Cryptic Serpent


Format Legality
Standard Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Vintage Legal
Legacy Legal
Modern Legal

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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

Heathenman on Izzet A Win?

3 days ago

Also, Censor is a better early game control card that grants you late game card draw with Cycling.

I would also look into eventually picking up Torrential Gearhulk and swapping those for the Cryptic Serpent

tlk_lone_knight on Double Gearhulk Control

4 days ago

Cryptic Serpent seams right up the alley for replacing the Cataclysmic Gearhulk your using so many spells that by like turn 4 you would be able to case the serpent.

seshiro_of_the_orochi on Mono Blue Tides

5 days ago

What a nice little streamlined deck. It would be a shame if it had to meet a Prowling Serpopard ;)

Jokes aside: nice build. What do think about some Cryptic Serpent as an alternate wincon?

Duchys on Enigma drake U/R ~35$ (Need help)

5 days ago

Wow. thanks for the advices Sargeras, I'll definitely give Guttersnipe a try. Although I feel like Cryptic Serpent is a really good card since i often find myself that I can cast him on turn 4 or so for just 2 mana, but maybe it is not needed since with the Guttersnipe I can use my burn at my opponets face which I often don't do (except some more controlly type of decks).

To the second part about the AEtherling. I'm thinking I'll give one copy of him to the deck instead of the Runechanter's Pike since I found myself just a once or twice that I needed that Runechanter's Pike in the deck and it makes playing againts U/W control much easier since it seems really hard to remove.

About the Counterflux and Dissolve I feel like I should put them in my side board(Since nothing is in it yet) and play some cheaper counterspells like Mana Leak so I get more answers againts faster decks.

The Pyroclasm is definitely a keep but moving it to the sideboard is a really good idea.

Although the Shivan Reef seems good since it cost only 2$ (on TCG) I cannot get it cheaper than 4$ so i'll just stay at those cheaper lands.

Thanks for the advices I'll definetly will have to think for some time, what to replace and so on. In addition i would love if you'd give me some advices what to play in my side board.

Sargeras on Enigma drake U/R ~35$ (Need help)

5 days ago

Interesting deck, so +1 from me, here are my suggestions.

  1. Replace Cryptic Serpent, Weaver of Lightning, and Niblis of Frost with Guttersnipe, the amount of synergy this card has with your deck is insane. I'd honestly try to figure out how to put 4 copies of him into the board this would also allow you to play more spells over small wipe cards like Pyroclasm since you can probably burn your opponent out before they become relevant. However, if Pyroclasm is relevant enough in your playgroup that you MUST play it, then I'd recommend it be a sideboard card.

  2. While it doesn't exactly fit your strategy, the card AEtherling is infamous as a control finisher in many decks due to it's exceptional versatility. Although such a card is far better suited for budget UW control.

  3. Is there a real reason to play Counterflux over an additional copy of Dissolve? Because Counterflux is almost always a sideboard card, and is more mana intensive then Dissolve and doesn't even give you a scry bonus.

  4. I know that this card is a little less budget then you'd like it to be but Shivan Reef seems excellent since it sees no play currently.

Those are just my suggestions, if you want any more help or advice let me know!

zenbeni on Serpent in the ice

1 week ago

The aim of the deck is that you just put one creature at a time and counter / bounce / comply any other spell. An alternative to the kiln fiend deck that is much quicker but not interactive. I saw the Blue Delver in Mono-U decks, and tried to make a budget version with white splash and Cryptic Serpent that is a big body for 2 or 3 CMC, as you use Thought Scour and Winds of Rebuke to fill graveyard. Flashback cards are here for value (Think Twice and Comply).

Serum Visions is great but slow at sorcery speed, Peek seems better with Comply and Winds of Rebuke.

Maybe I have to work a bit more on this deck.

ej133 on Serpent in the ice

1 week ago

Hm, I don't know, man... but, the mix of creatures you're running seems really sloppy. I mean, what is the Isamaru, Hound of Konda good for? And the 4 copies of Cryptic Serpent and Delver of Secrets  Flip being bounced back to your hand due to the effect of Awoken Horror  Flip look a little out of place.

I love UW Control, and I play it myself as TrUWe Control. I know some cards are hella expensive, like Snapcaster Mage, Celestial Colonnade and Cryptic Command, but you have a lot of cheap options that are nearly auto-include in any azorius build:

  • Serum Visions - our one and only cantrip in modern.
  • Blessed Alliance - although this is not necessarily a 4-of, is aggro kryptonite and you need some.
  • Path to Exile - THE Removal for modern. Just had its third or fourth reprint, so it's time to get yours.
  • Detention Sphere - doesn't really seems like mainboard material, right? haha But, I've been using two and they're extremely useful.
  • Aaaand lands. You run so few lands. You'd might want to use some more, since you can't afford losing land drops.

But then you might ask yourself: "How the fuck will I win if I just take out all of my creatures?". Yes, that's though. Awoken Horror  Flip by itself is a solid wincon, but he gets Fatal Pushed very easily, so you can't relay solely on him to win. I'd recommend some planeswalker, like Gideon Jura (who is having a recent price spike) and Elspeth, Sun's Champion and even Narset Transcendent, but I don't know about your budget.

Anyhow, I hope my tips helped anything about your list.See ya!

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