Master of Waves

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Hero Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Merfolk vs. Goblins (DDT) Mythic Rare
Theros (THS) Mythic Rare

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Tokens

Master of Waves

Creature — Merfolk Wizard

Protection from red

Elemental creatures you control get +1/+1.

When Master of Waves enters the battlefield, put a number of 1/0 blue Elemental creature tokens onto the battlefield equal to your devotion to blue. (Each in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to blue.)

Master of Waves Discussion

legendofa on Chandra, the Elementalist?

1 month ago

I'm not sure she's really "creating life out of fire." Chandra's Spitfire and Chandra's Phoenix seems to be more like flames shaped into temporary recognizable forms, similar to (maybe just my interpretation of) Master of Waves 's tokens being water temporarily given form. Chandra was introduced in the Lorwyn block, but did she ever come into contact with flamekin?

dhannum on Brudiclad copy shenanigans

2 months ago

Tilonalli's Summoner -> Master of Waves --- Make tokens more efficiently

Book Devourer -> Fact or Fiction --- Cute, but it's really slow and expensive

Stalking Vengeance and Bane of Bala Ged -> Saheeli, Sublime Artificer and Chasm Skulker --- Too many expensive 7 drops that get killed before they can do anything. Bring the curve down and add more token production

Surveyor's Scope -> Manifold Insights --- I've always wanted to try this one, and more draw will help more than ramp that often does nothing.

andrewkelly239 on Merfolk/Islandwalk/+1/+1

2 months ago

Consider running more like Kodama's Reach , Journey of Discovery , Farseek or Explosive Vegetation . Fertilid is a viable replacement as not only is it a body, but you can respond to damage dealt to it by removing one of it's +1's, plus with this +1 build you can get more use out of it. Proliferate is a mechanic you may consider running in this deck if you wind up spec'ing into +1. I would sideboard your counterspells for the moment and add more like Whelming Wave . Engulf the Shore is a solid spell that does nearly the same. (Plus I really like the similar artworks.) Drop Retraction Helix outright. Cursecatcher is good at diffusing instants and also counts as a merfolk.

Merfolk Spy has a decent saboteur ability. Many cards you may want to consider running instead of non-merfolk have "When ~this creature~ deals combat damge to a player, _". Given the evasive nature of this deck, I would consider looking for more of them. A good example would be Riptide Pilferer .

There's some auto-includes I'd consider as well-- Stonybrook Banneret , Wanderwine Prophets , Combine Guildmage seems like it would provide some synergy here, Kopala, Warden of Waves seems like you'd want it, but doesn't bring synergy. I'd consider dropping Master of Waves for Lullmage Mentor

Ugin420 on Would The Elementals be able ...

3 months ago

Greatsword : even Ashmouth Hound 's ability wouldn't kill Master of Waves before blockers were declared, for 2 reasons. the first is that the hounds ability can't trigger until after blockers are declared, and the 2nd is that Master of Waves has pro-red, and can't be dealt damage by Ashmouth Hound .

Ugin420 on Would The Elementals be able ...

3 months ago

the other guy definitely tried to pull a fast one on you. you should have asked "what specifically is killing my Master of Waves ?". because if i were a bettin man, his only possible answer could have been "combat damage", in which case you easily counter by saying "how can there be combat damage if i havent declared blockers yet?". the trick in situations like these is knowing which questions to ask your opponent, in order to force them to find a way to defend their claims.

dragonstryke58 on Would The Elementals be able ...

3 months ago

I forgot to note that Master of Waves is only forced to be declared a blocker for that creature IF ABLE. If he was somehow tapped due to paying a cost (like convoke) or another ability (like Icy Manipulator ), he would be unable to block and thus not forced to be declared as a blocker during combat.

dragonstryke58 on Would The Elementals be able ...

3 months ago

That is incorrect.

All that happens is Master of Waves must be declared a blocker during combat.

As the declare blockers step of combat happens before damage, you can still declare your elementals as blockers before any combat damage has been dealt.

For reference: 506.1. The combat phase has five steps, which proceed in order: beginning of combat, declare attackers, declare blockers, combat damage, and end of combat. The declare blockers and combat damage steps are skipped if no creatures are declared as attackers or put onto the battlefield attacking (see rule 508.8). There are two combat damage steps if any attacking or blocking creature has first strike (see rule 702.7) or double strike (see rule 702.4).

Zonia on Would The Elementals be able ...

3 months ago

I was in a match with someone while using a merfolk deck, one of the cards I pulled out was Master of Waves , which resulted in me getting 6 2/1 elemental tokens. However, my opponent had a creature that’s Ability was “Target creature blocks this creature this turn if able.” They then selected Master of Waves as the target and attacked with all. They insisted that master of waves is killed BEFORE I declare my blocker resulting in all my elementals dying before I declare blockers. Is this correct?

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Master of Waves occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.06%

Blue: 4.09%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Blue: 0.17%