Spell Snare

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Spell Snare


Counter target spell with converted mana cost 2.

wallisface on Azorius Aggro-Control deck

1 month ago

9-lives there’s the old saying of ”you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink” - I’ve provided you all my thoughts on this list multiple times, it’s up to you what you do with them.

Important final notes:

  • you might like Ethersworn Canonist, but this is not the right shell for her - it makes both her and the deck weaker. Importantly, she’s not useful at being “aggro” nor “control”.

  • in any deck aiming to implement control in any form, mana is super relevant - as any control player will tell you. Both Spell Snare and Stern Scolding find their way into numerous competitive lists because 1-mana is just soo efficient, and it helps prevent the opponent acquiring an insurmountable lead early.

  • Tolarian Terror and Haughty Djinn are both good because they can both easily win the game on their own, both very quickly. If the deck isn’t ”full control” then you can’t ever assume you’ll be able to perma-lock the opponent, so you need creatures that can apply pressure and end the game fast. Your collection of white-weenies don’t remotely do that.

In any case, good luck with your brew. I’ve said all I can to try and help make it playable - the rest is really up to you.

9-lives on Azorius Aggro-Control deck

1 month ago

Hmmm. This is really difficult for me to give up Ethersworn Canonist. She plays such a huge role for me in my aggro-control deck. I'm trying out new ideas, but I'm not sold on them. I wouldn't have Spell Snare nor Stern Scolding; i'd rather pay 1 more mana per spell to have the openness of choosing whatever card I want to target with counterspells. The only difference in this and the current deck I currently have is Tolarian Terror and Haughty Djinn. So, it's not that big of a deal that I run Ethersworn Canonist and my current creatures.

wallisface on Azorius Aggro-Control deck

1 month ago

If I were building a deck with your colour and budget restraints, it’d be this. I’d suggest your list look very close to this, if you’re wanting to end up with an ”Azorius Aggro-Control deck”.

If you’re going down the route of specifically wanting to build around Ethersworn Canonist, it’s a completely different deck - neither aggro nor control, but instead some kind of artifact-based tempo build.

wallisface on Don't

4 months ago

goblin4god the changes/reductions you’ve made so far have all looked great, so I definitely think you’re on the right track!

For specifically getting down to 60 cards, i’d suggest ditching the following 7:

  • remove the 2 Talrand, Sky Summoner. You have waay stronger threats already in your deck and this card sits in a weird position of neither posing a massive threat, nor ramping/controlling the boardstate.

  • remove the 1 Eldrazi Conscription. It’s overkill when all your big threats easily end the game by themselves.

  • remove the 4 Tyvar's Stand. You have enough redundancy you can easily afford to lose a creature or two. And you should have enough control over the lategame to keep your big threat alive without needing this.

After that, here’s some other options worth considering for card swaps - i’ve tried to keep budget in mind.

  • Mana Leak is better than Negate - opponents will almost never have the mana to pay the cost, and it hits a much wider breadth of cards.

  • Wash Away is clumsy, and expensive to play the cleave cost. I’d be running Witness Protection instead so you can ruin any of your opponents threats that get into play.

  • Dispel is very situational, i’d probably swap it for 2 copies of Spell Pierce and 2 copies of Spell Snare - both cards which have a bit more universal use.

  • Shark Typhoon is super strong for both offering you early game card draw, and late game free-win-condition. If you have the $$$ i’d be running 3 total (swapping out 2 of your other big-threat cards).

  • if you want stronger card draw, Preordain will probably offer more overall value than Opt.

Good luck with the brew! :)

wallisface on Minor Misstep

1 year ago

Yeah Gidgetimer, you're incorrect here. The MV of a spell with X in its value takes the value of X into account when they're on the stack, so the MV of Prismatic Ending, Engineered Explosives, and Chalice of the Void will always take the X into account while on the stack - and so often Minor Misstep will not be able to target them (just to add further, Prismatic Ending can NEVER have MV 0 because it has a required white-pip in its casting cost).

Icbrgr I think the problem is that the card is competing early-game with Spell Pierce, and then late game with Counterspell and Archmage's Charm... there's just such a narrow application for the spell that it feels iffy to be running mainboard. Saying that, I do think it could see some play in limited number mainboard (1-2 copies at most), and possibly some sideboard play also. I just feel there are too many other solid control cards that Minor Misstep might not have too narrow an application to be the optimal choice in almost all decks.

One thing that could be interesting is pairing Minor Misstep with Spell Snare. While neither are optimal in terms of countermagic, they might allow for some aggressive tempo-based control where mana is tight (i'm thinking the Monastery Mentor decks that a lot of people have been toying with since seeing AspiringSpike brewing in that vein, though something like Sultai-Shadow might also be interested in this approach).

Icbrgr on Minor Misstep

1 year ago

I agree... I can certainly see justification/meta calls as to why other options like Spell Snare/Ceremonious Rejection/Stubborn Denial would be preferred.

But dang this seem like a neat tool to consider now.

ThisIsMyAccount on Modern Murktide moon

1 year ago

My recommendation would be -1 Spell Snare for +1 Blood Moon. Then, Archmage's Charm in the board could be Mystical Dispute or Aether Gust instead if you want. Good deck, though.

wallisface on Island walk

1 year ago

Some thoughts:

  • Preordain is not modern legal. The closest thing to it would either be Serum Visions or Opt.

  • It feels like you have no reasonably plan B if you don't draw Quest for Ula's Temple (or if you can't resolve it). This puts you in a really awkward position, as most of the time you're going to be having to do a LOT of mulligans to have something remotely playable. I'd suggest having more viable plan Bs

  • Along the lines of above, you have a bunch of cards that aren't useful at all unless you have Quest for Ula's Temple out - namely Thrummingbird and Fuel for the Cause. Proliferation seems like its useful in such niche situations, that I'm not convinced you should be running it at all - it's only helping you when you're already in a good spot, and does nothing when you're not.

  • A lot of your counter magic is pretty sub-par. I'd recommend stuff like Mana Leak, Counterspell, Remand, Spell Snare.

  • With only 20 lands, you have absolutely no chance of being able to cast Volition Reins or Akroma's Memorial, so I'd suggest ditching those. I'd also suggest getting rid of Quicksilver Amulet, as it's also going to take waaay too long to cast with your manabase, and generally just feels very clunky/slow

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