Creature — Merfolk Scout
When Merfolk Branchwalker enters the battlefield, it explores.
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Merfolk Branchwalker occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.49%
Merfolk Branchwalker Discussion
2 weeks 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!
1 month ago
I always thought Emerge decks that used Deep Fiend were way better at instant speed than not. I've only ever played Grixis and UR variants of Emerge (He's gone) so I have a somewhat different perspective on the deck, but I personally think one of the strengths of Emerge is its ability to play at instant speed, which lets you deal with threats efficiently with removal and counterspells like a control deck while still having access a potent win condition.
That being said, I can see one flaw in your list: you don't have enough interaction. While Emerge is a fairly powerful game plan, it can fold pretty quick to simple one-for-one removal or unrelenting board pressure from your opponent. As such, I feel like you might have more success if you played more interactive spells to play at instant speed and fewer creatures. For example, you could replace the Sylvan Caryatids with Growth Spiral, Merfolk Branchwalkers with Quench/Censor/Supreme Will, and Jadelight Rangers with Frilled Mystic. It might make Decimator a bit less powerful, but I think this way you won't be run over by aggro as easily and you'll have a better chance against Inverter and those types of decks. A creature package of just Uro, Brazen Borrower, Frilled Mystic, and Deep Fiend/Decimator would keep its power but cut some of the more in-between-tempo/aggro cards for cards that would help keep you alive as well as make the deck more flexible overall.
2 months ago
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And I if(when) i build the deck I would probably try less or go full on +1+1 counters, and I think Merfolk Branchwalker is better then Lone Rider Flip personally, so thats a change i would make no matter what, and probably switch Shalai out with Jadelight Ranger and lastly, with less high costed stuff, i would take out llanawar elves for something else, not sure what yet.
2 months ago
Hello I_Want_To_PlayAllTheDecks, thanks for the suggestions! Llanowar Elves helps offset the costs of Shalai, Voice of Plenty and Ajani, the Greathearted to get them onto the battlefield earlier. I considered Jadelight Ranger and Merfolk Branchwalker but the 2 and 3 drops already in the deck have +1/+1 counter synergy as well and other abilities that have synergy with the deck. That being said I would be curious to try play testing Jadelight Ranger in the deck and see how it goes. I do like that card a lot. Emmara, Soul of the Accord is a fun card but not sure it fits the deck or what it would replace that’s already in the deck. I feel this creature would be better served in a tokens deck or a deck that allows you to tap/untap with a high level of consistency to take advantage of token production.
Grafdigger's Cage in the Sideboard is there for graveyard hate, but would not want to main deck that as this deck uses graveyard synergy.
The deck is very fun to play- if you try it out I would love to hear how it goes!
2 months ago
Lanawar elves seems unnecessary, given all your creatures have low mana costs anyway, and lone rider seems a little slow and could be replaced with a better low-costed threat, like Jadelight Ranger or Merfolk Branchwalker
6 months ago
I'd drop the Jadelight Ranger s for Merfolk Branchwalker s. More one drops are probably good, and I'd drop some amount of negate and spell pierce for a playlet of Smuggler's Copter . Benthic Biomancer seems much better than Brineborn Cutthroat , and while Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca is good, I think you can shave it down to three, especially as you are a tempo-based aggro deck. 1 copy of Master of Waves might be good here, along with 2 copies of Harbinger of the Tides .