Kaervek the Merciless

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

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

Kaervek the Merciless occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Rakdos: 0.44%

Kaervek the Merciless Discussion

BuraddoRun on Tsabo's League of Assassins

1 month ago

@RyProv, Thanks for the suggestions! I think I might go with Thornbite Staff and especially Avatar of Woe. Kaervek the Merciless is mean, no doubt, but I'll probably leave him and Revel in Riches out for now, because they don't really fit the theme as much. But if mana ramp seems to be an issue, I might reconsider Revel. And yes, deck finessing definitely is a slippery slope!

RyProv on Tsabo's League of Assassins

1 month ago

Tsabo Tavoc was my first commander too! So many good memories with her. To help with the high mana cost Revel in Riches could be fun and also offer an alternate win con. In addition Thornbite Staff wrecks with assassins. Avatar of Woe is a beast of an assassin too.

Another creature that makes everyone hate you more (also isn't a bad commander) is Kaervek the Merciless.

But alas, commander deck finessing is a slippery slope that never ends.

griffstick on Merciless rage upgrades

1 month ago

When I had my Kaervek the Merciless deck. I found that giving him lifelink was very good. Also I found that Possibility Storm with Kaervek the Merciless is OP. GETTING TWO TRIGGERS OFF Kaervek the Merciless. from that Enchantment was sick.

Olive_pdx on The Torture Never Stops

2 months ago

Oh man nice deck!! I recently put one together as part of a white elephant exchange in our playgroup and I landed him. I finally got it to a nice spot and took a nice win tonight, essentially casting Kaervek the Merciless early (turn 3) and controlling the board and pinging to death. I used the Pestilent Spirit and lots of cheap damage spells to keep the board clean. Seems to work well.

griffstick on Commanders that create an interesting ...

2 months ago

Ruffigan and dingusdingo agree fully with Kaervek the Merciless I had one of those decks before and it's really fun. Especially if the player to your right is winning. And you play Kaervek the Merciless and say to the table. "Dont worry I will direct all the triggers towards the winning player to the right of me." Yea Kaervek the Merciless is one that is fun and wins.

Ruffigan on Commanders that create an interesting ...

2 months ago

I second Kaervek the Merciless . I have mine built as a basically creatureless group slug deck with lots of boardwipes, draw, mana, and slug cards. Kaervek isn't necessary to win but he fits into the deck perfectly and is easy to ramp into. It makes the game very political and people hold off on playing their expensive cards in fear of taking lots of damage or losing important creatures.

dingusdingo on Commanders that create an interesting ...

2 months ago

Fumiko the Lowblood . Creates an interesting dynamic on the board every time your commander is out. Lots of neat effects to pair it with, whether you go for untap restrictions like Smoke or Static Orb , or just want to cause games to end quickly with things like Furnace of Rath

Also a big fan of Horobi, Death's Wail . Pack it full of every single death black effect you can find, like Death Match Death Pits of Rath , Mindslicer Pestilence and whatever else you can find. You'll win far more games than you imagine as you create a board state so toxic no one can develop properly. You don't even need free target effects, but it helps.

Kaervek the Merciless is another general that allows some unique building imo. Stuff yourself full of board wipes like Pyroclasm Anger of the Gods Toxic Deluge Earthquake and similar to keep the board clear while you build up to 7 mana. Stuff your deck full of fatties who can survive small red sweeper effects, and punish players with the Kaervek trigger and your fatties.

For a serious competitive answer, look at Tasigur, the Golden Fang . Highly political deck with a strong color identity, and lots of different infinite combos available as your means of winning. The GY recursion allows you to play control in a format that is traditionally hard to play control in.

SideBae on [Primer] Mogis' Slaughter House: Murder Made Tasty

2 months ago

Sulfuric Vortex comes to mind... I think it's probably better than Falkenrath Noble . Eidolon of the Great Revel , Harsh Mentor and other such duders also work.

I also think that if you cut a few of the more expensive cards (ex: Kaervek the Merciless , Ward of Bones ) for more mana ramp ( Rakdos Signet , Talisman of Indulgence ...) you can get away with running just around 31 or 32 lands. That'll free up some more slots for low-to-the-ground burn. Overall I think the deck would improve by a lot if you lowered the average CMC to something like 2 or 2.5.

I don't think very highly of Dash Hopes , to be honest. Maybe your experience has been different than mine, but in general people will be perfectly happy to pay 5 life for a significant spell. You're probably better off running something that generates card advantage, like Commune with Lava or Light Up the Stage . Gamble isn't really card advantage, but I think you should run it if only for the selection. Same goes for Faithless Looting .

Wheel of Fortune is amazing, although it's sitting around $100 these days. Reforge the Soul works as a more accessible replacement. Theater of Horrors is worth considering, too.

If you want a discard-style sub-theme (with your Geier Reach Sanitarium , Painful Quandary ...) Waste Not can be helpful.

Harvester of Souls works pretty well as a top-end, I think. It gets you cards when your opponents sac guys.

Right. That's all I got. Good luck.

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