River Sneak


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Arena [BETA] Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ixalan (XLN) Uncommon

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River Sneak

Creature — Merfolk Warrior

River Sneak can't be blocked.

Whenever another Merfolk enters the battlefield under your control, River Sneak gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

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River Sneak Discussion

magicsheep on Fast and Furious Merfolk

1 month ago

Mist-Cloaked Herald might be a supplement for unblockable creatures. I would also consider Panharmonicon to trigger River Sneak's ability an additional time.

davcot on Simic Merfolk (Sideboard suggestions please)

2 months ago

How about Deeproot Waters to create even more merfolks (boosting your River Sneak by the same time) ?

I also recommend Hadana's Climb to add more counters and send attack flyers once transformed.

I also have a simic merfolk deck but I think it lacks removal.

Have fun !

Hexaflexagon on Merfolk Opening Cards

2 months ago

I have a GU Merfolk deck, GU Standard Merfolk and I've been running Mist-Cloaked Heralds as my starter and I'm wondering, now that I've got both 4 Kumena's Speakers and River Sneaks. For my deck, which card is the right choice for starting?

x12721 on Blue-Green Merfolk (Standard 2018)

2 months ago

First of all, the TappedOut competitive meter is broken (You can make a new deck with no cards in it and it will be rated as 85%). Don't pay any attention to it.

On to the actual deck: two of the best merfolk in this format are Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca and Jadelight Ranger. I see you have two Kumena, but you could go with three or even four of them. The Ranger is pricey, but is an amazing card that should be a four-of. Another good card is Merfolk Branchwalker. You should also up the Adepts to four copies, as it is a very good card. Merfolk need good draw, because most of the time you'll be dumping your hand very early in the game. Forerunner of the Heralds can act as copies five and six for Kumena and the Adepts as well, and will soon become a powerful threat on it's own. If I were you, I'd cut the River Sneaks, Tempest Callers, and Curious Obsessions. You may also want to consider Aquatic Incursion in place of some of the Deeproot Waters. Most of your merfolk have the potential to become huge, and making them unblockable as well can mean a quick end for your opponent. Finally, Botanical Sanctum is strictly better than Woodland Stream.

For a sideboard, Kopala, Warden of Waves is excellent against targeted removal. Some amount of Blossoming Defense, Dive Down, and/or Heroic Intervention is also a good idea, and could even find it's way into the mainboard. Crashing Tide is great pseudo-removal, and it can be used to save your own creatures in a pinch (Unsummon is cheaper, but doesn't draw you a card) or be used to abuse ETB triggers. Of course, Naturalize is a sideboard staple as well, and Panharmonicon could lead to some ridiculous plays. Swift Warden is effectively Defense on a stick, and is still a merfolk. Seafloor Oracle could be used as extra draw if you see yourself doing lots of combat damage. Unfortunately, is lacking in permanent removal, and there's not much you can do about that, outside of splashing for Fatal Push and similar. However, you do have the advantage of playing counterspells such as Negate, Essence Scatter, and Spell Pierce. Finally, another "lord" effect for you is Metallic Mimic, which also synergizes well with Hadana's Climb  Flip.

Hopefully these suggestions help, and if you have any questions, feel free to let me know!

skulstads on

3 months ago

Saint1129 Thanks i love Marionette Master myself! Doomed dissenter wwas put there for the Ruthless Knave and River Sneak was basically just any random low cost unblockable for dowsing

Saint1129 on

3 months ago

Doomed Dissenter and River Sneak really don't contribute to the theme of your deck at all- ESPECIALLY River Sneak.

I would suggest replacing them with artifact creatures like Scrapheap Scrounger (which can come back from the graveyard after being sacrificed or killed off) or with treasure generators like Prying Blade, Revel in Riches (which provides an alternate win condition), Deadeye Plunderers (which grows while you get more artifacts), or Pitiless Plunderer,

Take note, a lot of the cards I suggested have a really high mana cost, so you'll have to pick which ones you like better so that your mana-curve doesn't get too top-heavy.

Risque on Merfolk "budget"

3 months ago

I'd drop lord of Atlantis, Master of Waves and Merrow Reejerey. You don't need THAT much constant boost, especially since they're a bit on the pricey side and you already have Pearl and Mistbinder, which work better. Bump Deeproot Elite up to 3. Bump Kunema's speaker up to 4, then my suggestions would be and this is just from MY personal experience, so take what I say with a grain of salt. Merfolk Branchwalker, Chart a Course , River Sneak and Deeproot Waters . They're inexpensive and lend themselves to the deck quite nicely. Also, it seems you want to go with the protecting your Pearl and allowing your combo to be him and Spreading Seas to sneak under your opp's stuff and dmg them. So work on 'that' angle.

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