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Muldrotha Snow: The Frozen Forest

Commander / EDH BUG (Sultai) Elves Snake Snow Zombie


Like the land that gave her life, Muldrotha is wild, dark, unpredictable, and relentless. She appears as an immense shape, suffused with green light and wrapped in the remnants of rotting vines and wood and woven through with fragmented corpses and mud. Huge horns top her head and her open maw is a rage-filled rictus.

What if Muldrotha was lost in the frozen wastes? Suppose she was suffused with rime and hoarfrost? It are these fundamental questions that this deck seeks to answer. By leveraging a split of / and we attempt to utilize the best of all three worlds within the supertype.

This deck should be able to fetch lands quickly then bring the land-fetchers back into play with Muldrotha to juice the mana base as much as possible. With a healthy mana base established we can put forward powerful snow creatures while building towards getting Marit Lage into play by both fetching the specialist lands or milling them into the graveyard for Muldrotha to bring into play.

Great feedback in the comments that has helped direct and focus the deck.

Update 1

Thanks to multimedia for the great suggestions regarding the function of the deck. Things have been refined by focusing more tightly on the ability to pull snow permanents into play, while also making better use of Muldrotha. However the inclusion of a few heavy hitters like Ohran Frostfang and Dark Depths caused the deck cost to spike by appx double, hence the Budget++ designation. There is no reason we couldn't run without the Ohran Frostfang but we already have a number of Snow Snakes in play so I figured why not?

Update 1.1

Thanks again to multimedia more targeted suggestions aroung getting Marit Lage into play by utilizing Thespian's Stage to blow past the ice counters. Additionally getting more protection cards in place in the form of Swiftfoot Boots and Kaya's Ghostform. Finally a new angle is introduced to get Seal of Primordium destroying Cemetery Tampering to force some self-milling to leverage Muldrotha more.

Update 1.2

Removed Environmental Sciences and Grave Strength in exchange for Death Baron and Counterspell. I think these are straight value additions, the Baron boosting many of our core hitters while Counterspell is just good clean protection.

Update 1.3

Swapped in Biomancer's Familiar to increase the number of creatures while also reducing the activated costs. Ascendant Spirit benefits from this reduction for the transformation ramp. Adjusted land distribution to slightly favor

Update 1.4

Big adjustment here with some eight cards being swapped out, thanks to amarthaler for the opinions! The biggest dollar increase comes from Scrying Sheets which should help with generation. Otherwise several control cards were dropped in favor of surging the number of lands that can come into play.

Withercrown and Dead Weight were removed because while fine as "Protection" cards there were better choices in focusing on more land pulling. This is the same fundamental reason Bubble Snare was removed. I like the idea of Biomancer's Familiar but I just don't have enough activated abilities on Creatures in this deck to justify the slot. Harrow might come back but thematically I like some of the other cards that were included. Finally Poison the Cup was too expensive for direct removal and there are other sources of scrying.

From the creature side Centaur Omenreader was brought on of my own volition to help reduce the cost of some of the better creatures. The combination Centaur Omenreader + Winter's Rest can be pulled out to rush 3 CMC creatures onto the board. With Muldrotha these cards can go into the graveyard separately and be played together depending on how early they show up. Also padded out the 1 CMC creatures with reintroducing Frost Augur, as a scrying snow goon it helps push our deck to roughly a 60/40 split in favor of to keep these permanents in place for other power consumers like Icebreaker Kraken or Abominable Treefolk

Update 2.0

Had the pleasure to visit with a good friend who was extremely knowledgeable and able to help beef up this deck! We've swapped out a ton of cards here. The hard truth is that Snow was not providing enough to justify its primary focus in the deck. As a result we've swapped in more creatures, cut out a lot of low power cards, and generally diversified out of snow to gain raw power.

I'm pretty happy with how things have shaped up. The biggest thing is the mana and power curve has been fixed from a fast playing mana starved deck to a slower but much more meaty deck.

At the time of this decks creation I didn't know about Power Level estimating. This deck in the current iteration is at PL 5.

This is my first ever Commander deck. I have a ton of snow cards so I decided to see how far I could go with the snow theme. Muldrotha, the Gravetide was chosen as my commander because of the correct mana colors. This was the primary reason, however the ability to play additional cards may be useful. Also thematically an elemental avatar seems fun.

A key creature here is Narfi, Betrayer King handing out +1/+1 tokens to 17/25 of the creatures in the deck, who also has the ability to keep coming back from the graveyard. In this regard we are also looking for Rime Transfusion to continue to push the power of snow creatures. The Ohran Viper can work here, but Blizzard Brawl + Ice-Fang Coatl seems like a great way to lock a dangerous monster into a serious situation. Fatal Push + Priest of the Haunted Edge can be used for targeted destruction against creatures.

The combination of Dark Depths + Thespian's Stage is also an interesting offensive trigger. With Dark Depths in play we cast Thespian's Stage, and because of the tap ability we can create a "second" Dark Depths with no ice counters on it. The original Dark Depths is removed from play due to the Legendary rule, and then Thespian's Stage has no ice counters on it which allows the sacrifice to be made to generate Marit Lage. Even if Marit Lage is removed from play, Marit Lage's Slumber is easily attainable with Muldrotha pushing snow permanents back onto the board to get Marit Lage back on the board.

For various spell counters we can rely on cards like Annul, Disdainful Stroke, and Negate. If things have to go nuclear then the combination of Blood on the Snow + Rise of the Dread Marn can clear the board while leaving us with a large number of Zombie Berserker 2/2 B on the field. Finally we are looking to eventually pull Swiftfoot Boots to get some protection on our big killer.

Cemetery Tampering + Seal of Primordium are interesting because we destroy Cemetery Tampering and pull it back into play with Muldrotha. After 20 cards are in the graveyard the Hideaway card can be played for no mana.

Fatal Push + Plaguecrafter can do the graveyard shuffle, sacrificing itself and then coming back onto the board while also being able to fuel the prerequisite to power up Fatal Push.

Springbloom Druid, Diligent Farmhand, Dawntreader Elk, and Sakura-Tribe Elder all contribute to getting snow lands into play. This is important for mana generation, but specifically for snow rules it is generally beneficial to get as many snow permanents into play as we can. Additionally getting World Shaper to die later in the game will return the sacrificed lands back into play.

What I am looking for

I would like general commentary on how the list looks, if there are any obvious deficits, or are there any other cards that could work with the Snow theme.

What I have learned building this deck

  1. Ideas around using a "deep" strategy versus a "wide" strategy regarding including creatures into a Commander deck, and leaning into creatures who are useful because of their effects first, and their power/toughness second.
  2. The snow supertype appears to be strongest when multiple snow permanents are in play, and as a result utilizing Muldrotha more effectively will better cycle snow back into play.
  3. Interesting and powerful creatures can be generated from interactions solely between Lands.
  4. I like the idea of having a large land base for sacrificing to generate more lands. I am learning I may fall into the "Power Gamer" archetype.


Updates Add

All in the name, got wiped out in 1v1 Commander by a blue artifact deck. First two games lasted until about turn 7-10, first time got knocked for commander damage and the second time crushed by some Phyrexian Legendary that ended up being like 30/20 at some point. Last game was rough Commander got counterspelled, then got mind controlled after being turned into an artifact.

I am trying to stay positive because I know these decks are an easy 3PL higher than mine, however it is concerning that at no point has it felt like we've been able to seize the battlefield initiative. Back on the horse, and on towards that W!


31% Casual

69% Competitive

Revision 2 See all

(6 months ago)

-1 Abominable Treefolk main
+1 Angel of Suffering main
-1 Ascendant Spirit main
-1 Dark Depths main
-1 Dead of Winter main
+1 Deadbridge Goliath main
-1 Death Baron main
+1 Demonic Embrace main
-1 Draugr Necromancer main
+1 End-Raze Forerunners main
+1 Engulfing Slagwurm main
+1 Eradicator Valkyrie main
+1 Evolving Wilds main
-1 Font of Fertility main
-1 Harrowing Journey main
+1 Haunting Voyage main
-1 Ice-Fang Coatl main
-1 Jorn, God of Winter  Flip main
-1 Kaya's Ghostform main
+1 Kazandu Mammoth  Flip main
and 48 other change(s)
Date added 9 months
Last updated 6 months
Exclude colors WR
Splash colors UBG
Key combos

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

10 - 0 Mythic Rares

37 - 0 Rares

11 - 0 Uncommons

17 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.64
Folders something, Card ideas, Under 200
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