuva

Pick: Gemhide Sliver

Pack 5:

Mana Skimmer, Chromatic Star, Bogardan Rager, Traitor’s Clutch, D’Avenant Healer, Glass Asp, Harmonic Sliver, Skittering Monstrosity, Phantom Wurm, Magus of the Mirror, Suq’Ata Lancer

Pick: Phantom Wurm

Pack 6:

Gaze of Justice, Children of Korlis, Viscid Lemures, Ground Rift, Dream Stalker, Wormwood Dryad, Dementia Sliver, Paradise Plume, Opaline Sliver, Merfolk Assassin

Pick: Wormwood Dryad

Pack 7:

Cloudchaser Kestrel, Drudge Reavers, Goblin Skycutter, Cancel, Momentary Blink, Ancient Grudge, Foriysian Interceptor, Thunder Totem, Krosan Grip

Pick: Momentary Blink

Pack 8:

Strength in Numbers, Screeching Sliver, Psychotic Episode, Jedit’s Dragoons, Sprout, Foriysian Interceptor, Ignite Memories, Candles of Leng

Pick: Strength in Numbers

Pack 9:

Coral Trickster, Feebleness, Dream Stalker, Glass Asp, Traitor’s Clutch, Brine Elemental, Primal Forcemage

Pick: Brine Elemental

Pack 10:

Empty the Warrens, Drifter il-Dal, Basal Sliver, Sage of Epityr, Molten Slagheap, Demonic Collusion

Pick: Molten Slagheap

Pack 11:

Psychotic Episode, Sprout, Aetherflame Wall, Sage of Epityr, Durkwood Tracker

Pick: Durkwood Tracker

Pack 12:

Gaze of Justice, Clockspinning, Viscid Lemures, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss

Pick: Mwonvuli Acid-Moss

Pack 13:

Bogardan Rager, Traitor’s Clutch, Glass Asp

Pick: Bogardan Rager

Pack 14:

Children of Korlis, Ground Rift

Pick: Children of Korlis

Pack 15:

Foriysian Interceptor

Pick: Foriysian Interceptor

Pack 16:

Errant Doomsayers, Rift Bolt, Aether Web, Assassinate, Amrou Seekers, Ghitu Firebreathing, Momentary Blink, Greenseeker, Pit Keeper, Divine Congregation, Thick-Skinned Goblin, Sporesower Thallid, Spell Burst, Tivadar of Thorn, Faceless Butcher

Pick: Rift Bolt

Pack 17:

Pentarch Ward, Assassinate, Thallid Germinator, Zealot il-Vec, Ironclaw Buzzardiers, Basal Sliver, Drifter il-Dal, Subterranean Shambler, Mindlash Sliver, Havenwood Wurm, Voidmage Husher, Faceless Devourer, Return to Dust, Living End

Pick: Havenwood Wurm

Pack 18:

Keldon Halberdier, Ivory Giant, Mindstab, Slipstream Serpent, Nantuko Shaman, Eternity Snare, Molder, Venser’s Sliver, Children of Korlis, Dementia Sliver, Chronatog Totem, Fledgling Mawcor, Spitting Slug

Pick: Fledgling Mawcor

Pack 19:

Ironclaw Buzzardiers, Icatian Crier, Goblin Skycutter, Crookclaw Transmuter, Aetherflame Wall, Detainment Spell, Thallid Shell-Dweller, Bewilder, Might of Old Krosa, Molten Slagheap, Ib Halfheart, Goblin Tactician, Lord of Atlantis

Pick: Crookclaw Transmuter

Pack 20:

Chromatic Star, Tolarian Sentinel, Trespasser il-Vec, Two-Headed Sliver, Blazing Blade Askari, Shadow Sliver, Ophidian Eye, Watcher Sliver, Pull from Eternity, Molten Slagheap, Sol’kanar the Swamp King

Pick: Watcher Sliver

Pack 21:

Snapback, Pentarch Ward, Viscerid Deepwalker, Divine Congregation, Mindlash Sliver, Thallid Shell-Dweller, Jhoira’s Timebug, Urza’s Factory, Fool’s Demise, Mishra, Artificer Prodigy

Pick: Snapback

Pack 22:

Looter il-Kor, Gorgon Recluse, Herd Gnarr, Ground Rift, Eternity Snare, Sidewinder Sliver, Plated Pegasus, Dreadship Reef, Claws of Gix

Pick: Looter il-Kor

Pack 23:

Coral Trickster, Deathspore Thallid, Clockspinning, Bogardan Rager, Sangrophage, Gustcloak Cavalier, Spell Burst, War Barge

Pick: Coral Trickster

Pack 24:

Errant Doomsayers, Aether Web, Ghitu Firebreathing, Momentary Blink, Greenseeker, Divine Congregation, Spell Burst

Pick: Greenseeker

Pack 25:

Ironclaw Buzzardiers, Basal Sliver, Drifter il-Dal, Mindlash Sliver, Voidmage Husher, Return to Dust

Pick: Drifter il-Dal

Pack 26:

Eternity Snare, Venser’s Sliver, Children of Korlis, Dementia Sliver, Chronatog Totem

Pick: Venser’s Sliver

Pack 27:

Ironclaw Buzzardiers, Aetherflame Wall, Detainment Spell, Bewilder

Pick: Detainment Spell

Pack 28:

Tolarian Sentinel, Shadow Sliver, Ophidian Eye

Pick: Shadow Sliver

Pack 29:

Divine Congregation, Jhoira’s Timebug

Pick: Jhoira’s Timebug

Pack 30:

Ground Rift

Pick: Ground Rift

Pack 31:

Deathspore Thallid, Tolarian Sentinel, Benalish Cavalry, Orcish Cannonade, Errant Ephemeron, Strangling Soot, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss, Ophidian Eye, Molder, Fallen Ideal, Firewake Sliver, Vampiric Sliver, Vesuvan Shapeshifter, Verdeloth the Ancient, Skittering Monstrosity

Pick: Vesuvan Shapeshifter

Pack 32:

Ashcoat Bear, Amrou Seekers, Search for Tomorrow, Cancel, Jedit’s Dragoons, Savage Thallid, Ancient Grudge, Flickering Spirit, Call to the Netherworld, Faceless Devourer, Basalt Gargoyle, Volcanic Awakening, Moonlace, Krosan Cloudscraper

Pick: Search for Tomorrow

Pack 33:

Trespasser il-Vec, Amrou Scout, Grapeshot, Scarwood Treefolk, Slipstream Serpent, D’Avenant Healer, Wormwood Dryad, Mystical Teachings, Two-Headed Sliver, Prismatic Lens, Skittering Monstrosity, Spirit Loop, Kobold Taskmaster

Pick: Prismatic Lens

Pack 34:

Temporal Eddy, Mogg War Marshal, Think Twice, Flickering Spirit, Ghitu Firebreathing, Bewilder, Detainment Spell, Outrider en-Kor, Premature Burial, Stormcloud Djinn, Evangelize, Orcish Librarian

Pick: Temporal Eddy

Pack 35:

Castle Raptors, Scarwood Treefolk, Orcish Cannonade, Sangrophage, Viashino Bladescout, Mystical Teachings, Thrill of the Hunt, Shadow Sliver, Ignite Memories, Saltcrusted Steppe, Swamp

Pick: Castle Raptors

Pack 36:

Spinneret Sliver, Fortify, Flamecore Elemental, Mana Skimmer, Thrill of the Hunt, Plunder, Brass Gnat, Smallpox, Opaline Sliver, Dodecapod

Pick: Spinneret Sliver

Pack 37:

Temporal Eddy, Mogg War Marshal, Drudge Reavers, Jhoira’s Timebug, Chameleon Blur, Subterranean Shambler, Cyclopean Giant, Faceless Devourer, Academy Ruins

Pick: Temporal Eddy

Pack 38:

Strength in Numbers, Aether Web, Call to the Netherworld, Cyclopean Giant, Brass Gnat, Screeching Sliver, Voidmage Husher, Fallen Ideal

Pick: Strength in Numbers

Pack 39:

Tolarian Sentinel, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss, Ophidian Eye, Molder, Fallen Ideal, Firewake Sliver, Verdeloth the Ancient

Pick: Verdeloth the Ancient

Pack 40:

Ashcoat Bear, Jedit’s Dragoons, Ancient Grudge, Call to the Netherworld, Volcanic Awakening, Moonlace

Pick: Ashcoat Bear

Pack 41:

Wormwood Dryad, Two-Headed Sliver, Skittering Monstrosity, Spirit Loop, Kobold Taskmaster

Pick: Wormwood Dryad

Pack 42:

Ghitu Firebreathing, Bewilder, Detainment Spell, Orcish Librarian

Pick: Orcish Librarian

Pack 43:

Sangrophage, Shadow Sliver, Ignite Memories

Pick: Shadow Sliver

Pack 44:

Thrill of the Hunt, Brass Gnat

Pick: Thrill of the Hunt

Pack 45:

Chameleon Blur

Pick: Chameleon Blur

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7 Forest
7 Island
1 Mountain
2 Plains
1 Verdeloth the Ancient
1 Brine Elemental
1 Castle Raptors
1 Coral Trickster
1 Crookclaw Transmuter
1 Fledgling Mawcor
1 Gemhide Sliver
2 Looter il-Kor
1 Might Sliver
1 Momentary Blink
1 Phantom Wurm
1 Prismatic Lens
1 Rift Bolt
1 Search for Tomorrow
1 Snapback
1 Spinneret Sliver
1 Temporal Eddy
1 Thrill of the Hunt
1 Tromp the Domains
1 Venser’s Sliver
1 Vesuvan Shapeshifter
1 Watcher Sliver

1 Orcish Librarian
1 Ashcoat Bear
1 Bogardan Rager
1 Chameleon Blur
1 Children of Korlis
1 Detainment Spell
1 Drifter il-Dal
1 Durkwood Tracker
1 Foriysian Interceptor
1 Greenseeker
1 Ground Rift
1 Havenwood Wurm
1 Jhoira’s Timebug
1 Molten Slagheap
1 Mwonvuli Acid-Moss
2 Shadow Sliver
2 Strength in Numbers
1 Temporal Eddy
2 Wormwood Dryad

Pick 1: Ben Lundquist agreed with taking the Looter; Paul Cheon and I both thought the Stonewood Invocation was a better choice.

Pick 10: I would have taken the Empty the Warrens to keep my options open. After tabling the Brine Elemental, it seemed likely Luis would be G/U/x. X could have been White for the Blink or (potentially) Red for Empty, but it didn’t seem like there was any need for a Red/Black land.

Pick 31: I believe the Shapeshifter is the best Blue card in the set, so I agree with this decision. For the record, I think Ephemeron is the third best (with Psionic Blast ahead of it).

Luis and Paul are both a little greedier than I with the number of colors they play (in general), but it seems to work for them. Luis, in fact, did complete the trifecta, splitting in the finals with this deck. I decided not to go to Worlds (as you may have surmised), so I can address questions and comments in the forums as usual.