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Noble Snakes
By Hero- on September 2, 2001

Random guy who didn't want to give out a name or a nickname @ Darthlittlenicky@aol.com writes,

My deck is type 2 UWG and i need it to be fixed up so that it will be faster than it is now

her is my deck, noble snakes


4 Plains
7 Forests
8 Islands
2 Elfhame palace
3 Brushland
3 Absorb
2 Force Spike
3 Bind
4 Counterspell
2 Misdirection
4 Birds of Paradise
4 Noble Panther
3 Blastoderm
3 Mystic Snake
3 Giant Growth
3 Might of Oaks
2 Eladamri's Call
SB: 1 Giant Growth
SB: 1 Might of Oaks
SB: 3 Worship
SB: 3 Orim's Chant
SB: 2 Ancient Spider
SB: 2 Force Spike
SB: 1 Misdirection
SB: 2 Sabertooth Nishoba

Please help me make my deck better

Man, this looks like a weird Counter-Psuedo-Stompy-ish deck. The creature pumps are pretty useless sometimes. Sure, it's fun to increase your creature's power/toughness to the extreme, but it leaves you open for spells, since you can't counter other spells. And they could probably just counter your pump and kill you. Also, I see other bad cards, like Bind. Bind is just Pernicious Deed hate. Force Spike is more for the control deck. We have here an aggro-control. And I'm gonna remake it as aggro-control.

Noble Snakes (revised by Hero-)

8 Island
6 Forest
3 Brushland
3 Adarkar Wastes
2 Yavimaya Coast
2 Treva's Ruins
4 Birds of Paradise
4 Noble Panther
3 Fleetfoot Panther
4 Mystic Snake
4 Blastoderm
4 Questing Pheldagriff
4 Counterspell
4 Absorb
3 Fact or Fiction
2 Misdirection
SB: 3 Tangle
SB: 3 Seal of Cleansing
SB: 4 Kavu Chameleon
SB: 2 Teferi's Response
SB: 3 Worship

Hippo rules! If you ever play Treva's colors (u/w/g), play the Hippo (Questing Pheldagriff)! Here it comes...

Card-by-Card Analysis

Land - Well, Tap lands weren't working too well, so I added the necessary Pain/Lair lands that I thought were necessary.
Birds of Paradise - A necessary card for a green deck sporting 2 or more colors.
Noble Panther - This guy puts the "Noble" in "Noble Snakes." He's beefy for his casting cost.
Fleetfoot Panther - Goes great with the Snakes and can save any of your creatures if need be.
Mystic Snake - Hisssssss. Snake come, snake counter. Snake bite. Ow, my finger.
Blastoderm - Smmmmmmmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaash! Nice addition to the beat sticks of the deck.
Questing Pheldagriff - Hooray for hippos! Hard to kill flying pump machine kill thingie.
Counterspell - *nod*
Absorb - *nods again*
Misdirection - Him: "I'll 10-point Rage you." You: "No, I'll 10-point Rage YOU! *dances a jig*"
Fact or Fiction - Need some sort of card drawing up in this shiznit.

And for the sideboard:
Tangle - For Fires and any aggro deck really.
Seal of Cleansing - For anything with annoying enchantments/artifacts, like Chimeric Idol or whatever.
Kavu Chameleon - For counter decks. Can't counter him.
Teferi's Response - For opposing ports or Opposition decks.
Worship - For Fires and Mono Red. Mono Red can't handle this and Hippo together.

This deck could go places, in the hands of a good player. Whatever happens, happens. Have fun!

Keep topdecking!

Jimmy Mekaroun
Hero- on IRC
Deck Clinic Manager