Draining Whelk


Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Time Spiral (TSP) Rare

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Draining Whelk

Creature — Illusion

Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.)


When Draining Whelk enters the battlefield, counter target spell. Put X +1/+1 counters on Draining Whelk, where X is that spell's converted mana cost.

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Draining Whelk Discussion

JackQuilldrake on The Last and The Dragonspeaker

5 days ago

Update: 6/16/18

Extensively updated the description, as well as the decklist which hasn't been updated since the year Breed Lethality was released. For posterity I uploaded my current decklist, though there are plenty of cards I want to cut already, for instance Primal Vigor, Render Silent, and Juniper Order Ranger

The first of which just being really just redundant and a worse version of Doubling Season, not want I want to be playing when there are other cool things available, like Mirari's Wake or Abzan Ascendancy.

As far as Render Silent is concerned, it's just bad. It just is. I have enough off-theme counter spells in the deck as it is. There are far, far better things to be playing that are on theme, such as Draining Whelk that I'd love to play.

And for the last card, it's just boring. And it just sits there costing five mana and waiting to get removed. Don't get me wrong, Juniper Order Ranger is great and it's good in our deck, but there's a lot of other cards in the list that are already putting in that work better, at lower cost, such as Corpsejack Menace and Atraxa, Praetors' Voice.

Last_Laugh on Animar combo

1 month ago

So did you get your bloom tender? Still not in the list is why I ask... That and I didn't realize I'd posted on your list before so I was about to suggest it again lol.

Got a few more suggestions though. Look into cutting a few of your counterspells in favor of creatures that provide similar utility like Draining Whelk and Glen Elendra Archmage. The other area that needs work is your lands... Obviously fetchlands are great, so I'm only mentioning budget-ish options. City of Brass, Ancient Ziggurat, Exotic Orchard, and Reflecting Pool should help quite a bit.

Lord_Loss931 on Thassa, God of the 7 Seas

1 month ago

Thank you KINGofORESKOS! Yeah just finished the inital draft of the deck and have Reef Worm, Elder Deep-Fiend, and Great Whale in there. Draining Whelk and Inundate I hadn't thought of so thanks for the suggestions! This is only my initial draft up so any suggestions help.

Thanks as always for you help! Cheers

KINGofORESKOS on Thassa, God of the 7 Seas

1 month ago

Nice decklist! As always, you seem to have all the key cards. Here are some secondary cards you might want to consider: Reef Worm, since it's a fun card to play, and it's can grow really big alarmingly fast. Draining Whelk, when used correctly, can provide a massive creature and a counterspell, all for . Great Whale is another great card, since it's basically a 5/5 for free! Elder Deep-Fiend is another great card, and having flash makes it that much better. Inundate is nice, since it bounces all of your opponent's creatures to their hands, leaving you free to carry out a devastating attack. Keep up the good work, and I hope my suggestions help!

Crav96 on ANIMAR EDH

2 months ago

Great list! I had Vexing Shusher but found it a bit slow, so I recommend Prowling Serpopard instead. It has worked great for me.

Also maybe you could reduce your land count to fill in more protection like: Mystic Snake, Heroic Intervention, Draining Whelk, Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir. If you need more ideas go to my list: Its all natural baby.

DualCastGaming on Getting Back into Commander after ...

2 months ago

To be honest, the best way to fugure out which deck you want to play is to just start playing (as silly as that sounds). Choose a theme or colors that you are interested in and just build a deck around them. You can find a half decent commander to go with the colors afterwards and temporarily proxy it. Once you've tried it out a few times and you like it, you can tweak it into whatever kind of deck you want. Thats how i started my marath token deck. I built GR tokens, got thromok, wanted to play naya tokens, and turned it into marath. From there i made it actually good. So just try to find a playstyle that you like and go from there. As for specific decks, it seems like you are undecided, so start with your blue creature control deck, and incorporate more colors if you want. You can even run stuff like Draining Whelk which bridge the gap between strategies.

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