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Kumena's Omenspeaker gets +1/+1 as long as you control another Merfolk or an Island.
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Kumena's Speaker Discussion
16 hours ago
Argy, why go with 4x of Kumena? since they're legendary i've never seen a reason to have a playset since most of the time one or two of them are just gonna be dead draws when one is on field.
16 hours ago
Hey man, I like a lot of the cards you got going on but may I suggest adding a few more or costing creatures in just to help start the game off with a bit better tempo. Kumena's Speaker is good, maybe consider a few Mist-Cloaked Heralds or Jade Bearer, Jade Bearer being a bit better of a turn 2 drop but its still low cost and its still okay late game because hes pumping another fishy for just one mana and gives you another body on the board.
22 hours ago
I would run 4x Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca, maybe Kumena's Speaker instead of Jade Bearer, and Glimmer of Genius instead of Opt. You don't usually run out of cards until mid to late game, and you just can't beat Scry 2, Draw 2.
6 days ago
Well, good for you - none of the super good merfolk are rare or mythic.
From here you have 2-3 branches - token spam with Deeproot Waters, alpha striking with Tempest Caller or low-to-the ground with protection with Swift Warden or unblockable tall with River Heralds' Boon.
I honestly think that n4 is the correct one, with a bit of number 3.
1 week ago
I don't think Herald of Secret Streams is necessary.River Sneak is a two drop that's already unblockable and you can buff it up with Deeproot Elite. Where is Kumena's Speaker? It's a 3/3 for one if you play it with a Metallic Mimic out. That's good with Deeproot Elite too.
I don't think Tishana, Voice of Thunder is relevant to the deck either.
1 week ago
Thanks for the suggestions Boza!
You may be onto something with Kumena, I will be testing him over the next few days. For now I'm running him because he is a good body that can break board stalls. The curve of this deck is already very low, putting in any more than 16 2-drops seems like too much. I could, however, see taking him out for cards like Vineshaper Mystic, Jungleborn Pioneer, or Watertrap Weaver. It will simply be a matter of testing the optimal 3-drop to fill that slot.
I actually agree that Mist-Cloaked Herald is better than Jade Bearer, however, our mana cannot support consistently being able to have a 1-drop on turn 1. For this reason, I chose the 1-drop to go along with Kumena's Speaker. To be fair, Jade Bearer can be played on turn 1, it's just sub-optimal. Still, I'd prefer a suboptimal 1-drop to one that I can't reliably play on turn 1.
2 weeks ago
I find Prime Speaker Zegana bit too hard to cast but with all the card draw (Seafloor Oracle, Silvergill Adept) I can manage it and when it does it is great. But I agree it usually does come out too late as it is very hard to play a land every turn.
Please don't get me started in Cursecatcher. It is one of my least favourite cards (to play with). Turn 1 you play it, and the disruption is not huge, I would usually rather a Kumena's Speaker. After about two more turns its ability becomes irrelevant. Opponents can now cast a spell and then not worrying about paying the 1, as the Cursecatcher will most likely be at least a 2/2 so they are paying a single mana to kill a 2/2. Overall I would rather Kumena's Speaker or even Mist-Cloaked Herald.
I have played with playsets of all the two mana lords before and I just end up with too many in my hand. Merfolk Mistbinder is not as mana intensive as the others as it is quite likely that I played a green mana on turn 1. Thanks for the comments though! What do you think should replace Prime Speaker Zegana?
2 weeks ago
I like the direction, merfolk is something I want to build too so lets start from the top.
4 of each Kumena's Speaker, Merfolk Branchwalker, Merfolk Mistbinder and Silvergill Adept. These will be the core of any merfolk deck going forward. Given your lower aggro curve, I say that 20 lands should be enough. This leaves us with 24 cards to work with.
Metallic Mimic is 4-of imo. Colorless merfolk that gives out counters is a must. 4 Deeproot Elite as an even better mimic is a must too. Assuming we do not go too high on the curve, the best payoffs are 1 Kopala (with more in the side) and 3 Herald of Secret Streams for an alpha strike. In terms of three drops, we need 4 Jadelight Ranger to avoid getting skrewed with just 20 lands.
I really like that you fit in Mist-Cloaked Herald as that card is awesome in aggro Merfolk. I cannot figure out what it can replace though.
Nissa, Deeproot Waters and counterspells like Spell Pierce are good for the sideboard to slow down the game and provide resilience. Same with Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca, as his abilities are very defense oriented.