Cryptic Serpent

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Game Night 2019 (GN2) Uncommon
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.

Cryptic Serpent Discussion

TheRoaringBlaze on Pioneer Cryptic Serpent

2 weeks ago

One thing I’ve noticed that your deck is very counterspell heavy, with 11 in the main deck; in general, from personal experience, decks that are heavily counterspell based aim to control the tempo of the game, slowing their opponent’s game plans while advancing their own. However, the quality of counterspells aren’t great in your deck and get very quickly outclassed (see Izzet Charm / Quench as opposed to something like Absorb / Frilled Mystic ) and there aren’t any flash threats present in your deck that aren’t cheap counterspells. Looking at Azorius and Simic Flash, they hold up the threat of counterspells, but also have ways to apply pressure in case there is no need to counterspell, such as Nightpack Ambusher and Archangel Avacyn  Flip. While you have Cryptic Serpent and Enigma Drake , playing those on curve prevents you from holding up counterspells, and every turn later they’re played allows your opponents to go over your game plan, and potentially beat you. Maybe adding something like Young Pyromancer or Thing in the Ice  Flip would be better than Curious Homunculus  Flip, as one can generate a huge battlefield and the other can provide a huge threat and tempo shift. Bedlam Reveler can also be better late game, as even though you have to tap on your turn for it, it can help refill your hand. Improving the quality of counterspells with cards like Ionize and Mindswipe could make your deck much better late game, and maybe adding more flash threats like Elder Deep-Fiend , Brazen Borrower and Brineborn Cutthroat could help apply more pressure to your opponents. Cards like AEtherize to act as a pseudo Settle the Wreckage could be a great idea as well. Of course, this kind of Izzet Flash deck not be the goal of your deck; in that case, perhaps remove Quench and Izzet Charm , as these kinds of counterspells are only really good early game and are dead draws later on.

SeekerofSecrets on UW Tempo (Budget-ish)

7 months ago

So I would replace a few that already have, I don't think geist is very well positioned and dragonlord is more of a top end control finisher

so if I was going to play tempo I would probably start with: 4x delver 4x queller 2x Cryptic Serpent 2x Pteramander (dropping Settle the Wreckage )

with 4x Serum Visions , 4x Thought Scour , 3 Opt .

for midrange I think that I would start with 4x Wall of Omens 4x Restoration Angel 3x Spell Queller 1-2 Torrential Gearhulk and then some combination of giest or wreckage to get you to 16-17 threats.

I love mentor as a card but unfortunately we just don't have the support to play it in modern (yet) imo. It feels awful to tap out turn 3 with it, and we don't get any immediate value out of it in the later games. Now I have seen it do work g2 out of the side board. Medomai is just another great late game bomb, but its a control finisher, and thats not where you want to be imo. I'm no expert though! I'd look at some established UW midrange lists, I'm more of a tempo player.

drummerboy22 on Big Blue Fish (Competitive, Budget)

10 months ago

@TheLoneDart -- Wow, I really like this idea! I didn't realize how good Cryptic Serpent and Pteramander could be.

I'd recommend tightening up your list a little bit. Dismember is very much a sideboard card. While it's great against a few decks, it's bad against others (Tron, anything aggro, anything that can reanimate).

Repeal is best for decks with bigger manabases. Try Into the Roil instead.

+1 Cryptic Serpent . 100%.

Cut down on permission. This may be more personal choice, but too much and you run the risk of losing to the stuff they already have in play.

Finally, make sure to have a handful of ways to deal with all kinds of graveyard hate out of the sideboard. People could side in anything from Tormod's Crypt or Relic of Progenitus to Rest in Peace or Leyline of the Void . Adding Annul to the SB gives you more outs to those cards (besides just Pithing Needle ).

I made a version, based on your list. Snaps added only because I happen to own a playset. These could obviously be swapped out for Mission Briefings, etc.

toxicliam on Big Blue Fish (Competitive, Budget)

10 months ago

Why not Jace's Phantasm ? It isn't a real fish like Cryptic Serpent , but it satisfies the 1-mana big boy, has flying, and works well with the amount of spells.

BrandonJamesCAC on

10 months ago

That is a funny card.

I like Cryptic Serpent

But I haven't seen that lizard thing yet. So plus 1

Darth_Savage on Mono-U Flyers

10 months ago

Pteramander will possibly see play in a UR build with Arclight Phoenix , Crackling Drake , Bedlam Reveler or Cryptic Serpent + a whole heap of spells... Except of those cards Pteramander doesn't compare that well...

recell08 on Izzet a PyroMidrangeThing?

11 months ago

Yeah izzet is great :D I like Abrade and I tought about bringing in some more, but I think Anger of the Gods could be an alternative, too. Mana Leak has its weakness in the late game, like we all know, and because of this reason I think that more than 2 of them are not an good idea in my list. I love Cryptic Serpent too and I'm playing it in my Mono Blue Control - Ultra Budget. I will give it a try in this list, too, but I think I'll keep it in the other build. Field of Ruin will be added!

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