Rootwater Matriarch


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom 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
Tenth Edition (10E) Rare
Tempest (TMP) Rare

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Rootwater Matriarch

Creature — Merfolk

Tap: Gain control of target creature as long as that creature is enchanted.

Rootwater Matriarch Discussion

djewell on Animar Budget EDH

2 years ago

I would say that it's definitely worth it to run Cyclonic Rift since it's in your colors. It's a powerful card in EDH and if you're using it, chances are you have bigger problems than taking 6 dmg from Ruric Thar, the Unbowed.

Stingscourger is a good way to get color-shifted effects to make your deck less blue-heavy if you need. (I would just not pay it's echo)

Caldera Hellion, Flametongue Kavu, Balefire Dragon and Crater Hellion are alright..

Cytoplast Manipulator is just evil against that deck..

in fact, you may consider just running some creature steal or copy so you profit off of your opponents' creatures!

things like Faerie Artisans, Gilded Drake, Siren of the Fanged Coast, Sower of Temptation, Beguiler of Wills, Callous Oppressor, Charisma, Empress Galina, Frenzied Fugue, Illusory Gains, Roil Elemental, Rootwater Matriarch, Seasinger, Tolarian Entrancer, and Willbreaker are some great removal! Why kill artaxa or any creature really if you can just take it and make them use their removal on it if they want it back??

AceGambitDragonfly on

2 years ago

I'm not sure Betrayal is a perfect solution for this deck. It's definitely an anti-combo with Rootwater Matriarch (if you were to steal a creature enchanted with Betrayal it would immediately lose the enchantment and then return to it's owner's control).

Try something like Private Research, Aqueous Form, Stupefying Touch, or Fate Foretold

TheVectornaut on

3 years ago

I don't know if Rootwater Matriarch is the best way to take creatures, but it certainly is interesting. To abuse its potential, I'd want something that can untap it multiple times in a turn. Freed from the Real comes to mind, but there are plenty of other infinite untap combos out there. I also tried to go infinite with blue mana to take it to the extreme, but High Tide/Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx + Freed from the Real + Fatestitcher was the simplest I could come up with off the top of my head. If you can get it working efficiently, having too many other mind control effects might be redundant or even detrimental. Just having more counterspells might be more useful since they can deal with other cards types as well. Finally, I don't see a ton of use for Peregrine Drake and Cloud of Faeries, but it's hard to tell without seeing the lands you actually have.

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