Harbinger of the Tides


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Custom 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
Duel Decks: Merfolk vs. Goblins (DDT) Rare
Commander 2017 (C17) Rare
Magic Origins (ORI) Rare

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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.

Harbinger of the Tides Discussion

Gidgetimer on Merfolk Tribal Card Interaction

1 month ago

You can link cards so that we can see them with a hoverover by just putting the name in double brackets.

Stonybrook Banneret

Harbinger of the Tides

Yes, when determining how much a spell costs you apply additional costs before cost reductions, so you add then subtract for a total casting cost of .

Kiyomei on 京 (U) Merfolk stole my bike 京

1 month ago

so I'll adjust my sideboard accordingly,

-1 Harbinger of the Tides + 1 Echoing Truth so I have 2x Echoing Truth and 2x Hurkyl's Recall ( i went with echoing because I feel like I should not be troubled too much by creatures that should force me to run vapor snag due to island-walk being a thing.)

-1 Harbinger of the Tides +1 Wizard's Retort i mean 18 wizards should do the trick xD

-2 Watertrap Weaver +1 Wizard's Retort and +1 Relic of Progenitus because i seem to need it and forgot :)

-1 Negate +1 Wizard's Retort so i can sit on 3 combined with the other counters

For the mainboard, I am either thinking of taking out the Merrow Reejerey as you said because it isn't as popular anymore... and put in 4 Benthic Biomancer ? was also looking at Phantasmal Image for more lords and stuff but that doesn't get played either + it dies to bounce :s... Or play the 4 retorts mainboard and add the biomancers in the side if I really need to race or have card draw while pitching some dead lands draws in the late game sound good as well. aaaaaaaaaaaaa decisions xD

ZeGinger on Merfolk Unblockable Tokens

3 months ago

+1 for showing me this on discord :P

I'm definitely with the other guy in terms of suggestions. Harbinger of the Tides and Merfolk Trickster both give huge tempo swings that the deck can benefit from.

Master of Waves pricy-ish card but definitely a powerful top end for the deck. Will win you games just by casting. I'd suggest finding some of these.

Merfolk Mistbinder Is a cheap addition to the team. I'd grab a playset of em.

Merfolk Sovereign is worth looking at too. It's a neat Lord that can make you push through stalemates.

If you ever get more of a budget in future, consider Mutavault , this becomes a strong Merfolk for little investment.

That's about it for me :P great work so far

hungry000 on Big Blue Jerks

4 months ago

This is pretty sweet, I never thought of playing Nykthos in a Quest for Ula's Temple deck before! Sage of Epityr is great at setting up your library for the Quest, and Wistful Selkie helps dig for the Quest if you don't have it and gives +3 devotion for Nykthos. Cloudfin Raptor doesn't fit in this deck at all; coincidentally, Sage of Epityr fits perfectly, so there you go ;D

Other than that, I think you need some removal-creatures that give more devotion than what you have currently. Harbinger of the Tides is a pretty useful one, and Merfolk Trickster can fog a creature for a turn. For some disruption against noncreature decks you could also consider playing Judge's Familiar or Mausoleum Wanderer instead of Kraken Hatchling; while it's a Kraken and fits in the theme of the deck, there really isn't much point in cheating out a 1 mana 0/4 with your Quest. I do suppose it can block, though.

Also, I recommend replacing Tromokratis and Shipbreaker Kraken (and maybe 1 Lorthos) with some combination of Stormtide Leviathan and Inkwell Leviathan. They're less easy to hard-cast, but Tromokratis is mostly worse than Inkwell Leviathan in my opinion, and while Kraken's ability is okay, Stormtide Leviathan is even better at keeping your opponent's creatures at bay. (that rhymed) From my experience playing Whale tribal, Stormtide Leviathan and Scourge of Fleets can completely take control of games when used together.

Dango on 8 Sea's Merfolk

5 months ago

I did and it was really useful. I never got a chance to test Merfolk Trickster though. You can probably be fine using one or the other, or find a way to use them in conjunction with each other. I think they're pretty comparable, but it really depends on a meta call. Merfolk Trickster might be better for you until you get some vials. I never actually paid the two extra mana to give Harbinger of the Tides Flash because vials effectively do the same thing.

willmccaig on 8 Sea's Merfolk

5 months ago

Thank you! Did you ever run any Harbinger of the Tides?

edengstrom1 on Atlantean Assault

5 months ago

Merfolk was my first competitive deck as well! Very fun way to start playing.

Some suggestions I would have are Harbinger of the Tides and Merfolk Trickster to disrupt your opponents game plan while still playing creatures.

Harbinger of the Tides works great with Merrow Reejerey since the Reejerey can tap a creature when Harbinger is cast and then be returned to their hand.

Trickster is just a fantastic card that can be flashed in on your opponents turn that I would recommend for any Merfolk deck.

Hope that helps!! Have fun and welcome to Magic!!!

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Harbinger of the Tides occurrence in decks from the last year


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