Artifact Creature — Shaman
, Sacrifice Sylvok Replica: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
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Sylvok Replica Discussion
1 week ago
I will keep those in mind. Caustic Caterpillar and Sylvok Replica and the Maulfist Revolutionary is invaluable to me to say the least. However, Winding Constrictor doesn't seem all that powerful in there because I do not run very many counters in the deck.
Thank you for the help. I've been wondering if there were more removal cards on creatures. Thank you very much for showing me.
1 week ago
Caustic Caterpillar and Sylvok Replica are two fantastic creatures for removing artifacts and enchantments and controlling threats. The Caterpillar is good early because of its low cmc, and the Replica shines later with its low activation cost. The fact that they can sacrifice themselves is invaluable.
If you find yourself short on field wipes, Golgari gives you access to two fantastic ones. Pernicious Deed and Gaze of Granite are two controllable field wipes that you can often play to your total advantage.
1 month ago
I've been playing my version of Mazirek (Mazirek, Shaman of the Swarm ($60 budget)) for a while and have some ideas for a non-budget build.
First off, is 35 lands enough? Seems like your curve goes a little high.
Retribution of the Ancients is really good when you start rolling
Sylvan Safekeeper is another all-star! no spot removal ruining your day and you can sac lands to alpha somebody
Smallpox can be really good. plus two counters per player with a creature
Reyhan, Last of the Abzan shuffles around counters for alpha strike kills
Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord can kill the whole table
Noosegraf Mob is an army in a refilling can
Wave of Vitriol is a game ender
Some cards I think could be cut are
Killing Wave this is a cool card i haven't played with, but it seems like a punisher card like Browbeat. you're giving your oppenents the choice of what to do, and they'll pick the thing that helps them out, not you.
Darksteel Ingot could be cut for a mana dork.
both 4 mana planswalkers could be cut i think. They just seem hard to keep around, especially in multiplayer games.
Reaper of the Wilds could be something higher impact. Right now it just looks like a big dude.
Smothering Abomination I'm just wondering about this one, do you run enough tokens to support it? It seems hard to run out on turn 4 and have it provide the vaule you want
Gilded Lotus for a mana dork
Wurmcoil Engine this is a good card, i just want to know if it's a "good stuff" addition or you need the lifelink
Army of the Damned is cool, but it makes tapped dudes so you can't block with them and it's soo expensive. Have you had good experiences with it?
Some of the cards in your maybeboard i think you should try and get in the main deck are
Phyrexian Arena card draw is good
Beast Within very versitile removal spell
Reflecting Pool good card is good
1 month ago
I love the deck. Very solid. You really aren't lacking in anything, but I will suggest a few cards you may like.
Caustic Caterpillar and Sylvok Replica are fantastic threat control, keeping your opponent's enchantments and creatures in check. The Caterpillar is cheap, but the Replica really shines mid-late game, when you only need to keep up for his ability.
Again, though, fantastic deck. If you're interested, I run Meren as well. I'd appreciate any feedback you might have if you wanna check it out.
1 month ago
Really solid deck. You might benefit from a bit more removal. gives you access to Pernicious Deed and Gaze of Granite, two very powerful boardwipes that give you a lot of control over what stays and what goes. And always with the option of = for tokens. Maelstrom Pulse is another interesting one, but it's sorcery speed may detract from it some.
You could really benefit from Triskelion in this deck. You already run Mikaeus, so adding this card would put in a solid backup combo for you. Also, it means if you ever resolve Tooth and Nail, you win.
Creatures that sac themselves can be extremely useful. A few you don't have but may like are Dawntreader Elk, Burnished Hart, Sylvok Replica, and Yavimaya Elder. You run a lot more sac outlets than I do, so these aren't necessary, but I figured I'd mention them at least. The Elder especially has proven itself many times.
The other thing that you may consider are Eldrazi Spawn Tokens. These are a free exp counter for Meren, as well as ramp and a waiting death trigger for if you have your Butcher or some similar card online. I'm personally quite partial to Awakening Zone and Catacomb Sifter, but there are more.
Sorry for the long post. You already have a really solid deck, but if you like anything in here and would like some suggestions on what might be cut for room, lemme know. Also, if you're interested, I have a Meren deck on here too. Feel free to check it out and leave any feedback you might have.
1 month ago
The deck could use more non-creature control. Cards like Caustic Caterpillar and Sylvok Replica can sac themselves to achieve this, making them very useful for both threat control and experience building.
I'll link my Meren deck below if you want to get some ideas:
2 months 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!
3 months 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).