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Maralen of the Mornsong
Legendary Creature — Elf Wizard
Players can't draw cards.
At the beginning of each player's draw step, that player loses 3 life, searches his or her library for a card, puts it into his or her hand, then shuffles his or her library.
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Maralen of the Mornsong Discussion
5 days ago
Suggestions: If you're running payoffs for death triggers and sacrifice outlets, you might want to put in some things you want to sacrifice. Or ways to recur things. Either way, I think we're angling toward a black stompy deck with removal and commander synergy. We should be able to budget-ize this pretty nicely by focusing it as well.
Some cards to try: Maralen of the Mornsong , Wound Reflection , Lashwrithe , Dread Presence , Vilis, Broker of Blood , Scheming Symmetry , Ever After , Killing Wave , Decree of Pain , In Garruk's Wake , Pestilence Demon , Indulgent Tormentor , Painful Quandary , Silence the Believers
5 days ago
Force of Despair is an interesting one, in fact I played it for a little bit in the wake of Hogaak just because of how explosive they are, and while it had the potential to be good, the fact that (pre-ban) one could lose regardless of the instant speed wrath always felt bad so the testing didn't last long. Mox Tantalite is just unfortunately too slow, coming down on turn 4, what maybe we have 5 mana, and then we would need a guide to win or have played a Prism or Unlife prior, that seems like a lot to go right to me so I would rather just have a Black Lotus than a Mox as we plan on winning the turn it comes down.
Scheming Symmetry is a card I have seen be mentioned a lot lately and while I agree it's very powerful, the fact that it is a sorcery really hurts it in my eyes. The fact that our opponent gets whatever answer they think is best before we get the payoff for the card is very scary to me. Sure in some matchups this drawback wont matter because the opponent doesn't have interaction to begin with but in any matchup that does we just made our lives more difficult, and for those matchups where they have minimal interaction, do we really want to give them the opportunity to find their only out? Now if it were an instant then I would be completely on board with it, as I find an end step Spoils of the Vault can be the difference at times just adding that flexibility. The boarding it out argument is also not that strong, at least for me, my sideboarding philosophy for the deck relies on cutting a minimal amount of Spoils of the Vault , maybe 1 and have 1-2 left, so at least for me that argument doesn't really apply as I don't believe Spoils of the Vault is necessarily the card we want to be reaching for first when cutting cards. Cutting spoils for this removes the spoils kill as well, which, with a local meta filled with Surgical Extraction has been coming up much more frequently for me and it would be a shame to lose that option. The card reminds me a lot of Maralen of the Mornsong one of my all time favorites but a hard egg to crack as to just how playable it is. I think at this point I'm closer to playing Peer Through Depths than this just because we are built around the idea of being able to win at instant speed, keeping our opponents honest, this removes that to a degree. That said however I do agree it can and should be tested first.
1 week ago
1 week ago
I'd suggest Extraplanar Lens choosing Snow Swamp, so (usually) only you get the benefit.
Maralen of the Mornsong for stealing an easy win, tutoring everything you need.
2 weeks ago
1 month ago
Hey i realise this thread is very dead, but still highly ranked which is what got me here. Im recently looking at rebuilding my own Maralen Deck, which is all sorts of asshole, and looked here for reminders about whats possible.
Just a grammatically thing:
You have referred to Dark Deal and Teferi's Puzzle Box as "wheeling". The reason TPB is so damned powerful in a Maralen deck is the way you stack triggers. TPB doesnt just put the opponent in topdecking stress, it makes them handless except if they tutor for an instant they can cast. I realise you may have already though of this, or perhaps have been told, but imma borrow some comment space just in case someone else finds this deck and isn't aware.
Making your opponents Cry a little bit
Get out Maralen of the Mornsong
Next turn, tutor for and hopefully play and resolve Teferi's Puzzle Box
During your Opponents Turn: at any time many triggers go on the stack, they are placed in APNAP order: Active Player, Non-active Player . So this means in turn order, each player starting with the Active player puts their triggers onto the stack in an order they choose, and then the stack resolves: the Active Players abilities resolving last. What we (because they are our triggers) are going to do is put TPB on the stack then put Maralen on the stack. Maralen resolves letting them tutor, and unless they can immediately cast or play the card TPB resolves making them shuffle away their hand. Unless some other ability resolves in the meantime the opponent will go into Main Phase with an empty hand.
In much the same fashion at the start of our turn APNAP happens again, everyones triggers resolve before ours - BUT- unlike during our opponents turns, we put Maralen on the stack THEN TPB, making us shuffle away our Hand and THEN tutor.
and Voila, every turn we get base 1 card during our draw step, and our opponents cry a little bit at the soft lock.
2 months ago
Those concepts seem to go against the idea though... Not really too chaotic playing one-sided lockdowns. Maralen of the Mornsong might be a fun way to tempt everyone to play their dumb combos. Then you search up the perfect spells to crumble those one-trick-ponies early on. High backfire potential, but who cares.
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