Cryptic Serpent


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Arena [BETA] Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual 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

ToolmasterOfBrainerd on Mono U Delver

3 days ago

Here's a crazy thought: Instead of playing Snap-Delver-Thing, why not play Snap-Serpent-Thing? I honestly don't think Delver of Secrets  Flip is good in this meta. It dies too easily, even in the matchups it's supposed to shine. Walking Ballista out of Tron is especially brutal. Also Engineered Explosives and Pyrite Spellbomb out of KCI make Delver look kinda bad.

In addition, Humans doesn't really care about a 3/2 flyer, Jeskai control has SO many ways to kill it, Burn doesn't care, etc. Crytpic Serpent dodges Fatal Push and Lightning Bolt. Path is not very heavily played right now (for reasons I cannot fathom) and bigger removal like Terminate is even more fringe. If you resolve Cryptic Serpent it is a huge problem for a lot of decks.

You would have to start worrying more about Nihil Spellbomb, Relic of Progenitus, etc.

The current set-up looks really strong. How has it been playing for you?

hardhitta71194 on Izzmatic

6 days ago

Probably not, I just like the card a lot, I switch between it and Bedlam Reveler. I just haven’t been pleased with Reveler with so many cantrips and counters. Recently I’ve switched to Cryptic Serpent but haven’t played with it that much yet.

Eventually I’ll get 2x more Snapcasters and they will go in that spot.

ToolmasterOfBrainerd on Mono U Delver

1 month ago

I do not think Remand is positioned well at all in this meta. But this deck is not like other decks. I don't have an intuition for what's good in this deck. Testing is probably the best way to figure out if Remand is good in here.

19 lands seems like too few to me. You need to get to 4 for Cryptic, but your curve is also high, so you're probably best off drawing even more. I'd play 21 or 22. But 19 worked for Fusco, so what do I know?

How good is Delver of Secrets  Flip in this deck? Some creatures that could be slotted in this kind of deck have been printed in the last few years. Cryptic Serpent comes to mind. Giant butt and not hard to play.

Man I love Wizard's Lightning in here. So sweeeeet.

MadShot on Izzet Delver

1 month ago

RightyLefty Thanks for the suggestion and sorry for the late reply; I took a long break from this deck after my final exams. Anyway, Bedlam Reveler is a fantastic card and I heavily considered it in the initial stages of this deck's construction. Unfortunately, I can not justify pairing it with cards such as Grim Lavamancer and Snapcaster Mage. However, it could see some success in a (possibly budget) decklist that runs some combination of Thing in the Ice  Flip, Enigma Drake, Cryptic Serpent, and Thought Scour.

Legoman18 on Everyone Loves Ice Breakers, V2

1 month ago

Nathanaiel: Dictate of Kruphix would be a good card, good enough that it might even warrant replacing Cryptic Serpent in one of the flex spots. While going down a creature or two is risky, being able to find answers faster and grow Chasm Skulker or flip Thing in the Ice  Flip faster might be worth it.

Thirst for Knowledge is also good, being an instant rather than a sorcery. I could swap out Chart a Course for it, as drawing and discarding an extra card for only one extra mana is a lot more value, especially considering it helps turn on Temporal Trespass and Cryptic Serpent faster. I'm just not sure if I can afford to pay that extra one mana, I'll have to playtest it and see which one works better.

Darth_Savage on Blue Fax Machine

1 month ago

Hi SprScuba,

There are familiar foundations in this deck, similar in many ways to Owl-ing Mine (not my deck, but it inspired my own take on owl-ing mine), but with a different and possibly more fragile payoff. My initial thought is that your deck would struggle against other decks which aren't particularly creature focussed; heavy discard (8-rack), Storm and other go-wide strategies (Affinity / 8-Wack / Pyromancer / BW Tokens). Now if your meta is filled with good-stuff creature decks then this is exactly the sort of deck that can prey on that, but metas change...

I wouldn't particularly worry about enchantment removal, it is far less common, especially since Black and Red don't have access to it, but I would worry about facing decks which aren't creature focussed or go-wide. One of the easiest fixes I can think of is to play the Biovisionary combo. Splashing Green would give you access to ramp and Herald of the Pantheon too, which could help play those enchantments. Though if the aim was Biovisionary then Renegade Doppelganger and Cackling Counterpart would be good choices, maybe even one of Progenitor Mimic.

If you are planning to stay in mono blue, then you need an alternative win-con, the two obvious ones being Thing in the Ice  Flip and Cryptic Serpent, but even an Illusory Angel or Riptide Chimera could work. Your also not running any clones, per say Cryptoplasm or Phantasmal Image are the first that come to mind.

I guess what my comment boils down to is that your deck needs a better win-con, incase you are faced with a deck which isn't aggro focussed. I hope this is of some help, have fun brewing your deck.

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