Spell Snare

Spell Snare

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Counter target spell with converted mana cost 2.

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Set Rarity
Battlebond (BBD) Uncommon
Modern Masters (MMA) Uncommon
Dissension (DIS) Uncommon

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Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Spell Snare occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.24%

Legacy:

All decks: 0.29%

Spell Snare Discussion

smackjack on Petition To Ban Flash Here

7 hours ago

Spell Snare problem solved

Daron6 on Izzet Counter-Burn

13 hours ago

You need cantrips: Opt (the best one if you are in budget) Serum Visions Chemister's Insight or Hieroglyphic Illumination

Counters: Remand Spell Snare Logic Knot

Burn: Lightning Bolt

Chang-Oz on Monoblue

18 hours ago

The creature package is overall pretty bad IMO, cut every single creature minus Aetherling and also cut curious obsession. I don't dislike the wall actually but it's sideboard material if you ask me. Instead of doing that do 4th opt, 4 copies of Remand 2 copies of Isochron Scepter 2 copies of Boomerang 2 copies of Karn, Scion of Urza 2 copies of Spell Snare and 4 copies of Mission Briefing Good Luck!

firerif on Pir Imagination

1 week ago

Oracle is not gonna make the list. It's too hard to consistently draw exactly your entire deck. We don't have tainted pact or consult to create an A+B combo and most of the time when we win its by drawing 30 cards from a 15 size library.

Tales End is another potential piece of interaction. It's fine. I'm not thrilled about it in a blind meta but if your meta is very dependent on expensive commanders it seems reasonable.

LabMan is an alternative to copy artifact. I ran into having Jace exiled a few too many times and decided the deck needed a backup. So the backup is copy artifact on scepter kills. And outside of the combo copy artifact is just another 2 mana rock most of the time which is better than gray ogre.

The instant speed clone spells are fine, but worse than Displace which already doesn't make the cut given its mana cost. As far as storm turns go its more important that your draw effects are cheap and colored mana light. PI is also just a fine rate as a value creature- bob is a good card, and copying someone else's bob is good too.

Cyc Rift is good. I'm on submerge in my personal list rn as a single target removal. The deck is generally just good at going over the top anyway so its not very important to have access to its overload.

Gateway seems like a good effect, but feels too expensive.

Extract is a meme. If you start playing it people will start playing labman and blanking the spell.

Perilous Research seems fine. I don't like it over careful study, but it seems like a fine addition if you're trying to play more at instant speed.

Overburden is fine if your meta is good for it. It doesn't effect this deck, but the concern is that it also doesn't effect the standard 4c midrange pile enough. Hulk only needs 1U to win.

Mopal makes storm better. It's not amazing, but it is important.

Dispute is a auto include if you have gilded drakes in your meta. Countering gilded drake for 1 mana is huge. Very little else does that. To the point where I have seriously considered Spell Snare.

Free countermagic is nice. Misdirection is probably making the list in the next update. I understand pact can be frustrating, but it is really nice to have for proactive lines.

Silverdrake on Esper Control 2.0

1 week ago

Looks fun! If you're looking for suggestions I think there's definitely some things you can change to make the deck stronger.

If you're looking to be able to activate & attack with tarpit or play a planeswalker AND hold up countermagic /removal, you're going to need to run more than 21 lands. For example - if you want to be able to slam an Elspeth and hold up Logic Knot for your opponent's turn, you'll need 8 mana - so you want to hit your land drops all the way up to turn 8 at minimum, which is going to be exceedingly hard to do with only 21 lands. I'd recommend 23 at MINIMUM, but you'd probably be better off with 24 or 25.
Enter the God-Eternals is a fun card for standard or even pioneer, but in modern it's probably going to disappoint. I'd recommend cutting them for some more hard removal- consider the 4th path, some copies of Fatal Push, or a Detention Sphere or two. Maybe even a Blessed Alliance if you're feeling spicy (personal bias, I love that card)
If it's in your budget, Wrath of God is a straight upgrade over Day of Judgement.
Render Silent is a fun card to cast, but modern gives you plenty of better options for counterspells. Mana Leak is a catch-all that counters pretty much everything until turn 4+, at which point it can still be used to disrupt your opponent's plans. Dovin's Veto or Countersquall help you in the combo or control matchup. Disallow can snipe things you couldn't otherwise deal with, like eldrazi cast triggers, planeswalker ability activations, and land destruction like Field of Ruin and Ghost Quarter. Spell Snare and Remand are also powerful options you could try, but they tend to be better in faster, tempo-y decks rather than the hard control you're running. Archmage's Charm is also a possibility, but since you're running 3 colors it's going to be immensely difficult to cast.
Since you're running black in a control shell, you should almost certainly be running 4-7 copies of hand disruption spells. The go-to options are Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek, but Collective Brutality is another good option.

And finally your lands - I assume you're on a budget here and that's why your mana is the way it is, but just in case you aren't on a budget I'll make some suggestions. Fetchlands like Polluted Delta, Flooded Strand and Marsh Flats help you fix your colors when you need to, and can trigger Revolt if you decide to run Fatal Push. They can grab non-basic lands too, so they pair extremely well with Shocklands like Watery Grave, Hallowed Fountain, and Godless Shrine. In a three color deck, any fetchland can fetch for any color you need by grabbing the appropriate shockland. With so many cards that cost double (or triple) blue or white, you might even consider a single Mystic Gate. Filtering white mana into blue or vice versa will make it infinitely easier to cast cards like Supreme Verdict and Cryptic Command.

Those are just some surface level suggestions - feel free to heed them or disregard them as you want. It's your deck after all! Whatever you decide to do, good luck and have fun!

SynergyBuild on Control Zur

4 weeks ago

Disrupt, Divert, Word of Undoing, Spell Snare, Force Spike, Slaughter Pact, Rapid Hybridization, Pongify, and Surgical Extraction are options I thought of for interaction at 1 and 0 mana.

SideBae on Yarok, but I'm Paper

2 months ago

I mean, I'm surprised no one mentioned any cantrips yet... Ponder and Preordain are pretty easily two of the best cards in EDH (there's a reason they're banned in Modern), so I think you should stick them in there. multimedia's suggestion of a Flash line is a good plan, and adding the cantrips can help you find it (or whatever combo). Since you're not running fetchlands, I don't think Brainstorm is a good idea. If you do run things like Polluted Delta , it gets REALLY good.

I would also like to point out that, being as creature heavy as you are, you may have trouble with boardwipes. I think you should consider backup cards, like Living Death or Heroic Intervention , since they'll let you survive if you get hit with a Toxic Deluge or Supreme Verdict .

I like that you're running Deathrite Shaman and Birds of Paradise , but you should run some other dorks as well. Arbor Elf is good, especially with duals like your Overgrown Tomb . I'm also a big fan of Elves of Deep Shadow or the classical-era Fyndhorn Elves / Llanowar Elves / Elvish Mystic . Running dorks gets your general down that much faster, meaning your deck overall becomes exponentially more powerful.

If you run the dorks, you can cut cards like Chromatic Lantern in order to make Collector Ouphe viable. Collector Ouphe is a brutal card, especially since you can find it off of your Green Sun's Zenith .

You're running a lot of basics for a tri-color deck without Back to Basics or Blood Moon . There're some cards you may want to look into, like Mana Confluence , City of Brass , Reflecting Pool ... These'll smooth out your mana nicely.

Efficient counterspells can help protect your general and slow down your opponents. I suggest considering some of the following: Spell Snare , Spell Pierce , Delay , Dispel , Swan Song , Veil of Summer , Narset's Reversal or even Mental Misstep , depending upon your meta.

SideBae on Urza, Sort of budget-ish

2 months ago

Hey! So I have a few suggestions. Feel free to ignore any/all of them:

  1. Cantrips are your friend in combo decks. Preordain and Ponder are the gold-standard here, since they dig pretty deep for one mana. You're including Brainstorm is good, but I'm not sure it's good enough without non-mana intensive shuffle effects (i.e. some form of fetch lands) to make sure you don't accidentally lock yourself with two cards you don't want on top. While cards like Prismatic Vista and Scalding Tarn can be expensive, depending on your meta something like Terramorphic Expanse or Evolving Wilds might be good enough. Flood Plain and Bad River are also worth considering. Other cantrips ( Opt , Sleight of Hand , Serum Visions ...) are ok but should be considered secondary to Preordain and friends.

  2. Grafdigger's Cage is currently one of the best hosers in EDH, and it does not stop Urza's ability (since Urza's ability exiles the card before casting it, you never cast spells directly from your library). I think it's better than Darksteel Relic , since it still taps for mana and can be a turn one play while having a direct effect on the board state. Tormod's Crypt is a similar card you may want to consider. I think Relic of Progenitus is better than Phyrexian Furnace , especially since you're not running Snapcaster Mage .

  3. Everflowing Chalice seems like a good rock. I've never been a fan of Mox Tantalite , since taking several turns to hit the board is a major drawback. Everflowing Chalice is a slightly worse Mind Stone , but you can cast it for zero when Urza is on the field and have a build-your-own Mox Sapphire .

  4. Retract and/or Hurkyl's Recall can act as pseudo- Paradoxical Outcome s for the purposes of rebuilding mana or building storm-count for Temporal Fissure . They're admittedly not as good, but since you're already running Paradoxical Outcome you may want a redundant card for that effect.

  5. You may want to revisit your counter-suite. Consider substituting more efficient cards for Dissolve and/or Exclude , since three mana is a lot to pay for a counterspell. Things like Spell Snare , Dispel , Spell Pierce , Swan Song , Pact of Negation and/or Delay are all good ways to protect your combo without using too much mana.

  6. I think Mystic Remora is probably better than Rhystic Study . First, it comes down faster (T1 or T2), which means it catches your opponents' rocks when they're casting them in the first few turns. Second, four mana is a lot less payable than one, so you're more likely to draw even in experienced metas. Finally, your strategy is typically going to be a combo strategy -- so you don't need a PERMANENT shield, just one that will last long enough to protect you until you go off with Urza.

  7. Cyclonic Rift is the best board wipe in blue. It's $20 nowadays, but if you can afford one you should definitely run it.

  8. Dig Through Time is an excellent card, as is Treasure Cruise (though I don't like cruise as much as dig in combo decks like this, since it sees fewer cards). Running one of them seems like a good idea.

  9. Chain of Vapor is REALLY good. If you can cast it and bounce an opposing stax piece ( Cursed Totem , Collector Ouphe , Damping Sphere ), it rarely gets reflected. And even if it is, you're likely to just be able to recast whatever they bounce on your board. More importantly, you can use it to bounce a bunch of your low-cost artifacts to both net mana and build storm. So... yea.

Good luck!

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