Kaervek the Merciless


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

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Set Rarity
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

Mofuggins on Rakdos, Riot in the Streets [[COMPETITIVE]] EDH

1 week ago

That's an excellent point. I never realized he doesn't reduce "Colorless" mana only generic mana. Thank you for finding a spot for Kaervek the Merciless. ;)

Mofuggins on Rakdos, Riot in the Streets [[COMPETITIVE]] EDH

1 week ago

Thank you! Kaervek the Merciless is definitely begging to be in there, it's just a matter of what to cut for him.

As far as Vexing Devil goes, I feel his tempo is slightly off from being optimal. His casting cost being red and a lack of ETB effect makes him awkward for late game. Having him stick before turn 4 would be good but if your opponent decides to take the 4 damage on a turn before Rakdos hits the board then you would get no benefit from the casting cost reduction effectively making him a slightly better lightning bolt. My main focus was to make sure that there is a delayed damaging effect by turn 3 and to make sure that there is access to BBRR so that Rakdos can reliably hit the board on turn 4.

I also thought about adding Cloudstone Curio but didn't just to make my friends not hate me any more than necessary. =)

I appreciate the feedback!

Mr.Beaver on Rakdos, Riot in the Streets [[COMPETITIVE]] EDH

2 weeks ago

Cool deck :) You might be able to use cards like Vexing Devil or Kaervek the Merciless (if Rakdos is out his CMC isn't too terrible) to help deal more damage each turn

areos17 on Kaervek Crusher of Dreams

3 weeks ago

carpecanum I agree, Arcane Lighthouse deserves a spot in the deck. Mogg Infestation is an interesting one person sweeper that I haven't seen before, being so creature light in my own deck I try to wheel and deal my way to avoid being attacked, generally using everyone else's spell casts as fuel I can destroy problems on the battlefield with Kaervek the Merciless. Vampiric Link is nice but being an aura card I just don't know if I could find a good spot for it to call home, they're too easily lost and not recoverable unless you're playing white and I already have a bunch of ways to gain life. Thanks for the comment!

Mig-El on Reinventing Kaalia

1 month ago

I've played this deck: Vengeance of the Fallen for about two years. As you can see, it is a pretty standard Kaalia deck. And as every Kaalia of the Vast deck, it is "too powerful for casual, too weak for competitive". That's why I want to try a new idea, turn it into a little less aggro, but with a better defence. I want to add some useful humans and build the strategy thanks to them. I need to cut some fatties to 20 or less, only the powerful and I would like your suggestions for changes.Here are my ideas to add:

Thanks for your help.

Raizerkerz on Oros is a Dick

1 month ago

Kaervek the Merciless would be pretty sweet in here. +1 from me, sweet idea.

Adamaro on Sowers of Discord

1 month ago

I can't say what is right or wrong to cut because we all have our own play styles, but these are the changes I would make:

-1 Dissipation Field

+1 No Mercy or Dread

-1 Domineering Will

+1 Mystifying Maze or Maze of Ith

-1 Soul Conduit

+1 Tree of Perdition or Grand Melee

-1 Leyline of Anticipation (This card draws a lot of attention)

+1 Grand Melee or Fumiko the Lowblood

These changes are strictly my opinion and aren't right or wrong. I feel like Exsanguinate to gain life could be pretty awesome. Card choice is extremely important for politics. I love playing Phyrexian Gargantua in my deck. My friend plays Consecrated Sphinx and rarely if ever draws more cards than I do, not to mention all the attacks I get in with the Gargantua.

Some important plays to keep an eye on happen during your first 3-4 turns of the game. Always let your opponents know you aren't playing combo, immediately this will let them know to target someone else. Next we'll need some more mana rocks for your high CMC items like Cruel Entertainment and Kaervek the Merciless. I would start with Sol Ring, Rakdos Signet, Dimir Signet, Izzet Signet, and Talisman of Dominance, Talisman of Indulgence, and perhaps something like Coalition Relic.

These will also help with your land count being on the lower side (for my preference anyway).

Grenzo, Havoc Raiser and Jinxed Choker are fun cards too. Once the choker is being passed around you can easily defend yourself by saying something along the lines of "I didn't pass it to you, that was bob!" if someone is getting upset haha.

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