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CardShark Content - Brian Baker (8/30/2006)

Hello to all you good people out there in Cardshark land!

It’s been a little while since I’ve had the privilege, the honor, and the time to write for Cardshark. I’d love to give you some kind of excuse, but I know that you probably don’t really care about what’s going on in my personal life. With that in mind, let’s get down to it, shall we?

Snowscape is a preconstructed theme deck that some of you may be familiar with. Here’s the decklist:

3:Rimewind Taskmage
Rimewind Taskmage
Rimewind TaskmageSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
44
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
1, T Tap or untap target permanent. Play this ability only if you control four or more snow permanents.

1:Viscerid Drone
Viscerid Drone
Viscerid DroneSet: Alliances
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Homarid
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Sacrifice a creature and a swamp to bury target non-artifact creature.T: Sacrifice a creature and a snow-covered swamp to bury target creature.

2:Mistfolk
Mistfolk
MistfolkSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mistfolk
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
U: Counter target spell that targets Mistfolk.

1:Balduvian Frostwaker
Balduvian Frostwaker
Balduvian FrostwakerSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
28
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
U, T Target snow land becomes a 2 2 blue Elemental creature with flying. It's still a land.

2:Frost Raptor
Frost Raptor
Frost RaptorSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying oSioSi: Frost Raptor can't be the target of spells or abilities this turn. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)


2:Rimewind Cyromancer
1:Heidar, Rimewind Master
Heidar, Rimewind Master
Heidar, Rimewind MasterSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
36
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
2, T Return target permanent to its owner's hand. Play this ability only if you control four or more snow permanents.

1:Storm Elemental
Storm Elemental
Storm ElementalSet: Alliances
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
U
Artist:
John Matson
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying U: Remove the top card of your library from the game to tap target creature with flying.U: Remove the top card of your library from the game. If that card is a snow-covered land, Storm Elemental gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

1: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.

3: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.)

1: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.)

1:Gangrenous Zombies
Gangrenous Zombies
Gangrenous ZombiesSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombies
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Sacrifice Gangrenous Zombies to have it deal 1 damage to each creature and player. If you control any snow-covered swamps, Gangrenous Zombies instead deals 2 damage to each creature and player.

2:Legions of Lim-Dul
2:Drift of the Dead
Drift of the Dead
Drift of the DeadSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Drift of the Dead has power and toughness each equal to the number of snow-covered lands you control.

1:Phantasmal Fiend
Phantasmal Fiend
Phantasmal FiendSet: Alliances
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Phantasm
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Power:
1
Toughness:
5
Text:
B: +1/-1 until end of turn1U: Switch Phantasmal Fiend's power and toughness until end of turn. Effects that alter Phantasmal Fiend's power alter its toughness instead, and vice versa.

2:Zombie Musher
Zombie Musher
Zombie MusherSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Sub Type:
Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
75
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Snow landwalk oSi: Regenerate Zombie Musher. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)

1:Blizzard Specter
Blizzard Specter
Blizzard SpecterSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Specter
Rarity:
U
Number:
126
Artist:
Hideaki Takamura
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever Blizzard Specter deals combat damage to a player, choose one - That player returns a permanent he or she controls to its owner's hand; or that player discards a card.

2:Essence Flare
Essence Flare
Essence FlareSet: Ice Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Target creature gets +2/+0. During each of its controller's upkeeps, put a -0/-1 counter on the creature. These counters remain even if Essence Flare is removed.

2:Snow Devil
Snow Devil
Snow DevilSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ken Meyer, Jr.
Text:
Target creature gains flying. As long as you control any snow-covered lands, that creature also gains first strike when blocking.

1:Browse
Browse
BrowseSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
59
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
2UU: Look at the top five cards of your library and put one of them into your hand. Remove the rest from the game.

1:Iceberg
Iceberg
IcebergSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
When Iceberg comes into play, put X ice counters on it.3: Put an ice counter on Iceberg.0: Remove an ice counter from Iceberg to add one colorless mana to your mana pool. Play this ability as an interrupt.

1: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.

1:Arcum’s Weathervane
1:Coldsteel Heart
Coldsteel Heart
Coldsteel HeartSet: Coldsnap
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Snow Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
136
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Power:
2
Text:
Coldsteel Heart comes into play tapped. As Coldsteel Heart comes into play, choose a color. T Add one mana of the chosen color to your mana pool.

12:Snow-Covered Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

11:Snow-Covered Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

1:Frost Marsh
Frost Marsh
Frost MarshSet: Coldsnap
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Snow Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
146
Artist:
Jim Pavelec
Text:
Frost Marsh comes into play tapped. T Add U or B to your mana pool.


In the spirit of Building on a Budget, a column on magicthegathering.com that I greatly enjoy, we’re going to take this preconstructed deck and turn it into something a little better. I suppose I should say more personal than better, since it’s really an experience of making a deck your own.

Let’s take a look at the major and minor themes that this deck presents. Identifying which themes make the deck unique against those that only supplement it is key to understanding the direction we will take.

Major theme: Snow

Considering the fact that the deck is called Snowscape, this really shouldn’t be a big surprise to anyone. The deck utilizes Snow permanents and the effects that feed off of them, such as Heidar and Rimewind Taskmage
Rimewind Taskmage
Rimewind TaskmageSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
44
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
1, T Tap or untap target permanent. Play this ability only if you control four or more snow permanents.
. This theme is the driving force behind the deck.

Major theme: Disrupt
Disrupt
DisruptSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Counter target instant, interrupt, or sorcery spell unless its caster pays an additional 1.Draw a card.
ion

This deck’s cards seem to have a “hands off” policy. Mistfolk
Mistfolk
MistfolkSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mistfolk
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
U: Counter target spell that targets Mistfolk.
and Frost Raptor
Frost Raptor
Frost RaptorSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying oSioSi: Frost Raptor can't be the target of spells or abilities this turn. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)

are capable of turning back spells aimed at them, while other cards interact with other players’ permanents. Rimewind Taskmage
Rimewind Taskmage
Rimewind TaskmageSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
44
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
1, T Tap or untap target permanent. Play this ability only if you control four or more snow permanents.
taps down while Heidar bounces. Gangrenous Zombies
Gangrenous Zombies
Gangrenous ZombiesSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombies
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Sacrifice Gangrenous Zombies to have it deal 1 damage to each creature and player. If you control any snow-covered swamps, Gangrenous Zombies instead deals 2 damage to each creature and player.
and Viscerid Drone
Viscerid Drone
Viscerid DroneSet: Alliances
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Homarid
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Sacrifice a creature and a swamp to bury target non-artifact creature.T: Sacrifice a creature and a snow-covered swamp to bury target creature.
put creatures down permanently. Overall, this theme is prevalent enough to keep.

Minor theme: Zombies

Any deck with a serious Black side is probably running a zombie or two. This deck happens to have six zombie cards, so they make up a percentage of the deck worth considering.

Minor theme: Permanents

There is exactly one card that is not a creature, land, artifact, or enchantment: 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.
. This is also to be expected, since there are no Sorceries or Instants with the Snow super type. That being said, however, it does give the opponent a serious advantage. If you clearly don’t have any cards that aren’t permanents, they will know exactly when you are capable of playing spells. The deck may end up being primarily permanent cards, but I’m not going to keep it at this ratio.

All right, now let’s get this stuff cleared up. Preconstructed decks are inconsistent, with generally only a few copies of each card so that players get a feel for what each card does. You can bet that the final version of this deck will be much more solid in this department, but first let’s look at taking out cards for more room.

I’m going for a Standard deck here, for no particular reason. This means that each card from Ice Age and Alliances can go.

-1 Viscerid Drone
Viscerid Drone
Viscerid DroneSet: Alliances
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Homarid
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Sacrifice a creature and a swamp to bury target non-artifact creature.T: Sacrifice a creature and a snow-covered swamp to bury target creature.

-2 Mistfolk
Mistfolk
MistfolkSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mistfolk
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
U: Counter target spell that targets Mistfolk.

-1 Storm Elemental
Storm Elemental
Storm ElementalSet: Alliances
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
U
Artist:
John Matson
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying U: Remove the top card of your library from the game to tap target creature with flying.U: Remove the top card of your library from the game. If that card is a snow-covered land, Storm Elemental gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

-1Gangrenous Zombies
Gangrenous Zombies
Gangrenous ZombiesSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombies
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Sacrifice Gangrenous Zombies to have it deal 1 damage to each creature and player. If you control any snow-covered swamps, Gangrenous Zombies instead deals 2 damage to each creature and player.

-2 Legions of Lim-Dul
-2 Drift of the Dead
Drift of the Dead
Drift of the DeadSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Drift of the Dead has power and toughness each equal to the number of snow-covered lands you control.

-1 Phantasmal Fiend
Phantasmal Fiend
Phantasmal FiendSet: Alliances
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Phantasm
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Power:
1
Toughness:
5
Text:
B: +1/-1 until end of turn1U: Switch Phantasmal Fiend's power and toughness until end of turn. Effects that alter Phantasmal Fiend's power alter its toughness instead, and vice versa.

-2 Essence Flare
Essence Flare
Essence FlareSet: Ice Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Target creature gets +2/+0. During each of its controller's upkeeps, put a -0/-1 counter on the creature. These counters remain even if Essence Flare is removed.

-2 Snow Devil
Snow Devil
Snow DevilSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ken Meyer, Jr.
Text:
Target creature gains flying. As long as you control any snow-covered lands, that creature also gains first strike when blocking.

-1 Browse
Browse
BrowseSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
59
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
2UU: Look at the top five cards of your library and put one of them into your hand. Remove the rest from the game.

-1 Iceberg
Iceberg
IcebergSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
When Iceberg comes into play, put X ice counters on it.3: Put an ice counter on Iceberg.0: Remove an ice counter from Iceberg to add one colorless mana to your mana pool. Play this ability as an interrupt.

-1 Arcum’s Weathervane

That leaves us with the following deck:

3:Rimewind Taskmage
Rimewind Taskmage
Rimewind TaskmageSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
44
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
1, T Tap or untap target permanent. Play this ability only if you control four or more snow permanents.

1:Balduvian Frostwaker
Balduvian Frostwaker
Balduvian FrostwakerSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
28
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
U, T Target snow land becomes a 2 2 blue Elemental creature with flying. It's still a land.

2:Frost Raptor
Frost Raptor
Frost RaptorSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying oSioSi: Frost Raptor can't be the target of spells or abilities this turn. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)


2:Rimewind Cyromancer
1:Heidar, Rimewind Master
Heidar, Rimewind Master
Heidar, Rimewind MasterSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
36
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
2, T Return target permanent to its owner's hand. Play this ability only if you control four or more snow permanents.

1: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.

3: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.)

1: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.)

2:Zombie Musher
Zombie Musher
Zombie MusherSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Sub Type:
Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
75
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Snow landwalk oSi: Regenerate Zombie Musher. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)

1:Blizzard Specter
Blizzard Specter
Blizzard SpecterSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Specter
Rarity:
U
Number:
126
Artist:
Hideaki Takamura
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever Blizzard Specter deals combat damage to a player, choose one - That player returns a permanent he or she controls to its owner's hand; or that player discards a card.

1: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.

1:Arcum’s Weathervane
1:Coldsteel Heart
Coldsteel Heart
Coldsteel HeartSet: Coldsnap
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Snow Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
136
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Power:
2
Text:
Coldsteel Heart comes into play tapped. As Coldsteel Heart comes into play, choose a color. T Add one mana of the chosen color to your mana pool.

12:Snow-Covered Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

11:Snow-Covered Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

1:Frost Marsh
Frost Marsh
Frost MarshSet: Coldsnap
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Snow Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
146
Artist:
Jim Pavelec
Text:
Frost Marsh comes into play tapped. T Add U or B to your mana pool.

_____
_____
_____Set: Unhinged
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shapeshifter
Rarity:
U
Number:
23
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1: This card’s name becomes the name of your choice. Play this ability anywhere, anytime.

44 cards total

I’m going to try to do this one on a budget, so you won’t find any Watery Grave
Watery Grave
Watery GraveSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Island Swamp
Rarity:
R
Number:
286
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add U or B to your mana pool.) As Watery Grave comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Watery Grave comes into play tapped instead.
s here. There are other, cheaper ways to fix mana these days, so let’s get to the tweaking.

-2 Snow-Covered Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

-2 Snow-Covered Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

+2 Frost Marsh
Frost Marsh
Frost MarshSet: Coldsnap
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Snow Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
146
Artist:
Jim Pavelec
Text:
Frost Marsh comes into play tapped. T Add U or B to your mana pool.

+2 Dimir Aqueduct
Dimir Aqueduct
Dimir AqueductSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
276
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Dimir Aqueduct comes into play tapped. When Dimir Aqueduct comes into play, return a land you control to its owner’s hand. T: Add UB to your mana pool.


That should smooth things out a bit. In fact, let’s add some kick to this here recipe. Bam!

-1 Snow-Covered Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

-1 Snow-Covered Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

+2 Mouth of Ronom
Mouth of Ronom
Mouth of RonomSet: Coldsnap
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Snow Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
148
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
T Add 1 to your mana pool. 4oSi, T, Sacrifice Mouth of Ronom: Mouth of Ronom deals 4 damage to target creature. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)


Ok, now let’s do something about the rest of this mess.

Rimewind Taskmage
Rimewind Taskmage
Rimewind TaskmageSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
44
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
1, T Tap or untap target permanent. Play this ability only if you control four or more snow permanents.
doesn’t look that appealing until you really give him a whirl. His otherwise unimpressive stats mask a nice ability that gives the option of tapping down fatties or untapping Aqueducts for mana goodness.

Balduvian Frostwaker
Balduvian Frostwaker
Balduvian FrostwakerSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
28
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
U, T Target snow land becomes a 2 2 blue Elemental creature with flying. It's still a land.
has potential, but turning your lands into creatures is a dangerous affair. Lands are usually safe from the multitude of spells that off creatures by the dozens, and all it takes is a simple Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.
or 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.
to set you back uncomfortably far.

Frost Raptor
Frost Raptor
Frost RaptorSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying oSioSi: Frost Raptor can't be the target of spells or abilities this turn. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)

is okay. It flies, likes snow, and doesn’t cost much.

Rimewind Crytomancer, unlike the “lesser” Taskmage, has a narrow ability that will prove outstanding one minute and worthless the next. Its ability is too easy for opponents to see coming for my taste.

Heidar is one crazy guy with enough snow. Boomerang
Boomerang
BoomerangSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Return target permanent to owner's hand.
ing every turn quickly becomes an addictive habit while you’ve got Mr. Rimewind around.

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.
is a 7-cost Broodstar
Broodstar
BroodstarSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
10
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
31
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Flying Broodstar's power and toughness are each equal to the number of artifacts you control.
that counts opponent’s snowy permanents. Just plop him down on the table, and before long you’re singing “White Christmas” in August.

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.)
, like Frost Raptor
Frost Raptor
Frost RaptorSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying oSioSi: Frost Raptor can't be the target of spells or abilities this turn. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)

, does its job pretty well. It’s hard to argue with a 1-cost Dredge
Dredge
DredgeSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
103
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Sacrifice a creature or land.Draw a card.
Skeletons.

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.)
is a subject of scrutiny. I want to like him, I really do. The problem is that Snow is a mana-intensive theme already, and now you’re adding in a creature that literally needs at least 2 mana almost every turn to become worthwhile.

Zombie Musher
Zombie Musher
Zombie MusherSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Sub Type:
Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
75
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Snow landwalk oSi: Regenerate Zombie Musher. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)
mushes with the best of them. Anyone who has played Coldsnap limited knows games rise and fall on the shoulders of this undead handyman.

Blizzard Specter
Blizzard Specter
Blizzard SpecterSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Specter
Rarity:
U
Number:
126
Artist:
Hideaki Takamura
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever Blizzard Specter deals combat damage to a player, choose one - That player returns a permanent he or she controls to its owner's hand; or that player discards a card.
is a role model for other specters. It single-handedly solves the inherent problem of trying to capitalize on discard against an empty-handed opponent. One is good, but more are going in.

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.
at 4 mana is pretty fair. It would be better if it cost less, but I’m pretty sure any card in the game has the same complaint.

Coldsteel Heart
Coldsteel Heart
Coldsteel HeartSet: Coldsnap
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Snow Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
136
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Power:
2
Text:
Coldsteel Heart comes into play tapped. As Coldsteel Heart comes into play, choose a color. T Add one mana of the chosen color to your mana pool.
is another card that has a subtle but powerful influence on the game. Adding a snow permanent that taps for the color of your choice that you can play more than one of in a turn is solid gold.

Since the door to the rest of Standard has been thrown open, I’ll save you the trouble of going through every available card. Here’s what’s going into the deck to bring us up to 60.
+1 Heidar, Rimewind Master
Heidar, Rimewind Master
Heidar, Rimewind MasterSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
36
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
2, T Return target permanent to its owner's hand. Play this ability only if you control four or more snow permanents.

+1 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.

+3 Coldsteel Heart
Coldsteel Heart
Coldsteel HeartSet: Coldsnap
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Snow Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
136
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Power:
2
Text:
Coldsteel Heart comes into play tapped. As Coldsteel Heart comes into play, choose a color. T Add one mana of the chosen color to your mana pool.

+1 Zombie Musher
Zombie Musher
Zombie MusherSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Sub Type:
Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
75
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Snow landwalk oSi: Regenerate Zombie Musher. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)

+1 Blizzard Specter
Blizzard Specter
Blizzard SpecterSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Specter
Rarity:
U
Number:
126
Artist:
Hideaki Takamura
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever Blizzard Specter deals combat damage to a player, choose one - That player returns a permanent he or she controls to its owner's hand; or that player discards a card.

+1 Rimewind Taskmage
Rimewind Taskmage
Rimewind TaskmageSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
44
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
1, T Tap or untap target permanent. Play this ability only if you control four or more snow permanents.

+1 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.

+2 Thermal Flux
Thermal Flux
Thermal FluxSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Choose one - Target nonsnow permanent becomes snow until end of turn; or target snow permanent isn't snow until end of turn. Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.

+2 Dimir Guildmage
Dimir Guildmage
Dimir GuildmageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
10
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
245
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
(U/B can be paid with either U or B.) 3U: Target player draws a card. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery. 3B: Target player discards a card. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery.

+2 Last Gasp
Last Gasp
Last GaspSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Target creature gets -3/-3 until end of turn.

+2 Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic TutorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Rick Farrell
Text:
Search your library for a card, and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.


Real quick:

Thermal Flux
Thermal Flux
Thermal FluxSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Choose one - Target nonsnow permanent becomes snow until end of turn; or target snow permanent isn't snow until end of turn. Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.
is probably not the card that comes to mind when people are trying to build a good deck, but the poor card fits the theme to a T. It gets one shot at glory.

Dimir Guildmage
Dimir Guildmage
Dimir GuildmageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
10
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
245
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
(U/B can be paid with either U or B.) 3U: Target player draws a card. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery. 3B: Target player discards a card. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery.
pairs really well with the Blizzard Specter
Blizzard Specter
Blizzard SpecterSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Specter
Rarity:
U
Number:
126
Artist:
Hideaki Takamura
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever Blizzard Specter deals combat damage to a player, choose one - That player returns a permanent he or she controls to its owner's hand; or that player discards a card.
and Heidar when they’re bouncing things. If there’s nothing better to do, drawing cards is a good use of his time.

Last Gasp
Last Gasp
Last GaspSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Target creature gets -3/-3 until end of turn.
goes in because I like killing creatures. Especially when they try to kill me.

Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic TutorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Rick Farrell
Text:
Search your library for a card, and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
fetches what I need. For example, if one of those pesky creatures I mentioned is becoming a problem, 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.
finds its way to my hand. Otherwise, I can grab a 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.
when I’ve got the mana to cast it (or when I’m getting close).

Here’s what the deck looks like right now:

4:Rimewind Taskmage
Rimewind Taskmage
Rimewind TaskmageSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
44
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
1, T Tap or untap target permanent. Play this ability only if you control four or more snow permanents.

2:Rimewind Crytomancer
2:Heidar, Rimewind Master
Heidar, Rimewind Master
Heidar, Rimewind MasterSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
36
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
2, T Return target permanent to its owner's hand. Play this ability only if you control four or more snow permanents.

1:Balduvian Frostwaker
Balduvian Frostwaker
Balduvian FrostwakerSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
28
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
U, T Target snow land becomes a 2 2 blue Elemental creature with flying. It's still a land.

2:Frost Raptor
Frost Raptor
Frost RaptorSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying oSioSi: Frost Raptor can't be the target of spells or abilities this turn. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)


2: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.

2:Blizzard Specter
Blizzard Specter
Blizzard SpecterSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Specter
Rarity:
U
Number:
126
Artist:
Hideaki Takamura
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever Blizzard Specter deals combat damage to a player, choose one - That player returns a permanent he or she controls to its owner's hand; or that player discards a card.

1: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.)

3: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.)

3:Zombie Musher
Zombie Musher
Zombie MusherSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Sub Type:
Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
75
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Snow landwalk oSi: Regenerate Zombie Musher. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)

2:Dimir Guildmage
Dimir Guildmage
Dimir GuildmageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
10
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
245
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
(U/B can be paid with either U or B.) 3U: Target player draws a card. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery. 3B: Target player discards a card. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery.

2: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.

2:Last Gasp
Last Gasp
Last GaspSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Target creature gets -3/-3 until end of turn.

2:Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic TutorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Rick Farrell
Text:
Search your library for a card, and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

2:Thermal Flux
Thermal Flux
Thermal FluxSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Choose one - Target nonsnow permanent becomes snow until end of turn; or target snow permanent isn't snow until end of turn. Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.

4:Coldsteel Heart
Coldsteel Heart
Coldsteel HeartSet: Coldsnap
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Snow Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
136
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Power:
2
Text:
Coldsteel Heart comes into play tapped. As Coldsteel Heart comes into play, choose a color. T Add one mana of the chosen color to your mana pool.

9:Snow-Covered Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

8:Snow-Covered Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

3:Frost Marsh
Frost Marsh
Frost MarshSet: Coldsnap
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Snow Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
146
Artist:
Jim Pavelec
Text:
Frost Marsh comes into play tapped. T Add U or B to your mana pool.

2:Mouth of Ronom
Mouth of Ronom
Mouth of RonomSet: Coldsnap
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Snow Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
148
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
T Add 1 to your mana pool. 4oSi, T, Sacrifice Mouth of Ronom: Mouth of Ronom deals 4 damage to target creature. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)

2:Dimir Aqueduct
Dimir Aqueduct
Dimir AqueductSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
276
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Dimir Aqueduct comes into play tapped. When Dimir Aqueduct comes into play, return a land you control to its owner’s hand. T: Add UB to your mana pool.


The deck iss looking pretty good if you ask me, but the last step is to go in and do some final touching up. I mentioned a few cards that may or may not be pulling their weight, so let’s pull some teeth and see what we get.

-2 Rimewind Crytomancer
-1 Balduvian Frostwaker
Balduvian Frostwaker
Balduvian FrostwakerSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
28
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
U, T Target snow land becomes a 2 2 blue Elemental creature with flying. It's still a land.

-1 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.)


After playing around with the deck and trying to figure out what it was really getting at, I decided that bouncing could be a pretty solid theme here if it was developed. Heidar and Specter bounce, after all. What other cards bounce permanents?

+4 Boomerang
Boomerang
BoomerangSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Return target permanent to owner's hand.


Once I decided to go this route, it seemed like a good idea to push it along.

-1 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.)

+1 Blizzard Specter
Blizzard Specter
Blizzard SpecterSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Specter
Rarity:
U
Number:
126
Artist:
Hideaki Takamura
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever Blizzard Specter deals combat damage to a player, choose one - That player returns a permanent he or she controls to its owner's hand; or that player discards a card.


We’re almost there, but to tie things down I knew that something extra was going to be needed. Thermal Flux
Thermal Flux
Thermal FluxSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Choose one - Target nonsnow permanent becomes snow until end of turn; or target snow permanent isn't snow until end of turn. Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.
wasn’t really helping things, despite the faith in it that I had once had. A little more bounce would be nice, but a permanent rather than a flash-in-a-pan instant or sorcery.

-2 Thermal Flux
Thermal Flux
Thermal FluxSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Choose one - Target nonsnow permanent becomes snow until end of turn; or target snow permanent isn't snow until end of turn. Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.

+2 Tidespout Tyrant
Tidespout Tyrant
Tidespout TyrantSet: Dissension
Color:
Blue
Rarity:
R
Number:
34
Artist:
Dany Orizio


I was nervous about the Tyrant at first, but the deck tends to ramp up some mana without any problems. Once he comes out, losing becomes harder than winning.

Here is the final deck, an original that may not be considered a masterpiece but does the job well enough.

Snow Trampoline (60 card Standard)

Creatures (22):
4:Rimewind Taskmage
Rimewind Taskmage
Rimewind TaskmageSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
44
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
1, T Tap or untap target permanent. Play this ability only if you control four or more snow permanents.

2:Heidar, Rimewind Master
Heidar, Rimewind Master
Heidar, Rimewind MasterSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
36
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
2, T Return target permanent to its owner's hand. Play this ability only if you control four or more snow permanents.

2:Tidespout Tyrant
Tidespout Tyrant
Tidespout TyrantSet: Dissension
Color:
Blue
Rarity:
R
Number:
34
Artist:
Dany Orizio

2:Frost Raptor
Frost Raptor
Frost RaptorSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying oSioSi: Frost Raptor can't be the target of spells or abilities this turn. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)


2: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.

3:Blizzard Specter
Blizzard Specter
Blizzard SpecterSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Specter
Rarity:
U
Number:
126
Artist:
Hideaki Takamura
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever Blizzard Specter deals combat damage to a player, choose one - That player returns a permanent he or she controls to its owner's hand; or that player discards a card.

2: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.)

3:Zombie Musher
Zombie Musher
Zombie MusherSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Sub Type:
Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
75
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Snow landwalk oSi: Regenerate Zombie Musher. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)

2:Dimir Guildmage
Dimir Guildmage
Dimir GuildmageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
10
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
245
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
(U/B can be paid with either U or B.) 3U: Target player draws a card. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery. 3B: Target player discards a card. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery.


Non-Creature Spells (14):
2: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.

2:Last Gasp
Last Gasp
Last GaspSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Target creature gets -3/-3 until end of turn.

4:Boomerang
Boomerang
BoomerangSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Return target permanent to owner's hand.

2:Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic TutorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Rick Farrell
Text:
Search your library for a card, and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

4:Coldsteel Heart
Coldsteel Heart
Coldsteel HeartSet: Coldsnap
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Snow Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
136
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Power:
2
Text:
Coldsteel Heart comes into play tapped. As Coldsteel Heart comes into play, choose a color. T Add one mana of the chosen color to your mana pool.


Lands (24):
9:Snow-Covered Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

8:Snow-Covered Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

3:Frost Marsh
Frost Marsh
Frost MarshSet: Coldsnap
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Snow Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
146
Artist:
Jim Pavelec
Text:
Frost Marsh comes into play tapped. T Add U or B to your mana pool.

2:Mouth of Ronom
Mouth of Ronom
Mouth of RonomSet: Coldsnap
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Snow Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
148
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
T Add 1 to your mana pool. 4oSi, T, Sacrifice Mouth of Ronom: Mouth of Ronom deals 4 damage to target creature. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)

2:Dimir Aqueduct
Dimir Aqueduct
Dimir AqueductSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
276
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Dimir Aqueduct comes into play tapped. When Dimir Aqueduct comes into play, return a land you control to its owner’s hand. T: Add UB to your mana pool.


Thanks for sticking with me through this process, and hopefully it’s been interesting for you as well. Join me next time when I take a look at breaking one of the most broken cards in Standard.


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