Kaervek the Merciless


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Archenemy (ARC) Rare
Time Spiral (TSP) 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

RedPlaneswalker on To Hell We Ride | Rakdos Stax

2 weeks ago

TheNocholas, that's a good question. lol I only just realized there wasn't any hard win conditions for this deck. I pretty much controlled the board and hoped to burn them all down to 0 with various effects. Kaervek the Merciless was pretty much the win condition. Then I added Rakdos's Return which was an improvement. But I'm not done yet.

griffstick on Help with Forced Attack Deck

1 month ago

I think Kaervek the Merciless would be a solid choice.


3 months ago

Olivia Voldaren- this one is pretty retarded once you get a mana engine online. steal creatures left right and center or just make her massive and kill off annoying blockers.

Kaervek the Merciless or Vial Smasher the Fierce- These are pretty similar. Vial is probably better due to just getting out faster and the randomness is fun if anti-political. The burn they do can be surprisingly powerful with the right sort of other cards.

The Scorpion God- Honestly this guy is crazy. Good draw engine on a commander is always wonderful. Removes any problem creatures and he comes back to the field easier than most commanders.

Those are my favorites for Rakdos. I don't know how competitive your meta is I'd lean towards Vial Smasher the Fierce if pretty competitive but since you are able to build on a budget any of these should be just fine.

Quesosity on Shattergang Brothers EDH

3 months ago

Deck looks solid! +1

In regards to the mana base, the land distribution looks good but I would run more of the sorcery or creature ramp spells such as Cultivate/Kodama's Reach/Wood Elves/Viridian Emissary. And if you do so I'd play more basic land in favor of some of the colorless only producing lands or "enters that battlefield" tapped lands. Another thing you could try is to shift towards using 2 of you colors more than the third. So fewer spells with double symbols or just cutting some those cards. Of course, shock and fetch lands alleviate the mana fixing issues but they might be out of your budget.

I run Rancor because of its mana cost. It's only 1! In my experience whenever there's troublesome enchantments casting it repeatedly the sacrificing with the Bros ability is great. Aspect of Mongoose is quite helpful with protecting things and is still pretty cheap mana wise so I might add it back in if I need more enchantment hate.

Goblin Sharpshooter hoses tokens which as been one of my harder mach ups. Kaervek the Merciless really lays on the stax so he seems fun for me to try out.

How has Aid from the Cowl worked for you? It seems good but might lead to overextending and is a bit of a do nothing enchantment for 5 if you don't already have a decent boardstate.

If you'd like you can check my list out at: Shattered Glass and Shattered Dreams

Addicted2Edh on A Nightmare to Remember (Crosis, The Purger)

4 months ago

Ive added Dissipation Field, No Mercy Propaganda Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs and now that im runing warped devotion im adding more bounce and Storm Cauldron Mana Breach to go along with my Painful Quandary Mind's Dilation Decree of Silence its alot different now and am thinkin of putting Kaervek the Merciless back in i do like your enchantment pain reflection and am considering it

KumaBozu on Enough Lands...Or Need More?

4 months ago

Your deck has a lot of tools, but the thing is, I don't see a visible win condition. I can see the idea of chipping someone out kinda working in 1v1, but in multiplayer, I expect you to have a bad time. To make up for this, you have some options, and they all focus around the spells you cast.

Damage based cards like Guttersnipe, Faerie Tauntings and Aetherflux Reservoir, etc.Counter-based cards like planeswalkers, infect and Inexorable Tide, etc.Theft cards like Bribery, Insurrection, Slave of Bolas, Hostage Taker and even Rite of Replication.You could even mill with Memory Erosion, Leyline of the Void, and cards like Circu, Dimir Lobotomist Also, just dumb good cards like Draining Whelk, Venser, Shaper Savant and Kaervek the Merciless

Not to say what you're doing is bad, it's totally not. You just gotta squeeze that sweet value out of everything you do.

As for the cards you mentioned, I'd say Arcane Denial, Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker, neither but put Dark Petition in that slot, Duplicant because it's a body, Liliana of the Veil, Word of Seizing, and neither, kinda.

All that said, I don't really play control, I'm a Timmy at heart. I play against it enough to know that you want to use every part of that orange, not just the juice

Guigehlen on King of Pain - Rakdos $40 Budget Beaters

5 months ago

I also think in add Grave Titan and Kaervek the Merciless after a while. Do you think I should put them in the place of which cards?

naynay666 on First Commander

6 months ago

Once you strip all of the "Dragon's Matter" cards out you have a solid foundation for most Rakdos decks.

Here are a few new general suggestions.

Kaervek the Merciless - Big and brutal.

Vial Smasher the Fierce - Small and less brutal, but still fun.

Mogis, God of Slaughter - Hard to deal with and annoying.

Olivia Voldaren - So good she doesn't have to command vampire tribal.

The Scorpion God - New and probably a lot of fun.

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