Kaervek the Merciless


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal

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Archenemy Rare
Time Spiral Rare

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Kaervek the Merciless

Legendary Creature — Human Shaman

Whenever an opponent plays a spell, Kaervek the Merciless deals damage to target creature or player equal to that spell's converted mana cost.

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Kaervek the Merciless Discussion

griffstick on Advertise your COMMANDER deck!

2 days ago

Kaervek the Merciless, BITCH!

Commander / EDH* griffstick


OK so this deck is currently my new favorite deck and it's also more political then I had expected. And with wins coming out of nowhere it's pretty strong but it's early game is weak. Also of you have not played with Kaervek the Merciless in a 4 player game? You need to cause it's fun talking people out of removal and basically the person to the right of you is screwed lol

KylerStar on Rakdos

1 week ago

A Tainted Strike could let you hatefully end the game in a draw with Heartless Hidetsugu, if someone is about to win. Possibly even a win if you have less than 20 life and your opponents have 20+ life.

Also, this would allow you to kill someone out right if they think they are willing to pay the life for their big drop with Kaervek the Merciless on the board.

Also, cast on one of the many 9+ Power creatures you have in this deck, if they ever go unblocked.

Desecration Demon may also have a home in this deck.

greatdevourer on Tsabo Tavoc, Mother of Infection

2 weeks ago

Really good decks start out with a solid idea and evolve over time and play testing. Here's some ideas based on my experience.

Cards to consider (in no particular order):
Ugin's Nexus to keep people from taking extra turns.
Goblin Welder for artifact recursion. Even if they counter something like the Nexus or Contagion Engine.
Jester's Cap is great at ripping combo decks apart by removing key components. It also works well with the Goblin Welder.
Bonehoard is better than Nightmare Lash in multi-player games as it sees everyone's graveyard.
Grafted Exoskeleton really should be in this deck to help push the infect theme and make any creature a significant threat.
Infiltration Lens, for the card drawing. The defender chooses to either take the damage or allow you to draw two cards.
Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon also should be in this list.
Kumano, Master Yamabushi as an alternate win conditions via direct damage. With the Grafted Exoskeleton it's a short game.
Fallen Ferromancer, Frostwielder, Spikeshot Goblin, or Prodigal Pyromancer to get around those pillow fort opponents.
Kaervek the Merciless to make it hurt for those combo players.
Virulent Swipe as a better creature pump spell. The rebound means you get twice the effect out of one card.
World at War is another extra combat phase card. Also rebounds.
War Elemental can get huge. When paired with a Surestrike Trident it becomes a quick way to kill a player each turn.
Loxodon Warhammer for tample and life gain. Any creature in the deck is better with a Warhammer. Spikeshot Goblin is really fun with the Warhammer.
Relic Putrescence could be fun on someone's mana artifact.
Cards to consider cutting from the list:
Anthem of Rakdos deals too much damage to you. Per Gatherer: "The first ability triggers once for each creature you attack with. If you attack with three creatures, for example, theyll each get +2/+0 and youll be dealt 3 damage." Horrible when you have multiple combat phases per turn.Talisman of Indulgence should be a Rakdos Signet so you don't take as much damage.
Lashwrithe is too conditional on your lands in play.
Nightmare Lash same problems Lashwrithe.
Thunderscape Familiar and Nightscape Familiar don't promote your theme and are not strong enough on their own to be worth having on the field. If you really need the mana reduction, you're better off with more land cards.
Scorchwalker is a mediocre creature and a crappy pump spell. There are too many better creatures.

These cards are all single creature pumps that don't help you at all if an opponent plays a Wrath of God or similar effect. One-shots are nice against a single opponent, but not in multiplayer.
Haze of Rage, Reckless Charge, Tormenting Voice, Balduvian Rage, Brute Force, Enrage, Reckless Spite.
The X mana pump spells are really bad because of the mana choices that playing them forces on you each turn. Leave mana open for the X pump spell or play another card? Not worth it.

May be worth cutting unless you don't have a better option:
Inquisitor's Flail is a maybe. This one is kinda a tough choice. I would cut it for a better card but leave it in if your budget or collection doesn't have another option.
Bonesplitter is another mediocre card that's only good if there isn't a better option.
Swiftfoot Boots and Lightning Greaves The haste is nice but they are really only good against spot removal. I would leave these in until you need to cut them to make room for better cards.

Obviously, temper these suggestions with your collection and budget. Feel free to check out my decks and let me know what you think of the ideas.

theindigoeffect on I'm Looking for Enchantments Like ...

2 weeks ago

I also love Kaervek the Merciless, but he's a little to easy to remove.

Loving Lethal Vapors and Eon Hub!

No Mercy is great: I have it in my deck.

If not for the fact that Archangel of Tithes was so easy to remove, I'd definitely put her in.

Oath of Gideon sounds cool, but I don't know if I would get enough bang for my buck with that card.

DeathChant17 on I'm Looking for Enchantments Like ...

2 weeks ago

Not an enchantment, but Kaervek the Merciless does that, without them getting the choice.

Profet93 on card:Kaervek the Merciless and X ...

3 weeks ago

If I cast an Exsanguinate for 100 and my opponent has a Kaervek the Merciless, does Kaervek the Merciless deal 100 damage?

griffstick on Kaervek the Merciless, BITCH!

3 weeks ago

Good stuff there. I'm am going with Kaervek the Merciless cause he is more rakdos in flavor imo. Plus I like that he hits creatures too also I can Lifelink him and gain lots of life. Some of your suggestions are good ones

Austin_Smith_of_Cards on The Smashing Usurpers

1 month ago

Courser of Kruphix helps filter your topdeck, and has synergy with Shidiqi with a high toughness value.

Kaervek the Merciless falls into the category of multiplayer punishment with a similar effect to Vial Smasher. With opponents at low lifetotals, sometimes he completely locks their ability to cast their better, expensive spells.

Oblivion Sower is a high-cmc creature with a high toughness, which makes it powerful with each of your commanders. Its ramping ETB ability is pretty nice, too.

Rampant Growth is another great ramping spell, although you might not need it since you already have ten sources of mana ramp.

Mina and Denn, Wildborn could replace Rites of Flourishing in order to apply the ability only to yourself, but your list might need the card draw. In which case, Phyrexian Arena is another strong option.

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