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
1 month ago
In my playgroup, which is all EDH and no duel (especially now that life is down to 20), I am able to cast Kaalia, sometimes. We never play a large free for all which helps. We really like emperror when we have 6 people, secret treaties for five people, and two headed giant for four people. Free for all is really just when we have three people as we don't have any other good game alternatives for three. Rarely, if we have 8 people we do two headed giant emperor.
I guess the only thing I have to deter Kaalia from getting countered is Price of Glory. I have considered some of the red counterspells for blue but in my situation, just don't have enough blue counter hate, something you may consider if you are getting that much trouble putting her out eg: Red Elemental Blast. Cavern of Souls is great for such a problem as well which I see you have as is Conqueror's Flail I see.
No Swiftfoot Boots as I had decided the reactionary protection spells were better.
...and yes I debated putting in Kaervek the Merciless, the only non demon, non dragon, non angel. I have to hard cast him but, yes, I believe he is that good! Towards the end game if he is out, ...they won't last long unless they deal with him.
1 month ago
I play Kaalia, Goddess of Monsters. And recently I've been focusing on protecting her, just like You, therefore I have some suggestions.
I see this is EDH, so your CMC might be a bit higher than in Duel Commander, but tell me, do You have something to cast while Kaalia of the Vast is out of play for a while ? Or do you hard cast all the ~7 CMCs from you hand ? To be honest I have a huge problem with this. That is why I've removed some fatties from my deck and added cards I could cast when my Kaalia of the Vast gets so much hate, that she barely touches the battlefield.
Ok, now for all the protection.
I really don't like auras as protection. I used to play Spirit Mantle, Unquestioned Authority, etc. but removed them, since a simple point removal like Searing Blood or Mizzium Mortars not only destroys my Kaalia, but also my aura gets buried with her. I came to a conclusion that instant protections are much more efficient. They are cheap, and can give my commander protection from any colour, which can prevent dame form creature, spell or 'counter' point removal (now, I need to find something to protect Kaalia from artefacts like Umezawa's Jitte). And usually they also give some other useful stuff.
That is why I highly reccomend cards like:
Brave the Elements - it doesn't target and gives protection to many creatures.
Gods Willing - 1 + scry is fair enough.
Ok. Now for my favourite protection card
Earnest Fellowship - I love this enchantment. My Kaalia of the Vast gets protection from 60% of any danger. If You have Cavern of Souls at the same time, she is practically untouchable. Sometimes Earnest Fellowship might be a double edged sword, since Your creatures won't be able to block some attackers, but usually all my creatures attack each turn, so it doesn't really matter. I recommend You to play test it.
I wander why don't You have Swiftfoot Boots ? Those are very nice shoes for this Lady.
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Is Kaervek the Merciless that good ? You can't sneak him in with Kaalia, and he is very expensive. Sorin, Grim Nemesis would be better I think, since You are the one with high CMC + it gives You some draw.
Feel free to advise me. I also struggle to protect my Kaalia.
+1 for You deck :)
1 month ago
So if this is gonna be a stompy aggro ramp deck, i suggest Cryptolith Rite, Wood Elves (for shocks), Sakura-Tribe Elder, and creature based ramp. The reason for that is, is because if you get a recursion package going like Phyrexian Reclamation, Palace Siege, or Alesha, Who Smiles at Death if the majority of your creatures fit that power, (making Tajuru Preserver Not necessary, you can generate card advantage that way, as well as abuse creatures with etb or sacrifice ablities. Also, you can run a card like Birthing Pod for tool box effects.
Since you have shocks, go ahead and add Skyshroud Claim.
Since you're in the best removal colors, I'd add cards that do that, that aren't damage based, E.g. Lavalanche. In Garruk's Wake is also a pretty wincon. I'd cut the artifact ramp as you're in green and you're likely not dropping Saskia until you're killing two people.
Also, you need to get your creatures through, Siege Behemoth is pretty aight (but blocking creatures can still assign damage).
Also, add card draw. Green does a lot of creature based card draw, black pays life for it.
I'd cut Dragon Broodmother, Genesis Hydra (maybe for Genesis Wave, Iona, Shield of Emeria, Kaervek the Merciless maybe, unless he's super good, Mogis, God of Slaughter (what synergy is he bringing?), Myr Battlesphere, Rubblebelt Raiders, Tajuru Preserver, and maaaaybe Thalia, Heretic Cathar and Xenagos, God of Revels, and instea throw in a ton of utility creatures for removal, pump, and various effects (i.e. Reclamation Sage, Acidic Slime, Terastodon, and white and black have a ton as well.) Also, a few Anthems would be good, particularly if they're on creatures, like Angel of Invention.
1 month ago
Hmm. I've really liked Yawgmoth's Will in Rakdos. His cost reduction works on casts from the yard, so there's ways to set up insane turns like: rune-scarred demon, sac it to burnt offering, play yawg will, play demon again, play burnt offering again, etc.
Also I kinda like Kaervek the Merciless and Massacre Wurm in Rakdos. Were they not competitive enough? Massacre wurm in particular looks great for clearing opposing mana dorks. Speaking of which, Plague Spitter is an awesome rakdos enabler.
1 month ago
Got here from your forum post...thoughts...
Kaervek the Merciless, Arc Blade, Palace Siege, Phthisis, Cryptolith Fragment Flip can all be interesting/good-ish, as well as Creeping Dread, Pyromancy and Sin Prodder if you add a little recursion. I'm also a fan of cards like Sulfuric Vortex, Forsaken Wastes, Everlasting Torment, and/or Erebos, God of the Dead in these kind of decks...
hope this helps, gl & hf
2 months 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. ;)
2 months 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!