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Creature — Insect Wizard
Undergrowth — When Kraul Harpooner enters the battlefield, choose up to one target creature with flying you don't control. Kraul Harpooner gets +X/+0 until end of turn, where X is the number of creature cards in your graveyard, then you may have Kraul Harpooner fight that creature.
Kraul Harpooner Discussion
3 days ago
Thank you for the explanation on Vicious Rumors and Ashiok, Dream Render , the choices make a lot more sense to me. I do see the graveyard hate of the Sentinel Totem as being worth keeping in the sideboard, as it helps shut down Rekindling Phoenix , Find / Finality , Pteramander , Enigma Drake , Search for Azcanta Flip, and Arclight Phoenix , as well as the few jump-start cards you often see, such as Risk Factor and Chemister's Insight . This feels like a really nice variety of targets for what is, as you said, an extremely low opportunity cost to play the totem. I'm really skeptical about Urgoros, the Empty One as a finisher, and if you're just playing him for flavor/as a pet card, you can skip the rest of my spam. Otherwise, he seems really weak as far as dimir finishers go. While drawing one/making your opponent discard is fine, six whole mana for a 4/3 flyer seems extremely vulnerable to a vast multitude of commonly played removal spells like Lightning Strike , Lava Coil , Kraul Harpooner , Collision / Colossus , Vivien Reid and Shivan Fire as well as other, more niche spells like Skewer the Critics . As a comparison to Urgoros, we can take the new God-Eternal Kefnet . Kefnet not only dodges 3/4 damage burn removal, but also comes down much earlier while also dodging exile effects like Vraska's Contempt , Conclave Tribunal , the aforementioned Lava Coil and other sad endings your game-ending threat could meet. To top this, Kefnet provides an identical clock to Urgoros, with the added advantage of letting you rip discounted sweepers/removal off the top to stabilize a board in the midgame, or use a draw/targeted discard spell for some tasty card advantage. Alternatively, if you find that you don't need Kefnet's resilience due to your ability to protect Urgoros, I think Doom Whisperer is a stronger contender for the slot, as he lets you keep surveiling to spam fake news and sift out poor topdecks/flood. Doom also has the relevant addition of greater p/t, granting your finisher a speedier clock as well as incidental resistence to many of the previously mentioned removal spells, all for a lower cmc than Urgoros.
6 days ago
Kraul Harpooner always goes well in these types of decks
2 weeks ago
If possible I'd consider swapping out the Crushing Canopy s plus the multani's or something for a couple copies of both Thrashing Brontodon and Kraul Harpooner . Just a way to cover the same bases while adding to your critical mass of chonkers. New Vivien, Champion of the Wilds might be a sweet include in this also when she becomes available.
That said I think the best avenue for improvement would be the sideboard. There aren't any popular decks that are gonna have consistent targets for Broken Bond or Plummet when it matters and I'm not sure what matchups Silhana Wayfinder and the twins are coming in against. Cards like Thrash / Threat , Sorcerous Spyglass , Shapers' Sanctuary and Find / Finality seem like decent sideboard options.
If wildcards are in short supply you might want to consider the following: - Atzocan Archer (decent against mono tempo+ weenie sometimes) - Colossal Majesty (winmoorish but fun) - Diamond Mare - Dryad Greenseeker (card advantage) - Kraul Foragers - Kraul Harpooner - Thrashing Brontodon
on Domri's Raid
1 month ago
That's an interesting take on the deck on this deck! I, personally, would consider moving Domri, Chaos Bringer into mainboard and instead moving Sunder Shaman into sideboard. Also you are lacking protection from fliers, other than the Lightning Strike in the sideboard. Does it feel like this deck is fast enough to outpower Izzet Phoenix or Mono Red with Rekindling Phoenix ? I would probably fit in a couple Crushing Canopy into sideboard and maybe Kraul Harpooner into mainboard. I see the Aggressive Mammoth doing a lot of work by giving the necessary trample, but in matchups vs Esper control or Nexus decks I would rather put Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma which gives every creature trample too! and +1/+1 if they are big and it only costs . If you even have means I would squish in a couple Carnage Tyrant somewhere since he is lower in price right now. Let me know what you think.
1 month ago
1 month ago
Have you considered Kraul Harpooner over Merfolk Branchwalker in this deck? Being able to kill a spirit lord or Arclight Phoenix can help with racing. You can also stack the triggers to give Pelt Collector a power boost late game.
1 month ago
Sorry, thought of a few more items. If you splash black, Poison-Tip Archer is a great anti-flyer measure. Incubation Druid has a lot more power mid game than Druid of the Cowl and might make a good sub, budget depending. Atzocan Archer in the sideboard against flying decks would be really helpful. Alternately, if your local opponents have large flyers, Kraul Harpooner works great in mid game (though he usually dies). Good luck!
2 months ago
I like the subtle changes I'm seeing in the maindeck. I'd personally go -1 Mirror Image +1 Knight of Autumn , primarily to make sure you don't flood yourself with clones with nothing to use them on. Three clones should be enough to generate overwhelming value in this deck. I also might go -1 Meteor Golem +1 Pelakka Wurm ; the seven life, game-dominating body, and card-on-death are probably going to be better against most everything except Teferi. I also really want to find room for Biogenic Ooze in this deck, since Militia Bugler can pull it, much like Trostani Discordant . I don't know if it's better than Mesmerizing Benthid , though, so I'm not sure how it would fit.
Your sideboard looks pretty good. Vannifar decks are likely to out-grind the popular BGu Value decks, so you probably don't need much in your sideboard for those matches. If you can fit in a single The Immortal Sun , that might be worthwhile. I was going to suggest Shield Mare if it hadn't made it in; it's perfect for what this deck wants to be doing against aggro (especially MonoRed). Kraul Harpooner is also an excellent choice to keep you in the game against UR Drakes and MonoBlue. Incubation / Incongruity is nice emergency removal against giant flying creatures and helps dig for other sideboard answers otherwise, so it's reasonable, though I'd take the opportunity to go -1 Incubation / Incongruity +1 The Immortal Sun just for the occasional free wins.
Negate beats every spell that Make a Stand beats and more: Seal Away , Ixalan's Binding , Vraska's Contempt , Teferi, and most importantly Settle the Wreckage and Find / Finality . You lose the ability to swing creature combat in your favor, but in general you're favored during board stalls anyways. Negate will help you beat Wilderness Reclamation decks, burn decks, and Gates decks as well.
With seven copies between Knight of Autumn and Mirror Image , you've got plenty of maindeck ability to deal with Wilderness Reclamation , Experimental Frenzy , and Guild Summit ; additional artifact/enchantment removal is unnecessary (especially if Negate is in the board too). Rather, it might be better to have access to the swingiest white creature in the format - Lyra Dawnbringer - against aggro decks and Tithe Taker to harass and pressure decks that want to operate on your turn. Honestly, I'd rather see Tithe Taker in the main, but it's a fine sideboard card too. Other options in that open 2x slot are Seal Away as hard removal and Warrant / Warden as a flexible answer/threat.
is also usually present in green lists somewhere in the 75. I'm not sure she's necessary here, but it's a card to always remember. Another card you have access to is
, which is great for stealing
and is effectively a removal spell that also gives you pod fodder.
Settle the Wreckage
are also available in your colors and can be potential blowouts. Just options to keep in mind.
Finally, looking back over the list, you may actually need more mana sources than 23 lands + 4 Incubation Druid . 23 lands means that you're only 58% likely to make your fourth land drop on your fourth turn. If you're missing Incubation Druid and Prime Speaker Vannifar (or if they die), you can struggle to make it to your heavy hitters. Most Vannifar lists I've seen have roughly the same curve as your deck and are running 23-24 lands + 8-13 mana dorks. Not that this is necessarily correct, but the lists appeared to be performing well with that combination.
Kraul Harpooner occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.14%