Kaervek the Merciless


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH 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

SteelSentry on Does Vial Smasher, the Fierce ...

1 month ago

No, commander damage is only combat damage. So the abilities of Vial Smasher the Fierce, Nekusar, the Mindrazer, and Kaervek the Merciless do not count. In addition, because of this, Planeswalker commanders have no way of doing commander damage.

Nerdytimesorwhatever on Murdertime Funtime

2 months ago

For reference, my Tymaret Stax deck has an average CMC of 2.51. I would say for Lord of Riots a good ~3 CMC average would be good.

Kaervek the Merciless is another fun dude to run.

Grifoneis on Guilty pleasure

3 months ago

Nekusar's damaging ability is superb at ruining the whole table at once with Wheel of Fortune effects, look up other Nekusar lists for those because I'm not super familiar with them. Teferi's Puzzle Box is a good include along with Kami of the Crescent Moon. Feel free to throw in other good stuff constant damage cards like Mogis, God of Slaughter, Sulfuric Vortex, and Kaervek the Merciless to keep your opponents floored even when Nekusar is off board.

Be careful about including Notion Thief though, while it may seem good it's limiting the amount of card draw for your opponents which limits all the damage they take, and it can cause you to draw too many cards and have to discard a ton or even deck yourself out. That being said it's a good early game card to keep your own draw up.

swampy5 on

3 months ago

surely Kaervek the Merciless would fit nicely

MoonTurtle7 on Here I Come Again Asking ...

3 months ago

Cmasa435 Honestly been looking at Meren for awhile, debating on her, Gitrog, Jarad, or Mazirek. They all have value and can be strong, but I was waiting on commander anthologies and then I was gonna play with that pre-con and see where to go. As for Sakashima the Impostor it's interesting to say the least, but I'm not sure if I'm feeling it, there are plenty of possibilities there. It's on my radar, and I'll do some digging.

schmugluglu I've heard of doing Rafiq of the Many support before, But the clone Idea is pretty friggin' sweet actually.Also 10 out of 10 love that bird of paradise, reminds me of an old aura deck I made where I won with a 26/26 trample, vigilance, first strike, hexproof Avacyn's Pilgrim, good times...

Unlife nice seeing you again. Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge is an interesting choice. Though the more I've looked into it she's not something that would really be effective in my playgroup (very creature heavy), great choice, so much so it's crossed my mind 10/10. Yet again a commander I've looked into with a very serious interest Borborygmos Enraged, my biggest problem is he can take a bit to get out, and even then becomes either a huge target or removed instantly. The deck I designed was probably super janky, but funny if it went off. I ultimately gotta pass on him as much as I hate to say it. Ezuri, Claw of Progress This one is a tricky one, I've been on the fence about him forever, in one hand if he sticks your doing good, if he isn't my deck is crippled. I feel with him I would just have to play him, but I'm just not sure, he doesn't "Pop" in my head if you get what I'm saying? Anywho you've had some fantastic suggestions. Sorry I feel like I'm shooting down.

Errast beard is always a plus, and I've honestly never really thought of doing Feldon of the Third Path He's certainly different, I'll do some digging see if he sparks anything for me.

griffstick I seriously feel like a broken tape recorder saying this, I have done plenty of digging and playing with Selvala, both iterations. She's one I could never settle on how I wanted to build her and every iteration I was never ever happy. She's a great character and a pair of cool cards, but I was just never happy playing it. Kaervek the Merciless is pretty sweet, never really thought of the Political options with him. Idk if I will dig super deep with him, but he's definitely worth looking into.

landofMordor Oh Rashmi, sweet Rashmi. Both her and Yidris have been on and off projects for me. She is just such a value engine, but DEAR GOD! I can't decide or really be happy with any of the decks I've thought up on TappedOut It's easily in the double digits for her and Yidris each. Hence why I come to you guys for a little clarity, she's one where I more need suggestions on what kind of build. Clones is a neat one, but she's been a headache to me I've dropped time and time again. Ok... Sorry my head hurts a bit thinking of her again, Lazav, Dimir Mastermind is neat-o, but isn't he more of a mill/voltron thing? I could do clones, but I don't wanna force something that the deck isn't.

As for Stealing

I should have kinda expected this. I like taking things, and copying things. It was meant as a general statement, and I thought I was kinda clear with saying the deck doesn't have to. So suggest random goblins or vampires or merfolk or trombones or whatever please don't feel restricted by the fact I like to clone/steal things.

I'm also sorry, I've done a lot of research on stuff like EDHREC so I know a fair bit of commanders. Please don't be offended that I've seen the commander before, I have a hard time choosing thing like this. And my friends as much as I love them, are always sarcastic with this kind of thing. ("you should make a boardwipe tribal deck with Child of Alara as the commander" that is an actual suggestion I was given once)


Trust me the suggestions are great and I write the ones I don't know down and look 'em up. You guys are awesome

griffstick on Here I Come Again Asking ...

3 months ago

I may have suggested this last time, and it's still my favorite CMDR. You should make, Selvala, Explorer Returned because, You can build this deck many ways.With cards like Instill Energy, Thousand-Year Elixir, Paradox Engine, Magewright's Stone, Sword of the Paruns, Umbral Mantle and Wirewood Lodge, you can ramp the hell out of Selvala, Explorer Returned. I built her aroud tokens its super fun and strong and people like parly. For a really good reference click here this is my version of sevala but using tokens instead of big fatties. Another really fun CMDR that I'm hooked on at the moment and is becoming my new favorite CMDR IS Kaervek the Merciless, he can be an emergency button in the late game when someone (particularly to the right of you) gets out of hand. If you like politicking then this is the best CMDR, Simply strike deals with the players around the table to divert there removal spells at Kaervek the Merciless, and tell them hey cast as many spells as you can so we can take care of that over powered player at the moment. It's very easy in a 4 player game to deal 15 to 20 damage to a player with Kaervek the Merciless before your next turn. I don't have the best Kaervek the Merciless deck atm it's still working out the imperfections. I like to go the creature rout when building decks if you want to take a look at it here it is Kaervek the Merciless, BITCH!

Steelspike on Help me stop Yidris/Storm

3 months ago

My first suggestion would be to just stop playing with him altogether until he agrees to stop playing that deck.

Aside from that, Grafdigger's Cage, Eidolon of Rhetoric, Stonehorn Dignitary, any instant speed removal, Time Stop effects, anything with split second Krosan Grip for example.

Maybe Kaervek the Merciless, Tsabo Tavoc or Ruric Thar, the Unbowed to really discourage the storm.

Instant speed tutors as well, to get some anti-storm creatures, like Planar Portal, Planar Bridge, Corpse Harvester (with Quicksilver Amulet, or Cryptic Gateway), or Chord of Calling.

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