Historic’s New Springleaf Drum from Neon Dynasty – Moonsnare Prototype

Moonsnare Prototype is a very sweet card that reminds me of Springleaf Drum, who’s a pillar of Modern Affinity. Let’s take a look at what Historic Affinity could look like after Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty.




Moonsnare Prototype
2 Ornithopter
4 Esper Sentinel
4 Ingenious Smith
4 Thought Monitor
4 Metallic Rebuke
3 Reverse Engineer
2 Barbed Spike
2 Shadowspear
2 Moonsnare Prototype
2 Relic of Progenitus
4 Nettlecyst
4 Portable Hole
2 Plains
2 Island
2 Deserted Beach
4 Hallowed Fountain
4 Hengegate Pathway
4 Spire of Industry
4 Treasure Vault

1 Grafdigger's Cage
2 Mystical Dispute
2 Relic of Progenitus
2 Containment Priest
4 Glass Casket
1 Karn, Scion of Urza
2 Spell Pierce
1 Whirler Rogue


What the Drum has going for it is that it gives you colored mana, which is far more useful than colorless, but you don’t need to play loads of cheap creatures to fuel Moonsnare Prototype, as it functions just with artifact in play. The best options to pair it with are the one who sits in play doing nothing like Equipment (Nettlecyst, Shadowspear and Barbed Spike) or permanents with good enters-the-battlefield effects (Portable Hole, Blood Fountain and Glass Casket).

Moonsnare Prototype also has that channel ability going for it, which will make it a live draw in the late game, being able to deal with any nonland permanent for a turn. As a side ability, it’s certainly no joke either.

There’s plenty of Affinity decks going on in Magic, from Pauper to Modern and even in Legacy, although the one I expect to welcome it the best is Historic, since it’s lacking Springleaf Drum and this card can give the deck the extra boost it needs to go off.


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