Thing in the Ice


Awoken Horror  Flip

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

Thing in the Ice

Creature — Horror


Thing in the Ice enters the battlefield with four ice counters on it.

Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, remove an ice counter from Thing in the Ice. Then if it has no ice counters on it, transform it.

Brecche on $5 Izzet Drakes

4 months ago

5dollarMTG I'm having a blast playing this deck, super fun. i put Delver of Secrets  Flip instead of Pteramander for a little bit more early pressure, and Thing in the Ice  Flip as a side.

UltimateRoxas40 on Endless Evil and Transforming Cards …

5 months ago

I think this works, but I wanted to get a more general consensus.

Step one would be to have Thing in the Ice  Flip in play, and enchant it with Endless Evil.

Step two would be to wait for my next upkeep, where I create a 1/1 token copy of Thing in the Ice  Flip. It would enter with the four Ice counters, since the 'create a token' is technically ETB (?).

Step three would be to play enough instances/sorceries to remove the Ice counters, causing them to transform. Since the rules changed with March of the Machine, tokens can transform if they are able/copying a permanent that can transform.

Step four would be to have a growing number of Thing in the Ice  Flip/Awoken Horror  Flip's? And they would 'regain' their proper power/toughness, since only the one side was designated as a 1/1?

Is my reasoning correct for this? I think it is, but I'm not a judge haha.

Balaam__ on Oh, the HORROR! - Fling in the Ice

6 months ago

This is true. Maybe the answer was right in front of us the whole time: Spellskite. Upping it to 4x puts a decent linebacker on the field, which won’t be bolted, which will redirect the majority of pivotal mid- to late game plays to itself, and most importantly it won’t be returned to your hand when Thing in the Ice  Flip is flipped. The only play that might realistically sidestep it would be a boardwipe. It’d be a magnet for removal though so I’d definitely hang onto it until just before I felt confident in trying to go for the win.

Balaam__ on Oh, the HORROR! - Fling in the Ice

6 months ago

Great list. I wonder though, would something simpler like Mana Leak be a better Counterspell than Force of Negation? It’s not as good, true, but there are 16 blue cards, less than a third of your total count—less still when you consider that you don’t want to be exiling Thing in the Ice  Flip if at all possible. It would also drastically reduce the total cost if it were replaced.

SgtDimples on Grixis Control TitI

6 months ago


  1. Dress Down on opponent's end step.
  2. on your next main phase, cast Thing in the Ice  Flip. this makes it enter the battlefield as an 0/4 creature with no counters on it from it's ETB effect.
  3. After Dress Down leaves the battlefield, cast an instant to flip Thing in the Ice  Flip into Awoken Horror  Flip, which will bounce all other non-horror creatures back to their owners hands.

Alternative combo:

  1. Cast Vampire Hexmage
  2. Cast Thing in the Ice  Flip
  3. Use Vampire Hexmage's ability to remove all counters from Thing in the Ice  Flip
  4. Cast an instant or sorcery to flip Thing in the Ice  Flip into Awoken Horror  Flip

DMFF on Blasting Solemnity - Modern Competitive

7 months ago

No problem! I actually just learned something about Thing in the Ice  Flip. It actually needs to have the last counter removed by its effect, otherwise it cannot transform. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Still, wicked cool deck!

MrSilk on Blasting Solemnity - Modern Competitive

7 months ago

DMFF Thanks for the suggestion! I have only recently gotten back into MTG and wasn't even tracking Reprieve. I'll do some online playtesting with it and see if my manabase is good enough to support a white instead of blue counterspell set.

Earlier versions of this deck did have 4x Thing in the Ice  Flip and like 3x Phyrexian Soulgorger (both to be used with solemnity out). It was a pretty good deck, but I decided to go the instant win/infinite combo route instead. Thing in the Ice is great for midgame boardwipes whien is flips.

Thanks again for the suggestion!

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