Whenever a player casts a blue spell, you may gain 1 life.
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|2012 Core Set (M12)||Uncommon|
|2011 Core Set (M11)||Uncommon|
|Duels of the Planeswalkers (DPA)||Uncommon|
|2010 Core Set (M10)||Uncommon|
|Tenth Edition (10E)||Uncommon|
|Ninth Edition (9ED)||Uncommon|
|Ninth Edition Foreign Black Border (9EDFBB)||Uncommon|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Kraken's Eye Discussion
1 year ago
The original “lucky charms” ( Ivory Cup , Iron Star , and so forth), as well as the Darksteel lucky charms ( Kraken's Eye , Wurm's Tooth , and so forth) triggered whenever any player cast a spell of the appropriate color, and both Paradise Plume and Golem's Heart followed that example, as well. However, the staves from Magic 2014 triggered only when their controller cast a spell of the appropriate color, and Diamond Mare from Magic 2019 followed that example, as well.
Now, with diamond knight from Magic 2020 following the later example, it is now clear to me that WotC does not wish for lucky charms to trigger when their controllers’ opponents cast spells, but I feel that that severely limits their power.
What does everyone else say about this? Why did WotC make this change, and does it annoy you?
1 year ago
All of these cards work well when you are running basically just mountains, running blue splits their power, and using non basics reduces their effectiveness even further. Downhill Charge , Granite Grip , and Seismic Strike .
These cards are ok, but don’t really work with your primary concept. Titan's Strength I like this for the scry, and if it drew a card it’d be fine, but as a combat trick it’s pretty meh. Kavu Scout is at most a 2/2 for two in this deck. Kraken's Eye is pretty passive life gain, but it’s not going to win the game for you, and it is pretty unlikely to save you too (it does improve with some of the buy back spells I list later). The problem with Akroan Crusader is that if we cut the combat tricks this card becomes way weaker, and even with the tricks, it’s not got a high likelihood of having both at the same time. Why would we run that when we can run cards like Crackling Drake ?
Strider Harness is good, but it is over costed for what it does.
Whisk Away I’m not loving this card, it is alright. It’s just low bang for the buck.
As for some cards that might help things, the issue I see is that your plan has a lot of draw, and some control, but not a lot of ways to win. As it is your commander is basically the only way you have of making use of the draw, out side of trying to win with Jace. Winning with Jace is gonna be tough cause you have to draw him, and then mill through your deck, it is possible just hard. So most of the suggestions are cards that work well with casting a lot of draw spells, or removal. This makes your plan of drawing a lot of cards do something other than drawing a lot of cards. Just like your commander they are all going to do something when you draw, or cast a spell. Talrand, Sky Summoner , Saheeli, Sublime Artificer , Murmuring Mystic , Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind , Guttersnipe , and Psychosis Crawler are all great for your deck.
Swarm Intelligence is great for casting a lot of spells.
A thing that might happen is running out of gas. So cards that give repeated use like flashback and buy back are huge. They mean you’ll always have something to do, and offer more value because of your cards that trigger on spell cast, or card draw. Some good examples include Mystic Retrieval , Fanning the Flames , Whispers of the Muse , Shattering Pulse , and though it is a little bit more expensive Capsize which is incredibly powerful and super annoying for other people to deal with if they can’t outright counter it.
AEtherize is just a super good card for the deck.
Your deck should basically just draw a whole lot of cards, and having the mana to play them is super important. I’d likely look at increasing the number of mana rocks (artifacts that make mana) in there, and making sure that you’re never hurting for your second color. Some solid suggestions for that are Izzet Signet , Izzet Cluestone , Commander's Sphere , Izzet Boilerworks , Terramorphic Expanse , Desolate Lighthouse , and Memorial to Genius is just great for your draw plan.
1 year ago
How do you feel about a green splash?
R/B are arguably the worst 2 colors for sideboards (with white then green being the best).
As for Tron, pick your flavor of land destruction. Crumble to Dust is my pick. They can win through almost any form of hate, even Blood Moon and Pithing Needle effects so you just need to be quicker than they are. Keeping them off Tron will makes things easier.
Your actually decently tech'd against burn with Izzet Charm , Rune Snag , Lightning Bolt and Remand . If you need something more Kraken's Eye or Dragon's Claw can work wonders. I'm a personal fan of Amulet of Safekeeping as it's useful for against many decks and great against Storm. I also like Fountain of Renewal since it can be played turn 1 and involves no additional investment, plus can be cashed in if it gets to a point its not needed.
As far as the graveyard decks, you could run Relic of Progenitus or Surgical Extraction without splashing. You could run Leyline of the Void but if you side it in you would have to commit to mulling for it. Sentinel Totem and Tormod's Crypt are decent as well.
1 year ago
My little lady demanded some more changes to the curve and creature base. Things are getting scary if I'm honest. New to her build are three copies of Serum Visions and Gitaxian Probe and one additional copy of Cyclonic Rift. She seems to really appreciate torturing me with those copies of Spreading Seas however she felt four copies was a bit much so we tuned it down a bit to 3.
Her sideboard is a bit more chaotic and incomplete so for now I will leave it unposted. I will mention that she decided to move Kraken's Eye to her main build.
She's looking at running four copies of Lord of Atlantis with heavy breath and maybe a little bit of drool... :-/ but for now she'll just have to wait.
The next real plan for now is to figure out a mana base that can help propel her game. Anybody out there with ideas for such a build would be greatly appreciated. Beyond this monstrosity I really have no experience building Merfolk.
2 years ago
I would probably swap Chart a Course for Think Twice. The reasoning is simply, you don't have a lot of creatures to attack with and Think Twice being at instant speed means you can hold mana open for counters and then cast it EOT if you don't need to counter anything. Beyond that it holds value even if you have to discard it.
I would also suggest you drop Sphinx of Magosi, Cancel, and Oppressive Will from your SB completely as well as cutting Guile down to 1 copy. I can't think of a single match Sphinx of Magosi would be relevant in. Even then Staff of Nin is probably better for the mana. Cancel is overpriced. You really don't want to be boarding in additional 3 mana counters. They're just too slow for the format. Disallow works because you can stop fetches and other relevant activated abilities but Cancel doesn't offer much utility. Oppressive Will again is overpriced and conditional. I would instead add 1x Lone Revenant in place of the additional Guile. 4x Spreading Seas in place of Cancel. 3x Ceremonious Rejection in place of Sphinx of Magosi. 1x Telepathy & 1x Kraken's Eye, Disdainful Stroke, Summary Dismissal, or Reality Shift in place of the 2x Oppressive Will.
2 years ago
Spreading Seas also might be a more relevant sideboard card.