Kaervek the Merciless


Format Legality
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

kdmurphy001 on Dark Alley w/ Mr. Rakdos and His Eldrazi

4 weeks ago

Not sure how I feel about Kaervek the Merciless. He's an asshole for sure but not sure he's a big enough asshole for Rakdos.

Not sure what to put in it's place but cheap tutors like Imperial Seal and Grim Tutor would be a good fit I'd think.

ErnieSpratt on Wasitora GoodStuff

1 month ago

@ Cybersix

If I had Oracle of Mul Daya, I'd probably put one in instead of the Frog monster. I originally planned to also play Ramunap Excavator, but that guy kind of doesn't do anything without his frog bro or a Stripmine (which I probably should include in the list If im being honest). So Gitrog is just another slow piece of ramp + Card draw for now.

The other thing is that I usually am "That Blue Player" of my group. And this deck is something that I came up with to whip out when the dudes get sick of my shit )

On the same note, I find that Sheoldred and Gravepact are kind of too oppressive, and boring. So I prefer something funkier and less common in those slots, like Puppeteer Clique, Underworld Cerberus, Kaervek the Merciless, Olivia Voldaren, Massacre Wurm to name a few that I want to experiment with.

RedPlaneswalker on To Hell We Ride | Rakdos Stax

2 months 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

3 months ago

I think Kaervek the Merciless would be a solid choice.


5 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

5 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)

6 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

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