Waker of the Wilds


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ixalan (XLN) Rare

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Waker of the Wilds

Creature — Merfolk Shaman

: Put X +1/+1 counters on target land you control. That land becomes a 0/0 Elemental creature with haste. It's still a land.

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Waker of the Wilds Discussion

Placentaur on Sylvan Awakening Brew!

1 week ago

Have you thought about using Waker of the Wilds at all?

krotank on UG Merstorm Brawl

3 weeks ago

Can't help but feel like Forerunner of the Heralds is better than Waker of the Wilds. Swift Warden can also play nicely with all the instants the deck has, and can double up for protection. Really like the deck, it's tough to decide between Kumena or Jhoira for a stormy type deck in Brawl!

Hexaflexagon on Simic Standard Merfolk V 2.0

1 month ago

Took away a Woodland Stream and added Vineshaper Mystic. I have felt that I have been getting too many lands and not enough other cards.

Also took away 3 Waker of the Wilds for 3 Kumena's Speaker and 1 Mist-Cloaked Herald for 1 Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca.

Faerion on Muldrotha, the Land Devourer

1 month ago

Thank you for the input ! Ramunap Excavator is already here, I will try to find a room for Rampaging Baloths and Meloku the Clouded Mirror, maybe cut Waker of the Wilds ?

Lotus Cobra looks really good for a investment of two manas, and can fix colors for stuff like Roil Elemental.

I included World Shaper in a previous version but the thing is I don't have a way to make sure it dies... Yeah, that sound a little stupid but the only way I have to make sure it hits the grave is to make him block.

I don't usually play combo, Stone-Seeder Hierophant seems a little week to stay one turn one the field, no ?

Anyway, I go test the new changes, thanks :)

msanchez13 on Ishkanah, tokens and counters

2 months ago

Some cards I don't think pull their weight:
Disturbed Burial, since you're probably pretty happy just making another token instead of having to cast this card, buy it back, then cast the creature AGAIN. That much mana just makes my head hurt.
Bonds of Mortality seems irrelevant with the Grave Pact effects you run since they get around indestructible/hexproof.
Awakening seems nice when only considering your own board state but given mana, your opponents will likely be using it for removal. Asceticism helps to keep your dudes safe but it's not a reliable backup plan.
Waker of the Wilds fits the theme for sure and could make some powerful dudes but it's extremely risky to open your lands up to creature removal. I like the idea of putting +1/+1 counters on things in this deck, I would just recommend not turning lands into creatures. Unfortunately I can't think of any replacements off the top of my head. I'll get back to you if I do.

Additionally, now that I'm paying more attention:
Attune with Aether should just be Traverse the Ulvenwald, it's strictly better since you list exactly 0 cards that interact with energy.
Wear Away could be replaced with Naturalize, or even Deglamer if you face a lot of indestructible artifacts/enchantments.
Silence the Believers seems like it could just be Vraska's Contempt, unless you specifically have trouble with Rancor. And for that matter if your metagame does much graveyard interaction, Leyline of the Void fits your enchantress theme. It might be an appropriate replacement for Tormod's Crypt if you need a cut but crypt is a powerful card on its own.
Speaking of your enchantress theme, and how often creatures seem to be hitting the grave, you could probably make use of Animate Dead, Necromancy, or even Dance of the Dead.
Noosegraf Mob seems like it works great with Dread Return, which is a powerful card on its own that sees legacy play for that reason. Also activates your Grave Pact effects. Might be worth replacing Disturbed Burial with.

Also does your deck ever have problems with mana? 33 lands seems pretty light, and green benefits from having access to the most powerful ramp in the game (other than black's Cabal Coffers and Crypt Ghast), such as Sakura-Tribe Elder and Search for Tomorrow. But hey, if it works, it works.

Final note, I would run Blood Artist and Falkenrath Noble over Zulaport Cutthroat, since they activate more often. In a 4 player game that's 4x the triggers with a Grave Pact :P Hope this helps, best of luck!

cyclinggamer on Ishkanah, tokens and counters

4 months ago

Played 1v1 and pod of 6 tonight. Really satisfying getting a 18/18 land swinging at people. Also really satisfying beforehand landing Mana Reflection into Zendikar Resurgent. Yes, the 18/18 Winding Constrictor + Doubling Season with Waker of the Wilds.

The main threat was the guy playing colorless artifact. I took out too early of an artifact, but felt like striking back. Used Pharika, God of Affliction to remove threats from people's graveyards, and would have absolutely been maximizing that had I realized he would put switch creatures from the battlefield with the graveyard.

6 pod first game got a Dictate of Erebos + Ashnod's Altar + few creatures out. Was holding my own until one of them played the spell where you sacrifice your creatures and replace them with the creatures from your graveyard. He went close to total wincon, but for a slight error on his part, he was shot to the face for just enough damage to be lethal. The guy who stopped him went infinite copies, I was tapped out and didn't have spider fog.

1v1 matchup against a competitive wizard deck. Building board state against the The Scarab God commander, with a huge graveyard. He played a "all creatures get +1/+1 for each other creature that shares a type with it". I had an ant queen, but a bunch of various token creation of all different types. Played Worst Fears on him and had his god hit one of my larger creatures, and put his commander in the graveyard. Tapped all his mana and his creatures. Swung for lethal, with ants; 3x ant tokens, with the queen, with 5 that had just come in. He was looking for cards that just didn't quite turn up, even though his was milling himself for them.

Big idea is to have multiple different threats, all of which must be addressed.

Very fun deck to drive. Pretty resilient with lots of continuous threats and threat generation.

Recommendations or suggestions welcome.

J-pants on

4 months ago

Another pretty major tuning pass. The main thing I found after playing this deck a few times was that it wasn't interactive enough with other players. Especially those that had any Flying creatures (I had ZERO answers to flying, other than Constant Mists!). So, in the interest of upping this interaction, I have trimmed out a good amount of the "Awaken" theme to make room for better cards, and more removal, more answers.

These cuts aren't easy to decide on... I'd really love to find a way to fit in 4-6 more lands and really lean into the Landfall theme even harder, but I'm hesitant. I have really come to love the Rude Awakening+Teleportal(overloaded) combo!

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