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

ironballsmcgee on [GRN Standard] U/R Midrange (Explained)

1 month ago

dalamosu, I think Ahmonkhet cycles with Guilds of Ravnica release. I don't think Commit / Memory or Cryptic Serpent will be standard legal. I'm positive you can't play Zhalfirin Void in this shell, even though I love that land. You just seem screwed if you don't have your opening colours on time.

dalamosu on [GRN Standard] U/R Midrange (Explained)

1 month ago

It sounds nice, although I haven't tested yet, cards like Niv-Mizzet, Parun and Crackling Drake are very demanding on color aspect. I really like the scry idea of a land and might improve the speed of the deck. *Note since the biggest enemy of this deck is Carnage Tyrant, I added 2 Commit / Memory and Cryptic Serpent and have granted positive results even tho is still a huge pain in the ass.

ToolmasterOfBrainerd on Mono Blue Delver

2 months ago

Search for Azcanta actually has great synergy with Delver. You can stack the upkeep triggers so that you look at the card with Search, leave it there if it would flip Delver, or bin it if it doesn't and then you get to try to flip Delver with the next card. Search will never flip your Delver on turn 2, but it will oftentimes flip your Delver on turn 3. Whether it belongs with the rest of your deck is hard to say.

The problem is that even if you GQ their Cavern, you lose so much tempo when doing so. Tempo is kind of a big deal with this deck. You could wait until turn 3 or 4 to GQ the Cavern

I'm not sure how this deck can beat Humans, aside from flipping a Thing in the Ice. That's not to say you should play Thing, but that you do need some sort of plan. Thing in the Ice is soft to Reflector Mage. Cryptic Serpent is actually decent at combating the humans matchup and the modern meta in general. It's not the most tempo-oriented card, but it's very powerful.


2 months ago

I don’t run Cryptic Serpent cause ideally it’s a TITI deck where I just Whip em with Awoken Horror, I’m actually considering switching Delver to Phantasmal Image or just replacing a spell in the deck with it, just for more opportunities for TITI to put in work


2 months ago

I run a fairly similar list Mono-Bluehuehue, and I have to suggest Cryptic Serpent.

Poaralion on Swing then Fling!

2 months ago

Deck is really nice, it seems to work really well.

The problem is you don't have many creature, against any heavy removal deck, your burn will not be enough. I played some game with a similar deck and it was so painfull. Cryptic Serpent is good option for an almost free threat.

Some AOE removal is also nice, Sweltering Suns might be slightly better than Hour of Devastation cause it destroy merfolk, vampire and prolly zombie on turn 3 or 4.

If you want some memes here, add a Insult / Injury in the side for some spicy turns, but I don't think you need it.

Great job to you !

PlagueRats on Tempest Djinn and Time of Ice — $15 — avg.cmc=2.0

3 months ago

@SpookyToe, a late game big vanilla creature body isn’t very valuable here. Tempest Djinn works because it has flying and there’s enough removal to ensure it can always get through, but the ground can get jammed up. An early game big creature might be good in the sideboard against aggro, but Cryptic Serpent would come out too late.

SpookyToe on Tempest Djinn and Time of Ice — $15 — avg.cmc=2.0

3 months ago

I noticed all those instants and soceries could do some work from being in the yard (especially after you cycle them); maybe Cryptic Serpent could do some work

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