Harsh Mercy

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Onslaught (ONS) Rare

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Harsh Mercy

Sorcery

Each player chooses a creature type. Destroy all creatures that aren't of a type chosen this way. They can't be regenerated.

Harsh Mercy Discussion

Sectiron on The First Sliver to the Last Sliver

1 month ago

For the swarm!

Recently I've play tested the deck more and have decided to change some things about the list and the guide.

  • Strategically, I would actually like to correct myself and suggest that in a wrath heavy meta, it is CRUCIAL to wait for your protection pieces before going off with The First Sliver UNLESS you are certain you can kill people then and there. Sometimes you'll find it very difficult to recover if you over extend.

  • Also, after a few games with my friend (and some very explosive wins out of no where) they have caught on to the fact that they NEED to kill first sliver as soon as they see it. Hence, I have opted to include MORE pieces of protection, e.g. Diffusion Sliver and Unsettled Mariner .

  • Additionally, something I'd like to take out is Harsh Mercy . I'm not sure if its purely because I'm incredibly unlucky or not, but this card has been turning up at in the wrong situation as well as ending my cascades. By wrong situation, i mean this: when I'm 1v1 facing another tribal deck, I cascade into it and it does nothing. When me and other aggro decks team up together to take down a wrath deck, it kills everyone's creatures and slows our plan down. I'd like to replace it with Equilibrium as it's something that can stay on board and be used whenever necessary.

  • Other cards I've opted to include recently are: Synapse Sliver and Sentinel Sliver + ways to make the deck more consistent including: Congregation at Dawn and Hollowhead Sliver . Having tested the deck more, I've realised that consistency is key, particularly when it come to needing protection pieces.

Updates to both the guide and list coming soon!

SufferFromEDHD on No-Brainer

1 month ago

Been meaning to build an Esper zombie list since Varina was spoiled. Your deck looks solid. 2 suggestions:

Cut Approach of the Second Sun and add Patriarch's Bidding

Cut Logic Knot and add Harsh Mercy

Jack-Frost on The Spawn

1 month ago

My recommendations:

New Commander: Ramos, Dragon Engine or Morophon, the Boundless

Either of these would fit the theme of your deck better and would assist you in casting and running the deck.

Cut:
Altar of the Brood - Doesn't fit what you're doing and doesn't assist in your goal
Ghostfire Blade - Not good enough. You're running Eldrazi. They're big enough and powerful enough to take care of themselves
Mycosynth Lattice - This doesn't help you. Most of your stuff is colorless so this only helps your opponents cast spells and places a glaring weakness that a card like Vandalblast can easily exploit.
Bonds of Mortality - You're running annihilator and massive creatures. You're rarely worried about the occasional hexproof creature, and you shouldn't have an issue with the occasional enchantment or artifact. Eldrazi overwhelm. Don't sweat the small stuff.
Prismatic Omen - This doesn't help you enough. Most of your stuff is colorless so this doesn't do a crazy amount for you. In addition, you're running Chromatic Lantern which will do this and also produces mana on top of it.
Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver - Why? This has nothing to do with your deck
Despark - There are better removal options, but as an eldrazi tribal deck you'd be better off playing cards that protect and accelerate you rather than this.
Wear / Tear - While decent, you don't usually need to hit both at once and it's multiple colors. I'd run Naturalize or Krosan Grip instead.
Fathom Feeder - ...No. Just no.
Mist Intruder - While this and Fathom Feeder are both eldrazi, just because you're running a tribal deck doesn't mean you have to run every tribal card, nor only tribal cards. Cut this and see my suggestions for cards to replace it with.
Khenra Charioteer - There are better alternatives
Vile Aggregate - You're running eldrazi. You're going tall rather than wide so you're unlikely to ever really have enough creatures out at once to really make this card worth running.
Bojuka Bog - Not worth it. It comes out tapped and unless someone is both running a graveyard deck and has enough good cards in it at the same time, you're not going to get enough value out of this, or if you want to save it for that, then you have a dead land in hand and there would be far better cards like Rest in Peace and such.
Gateway Plaza - Comes in tapped, costs an additional mana to play, and only gives one mana. Too slow and not good enough.
Ruins of Oran-Rief - You're running Eldrazi. You really don't need one more +1/+1. A colored mana would assist you more here as it would also help you pay for and colored spells you would like to cast.

Add:
Akroma's Memorial - This is a fantastic card that in your deck would be a win con. I would recommend running this over Eldrazi Monument as it does a lot more and doesn't force you to sacrifice your important eldrazi.
Privileged Position - An absolutely amazing card that I run in every deck that can run it. Full protection on ALL your permanents.
Sterling Grove - Protection for all your enchantments and allows you to fetch any that you need.
Krosan Grip - Guaranteed removal on artifacts or enchantments.
Ramos, Dragon Engine - You're running a five colored big boy deck. This enables it and since it's colorless it'll be relatively easy for you to cast.
Archetype of Endurance - Fantastic protection and a powerful creature to run. As a plus it fulfills some of the same roles as the cards you ran that removed hexproof.
Archetype of Aggression - Replaces your Khenra Charioteer as a much better, single color, alternative.
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth - Great card draw, annihilator, reshuffles your graveyard which prevents mill and keeps your deck running even after a board wipe, and a giant eldrazi god, all built into one card.
Kozilek, the Great Distortion - Card draw, counter protection, and a menacing eldrazi god. Who could ask for more?
Emrakul, the Promised End - Reduced costs, protection, flying, trample, steals a turn, and an eldrazi god. Nuff said.
Temur Ascendancy - Replaces or in addition to Fervor . Haste plus card draw and your creatures are almost all going to trigger it.
Demonic Tutor - Fantastic fetch card.
Vampiric Tutor - Fantastic fetch card.
Harsh Mercy - Tribal board wipe
Explosive Vegetation - Land fetch
Skyshroud Claim - Land fetch that comes in untapped. If you upgrade your landbase to include cards like Breeding Pool (see recommendations lower), you can use this and cards like Nature's Lore to fetch them and bring them in untapped.
Patriarch's Bidding - Full board wipe recovery, and/or a kill card if you have a haste enabler on the board.
Heroic Intervention - Top Tier instant speed protection.
Teferi's Protection - Top Tier instant speed protection
Cyclonic Rift - One of the best board wipes in the game. Cannot be protected against, reset's their entire board, and leaves you in a fantastic position.
Enlightened Tutor - Artifact/Enchantment Fetch
Worldly Tutor - Creature Fetch
Mystical Tutor - Instant/Sorcery Fetch
Urza's Incubator - Eldrazi cost reduction
Descendants' Path - Free Eldrazi casts
Rhystic Study - Fantastic card draw
Bloom Tender - In a 5-color deck this card is amazing ramp.
Birds of Paradise - Any color ramp for 1
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon - Does this require explanation in a colorless deck?
Beast Within - Destroys any permanent. This is a fantastic card to run as a mere 3/3 beast shouldn't bother you, and even if it would, it's likely far better than what they previously had.
Chaos Warp - Removes any permanent. Can be used on your own stuff to pull a new permanent out of your deck if needed. Bypasses indestructible.
See the Unwritten - Need I say more?
Tooth and Nail - Need I say more?
Exploration - Amazing ramp. Accelerates your turns
Burgeoning - See Exploration
Mana Reflection - The best mana doubler, bar none.
Zendikar Resurgent - Mana doubler plus card draw
Smothering Tithe - One of the best ramp cards
Oracle of Mul Daya - Fantastic acceleration. Combines with other accelerators such as Exploration and Burgeoning as they can now play lands off the top of your library as well.
Second Sunrise - Full boardwipe recovery
Defense of the Heart - Easy free creature drops
Mirari's Wake - Mana doubler plus anthem
Faith's Reward - Full, personal, boardwipe recovery
Seedborn Muse - One of the best cards you can run, bar none.
Commander's Sphere - 3 drop mana rock that can tap for all colors. Replaces your banners (ex. Vanquisher's Banner )
Darksteel Ingot - 3 drop indestructible mana rock that can tap for all colors. Replaces your banners (ex. Vanquisher's Banner )

Recommended Land Additions/Swaps:
Cavern of Souls
Reflecting Pool
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth - Mana coverage, allows your fetch and colorless lands to tap for colored if they need
Cabal Coffers - Combines with Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth to generates metric butt tons of mana
Arid Mesa
Bloodstained Mire
Flooded Strand
Marsh Flats
Misty Rainforest
Scalding Tarn
Verdant Catacombs
Windswept Heath
Wooded Foothills
Blood Crypt
Breeding Pool
Hallowed Fountain
Overgrown Tomb
Polluted Delta
Steam Vents
Stomping Ground
Watery Grave

Fetch lands and shock lands are fantastic upgrades to your deck. Fetch lands let you pull the exact lands you need and let them come in untapped, and shock lands can both be fetched because they say the actual land type (ex. Breeding Pool is a Forest Island), and can come in untapped or tapped depending on what you need. Coming in untapped and generating multiple colors gives a distinct advantage over mono-colored lands and lands that must come in tapped.

Maybe Cut:
Eldrazi Monument - Hurts you too much and doesn't generate enough benefit. If you can't get a weak creature out in time, or don't have one available, you'll either have a dead card in hand that you don't want to cast, or one that hurts you badly. If you want indestructible, look at cards like Boros Charm or Heroic Intervention .
From Beyond - Too slow and doesn't do enough.

Why?:
Relic of Progenitus - Not worth it. Run Rest in Peace or other such cards instead.

A tribal deck isn't limited to only cards of its tribe, but rather is mostly one tribe and has several cards that accelerate and power up the tribe. Hence my recommendation is that you cut a few of the weaker cards that are unnecessary and instead run a few non-tribal cards that strengthen, accelerate, and assist your deck.

Lythia on Saskia's Cruel Chorus

2 months ago

Hey ^^ I love angels! Do you have any main win cons or combos outside of big beaters that I missed? Here are some cards I’d consider ^^ Harsh Mercy , Firemane Avenger , Herald of the Host , Herald of War , and Magus of the Moat . Maybe add some more card draw as well? Love the theme!

LVL_666 on Riptide Madness

2 months ago

Hey Wesjohn11,

Thanks for the nice words about my favorite deck. Glad you appreciate the build. After taking a look at your build, I have a number of questions, and comments.

  1. My deck is a midrange build. It is not necessarily meant to be the fastest, only the most consistent and flexible. The strength of the deck is to reliably have a solution in hand or deck.

  2. Your build has a lot of the overlord staples, which is great - however if you're interested in something that's more "Spike" but still Sliver flavored, then Sliver Queen is your gal. Thing is, you'd need to build a very different deck and you won't be playing tribal slivers for the most part. Queen is a higher tier general whom you can more reliably combo off and win with. If that's what you're looking for, I can give you a number of card suggestions to help you on your way. Otherwise, i'll offer a critique of your deck as it's currently built:

  3. Creatures - You're running 27, in my opinion you'd want to narrow it down to at most 25. Why? Because you need room for more interaction. For your deck to survive in any relatively competitive meta you need to be able to protect or slow down other players who will more than likely have faster options or higher tier generals than you. Cut suggestions would be Virulent , Syphon , Root *, and Essence Slivers. I leave an asterisk behind Root because you may want to keep that in depending on your meta.

  4. Interaction - Speaking of interaction, I tend to lean more toward counterspells, but some good suggestions for you would be Countersquall , or from the latest set Dovin's Veto - which is more or less cut from the same cloth. Beast Within is also awesome for obvious reasons. I'm not saying you have to get the previously mentioned cards, they're merely suggestions. Heck, you could run an Expropriate if you were so inclined - so long as you run spells you like - and allow you to remove key pieces from your opponent's boards. Or more importantly, protect your own.

  5. Individual cards - Aluren is a cool card, however much like Intruder Alarm this can be taken advantage of by your opponents. Personally, i'm more shrewd in my dealings with other players - assuming they always have some quick thinking which lets them thwart my plans. (I like that word...thwart). Personally, i'd cut it - replacing it with Skyshroud Claim . Claim lets you ramp, and fix your manabase as you can tutor for any forest in your deck. That means both Taiga and Savannah can hit the board, and you get the colors you need right away. Another suggestion could be Pir's Whim (more political, not quite as powerful - but fun). Harsh Mercy is a cute card. I tried play testing it and always got nowhere with it. Too many players in my playgroup ran tribal flavored decks. In it's place you have so many options ranging from Wrath of God to Engineered Explosives or even the off beat Blast Zone . In this slot, I think you have far better options. Oh, same for Wild Pair . I too, play tested this card and have always had a substandard time with it. Maybe you have better luck, but personally - i'd cut it like a bad habit. In it's place i'd run a mana rock like Mox Diamond - as it seems that budget isn't much of an issue for you. Speaking of rocks, why are you running Mox Amber ? Not that many Legendary permanents in the deck to speak of, I'd imagine you wouldn't be able to take advantage of it often. I'd recommend that get cut as well. Oh, and also sub out Aphetto Dredging for Yawgmoth's Will . YawgWill is just so much better. Casting creatures OR anything else in the graveyard directly to battlefield is such a luxury. And in late game usually means a win.

Those are just some of my thoughts and suggestions. Hopefully you've found some of them useful. Good luck fellow hive mate.

triproberts12 on rainbow-squirrels! karona makes it possible

3 months ago

Homeward Path is a good include for Karona, in order to keep anyone hostile (especially another tribal player) from attacking you. Also, since you're running Changelings, Taurean Mauler and Chameleon Colossus are good. Kindred Discovery , Kindred Dominance , Obelisk of Urd , Cover of Darkness , Tribal Unity , and Harsh Mercy are all good for this style of tribal deck, as well.

eliakimras on Gishath the Bold

4 months ago

Gishath, Sun's Avatar requires kind of an aggro strategy. You'll almost never win by casting dino after dino and swinging. Your goal has to be cast him as soon as possible then swing for cheat dinos into play. Extra combat steps really help with that. So you should be looking for each ramp card that can get you to 8 mana. Going over 10 ramp cards is almost a must, given the mana cost of this commander. Cultivate , Kodama's Reach , Explosive Vegetation , Circuitous Route , Skyshroud Claim and Hour of Promise should do the trick. // These are some ways you can get to 8 mana: Nature's Lore / Farseek / Rampant Growth / Sakura-Tribe Elder + Explosive Vegetation / Circuitous Route / Skyshroud Claim + Temple of the False God (or just wait a turn). Cultivate / Kodama's Reach + Hour of Promise (grabbing Temple of the False God and Boros Garrison ) will also do the trick. // You can take off some cards that don't synergize with the deck: Rootborn Defenses , Unbreakable Formation , Eerie Interlude ( Boros Charm and Heroic Intervention are enough protection), Onward (they can see it coming), Reinforcements (this is only useful when Gishath connects, otherwise is a dead card). // Gishath, Sun's Avatar requires kind of an aggro strategy. Your goal is to cast him as soon as possible. So you should be looking for each ramp card that can get you to 8 mana. Going over 10 ramp cards is almost a must, given the mana cost of this commander. Cultivate , Kodama's Reach , Explosive Vegetation , Circuitous Route , Skyshroud Claim and Hour of Promise should do the trick. // Eladamri's Call is better than Congregation at Dawn (if you have 11+ mana to cast both Gishath and Congregation, you should already be winning the game). But I don't think you should bother with tutors, since this is not a combo deck. You should focus on connecting with Gishath, and keeping your board state for the next swing. // Harmonize is never a bad card in decks without blue or black. You might need some cards when you don't have a creature. // Austere Command , Cleansing Nova , Blasphemous Act ( Akroma's Memorial protects your creatures from B. Act), Harsh Mercy , Mass Calcify , Solar Tide and Rout are better boardwipes than Wrath of God in this deck, since mana is never a problem for Gishath. Catastrophe , Armageddon and Decree of Annihilation if you feel like swinging without oposition.

hungry000 on

4 months ago

I'd play Raise the Alarm and Gather the Townsfolk over Spiritual Visit and Midnight Haunting (unless you want to go all-in on the spirit token theme, which is respectable). This type of go-wide tokens deck wants to play cards that make the highest number of tokens for the most efficient cost, kind of like how Burn wants to play cards that deal the most damage for the lowest cmc. Spiritual Visit only makes one token per spell (unless you have another in hand) and Midnight Haunting doesn't make enough tokens for its mana cost, so Raise the Alarm and Gather the Townsfolk beat them out in that regard.

Other than that, I definitely suggest you make room for Triplicate Spirits , which is a very good card in mono w tokens. You could also try out Leyline of the Meek , which has the potential to make all of your tokens 2/2s right at the start. Legion's Landing  Flip is another great one, as it can function as ramp, an early-game body, and fuel for the late game.

And btw, Harsh Mercy and Cover of Darkness aren't modern legal, as they are too old.

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