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MTGO League - Coldsnap Week 4 - Jonathan Veazey (10/10/2006)

After three weeks of play I have a 9-6 record in my Coldsnap league. My week three deck looked like this:

Black (10)
3xFeast 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.

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.

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.)

Gutless Ghoul
Gutless Ghoul
Gutless GhoulSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Kensuke Okabayashi
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1, Sacrifice a creature: You gain 2 life.

2xHerald 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.

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.)

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.)


Red (5)
2xSkred
Skred
SkredSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Skred deals damage to target creature equal to the number of snow permanents you control.

Goblin Rimerunner
Goblin Rimerunner
Goblin RimerunnerSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
83
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
T Target creature can't block this turn. oSi: Goblin Rimerunner gains haste until end of turn. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)

Rimescale Dragon
Rimescale Dragon
Rimescale DragonSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
7
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
95
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying 2oSi: Tap target creature and put an ice counter on it. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.) Creatures with ice counters on them don't untap during their controllers' untap steps.

Thermopod
Thermopod
ThermopodSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Slug
Rarity:
C
Number:
100
Artist:
Dan Dos Santos
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
oSi: Thermopod gains haste until end of turn. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.) Sacrifice a creature: Add R to your mana pool.


Green (8)
2xInto the North
Into the North
Into the NorthSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
111
Artist:
Richard Sardinha
Text:
Search your library for a snow land card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.

2xResize
Resize
ResizeSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
117
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Target creature gets +3 +3 until end of turn. Recover 1G (When a creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may pay 1G. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, remove this card from the game.)

Boreal Druid
Boreal Druid
Boreal DruidSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Elf Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
105
Artist:
Dan Dos Santos
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T Add 1 to your mana pool.

2xRonom Hulk
Ronom Hulk
Ronom HulkSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Protection from snow 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.)

Simian Brawler
Simian Brawler
Simian BrawlerSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ape Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
122
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Discard a land card: Simian Brawler gets +1 +1 until end of turn.


Land (17)
2xFrost 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.

Highland Weald
Highland Weald
Highland WealdSet: Coldsnap
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Snow Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
147
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Highland Weald comes into play tapped. T Add R or G to your mana pool.

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.)

2xSnow-Covered Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

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

Snow-Covered Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.

3xForest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

2xMountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.

4xSwamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.


Despite the two losses I took last week with this deck, I was fairly happy with it. Other than coming to the conclusion that the off colored snow-lands were unnecessary, I didn’t have the same second thoughts about this build as I had in the previous weeks. Now it’s week four, my last chance to improve my standing. Here’s my week four booster:

White (2)
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.

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.


Blue (2)
Survivor of the Unseen
Survivor of the Unseen
Survivor of the UnseenSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
48
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Cumulative upkeep 2 (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.) T Draw two cards, then put a card from your hand on top of your library.

Ronom Serpent
Ronom Serpent
Ronom SerpentSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Serpent
Rarity:
C
Number:
45
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Ronom Serpent can't attack unless defending player controls a snow land. When you control no snow lands, sacrifice Ronom Serpent.


Black (2)
Krovikan Scoundrel
Krovikan Scoundrel
Krovikan ScoundrelSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Rogue
Rarity:
C
Number:
64
Artist:
Ralph Horsley
Power:
2
Toughness:
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.)


Red (2)
Thermopod
Thermopod
ThermopodSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Slug
Rarity:
C
Number:
100
Artist:
Dan Dos Santos
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
oSi: Thermopod gains haste until end of turn. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.) Sacrifice a creature: Add R to your mana pool.

Goblin Furrier
Goblin Furrier
Goblin FurrierSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
82
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Prevent all damage that Goblin Furrier would deal to snow creatures.


Green (3)
Into the North
Into the North
Into the NorthSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
111
Artist:
Richard Sardinha
Text:
Search your library for a snow land card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.

Boreal Druid
Boreal Druid
Boreal DruidSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Elf Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
105
Artist:
Dan Dos Santos
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T Add 1 to your mana pool.

Freyalise’s Radiance

Artifact (1)
Jester’s Scepter

Land (3)
Snow-Covered Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

Snow-Covered Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.

Boreal Shelf
Boreal Shelf
Boreal ShelfSet: Coldsnap
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Snow Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
144
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Boreal Shelf comes into play tapped. T Add W or U to your mana pool.


Wow, another Into the North
Into the North
Into the NorthSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
111
Artist:
Richard Sardinha
Text:
Search your library for a snow land card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.
. That will be helpful. As will the two basic snow lands. Looking at the new cards I think it’s pretty clear that I will be cutting to two colors, red and green. I will miss the Heralds, but I think that, overall, a two color red/green deck will be more powerful and consistent than any deck I could build with black in the mix.

The second Jester’s Scepter I opened is very tempting. Too tempting for me not to play, so I will be putting both in my deck for the final week. It’s probably not the best call, but it’s a card that I just have trouble resisting.

Here’s the deck for week four:

Red (10)
Icefall
Icefall
IcefallSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
85
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Text:
Destroy target artifact or land. Recover RR (When a creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may pay RR. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, remove this card from the game.)

Balduvian Rage
Balduvian Rage
Balduvian RageSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
76
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Target attacking creature gets +X +0 until end of turn. Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.

2xSkred
Skred
SkredSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Skred deals damage to target creature equal to the number of snow permanents you control.

Goblin Rimerunner
Goblin Rimerunner
Goblin RimerunnerSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
83
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
T Target creature can't block this turn. oSi: Goblin Rimerunner gains haste until end of turn. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)

Greater Stone Spirit
Greater Stone Spirit
Greater Stone SpiritSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
84
Artist:
Yokota Katsumi
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Greater Stone Spirit can't be blocked by creatures with flying. 2R: Until end of turn, target creature gets +0 +2 and gains ´´R: This creature gets +1 +0 until end of turn.

Ohran Yeti
Ohran Yeti
Ohran YetiSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Yeti
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
2oSi: Target snow creature gains first strike until end of turn. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)

Rimescale Dragon
Rimescale Dragon
Rimescale DragonSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
7
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
95
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying 2oSi: Tap target creature and put an ice counter on it. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.) Creatures with ice counters on them don't untap during their controllers' untap steps.

2xThermopod
Thermopod
ThermopodSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Slug
Rarity:
C
Number:
100
Artist:
Dan Dos Santos
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
oSi: Thermopod gains haste until end of turn. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.) Sacrifice a creature: Add R to your mana pool.


Green (11)
3xInto the North
Into the North
Into the NorthSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
111
Artist:
Richard Sardinha
Text:
Search your library for a snow land card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.

2xResize
Resize
ResizeSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
117
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Target creature gets +3 +3 until end of turn. Recover 1G (When a creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may pay 1G. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, remove this card from the game.)

2xBoreal Druid
Boreal Druid
Boreal DruidSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Elf Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
105
Artist:
Dan Dos Santos
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T Add 1 to your mana pool.

Karplusan Strider
Karplusan Strider
Karplusan StriderSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Yeti
Rarity:
U
Number:
112
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Karplusan Strider can't be the target of blue or black spells.

2xRonom Hulk
Ronom Hulk
Ronom HulkSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Protection from snow 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.)

Simian Brawler
Simian Brawler
Simian BrawlerSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ape Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
122
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Discard a land card: Simian Brawler gets +1 +1 until end of turn.


Artifact (2)
2xJester’s Scepter

Land (17)
Highland Weald
Highland Weald
Highland WealdSet: Coldsnap
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Snow Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
147
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Highland Weald comes into play tapped. T Add R or G to your mana pool.

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.)

3xSnow-Covered Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

2xSnow-Covered Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.

5xForest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

5xMountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.


Game one of the first match didn’t go so well for me. My opponent got out an early Goblin Rimerunner
Goblin Rimerunner
Goblin RimerunnerSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
83
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
T Target creature can't block this turn. oSi: Goblin Rimerunner gains haste until end of turn. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)
, followed by a Ronom Hulk
Ronom Hulk
Ronom HulkSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Protection from snow 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.)
and was able to easily outrace me despite my getting a Stone Spirit
Stone Spirit
Stone SpiritSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Artist:
James Allen
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Stone Spirit cannot be blocked by creatures with flying.
and Rimescale Dragon
Rimescale Dragon
Rimescale DragonSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
7
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
95
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying 2oSi: Tap target creature and put an ice counter on it. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.) Creatures with ice counters on them don't untap during their controllers' untap steps.
into play. Game two was the reverse as I quickly got both my Ronom Hulk
Ronom Hulk
Ronom HulkSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Protection from snow 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.)
s into play and was able to do a quick twenty damage before the upkeeps became problematic. Game three was much closer. I got off to a quick start dropping Boreal Druid
Boreal Druid
Boreal DruidSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Elf Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
105
Artist:
Dan Dos Santos
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T Add 1 to your mana pool.
s on turns one and two. My opponent responded by hitting one with a Skred
Skred
SkredSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Skred deals damage to target creature equal to the number of snow permanents you control.
on his turn two. Turn four I dropped a Thermopod
Thermopod
ThermopodSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Slug
Rarity:
C
Number:
100
Artist:
Dan Dos Santos
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
oSi: Thermopod gains haste until end of turn. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.) Sacrifice a creature: Add R to your mana pool.
and sacked my remaining Druid to give it haste leaving my opponent at fourteen while I was still at twenty. My opponent started getting creatures of his own a turn later dropping a hasted Thermopod
Thermopod
ThermopodSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Slug
Rarity:
C
Number:
100
Artist:
Dan Dos Santos
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
oSi: Thermopod gains haste until end of turn. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.) Sacrifice a creature: Add R to your mana pool.
of his own on turn six. At this point he was at six while I was at ten. Turn seven I drop another Thermopod
Thermopod
ThermopodSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Slug
Rarity:
C
Number:
100
Artist:
Dan Dos Santos
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
oSi: Thermopod gains haste until end of turn. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.) Sacrifice a creature: Add R to your mana pool.
and give it haste, attacking with both my slugs. He blocks one and drops to two life. On his turn he attacks with everything he has, dropping me to three. I think I have the game sewn up until my opponent starts tapping land. A lot of land. He even sacs one of his creatures to his Thermopod
Thermopod
ThermopodSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Slug
Rarity:
C
Number:
100
Artist:
Dan Dos Santos
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
oSi: Thermopod gains haste until end of turn. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.) Sacrifice a creature: Add R to your mana pool.
for mana and finally casts 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.
for the win.

Record so far: 9-7

Match two didn’t go much better. My opponent was able to get a lot of creatures out very quickly game one and swarmed me before I had a chance to do much of anything. Game two went to me, but that was due largely to my opponent getting mana screwed. Game three I just got smashed when my opponent played Shape of the Wiitigo
Shape of the Wiitigo
Shape of the WiitigoSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
120
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Enchant creature When Shape of the Wiitigo comes into play, put six +1 +1 counters on enchanted creature. At the beginning of your upkeep, put a +1 +1 counter on enchanted creature if it attacked or blocked since your last upkeep. Otherwise, remove a +1 +1 counter from it.
on his Rimescale Dragon
Rimescale Dragon
Rimescale DragonSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
7
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
95
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying 2oSi: Tap target creature and put an ice counter on it. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.) Creatures with ice counters on them don't untap during their controllers' untap steps.
.

Record so far: 9-8

Things were starting to look a little grim at this point, as my wins and losses were becoming uncomfortably even. I suppose a less stubborn individual would have rethought his build at this point, but not me, I decided to press on. Match three went much better for me. Game one my opponent got mana screwed, which I exacerbated with Icefall
Icefall
IcefallSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
85
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Text:
Destroy target artifact or land. Recover RR (When a creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may pay RR. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, remove this card from the game.)
. I won the game before my opponent had the opportunity to do much of anything. Game two I was able to accelerate my mana very quickly thanks to the Druids and the three Into the North
Into the North
Into the NorthSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
111
Artist:
Richard Sardinha
Text:
Search your library for a snow land card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.
s. That quick start coupled with my luck at getting the removal I needed when I needed it put another win under my belt.

Record so far: 10-8

Game one of match three I was able to get another aggressive start and overrun my opponent with creatures before he could mount a defense. Game two went to my opponent thanks to his one two punch of Goblin Rimerunner
Goblin Rimerunner
Goblin RimerunnerSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
83
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
T Target creature can't block this turn. oSi: Goblin Rimerunner gains haste until end of turn. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)
and Ronom Hulk
Ronom Hulk
Ronom HulkSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Protection from snow 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.)
. Game three my opponent had me to three, but thanks to my removal, a Ronom Hulk
Ronom Hulk
Ronom HulkSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Protection from snow 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.)
, and an Icefall
Icefall
IcefallSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
85
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Text:
Destroy target artifact or land. Recover RR (When a creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may pay RR. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, remove this card from the game.)
that I was able to recover multiple times, I was able to pull out a win. This was also the only game so far where I had been able to get both my Jester’s Scepters into play. They didn’t prove especially relevant, though they did deprive my opponent of some of his more potent cards. They also gave me cause to be a bit jealous of my opponent as I saw that he had two Ohran Viper
Ohran Viper
Ohran ViperSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Snake
Rarity:
R
Number:
115
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Ohran Viper deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature at the end of combat. Whenever Ohran Viper deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card.
s, one of them foil.

Record so far: 11-8

Okay, last match to try and improve my standing. Game one goes well as I am able to get off to a quick start and swarm my opponent with creatures, including a Ronom Hulk
Ronom Hulk
Ronom HulkSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Protection from snow 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.)
. Game two my opponent is able to lock up thanks to a R2VsaWQgShackles
Shackles
ShacklesSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Enchanted creature does not untap during its controller's untap phase.W: Return Shackles to owner's hand.
on my Dragon and two Rimebound Taskmages. It all came down to game three and my opponent was able to turn the tables on me by getting an aggressive start and overwhelming me before I could do much about it.

End of league record: 11-9

So, I ended the league in 84th place and won one pack for my troubles. Not a particularly impressive result I’m afraid. I think I can pin a lot of my failure in this league on my making some bad build decisions (and a few bad plays here or there). I suppose the primary lesson to learn from all of this is to not let one or two really good cards blind you to the rest of your card pool. On a side note, I couldn’t help but look up my rude opponent from week two to see how he finished. There’s a bitter little part of me that wishes I could report that he ended up ranked lower than me, sadly I can’t. He ended up in the top fifteen of the league despite his loss to me. Oh well, I suppose karma will find other ways to get him.

I hope these articles have been interesting and entertaining to read as I continue to have fun writing them. I look forward to producing more in the near future.


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