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Whenever you cast a Merfolk spell, create a 1/1 blue Merfolk creature token with hexproof. (A creature with hexproof can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)
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Deeproot Waters Discussion
3 days ago
Well, Metallic Mimic is not Standard legal anymore, neither is Nissa, Steward of Elements+1 Merfolk Mistbinder, + 3 Deeproot Waters -2 Crashing Tide, - Tempest Caller + 2 River's Rebuke, -4 Jade Bearer, maybe +3 Blink of an Eye as a bouncer or Merfolk Branchwalker for filter/ Manafix... Good Luck with your Queer build!
2 weeks ago
Hi, FFA. While Sleep does tap your opponent's creatures for 2 turns, you usually only need them tapped for one. As well, Tempest Caller can do more by: Giving you a +1/+1 counter from Deeproot Elite, can be cast from Unclaimed Territory , can help draw you a card from Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca or give all your merfolk +1/+1, and can give you a token from Deeproot Waters . I think all of those reasons make Tempest Caller a much better option than Sleep.
1 month ago
Hey! Awesome deck! I have some suggestions, but feel free to do your own thing. A little about me: I'm a low level points grinder, so the changes that I make are for the sake of winning the game, as opposed to just playing to have fun. Okay, let's begin with what I'll take out and why, then, later, what I would bring in and why.
1 Deeproot Elite, 1 River Sneak , 2 Deeproot Waters : I'd take these out to make room for other cards. I don't feel like you need as many of these as you're running.
2 Tempest Caller & 2 Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca: I don't like Tempest Caller at all. Unless your meta is super creature heavy, this card feels dead more often than not. Besides, you play a ton of creatures still, so you can just go wide and kill that way. As for Kumena, you don't wanna play too many of a legend. You can make the argument to go up to 3 for a little bit more consistency, but I think 2 is the sweet spot here; you don't need her to win outright, the rest of your deck can take care of itself.
Field of Ruin, Kopala, Warden of Waves, & Seafloor Oracle: If you're not playing at least 2 in the mainboard, I'm not sure Field of Ruin is worth it, and it's definitely not worth running postboard. Seafloor Oracle is just a "win-more" card out of the board, in that if you're playing it successfully in game 2, you're already winning the game. I'd take it out for a relevant early game spell. Lastly, I'm taking Kopala out of the board to play 2 in the main. That card is crazy good.
Now to bring in: Let's start with the 4 Forests you need to replace the Oasis.
2 Negate, 2 Essence Scatter, 1 Spell Pierce, 1 Expel from Orazca, & 1 Hadana's Climb: These are your tempo swing cards. Counters to stop your opponent's relevant removal/game ending spells, a removal spell incase anything slips thru the cracks, and a game-ending enchantment in the Climb. All of these mainboard replacements look to swing the match in your favour when you cast any of them.
1 Naturalize, 2 Expel from Orazca, & 1 Hadana's Climb: A second Naturalize produces more consistence, and the same story goes with a second Hadana's Climb. I'm not sure what your budget it, but if you're able to, I'd put a Nezahal, Primal Tide and Vivien Reid in place of those two. But from what you currently have, Naturalize + The Climb seem great. Lastly, a pair of Expel in the side for more removal postboard.
Okay, I think that's 75. At least I hope. Hopefully you find your flow. The deck looks sweet, and I think that Merfolk post-rotation will be a force to be reckoned with. Excited to see what you do with it. +1
2 months ago
Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca Is better played in 4 of's or even 3. He works well because you can tap all your creatures down at the end of your opponents turn for his effects. You can have an additional card or you can have them all get +1/+1, along with Song of Freyalise for the early game big creatures. Honestly i would be playing more of them. I have an indepth deck over it and its pretty good. I've topped a few times with during FNM events and it brings out the hurt to most. Now i tweek it every now and then to figure out how the meta is changing so its one i keep up to date pretty regularly. I would also try out Merfolk Trickster has flash and comes in as a 2/2 that taps a creature and renders its effects useless so it stops on big plays right now such as Goblin Chainwhirler and many more. Its a decent tech right now. Also just running straight up merfolks for the swarm i would look into Deeproot Waters as well. It'll help speed up your swarm and gives out more options for Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca and helps out with the +1/+1 gain for that early game special.
The deck I run is U/G MERFOLK control and its super fun. Take and look and if its something you'd be interested in its fairly cheap and its quite nice.
2 months ago
Seafloor Oracle seems nice as it can generate a lot of card advantage, but it seems too easily removable. turn 4 is a crucial turn, and it feels really bad to have oracle killed by any of the 2 cmc kill spells (abrade, lightning strike, Cast down, etc). Perhaps in the SB to get an advantage against control. Swift Warden is also good against single target removal. Blossoming Defense is amazing while still in the format. IDK how much you want to go into the counters plan, but Hadana's Climb Flip could go well in the deck. Deeproot Waters seems slow as it often does not do anything the turn it hits the battlefield along with how going wide feels brutal against Chainwhirler and all the sweepers control has. Both Merfolk Branchwalker and Jadelight Ranger are phenomenal. They even see play in non-tribal decks. I highly recommend both. Good luck with the deck!
2 months ago
I understand. I thing this for a competitve deck:
2 months ago
I love Deeproot Waters, played with it a bunch in standard before Chainwhirler happened. What's your budget like? Harbinger of the Tides and Silvergill Adept are some pretty inexpensive upgrade options here. If you're looking to spend some real money you could look at Lord of Atlantis and Master of the Pearl Trident, both of which are hilarious when you combine them with Spreading Seas. Some other cards that may be relevant depending how much you want to spend: Heroic Intervention, Cursecatcher, Merfolk Trickster, Unified Will
That's all I can think of right now, but if you give me a ballpark budget I might have some more ideas
4 months ago
Tatyova is a very good choice for merfolk tribal right now.