Harsh Mercy

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.

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Onslaught (ONS) Rare

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Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Harsh Mercy occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.0%

Harsh Mercy Discussion

SideBae on War and Taxes

1 month ago
  1. Your rock suite could use work. I've never found 3-mana rocks (i.e. Chromatic Lantern, Mana Geode, the cluestones) to be very good at all: a two mana rock on turn two means you can land your general turn three (assuming you make a land drop), but three mana rocks rarely speed you up by a whole turn. Consider running some of the following instead: Talisman of Progress, Talisman of Dominance, Azorius Signet, Dimir Signet, Orzhov Signet, Sky Diamond, Coldsteel Heart, Mind Stone, Thought Vessel... In general, I've found categorically replacing 3-mana rocks for 2-mana rocks is a good way to improve a deck.

  2. I'm not a fan of the anthems route, since it means Skullclamp isn't a viable card-draw engine. That said, if you want to go after the anthems, I suggest Favorable Winds in addition to your other effects.

  3. Mystic Remora is good -- I think it's better than Rhystic Study, but you may want to run both.

  4. I don't know how many creatures you usually have out, but if you have 4+ pretty consistently you may want to run Slate of Ancestry. It's a highly underrated card in token-based decks. Also Distant Melody and Windfall. And Thirst for Knowledge/Thirst for Meaning.

  5. Ponder and Preordain belong in any blue deck. One-drop cantrips that provide card selection don't look like much, and a lot of people write them off as not effective enough, but there's a reason these are both banned in modern and overplayed in legacy. I do think you should run Brainstorm, but if you do you should run at least two more fetches to make sure you don't get locked under the cards you put back.

  6. Winds of Abandon is a card I have never liked at all -- ramping your opponents is often straight-up dangerous in EDH. Consider something like Swords to Plowshares or Harsh Mercy instead.

  7. One combo I think is pretty cool is Counterbalance + Sensei's Divining Top. Both these cards trigger your general, and you can flip top to recast it if you need to squeeze out extra triggers. Paired, they produce a pretty tough counter-wall for your opponents to fight through, which notably does not cost you cards.

  8. Oblivion Ring? I think it's better than Path to Exile, for the same reason I don't think Winds of Abandon is very good.

  9. Cyclonic Rift strikes me as a lot more powerful than River's Rebuke. Being an instant that hits all your opponents is a big deal.

  10. Mentor of the Meek seems like another really good source of card-advantage for you. Like Skullclamp, if you have enough pump out it won't work.

Right. That's all I got.

Good luck

Inigmatix on Sliver in my Thumb

1 month ago

Starting from the Premium Deck is a pretty good place to begin crafting slivers and it's what I did myself and have been playing slivers for a number of years now.

Now for quite a lot of suggestions and thoughts that I hope will be helpful for you

Recommended Cuts

You really don't need Mana Reflection in slivers or most other decks for that matter. It's really a "win more" kind of card and if you're doing well enough that you have the 6 mana to burn on it you're probably better off just dumping more slivers into play or tutoring for slivers that will allow you to win the game with your Sliver Overlord. If you're using it to go infinite and win with Sliver Queen then your Mana Echoes will provide the same effect for that combo but either of the 4-cost token doublers can also work. Anointed Procession Parallel Lives

You also don't really need bombs like Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre, when you can spend less mana on more creatures that generate more value, putting 11 mana into a single creature will feel kind of bad. Also, a 10/10 among a board of 20/20 unblockable, vigilant, double striking, lifelink, flying, deathtouch, trample, etc. creatures isn't going to provide much of a bonus, it actually ends up being less of a threat than the rest of your board. Plus, if it gets countered, you’re down 11 mana whereas if somebody counters a sliver then you’re down like 2-4 mana and can still play more slivers.

Mycosynth Lattice opens up your entire board to artifact removal (including your lands) you may want to reconsider this include as it doesn't really provide any benefit to you for all the risk that comes with it.

Sensei's Divining Top may not be as useful in a deck where you have as many tutors as you do and your commander can tutor all your value pieces since you’ll probably be shuffling your deck a lot.

Amulet of Vigor doesn’t actually do that much for you, out of all your permanents there is only one that always enters tapped, Vesuva. With the number of shock and check lands you run, you probably do not need this and can use this slot for something else. (I get that it also works with Cryptic Gateway but without a source for card draw, you’ll run out of slivers to play quite quickly anyway)

Quick Thoughts

Crystalline Sliver turns off any and all "target sliver" abilities like Crypt Sliver and Magma Sliver (You also won’t be able to steal things with Overlord). If you find yourself subject to frequent spot removal and need to bring Crystalline out often to protect your Slivers you can at least keep the regenerate ability with Clot Sliver or Sedge Sliver

Harmonic Sliver can potentially ruin your infinite Token Queen combo as the pieces that enable that combo are all artifacts/enchantments and this sliver’s ETB is not a ‘may’ ability. You must destroy something if there is a legal target on the board so you would end up destroying your Training Grounds, Mana Echoes, etc. If you still want this ability I would recommend swapping this with Aura Shards as it is the same ability with the same trigger but it is a ‘may’ ability and you can choose not to destroy something.

Useful Slivers

Hibernation Sliver is one of the best slivers for avoiding removal. Paying 2 life to protect any sliver from being destroyed, exiled, stolen, etc. is very useful

Belligerent Sliver/Two-Headed Sliver making it harder to block your slivers means more bodies getting through to hit face.

Essence Sliver this is not Lifelink, and because it isn’t it actually stacks with Syphon Sliver for more life points

Dormant Sliver It’s fairly easy to dump your hand when playing slivers but this leaves you with an empty hand and not a whole lot of options. Very good for keeping your hand full of slivers to play. Defender can be a problem but who says you have to attack to win with slivers ;)

Screeching Sliver alternate win, tack this onto infinite sliver tokens combo from the Queen to mill out your opponents. Good if locked out of attacking for some reason

Lavabelly Sliver another non-combat win with Queen combo

Homing Sliver another way to tutor for any sliver you need besides Overlord’s ability

Mesmeric Sliver only card with Fateseal in the game, great for controlling your opponent’s next draw. Force them to only draw lands or maybe give them no lands at all.

Necrotic Sliver having spot removal for any permanent on every single one of your creatures is terrifying a very valuable. Strongly recommend this as an include.

Shadow Sliver I have never encountered anyone playing creatures with Shadow in EDH in all my years of play. This most certainly will let you get through and hit face to win a game, just make sure you kill all your opponents or get rid of it after combat as it leaves you with no blockers

Virulent Sliver I know there are mixed feelings about poison counters in the magic community but hey you get 2 counters on someone with double strike creatures.

Fun and Useful Tribal Cards for Slivers

None of these are particularly pertinent includes and some came with the Premium Deck, but these are just some Tribal cards that I have used over time while playing with slivers. Some I still use and some I do not.

Kindred Summons, Wild Pair, Herald's Horn, Coat of Arms, Kindred Discovery, Descendants' Path, Patriarch's Bidding, Kindred Charge, Vanquisher's Banner, Distant Melody, Kindred Dominance, Living Death, Primal Surge, Harsh Mercy, Door of Destinies

Closing Thoughts

Slivers can be a lot of fun to play but keep in mind that they are very aggressive and can draw a lot of hate from your opponents. Players that have experienced playing against slivers are likely to counter your high-value creatures like Gemhide or Queen and will try keeping your board as small as possible since slivers win by swarming and overwhelming your opponents. I have found that this can be mitigated somewhat by changing your commander since slivers have 3 good options. Sliver Overlord, Sliver Queen, and The First Sliver.

Overlord and Queen are quite similar as they both conducive to trying to hit Queen’s infinite combo as quickly as possible but I have found that Queen tends to make people more nervous than Overlord does since you can create a wide board very quickly with her. Not only that but if you are relatively uninterrupted then silvers can combo out relatively consistently by turn 4 or 5 (depending on how lucky you get). If you like a combo victory, then that’s great, but the combo has very little variance and I personally got bored of it after playing it like that for so long.

Using The First Sliver as your commander is a whole lot less consistent if you’re going for combo but overall I’ve found it to be significantly more fun to play as I can sometimes rip 3-4 slivers for free off the top of my deck. The win is the same with overrunning your opponents but not using an infinite combo every time was very refreshing.

Hopefully you find some of this helpful, slivers are my all-time favorite tribe in mtg and it was great to see them get some love in Modern Horizons.

NV_1980 on Oops, Infinite Slivers

2 months ago

Hi Nifty,

You're welcome! When it comes to wipes, the good ones like Supreme Verdict , Wrath of God , Damnation , Austere Command and Merciless Eviction are pretty expensive to cast. For a reason though, since they are good :)

However, there are some cheaper options:

  • Planar Collapse : an enchantment with CMC2 that kills when a threshold of creatures is hit. Is easier to stop than a sorcery, though still pretty cheap for what it does; works especially well if you have Vedalken Orrery out.
  • Serenity : also an enchantment with CMC2 that destroys all enchantments and artifacts. Has same advantages/drawbacks as Planar Collapse.
  • Bontu's Last Reckoning : CMC3, is a sorcery. Has the untap drawback but your deck has ways around that.
  • Harsh Mercy : CMC3, great sorcery that works particularly well for you (unless you happen to face another tribal deck).

There are other wipes that put some more restrictions on what is being wiped like Citywide Bust and Retribution of the Meek . It's up to you.

Hope this helped a bit. Regards,

triproberts12 on Kemba's glorious army

3 months ago

It looks like you've already got some good advice. The one thing I would advise as you adjust the deck is looking at Kemba less as a go-tall commander, and more as a go-wide commander. Harsh Mercy was a beating in my old Kemba deck. You'll also want cards like Teferi's Protection , Selfless Spirit , Rootborn Defenses , Unbreakable Formation , Lena, Selfless Champion , Make a Stand , and Brave the Elements to protect your army. Cards such as Anointed Procession , Divine Visitation , Coat of Arms , Regal Caracal , and True Conviction (works great with equipment!) to really be able to run over people.

Smorgaz on Sliver Commander based on PDS: Slivers

4 months ago

Thanks for your advice, it's very appreciated.

Vimozahr The Phyrexian Reclamation is a really good idea. I think it fits the deck well. I've thought about Cyclonic Rift and Urza's Incubator before, but a bit out of the price range I can justify right now. Sol Ring is simply banned in my play group.

NiftyCheshireCat Harsh Mercy and Coat of Arms are very vulnerable to other tribal decks and I've lost few times to my own Coat of Arms before because of that. I'd really like a Patriarch's Bidding for the deck and I think it's the next card I'm going to add, when I get the chance. The Spirit of Resistance might be a nice gimmick too.

NiftyCheshireCat on Sliver Commander based on PDS: Slivers

4 months ago

Cool deck! Maybe consider Patriarch's Bidding for when you inevitably get wrathed, Harsh Mercy to do the same to others, Spirit of Resistance to survive, and Coat of Arms and/or Duelist's Heritage to put the smack down. Good luck and have fun!

Azeworai on Scarecrow bois

4 months ago

Yes! Reaper King! That card has always been close to my heart, so it's always great to see a deck for him.

I've brewed with it extensively, so I have some suggestions for you:

Due to all of the changelings, you can really abuse those creature types. Naban, Dean of Iteration will duplicate triggers with "scarecrows" and Rattlechains can grant them all flash.

Gilt-Leaf Archdruid , if it's within budget, allows for quite a bit of card draw and a win-condition attached to it.

Gisa and Geralf will be able to recur the changelings for later use.

Knight Exemplar is fantastic defense for your board, Azami, Lady of Scrolls can draw many cards, Sygg, River Guide can protect creatures, and Ingenious Infiltrator can be awesome if you start to swarm. With so many creatures, Call to the Kindred could be cute.

Harsh Mercy or Kindred Dominance can be largely one-sided wraths, so that's something to note.

Reaper King is a massive target whenever he hits the field, so it's important to have a few backup plans.

Good luck with Scarecrows and Vindicate EVERYTHING!

Here is my own list: https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/time-to-reap-3/

SufferFromEDHD on Augustin Advisor Tribal

4 months ago

Remembrance is such a nifty old card.

Two suggestions: Harsh Mercy and Kindred Discovery

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