Cryptic Serpent

Legality

Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Amonkhet 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

cespivey2589 on U/R Enigma Control

8 hours ago

Have you considered Contingency Plan? I play a deck very similar to this one. I am now considering Cryptic Serpent for mine now.

Ragon_Wolfbane on dimir cycling

1 day ago

I really like the idea of this deck. It looks pretty fun to play. There are only two things I'm a little worried about for this deck is the low amount of mana. Sure you can cycle multiple cards in order to get to your land drops, but that isn't always reliable. My suggestion is to increase the number of lands at least by 2-4.

Outside of that I'd recommend playing 4 copies of Hieroglyphic Illumination just because it's such a sweet card. Seeing you aren't attempting to be a combo deck then maybe remove New Perspectives? It's a nice card that does draw you 3, but with your deck going pretty low to the ground I just can't see it being as useful. Especially with the low amount of lands in your deck currently.

This is just a preference of mine, I'd think that you should remove two of your Countervailing Winds in favor of 2 more copies of Censor. I think the Winds is a great counter in this deck, but at 3 mana it really is awkward for your spells. Yes you can cycle it away, but being at a cycling cost of 2 still makes it feel clunky. My recommendation is to keep one and use it as a means to defend against wraith effects and use the Censors as a way to keep your enemy off balance with their curve while you beat them down with your other creatures. The cycling for only a really helps as well.

The final thing that I'll point out is that instead of the Horror of the Broken Lands I think you should run two copies of Cryptic Serpent instead. Most of the time it'll be cheaper than the Horror and it does a better job of working with all your instant and sorcery spells filling your graveyard with cycling.

REMEMBER! These are all just suggestions and if you like the deck as it is right now then have fun and I hope it goes well.

sagartomar99 on Blue-Red Dynavolt Control

6 days ago

I think Cryptic Serpent is a better version of Bedlam Reveler tbh. Also Firebrand Archer could be an option. Other than that it actually looks quite nice.

TheMaple on The Delver's Home: The Simic Combine (Budget Deck)

1 week ago

Arian_the_Fox, I actually really like how Cryptic Serpent looks. I'll definitely make room for it. As for Nature's Way, the only obvious con with it is that it's two mana as opposed to one with Prey Upon, so I'd have to test with it, because I'm not sure which is better atm. Thanks for the suggestions!

Arian_the_Fox on The Delver's Home: The Simic Combine (Budget Deck)

1 week ago

Maybe drop one or both Mystic Snake sense you have other counterspells that work with Delver. Maybe drop to 1 Hooting Mandrills? To make room for 2 things from the ice. Or drop 1 of the Bounding Krasis. Cryptic Serpent is another interesting option. Bigger than Madrills but no trample. I would use Nature's Way instead of Prey Upon personally.

Chronology on Weird Mill Thing I'm Tweaking

1 week ago

I can see where the sparse land count might throw off my game, but the cycling cards are incredibly useful at not only drawing into spells but also lands. I could probably up the land count to 20 with another Ipnu Rivulet and Island by dropping a couple of Vessels without too much trouble though. frogkill45, the finisher is supposed to be straight mill, and River Serpent helps find our mill cards quickly, but I could see Cryptic Serpent in the sideboard somewhere.

frogkill45 on Weird Mill Thing I'm Tweaking

1 week ago

need at least 21 lands, dispel should be negate, negate hands down affects more spells mainboard than a dispel. i would drop Vessel of Paramnesia for 3 more lands. River Serpent is would replace with Cryptic Serpent if you wanted to have a creature, however Sphinx of the Final Word is prolly the best finisher

Mercurial_Owl on U/R Counterburn

2 weeks ago

Personally, with 22 lands I wouldn't run 4 copies of Torrential Gearhulk, even with the Serum Visions in the deck you'll inevitably start missing your 4th and 5th land drops and get stuck with multiples of Gearhulk in hand. And with the Rune Snag and Enigma Drakes, you probably don't want to flashback too many spells anyways, so maybe just the snapcasters would do.

I would play a few copies of Cryptic Serpent or Bedlam Reveler instead and a full play set of Cryptic Commands

For sideboard, I'd say at least 2 copies of anger of the gods and maybe a single copy of Keranos, God of Storms or Chandra, Flamecaller. Maybe some hate cards like Relic of Progenitus or Surgical Extraction.

Good luck with your deck!

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