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The McShake Alchemist on Magic
(Mc)Shaking up the format and other puns (Sno)
August 15, 2011
Hey everyone! Long time no speak (on Magic, that is).
Today I'm gonna be talking about a
deck that I have loved for years,
and recently I've come up with a
pretty successful list for Snow
The original Snow White deck was a deck based on Martyr
of the Sands, Proclamation of
Rebirth, and cards that had the
effect of making both players draw
extra cards. It would also play
various fog and holy day effects.
For those who don't know the first
few cards that I said.
Martyr of Sands
1, Sacrifice Martyr of Sands, Reveal
any number of
white cards in your hand: Gain life
equal to three times the number of
revealed cards with this effect.
Proclamation of Rebirth
Return up to 3 creatures with
converted mana cost 1 or less from
your graveyard to play
Forecast W5 (W5, Reveal this card
from your hand: Return a creature
card with converted mana cost one or
less from your graveyard to play.
Play this ability only during your
It got the snow part from various snow lands that were
printed in cold snap with Martyr of
Sands. The deck later became known
as turbo fog, and has adopted many
names since, such as "I fucking hate
that" deck, and "God you're so
fucking cheap". Both are things
I've heard many a time for playing
the deck, and, I decided to update
the deck to make it legal for the
current standard format.
-END HISTORY LESSON-
Firstly I'm going to show the most
recent list that I've settled on
after a lot of testing, and
afterwards explain some card
choices, as well as how the deck's
2 Stirring Wildwood
4 Sunpetal Grove
3 Razorverge Thicket
1 Inkmoth Nexus
1 Celestial Colonnade
3 Tectonic Edge
2 Misty Rainforest
4 Stonehorn Dignitary
1 Kozilek, Butcher of Truth
2 Venser, The Sojourner
2 Gideon Jura
2 Elixer of Immortality
3 Temple Bell
4 Oblivion Ring
4 Rites of Flourishing
3 Day of Judgment
4 Safe Passage
Ok, I know the list is totally off the wall. I take
pride in building off the wall decks
that nobody will ever see coming.
This deck actually is very
resilient for a plethora of reasons.
1. All of the cards do basically
the same thing.
While it isnt exactly the same thing, they do 1 of 2-3
things. They either A) tap for
mana. B) produce mana. C) Prevent
you from taking combat
damage/increase your life.
2. You don't actually have to use a
Your deck starts doin its thing as early as turn 1 if
it absolutely has to. You just make
them not do stuff. Most mono blue
permission decks have a lot of
permission, and eventually, when
they can leave a lot of mana up,
will play a big dude and hope it
gets there. In this deck, you don't
have to have a kill con get there.
The Kozilek is mostly there for
control matchups where you might go
in the long game, or, against UB
where they might discard your
elixers or something similiar. I
chose Kozilek since you actually
have to hardcast the dude in this
deck, and, I feel that most eldrazi
will just get o-ringed the turn
after theyre cast anyway (since they
won't have a relevant target the
whole game) and you get a lot of
instant value out of kozilek, even
if they counter it, where, if they
counter Emrakul, you take another
turn. That sounds cool, until you
realize, in this deck, thats probly
just "Draw two. Play a land or two.
Maybe charge up planeswalkers.
Pass" In this deck, you just dont
let them kill you for around 100
3. You have more fog
A) UB has threats and counterspells combined
B) Caw Blade has counterspells and Squaks combined.
C) All the vengevines in the world
I know that I seem like a raving lunatic the way I'm
talking about this deck right now.
My friends made fun of me at first,
but I havent dropped a single game
to caw blade yet, and UB I've
dropped a few games but never an
entire match. The deck is
definitely real. I know what you're
WTF? THERE ARE MORE THAN TWO DECKS
IN THE FORMAT. I'm honestly just
going off of the biggest deck in the
format, and the deck that just won
The other things that I consider
decks and why they don't really
1. Red Deck Wins - This Matchup is
just hilarious. They really can't
do anything but try to burn you out.
Unless they're playing a bunch of
random X spells they probly dont
have the mana to without koth, which
you have the ability to answer if
you need to (o-ring, gideon, etc.)
2. Splinter Twin - By the time they
assemble combo you should have so
many fog effects that it really isnt
funny, in which case you can day/oring/etc.
3. Vampires - This just came out as
an event deck, and it can be very
problematic, simply because of
kalastria highborn. The real
solution here is leyline of sanctity
and youre golden.
4. Valakut - This matchup can be
tricky depending on the build. Its
actually about 50/50. Thankfully,
most people have stopped playing it
since the two biggest decks in the
format will bend this over the table
in a lot of scenarios. If you do
play against this, again, leyline of
sanctity is your best friend. I
haven't totally set up a sideboard
plan for this deck, but, more than
likely acidic slime will be in it.
5. Eldrazi Green - The best advice
I can give you for this matchup, is
first to make sure you have a god
hand, if you dont, mulligan until
you do. Even if you go to 1 card.
It will make 0 difference in the
outcome of this match. You
basically cannot win it ever. They
will annihilate your shit, and you
cant mill them out.
6. Elves - Day of judgment wut
7. Pyromancer - This can be a hard
matchup, but a lot of the time you
can just oring their shit itll buff.
Its a great MU postboard with
Honestly I cant decide if leyline
should be main, there are enough
decks in my opinion that it isnt
relevant to make it just sideboard
for right now, but, it might go to
the main eventually.
Really this deck is very fun to play
with if you like just trolling the
shit out of your opponent (and
anyone who knows me knows that
Trolling is my business, and
generally, business is good). There
are some other card choices that
could go into the deck, and, I'd be
happy to hear about what other takes
people have on the deck. Feel free
to contact me if you'd like to play
me in mtg/yugi/etc. online or
something, I have accounts on just
about every social networking site
there is online.
pojo ygo archive:
pojo mtg archive:
duelingnetwork: shakezilluh (I love
to play some traditional ;D) [yugioh]
Thanks a lot for reading!
akaThe McShake Alchemist