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Scrying Sheets
Cold Snap

Reviewed July 17, 2006

Constructed: 3.2
Casual: 3.85
Limited: 3.15

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Scrying Sheets

This is quite possibly the most powerful snow land there is. Not that that says much, mind you. First of all, it produces snow mana, making it a valuable commodity in Limited to anyone who happened to grab any of the many cards that can use snow mana. Second, it can actually let you draw extra cards. We haven't had a land that did that since Bazaar of Baghdad. The closest we've come since is Nivix Aerie of the Firemind, and that was far too narrow to ever see use. Granted, this thing is a bit narrow too, only letting you draw the card if it is snow. But unlike Nivix, if you don't turn up the right kind of card, the Sheets will at least leave the card on top of your library. You need a decent commitment to snow for this to pay off, but when it does it is very cool.

Constructed- 3.8
Casual- 4
Limited- 2.5


Scrying Sheets

I really like this card. Obviously, it's only good in Ice Age block or current decks that work heavily with Coldsnap. But, especially in Casual, this card can gain you some crazy good card advantage. In limited, absolutely play it if your deck has a decent amount of snow permanents (that includes lands).

Constructed - 3
Casual - 4
Limited - 3.5

Aburame Shino

Scrying Sheets

With the return of Snow-Covered Lands and the introduction of Snow Permanents in Coldsnap, it was only to be expected that they would print something to reward people for playing them in their decks. If your deck is heavy on Snow cards, you can effectively draw two cards per turn by using this. Plus you can use this as a bluff attempt if you're playing a Control deck.

At the end of the opponent's turn you could look down, see a Snow-Covered Island, but not put it into your hand, then next turn you'd draw the card into your hand. At this point the opponent will think the card could be something along the lines of a Hinder or a Repeal, and thus they might end up working around a card that's not really there.

The only beef I have with this card is the fact that it's not all that helpful if you use it in a multi-colored deck without weakening the deck's potential strength. Most multi-colored decks are packing at least four Shocks and four Pains, so if you see one of these under the Scrying Sheets constantly you're not going to get much help out of the card. This card only shines in a monocolored deck (perferably blue in my opinion) where all the lands are Snow-Covered along with a couple other Snow cards to abuse the ability to its full potential.

Constructed: 3 - If your deck is heavy on Snow cards.
Casual: 3.5 - Even if this card isn't used competitively, you know people will use it in casual.
Limited: 3.5 - About 30% the cards in Coldsnap are Snow, so you can good use out of this card.

Jordan Kronick

Scrying Sheets

I've had the opportunity to use this in draft quite a few times and I have to say I love it. It taps for mana (snow mana, even), it doesn't come into play tapped or anything bad like that. And it can generate some card advantage. This is a great card. I think it's constructed applications (outside of Ice Age block constructed anyway) are a bit limited, but I'm sure it will shine in the casual rooms and dining room tables of the world.

Constructed Rating - 2.0
Casual Rating - 3.6
Limited Rating - 3.4
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