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Snakesssss

10.18.04  Hello, Hi my name is Adam and i ran across your webpage while browsing for deck ideas and ways to pump up my own and thought perhaps you could help me out. Anyways here's the idea behind my deck. I try to get out as many creatures as possible as fast as possible and then pump them up with coat of
arms and the Serpant Legends.

Heres what I've got so far:

Mana: 20 Forest

Creatures:
Seshiro, the Annointed 1
Sachi, Daughter of Seshiro 2
Sosuke, Son of Seshiro 2
Sakura-Tribe Elder 1
Shisato, Whispering Hunter 1
Kashi-Tribe Warriors 2
Matsu-Tribe Decoy 2
Kashi-Tribe Reaver 3
Orochi Sustainer 4
Orochi Leafcaller 4
Orochi Ranger 3
Mystic Snake 2
Thieving Magpie 2

Non-Creature Spells/Enchantments:
Serpant Skin 2
Spidersilk Armor 1
Time of Need 2
Shyshroud Claim 2


Artifacts:
Konda's Banner 1
Orochi Hatchery 2
Junkyo Bell 1
Sensei's Divining Top 1
Coat of Arms 1

I put in the birds for card acceleration and the skyshroud claims for the obvious mana acceleration, if you know of any ways to re-vamp this deck it would be much appreatiated thank you in advance for the help ill be checkin your site for updates bye


The first thing I would like to do to this deck is add in the Best Snake Ever Printed. Yes, so good, it comes in capital letters. Iím talking about River Boa. For 1G, Adam, you will get a 2/1 creature with Islandwalk and G: Regenerate.

+4 River Boa

Next, since I noticed some of the Snakes were a bit hefty in price, I think Sakura-Tribe Elder might be a great addition to the deck (well, three more anyways), and it will allow us to get rid of Skyshroud Claim. Why play Claim when you can get a card that has a similar ability, but allows Adam to have a dude late in the game when he doesnít need any more acceleration.

-2 Skyshroud Claim

+3 Sakura-Tribe Elder

Kamigawaís flip cards, for the most part, are unimpressive to me, but Orochi Eggwatcher seems like it could easily be a problem to deal with. Creating a snake each turn isnít awful, but when it becomes a Giant Growth machine, opponents will need to find a way to end the game quickly.

+3 Orochi Eggwatcher

I wouldnít mind seeing another Seshiro the Anointed in Adamís deck Ė he could be a huge benefit, and he grants a lot of card advantage.

+1 Seshiro the Anointed

Iím not too sure Iím liking the presence of blue in Adamís deck. Thieving Magpie is OK, as is Mystic Snake, but neither is an amazing addition. I think consistency might be a better value over variety, soÖ

-2 Mystic Snake

-2 Thieving Magpie

I am definitely a fan of Orochi Ranger, and although it isnít Llanowar Elves, Orochi Sustainer isnít completely awful. Iím throwing in a fourth Ranger, and the Sustainer will sustain its position within Adamís deck. Orochi Leafcaller, however, doesnít really have a role in Adamís deck any more.

-4 Orochi Leafcaller

+1 Orochi Ranger

I definitely like Sachi and Sosuke, the spawn of Seshiro (Daughter and Son, respectively), so I think two of each is appropriate.

Kashi-Tribe Reaver seems acceptable, especially since it has regeneration. Kashi-Tribe Warriors, however, seem overcosted for a 2/4 with a mediocre ability. SoÖ

-2 Kashi-Tribe Warriors

+1 Kashi-Tribe Reaver

Finally (for creatures), I am going to cut loose Shisato, Whispering Hunter and Matsu-Tribe Decoy. The Decoy seems overcosted (like the Kashi-Tribe Warriors) for a so-so ability, and Shisato is decent if you can pull him off, but I donít think that will happen too often.

-2 Matsu-Tribe Decoy

-1 Shisato, Whispering Hunter

If I am going to play a green creature enchantment in a fun deck, the first card I am going to look is Rancor. I ask myself two questions, ďIs every creature in this deck so big that an enchantment doesnít matter?Ē and ďIs Rancor legal?Ē The first answer is no, the second is yes, soÖ

-2 Serpant Skin

-1 Spider-Silk Armor

+4 Rancor

Looking at where we stand right now, I think Adam has room for six more non-land cards. I definitely like Kondaís Banner, especially with six (possibly nine) legends in this deck. A +2/+2 bonus across the board doesnít seem awful, so why donít we up the Banner-count by one.

+1 Kondaís Banner

Iím down with Orochi Hatchery being in the deck Ė it is a Snake theme, after all Ė but Iím not so sure I like Junkyo Bell or Senseiís Divining Top. I started to cut Coat of Arms, but giving it a second thought, I canít really think of a great reason *not* to have it in the deck.

-1 Junkyo Bell

-1 Senseiís Divining Top

+1 Coat of Arms

For land, Iíve upped the total count to 23, since Adam is a *bit* high on the mana curve for just 20 land. Iím throwing in four Treetop Village, just on the grounds that it can be another source of damage. I know its not a snake Ė itís just too good to pass up. Iíve also thrown in Tranquil Thicket, so if Adam draws up too much land, he can at least throw it away for another card.

-5 Forest

+4 Tranquil Thicket

+4 Treetop Village

I think that finishes the work on Adamís deck. Take a lookÖ

CREATURES (25):

3 Orochi Eggwatcher

4 Orochi Ranger

4 Orochi Sustainer

4 River Boa

2 Sachi, Daughter of Seshiro

4 Sakura-Tribe Elder

2 Seshiro the Anointed

2 Sosuke, Son of Seshiro



NON-CREATURE SPELLS (12):
2 Coat of Arms
2 Kondaís Banner
2 Orochi Hatchery

4 Rancor
2 Time of Need



LAND (23):

15 Forest

4 Tranquil Thicket

4 Treetop Village



I hope that helps, Adam, and good luck! Iíll see yíall next week!



-Paul Hagan

 

 

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