Cryptic Serpent


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander 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

magicsheep on U/R Spells

6 days ago

Great deck hcp78! Although you are trying to keep it cheap, I recommend that you add at least 1 Baral, Chief of Compliance and The Locust God. The former helps make all your spells cheaper and the latter can generate a large supply of tokens if needed. However, these are expensive. Cryptic Serpent is a cheap, bulk card that can be low mana cost. Torrential Gearhulk is medium priced, but can generate tons of card value.

MrJohny on Why So Blue? *Budget*

1 week ago

I would consider Nimble Obstructionist over Pestermite as well as Cryptic Serpent as a top end finisher

I would also look into some hard counters like Deprive or Logic Knot. The tempo play is nice but sometimes you'll want a hard counter

MrJohny on U/R Delver

1 week ago

I think you'll find that sense most of your deck plays on your opponent's turn Monastery Swiftspear will feel underwhelming

I would test something different, i run Cryptic Serpent and Thing in the Ice  Flip if you where interested in other threats.

+1 for budget delver though!

oldmanm0nk3y on U/R Instant Power

1 week ago

I would suggest taking that land up from 18 up to at least 22 take one Magma Spray and Cryptic Serpent to at least take you to 20 land. Take away Trial of Knowledge having only 1 copy makes it next to impossible to get in hand. That will take your land to 21 at least... that should help

FatesAwakener on Mono Blue Control

1 week ago

One of my friends plays a Gearseeker Serpent He is going to have fun when it meets it's Amonkhet cousin Cryptic Serpent.

Wood_Elemental on U/R Enigma Drake

1 week ago

Probably try Soul-Scar Mage and Cryptic Serpent. Open Fire is super bad, replace it with Shock.

Agusdakilla on U/R Drake Control

1 week ago

This is the first time I've written one of these, so I don't really know how to do it. Let me know if I've been too explicit or too vague.

Final score for today: 1-3. Not as good as I'd hoped, but better than I expected, considering that this was my first tournament and I was playing against experienced players who have been playing 1-2 tournaments per week for a while. As I arrived early, I was able to pick up a few cards that I wanted; 2x Cryptic Serpent and 2x Opt which I'd been playtesting, and 2xGlimmer of Genius, 2x Censor, and 1 Essence Scatter, which I needed.

Game One (Esper Approach): 0-2 Round One: I had to mulligan down to 5 because my first 2 hands had 5 lands each; got stuck on one land for the first 7-8 turns. Enough said.Round 2: Since I don't really have a sideboard, I switched out an Essence Scatter and some burn spells (not all, because I was sure he was going tl side in Regal Caracal, and he did), but it was a no go. I didn't have much luck with my opening hand, and he managed to quickly cast Approach of the Second Sun on two consecutive turns, countering both my Negates. Search for Azcanta  Flip really was a VIP in his deck, and next time I play I'll make sure to have 4 Censors and a few Spell Pierces to disrupt his card draw.

Game 2 (Marionette Master/ Mechanized Production): 2-0Round 1: He didn't get much of what he needed, and I was able to quicky close out the game with a Cryptic Serpent, a Dynavolt Tower, and some burn to the face.Round 2: I managed to counter or burn almost everything he tried to play, including a The Scarab God; 2 Mechanized Productions managed to slip by, and started making treasures like crazy; he was a turn away from winning when I ended it attacking with Enigma Drake and playing Fling.

Game 3 (G/R Dinos): 0-2There's really nothing to say about this. The only way I see to defeat this deck would be to play 8 Essence Scatters. My burn only served to take out a few of his small guys, and then he steamrolled me with huge ramped dinosaurs. This deck really surprised me; it was quite fast and very aggressive, and there was not much I could do about it. If someone has advice on how to beat the matchup with this deck it would be extremely appreciated.

Game 4 (Grixis Control): 0-2Round 1: This was really close. We both drew INSANE amounts of lands, and we played almost as a mirror matchup. I countered or destroyed his Chandras, Gearhulks, Phoenixes, and Scarab Gods, and he did the same for my Drakes and Serpents; then, around turn 12-13, he managed to resolve a The Scarab God and a Rekindling Phoenix while I had only lands and burn spells in hand, and he closed out quickly.Round 2: This was... less close. I failed to draw more than 1 Mountain until turn 6-7; although I managed to counter some stuff, he played a The Scarab God and started making zombies, and very soon my life total was 0. I payed the price for not following Thebiggalactus's advice on including 2-3 Cancels.

All in all, I think that except for the G/R Dinos matchup, I could have done better if I had been more experienced and had a real sideboard. I might start playing the deck on XMage to practice playing against popular decks, and design a sideboard. Thanks for reading, and don't hesitate to comment!

PS: I edited the deck to reflect what I played today.

Legoman18 on Everyone Loves Ice Breakers, V2

1 week ago

MrJohny: Chart a Course does seem like a better option, especially considering that the discard can help remove unwanted cards from my hand and fill up my graveyard for both Cryptic Serpent and Temporal Trespass (I'm still testing, but the ability to flip Thing in the Ice  Flip then attack twice can be fatal, considering shocklands and cards like Thoughtseize being very common).

I'll have to keep playtesting and tweaking, your input has been a great help! I also looked through your list and it seems pretty solid, I like the splash of red for Bedlam Reveler.

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