This is quite possibly the most powerful snow
land there is. Not that that says much, mind
you. First of all, it produces snow mana, making
it a valuable commodity in Limited to anyone who
happened to grab any of the many cards that can
use snow mana. Second, it can actually let you
draw extra cards. We haven't had a land that did
that since Bazaar of Baghdad. The closest we've
come since is Nivix Aerie of the Firemind, and
that was far too narrow to ever see use.
Granted, this thing is a bit narrow too, only
letting you draw the card if it is snow. But
unlike Nivix, if you don't turn up the right
kind of card, the Sheets will at least leave the
card on top of your library. You need a decent
commitment to snow for this to pay off, but when
it does it is very cool.
I really like this card. Obviously, it's only
good in Ice Age block or current decks that work
heavily with Coldsnap. But, especially in
Casual, this card can gain you some crazy good
card advantage. In limited, absolutely play it
if your deck has a decent amount of snow
permanents (that includes lands).
Constructed - 3
Casual - 4
Limited - 3.5
With the return of Snow-Covered Lands and the
introduction of Snow Permanents in Coldsnap, it
was only to be expected that they would print
something to reward people for playing them in
their decks. If your deck is heavy on Snow
cards, you can effectively draw two cards per
turn by using this. Plus you can use this as a
bluff attempt if you're playing a Control deck.
At the end of the opponent's turn you could look
down, see a Snow-Covered Island, but not put it
into your hand, then next turn you'd draw the
card into your hand. At this point the opponent
will think the card could be something along the
lines of a Hinder or a Repeal, and thus they
might end up working around a card that's not
The only beef I have with this card is the fact
that it's not all that helpful if you use it in
a multi-colored deck without weakening the
deck's potential strength. Most multi-colored
decks are packing at least four Shocks and four
Pains, so if you see one of these under the
Scrying Sheets constantly you're not going to
get much help out of the card. This card only
shines in a monocolored deck (perferably blue in
my opinion) where all the lands are Snow-Covered
along with a couple other Snow cards to abuse
the ability to its full potential.
Constructed: 3 - If your deck is heavy on Snow
Casual: 3.5 - Even if this card isn't used
competitively, you know people will use it in
Limited: 3.5 - About 30% the cards in Coldsnap
are Snow, so you can good use out of this card.
I've had the opportunity to use this in draft
quite a few times and I have to say I love it.
It taps for mana (snow mana, even), it doesn't
come into play tapped or anything bad like that.
And it can generate some card advantage. This is
a great card. I think it's constructed
applications (outside of Ice Age block
constructed anyway) are a bit limited, but I'm
sure it will shine in the casual rooms and
dining room tables of the world.