Admiral's Order

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Pre-release Legal
Leviathan Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Magic Duels Legal

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Rivals of Ixalan (RIX) Rare

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Admiral's Order

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Raid - If you attacked with a creature this turn, you may pay U rather than pay this spell's mana cost.

Counter target spell.

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Admiral's Order Discussion

WintersWrath on Simic Merfolk (Rivals)

1 day ago

apj_elfman Man I don't think tapping down your opponent's creatures necessarily matters. I think Merfolk can go so wide that it doesn't matter whether their creatures are tapped or not. Admiral's Order is definitely good. I would say that the tokens vs. counters themes are not mutually exclusive. Why not have tokens with counters on them? With Deeproot Elite out, Deeproot Waters can produce more fish and therefore counters. With mimic out you can get tokens with counters on them.

I just think pretty much any four drop is just a dead card in hand during the crucial turns where you're trying to get the mana down and play important merfolk.

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on Rivals of Ixalan Spoilers

2 days ago

Pulled a Trapjaw Tyrant and Zacama, Primal Calamity yesterday and went 3-2 with a R/W aggro + Zacama build. Zacama won me games I had no business winning and is quite fun to resolve.

Some other cards I was seriously impressed with after playing with, against, or watching be played:

Tendershoot Dryad - Probably the best card in limited.

Azor's Gateway - The loot effect is insane value (don't flip it!)

Admiral's Order - I think people are really underestimating this card

Buccaneer's Bravado - Pretty much is the new Temur Battle Rage in limited

Hardy Veteran - Getting the +0/+2 really messed with combat math early on in the game and forced opponents to answer the card on their turn instead of at instant speed.

Also, Ascend went off just about every game in which it was relevant. Draft is likely to be much faster than sealed, but I think ascend decks can function and perform well.

shadow63 on Rivals of Ixalan Fantasy Draft

4 days ago

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xhuggels on The Unblockables (Extremely Cheap)

5 days ago

this seems really sweet if you dont get hit with stuff like Fiery Cannonade or Golden Demise, but i dont think there is anything you can do about that short of having some counter spells around. for that your best bet would be Admiral's Order probably, but thats probably for side-boarding as if they dont have those answers theres not much they can do.

sg_86 on Merfolk Tribal - Kumena's Army

1 week ago

Their is no draw in this deck. I love the fact that you put Forerunner of the Heralds in as no one has even considered it (even though they are desperate for a way to play Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca in every game). Chart a Course is a good draw spell and is popular in merfolk, but I like Seafloor Oracle. Quite reliable if you have a River Sneak in play, and can be very beneficial if you include a few Mist-Cloaked Heralds to maximise the card draw. But you dont have to take the advice on the Mist-Cloaked Herald as Im playing it in modern and just love the card. Overall this is a great deck, the one drawback is the fact there is no draw. Also PLEASE dont use Jade Bearer, it is AWFUL. Perhaps Admiral's Order in the side to deal with control, specifically Settle the Wreckage.

filkinsmark on Merfolk Tribal for Rivals of Ixalan Standard

1 week ago

Hey, godemperorofdune, my pleasure~~ (and I like the Dune reference lol)

Shapers' Sanctuary, Nissa, Steward of Elements were pinch recommendations lol, I think Nissa will have an impact on the format, I'm not certain this is where she'll need to be.

For 1-drops, I think Mist-cloaked Herald is best. If we wanted another, which I say we may, Kumena's Speaker might be our best bet.

For 2-drops, River Sneak might be best, I agree. If we wanted a backup, maybe Shaper Apprentice to get flying in the mix? Never know when we'd need a flying blocker...Silvergill Adept is good though no doubt...

Wow, 3-drop is tough... Kopala, Warden of Waves gives us so much value in terms of protection... but Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca is big enough to survive most removal himself (but also, he isnt good by himself y'know?). And then, too, Deeproot Waters should be considered I think... Ugh haha

Seafloor Oracle is money. Cannot cut. It would be a crime. Herald of Secret Streams is good, I will not try to denounce that, but it feels 'win-more' when compared to Oracle, and we don't want to have more than 1 4-drop I feel, what about you?

Admiral's Order is money, also, with the aggro we're building, cannot be cut I think.

Blossoming Defense is totally defensible (see what I did there?), perhaps it should be joined by Heroic Intervention? I played Intervention in my Dino deck and it was money each time...?

godemperorofdune on Merfolk Tribal for Rivals of Ixalan Standard

1 week ago

Hi filkinsmark, thanks a lot for your feedback.

True, the deck list so far is very creature heavy and lacks interaction. There are just too many good two drop creatures. Where to make the cut?

I like your idea that Admiral's Order secures us against sweepers. However, this confirms my convictions that this deck needs a critical number of unblockable creatures and unblockable enablers in the spirit of Island Walk:

As one drop: 'Mist-Cloaked Herald', as two drop River Sneak or possibly from the sideboard against dinosaurs 'River Darter', even 'Giltgrove Stalker' might be considered. As three drop Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca provides unblockability and due to all the counters from Metallic Mimic and 'Deeproot-Elite' there should be a pay off in Herald of Secret Streams. I am seriously considering replacing this one with the card draw engine that is Seafloor Oracle but would like to playtest first.

Sixth Sense has an upgraded version in 'Curious Obsession' and I think this effect should have a place in the mainboard as it should give us incredible value with unblockable creatures.

Shaper's Sanctuary and Nissa, Steward of Elements should find their places in the sideboad. Chart A Course belongs in the main, though I would make a case that 'Curious Obsession' draws us more cards.

Let us develop the deck list further!

filkinsmark on Merfolk Tribal for Rivals of Ixalan Standard

1 week ago

Hey! I was just thinking about building something like this myself, I'll just hop on your bandwagon if that's cool?1. I think Herald of Secret Streams is a cool effect, but at a 4-cost slot? I think there are better choices... perhaps Shapers' Sanctuary, Sixth Sense, Chart a Course or Nissa, Steward of Elements? All of these are cheaper (or the same cost) and pack a wallop of value. if you're set on a 4-cost, then wouldn't Seafloor Oracle be a better choice as an inevitability engine?

With the presence of big baddies like Fumigate and Settle the Wreckage, do you think Admiral's Order has merit in the main board? I didn't know if this was your finished list, but it just seems way to creature heavy considering that the field is huge on interaction right now? You have a lot of money cards chilling in the SB right now haha, Just some thoughts, this seems like a super fun variation and (once Kaladesh rotates) could be good!