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A Time Spiral / Planar Chaos / Future Sight Draft walkthrough.

Through the Breach

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The letter M!aybe last week's draft primer would've been better served as one of my initial articles; laying down the solid strategy before meddling in the world of drafting. It would be nothing short of wrong to not follow it up with a draft walkthrough, especially now that Time Spiral / Planar Chaos / Future Sight drafts are available on Magic Online. Hopefully the draft should hammer home the lessons of last week.

Pack 1, Pick 1

Pack 1 Tendrils of Corruption, Penumbra Spider, Errant Doomsayers, Rift Bolt, Aether Web, Basal Sliver, Sage of Epityr, Ghitu Firebreathing, Momentary Blink, Sporesower Thallid, Telekinetic Sliver, Durkwood Tracker, Spike Tiller, Funeral Charm, Plains

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Pack 1, Pick 2

Fortify, Spiketail Drakeling, Flamecore Elemental, Mana Skimmer, Nantuko Shaman, Shadow Sliver, Watcher Sliver, Thrill of the Hunt, Plunder, Ignite Memories, Saltcrusted Steppe, Outrider en-Kor, Sindbad, Sprout

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Pack 1, Pick 3

Bonesplitter Sliver, Dark Withering, Viscerid Deepwalker, Ashcoat Bear, Search for Tomorrow, Thallid Shell-Dweller, Jhoira's Timebug, Jedit's Dragoons, Savage Thallid, Calciform Pools, Return to Dust, Mangara of Corondor, Empty the Warrens

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Pack 1, Pick 4

Chromatic Star, Tolarian Sentinel, Flowstone Channeler, Trespasser il-Vec, Viscid Lemures, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss, Two-Headed Sliver, Blazing Blade Askari, Dementia Sliver, Chronatog Totem, Thunder Totem, Pandemonium

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Four packs in and I'm staring at four differently coloured cards. Two of them are heavy colour commitments, and it is likely that one or both will not make my final deck. And yet, with the exception of the en-Kor pick, I am not at all disgruntled. Many of my drafts start this way. Green seems to be drying up a little, as we saw none of its best commons since the first pack, and red too seems light. It might look like a pile so far, but I have the flexibility to go in almost any direction and no matter which way I go, it is unlikely I will sacrifice many of my early picks in doing so.

Pack 1, Pick 5

Empty the Warrens, Icatian Crier, Bonesplitter Sliver, Ancient Grudge, Flickering Spirit, Call to the Netherworld, Drifter il-Dal, Havenwood Wurm, Stormcloud Djinn, Dodecapod, Swamp

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Pack 1, Pick 6

Scarwood Treefolk, Slipstream Serpent, Bogardan Rager, Sangrophage, D'Avenant Healer, Wormwood Dryad, Locket of Yesterdays, Tectonic Fiend, Magus of the Mirror, Withered Wretch

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Pack 1, Pick 7

Thallid Germinator, Pentarch Ward, Aetherflame Wall, Pit Keeper, Sage of Epityr, Divine Congregation, Mindlash Sliver, Firewake Sliver, Safe Haven

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Pack 1, Pick 8

Flamecore Elemental, Mystical Teachings, Two-Headed Sliver, Clockspinning, Sidewinder Sliver, Evil Eye of Urborg, Fungal Reaches, Jolrael, Empress of Beasts

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Pack 1, Pick 9

Aether Web, Basal Sliver, Sage of Epityr, Ghitu Firebreathing, Durkwood Tracker, Funeral Charm, Plains

I hated the rarer Funeral Charm here over the Aether Web, as it is a harder card to play around.

Pick: Funeral Charm

Pack 1, Pick 10

Shadow Sliver, Plunder, Ignite Memories, Saltcrusted Steppe, Sindbad, Sprout

Pick: Saltcrusted Steppe

Pack 1, Pick 11

Jhoira's Timebug, Savage Thallid, Calciform Pools, Return to Dust, Empty the Warrens

My computer froze up at this point, and by the time I'd rebooted, I found the land nestled in my picked pile. Empty the Warrens would have been a great addition and is also a great signal that red is open as, with the exception of green, the pack wasn't too deep the first time around.

Pick: Calciform Pools

Pack 1, Pick 12

Viscid Lemures, Blazing Blade Askari, Dementia Sliver, Chronatog Totem

Pick: Blazing Blade Askari

Pack 1, Pick 13

Call to the Netherworld, Drifter il-Dal, Swamp

Pick: Drifer il-Dal

Pack 1, Pick 14

Scarwood Treefolk, Sangrophage

Pick: Scarwood Treefolk

Pack 1 Pick 15

Pick: Mindlash Sliver

So far we are weakly invested in red. It almost certainly open from the right and we did a decent job of cutting it, so it should flow well in the next pack. Had we picked the Sporesower Thallid we would be sitting on a very solid red-green deck. Had we picked the Outrider en-Kor, nothing would have changed so far as white dried up fairly fast. Black never materialised and I have no intention on dipping into it now, as it is weak in the later packs. There was a steady flow of slightly better than mediocre blue cards during the first few packs, so I hope for that to be open, mainly because all the other colours are more lacking than blue.

Pack 2, Pick 1

Pack 2 Reflex Sliver, Whitemane Lion, Midnight Charm, Saltfield Recluse, Aquamorph Entity, Evolution Charm, Pallid Mycoderm, Brain Gorgers, Merfolk Thaumaturgist, Sinew Sliver, Vampiric Link, Timebender, Muck Drubb, Ovinize, Heroes Remembered

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Pack 2, Pick 2

Erratic Mutation, Cradle to Grave, Reflex Sliver, Dreamscape Artist, Reality Acid, Citanul Woodreaders, Pallid Mycoderm, Keldon Marauders, Piracy Charm, Fa'adiyah Seer, Sinew Sliver, Waning Wurm, Shivan Meteor, Malach of the Dawn

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Pack 2, Pick 3

Dawn Charm, Spitting Sliver, Mire Boa, Battering Sliver, Aven Riftwatcher, Ghost Tactician, Wistful Thinking, Dash Hopes, Simian Spirit Guide, Mantle of Leadership, Jodah's Avenger, Shrouded Lore, Fatal Frenzy

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Pack 2, Pick 4

Synchronous Sliver, Needlepeak Spider, Dreamscape Artist, Aven Riftwatcher, Dust Corona, Vitaspore Thallid, Dash Hopes, Brute Force, Fa'adiyah Seer, Lavacore Elemental, Kavu Predator, Kor Dirge

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Pick: Brute Force

Pack 2, Pick 5

Giant Dustwasp, Stingscourger, Deadly Grub, Citanul Woodreaders, Brain Gorgers, Keldon Marauders, Prodigal Pyromancer, Piracy Charm, Healing Leaves, Blood Knight, Fungal Behemoth

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Pack 2, Pick 6

Dreamscape Artist, Ridged Kusite, Dawn Charm, Cradle to Grave, Fury Charm, Reality Acid, Essence Warden, Mana Tithe, Bog Serpent, Psychotrope Thallid

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Pack 2, Pick 7

Needlepeak Spider, Aquamorph Entity, Firefright Mage, Ghost Tactician, Healing Leaves, Primal Plasma, Muck Drubb, Tidewalker, Benalish Commander

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Pack 2, Pick 8

Poultice Sliver, Dust Corona, Bog Serpent, Skirk Shaman, Essence Warden, Kavu Predator, Serra's Boon, Imp's Mischief

Pick: Skirk Shaman

Pack 2, Pick 9

Reflex Sliver, Midnight Charm, Aquamorph Entity, Brain Gorgers, Vampiric Link, Timebender, Muck Drubb

Pick: Aquamorph Entity

Pack 2, Pick 10

Reflex Sliver, Reality Acid, Keldon Marauders, Piracy Charm, Fa'adiyah Seer, Waning Wurm

Pick: Piracy Charm

Pack 2, Pick 11

Spitting Sliver, Wistful Thinking, Dash Hopes, Simian Spirit Guide, Shrouded Lore

Pick: Shrouded Lore

Pack 2, Pick 12

Dust Corona, Dash Hopes, Fa'adiyah Seer, Lavacore Elemental

Pick: Lavacore Elemental

Pack 2, Pick 13

Deadly Grub, Brain Gorgers, Keldon Marauders

Pick: Keldon Marauders

Pack 2, Pick 14

Dawn Charm, Fury Charm

Pick: Fury Charm

Pack 2, Pick 15

Pick: Firefright Mage

After a partially interesting first pick, the rest of Planar Chaos passed fairly unexcitingly. We're obviously in the correct seat for red and, starting with the Avenger and followed by the late Plasma and Entity, it would appear that blue is working out. However, this was coming from the left, which means nothing. Hopefully blue will be open from the right anyway, and our taking almost every good blue card from this pack will have helped exclude our neighbours on the right from dipping into it. One of the things that I'm concerned about is that apart from the Avenger, the deck is very light on large/evasion creatures who can win the game if left unmolested, so I'm on the look out for those in Future Sight.

Pack 3, Pick 1

Pack 3 Rift Elemental, Augur il-Vec, Llanowar Empath, Marshaling Cry, Kavu Primarch, Lymph Sliver, Homing Sliver, Sporoloth Ancient, Grave Scrabbler, Lumithread Field, Street Wraith, Bloodshot Trainee, Spellwild Ouphe, Nihilith, Dakmor Salvage

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Pack 3, Pick 2

Wrap in Vigor, Knight of Sursi, Leaden Fists, Gift of Granite, Augur of Skulls, Thornweald Archer, Frenzy Sliver, Mesmeric Sliver, Patrician's Scorn, Sarcomite Myr, Boldwyr Intimidator, Phosphorescent Feast, Pyromancer's Swath, Sarcomite Myr (foil)

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Pack 3, Pick 3

Grave Peril, Wrap in Vigor, Samite Censer-Bearer, Infiltrator il-Kor, Putrid Cyclops, Blind Phantasm, Virulent Sliver, Mass of Ghouls, Vedalken Aethermage, Blade of the Sixth Pride, Storm Entity, Spellwild Ouphe, Aven Mindcensor

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Pack 3, Pick 4

Quiet Disrepair, Saltskitter, Unblinking Bleb, Llanowar Augur, Grinning Ignus, Fomori Nomad, Logic Knot, Lucent Liminid, Centaur Omenreader, Mistmeadow Skulk, Dryad Arbor, Coalition Relic

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Pack 3, Pick 5

Cutthroat il-Dal, Gift of Granite, Quiet Disrepair, Foresee, Patrician's Scorn, Logic Knot, Nessian Courser, Grave Scrabbler, Henchfiend of Ukor, Ramosian Revivalist, Arcanum Wings

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Pack 3, Pick 6

Lost Hours, Petrified Plating, Leaden Fists, Henchfiend of Ukor, Death Rattle, Blind Phantasm, Lumithread Field, Narcomoeba, Skizzik Surger, Force of Savagery

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Pack 3, Pick 7

Venser's Diffusion, Oblivion Crown, Emberwilde Augur, Vedalken Aethermage, Virulent Sliver, Frenzy Sliver, Fomori Nomad, Storm Entity, Magus of the Moat

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Pack 3, Pick 8

Rift Elemental, Unblinking Bleb, Lost Hours, Grinning Ignus, Mass of Ghouls, Zoetic Cavern, Spin into Myth, Witch's Mist

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Pack 3, Pick 9

Rift Elemental, Augur il-Vec, Lymph Sliver, Lumithread Field, Street Wraith, Spellwild Ouphe, Dakmor Salvage

The incredibly disappointing pack has made its way back and I get to pick my other "choice." Yay.

Pick: Lumithread Field

Pack 3, Pick 10

Wrap in Vigor, Gift of Granite, Frenzy Sliver, Mesmeric Sliver, Patrician's Scorn, Sarcomite Myr

Pick: Sarcomite Myr

Pack 3, Pick 11

Samite Censer-Bearer, Putrid Cyclops, Virulent Sliver, Vedalken Aethermage, Spellwild Ouphe

Pick: Vedalken Aethermage

Pack 3, Pick 12

Quiet Disrepair, Saltskitter, Unblinking Bleb, Dryad Arbor

Pick: Unblinking Bleb

Pack 3, Pick 13

Quiet Disrepair, Patrician's Scorn, Henchfiend of Ukor

Pick: Henchfiend of Ukor

Pack 3, Pick 14

Petrified Plating, Henchfiend of Ukor

Pick: Henchfiend of Ukor

Pack 3, Pick 15

Pick: Oblivion Crown

There wasn't much to think about during deck construction. Fury Charm and Flamecore Elemental made their usual way to the bench, and after some deliberation, Dreamscape Artist joined them, as I had no need for his fixing ability and didn't have very far to accelerate.

The deck wound up being nothing special—a typical blue-red deck full of little men and kinky tricks. After two unexciting matches, I split the final as I had a party to get to.

Till next week,

Q

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