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Snake…? Snaaaaaaaaaaake!!

Pauper BG (Golgari) Budget Combo Hexproof Snake

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Loosely inspired by Deathy08’s deck Modern Snakes.

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”Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not tap of every Forest of the table?

And the woman said unto the serpent, We may cast of the mana of the trees of the Forest: But of the mana of the Forest which is in the midst of the table, God hath said, Ye shall not tap of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye suffer mana burn. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely suffer mana burn: For God doth know that in the day ye tap thereof, then your mana pool shall be filled, and ye shall be as gods, casting spells and creatures.”

Extend the boundary of our Eden with Wild Growth, building a tower of mana that will reach into the very Heavens.

(If the rest of this description is blank, I’ve been bolted >.< )

There will be no plexiglass divider separating our opponent from our slithering friends; they’ll be confronting these dangerous serpents directly.

Moss Viper

Sakura-Tribe Scout

Tangle Asp

Voracious Typhon

Dread Linnorm


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There will be times when we have to lend our snakes a hand…because they don’t have any.

Fog is here to stall for time and tends to elicit the same reaction from opponents as Sonic the Hedgehog’s idle animation from the old Genesis/MegaDrive games.

•Both Gaea's Gift and Tamiyo's Safekeeping are targeted, direct protective spells and should be used to ensure Tangle Asp remains viable.


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Rest In Peace, Paul. Mecca Lecca Hi, Mecca Hiney oh we miss you so much.

A tactical deck with a clear design ethos, here’s where it all coalesces and the end game comes into focus.

Remember Tangle Asp? It’s suddenly become relevant again. The card may seem at first like ‘filler’, one of many generic and inconsequential cards devised to pad an expansion and make rarer cards all the more desirable, and were it not for one teeny tiny little characteristic you’d be right. You see, Tangle Asp destroys anything and everything that it blocks, or is blocked by. Abusing this trait can have a drastic impact on the boardstate and flow of a given game.

•At Gift of the Deity is pricey, but doable within our ramp shell. Played on Tangle Asp this enchantment forces all our opponent’s creatures to block it and thus promptly bulldozed post-combat. Our serpent would perish as well, were it not for the bubble shield of protection offered by a few of our other spells.

•Channeling Shinen of Life's Roar has the same effect, detouring all bodies in the direction of our venomous viper.

In short, Tangle Asp lies in wait while we funnel any and all opposition toward it to be stealthily dispatched. Any other attacking creatures (like Dread Linnorm or Voracious Typhon for instance) will be free to push high amounts of damage through unabated. An opponent with a wiped boardstate is unlikely to recover.


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•Cast several sneaky serpents while ramping into big mana with Wild Growth and Sakura-Tribe Scout.

•Cast Gift of the Deity or channel Shinen of Life’s Roar, zeroing in on Tangle Asp as the target. Attack, wiping the board and paving the way for Dread Linnorm or an escaped Voracious Typhon to inflict major damage.

•Protect your scaled friends with Fog, Tamiyo's Safekeeping or Gaea's Gift and watch your opponent lament the existence of your legless legions.


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We can’t deviate too much from our main strategy or the deck falls into no man’s territory and falls apart, so the idea is to bolster any weaknesses with some hot swappable alternatives.

Snakeskin Veil provides additional means to protect key creatures, whether it’s Tangle Asp and its board clearing ability or one of our game ending Titanoboas.

Evolution Charm offers versatility; grab a land if you’re a little light, return a snake to your hand or bestow a bit of evasion in the form of flying on one that’s already in play.

Natural State puts onerous Enchantments and Artifacts in the crosshairs.

Adventurous Impulse locates key cards that may be hiding in your deck like a snake in the grass.


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”For here I am sending in serpents among you, Poisonous snakes that cannot be charmed, And they will certainly bite you…”

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(8 months ago)

-1 Archetype of Finality maybe
-1 Nemesis of Mortals maybe
-1 Pharika, God of Affliction maybe
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This deck is Pauper legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.15
Folders .Pauper, Modern Decks, Pauper, Pauper
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