Denizen of the Deep
Creature — Serpent
When Denizen of the Deep enters the battlefield, return each other creature you control to its owner's hand.
Printings View all
|Duels of the Planeswalkers (DPA)||Rare|
|Tenth Edition (10E)||Rare|
|Starter 1999 (S99)||Rare|
|Portal Second Age (P02)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Denizen of the Deep Discussion
2 years ago
I suppose it would really depend on where you want to take the deck. Are you looking for a more combo oriented deck? More aggro? Something in between? How important is the theme? What kind of budget are you looking at to expand the deck? I'm goiung to assume that you really want to keep the budget low so I'm going to keep my recommendations cheap. I will mention a few cards that cost a bit more, but I'll point those out.
Here are some ideas to consider. The following cards are kinda weak or disrupt your own game plan. You should consider swapping them out.
Deep Spawn and Tolarian Serpent would be good cards for running in a deck where you are self milling in order to fill the graveyard for reanimation effects or a Laboratory Maniac. But I don't think that is the strategy that you are going for. I do see the interactions with Back from the Brink but it seems pretty weak to me.
Denizen of the Deep is a good fattie. But it wipes your board and leaves your opponents with all of their threats. If you are using it to reset ETB triggers, there are better ways.
Homarid Shaman only targets green creatures. This could be a meta choice, but there are so many better things to run.
Island Fish Jasconius is another decent fattie, but the investment of three mana each turn becomes a problem when you need that mana for other spells.
Leviathan would work for me if it did NOT have the requirment of sacrificing two lands for each attack. Without the ability to return Islands form the graveyard to the battlefield, this just eats your mana base.
Marjhan can eat a creature 'borrowed' with Seasinger's ability. Without the Seasinger then you have to use the Crab Umbra to untap it. I do like the shoot attacking creature ability. Adding deathtouch via Gorgon Flail could kill several attackers each turn.
Polar Kraken really needs to go. That cumulative upkeep is just TOO much.
Thing from the Deep is another creature that just eats your mana base and doesn't provide enough benefit for the self induced land destruction.
Sunken City is a great card as long as nobody else is playing blue. The card does not say "you control" so it helps your opponents creatures too.
Vanishing is kinda cute. But keep in mind that phasing does NOT trigger enter the battlefield abilities. There are better choices.
High Tide is a great card in competitive Legacy decks where you combo off and kill in a single turn. As a one-shot effect, not very good for commander games.
Scent of Brine requires you to show everyone what cards you have. I think a simple Cancel would be better.
If you have the budget for it consider the following cards:
Freed from the Real and Pemmin's Aura would act as additional copies of Crab Umbra.
Phyrexian Vault would work well with the Seasinger to eat other peoples creatures and give you some card draw. There are other artifacts, enchantments, and some lands that can sacrifice creatures. Altar of Dementia is a great sacrifice outlet but it is $2-$3.
Tidal Flats would give your attackers first strike unless your opponents tap mana for each attacker.
Minion Reflector could be a lot of fun.
Tromokratis, Shrouded Serpent, Lorthos, the Tidemaker, and Ring of Evos Isle are cards I use in my deck that work fairly well.
Consider adding a Learn from the Past, Psychic Spiral, or Reminisce into you deck to get cards back and add some resilency.
Let me know what you think. As always, temper these recommendations with your collection and your budget.
2 years ago
Hello berryjon,I just started reading your articles, and I found them incredible, and I wanted to ask when are you going to do an article about Leviathan and the succesors as you said in pattern recognition n19. I started around the first innistrad and got to admit this property of the blue color is quite interesting. Also how it combined with green to make the planeswlker kiora and how it made Sky Swallower transform into Simic Sky Swallower, apart from the old creatures maybe the difference in sustainability like Denizen of the Deep vs Inkwell Leviathan as they seem to be divided in two, those who "harm" you and those who seem normal. Maybe talk also about those that work better with islands only like Scourge of Fleets their combination with cards like Whelming Wave, Quest for Ula's Temple and Artful Dodge and finally a their evolution around magic years and maybe, make a deck?
3 years ago
Whelming Wave for sure my friend...
I have a kraken deck too and it is quite fun. I would nevertheless focus also on other stuff such as instants or spells. Also, with Quest for Ula's Temple you depend highly on luck. I would put in some cards with scry, such as Scylands
Denizen of the Deep probably hurts you more than your opponents. Scourge of Fleets should work way better. Mirror Mockery can do really evil s*** here too! Breaching Leviathan can work quite amazing too! Not sure if he should be in the main board, but he is really worth it.
Pearl Lake Ancient why?! you have only creautre spells anyways! Lorthos, the Tidemaker also makes no sense here.. to use him you ned almost half of all the lands in your deck! not worth it, really. better use the Mirror Mockery with Scourge of Fleets or simply Whelming Wave