Harbinger of the Tides

Harbinger of the Tides

Creature — Merfolk Wizard

You may cast Harbinger of the Tides as though it had flash if you pay more to cast it. (You may cast it at any time you could cast an instant.)

When Harbinger of the Tides enters the battlefield, you may return target tapped creature an opponent controls to its owner's hand.

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Merfolk vs. Goblins (DDT) Rare
Commander 2017 (C17) Rare
Magic Origins (ORI) Rare

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Legality

Format Legality
Block Constructed Legal
Frontier Legal
Pioneer Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Highlander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Modern Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Unformat Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Leviathan Legal

Harbinger of the Tides occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.05%

Blue: 3.98%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Harbinger of the Tides Discussion

lagotripha on Merfolk Tribal Pioneer (Suggestions Wanted)

1 month ago

Plan your sideboard alongside your first 60 cards- knowing all the tools you have available will help immensely. Knowing you have Tidebinder Mage for RDW or Deeproot Waters for control/midrange.

Bringing down the average CMC or upping the levels of interaction will do a lot;

In terms of 'raw power', Hardened Scales/The Ozolith offer the biggest boosts.

Jade Bearer, Kumena's Speaker, Brineborn Cutthroat, Harbinger of the Tides, Merfolk Trickster Mistcaller, Mist-Cloaked Herald/Triton Shorestalker, River Sneak, Silvergill Adept and Merfolk Skydiver will all let you operate at a lower CMC.

Lowering the curve also means you can run Neoform in place of evolution.

Traditionally merfolk is a tempo list using creatures that delay your opponent, then unblockability (previously islandwalk/flood effects) to finish them off. Its one of the few lists where a bounce effect is often just as effective as a kill spell. Its place in modern was defined by Blood Moon reslience from an all-island manabase combined with land disruption in Aquitect's Will, but that is not relevant in pioneer, so you will need to experiment to find a new nieche. It might be able to emulate affinity with ozolith support, with some luck and a favourable meta.

Augur of Bolas/Deeproot Champion offers a version of the list that wants to spellsling, but I can't say that I've thought through what that would look like.

abby315 on Simic Merfolk

1 month ago

A few suggestions:

I think Silvergill Adept should definitely be a 4-of. Correspondingly, I don't think Incubation/Incongruity is good enough for Pioneer. I'd recommend cutting that card and going up to 4 Adept.

With the remaining two slots, I highly highly recommend Merfolk Branchwalker. I'd add +2 Branchwalker, and then cut 2 Deeproot Waters for an additional +2. This will really help consistency and speed. Deeproot Waters has its place as a value engine - though maybe it should be sideboard - but I can't think of a game where you'd want to see 2+ copies. It's just slow to get going.

I'd recommend the full playset of Harbinger of the Tides. It's a Wizard, to help turn on Retort, and it's also your best interaction/tempo play. I'd either go down on Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca - which, again, comes down late and doesn't do much on the turn it's played - or on Deeproot Elite, which is awkward as a behind-curve drop in an aggro deck.

Master of Waves probably deserves a slot in the sideboard.

Finally, have you considered Metallic Mimic as a second Lord?

I played UG Merfolk in modern for awhile after XLN dropped, and it has a lot of the same pieces to work with in Pioneer. GLHF!

hungry000 on Ula's Temple

3 months ago

I made a similar deck in the past, so I'll link it here: Devotion to Ula's Whales

I chose to have a few more devotion creatures than you so Nykthos would be more consistent (because it's a very good backup). As Darth_Savage said, your deck doesn't have much in the way of early game interaction. I would suggest playing cards like Harbinger of the Tides and Merfolk Trickster since they give good devotion and can help you stall for that extra turn you need to go off. Other than that, I found Grozoth to be the best card to play off of the Quest. It makes sure you have the fatties to overwhelm your opponent with after you get the Quest to 3 counters while decreasing the chances of getting flooded with uncastable things when you don't need them (since you can play fewer of them).

capriom85 on Mono Blue Choices

5 months ago

https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/24-01-20-Kqp-mono-u-devotion/

I am kinda favoring Hypnotic Sprite over Harbinger of the Tides for mono blue right now.

I also am teetering on the line between Cloudfin Raptor and Curious Obsession.

Arguments for the Sprite: same devotion as Harbinger. Flies. Same damage. Most things killing Sprite still kill harbinger. Added utility of more counter magic when needed.

I am having trouble deciding on the Raptor vs Obsession. Both are full of potential.

What say you all?

capriom85 on What have you been playing?

5 months ago

Argy, I have been playing mono blue devotion. The list that you see posted most often wasn’t getting the job done. I swapped the set of Curious Obsession out in favor of a play set of Wizard's Retort . In this deck is basically Counterspell . I also removed things like Spell Pierce and Dive Down . There just weren’t enough moment’s where they go the job done. I added in more Brazen Borrower and went to a full set of Harbinger of the Tides . Even if I am not bouncing and tapping a lot of stuff for tempo plays I am usually playing my stuff at opponent’s end step so I can leave counter mana up for things I honestly cannot deal with.

I find control to be a decent matchup for me most of the time, as long as I keep Teferi, Time Raveler off the board. I can outlast most of my burn matchups.

Things I have trouble beating are dredge and Gruul aggro. As long as I can stick a Grafdigger's Cage , I can close out games 2 and 3 against dredge with minimal stress. Against the Gruul deck, I can slow them with Tidebinder Mage , but between Gruul Spellbreaker and Embercleave , I have trouble keeping my life above 0. Steel Leaf Champion is also stupid good against this.

Dr.Woodenstein on

6 months ago

Personally I think more of a tempo build would suit blue better but if you're looking to use creature swarm I think the following suggestions will still be beneficial.

Look into Tempest Djinn , Harbinger of the Tides , and Master of Waves . Tempest Djinn is just a great beater for mono blue and well costed, Harbinger of the Tides is great for staying out in front of your opponent while being a 2/2 for 2 so not terrible but not great, and with that kinda devotion it would only take a few more tweaks to drop a lot of elementals off of Master of Waves which will let you creature swarm like you want.

capriom85 on Mono Blue 3 cmc slot ...

7 months ago

Here is what I am currently working with:

4 Cloudfin Raptor

4 Siren Stormtamer

4 Merfolk Trickster

2 Harbinger of the Tides

4 Thassa, God of the Sea

4 Nightveil Specter or Tempest Djinn

4 Master of Waves

2 Brazen Borrower

4 Smuggler's Copter

23 Island

And I have a non-completed list of a combination of Curious Obsession , Spell Pierce , Dive Down , Stubborn Denial , and Wizard's Retort , which I have not yet finalized. I may even go down to 2 Tricksters and 3 Copters to make room.

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