Brine Elemental

Brine Elemental

Creature — Elemental

Morph *(You may cast this face down as a 2/2 creature for . Turn it face up at any time for its morph cost.) *

When Brine Elemental is turned face up, each opponent skips their next untap step.

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Brine Elemental Discussion

MagicMarc on Blue/black modern budget that isn't …

2 weeks ago

Pickles are tasty goodness you put on burgers and pastrami.

Here is a brief description of the pickles lock:

The pickles combo receives its name because of one of the key cards, Brine Elemental. This moniker was given as pickles are made from brine a combination of water, salt and vinegar. Place cucumbers in brine and you have pickles. Add Vesuvan Shapeshifter to Brine Elemental and the pickles lock is formed. Taken from here;

What is the Pickles Lock or Combo?

DankMagicianD on Kadena, the Control Mage

1 month ago

You might already know this, but since you didn't have it in the description: Brine Elemental and Vesuvan Shapeshifter also locks down your opponents. Voidmage Apprentice is a great addition to the deck as well. As for what to take out for it, Write into Being has always felt underwhelming for me unless I hit a morph creature, which isn't consistent enough to make me love the card.

Dango on "Your move, Kaiba"

10 months ago

Abzkaban this is my casual list so I intentionally cut out streamline win conditions. The closest combo I have is the pickles softlock with Brine Elemental and Vesuvan Shapeshifter , but otherwise Ghastly Conscription and Thieving Amalgam are enough to overwhelm the board.

Database82 on It's Morph Fun For Everyone!

1 year ago

Thanks for the feedback,

While Ghastly Conscription is a more expensive card to play, I've never run into an issue with mana to play it. From the several games I played with an incomplete version of the deck I've still managed to ramp enough where it isn't an issue. So sure they can try to RIP, but the deck has enough answers to either counter or remove RIP.

I agree that Vesuvan Shapeshifter isn't stax Brine Elemental is and he's in the deck to interact together locking down the board preventing players from untapping.

I do agree card draw could maybe be potentially better and am entertaining the idea of cutting Aphetto Runecaster for a Rhystic Study or Mystic Remora

As for instant interaction my commander doesn't necessarily need to be on the board for me to make use of the the morph abilities. She simply allows me to cast one more spell for free. I'd still be able to morph at instant speed to counter spells, but perhaps you can elaborate further on what you mean?

There's a reason I don't run board wipes in the deck. It generally causes more harm to my field than good, while the deck can recover quick enough in the instances of a board wipe I opt not to run it as I have more than enough responses to counter what may potentially be a threat. Other than the rift, I run Bane of the Living .

Not sure how in depth you looked it over, but there is definitely a method to my madness. :D Most of the deck has a lot of interaction, but if you could provide some card suggestions of what you would constitute as generically good cards I'd certainly appreciate it. Thanks

Database82 on nursejason

1 year ago

Thanks for the feedback,

While Ghastly Conscription is a more expensive card to play, I've never run into an issue with mana to play it. From the several games I played with an incomplete version of the deck I've still managed to ramp enough where it isn't an issue. So sure they can try to RIP, but the deck has enough answers to either counter or remove RIP.

I agree that Vesuvan Shapeshifter isn't stax Brine Elemental is and he's in the deck to interact together locking down the board preventing players from untapping.

I do agree card draw could maybe be potentially better and am entertaining the idea of cutting Aphetto Runecaster for a Rhystic Study or Mystic Remora

As for instant interaction my commander doesn't necessarily need to be on the board for me to make use of the the morph abilities. She simply allows me to cast one more spell for free. I'd still be able to morph at instant speed to counter spells, but perhaps you can elaborate further on what you mean?

There's a reason I don't run board wipes in the deck. It generally causes more harm to my field than good, while the deck can recover quick enough in the instances of a board wipe I opt not to run it as I have more than enough responses to counter what may potentially be a threat. Other than the rift, I run Bane of the Living .

Not sure how in depth you looked it over, but there is definitely a method to my madness. :D Most of the deck has a lot of interaction, but if you could provide some card suggestions of what you would constitute as generically good cards I'd certainly appreciate it. Thanks again!

multimedia on Morph than meets the eye.

1 year ago

Hey, nice changes to the precon, but I feel you've left out the thing most missing from the precon, early game ramp.

Kadena is an engine, but that engine can't get started until you can cast her from the Command Zone. It doesn't make sense to cast Morphs before you have Kadena on the battlefield because then you're missing out on the advantage that Kadena gives you, the whole point of the deck. Consider adding early game ramp to get four drop Kadena onto the battlefield faster?

Kadena being a four drop is helpful with early game ramp because a single two drop mana rock ( Talisman of Resilience ), one drop mana dork ( Elves of Deep Shadow ) or two drop land ramp spell ( Farseek ) lets you most likely play Kadena turn three. However you want to consistently be able to do this therefore you want a nice number of early game ramp cards. Definitely more than two which is currently here. Kadena is three colors which makes colorless ramp less appealing than colored ramp because again you want to get her onto the battlefield before you cast Morphs.

Ramp package to consider adding:

Cards to consider cutting for this ramp package:

  • Scaretiller
  • Pendant of Prosperity
  • Rayami. First of the Fallen
  • Silent-Blade Oni
  • Volrath, the Shapestealer
  • Leadership Vacuum

These suggested cuts are cutting high mana cost cards for low mana cost cards to help to speed up gameplay.


The combo of Brine Elemental and Vesuvan Shapeshifter is a good reason to play Kadena because she can cheat the mana cost of these Morphs thus you can assemble the combo faster. Consider adding cards that can help to get Brine and Vesuvan into your hand? Fauna Shaman is great since she can be a repeatable creature tutor. She requires that you discard a creature to then tutor for another creature from your library. She alone if left alive can get both Brine and Vesuvan into your hand.

Fauna + Den Protector + ways to bounce Protector back to your hand ( Echo Tracer ) is helpful to tutor for and get certain Morphs into your hand. Vesuvan can copy Protector on your turn which is great when you have Morphs to recur from your graveyard. Protector can then be used to recur the creature you discarded. Fauna can tutor for Protector. With Morphs and Kadena this can be an engine to get Morphs into your hand to then cast for free on your turn or even your opponents' turns. It's also a fairly budget package since this appears to be a budget deck, that's important.

Cards to consider adding to help to get Brine and Vesuvan:

Cards to consider cutting:

  • Grismold, the Dreadsower
  • Obelisk Spider
  • Broodhatch Nantuko
  • Sudden Substitution

Good luck with your deck.

multimedia on

1 year ago

Hey, nice version.

I don't think you need all of Vedalken Orrery , Leyline of Anticipation and Vivien, Champion of the Wilds . While each of these flash enablers are good, once you have one on the battlefield then others can can be dead cards. Vivien is by far the best of the three since the main reason you want flash is for morphs and she does more than just giving flash she can help to find morphs. Consider cutting Orrery for a Diabolic Intent or budget Diabolic Tutor ? A tutor can get a flash enabler or one of Vesuvan Shapeshifter / Brine Elemental to combo or one of Scroll of Fate / Seedborn Muse or just a card you want in a certain game play situation, etc. This is more flexible and being flexible is very good in Commander.

Paradoxical Outcome is a good card for a bounce theme. Instant bounce morphs or manifests back to your hand to play them again while also drawing cards equal to the amount of cards you bounced. Bounce manifests that are face down instants/sorceries allowing you to then cast those spells from your hand.

Another interaction that's like bounce is flicker, Ghostly Flicker . With Ghostly if you exile a manifested face down permanent card then it enters the battlefield (ETB) face up like it was never a manifest in the first place. This a way to cheat permanent cards onto the battlefield and very good with Scroll of Fate since with Scroll you have control over what you manifest and it's no mana cost manifest.

Good luck with your deck.

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