Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Rivals of Ixalan (RIX) Mythic Rare
Explorers of Ixalan (EO2) None

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Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca

Legendary Creature — Merfolk Shaman

Tap another untapped Merfolk you control: Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca can't be blocked this turn.

Tap three untapped Merfolk you control: Draw a card.

Tap five untapped Merfolk you control: Put a +1/+1 counter on each Merfolk you control.

Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca Discussion

ClockworkSwordfish on Is there a difference between ...

1 month ago

There is indeed a difference. Counters are used to denote something, regardless of anything other than what they're placed on - in this case, +1/+1. The static boost from Merfolk Sovereign doesn't put a counter on all other merfolk because you don't need a reminder that their size has been increased. They get +1/+1 so long as she's in play, so the board state makes it evident without needing counters.

Case in point: if your opponent kills your Merfolk Sovereign, all of your merfolk will shrink in size. But if you use Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca to put a +1/+1 counter on all of your merfolk and he's killed, they'll still have the counters, independent of the source. So while in the latter case, Herald of Secret Streams will make all of your merfolk unblockable, the same can't be said with Merfolk Sovereign.

MonkeySit on Merfolk Deck

2 months ago

I would probably take out the Reliquary Tower as you don't have any card draw except for Chart a Course . I would also maybe take out Vedalken Orrery because you don't have much interaction with the battlefield at instant speed other than buffing counters on Merfolk. I feel like maybe you could reserve that spot for either other instants - maybe some more control like Negate , a bounce card, a tap permanent card, or something of the sorts. I would consider putting in Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca 100% because of your inclusion of Merrow Commerce and will make your Merfolk unbelievably strong and annoying. If you did, you could consider the Reliquary Tower but i think it would be overkill and would just be used better to replace cards as opposed to having an abundance of them. I would also consider going further down the "can't be blocked" theme. Herald of Secret Streams is a shining example and Sleep is sort of another way of achieving it. Mist-Cloaked Herald is a great early game threat and so is River Sneak and will get absolutely huge if left unchecked.

Anyway, that's just my friendly suggestions based on my limited knowledge but hope I maybe have helped in some way :)

Catpocolypse on Simic Fish

2 months ago

Merrow Reejerey - An incredibly powerful card that can allow you to instantly pop off almost any time.

Kiora's Follower - pairs well with Merrow Reejerey , is a merfolk and can untap/tap a creature/land that you may or may not need

Cursecatcher - Gives you another merfolk body and counts almost like a Spell Pierce which means that you can run more merfolk

Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca - Hes a good sideboard option against control decks

Merfolk Sovereign - He can squick through that little bit of extra damage that you need

sylvannos on Newbie needs help getting into ...

3 months ago

Is this the Fish deck you're using?

Merfolk return

Standard* Farel


The reason you're losing is you're not playing the two strongest cards for the deck (which are also the reason you play the deck in the first place)!

Those cards are Deeproot Waters and Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca . You should have 4 of each. I'd recommend the following decklist:

4x Breeding Pool (or Simic Guildgate if you're on a budget)
5x Forest
4x Hinterland Harbor
6x Island
4x Unclaimed Territory

2x Benthic Biomancer
4x Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca
4x Kumena's Speaker
4x Merfolk Branchwalker
4x Merfolk Mistbinder
1x Merfolk Trickster
4x Mist-Cloaked Herald
4x Silvergill Adept
1x Tempest Caller
3x Watertrap Weaver
1x Zegana, Utopian Speaker

Other Spells:
1x Spell Pierce
4x Deeproot Waters

2x Carnage Tyrant
4x Dive Down
1x Merfolk Trickster
1x Sentinel Totem
1x Shapers' Sanctuary
2x Sorcerous Spyglass
2x Spell Pierce
2x Thrashing Brontodon

You should have no problems steamrolling non-red aggro decks, control, and have okay match-ups against midrange. You won't beat RDW/Burn, so if you get paired up against them don't sweat it if you lose. R/W variants are easier to beat. Just keep Goblin Chainwhirler in mind and don't get 10-for-1'd by overextending with 1/1s.

Spell Pierce and Dive Down laugh in the face of boardwipes (like Deafening Clarion or Settle the Wreckage ) because you can often just go full HAM and keep 1 mana open, which will force your opponent to tap out for the wipe. They get BTFO'd and you kill them anyway.

Watertrap Weaver and Tempest Caller can often end the game just by creating so much tempo, especially against decks that rely on smaller amounts of large creatures.

You should still get a Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca even if you decide to play EDH because he's a powerhouse of a general.

triproberts12 on Newbie needs help getting into ...

3 months ago

Yay. Everyone loves some Commander. It's pretty much Magic as Richard Garfield, Ph.D. intended. If you want to see what your options are, I recommend checking out EDHREC. If you click on the Commanders tab at the top, you can see what your options are in each color identity, and if you click on the themes (tribal, +1/+1 counters, graveyard, etc.) tab, you can see if any of those styles of decks speak to you, and the site will show you what decks across the internet from sources such as TappedOut run in those decks. The other thing you can do is, if you have pet cards you would like to build around, you can enter those cards in the search bar, and it will tell you how many decks that card is played in, and what the most common cards are to see it run alongside.

I know you said you don't care much beyond liking UG, but, to get you started on ideas, if you like UG Merfolk, I recommend Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca if you want to go hard tribal or Tatyova, Benthic Druid if you want to draw cards and ramp. I built her as Druid tribal, and the deck is a blast. If you really don't care about creature type, but putting out an army, drawing cards, and taking extra turns is appealing to you, Edric, Spymaster of Trest is powerful and fun. If it's the counters aspect of Merfolk you enjoy, Experiment Kraj is a fun one, and if it's playing at instant speed that appeals to you, Rashmi, Eternities Crafter is the pick.

If you want to branch into a third color, you can have your Merfolk (Lorwyn goodies that come in UB or WU such as Sygg, River Cutthroat included) and your counter theme with Thrasios, Triton Hero + Reyhan, Last of the Abzan / Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker , or you can go enchantress with Tuvasa the Sunlit .

Before you get started, here's a useful video by The Professor on basic deck construction, and here's another Tolarian Community College video on choosing a Commander.

Check out the full list of options on EDHREC, especially in the themes section, and good luck!

dbpunk on Merfolk Ascendancy

3 months ago

I feel like Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca would be better than Zegana in this deck.

@nch0r on Tatyova's Shiny Swimmy Bois

3 months ago

Hello, I was looking over your deck and it seems pretty sweet. I do have a few suggestions. First, I have found that especially in aggro based decks having your lands come in tapped hurts. I would suggest replacing all the lands that come in tapped and don't do anything else with more basics.

Second, if you are wanting to go all in on the merfolk tribal theme, I believe that Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca would be a better fit as the commander. I would still play Tatyova, Benthic Druid in the 99 because she generates a ton of value.

If you are more interested in a deck that runs Tatyova as the head and is capable of going fast running the midgame or swooping in at the endgame, I have a Tatyova list that has performed wonderfully.

If you're interested here is my list: Where we're going we don't need mana rocks.

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