Master of Waves
Creature — Merfolk Wizard
Protection from red
Elemental creatures you control get +1/+1.
When Master of Waves enters the battlefield, create a number of 1/0 blue Elemental creature tokens equal to your devotion to blue. (Each in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to blue.)
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|Duel Decks: Merfolk vs. Goblins (DDT)||Mythic Rare|
|Theros (THS)||Mythic Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Master of Waves Discussion
3 weeks ago
I brewed up a similar deck when pioneer was first announced, I really liked how Young Pyromancer interacted with both Risen Reef and adventure spells like Brazen Borrower and Bonecrusher Giant, any deck that can play Master of Waves is fantastic in my book, best of luck with it!
3 weeks ago
Rasaru in regards to Simic Ascendancy of the 3 wins I should have been more specific. I've only had about 10 of those games where I actually drew it. The other games I never got it. I used to have Long-Term Plans in the deck, but I took it out. So 30% win rate with simic ascendancy in the games I draw/play it.
Simic Ascendancy is more of a pet card for me. I have thought of taking it out and going more voltron, but I've won just as many games just swarming with large Merfolk(which are most of the time unable to be blocked). and so many other Merfolk tribal decks are just focused on getting creatures out there and attacking. I wanted to do something a little bit different and while this deck still focuses on getting creatures out they are much more hefty than they would normally be.
Kopala, Warden of Waves has proven to be very valuable at taxing my opponents, much more than I thought. And I have always loved Master of Waves since the cars came out, but it really does a ton of work in this deck. As for surprise, The Ozolith. I knew it was going to be special, but nothing like having tons of Merfolk with counters and getting board wiped and loading the Ozolith up and then casting my Commander and swinging in for unblockable lethal the next turn.
Absolute musts for Merfolk are the lord's for sure. Also Merrow Commerce. Kopala as I said has provided me excellent support. Merrow Reejerey is great to get out early and either used to suppress your opponents or help untap your lands so that you can cast more Merfolk. Also a must include if you stick with the tribal theme isKindred Discovery, this generally gets me the most value in the game second to Kumena.
Two cards that I would say to keep running even though it doesn't fit the merfolk theme are; Oko, Thief of Crowns & Edric, Spymaster of Trest. Oko is oppressive and does work making elk, and Edric helps keep the pressure off of you. Both have been solid upgrades to this deck. For political reasons I have included Rites of Flourishing which helps me get targeted less, but this is one I'd recommend taking out.
When I originally built this deck it was strictly Merfolk go wide tribal, and focused on Kumena more for utility rather than attacking. I built the deck with a +1 counters sub-theme to help boost the power of my merfolk and not necessarily aim towards Simic Ascendancy. So if I was to take that out, I'd leave the deck with the counters theme because it goes wide frequently.
I apologise if this seemed to jump all over the place, but I wanted to make sure I shared the info as best as I could. Also this deck can be easily tuned by taking out if you cards here and there to fit in with your own meta. My decks are always built for my meta and anything that I have on my main page or the ones that I own in paper.
2 months ago
oh, also, Master of Waves was an amazing rec, gotta second that. Might be new best card in the deck
2 months ago
3 months ago
DaButtshark thanks for your suggestions. Master of Waves looks like a good inclusion, I will try to find a spot for it. I don't really know about Cryptic Gateway though, will have to think more about that one. Thassa, Deep-Dwelling is already in the deck. I am currently running both her and the Closet.
3 months ago
4 months ago
I'm not going to deny that this deck is, indeed, full of Temur good stuff...but as for strategy, it looks to be very scattershot. If we're playing Illuna as a straight value engine, which seems to be the case, we can get away with just a lot of raw power...but I would not sacrifice synergy for it as well. Synergy is the most powerful thing a deck can do.
Example: Purphoros, God of the Forge loves tokens. You have a decent token compliment in here... Xyris, the Writhing Storm, Avenger of Zendikar, Omnath, Locus of Rage, Master of Waves. But this is a relatively small portion of your deck. Plus a lot of them require extra work to really do their job...landfall and/or elementals for Omnath, blue pips for Master, symmetrical card draw for Xyris. And to top it off, most of the Mutate creatures we want to play to keep Illuna going do not help this strategy much. If this is what you want to be doing, it needs more focus.
One thing I see when looking at Illuna and similar creatures like Itali is how it's ability looks like Cascade, and how well that works with proper top-deck set-up. More reliable scry might do good, or even just incidental scry on spells where you can find it. Nissa, Steward of Elements comes to mind. We're also missing the BEST mutate creature Sawtusk Demolisher. Surrak Dragonclaw looks like trouble to me, because you know he's going to be the ONLY dude on your field when you desperately need to fire off some mutate card.
4 months ago
A few suggestions:
I think Silvergill Adept should definitely be a 4-of. Correspondingly, I don't think Incubation/Incongruity is good enough for Pioneer. I'd recommend cutting that card and going up to 4 Adept.
With the remaining two slots, I highly highly recommend Merfolk Branchwalker. I'd add +2 Branchwalker, and then cut 2 Deeproot Waters for an additional +2. This will really help consistency and speed. Deeproot Waters has its place as a value engine - though maybe it should be sideboard - but I can't think of a game where you'd want to see 2+ copies. It's just slow to get going.
I'd recommend the full playset of Harbinger of the Tides. It's a Wizard, to help turn on Retort, and it's also your best interaction/tempo play. I'd either go down on Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca - which, again, comes down late and doesn't do much on the turn it's played - or on Deeproot Elite, which is awkward as a behind-curve drop in an aggro deck.
Master of Waves probably deserves a slot in the sideboard.
Finally, have you considered Metallic Mimic as a second Lord?
I played UG Merfolk in modern for awhile after XLN dropped, and it has a lot of the same pieces to work with in Pioneer. GLHF!