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Yep, it’s been a while since I’ve found the time to write an article. Unlike previous sets, I’m going to concentrate my review of the set all at once, starting with White, Blue, and Black.

BEST WHITE COMMON: Ronom Unicorn
Ronom Unicorn
Ronom UnicornSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Unicorn
Rarity:
C
Number:
16
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Sacrifice Ronom Unicorn: Destroy target enchantment.

Commons are meant for draft. Ronom is perhaps the best unicorn ever, which isn’t saying much. There are 14 enchantments in Coldsnap, and the unicorn makes a good early ground pounder, and then handy removal. As for the other commons, Kjeldoran Outrider
Kjeldoran Outrider
Kjeldoran OutriderSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
W: Kjeldoran Outrider gets +0 +1 until end of turn.
is always decent early, the Javelineers are handy later in the game when you can afford their Cumulative Upkeep (CU), Martyr of Sands
Martyr of Sands
Martyr of SandsSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1, Reveal X white cards from your hand, Sacrifice Martyr of Sands: You gain three times X life.
can get you ridiculous amounts of life if you drafted mostly white, Squall
Squall
SquallSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Val Mayerik
Text:
Squall deals 2 damage to each creature with flying.
IERyaWZ0ZXI= helps control the board, Surging Sentinels
Surging Sentinels
Surging SentinelsSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike Ripple 4 (When you play this spell, you may reveal the top four cards of your library. You may play any revealed cards with the same name as this spell without paying their mana costs. Put the rest on the bottom of your library.)
can be wicked in multiples of 3 or more, and Swift Maneuver
Swift Maneuver
Swift ManeuverSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Prevent the next 2 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn. Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.
’s cycling can speed up your deck while saving your creatures.

BEST WHITE UNCOMMON: Glacial Plating
Glacial Plating
Glacial PlatingSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Snow Enchantment - Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
7
Artist:
Brian Despain
Text:
Enchant creature Cumulative upkeep oSi (At the beginning of your upkeep, put an age counter on this permanent, then sacrifice it unless you pay its upkeep cost for each age counter on it. oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.) Enchanted creature gets +3 +3 for each age counter on Glacial Plating.

This on a white flyer could be a strong attack; I could see a White Weenie deck rolling hard on the Standard competition, with the only problem being that Snow-Covered Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
will be the rarest on the SC’s due to the fact it’s the one SC not in a precon. (I need to see how many I have left from IA). As for the others, Jotun Grunt
Jotun Grunt
Jotun GruntSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
8
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Cumulative upkeep-Put two cards in a single graveyard on the bottom of their owner's library. (At the beginning of your upkeep, put an age counter on this permanent, then sacrifice it unless you pay its upkeep cost for each age counter on it.)
could be a great sideboard card against Madness decks, and Luminesce
Luminesce
LuminesceSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
14
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Prevent all damage that black and or red sources would deal this turn.
could be a possible addition for 10th.

BEST WHITE RARE: Sunscour
Sunscour
SunscourSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Jim Murray
Text:
You may remove two white cards in your hand from the game rather than pay Sunscour's mana cost. Destroy all creatures.

A pitch Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.
? Sounds annoying, so control players will probably welcome it, except for the fact that mono-colored is out of favor currently in Constructed. The other rares are quality only to Timmies, if anyone.

BEST WHITE ARTWORK: Ursine Fylgja
Ursine Fylgja
Ursine FylgjaSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit Bear
Rarity:
U
Number:
22
Artist:
Yokota Katsumi
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Ursine Fylgja comes into play with four healing counters on it. Remove a healing counter from Ursine Fylgja: Prevent the next 1 damage that would be dealt to Ursine Fylgja this turn. 2W: Put a healing counter on Ursine Fylgja.

White’s artwork seldom disappoints, and this set is no exception. There were many contenders; I went for this one as bears are my favorite mammals.

BEST WHITE CREATURE: White Shield Crusader
White Shield Crusader
White Shield CrusaderSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Knight
Rarity:
U
Number:
24
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from black W: White Shield Crusader gains flying until end of turn. WW: White Shield Crusader gets +1 +0 until end of turn.

It’s a great homage to the Orders of Fallen Empires and Ice Age. Pumping is nice, but it needs to thrive in a mono-colored deck when multicolored decks are pushed. As for other creatures, Timmies will go gaga over Adarkar Valkyrie
Adarkar Valkyrie
Adarkar ValkyrieSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, vigilance T When target creature other than Adarkar Valkyrie is put into a graveyard this turn, return that card to play under your control.
and Wooly Razorback. As a whole, white creatures will make an impact in Coldsnap Limited.

WORST WHITE CARD: Kjeldoran Gargoyle
Kjeldoran Gargoyle
Kjeldoran GargoyleSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Gargoyle
Rarity:
U
Number:
10
Artist:
Marcelo Vignali
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying, first strike Whenever Kjeldoran Gargoyle deals damage, you gain that much life.

White fliers sucked in IA, and I guess they felt the need to homage that. At 6cc it is too expensive for what it does; I’ll take the Valkyrie instead.

BEST WHITE CARD: Sunscour
Sunscour
SunscourSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Jim Murray
Text:
You may remove two white cards in your hand from the game rather than pay Sunscour's mana cost. Destroy all creatures.

White cards in this set are solid; not spectacular, but solid. The potential of this one card gives it the nod.

BEST BLUE COMMON: Krovikan Mist
Krovikan Mist
Krovikan MistSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Number:
38
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Flying Krovikan Mist's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Illusions in play.

Illusions could make a fun tribe. In draft you can get enough of these to really rock. Frozen Solid
Frozen Solid
Frozen SolidSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Text:
Enchanted creature doesn’t untap during its controllers untap step.
When damage is dealt to enchanted creature, destroy it.
is a nice piece of removal in this set weak on removal.

BEST BLUE UNCOMMON: Flashfreeze
Flashfreeze
FlashfreezeSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
33
Artist:
Brian Despain
Text:
Counter target red or green spell.

Man this card is cheesy. It should have never been printed. Now Controvert
Controvert
ControvertSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
30
Artist:
Joel Thomas
Text:
Counter target spell. Recover 2UU (When a creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may pay 2UU. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, remove this card from the game.)
, that is a counter that should be printed.

BEST BLUE RARE: Arcum Dagsson
Arcum Dagsson
Arcum DagssonSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Artificer
Rarity:
R
Number:
27
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
T Target artifact creature's controller sacrifices it. That player may search his or her library for a noncreature artifact card, put it into play, then shuffle his or her library.

The rares are weak in this set, The possibilities of this card dealing with Darksteel Colossus
Darksteel Colossus
Darksteel ColossusSet: Darksteel
Cost:
11
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
109
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
11
Toughness:
11
Text:
Trample. Darksteel Colossus is indestructible (Destroy effects and lethal damage don't destroy it.) If Darksteel Colossus would be put into a graveyard from anywhere reveal Darksteel Colossus and shuffle it into its owner's library instead.
makes me choose this one as the winner.

BEST BLUE ARTWORK: Rimefeather Owl
Rimefeather Owl
Rimefeather OwlSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Bird
Rarity:
R
Number:
42
Artist:
Kensuke Okabayashi
Text:
Flying Rimefeather Owl's power and toughness are each equal to the number of snow permanents in play. 1oSi: Put an ice counter on target permanent. Permanents with ice counters on them are snow.

Why did I pick this as my art fave in this set? Because I got the foil at the prerelease, and it is simply breathtaking.

BEST BLUE CREATURE: Krovikan Mist
Krovikan Mist
Krovikan MistSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Number:
38
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Flying Krovikan Mist's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Illusions in play.

Blue creatures tend to be weak; those that are not in this set have to be worked around in ways that Blue doesn’t like to work with creatures. The Mist is the easiest to work with.

WORST BLUE CARD: Counterbalance
Counterbalance
CounterbalanceSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
31
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Text:
Whenever an opponent plays a spell, you may reveal the top card of your library. If you do, counter that spell if it has the same converted mana cost as the revealed card.

This kind of wackiness is more Red’s forte, not Blue’s. With the Top (which is soon to be gone), it’s not impossible to use this, but the Blue player would rather just use a counter on it and be done with it. [Editor’s note: You can’t

BEST BLUE CARD: Flashfreeze
Flashfreeze
FlashfreezeSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
33
Artist:
Brian Despain
Text:
Counter target red or green spell.

Man, am I going to hate this card. Why couldn’t they have reprinted Pyroblast
Pyroblast
PyroblastSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
Counter target spell if it is blue, or destroy target permanent if it is blue. (If this spell targets a permanent, play it as an instant.)
?

BEST BLACK COMMON: Rimebound Dead
Rimebound Dead
Rimebound DeadSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Skeleton
Rarity:
C
Number:
69
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
oSi: Regenerate Rimebound Dead. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)

An improved Drudge Skeleton? The only all-SC Land deck back in the day that was of any quality used SC Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s and nothing else, so this would be a helpful addition. The commons in black aren’t bad, just nothing spectacular. Chilling Shade
Chilling Shade
Chilling ShadeSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Shade
Rarity:
C
Number:
53
Artist:
Jeff Nentrup
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying oSi: Chilling Shade gets +1 +1 until end of turn. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)
, Feast of Flesh
Feast of Flesh
Feast of FleshSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Text:
Feast of Flesh deals X damage to target creature and you gain X life, where X is 1 plus the number of cards named Feast of Flesh in all graveyards.
, Martyr of Bones
Martyr of Bones
Martyr of BonesSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
65
Artist:
E. M. Gist
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1, Reveal X black cards from your hand, Sacrifice Martyr of Bones: Remove up to X target cards in a single graveyard from the game.
, and Surging Dementia
Surging Dementia
Surging DementiaSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
72
Artist:
Hideaki Takamura
Text:
Ripple 4 (When you play this spell, you may reveal the top four cards of your library. You may play any revealed cards with the same name as this spell without paying their mana costs. Put the rest on the bottom of your library.) Target player discards a card.
all have uses, and Chill to the Bone
Chill to the Bone
Chill to the BoneSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
52
Artist:
Jim Murray
Text:
Destroy target nonsnow creature.
is always a top pick in Limited.

BEST BLACK UNCOMMON: Stromgald Crusader
Stromgald Crusader
Stromgald CrusaderSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Knight
Rarity:
U
Number:
71
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from white. B: Stromgald Crusader gains flying until end of turn. BB: Stromgald Crusader get +1/+0 until end of turn.

Being Old School, I like seeing BB Knights, and this will definitely help replace Hand of Cruelty
Hand of Cruelty
Hand of CrueltySet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Samurai
Rarity:
U
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from white Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)
. Deathmark
Deathmark
DeathmarkSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
54
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Destroy target green or white creature.
is a strong answer against Watchwolf
Watchwolf
WatchwolfSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wolf
Rarity:
U
Number:
239
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
and the like. Balduvian Fallen
Balduvian Fallen
Balduvian FallenSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
U
Number:
51
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Power:
3
Toughness:
5
Text:
Cumulative upkeep 1 (At the beginning of your upkeep, put an age counter on this permanent, then sacrifice it unless you pay its upkeep cost for each age counter on it.) Whenever Balduvian Fallen's cumulative upkeep is paid, it gets +1 +0 until end of turn for each B or R spent this way.
and Phobian Phantasm
Phobian Phantasm
Phobian PhantasmSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
U
Number:
66
Artist:
Steven Belledin
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying, fear Cumulative upkeep B (At the beginning of your upkeep, put an age counter on this permanent, then sacrifice it unless you pay its upkeep cost for each age counter on it.)
have a chance to see Constructed play.

BEST BLACK RARE: Soul Spike
Soul Spike
Soul SpikeSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
70
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
You may remove two black cards in your hand from the game rather than pay Soul Spike's mana cost. Soul Spike deals 4 damage to target creature or player and you gain 4 life.

Easily the most powerful of the pitch cards, Soul Spike
Soul Spike
Soul SpikeSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
70
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
You may remove two black cards in your hand from the game rather than pay Soul Spike's mana cost. Soul Spike deals 4 damage to target creature or player and you gain 4 life.
is always handy to have around. I can see decks built around Haakon. Casual Multiplayers will love Herald of Leshrac
Herald of Leshrac
Herald of LeshracSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Cumulative upkeep-Gain control of a land you don't control. Herald of Leshrac gets +1 +1 for each land you control but don't own. When Herald of Leshrac leaves play, each player gains control of each land he or she owns that you control.
.

BEST BLACK ARTWORK: Chill to the Bone
Chill to the Bone
Chill to the BoneSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
52
Artist:
Jim Murray
Text:
Destroy target nonsnow creature.

Black doesn’t usually get good artwork; this is the best of the lot. Sigh!

BEST BLACK CREATURE: Stromgald Crusader
Stromgald Crusader
Stromgald CrusaderSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Knight
Rarity:
U
Number:
71
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from white. B: Stromgald Crusader gains flying until end of turn. BB: Stromgald Crusader get +1/+0 until end of turn.

I already sang this card’s praises. Most of the other black creatures are solid enough to go mono-black in a CCC draft.

WORST BLACK CARD: Chill to the Bone
Chill to the Bone
Chill to the BoneSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
52
Artist:
Jim Murray
Text:
Destroy target nonsnow creature.

It’s not that this card is bad (it’s decent in Draft), but nothing in black in this set is Chimney Imp
Chimney Imp
Chimney ImpSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
59
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Chimney Imp is put into a graveyard from play, target opponent puts a card from his or her hand on top of his or her library.
bad, and Black just has better removal in anything OTHER than a pure Coldsnap Limited event.

BEST BLACK CARD: Stromgald Crusader
Stromgald Crusader
Stromgald CrusaderSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Knight
Rarity:
U
Number:
71
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from white. B: Stromgald Crusader gains flying until end of turn. BB: Stromgald Crusader get +1/+0 until end of turn.

It was between this and Soul Spike
Soul Spike
Soul SpikeSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
70
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
You may remove two black cards in your hand from the game rather than pay Soul Spike's mana cost. Soul Spike deals 4 damage to target creature or player and you gain 4 life.
, and I think that pitching 2 cards may be just too much to ask, and the Crusade
Crusade
CrusadeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
All white creatures gain +1/+1.
r replaces the Hand, making it a more needed addition.

That’s all for this week. I am so impressed by the Red in this set, that I may just do a full review of it next week, and in two weeks review everything else. Until then, be cool and write complaint letters to WotC for not making any penguin cards in Coldsnap; an unforgivable sin!


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