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CardShark Content - Will Price (9/22/2006)

Hello again Cardshark users! This time around I am presenting something a little different; a deck that isn’t exactly tier 1, yet may just win you an FNM if your opponents aren’t careful. I would definitely call this a budget deck since you could build it pretty easily for less than $50, especially if you replaced 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.
with some other type of removal. Without further ado, I present you with mono-white SnowTron.

Lands: 24
Scrying Sheets
Scrying Sheets
Scrying SheetsSet: Coldsnap
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Snow Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
149
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
T Add 1 to your mana pool. 1oSi, T Look at the top card of your library. If that card is snow, you may reveal it and put it into your hand. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)
x4
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 Tower x1
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 Power Plant x1
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 Mine x1
Snow-Covered Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
x17

Creatures: 12
Kami of False Hope
Kami of False Hope
Kami of False HopeSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
10
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Kami of False Hope Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn.
x3
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.
x3
Adarkar Valkyrie
Adarkar Valkyrie
Adarkar ValkyrieSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, vigilance T When target creature other than Adarkar Valkyrie is put into a graveyard this turn, return that card to play under your control.
x2
Weathered Wayfarer
Weathered Wayfarer
Weathered WayfarerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nomad Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
59
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
W, T: Search your library for a land card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play this ability only if an opponent controls more lands than you.
x4

Other Spells: 24
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.
x4
Condemn
Condemn
CondemnSet: Dissension
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
8
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Put target attacking creature on the bottom of its owner's library. Its controller gains life equal to its toughness.
x4
Faith’s Fetters x4
Proclamation of Rebirth
Proclamation of Rebirth
Proclamation of RebirthSet: Dissension
Color:
White
Rarity:
R
Number:
15
Artist:
William Simpson
x3
Storm Herd
Storm Herd
Storm HerdSet: Guildpact
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Text:
Put X 1/1 white Pegasus creature tokens with flying into play, where X is your life total.
x1
Debtor’s Knell x2
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.
x3
Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.
x3

How To Play this Deck:
Some of you may recognize this deck as “Snow White”, a deck that was briefly talked about by Frank Karsten in his new weekly article about the online meta. This deck is certainly inspired by that deck but I have made some changes to it. The general idea is to control the board with Condemn
Condemn
CondemnSet: Dissension
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
8
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Put target attacking creature on the bottom of its owner's library. Its controller gains life equal to its toughness.
, Wrath and Fetters until you can form a lock on your opponent either by preventing combat damage via Kami of False Hope
Kami of False Hope
Kami of False HopeSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
10
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Kami of False Hope Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn.
+ forecasting Proclamation of Rebirth
Proclamation of Rebirth
Proclamation of RebirthSet: Dissension
Color:
White
Rarity:
R
Number:
15
Artist:
William Simpson
OR gaining tons of life via 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.
+ forecasting the Proclamation. The purpose of this initial lock is to allow you to safely accumulate the large amount of mana this deck needs to fully get going. However, once you draw into a Debtor’s Knell or Valkyrie you can use them to maintain the lock without having to pay 6 a turn for the forecast.

Once you have established the lock on your opponent, assuming they have not quit the game, the fastest path to victory tends to be the Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.
. Sounds crazy, but there aren’t a whole lot of win conditions in the deck, and milling 2 a turn (or more if you have multiple Stones on the board) is both a funny and effective way of defeating your opponent. These are the win conditions of the deck:

a) Adarkar Valkyrie
Adarkar Valkyrie
Adarkar ValkyrieSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, vigilance T When target creature other than Adarkar Valkyrie is put into a graveyard this turn, return that card to play under your control.
swinging through for 4 each turn/reanimating.
b) Debtor’s Knell reanimating their/your guys and letting you dominate the board
c) STORM HERD for some ridiculous number.
d) Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.
!

Like I said, Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.
is usually the fastest and most efficient win because you can use it while maintaining the lock. However, casting Storm Herd
Storm Herd
Storm HerdSet: Guildpact
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Text:
Put X 1/1 white Pegasus creature tokens with flying into play, where X is your life total.
for 100+ and robbing your opponent’s graveyard are both fun ways to win as well.

Why the Tron?
As I have mentioned before this deck is quite mana intensive. Many times you will need to pay 6 during your upkeep to forecast and then have 1 open so you can sac the Martyr and gain life. However, you also want an additional 3 open to use Scrying Sheets
Scrying Sheets
Scrying SheetsSet: Coldsnap
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Snow Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
149
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
T Add 1 to your mana pool. 1oSi, T Look at the top card of your library. If that card is snow, you may reveal it and put it into your hand. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)
, and probably and 2 to use the Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.
. That’s a huge resource commitment, the bare minimum being 6 or 7 to maintain the lock on your opponent. By putting Weathered Wayfarer
Weathered Wayfarer
Weathered WayfarerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nomad Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
59
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
W, T: Search your library for a land card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play this ability only if an opponent controls more lands than you.
in the deck, it becomes easy to assemble the singleton Tron pieces in your hand. Once the Tron is online everything gets much easier as now you can maintain all your costs more easily. Also, the Wayfarer can find Scrying Sheets
Scrying Sheets
Scrying SheetsSet: Coldsnap
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Snow Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
149
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
T Add 1 to your mana pool. 1oSi, T Look at the top card of your library. If that card is snow, you may reveal it and put it into your hand. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)
for you, which is the only real card drawing you have since the deck is mono-white.

Is it good?
Is this deck good? After playing a couple of tournaments with it I would have to say that it is indeed pretty good. Any aggro matchup is basically an auto-win because they usually have no way to deal with the large amount of creature control and the combat damage lock. If aggro is very popular in your area, then this deck will certainly win you a lot of games. However, this deck has some tough matchups against two popular competitive decks: Heartbeat and Magnivore
Magnivore
MagnivoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
204
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Haste Magnivore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of sorcery cards in all graveyards.
. Magnivore
Magnivore
MagnivoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
204
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Haste Magnivore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of sorcery cards in all graveyards.
is definitely the more winnable of the two matchups because of the main deck Condemn
Condemn
CondemnSet: Dissension
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
8
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Put target attacking creature on the bottom of its owner's library. Its controller gains life equal to its toughness.
s. If you are packing Sacred Ground
Sacred Ground
Sacred GroundSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Whenever an effect controlled by any opponent puts a land into your graveyard from play, put that land into play.
s in the sideboard, they will greatly improve your chances of winning. If you have Sacred Ground
Sacred Ground
Sacred GroundSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Whenever an effect controlled by any opponent puts a land into your graveyard from play, put that land into play.
in the board I would say that it increases your chances from 20/80 to 50/50. Heartbeat, however, is an impossible win. This deck is very slow and has no way to disrupt the combo once they go off. Unless you can gain a lot of life in the first 4 turns they can and will combo you out eventually. Ivory Mask
Ivory Mask
Ivory MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.
in the sideboard is an option, but even then that will just delay them while they look for a way to bounce it. Pre-sideboard your chances or winning or 5/95 or worse, with Ivory Mask
Ivory Mask
Ivory MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.
in the board I would say that you improve to about 20/80.

Is this deck right for me?
If you are looking for a relatively cheap, relatively competitive, fun and interesting deck to take to your FNM I highly suggest giving this build or a similar one a try. There is something to be said for beating your opponent with Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.
or Storm Herd
Storm Herd
Storm HerdSet: Guildpact
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Text:
Put X 1/1 white Pegasus creature tokens with flying into play, where X is your life total.
in today’s Standard. Do you get a strange satisfaction out of aggravating your opponent as they hopelessly attack each turn? Then play this deck. At the very least you will turn a couple heads when you kill someone with Pegasus
Pegasus
PegasusSet: Anthologies
Color:
White
Type:
Token
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Mark Zug
tokens.


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