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CardShark Content - Chris Morling (8/14/2003)

Peasant Magic is a format with an identity crisis. On the one hand, the banning of rares and strong restriction of uncommons, combined with allowing cards from throughout the history of Magic, make Peasant a very casual-friendly format. At the same time, so many powerful commons have been printed over the past ten years that the power level of the best decks in the format is extremely high. I'd feel totally confident taking FrozenTide against a deck from any format except type I. In fact, FrozenTide is not type I legal because it feature four copies of some restricted cards. Peasant Magic isn't sure if it's a friendly format where people can play whatever decks they care for or a competitive format where only the strongest decks survive.

This identity crisis contributes to the metagame at Peasant Magic tournaments. Casual players will come to these tournaments playing interesting, creative, and fun decks. They'll be playing strange decks with little consideration for how they do against the field. They'll be playing cards that are suboptimal in terms of power, because they're unwilling to spend the money for older, more powerful cards, because they're uninterested in playing a power card when they could play a card that's more fun, or because they're simply unaware of the existence of the more powerful card. This creates an extremely broad metagame, where a huge fraction of the decks are ´´rogue.´´

Of course, the Peasant Metagame is already pretty broad. While I think FrozenTide is a cut above the rest of the field, the other tier 1 decks are all very close. Burn, Monoblack Control, Monoblack Aggro, Elves, White Weenie, and Sol Ring
Sol Ring
Sol RingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
T: Add 2 colorless mana to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
Blue are all competitive. In fact, I'm sure there are other decks that are tier 1 that I haven't mentioned in this list.

There are also plenty of decks that seem a hair's breadth away from being tier 1, and I wouldn't be surprised if someone presented a W/u Rebels deck, a U/G Madness deck, or a Worthy Cause
Worthy Cause
Worthy CauseSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Buyback 2 (You may pay an additional 2 when you play this spell. If you do, put it into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Sacrifice a creature: Gain life equal to the sacrificed creature's toughness.
deck that could also be considered tier 1.

In extremely narrow metagames it makes sense to try to ´´beat´´ the metagame. If almost everyone is playing ´´deck A´´ because it's good against random decks, and you know that ´´deck B´´ beats deck A, even if it isn't good against random decks, it makes sense to play deck B. In very tight metagames, you can find the best deck then build a deck to beat it. In broader metagames, like Peasant's, though, this strategy does not make sense.

In broader metagames, where people are playing all sorts of decks, the best strategy is to find the best deck and play it. In the case of Peasant Magic, I think that the best deck is clearly FrozenTide.

FrozenTide is an evolution of earlier decks that were also built around High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.
. Like many combo decks, there is an engine: High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.
causes your lands to produce extra mana. Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
's Saga features spells that are free if your lands each produce one mana, and that produce extra mana if your lands each produce more than one. Together, these cards can produce a great deal of mana.

Since this mana production requires trading cards for mana, it makes sense to include card drawing. Before Scour
Scour
ScourSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
18
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Remove target enchantment from the game. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.
ge came out, the card drawing of choice was Prosperity
Prosperity
ProsperitySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Each player draws X cards.
. Prosperity
Prosperity
ProsperitySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Each player draws X cards.
let you trade the vast amounts of mana you were producing for more cards. It also provided a win condition, since when your opponent can't draw cards he loses. By using Feldon's Cane
Feldon's Cane
Feldon's CaneSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
tap, Remove Feldon's Cane from the game: Shuffle your graveyard into your library.
to refill your library you can make Prosperity
Prosperity
ProsperitySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Each player draws X cards.
both part of the combo and the win condition.

ProsTide is an extremely good deck, and is absolutely tier 1. However, while it goldfishes very, very well, it has trouble with discard and with counterspells, including Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental BlastSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Counters a blue spell being cast or destroys a blue card in play.
and 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.)
. The deck is extremely reliant on Prosperity
Prosperity
ProsperitySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Each player draws X cards.
, and if it is forced to discard one early, or if the first Prosperity
Prosperity
ProsperitySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Each player draws X cards.
is countered, the deck is in a great deal trouble. FrozenTide avoids this problem. It runs more dedicated card drawing to make up for the trading of cards for mana, and it wins with Brain Freeze
Brain Freeze
Brain FreezeSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Text:
Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
Storm
. Since Brain Freeze
Brain Freeze
Brain FreezeSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Text:
Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
Storm
is a spell with Storm, it is extremely difficult to counter. Since it's a Blue Instant, it can be fetched with Merchant Scroll
Merchant Scroll
Merchant ScrollSet: Homelands
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Liz Danforth
Text:
Search your library for a blue instant or interrupt. Reveal that card to all players and put it into your hand. Reshuffle your library afterwards.
. With so much card drawing, the deck is much less affected by discard, and with no vulnerability of the win condition to counterspell, it's much less clear how to stop the combo. In fact, because so many of the key cards are Instants, it's not too difficult for FrozenTide to go off during an opponent's turn, where every Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.
equates to one more copy of Brain Freeze
Brain Freeze
Brain FreezeSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Text:
Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
Storm
.

Here is the decklist I ran at Origins to a 6-1 record, including winning the tournament:

Engine:
4 x High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.

4 x Frantic Search
Frantic Search
Frantic SearchSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
32
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Draw two cards, then choose and discard two cards. Untap up to three lands.

4 x Cloud of Faeries
Cloud of Faeries
Cloud of FaeriesSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faeries
Rarity:
C
Number:
29
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying When Cloud of Faeries comes into play, untap up to two lands.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)


Search:
4 x Brainstorm
Brainstorm
BrainstormSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Draw three cards. Then, put any two cards from your hand on top of your library in any order.

4 x Sleight of Hand
Sleight of Hand
Sleight of HandSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Look at the top two cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the other on the bottom of your library.

4 x Merchant Scroll
Merchant Scroll
Merchant ScrollSet: Homelands
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Liz Danforth
Text:
Search your library for a blue instant or interrupt. Reveal that card to all players and put it into your hand. Reshuffle your library afterwards.


Card Drawing:
4 x Accumulated Knowledge
Accumulated Knowledge
Accumulated KnowledgeSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Draw a card, then draw cards equal to the number of Accumulated Knowledge cards in all graveyards.

3 x Deep Analysis
Deep Analysis
Deep AnalysisSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Text:
Target player draws two cards. Flashback - 1U, Pay 3 life.

1 x Fact or Fiction
Fact or Fiction
Fact or FictionSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two face-up piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.
(uncommon)

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:
4 x 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.


The kill:
4 x Brain Freeze
Brain Freeze
Brain FreezeSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Text:
Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
Storm
(uncommon)

Lands:
20 x Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.


Sideboard:
4 x Power Sink
Power Sink
Power SinkSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Target spell is countered unless its caster spends X more mana. Caster of target spell must draw and spend all available mana from lands and mana pool until X is spent; he or she may also spend mana from other sources if desired. If this is not enough mana, target spell will still be countered.

4 x Snap
Snap
SnapSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand. Untap up to two lands.

3 x Blue Elemental Blast
Blue Elemental Blast
Blue Elemental BlastSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Counters a red spell being cast or destroys a red card in play.

3 x Hydroblast
Hydroblast
HydroblastSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
Counter target spell if it is red, or destroy target permanent if it is red. (If this spell targets a permanent, play it as an instant.)

1 x Capsize
Capsize
CapsizeSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Buyback 3 (You may pay an additional 3 when you play this spell. If you do, put it into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Return target permanent to owner's hand.


FrozenTide goes off very quickly, can deal with Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.
s, and it can recover from discard. The only thing it can't really do is recover from discard quickly, or, to a lesser extent, deal with Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.
s early. To beat FrozenTide, an opponent needs disruption matched with a fast clock. The best deck to do this is Mono Black Aggro, which still is about 50-50 against FrozenTide. Recently, another problem with FrozenTide has been raised: Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's BlessingSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Target player shuffles up to three target cards from his or her graveyard into his or her library.Draw a card.If Gaea's Blessing is put into your graveyard from your library, shuffle your graveyard into your library.
stops Brain Freeze
Brain Freeze
Brain FreezeSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Text:
Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
Storm
from milling a library. ´´Anyone,´´ it has been said, ´´can play two copies of Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's BlessingSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Target player shuffles up to three target cards from his or her graveyard into his or her library.Draw a card.If Gaea's Blessing is put into your graveyard from your library, shuffle your graveyard into your library.
in the sideboard and beat FrozenTide.´´

There are two statements that could be made here, from opposite ends of the spectrum, that are both untrue. Firstly, you could conclude that this means that FrozenTide is useless. Secondly, you could suggest that this is a non-issue, and that it's not worth considering.

In response to the first conclusion, that FrozenTide is no more since that people could run Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's BlessingSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Target player shuffles up to three target cards from his or her graveyard into his or her library.Draw a card.If Gaea's Blessing is put into your graveyard from your library, shuffle your graveyard into your library.
, two things must be considered. Firstly, will people run Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's BlessingSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Target player shuffles up to three target cards from his or her graveyard into his or her library.Draw a card.If Gaea's Blessing is put into your graveyard from your library, shuffle your graveyard into your library.
? Secondly, how much does it matter? People who run Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's BlessingSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Target player shuffles up to three target cards from his or her graveyard into his or her library.Draw a card.If Gaea's Blessing is put into your graveyard from your library, shuffle your graveyard into your library.
will be giving up sideboard space, and more importantly, uncommon slots for a deck that very few people will be playing. People who choose not to sideboard Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's BlessingSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Target player shuffles up to three target cards from his or her graveyard into his or her library.Draw a card.If Gaea's Blessing is put into your graveyard from your library, shuffle your graveyard into your library.
will have a good shot against people who run it, meaning that Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's BlessingSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Target player shuffles up to three target cards from his or her graveyard into his or her library.Draw a card.If Gaea's Blessing is put into your graveyard from your library, shuffle your graveyard into your library.
s stand to be culled as the rounds progress.

When people do choose to run Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's BlessingSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Target player shuffles up to three target cards from his or her graveyard into his or her library.Draw a card.If Gaea's Blessing is put into your graveyard from your library, shuffle your graveyard into your library.
, it's a problem for FrozenTide, but not an insurmountable one. The version of FrozenTide I played at Origins this year had no way, between the deck and the sideboard, to win against a deck with Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's BlessingSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Target player shuffles up to three target cards from his or her graveyard into his or her library.Draw a card.If Gaea's Blessing is put into your graveyard from your library, shuffle your graveyard into your library.
s. That doesn't mean that Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's BlessingSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Target player shuffles up to three target cards from his or her graveyard into his or her library.Draw a card.If Gaea's Blessing is put into your graveyard from your library, shuffle your graveyard into your library.
beats FrozenTide, though. It simply beats the version I played at Origins.

Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's BlessingSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Target player shuffles up to three target cards from his or her graveyard into his or her library.Draw a card.If Gaea's Blessing is put into your graveyard from your library, shuffle your graveyard into your library.
has a triggered ability. When Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's BlessingSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Target player shuffles up to three target cards from his or her graveyard into his or her library.Draw a card.If Gaea's Blessing is put into your graveyard from your library, shuffle your graveyard into your library.
is put into a graveyard from its owner's library, an ability goes onto the stack that causes the player to shuffle his graveyard into his library. In response to that ability, before it resolves, it is quite possible to play another Brain Freeze
Brain Freeze
Brain FreezeSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Text:
Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
Storm
. When enough copies of that Brain Freeze
Brain Freeze
Brain FreezeSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Text:
Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
Storm
resolve to put an opponent's library into his graveyard, an Instant that would cause an opponent to draw a card will cause him to lose. There aren't a lot of common Blue Instants that cause an opponent to draw a card. Inspiration
Inspiration
InspirationSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
76
Artist:
Zina Saunders
Text:
Target player draws two cards.
can target an opponent, forcing a card draw. I think that Words of Wisdom
Words of Wisdom
Words of WisdomSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
114
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
You draw two cards, then each other player draws a card.
, from Odyssey, is a better choice. It lets you draw two cards and makes your opponent draw one, as an Instant, for 1U. In the early game, this is card drawing. It maintains card parity, but if your deck is designed to capitalize on those cards faster than an opponent's deck, it's quite strong. In the ´´mid game,´´ while the combo is going off, it acts like a little Prosperity
Prosperity
ProsperitySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Each player draws X cards.
, except you get an extra card out of it and it can be cast during an opponent's turn. In the ´´late game,´´ it can act as a finisher.

Here is a new decklist, the one I would play at GenCon:

[Editor’s note: I was unable to play this deck at GenCon 2003 or get this article posted by that time. I am sorry for the delay]

Engine:
4 x High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.

4 x Frantic Search
Frantic Search
Frantic SearchSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
32
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Draw two cards, then choose and discard two cards. Untap up to three lands.

4 x Cloud of Faeries
Cloud of Faeries
Cloud of FaeriesSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faeries
Rarity:
C
Number:
29
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying When Cloud of Faeries comes into play, untap up to two lands.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)


Search:
4 x Brainstorm
Brainstorm
BrainstormSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Draw three cards. Then, put any two cards from your hand on top of your library in any order.

4 x Sleight of Hand
Sleight of Hand
Sleight of HandSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Look at the top two cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the other on the bottom of your library.

4 x Merchant Scroll
Merchant Scroll
Merchant ScrollSet: Homelands
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Liz Danforth
Text:
Search your library for a blue instant or interrupt. Reveal that card to all players and put it into your hand. Reshuffle your library afterwards.


Card Drawing:
4 x Accumulated Knowledge
Accumulated Knowledge
Accumulated KnowledgeSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Draw a card, then draw cards equal to the number of Accumulated Knowledge cards in all graveyards.

3 x Words of Wisdom
Words of Wisdom
Words of WisdomSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
114
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
You draw two cards, then each other player draws a card.

1 x Fact or Fiction
Fact or Fiction
Fact or FictionSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two face-up piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.


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:
4 x 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.


The kill:
4 x Brain Freeze
Brain Freeze
Brain FreezeSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Text:
Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
Storm


Lands:
20 x Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.


Sideboard:
4 x Power Sink
Power Sink
Power SinkSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Target spell is countered unless its caster spends X more mana. Caster of target spell must draw and spend all available mana from lands and mana pool until X is spent; he or she may also spend mana from other sources if desired. If this is not enough mana, target spell will still be countered.

3 x Snap
Snap
SnapSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand. Untap up to two lands.

3 x Blue Elemental Blast
Blue Elemental Blast
Blue Elemental BlastSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Counters a red spell being cast or destroys a red card in play.

2 x Hydroblast
Hydroblast
HydroblastSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
Counter target spell if it is red, or destroy target permanent if it is red. (If this spell targets a permanent, play it as an instant.)

3 x Deep Analysis
Deep Analysis
Deep AnalysisSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Text:
Target player draws two cards. Flashback - 1U, Pay 3 life.


Now, if the plan is to cast an extra Brain Freeze
Brain Freeze
Brain FreezeSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Text:
Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
Storm
for each Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's BlessingSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Target player shuffles up to three target cards from his or her graveyard into his or her library.Draw a card.If Gaea's Blessing is put into your graveyard from your library, shuffle your graveyard into your library.
, FrozenTide will lose to decks with 4 Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's BlessingSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Target player shuffles up to three target cards from his or her graveyard into his or her library.Draw a card.If Gaea's Blessing is put into your graveyard from your library, shuffle your graveyard into your library.
s in the sideboard, and the need to cast an extra Brain Freeze
Brain Freeze
Brain FreezeSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Text:
Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
Storm
will make it a little harder for FrozenTide to go off. Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's BlessingSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Target player shuffles up to three target cards from his or her graveyard into his or her library.Draw a card.If Gaea's Blessing is put into your graveyard from your library, shuffle your graveyard into your library.
can't be ignored. It doesn't, however, spell the end of FrozenTide. In fact, I still believe FrozenTide to be far and away the best deck in the format. Chris Pikula once joked about Extended, ´´Ban everything until Necropotence
Necropotence
NecropotenceSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Skip your draw phase.Whenever you discard a card, remove that card from the game.Pay 1 life: Set aside the top card of your library. Put that card into your hand at the beginning of your discard phase.
is good, then ban Necropotence
Necropotence
NecropotenceSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Skip your draw phase.Whenever you discard a card, remove that card from the game.Pay 1 life: Set aside the top card of your library. Put that card into your hand at the beginning of your discard phase.
.´´ I'm not sure what the equivalent card is in Peasant. It's probably Fireblast
Fireblast
FireblastSet: Visions
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Michael Danza
Text:
You may sacrifice two mountains instead of paying Fireblast's casting cost. Fireblast deals 4 damage to target creature or player.
, Sol Ring
Sol Ring
Sol RingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
T: Add 2 colorless mana to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
, Demonic Tutor
Demonic Tutor
Demonic TutorSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Search your library for one card and take it into your hand. Reshuffle your library afterwards.
, or Hymn to Tourach
Hymn to Tourach
Hymn to TourachSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Text:
Target player discards two cards at random from his or her hand. If target player does not have enough cards, his or her entire hand is discarded.
. I'm pretty sure, though, that none of these cards are going to be good as long as High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.
is in the format. Even if people are right and Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's BlessingSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Target player shuffles up to three target cards from his or her graveyard into his or her library.Draw a card.If Gaea's Blessing is put into your graveyard from your library, shuffle your graveyard into your library.
shuts down FrozenTide, do we really want to expect everyone to include this card in his sideboard? Even if we do, ProsTide is an extremely good deck, second, I think, only to FrozenTide, and I think it would still be a dominant deck in the format. Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.
was moved from Common to Uncommon in order to increase the health of the format, and High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.
should be a similar, if not harsher, fate.


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