Master of Waves


Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Hero Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Merfolk vs. Goblins (DDT) None
Theros (THS) Mythic Rare

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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.)

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Master of Waves Discussion

robo12385 on Naban's Naban's Wizards Wizards

4 days ago

I like the suggestions, but I’m trying to build the deck around Naban, Dean of Iteration, using more ETB effects as control and value while Champion of the Parish being my big attacker due to double counters every creature I play with naban out (they’re all human wizards) and also Master of Waves as a good finisher as well. I agree with naru being a little useless in this build, and I will definitely consider adding red

haikukane on Tetsuko Umezawa

1 month ago

Whoa, thank you both for the extensive feedback!

I really like the idea of transitioning into more extra turns late game to finish off my opponents, and both Master of Waves and Chasm Skulker look like auto-includes. Day of the Dragons is also a unique win con that would be perfect to surprise unsuspecting victims.

I'll take all of your suggestions into deeper consideration and make some tweaks to the deck accordingly!

kamelyan on Tetsuko Umezawa

1 month ago

I got a win in 1v1, and one win and one loss in a four player free-for-all (sorry, I only played thrice) with my deck, and Master of Waves was probably the MVP. Spellskite also provided great support.

If you ever get a Sensei's Divining Top, Explorer's Scope works about as well as a Sword of the Animist, without the hassel of making your creature blockable.

PicklePlum Girl

Commander / EDH kamelyan


neosapien on Do It Again, Naban

1 month ago

I personally think Master of Waves would be cool, Vendilion Clique as well.

edengstrom1 on Merfolk

1 month ago

TamponThief Thanks for the advice!

I picked up a few Merfolk Trickster and another Master of Waves. I also replaced the Dispels with Spell Pierce which I think will work out better.

My next goal is to get the vials.

DragonGodKing90 on Kess EDH

1 month ago

goblinboomlord: Master of Waves probably would not work here. it would be very hard to build blue devotion.

TamponThief on Merfolk

1 month ago

Get rid of the Cold-Eyed Selkie, add 2 kira great-glass spinner and two Phantasmal Image.

Get rid of Acquitect`s will and replace with Spreading Seas

Run 4 of Master of Waves and add 2 or 3 Merfolk Trickster. add at least one Cavern of Souls and of course the vials as you said. Put the Vapor Snag and the Dispel in your sideboard.

MadMadison on Great Bad Choices with Tetsuko Umezawa

1 month ago

xEleven Thanks so much for the suggestions! That was awesome! The main changes to the deck recently were only because I'm now building it in paper and I either couldn't find a few pieces or they were just a bit too expensive. I love the idea of Master of Waves and I think he could be a blowout in a lot of places. I totally agree with you on the cards that could be cut. I'm always really hesitant to put counterspells in Commander decks, but in this instance I think you're right. The deck doesn't really have access to a lot of targeted removal (except Reality Shift and eventually I will put Rapid Hybridization back in when I find one for sale), so it can't interact with enchantments or artifacts very well.

Surrakar Spellblade was a card I thought about for a long time, but I didn't think I had the critical number of instants or sorcerys to really abuse his ability. That being said, he's dirt cheap, so I'll definitely buy a copy and playtest him because, as you said, the payoff with the card draw is amazing. I really like the idea of Forbid and Commandeer, since the deck has so much card draw that I don't mind discarding too much. I was also considering Nezahal, Primal Tide as a finisher because I've been watching him being used on Commander VS and he performs so well.

I've actually got a Thing in the Ice  Flip so I'll keep it in my sideboard and try a few matches with it. I've been looking for a Mask of Memory desperately but so far haven't been able to find one! It's such an important card for a deck like this, but hopefully I can find one in paper soon.

Thank you so much for all of your suggestions! I've got a few of the counterspells you mentioned just kicking around, so I'll keep a few to one side and probably end up sideboarding them in because otherwise I might get a bit stuck. There are several people in my play group that run Iona, Shield of Emeria and, if that resolves, I'm pretty much doomed!

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