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Tribal Sorcery — Merfolk
Put a flood counter on target land. That land is an Island in addition to its other types as long as it has a flood counter on it. If you control a Merfolk, draw a card.
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Aquitect's Will Discussion
3 weeks ago
3 weeks ago
Blood in the Water
At the beginning of each opponent's end step, if that player controls an Island, Blood in the Water deals 2 damage to that player.
Merfolk creatures you control have first strike.
First part is a land hoser, and rewards the omnipresent Aquitect's Will. Second part just ties into the Merfolk tribe and gives it some utility if the first part blanks.
Create a Merfolk Berserker or Merfolk Barbarian. Some sort of savage Merfolk from the same set as this card.
1 month ago
1 month ago
My first impression was that the 4 Spreading Seas should be switched out with 4 Aquitect's Will. Also two Silvergill Adepts should go and be replaced by 2 Streambed Aquitects. 1 Merfolk Trickster should be replaced by Bident of Thassa. two Cursecatchers should be replaced by two Counterspell. And one Harbinger of the Tides should be replaced by a Merfolk Sovereign. And also take out 2 Aether Vial and add in two more Sovereigns
1 month ago
Drop from sideboard
4 months ago
One or both of these might be worth slotting in. Combined with Sygg you can basically make yourself immune to being attacked by a color of creature or direct damage. Only problem is colorless creatures, and giving protection from white creature damage since that would cause pariah to fall off. Though the shield still works. But Pariah can also be useful in a pinch to drop on some opponents indestructible creature to be immune to damage for awhile and is also a lot cheaper.
Aquitect's Will One Mana to cycle into another card while setting them up for easy island walking shenangins. Also triggers some merfolk tribal.
On that note Quicksilver Fountain could be fun for setting up island walk, in addition to slowly hosing decks that aren't mono blue by turning their lands to island. They're even stuck as simple islands if Quicksilver Fountain is removed. Only way to save them is to let all lands become islands.
Bident of Thassa Card Draw and fun combat manipulations.
If you're not worried about going too hard on the infinite combo I'd throw in an Intruder Alarm. Sets you up for infinite counterspells with lullmage mentor, or infinite tokens with the schoolmaster, or just gaining a shit ton of life with Judge of Currents. Though to maximize that I'd swap out your tap engine for Drowner of Secrets and Mothdust Changeling. Drowner of secrets, in addition to offering infinite mill potential combos as well, is just a nice card to easily dick people over whenever they vampyric tutor or otherwise search for a card to put on top of their library.
As for how to make room for shit, I've been eternally cursed to shit on all attempts to voltron. Also with how low the deck's mana curve is, you could slim down on mana rocks and maybe at the same time put in some Stony Silence or other artifact hate.
Maybe bring Dovescape back again, since you can still do tons of merfolk shenanagins with it in play.
4 months ago
Hey, just so you know the Merfolk vs Goblin duel deck is not legal in Standard. Play it casually, but not in Standard.
Both duel decks can be streamlined, you're allowed to have up to 4 copies of a card in a deck. By streamlined I mean choosing some of the best cards in the deck and including more copies of those cards; in return cutting the less good cards. The decks are originally filled with 1 ofs(one copy of a card). A good upgrade for the Merfolk deck is including more copies of the Merfolk lords(Merfolk that give other Merfolk +1/+1). There's a few lords already in the deck, but they're only 1 ofs; you can have up to 4 copies of each of these lords in a deck.
Merfolk Sovereign is the only budget($1 or less) mono-blue Merfolk lord the rest are $3 or more if this matters. If using an islandwalk strategy then 4x Master of the Pearl Trident is one of the best upgrades you can make; he's a two drop lord who gives all other Merfolk islandwalk. Tidebinder Mage and Harbinger of the Tides are good one/two punch creature removal vs the Goblin deck. Tidebinder taps down a red creature, is a Merfolk body who can attack. Harbinger can bounce a tapped creature when it enters the battlefield(ETB) while also being a Merfolk body. Silvergill Adept is a great Merfolk because you'll get to cast it for only two mana. A 2/1 Merfolk that draws you a card for two mana is very good.
One thing I notice is there's a lot of three drops(cards that cost three mana) in the original Merfolk deck. I think just about all these three drops other than the Merfolk lords can be upgraded to two drops. This will speed up the over all game play letting Merfolk be faster. If most of the lords in the deck are three drops then playing more two drop Merfolk lets you more consistently have a Merfolk in play before you play a lord.
An exception to the high mana cost Merfolk is Seafloor Oracle. His ability is pretty powerful with Merfolk who have islandwalk or are unblockable they become a draw engine. Anytime a Merfolk does combat damage to your opponent you draw a card for each Merfolk that did damage, this can be a lot of card draw. Spreading Seas is more permanent ways to make sure your opponent has an island. Seas like Aquitect's Will also draws a card.
Budget upgrades to consider:
- 3x more Merfolk Sovereign
- 4x Silvergill Adept
- 3x more Tidebinder Mage
- 2-3x more Harbinger of the Tides
- 1x Seafloor Oracle
Semi-budget upgrades to consider:
Cards to consider cutting from original deck:
- Merfolk Wayfinder
- Merfolk Looter
- 2x Rootwater Hunter
- 2x Scroll Thief
- 3x Streambed Aquitects
- Inkfathom Divers
- Tidal Wave
- 2x Claustrophobia
6 months ago
the Skaab Ruinator, and Kira, Great Glass-Spinner are pretty random. they could be cut for Phantasmal Image and Aquitect's Will is better than Spreading Seas. Mutavault should probably only be at 2 copies. Tectonic Edge and Wanderwine Hub should be cut for 2 more island. Master of Waves isn't very good in my opinion. i wouldnt pay 4 mana for a 2/1. i would recommend adding green for Merfolk Mistbinder and Collected Company. but you would need 4 more lands for Collected Company