Artifact Creature — Shaman
, Sacrifice Sylvok Replica: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
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Sylvok Replica Discussion
2 weeks ago
As a fellow Mazirek player, I will give you some of my 2 cents:
Any Blood Artist-like effects could warrant a spot, as they do add up quite a bit.
Also I think Noosegraf Mob seems better than Marionette Master because the latter (the Master if I'm using the word wrong) since it's more versatile and works well with sac outlets, as you mentioned. As for the morph creatures, I believe it's up to you, but I highly recommend Grim Haruspex at least either way.
Hope this helps!
1 month ago
I agree with most of what Edgar said, except cutting Lily of Dark Realms. It's acceptable to have two versions of the same walker, and Dark Realms is providing card draw and ramp your deck desperately needs.
I would like to focus on the bigger picture. Meren's greatest strength is in advancing your board position as creatures move around between the graveyard, battlefield, and hand. She can only do that effectively when surrounded by the right supporting cast. A card like Diligent Farmhand doesn't look like much on its own, but playing turn one then cracking it turn two gets Meren out a turn earlier and immediately nets you a card from her triggered ability. By including many creatures that either self sacrifice for value or produce it when they die or enter the field you can constantly cash in cards for value and recycle them out of your graveyard. The precise cards you use are actually pretty interchangeable; my Meren list is uploaded here, so you can see which dorks and sacrifice outlets I think are good, but the difference between Sylvok Replica, Viridian Zealot, and Reclamation Sage for example is not that great.
One last thing, your mana curve is way too high. For starters I recommend cutting Promise of Power, Syphon Flesh, Archfiend, Ad Nauseum (it will kill you with this curve), Army of the Damned, and Myoljin (Sadistic Hypnotist is an excellent replacement).
2 months ago
Breeding Pool, Flooded Grove, Temple of Mystery, Botanical Sanctum, Hinterland Harbor, and Yavimaya Coast are all relatively cheap (except for the Grove), and will do way more for the consistency of the deck than adding a singleton of Jace - unless, that is, you're going to go for a strong "basics matter" subtheme, which it doesn't look like you're doing.
As far as the deck proper goes, Krasis Incubation, Terrifying Presence, Pulse of Murasa, Reclaim, Natural Connection, Learn from the Past, Nissa's Judgment, Map the Wastes, Contingency Plan, Deep Reconnaissance, Incremental Growth, Vexing Scuttler, Sylvok Replica, Stingerfling Spider, Sigiled Starfish, Shambleshark, Lashweed Lurker, Embodiment of Spring, Dawntreader Elk, Conclave Naturalists, and Borderland Ranger can all be cut. I don't wnat to be frank, but I feel like I have to - those cards are bad. They're simply too low power. From a pure powerlevel perspective, you're going to find yourself outgunned. And although it's really tempting to look for cards like Torrential Gearhulk, Scroll Rack, and Sensei's Divining Top that are "staples" in EDH and are super popular and expensive, those are only really worth it if you've already got a high-power deck filled with high powerlevel cards because it adds consistency to your draws and lets you use your high powerlevel cards to their fullest. I also think that although Scroll Rack and Top are super synergistic with your commander, you should probably save them for last because they're so expensive and relatively low-impact compared to your actual win conditions. If you're on a budget, consider Crystal Ball - although it's a little bit more expensive manawise than either Scroll Rack or Top, it's still pretty damn good.
Your deck is not high powerlevel, sorry to say - although selecting one of your top 3 cards seems really good, it's absolutely godawful useless if the top three cards are Conclave Naturalists, Sigiled Starfish, and Krasis Incubation. Instead of looking to the big ticket cards for power, which will be inconsistent, you should be looking at cheaper synergistic cards - Things that will only cost you a buck or two like Dig Through Time, Vedalken Orrery, Mystical Tutor,Courser of Kruphix, etcetera.
Now with those cuts, that leaves you with 21 extra slots to put in cards that help you with your goal. We need to take a look at your mission statement for the deck and build an idea around which the deck will be built - you said that "The goal is to utilize Rashmi to get insane value from casting cards for free and stealing and copying my opponents cards. Currently has a counters subtheme with most of the creatures". So what can we do with that? Well, looking at clone and stealy effects, you're missing a few really good ones - Stunt Double, Clever Impersonator, Sakashima the Imposter, Cryptoplasm, Progenitor Mimic, and a personal favorite of mine, Phyrexian Metamorph. As far as stealy effects go, there's no shortage in blue. Thada Adel, Acquisitor, Bribery, Treachery, Corrupted Conscience, and Treachery (although this might be a bit out of your price range).
Spelljack is a little costly for a mere counterspell, but it's right in your niche of stealing spells. Cultural Exchange lets you trade away some garbage mana runts for their biggest beatsticks, and Perplexing Chimera is just a lot of fun.
Now all these cards combined will probably not even come close to equaling the cost of a single JTMS, but it'll be much better for your deck if you pick these guys up because your $100 of power isn't focused on one card that you rely on to really blow up your opponent. Instead, it's more evenly dispersed and distributed to make sure that more of your draws are live gas, and less of them are shit like Reclaim.
Also, if you still want better ramp, cut the Simic Keyrune for a Simic Signet, and use Cultivate and Kodama's Reach for your oneshot spells. Although they only drop one land each, they set you up for consistent land drops further down the line, and guarantee you access to both colors.
If you're still interested in a +1/+1 counters subtheme, I've got a lot of ideas, but since you said you're probably gonna phase that out, I'll leave those for another time.
3 months ago
Ah if your meta is not enchantment heavy then maybe only a couple of enchantment hate cards will do. I know mine is full of crazy enchantments and artifacts, so if I were to build your deck (which I may very well do given its low price tag) I would include Viridian Zealot, Reclamation Sage, Caustic Caterpillar and Sylvok Replica but if you don't feel like they're needed then you may exclude them at your own discretion. That said, I mainly think Viridian Zealot would be a better include than Reclamation Sage since he can feed Meren an XP counter more easily.
3 months ago
Hi, thanks for you input and upvote beninator ! Viridian Zealot is indeed a pretty good card, and he was in this deck quite a long time, but in the end I decided to cut him for Reclamation Sage because my local meta is not that enchantment heavy.
3 months ago
3 months ago
Part 1: Cards to recur with Glissa's Ability
Mindslaver- recurrable "Sorin Planeswalker Ultimate"
4 months ago
Tezzeret the Seeker easy auto-include
Mana Crypt :D