Creature — Human Wizard
When Snapcaster Mage enters the battlefield, target instant or sorcery card in your graveyard gains flashback until end of turn. The flashback cost is equal to its mana cost. (You may cast that card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)
|Have (5)||, Zelpoke , CampbellStev , lorddarkstar , rockleemyhero|
|Want (5)||Benmtgmage , silver374 , Boredmaniac , TheRaion , hugocotis|
Printings View all
|Ultimate Masters (UMA)||Mythic Rare|
|Ultimate Masters Promo (UMAP)||Mythic Rare|
|Modern Masters 2017 Edition (MM3)||Mythic Rare|
|Promo Set (000)||Mythic Rare|
Combos Browse all
- Lightning Bolt + Snapcaster Mage
- Lightning Bolt + Lightning Bolt + Snapcaster Mage
- Eternal Witness + Nature's Spiral + Snapcaster Mage
- Glimpse the Unthinkable + Snapcaster Mage
- Not Forgotten + Snapcaster Mage
- Mana Drain + Snapcaster Mage
- Cryptic Command + Snapcaster Mage
- Kolaghan's Command + Snapcaster Mage
- Deadeye Navigator + Snapcaster Mage
- Snapcaster Mage + Vapor Snag
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Snapcaster Mage occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.6%
All decks: 0.92%
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.05%
Snapcaster Mage Discussion
1 day ago
Nice deck! I would recommend the following changes;
Cut 3 lands for 3x Snapcaster Mage.
Change some of the basics and maybe even the Fetid Pools and Canyon Sloughs for lands the Alpha Duals in your colours (Badlands, Underground Sea and Volcanic Island), or, for a more budget friendly option, the Shock Lands from Ravnica in your colours (Blood Crypt, Steam Vents and Watery Grave).
6 days ago
Snapcaster Mage would give lots of value
1 week ago
Your average converted mana cost is low enough to go to 33 or 34 if you had mana dorks.
- Holdout Settlement and Survivors' Encampment are just Springleaf Drum on lands. These are reasonable, depending on how hard your game plans need Kalamax or not.
- Rashmi, Eternities Crafter: Rashmi is incremental advantage. You and both know that you are going to play cards on other people’s turns, so why not get free stuff for doing so? Wavebreak Hippocamp does the same thing if you want more of this effect.
- Birds of Paradise, Llanowar Elves, Elvish Mystic, Arbor Elf, Priest of Titania, Rattleclaw Mystic. I prefer creature-based ramp if I’m playing . Most of these cards will Pod into Corridor Monitor, Deceiver Exarch, and Pestermite.
- Spellseeker: Spellseeker grabs most of the instants and sorceries in your deck and more food for Prime Speaker
- Torrential Gearhulk: Snapcaster Mage #2 aka Fatcaster mage. The 5/6 body is nice for when games go longer than expected.
- Thing in the Ice
Flip: I noticed that you don’t have ways to protect yourself. If played earlier, you can flip Thing in the Ice and reset that battlefield. It was dumb in other formats, it’s dumb in EDH as well.
- Niv-Mizzet, Parun: End-game beater and a storm card. Not necessary but strong.
- Creature Tutors: Finale of Devastation, Eldritch Evolution, and Neoform. More tutors for consistency.
Instants and Sorceries
- Reality Shift and Rapid Hybridization: Good removal outside of and . Do you really care about a 3/3 beast or a 2/2 manifest token? I don’t……
- Manamorphose: Just a good cantrip in Temur.
- Swan Song: Another good counter spell, but you have that covered pretty well. Once again, no one cares about one 2/2 bird….no one…
- Reiterate: Goes infinite with Turnabout and Dramatic Reversal and or more mana. However, I think Isochron Scepter is just better if infinite mana is the goal.
- Nature's Lore: This is only and grabs any forest onto the battlefield. Most of the time, you are going to tutor for Forest, so why not grab Breeding Pool instead?
- Raging Ravine: Ok, it has your colors. Are you ever going to activate this man-land? Also, it comes in tapped. Gross….
- Arch of Orazca: I think Arch is better in decks that lack access to card draw. You’re in . Drawing cards, most of the time, is not going to be a problem for you.
- Frilled Mystic and Mystic Snake: I’ve fallen for this trap too. I don’t want to pay for a counterspell on a weak 2/2 body. Compare these two cards to other mana spells like Cryptic Command. This cards counters, protects, and draws cards. I prefer utility creatures with more flexibility.
1 week ago
Is this deck intended to be casual or competitive? Budget or no? I'd recommend changing the hubs for your deck to help everyone give more targeted feedback and to expose the deck to a broader audience.
That being said, here are cards I'd recommend based off of Mill decks I've seen on MTGO/online (not taking into account card cost): Shelldock Isle as it basically nets you an extra card/free spell
Oboro, Palace in the Clouds to trigger Hedron Crab over and over
Visions of Beyond because it's basically Ancestral Recall for Mill
Field of Ruin to hit your opponent's important lands
Crypt Incursion as a way to help you survive
Snapcaster Mage to flashback your Glimpses, Visions, etc.
Breaking / Entering as a maybeboard card if you really need more efficient mill
Here are some other thoughts I had:
-You have a fair number of expensive cards in your deck, but you only have 20 lands. I have a feeling that your expensive cards will be stuck in your hand as you struggle to draw enough lands to play them (which will only be exacerbated by the fact that you have 64 cards in your deck). Even still, you'll probably want 21-23 lands in your deck. With that the average game of Modern lasts about 5 turns - can you successfully mill your opponent out in that time? If not, you'll want to trim/remove the cards that don't have a significant impact by that time. For example, I would consider replacing the following:
Curse of the Bloody Tome: comes out on turn 3 and you'll probably get 1-2 triggers out of it.
Patient Rebuilding: very variable and you may not even get any triggers out of it.
Keening Stone: you probably won't be able to cast this card.
Traumatize: most of the time this will probably only be marginally better than another Glimpse or perhaps even worse! I'd recommend doing some playtesting with your deck to see on average how many cards you mill from your opponent by turn 5. Also consider that opponents will be thinning their decks with fetchlands, Arcum's Astrolabe, and Mishra's Bauble.
Increasing Confusion: this card is very deceptive in that it actually isn't that mana efficient. If you flash it back on turn 5, then it's the exact same thing as Glimpse!
Mind Grind: same thing except for Mind Funeral - at 6 mana, this card does the same thing that Mind Funeral does for 3! -If you can afford it, definitely run 4x Glimpse, 4x Archive Trap, and 4x Mesmeric Orb. Those are your most powerful cards that you'll want every game.
-You'll also want dual lands, like Darkslick Shores, Drowned Catacomb, Watery Grave, etc. This will really help prevent you from getting mana screwed by drawing too many of one basic. Also, fetchlands are Hedron Crab's best friend!
Mill is always a fringe deck in the Modern metagame as most decks will just out-value and outrace you, which is a shame because I always find Mill so fun to play! I hope all this helps you out and I hope I didn't come off as mean/rude. I'm genuinely trying to help you out with your deck so you can win more and have more fun with it!
1 week ago
Very good list! But do you think Snapcaster Mage is worth to play a creature? If you really need recursion, I would rather play Not Forgotten because you can cast it when you reveal it with Narset. Same goes for Memory Lapse, Counterspell & Negate. Pyroblast, Red Elemental Blast and Narset's Reversal are just better because if you exile them with Narset you have a target most of the time and not just a dead card. Please visit my decklist and share your thoughts: Narset cEDH
2 weeks ago
2 weeks ago
Budget lists have a tool more optimised lists do not- your opponent will not know your decklist. Lean into this by starting with a sideboard planned, or multiple sideboards planned for different metas.
So lets start with what 'monks' does great at- seeker and SGM give lifelink, Swiftspear is the premier aggro card, and yun shu gives one-shot potential with a big prowessy-double striker when you have the mana. Burn spells and mantis rider are there to help finish the game.
There are a few ways to twist this to surprise your opponents- the 'go off all in one turn' by banking mana with things like Pentad Prism while setting up with cards like opt, before playing like a Kiln Fiend combo deck with a 10/10 double striker (or just a 6/6 with 8 points of burn). In this build protective spells will be essential, while minimising Yun Shu forecast (or playing it as a deadly threat one week, while using him as a removal magnet for a different combo the next)
There is the 'surprise, I'm now value/grind' Soulfire Grand Master/Lightning Helix control list, where you sit with a Negate until the end of their turn then bolt them, while in most configurations you are just trying to hit them with prowess and negate their spells.
There is the 'classic burn' run the damage numbers and just trade your attackers with their blockers before hitting face with bolts.
There is the 'true' midrange tax list where you play narset & tferi in place of some of the remand elements in the above list. Narset makes a good source of card advantage without breaking the bank.
Finally there is the 'unfair combo' that does things like like cast Reforge the Soul or Knowledge Pool to lock your opponent out of the game in concert with a plainswalker, or jank out a win with Mystic Sanctuary/Time Warp/ soulfire grandmaster.
You probably have space in your seventy-five for three of these, but the less focussed any 60 cards is on one plan, the worse it will perform. Fortunately there is a lot of overlap between lists- any aggressive list will like bolt and swiftspear, any more interactive list opt, etc.
By carefully picking your cards your opponent will have no idea which plan you are on maindeck, and no idea if the sideboard will transform you into another archetype. With a few swapped cards, the next FNM is completely different. This is the advantage of rogue decks- your opponent should not know the correct line of play.
In specifics; Deflecting palm is fantastic, but most of the time I want it in the sideboard to fight other aggressive decks. Pariah while cool rarely performs well outside combo lists, and even there is competing with more powerful options. Pacifism is usually outperformed by true removal- a few of the variants have deck-specific purposes, but unless you desperately want creatures on the field for Stuffy Doll/Blasphemous Act, its worth cutting for Roast/Negate/Mana Leak/Remand/Path to Exile/Condemn etc. Play to your gameplan.
2 weeks ago
Also, I call Snapcaster Mage , Snapdresser Mage, I don't remember why.