Cryptic Serpent


Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Amonkhet (AKH) Uncommon

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Cryptic Serpent

Creature — Serpent

Cryptic Serpent costs less to cast for each for each instant and sorcery card in your graveyard.

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Cryptic Serpent Discussion

Boza on BR Control Deck (Need Help Improving)

1 day ago

If you want to budgetize, you can cut Baral and replace him with any combination of Cryptic Serpent or Young Pyromancer and cut Remand and replace it with any combination of Serum Visions or Electrolyze.

Once you are done cutting, you have a clear upgrade path in front of you!

Boza on BR Control Deck (Need Help Improving)

2 days ago

For creatures we can use 14 of them:

4 Thing in the Ice  Flip - really good cheap wall that is a ticking clock.
3 Baral, Chief of Compliance - makes everything non-creature in the deck cost less. With counterspells, we can make use of his second ability too.
4 Enigma Drake - cheap and effective wall that grows.
2 Cryptic Serpent - big beater that can be very cheap.
1 Kefnet the Mindful - we can easily maintain a high card count and his ability is nice.

22 lands - I will let you figure out which ones you want to use.

34 instants and sorceries - we want cheaper ones to fill the yard more quickly.

4 Remand - buys time and replaces itself
4 Lightning Bolt - cheap and effective
3 Sweltering Suns - the creatures not named baral survive it and it can be used for cycling too!
4 Mana Leak - we want counters!
3 Staggershock - double triggers all the way.
4 Censor - same as suns, but for countering.
3 Thought Scour - card draw that fills the yard.
4 Opt - cheap filtering
1 Condescend - useful one-of.
1 Think Twice - useful one of.
1 Flame Slash - useful one-of.

This should be about budget. Tell me what you think.

Boza on BR Control Deck (Need Help Improving)

2 days ago

Ok, so prowess is mostly an offensive mechanic. Counterspells and prowess do not mix well together. Geting the benefit on the opponents turn is rarely useful.

Prowess and expensive spells do not mix together well either - Arrow Storm does pretty much the same as Flame Slash, rarely will 4 extra mana be worth the ability to go to the face.

Expensive prowess creatures and cheap spells do not mix well together either - you want as many creatures as possible to benefit from the prowess bonus.

So, there are two routes for me - either go small aggressive creatures like Monastery Swiftspear and Soul-Scar Mage and Stormchaser Mage with cheap spells to maximize benefit of prowess OR spell control deck with prowess-like finishers of the sort of Cryptic Serpent, Thing in the Ice  Flip and Enigma Drake.

Which do you prefer me to elaborate on?

Ornge on Kill It With Water

1 week ago

Harnessed Lightning would work well with the fact you are running 4x Attune with Aether. also, putting one or two Riddleform in the maindeck would be beneficial. have you considered Larger Than Life or Servant of the Conduit? I would also take out Cryptic Serpent

reztahs on B/W Vamp Tokens

1 week ago

1-3 @ FMN

Match 1 Lose in 2 vs Temur Energy feat. Nissa, Steward of Elements
- We took forever. Went to time in game 2 on like turn 7 or 8.

Match 2 Lose in 3 vs Ramunap Red
- Really close, good games. Dusk / Dawn was an all star.

Match 3 Lose in 2 vs B/W Vampires
- Gideon of the Trials was real good in this deck

Match 4 Won in 2 vs R/U Control
- a jank list that relied on graveyard powered cards like Enigma Drake & Cryptic Serpent to close out, and couldn't get there.

munky702 on U/R Riddle Drake (Ixalan Standard $30 Budget Deck)

2 weeks ago

Adding green. While keeping it budget friendly. Cards like Deeproot Champion, Attune with Aether and Aether Hub really makes the deck pop. Keeping the ability to still stay under 3 Cmc which is what youd want for this deck. And would you oppose throwing in a couple Cryptic Serpent instead of Riddleform and to be able to add a few more spells?

PickleNutz on Dimir Control (Hostage Situation)

2 weeks ago

It is super fun, it really sets other decks back and disrupts just about any win conditions. The issue that I have had was that the creatures alone werent powerful enough. I added in the Razaketh, the Foulblooded (built in tutor) and the Cryptic Serpents (they dodge Fatal push and Lightning Strike and can be cast super cheap mid game).

Galaad on Sanity Mill (Help Wanted)

2 weeks ago

Brother of Primal Amulet,

+2 Ipnu Rivulet

Switch desert of mindfuyl for Fetid Pools

Not sure, since you dun mention it, but I guess you want to keep this budget, so no Drowned Catacomb ?


Maybe try Cryptic Serpent since you have a lot of instant / sorcery and, sometimes Minister of Inquiries can mill you if you need just one card more in graveyard.

Switch Pirate's prize for Glimmer of Genius because energy


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