Botanical Sanctum

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Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Kaladesh (KLD) Rare

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Botanical Sanctum

Land

Botanical Sanctum enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.

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Botanical Sanctum Discussion

magicsheep on Merfolk everywhere!

12 hours ago

Botanical Sanctum is much better than Woodland Stream. It's more expensive, but pays off a lot. Replace the Cancel with the superior Disallow or Admiral's Order. The Jace planeswalker should be replaced with a Nissa, Steward of Elements, Nissa, Genesis Mage, or even Nissa, Nature's Artisan (the ultimate is overpowered with smaller merfolk tokens). Great deck FoxyMegan.

Skinken on Free Willy!

2 days ago

@NicholsGT That is amazing. Was laughing pretty hard at the "1-0" result xD. To be fair, it sounds like it came down to piloting in some of your games, so again great job man.

It doesnt surprise me you lost to aggro. I will try to make suggestions without breaking the rules of the challenge this time ;)

First off, you don't need 4 copies of Nezahal in the sb. It's a pretty cool card, but you should have plenty of big bois. This would make more room for anti-aggro in the side.

Shielded Aether Thief is an amazing suggestion, I'm so jalous I didn't think of it first. It helps A TON against aggro, and it still provides draw versus midrange. It even cashes in some energy. You can even play it after they attack with dudes like Earthshaker Khenra or Ahn-Crop Crasher.

The last suggestion is splashing green. But wait, before you say "I wanna play monoblue", you don't even have to change the mana-base. Add in a few Woodweaver's Puzzleknot, instead of the Glassblower's Puzzleknot. It provides more energy, but most importantly it provides 3-6 life. That is big money against aggro. The 4x Aether Hub should usually be consistent enough, but you could always add 2-3x Botanical Sanctum.

I cannot express how happy it makes me a deck like this exists and is wreaking havoc. It is so cheap as well! You are brilliant sir.

Argy on

3 days ago

I could have been more specific in regard to your lands.

I thought something like this:

4x Botanical Sanctum
6x Forest
6x Island
4x Unclaimed Territory
2x Woodland Stream or 2x Aether Hub

Argy on

3 days ago

Your mana is a little slow.

Not sure if it's a budget thing but Botanical Sanctum is much better than Woodland Stream.

I wouldn't mind seeing two more lands, as you are often mana screwed on Turn 4, when you want to start casting your bigger threats.

The biggest challenges for this deck are against ones that can get big Creatures on to the field from Turn 3 and onwards, like Stompy Whompy Dinos and Control decks, like Flame-Chained.

Since those decks outpace yours by targetting your Creatures, and board wiping, some Blossoming Defense and Heroic Intervention in the Sideboard would be more useful than extra copies of your Creatures.

I would try this:

OUT

1x Herald of Secret Streams
1x Jade Bearer
1x Jungleborn Pioneer
1x Kumena's Speaker
1x Merfolk Mistbinder
1x Mist-Cloaked Herald
1x River Sneak

IN

3x Blossoming Defense
4x Heroic Intervention

You can play around with this numbers, but I would not go lower than three copies of each.

Hope that helps.

nitato on coolj8558

3 days ago

Maybe try to add a few more creatures? Nine seems very little for this kind of deck and you probably won't get enough damage in. I'd also consider elaborating the land base as it is pretty basic. Add in a few dual lands (Breeding Pool, Botanical Sanctum etc.).

Wood_Elemental on Merfolk

3 days ago

Botanical Sanctum is strictly better than Woodland Stream. Your sideboard is illegal because it is 18 cards. You can only have 15 cards maximum for the sideboard.

Shoku on

5 days ago

A few things I can say about your list. Merfolk Branchwalker and Silvergill Adept, They are both strong 2 drops that replace themselves when you play them, which is very important when it comes to Standard Merfolk. With cards like Deeproot Elite and Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca being the backbone of the archtype, you really need a way to keep playing as many merfolk as you can without running out of cards in your hand, because once you do, you stop making your board stronger. Kumena's Speaker is by far the best 1 drop you can play, whereas Jade Bearer and Mist-Cloaked Herald are both okay, but nowhere near as powerful as Speaker. Shapers of Nature is a card I feel has no place being in any Merfolk list, it is just a much worse Kumena. Merfolk Mistbinder is another card you really need to have 4 of, especially when you're playing Jungleborn Pioneer or Deeproot Waters , speaking of, running both in your list can seem fun, in my opinion Waters is a much too slow card to be playing despite how much value it can give you. Hadana's Climb, is in sort of the same way, much too slow despite how much value it can get you. The last piece of advice I really have is that Herald of Secret Streams isn't what you want to be playing for a way to close the game, it can be destroyed when you go attacking with all of your buffed fish making for some really bad blocks that can lose you the game. Tempest Caller is a much safer and more reliable way to close out the game. Other than that for budget reasons I can see why you're playing Woodland Streams over Botanical Sanctum and only 2 copies of Kumena. Best of luck with your fish list, if you need any more help, you know where to find me.


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Shaith86 on UG Delver

5 days ago

I like where this is going. I feel like the land count might be a touch light tho, even with 8 cards fetching out lands.

And for personal taste, I think when I sleeve up my own version I'm going to swap the dryads for Deeproot Champion and Lay of the Land for Botanical Sanctum. Might slip in some more basics too because, at current, I don't have Baubles. And even 14 lands feels like I'll need approximately all of the mulligans.

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