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Snow Hound 
Ice Age Uncommon

Reviewed April 26, 2004

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2
Limited: 2.2

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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

Definitely one of those "awwww!" pics.  Very cute, soft and furry. But other than being an almost cuddly card, he doesn't climb the mountain in constructed. As far as casual, maybe if there was a blue or green creature with an amazing coming into play effect, but it's 2am and nothing is coming to mind at the moment. I guess he's a recurring blocker...

Uh, this guy's a dog in limited, too.

Constructed: 2
Cuteness: 5
Limited: 1.5
   Current Price:
Snow Hound - Ice Age - $0.79


Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Snow Hound
I guess this was just selected for the "cuteness factor," I dunno. Wizard Mentor thumbs his nose at this card. Although, it is nice to have this in a piece of the color pie that it normally wouldn't be.
In competitive constructed, it's total crap. You may be able to play some cute tricks with it in casual constructed, but why not play Wizard Mentor instead?
In limited, this is as good as Wizard Mentor was when the "damage on the stack" concept was added in 6th Edition. In Alice sealed, you typically had very few creatures anyway, so if you could re-use or save them, so much the better.
Constructed: 1
Casual: 2
Limited: 4


* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

* pro tour player

* Scrye writer since 2002

I get to be Negative Man today. 
Nagative Man says: "Don't ever play this card.  Don't bother with it.  Even the casual players at my store think it's silly.  This is what cards looked like back in the day when they needed to fill slots when building a set."
And if you think Negative Man is're wrong.
Casual: 1
Limited: 1.5

 Van Zandt

Snow Hound
Well, there weren't so many good comes-into-play effects in this set,  but it is a good combat trick/anti-creature kill card, though a tad expensive and slow... in limited.  Generically unplayable elsewhere, as there are simply better cards.
constructed 1.5
casual 2
limited 3

Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
*Game Store Owner (Gamer's Edge)

Snow Hound


Snow Hound is one of my favorite cards in Magic. I know it doesn’t seem that good, but I love the art, and have fond memories of the card. It had an ability that was not previously used in Magic sets, supporting friendly colors. It was a good trick in limited, saving creatures from almost certain doom, and it’s a big dog! How cute are big dogs. Obviously, he’s the perfect card.


Constructed:                 2

Casual:                         5

Limited:                        3


* Level 1 DCI Judge

*game store employee

* gaming for over 15 years
Snow Hound

The best thing that I can say about this card is that the artwork is really nice and the flavor text is amazing. The cost is really high for a 1/1 with a mediocre ability. The ability really doesn’t go along with a white creature because since when does a white creature bounce other creatures. I don’t have anything positive to say about this card in any format.

Constructed 1

Casual 1

Limited 1


2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

Snow Hound


Faithful to the end, a Snow Hound will gladly pull your freezing carcass out of a crevasse deep in the Alps before you die from exposure, asking only for the loving attention of its master by the warmth of a fire…


However, THIS particular Hound is…uhh…well…poop.  Just poop.  Playable in nothing.


In casual…well… it’s still poop, just a slightly less rank version of poop.  At least it’s fun to play in the all-dogs deck (I have no idea if such a deck can exist).  Unless you have some sort of fantastic combo, please don’t play this in Mental Magic.


This was a rather low pick in limited.  However, at least it can serve the purpose of saving creatures in combat, albeit a slow and expensive manner of doing so.  The only cards I remember from IA drafts were things like Lava Burst and Shambling Strider; congrats, there’s your deck.  Don’t worry about this guy, unless he’s saving your Strider or Scaled Wurm from imminent death.


Constructed:  1.0

Casual:  1.5

Limited:  2.0


Secret Squirrel on the

Snow Hound

I don’t know this card either. If you wanted to bounce something, you would bounce something, not pay 4 mana. I honestly don’t know if this card has been used. I’ll say no, cause it’s expensive, and there were other bounce spells, and other white protection. But I could be wrong.

In limited, see above.

Constructed: 2?
Casual:  2?
Limited: 2?

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