Creature — Merfolk
Kumena's Omenspeaker gets +1/+1 as long as you control another Merfolk or an Island.
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Kumena's Speaker Discussion
1 week ago
Only cards that are currently legal in Standard from Explorers of Ixalan can be played in Standard. Explorers of Ixalan is not a Standard set it's what Wizards calls a supplementary product. Time Warp is currently not Standard legal thus it won't be legal in Standard when Explorers is released.
Silvergill Adept is not Standard legal yet, you have to wait until Rivals of Ixalan is out which is next year Jan 19, 2018. When Silvergill is legal however I suggest playing 4 of it. More copies of it actually help in your hand because you can reveal a copy of it to cast another from your hand for the reduced cost.
I suggest adding 4x Blossoming Defense cutting 2x Lifecrafter's Gift and 2x Supreme Will replacing them with Defense. When you're relying on a spell like River Heralds' Boon the Merfolk you target is very vulnerable to instant removal especially Fatal Push and Lightning Strike. Defense is a way to protect a Merfolk which is important when playing Champion.
Kumena's Speaker is a good one drop Merfolk I suggest cutting Silvergill for it for the time being until Silvergill is Standard legal.
3 weeks ago
may actually just be the new merfolk. Many of its slots are filled with better options than in merfolk decks. 1drop Champion of the Parish gets huge fast, much better than Kumena's Speaker. Silvergill Adept is replaced backwards by Meddling Mage and Kitesail Freebooter. Both Thalias do what Spreading Seas does in merfolk, just with a body tacked on, Reflector Mage is a much better Harbinger of the Tides, and Thalia's Lieutenant is just a great lord. Mayor of Avabruck Flip is mediocre, but hey. And finally: if merfolk had an on-tribe manadork like Noble Hierarch with a pretty big upside to boot, they wouldnt hesitate a second running a playset.Now that 12 5color-lands allow for a painless, consistent mana base, I see no reason to run merfolk over 5c humans, to be honest!
3 weeks ago
I created this deck idea for my girlfriend that is starting out in magic the gathering. The main goal of this deck to create chump blockers until Herald of Secret Streams comes out and then proceed to attack with unblockable creatures. For example, in an ideal hand, Kumena's Speaker and River Sneak would be good to put out first as chump blockers. Then Deeproot Waters to help create token chump blockers when other merfolk come out.
I'm not quiet sure if this possible, but if Deeproot Warrior attacks while Herald of Secret Streams is on the battlefield and a blocker is declared, he would become unblockable because he would get a +1/+1 counter. And this in turn would trigger Herald of Secret Streams ability. I added in Metallic Mimic for additional +1/+1 counters. Kopala, Warden of Waves is essentially there to create a strain on removals. Spell Pierce is also thrown in to help further strain removals. Lastly, Blossoming Defense is added to buff up and make a creature hexproof.
Feel free to give feedback on this.
4 weeks ago
cambonimachine I think that Kumena's Speaker would be overall better, as it is more relevant early and this deck seems to want to be the aggressor. But if Jungle Delver 's ability has been working out well, then what about Walking Ballista? It might be pricy and comes down 1 turn later and it can also come out as a bigger creature, plus it also works as removal or direct face damage!
Another suggestion is Unclaimed territory, as it can help you with mana fixing, giving you more freedom with the colors of your creatures.
4 weeks ago
So I've played a few games of this and the lower mana hasn't been an issue yet because the
covers me. Also considering that I only have 4 cards that are 4+ drops, I really only need 3 mana to get the ball rolling.
Kumena's Speaker Does seem to be the better of the two for turn 1/2 purposes, though the pump ability on Jungle Delver can get outta hand really quickly if I run out of cards in hand but have plenty of mana. So any opinions on when is the optimal play there would be greatly appreciated. I have the same issue deciding between Deeproot Warrior and Shaper Apprentice because possible 3/3 for 2 is awesome, but the flying helps get the damage down range.
River's Rebuke Was a wild card in my initial assessment, its nice when I actually get it and need it, but the 1/60 of it and its high cost makes it sort of meh I agree. I was thinking of removing it, Growing Rites of Itlimoc , and Search for azcanta to make room for 2 or 3 Kopala, Warden of Waves and then taking out the Perilous Voyage s and grabbing some Unsummons (even though i do like the early scry, I can see what you mean by keeping the tempo up)
4 weeks ago
There are a lot of 2-of cards which I feel could be better tuned. You have both Jungle Delver and Kumena's Speaker as one 2-of turn 1 plays, why not just run one of them at 4 copies? Another example if Deeproot Warrior and Shaper Apprentice, there is likely one you would prefer to see in most scenarios, so I think it would be better if you cut one of them to add more copies of the other.
A second issue I see is your mana base. You are running 18 lands, which is generally really low, specially when you have 5-mana and 6-mana cards, as you will often struggle to play them. I am not saying that 18 lands is not playable, but you cannot expect to be able to play River's Rebuke most of the time. I would personally remove the Vanquisher's Banner and the River's Rebuke and replace them with 2 lands.
As for card additions I would recommend Kopala, Warden of Waves, as it would help you stay ahead in tempo by protecting your team. I would also recommend Unsummon, as it can remove blockers cheaply, further helping you stay ahead.
1 month ago
@Crayzar, fair point, I think it's splitting hairs between the two. Champion, on the board and attacking is a combat trick by itself so any noncreature cards, assuming I have them, is always a blowout or bad blocks in favor to me. On the other hand, Branchwalker essentially draw me a card, might be a 3/2 or 4/3 with SNEK out. I will play test branchwalker though for that fact alone.
@backinajiffy Good suggestions, but I'll counter. Jade Guardian, by playtesting, has become my biggest theat next to playing the scarab god in the midgame, I've gotten it to a 7/7 with no trouble and made my opponent have to use their best removal (usually Vraska's Contempt) just to take care of it and shows it is good pressure.