Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Lorwyn (LRW) Rare

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Creature — Merfolk Wizard

Whenever Surgespanner becomes tapped, you may pay 1,U. If you do, return target permanent to its owner's hand.

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Surgespanner Discussion

Barsan on Phenax Milling away your budget

2 months ago

I think budget is the weakest archetype in magic. This does look a lot like my Phenax deck in it's earliest form.

If you want to keep it budget and still improve millpower consider Sands of Time, Eater of the Dead, Grimoire Thief, Xathrid Gorgon, and Surgespanner.

Also Thousand-Year Elixir keeps creeping up in price but it belongs and Mirage Mirror can copy a fresh creature after it's sat on the field for a turn as a less vulnerable artifact. Also Dimir Doppelganger can do something similar and it offers a solution to opponents running Eldrazi reshufflers

And Necrotic Ooze... Always Necrotic Ooze.

noctis366 on It's leviosaaaah

6 months ago

I'd take Ertai over Surgespanner, or Spellbook. I used to run spellbook, but I feel it's wasted space in a deck now, more so with you because you have multiple other ways of obtaining that effect.

ksbaker1989 on Help Wanted: New Combo Database

10 months ago

As another example to my previous post (and because I see no one has submitted my current fave combo) I present the folowing:

Cloudstone Curio + Merrow Reejerey + Any two merfolk with 1 CMC each (ie, Merrow Witsniper).

Infinite Mill

Cloudstone Curio, Merrow Reejerey and 1 Merrow Witsniper in play.

  1. Play second Merrow Witsniper. (Opponent mills 1)
  2. Untap an Island. (Reejerey)
  3. Return first Merrow Witsniper to your hand. (Curio)
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 until opponent has no cards in library. (Infinite)
  5. End turn. (Win)

NOTE: You do not necessarily need two Witsniper, just one and another 1 CMC merfolk to continue the cycle.

Combo Enhancers/Alternatives

Having multiple Merrow Reejerey or Stonybrook Banneret in play will allow you to perform a similar combo with more powerful cards that have an "enters the battlefield" effect by either untapping additional mana or reducing the casting cost of your merfolk (or both).

Examples; Silvergill Adept (infinite draw), Tidal Courier (infinite recruit)


And then pretend I gave an explanation for infinite bounce with Surgespanner.

But the above doesn't quite show the format I had in mind for how it would be viewed on the combo page. Sorry for that. Posting on a tablet makes formatting my posts a bit difficult. Also sorry for double posting, couldn't find an edit button.

Roryrai on Dramatic Azami and the Scepter Paradox

1 year ago

Yeah, that's a little awkward if that happens, but the odds are relatively low enough (as in, I've literally never had it played against me) that I don't think it's worth worrying about.

It's also a one-off cheese to get the kill, too, because after someone does it once you know the card is in their deck and when you're going off you can just play Surgespanner and bounce all their lands beforehand. If they do it in response to the Surgespanner your Lab Man is fine. If not they lose their land and your Lab Man is still fine.

Good catch though, I'll mention that in the hate section because I can't actually think of a way around it once it's cast in that situation, since I don't have a way to flicker Lab Man.

Dimir-Acolyte on Deck Help: Glacial Chasm?

1 year ago

andymaul123 My meta consists of Omnath, Locus of Rage, Sydri, Galvanic Genius which has been using Aetherflux Reservoir quite often recently, Marchesa, the Black Rose which tends to end in mass burn, Prossh, Skyraider of Kher which doesn't have Purphoros yet, thank god. After that it's a lot of voltron or midrange archetypes.

I'm not looking to put in silver bullet cards, I'm not a fan of that kind of deck building. When it comes down to it, Royal Assassin is a okay/dead card a lot of the time, especially if I have Heartless Summoning out, since Royal Assassin is the only 1/1 in the deck.

I can see now Glacial Chasm isn't going to be the most synergistic card in that deck, even though I still think it could have it's uses. I am very open to other suggestions, No Mercy could work, but like Aggro-Blaster said it wont stop lethal damage, especially non-creature. What about Surgespanner? One reason I liked Assassin is that I have many untap effects in the deck, which Surgespanner might be also able to abuse.

Hc_Clan on mU/Rfolk

1 year ago

Merfolk Tribal without Lord of Atlantis?? (If your budget allows)

Depending on how much you need evasion and/or removal Vodalian Illusionist and Surgespanner are pretty solid.

Also, since it's a tribal deck, Coat of Arms, Stoneforge Masterwork and Door of Destinies are all really nice.

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