Drafting With Tim – Time Spiral #1

With Mr Hoaen off galavanting around the world, top-eighting Grand Prix tournaments left and right, the brave Mr Aten steps into the “Drafting With X” breach until the grumpy Canadian’s return. Tim will be presenting a draft a day, sharing picks one through forty-five, and adding his own brand of lyrical commentary at the end of each article. For a more in-depth critique of his process, be sure to visit the forums!


Pack 1:

Gnarr, Trespasser il-Vec, Amrou Scout, Grapeshot, Scarwood Treefolk, Shadow Sliver, Ophidian Eye, Watcher Sliver, Thrill of the Hunt,
Plunder, Primal Forcemage, Volcanic Awakening, Scryb Ranger,
Chronosavant, Akroma, Angel of Wrath

Pick: Akroma, Angel of Wrath

Pack 2:

il-Vec, Temporal Eddy, Tendrils of Corruption, Lightning Axe, Mogg War
Marshal, Havenwood Wurm, Basal Sliver, Sage of Epityr, Ghitu
Firebreathing, Basalt Gargoyle, Celestial Crusader

Pick: Lightning Axe

Pack 3:

Amrou Seekers, Temporal Eddy, Mogg War Marshal, Terramorphic Expanse,
Drudge Reavers, Greenseeker, Foriysian Interceptor, Basal Sliver,
Drifter il-Dal, Scryb Ranger, Skittering Monstrosity, Honorable Passage

Pick: Amrou Seekers

Pack 4:

Stoker, Deathspore Thallid, Tolarian Sentinel, Orcish Cannonade,
Bogardan Rager, Sangrophage, D’Avenant Healer, Wormwood Dryad, Tectonic
Fiend, *, *, Plague Sliver

Pick: Coal Stoker

Pack 5:

Bear, Search for Tomorrow, Jedit’s Dragoons, Sprout, Foriysian
Interceptor, Aetherflame Wall, Detainment Spell, Opaline Sliver, Wipe

Pick: Search for Tomorrow

Pack 6:

Skycutter, Strength in Numbers, Zealot il-Vec, Urborg Syphon-Mage,
Sprout, Aetherflame Wall, Pit Keeper, Sage of Epityr, Divine

Pick: Goblin Skycutter

Pack 7:

Sliver, Mana Skimmer, Venser’s Sliver, Children of Korlis, Sangrophage,
Viashino Bladescout, Volcanic Awakening, Faceless Devourer, Jasmine

Pick: Jasmine Boreal

Pack 8:

Treefolk, Eternity Snare, Skulking Knight, Sidewinder Sliver, Mwonvuli
Acid-Moss, Viashino Bladescout, Paradise Plume, Primal Forcemage

Pick: Paradise Plume

Pack 9:

Herd Gnarr, Shadow Sliver, Ophidian Eye, Thrill of the Hunt, Plunder, Primal Forcemage, Volcanic Awakening

Pick: Thrill of the Hunt

Pack 10:

Mogg War Marshal, Basal Sliver, Sage of Epityr, Ghitu Firebreathing, Evil Eye of Urborg, Plains

Pick: Evil Eye of Urborg

Pack 11:

Mogg War Marshal, Drudge Reavers, Foriysian Interceptor, Basal Sliver, Drifter il-Dal

Pick: Mogg War Marshal

Pack 12:

Sangrophage, D’Avenant Healer, Fallen Ideal, Urza’s Factory

Pick: D’Avenant Healer

Pack 13:

Foriysian Interceptor, Detainment Spell, Avoid Fate

Pick: Avoid Fate

Pack 14:

Pit Keeper, Divine Congregation

Pick: Pit Keeper

Pack 15:


Pick: Sangrophage

Pack 16:

Serpent, Gaze of Justice, Strangling Soot, Fathom Seer, Flamecore
Elemental, Gemhide Sliver, Skulking Knight, Brass Gnat, Dream Stalker,
Watcher Sliver, Spirit Loop, Brine Elemental, Nightshade Assassin,
Stronghold Overseer

Pick: Gemhide Sliver

Pack 17:

Cannonade, Keldon Halberdier, Mana Skimmer, Durkwood Baloth, Fathom
Seer, Ophidian Eye, Molder, Children of Korlis, Viscid Lemures, Spell
Burst, Ignite Memories, Cavalry Master, Stonebrow, Krosan Hero, Thallid

Pick: Stonebrow, Krosan Hero

Pack 18:

Corpse, Cancel, Empty the Warrens, Icatian Crier, Bonesplitter Sliver,
Tendrils of Corruption, Thallid Shell-Dweller, Bewilder, Call to the
Netherworld, Cyclopean Giant

Pick: Empty the Warrens

Pack 19:

Sliver, Mindstab, Gaze of Justice, Coal Stoker, Mystical Teachings,
Two-Headed Sliver, Prismatic Lens, Clockspinning, Sidewinder Sliver,
Molten Slagheap, Krosan Grip, Tribal Flames

Pick: Tribal Flames

Pack 20:

Shaman, Coral Trickster, Feebleness, Looter il-Kor, Mystical Teachings,
Shadow Sliver, Bogardan Rager, Traitor’s Clutch, Plated Pegasus, Molten
Slagheap, Calciform Pools

Pick: Nantuko Shaman

Pack 21:

Transmuter, Empty the Warrens, Subterranean Shambler, Mindlash Sliver,
Havenwood Wurm, Chameleon Blur, Flickering Spirit, Wipe Away,
Pendelhaven Elder

Pick: Empty the Warrens

Pack 22:

Divine Congregation, Jhoira’s Timebug, Chameleon Blur, Opaline Sliver,
Voidmage Husher, Harmonic Sliver, Norin the Wary, Flying Men

Pick: Flying Men

Pack 23:

Drudge Reavers, Mindlash Sliver, Thallid Shell-Dweller, Jhoira’s
Timebug, Jedit’s Dragoons, Gemstone Caverns, Goblin Snowman

Pick: Thallid Shell-Dweller

Pack 24:

Slipstream Serpent, Flamecore Elemental, Skulking Knight, Brass Gnat, Dream Stalker, Spirit Loop, Undead Warchief

Pick: Flamecore Elemental

Pack 25:

Ophidian Eye, Molder, Children of Korlis, Viscid Lemures, Spell Burst, Ignite Memories

Pick: Molder

Pack 26:

Bonesplitter Sliver, Bewilder, Call to the Netherworld, Cyclopean Giant, Dementia Sliver

Pick: Bonesplitter Sliver

Pack 27:

Mystical Teachings, Clockspinning, Sidewinder Sliver, Krosan Grip

Pick: Krosan Grip

Pack 28:

Mystical Teachings, Shadow Sliver, Traitor’s Clutch

Pick: Traitor’s Clutch

Pack 29:

Mindlash Sliver, Mountain

Pick: Mountain

Pack 30:

Divine Congregation

Pick: Divine Congregation

Pack 31:

Baloth, Coral Trickster, Ivory Giant, Deathspore Thallid, Errant
Ephemeron, Flowstone Channeler, Viscid Lemures, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss,
Two-Headed Sliver, I*, Smallpox, Return to Dust, Cavalry Master, Ith,
High Arcanist, Stormscape Familiar

Pick: Durkwood Baloth

Pack 32:

Star, Looter il-Kor, Gorgon Recluse, Herd Gnarr, Fortify, Ground Rift,
Dream Stalker, Wormwood Dryad, Venser’s Sliver, Spirit Loop, Molten
Slagheap, Duskrider Peregrine, Mistform Ultimus, Slipstream Serpent

Pick: Duskrider Peregrine

Pack 33:

Twice, Penumbra Spider, Errant Doomsayers, Rift Bolt, Aether Web, Brass
Gnat, Savage Thallid, Screeching Sliver, Ancient Grudge, Careful
Consideration, Gustcloak Cavalier, Trickbind

Pick: Rift Bolt

Pack 34:

Ward, Assassinate, Thallid Germinator, Savage Thallid, Ancient Grudge,
Flickering Spirit, Call to the Netherworld, Drifter il-Dal, Outrider
en-Kor, Chronatog Totem, *

Pick: Thallid Germinator

Pack 35:

Sliver, Grapeshot, Mindstab, Slipstream Serpent, D’Avenant Healer,
Glass Asp, Ground Rift, Firewake Sliver, Spell Burst, Kher Keep,
Volcanic Awakening

Pick: Grapeshot

Pack 36:

Tolarian Sentinel, Flowstone Channeler, Glass Asp, Traitor’s Clutch,
Plunder, Eternity Snare, Molder, Saltcrusted Steppe, Fool’s Demise

Pick: Flowstone Channeler

Pack 37:

Deepwalker, Ironclaw Buzzardiers, Search for Tomorrow, Icatian Crier,
Ghitu Firebreathing, Bewilder, Detainment Spell, Psychotic Episode,
Pull from Eternity

Pick: Search for Tomorrow

Pack 38:

Germinator, Bonesplitter Sliver, Cyclopean Giant, Screeching Sliver,
Thick-Skinned Goblin, Durkwood Tracker, Scion of the Ur-Dragon, Jedit’s

Pick: Thick-Skinned Goblin

Pack 39:

Coral Trickster, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss, Two-Headed Sliver, Blazing Blade Askari, Smallpox, Return to Dust, Stormscape Familiar

Pick: Blazing Blade Askari

Pack 40:

Chromatic Star, Ground Rift, Dream Stalker, Wormwood Dryad, Spirit Loop, Slipstream Serpent

Pick: Chromatic Star

Pack 41:

Brass Gnat, Savage Thallid, Screeching Sliver, Ancient Grudge, Gustcloak Cavalier

Pick: Savage Thallid

Pack 42:

Pentarch Ward, Ancient Grudge, Call to the Netherworld, Drifter il-Dal

Pick: Pentarch Ward

Pack 43:

Glass Asp, Ground Rift, Volcanic Awakening

Pick: Ground Rift

Pack 44:

Glass Asp, Traitor’s Clutch

Pick: Traitor’s Clutch

Pack 45:

Ghitu Firebreathing

Pick: Ghitu Firebreathing

Final Decklist:

7 Forest
1 Jasmine Boreal
8 Mountain
2 Plains
1 Tribal Flames
1 Blazing Blade Askari
1 Chromatic Star
1 Coal Stoker
1 Durkwood Baloth
1 Duskrider Peregrine
2 Empty the Warrens
1 Flamecore Elemental
1 Flowstone Channeler
1 Gemhide Sliver
1 Goblin Skycutter
1 Grapeshot
1 Lightning Axe
1 Nantuko Shaman
1 Rift Bolt
2 Search for Tomorrow
1 Stonebrow, Krosan Hero
1 Thallid Germinator
1 Thick-Skinned Goblin
1 Thrill of the Hunt

1 Akroma, Angel of Wrath
1 Avoid Fate
1 Flying Men
1 Mountain
1 Amrou Seekers
1 Bonesplitter Sliver
1 Divine Congregation
1 D’Avenant Healer
1 Evil Eye of Urborg
1 Ghitu Firebreathing
1 Ground Rift
1 Krosan Grip
1 Mogg War Marshal
1 Molder
1 Paradise Plume
1 Pentarch Ward
1 Pit Keeper
1 Sangrophage
1 Savage Thallid
1 Thallid Shell-Dweller
2 Traitor’s Clutch

The world’s finest drafter needed a break (and will be in transit around the globe for much of the next few weeks), so I’ll be filling in. In future installments, there will be somewhat more in-depth discussions of my picks. However, since I’m evidently some sort of thundering moron, I didn’t save this draft correctly, assumed I would have to scrap it, and forgot what I was thinking for many of my picks.

One of my problems while drafting is that I see late Search for Tomorrows as a signal to go into Green. Here, I suppose it worked out okay, as the White dried up and I got that second pick Stonebrow. Tragically, Akroma ended up in the sideboard; fortunately, since both my opponents were Red/Black (my second opponent also had Green), I had an excuse to board her in. In each case, I boarded out a Forest and a Mountain for 2 Plains, and I boarded in Akroma and Amrou Seekers. In round 1, I smashed my opponent game 1 with a turn 4 Stonebrow, lost game 2 to infinite removal, and won game 3 with the Akroma I’d boarded in after game 2. In round 2, I won a close match in part because my opponent suspended a Durkwood Baloth the turn before he’d have 6 mana available. Questions and comments will be addressed in the forums, and I’ll do better next time. No, really.

Until tomorrow,

Tim Aten

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