A Holiday Theme Deck
The holiday season means a vacation from school or work, amazing meals, Neopet-filled
stockings, and more time to spend with family and friends...playing cards! With
the Hannah and the Ice Caves expansion of the Neopets Trading Card Game, there
are a lot of possibilities for bringing some holiday cheer into the game. Here
is a holiday theme deck for you to enjoy. Merry Christmas and happy holidays!
The Blinding Blizzard
3 Green Aisha
3 Orange Aisha
3 Blue Bruce
1 Yellow Bruce
3 Snow Aisha
3 Snow Bruce
3 Taelia the Snow Faerie
3 Snow Beast
3 Lower Ice Caves
Something Has Happened:
3 Gigantic Snowball
3 Snowball Flurry
3 Crystal Ball
3 Masila’s Cloak
3 Blue Scorchstone
3 Good Snowball
3 Heart of the Mountain
3 Snow Flame
3 Lemon Snow Puff
3 Strawberry Brucicle
3 Snow Paint Brush
3 Shivering Potion
3 Icy Snowball
Total Cards: 60
Starting things off are our icy friends, the Snow Aisha and Snow Bruce. They
are not only incredibly cute, but they also pack quite a punch! These Snow Neopets
cover three of the four arenas and offer the ability to tap their opponent’s
Neopets under certain conditions! Two Snow Aishas will cover magic and intelligence
nicely with a ten in each arena, and has the ability to choose a rival that
will on untap on your opponent’s next turn if you lose a contest on your turn.
The Snow Bruce has an 11 in agility, and when he loses a contest on your opponent’s
turn, his rivals don’t untap on your opponent’s next turn! Since both of these
cards are Light and Water, our faerie types have been decided. Their tapping
ability is also something that will carry through to the rest of the deck.
What would a blizzard on the top of the mountain be without Taelia the Snow
Faerie? She’ll warm you up quickly with a 17 in intelligence and a 23 in magic!
Her ability goes well with our tapping theme. When you play her, you get to
choose one of your opponent’s Neopets to stay tapped on your opponent’s next
turn! With Taelia, you get brains, magic, and beauty.
Lurking on Terror Mountain is the Snow Beast. He’ll do a wonderful job terrorizing
all that inhabit the strength arena. With a strength of 21, he’s a formidable
foe. However, this isn’t even his strongest asset. When a Neopet moves out of
the arena he’s in, that person rolls a die. On a 1 or 2, their Neopet is discarded!
Board destruction is always fun, and your opponent should expect some losses
in the blizzard. The Snow Beast will help! We also have a couple cards to help
the Snow Beast achieve his goal of an opponent-free strength arena. Our next
card will aid the Beast.
This holiday season, the Lower Ice Caves have been found! The snowy home of
the Boris is a great Location to sit out the storm or wreak havoc on your opponent.
At the end of each contest where this Location resides, each player moves each
of his or her Neopets and Heroes in the contest to another arena of his or her
choice. If you put this in strength, your opponent has a one in three shot of
losing his Neopet every time he loses an attempt to get rid of the Snow Beast!
One of the hazards of visiting Terror Mountain is Frostbite. You can use this
to your advantage with this new Fate card. You can use this curse to stop your
opponent from tapping to move! This combined with the Snow Beast and Lower Ice
Caves’ ability to move your opponent’s from the strength arena, your opponent
won’t be able to return to the arena at all without trading in his or her pet!
Talk about freezing out your opponent!
Next we’ll throw in a couple of Something Has Happened cards to slow down your
opponent. They’ll have to watch out for the Gigantic Snowball careening down
the mountain! This card allows you to choose one of your opponent’s Neopets
and prevent it from untapping on his or her next turn! Similarly and in keeping
with our theme of freezing opponents to keep them from untapping, we have Snowball
Flurry. This snowball fight makes your opponent roll a die after untapping his
or her Neopets. If they roll a 1, the pet becomes tapped! The best part of it
is that they have to do this for each of their pets, not just one! You could
knock out your opponent’s entire team for a full turn with one SHH card. Now
THAT’s a snowball fight!
This holiday season, most of us have spent some time either in the battledome
fighting for good or evil, or stalking the news page for more of the Hannah
and the Ice Caves plot to consume. Our Equipment follows the lead of the war
plot and battles. If you’re an avid plot reader, you’ll recognize the Crystal
Ball that Masila used to see the frozen Boris. This will be working for our
snowy friends with a 4 in magic and a 3 in intelligence, and will also let you
tap the Neopet or Hero it’s attached to to look at the top card of each player’s
Speaking of Masila, we’re borrowing her Cloak. With a 3 in agility and a 2
in magic, Masila’s Cloak is perfect for our chilly deck! The cloak also has
an extra sneaky ability; when a Neopet or Hero with the cloak attached wins
a contest against a Neopet, your opponent chooses one of his or her Neopets
in another arena and moves it to this one! When you consider that a couple of
your opponent’s pets probably have Frostbite and can’t move back to their optimal
arena, this makes for much easier wins for you.
You also can’t fight the Thieves Guild or Bringer of Night without a Scorchstone
to heal you. The Blue Scorchstone gives a 1 in magic and a 3 in intelligence.
When your Neopet or hero loses a contest on your opponent’s turn, you can discard
your Scorchstone to stop your opponent from banking or drawing for winning the
contest! This could really rile up your opponent if it’s a close game.
This leaves us with Items. Obviously you can’t hang out in the snow without
having a great snowball fight. You’re packing Good and Icy Snowballs, giving
a +10 in agility (Good) and a +8 in Magic (Icy)! If you’re in a contest that
is relatively close, just chuck a Snowball at your opponent and watch them fall!
Any good deck needs some 4 point bankable cards. We’ve included some nice icy
treats to keep your bank points rising to the top. Lemon Snow Puffs, Snowberries,
and Strawberry Brucicles will lead you to a sweet victory!
Your sweet victory won’t come quickly without your Experienced Neopets though.
The Snow Paint Brush will help you get those Snow Aishas and Bruces into action
more quickly. When you bank the Snow Paint Brush with a Neopet, you get to search
your deck for an Experienced Neopet, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then
you shuffle your deck. The downside is that your Neopets in the contest don’t
untap on your next turn, but that’s not even too painful considering with all
your different ways to take your opponents out of commission, they probably
won’t be able to gain from it.
Finally we have a few options for digging yourself out of an avalanche of nasty
problems. First, if you’re having trouble with a particular Experienced Neopet,
bank a Heart of the Mountain. This lets us use choose one of your opponent’s
Neopets and replace it with the top card of his or her Neopet stack! That should
drag him back into the blizzard.
For those times when you’re in a closer contest and only behind by a couple
of stat points, you can use a Snow Flame. When you use it in a contest, you
get to pick one of your other Neopets. They get a +2 stat bonus until the end
of the turn! With a bank point value of 3 and a +3 in magic, this card is always
going to be useful.
Last but not least there’s the Shivering Potion. This card has only 2 bank
points and not stat bonuses, but it’s still extremely powerful! If you play
it in a contest and win, it’s rival Neopets don’t untap on your opponent’s next
turn! Between this and all your other options for keeping your opponent tapped,
it should be a slow game for your opponent and a nice quick one for you!
So there you have it. The Blinding Blizzard is a great deck to try out on your
family and friends this holiday season. Keep in mind that with all the cards
keeping your opponent tapped, you might get a frosty attitude from your opponent
when you're through and you’ve fought your way out of the blizzard and into
the win! I hope you’ve enjoyed this special holiday deck and take the extra
time this season to build some great decks of your own.