My inspiration tank was running on low when I started thinking up what to brew for this week's article. There wasn't a lot from Adventures in the Forgotten Realms that really fit that sweet spot for me, and I knew that Midnight Hunt previews wouldn't be happening for another few days. This weird time allowed me to dig through my small box of old cards I've always wanted to brew around, which landed me on this week's general: Kaseto, Orochi Archmage.

Snake tribal was a concept that thrilled me when I first started playing Magic in 2015. In all honesty, it seems like a very weak tribe but after brewing this week's list, I am surprised to say that it's a lot stronger than I originally thought. There are a lot of card draw synergies that are rampant in this tribe that thrilled me to no end. This Simic deck felt less like "value soup" than most Simic decks do nowadays, which is why I am so excited to share it with you this week. Let's slither in!

The Strategy: Go wide with Snakes in combat.

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Tribal Artifacts & Enchantments

Before we dive into the meat of this list, we need to talk about tribal support. When you hear tribal, Elves and Goblins come to mind more often than Snakes. While there is support for Snakes as a tribe in Commander, it's not much. Thankfully there are many tribal artifacts and enchantments that allow you to choose which tribe to support.

Let's start with the artifacts! There are numerous tribal artifacts that impact mana value, power and toughness, and even impulse draw. Beginning with the tried and true we have Coat of Arms. This piece is powerful, if a bit finicky. Not only does this buff your Snakes but other creature types on the battlefield as well. That's right, it's global! Be wary of this spell when other tribal decks are on the field, though this piece can still be incredibly lethal.

Next is Door of Destinies. This spell buffs your Snakes the more you cast them. This piece is particularly potent early game and will cause fewer problems than its counterpart.

Lastly, there's Herald's Horn. This piece is rather impressive. Not only does it reduce the cost of Snakes, but it allows you to look at the top card of your library. If it's a Snake, you can put it into your hand. This form of impulse draw helps you get more Snakes out onto the battlefield while simultaneously weeding through your list to find that finisher.

Next we have tribal enchantments. This section is really fun because it involves two incredibly fun pieces to play with.

Of course, this deck has to run the notorious Descendants' Path. This piece does a lot for just three mana. Much like Herald's Horn, you are allowed to look at the top of your library at your upkeep. However, instead of putting the Snake into your hand, you are able to cast it for free!

The final enchantment is a bit newer, and is absolutely bonkers. Let's talk about Reflections of Littjara. This essentially doubles your snakes, as it says whenever you cast a spell of the chosen type, copy that spell. This is beyond amazing, allowing you to quickly build up a lethal boardstate.

Important Snakes

So… I love Snakes (both in and out of Magic). I think they're cute little legless lizards and they're all important to me. That being said, there are definitely some Snakes in this list that are more powerful than others. It's these Snakes that this section is dedicated to.

Let's start with Stonecoil Serpent, which is actually a Snake. I thought it was a Construct or a Serpent, but nope. Snake. Reading the card explains the card. This creature is truly a threat because of its many keywords, protection from multi-colored, and the fact that you can make it as big as you want to! This can lead to some sneaky Snake shenanigans.

Next we have Hexdrinker, a one-mana 1/1 that quickly turns into a 6/6 with protection from everything. Wow. This can be built up over time, and that protection from everything truly makes it a major threat. Moving on, we have Hooded Hydra. This card is soooo much fun. I like to call it Snakes in a trench coat because this creature starts out as this very imposing Snake Hydra that can beat face. The more you pay for this spell, the bigger it is. However, when it dies, these +1/+1 counters turn into teeny little Snake tokens.

Speaking of teeny Snakes, next we have Lorescale Coatl. This creature goes from small to huuuuge whenever you draw a card. This particular Snake synergizes so well with the rampant card draw mechanics in this list, making it a biiiig boy. Our final Snake of import is Ohran Frostfang. This creature turns all of your attacking Snakes into attacking deathtouchers. This definitely makes your go-wide strategy into something incredibly lethal.

Now let's mosey into the Orochi. These Kamigawa Snakes originally inspired this particular list and they have a special place in the deck. Let's start with the leader himself, Seshiro the Anointed.

This is the first of many lords in this deck, buffing your Snakes by +2/+2 while simultaneously allowing you to draw cards whenever a Snake you control deals combat damage.

The next of our lords is Sosuke, Son of Seshiro. This lord buffs your Snake's power by +1/+0. On the other side of the coin we have Sachi, Daughter of Seshiro, who buffs your Snake's toughness by +0/+1. This elite family works hard to make sure your Snakes are no mere 1/1s.

In the same vein of Orochi, we have Shisato, Whispering Hunter. This absolute baddie requires the sacrifice of a Snake at the beginning of your upkeep. However, the payoff is more than worth it, because whenever Shisato deals combat damage to a player, that player skips their untap step.

Do you want Old Gnawbone? Well too bad, we have Old Gnawbone at home.

This unfunny joke I just made is in reference to Sakiko, Mother of Summer. She helps you generate mountains upon mountains of green mana which can be used to dump into Stonecoil Serpent or help you cast some of your more expensive creatures.

Lastly, we have Kashi-Tribe Elite. This Orochi is the cherry on top of this Orochi sundae because it gives your legendary Snakes shroud. This protects all of your important Orochi alongside Kaseto, Orochi Archmage as well.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Ssssimic Danger Noodlessss by Chase Carroll

'Ssssimic Danger Noodlessss' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Commander

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Cards

Sachi, Daughter of Seshiro

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Other Snake creatures you control get +0/+1.
Shamans you control have "{T}: Add {G}{G}."

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Sol Ring

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{T}: Add {C}{C}.

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Rampant Growth

Color Identity:G

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Search your library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Ice-Fang Coatl

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Flash
Flying
When Ice-Fang Coatl enters the battlefield, draw a card.
Ice-Fang Coatl has deathtouch as long as you control at least three other snow permanents.

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Arcane Signet

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{T}: Add one mana of any color in your commander's color identity.

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Kindred Summons

Color Identity:G

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Choose a creature type. Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal X creature cards of the chosen type, where X is the number of creatures you control of that type. Put those cards onto the battlefield, then shuffle the rest of the revealed cards into your library.

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Coastal Piracy

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Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to an opponent, you may draw a card.

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Hinterland Harbor

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Hinterland Harbor enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Forest or an Island.
{T}: Add {G} or {U}.

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Metallic Mimic

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As Metallic Mimic enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Metallic Mimic is the chosen type in addition to its other types.
Each other creature you control of the chosen type enters the battlefield with an additional +1/+1 counter on it.

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Death-Hood Cobra

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{1}{G}: Death-Hood Cobra gains reach until end of turn.
{1}{G}: Death-Hood Cobra gains deathtouch until end of turn.

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Realmwalker

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Changeling (This card is every creature type.)
As Realmwalker enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
You may look at the top card of your library any time.
You may cast creature spells of the chosen type from the top of your library.

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Yavimaya, Cradle of Growth

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Each land is a Forest in addition to its other land types.

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Krosan Grip

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Split second (As long as this spell is on the stack, players can't cast spells or activate abilities that aren't mana abilities.)
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Evolutionary Leap

Color Identity:G

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{G}, Sacrifice a creature: Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a creature card. Put that card into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Yavimaya Coast

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {G} or {U}. Yavimaya Coast deals 1 damage to you.

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Harvest Season

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Search your library for up to X basic land cards, where X is the number of tapped creatures you control, put those cards onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Sylvan Anthem

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Green creatures you control get +1/+1.
Whenever a green creature enters the battlefield under your control, scry 1.

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Seshiro the Anointed

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Other Snake creatures you control get +2/+2.
Whenever a Snake you control deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card.

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Snow-Covered Forest

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Winged Coatl

Color Identity:G,U

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Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.)
Flying
Deathtouch (Any amount of damage this deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.)

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Moss Viper

Color Identity:G

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Deathtouch

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Alchemist's Refuge

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{T}: Add {C}.
{G}{U}, {T}: You may cast spells this turn as though they had flash.

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Hexdrinker

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Level up {1} ({1}: Put a level counter on this. Level up only as a sorcery.)
LEVEL 3-7
4/4
Protection from instants
LEVEL 8+
6/6
Protection from everything

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Myriad Landscape

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Myriad Landscape enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Myriad Landscape: Search your library for up to two basic land cards that share a land type, put them onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Murkfiend Liege

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Other green creatures you control get +1/+1.
Other blue creatures you control get +1/+1.
Untap all green and/or blue creatures you control during each other player's untap step.

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Feiyi Snake

Color Identity:G

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Reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.)

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Castle Garenbrig

Color Identity:G

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Castle Garenbrig enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Forest.
{T}: Add {G}.
{2}{G}{G}, {T}: Add six {G}. Spend this mana only to cast creature spells or activate abilities of creatures.

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Nature's Lore

Color Identity:G

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Search your library for a Forest card, put that card onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Ambush Viper

Color Identity:G

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Flash
Deathtouch

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Prowling Serpopard

Color Identity:G

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This spell can't be countered.
Creature spells you control can't be countered.

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Patagia Viper

Color Identity:G,U

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Flying
When Patagia Viper enters the battlefield, create two 1/1 green and blue Snake creature tokens.
When Patagia Viper enters the battlefield, sacrifice it unless {U} was spent to cast it.

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Sakiko, Mother of Summer

Color Identity:G

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Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to a player, add that much {G}. Until end of turn, you don't lose this mana as steps and phases end.

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Coiling Oracle

Color Identity:G,U

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When Coiling Oracle enters the battlefield, reveal the top card of your library. If it's a land card, put it onto the battlefield. Otherwise, put that card into your hand.

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Sakashima of a Thousand Faces

Color Identity:U

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You may have Sakashima of a Thousand Faces enter the battlefield as a copy of another creature you control, except it has Sakashima of a Thousand Faces's other abilities.
The "legend rule" doesn't apply to permanents you control.
Partner (You can have two commanders if both have partner.)

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Door of Destinies

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As Door of Destinies enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Whenever you cast a spell of the chosen type, put a charge counter on Door of Destinies.
Creatures you control of the chosen type get +1/+1 for each charge counter on Door of Destinies.

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Quandrix Campus

Color Identity:G,U

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Quandrix Campus enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {G} or {U}.
{4}, {T}: Scry 1.

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Sakura-Tribe Scout

Color Identity:G

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{T}: You may put a land card from your hand onto the battlefield.

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Thought Vessel

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You have no maximum hand size.
{T}: Add {C}.

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Kaseto, Orochi Archmage

Color Identity:G,U

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{G}{U}: Target creature can't be blocked this turn. If that creature is a Snake, it gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

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Kashi-Tribe Elite

Color Identity:G

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Legendary Snakes you control have shroud. (They can't be the targets of spells or abilities.)
Whenever Kashi-Tribe Elite deals combat damage to a creature, tap that creature and it doesn't untap during its controller's next untap step.

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Skullwinder

Color Identity:G

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Deathtouch (Any amount of damage this deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.)
When Skullwinder enters the battlefield, return target card from your graveyard to your hand, then choose an opponent. That player returns a card from their graveyard to their hand.

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Sosuke, Son of Seshiro

Color Identity:G

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Other Snake creatures you control get +1/+0.
Whenever a Warrior you control deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature at end of combat.

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Triumph of the Hordes

Color Identity:G

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Until end of turn, creatures you control get +1/+1 and gain trample and infect. (Creatures with infect deal damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)

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Cyclonic Rift

Color Identity:U

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Return target nonland permanent you don't control to its owner's hand.
Overload {6}{U} (You may cast this spell for its overload cost. If you do, change its text by replacing all instances of "target" with "each.")

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Beast Within

Color Identity:G

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Destroy target permanent. Its controller creates a 3/3 green Beast creature token.

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Unclaimed Territory

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As Unclaimed Territory enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add one mana of any color. Spend this mana only to cast a creature spell of the chosen type.

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Bloodline Pretender

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Changeling (This card is every creature type.)
As Bloodline Pretender enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Whenever another creature of the chosen type enters the battlefield under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on Bloodline Pretender.

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Wasteland Viper

Color Identity:G

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Deathtouch
Bloodrush — {G}, Discard Wasteland Viper: Target attacking creature gets +1/+2 and gains deathtouch until end of turn.

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Sakura-Tribe Elder

Color Identity:G

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Sacrifice Sakura-Tribe Elder: Search your library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Orochi Eggwatcher // Shidako, Broodmistress

Color Identity:G

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Stonecoil Serpent

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Reach, trample, protection from multicolored
Stonecoil Serpent enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.

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Shisato, Whispering Hunter

Color Identity:G

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At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice a Snake.
Whenever Shisato, Whispering Hunter deals combat damage to a player, that player skips their next untap step.

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Talisman of Curiosity

Color Identity:G,U

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {G} or {U}. Talisman of Curiosity deals 1 damage to you.

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Descendants' Path

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $9.54

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At the beginning of your upkeep, reveal the top card of your library. If it's a creature card that shares a creature type with a creature you control, you may cast it without paying its mana cost. If you don't cast it, put it on the bottom of your library.

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Bident of Thassa

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $2.44

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Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card.
{1}{U}, {T}: Creatures your opponents control attack this turn if able.

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Command Tower

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{T}: Add one mana of any color in your commander's color identity.

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Coat of Arms

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Each creature gets +1/+1 for each other creature on the battlefield that shares at least one creature type with it. (For example, if two Goblin Warriors and a Goblin Shaman are on the battlefield, each gets +2/+2.)

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Snow-Covered Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.08

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Mystic Snake

Color Identity:G,U

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Flash
When Mystic Snake enters the battlefield, counter target spell.

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Reconnaissance Mission

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.66

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Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card.
Cycling {2} ({2}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Open into Wonder

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.19

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X target creatures can't be blocked this turn. Until end of turn, those creatures gain "Whenever this creature deals combat damage to a player, draw a card."

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Patron of the Orochi

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $8.40

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Snake offering (You may cast this card any time you could cast an instant by sacrificing a Snake and paying the difference in mana costs between this and the sacrificed Snake. Mana cost includes color.)
{T}: Untap all Forests and all green creatures. Activate only once each turn.

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Noose Constrictor

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.14

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Reach
Discard a card: Noose Constrictor gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

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Animal Sanctuary

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}: Put a +1/+1 counter on target Bird, Cat, Dog, Goat, Ox, or Snake.

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Barkchannel Pathway // Tidechannel Pathway

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $5.40

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Heroic Intervention

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $8.02

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Permanents you control gain hexproof and indestructible until end of turn.

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Pongify

Color Identity:U

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Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated. Its controller creates a 3/3 green Ape creature token.

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Biomass Mutation

Color Identity:G,U

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Creatures you control have base power and toughness X/X until end of turn.

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Three Visits

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $4.33

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Search your library for a Forest card, put that card onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Scale Up

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.45

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Until end of turn, target creature you control becomes a green Wurm with base power and toughness 6/4.
Overload {4}{G}{G} (You may cast this spell for its overload cost. If you do, change its text by replacing all instances of "target" with "each.")

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Cavern of Souls

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As Cavern of Souls enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add one mana of any color. Spend this mana only to cast a creature spell of the chosen type, and that spell can't be countered.

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Hooded Hydra

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.53

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Hooded Hydra enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.
When Hooded Hydra dies, create a 1/1 green Snake creature token for each +1/+1 counter on it.
Morph {3}{G}{G}
As Hooded Hydra is turned face up, put five +1/+1 counters on it.

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Ohran Frostfang

Color Identity:G

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Attacking creatures you control have deathtouch.
Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to a player, draw a card.

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Lorescale Coatl

Color Identity:G,U

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Whenever you draw a card, put a +1/+1 counter on Lorescale Coatl.

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Rapid Hybridization

Color Identity:U

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Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated. That creature's controller creates a 3/3 green Frog Lizard creature token.

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Reflections of Littjara

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.80

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As Reflections of Littjara enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Whenever you cast a spell of the chosen type, copy that spell. (A copy of a permanent spell becomes a token.)

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Sakashima the Impostor

Color Identity:U

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You may have Sakashima the Impostor enter the battlefield as a copy of any creature on the battlefield, except its name is Sakashima the Impostor, it's legendary in addition to its other types, and it has "{2}{U}{U}: Return this creature to its owner's hand at the beginning of the next end step."

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Misty Rainforest

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Misty Rainforest: Search your library for a Forest or Island card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Sosuke's Summons

Color Identity:G

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Create two 1/1 green Snake creature tokens.
Whenever a nontoken Snake enters the battlefield under your control, you may return Sosuke's Summons from your graveyard to your hand.

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Ohran Viper

Color Identity:G

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Whenever Ohran Viper deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature at end of combat.
Whenever Ohran Viper deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card.

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Herald's Horn

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As Herald's Horn enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Creature spells you cast of the chosen type cost {1} less to cast.
At the beginning of your upkeep, look at the top card of your library. If it's a creature card of the chosen type, you may reveal it and put it into your hand.

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Path of Ancestry

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Path of Ancestry enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add one mana of any color in your commander's color identity. When that mana is spent to cast a creature spell that shares a creature type with your commander, scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)

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Rimewood Falls

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $0.55

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({T}: Add {G} or {U}.)
Rimewood Falls enters the battlefield tapped.

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Breeding Pool

Color Identity:G,U

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({T}: Add {G} or {U}.)
As Breeding Pool enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Go Wide!

This list runs a total of 35 creatures, which is definitely a lot. However, Snakes are pretty small. Even with Kaseto, Orochi Archmage unblockable ability, a handful of Snakes won't end the game… unless…

Let's talk about some of our crazy finishers. Two such finishers are Scale Up and Biomass Mutation. Both of these spells are absolutely bonkers because they drastically increase the power and toughness of your Snakes. Scale Up is definitely a bit more limited, making all of your creatures 6/4's. Biomass Mutation is the stronger of the two, making your creatures as large as the mana you pay into the X cost of the spell. Just imagine huge 10/10 Snakes!

Moving on we have Triumph of the Hordes. This spell is so incredibly flavorful, not to mention a powerful sweeper when you have over 30 Snakes attacking!. Lastly, we have Open into Wonder. This spell is my favorite finisher in this entire list. This spell allows you to make X target creatures unblockable until end of turn with the added bonus of card draw if they deal combat damage to a player. This spell can end games once your Snakes are nice and buff especially if you've already given them infect with Triumph of the Hordes!

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When building Snakes, I was surprised at how much synergy I found. This list takes a different approach for Simic's typical "win-more" strategy, allowing for some fun card draw and combat shenanigans.

Looking at this week's list, I definitely want to encourage you to take that old concept you've been toying with and turn it into something real. I thought Snakes were ultimately weak as a tribe until I took the time to explore the concept thoroughly on stream. I am definitely looking forward to next week's brew, where I will be diving into Midnight Hunt's legendary creatures. Happy deck building!