Whelming Wave

Whelming Wave


Return all creatures to their owners' hands except for Krakens, Leviathans, Octopuses, and Serpents.

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Set Rarity
Jumpstart (JMP) Rare
Mystery Booster (MYS1) Rare
Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Kiora (DDO) Rare
Born of the Gods (BNG) Rare

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Format Legality
Penny Dreadful Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Historic Legal
Heirloom Legal
Modern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
MTGO Legal
Pioneer Legal
Noble Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Legacy Legal
Highlander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Arena Legal
Hero Legal
Leviathan Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
2019-10-04 Legal

Whelming Wave occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Blue: 0.21%

Latest Decks as Commander

Whelming Wave Discussion

SatoTheDood on Mono Blue Draw

1 month ago

AnAnxietyDrivenToad Honestly, I didn't make the deck with a budget in mind, It just coincidently ended up budget and my wallet thanked me for it. So, no, Day's Undoing is definitely not out of budget and replacing Elixir of Immortality with it might be the way to go.

LeBonco22 Oh, yeah, Engulf the Shore is a card. With it being instant speed, and scaling with our islands, it's a massive upgrade compared to Whelming Wave. Thanks for the tip!

BRG24 on 2020 Fling OP(Sideboard Suggestions)

2 months ago

Interesting changes, and I have a few thoughts. Firstly, I would say that while Thing in the Ice  Flip is a great card here, I’m not quite as keen on Whelming Wave. I can see how it works as a finisher, but it may set you back too far if you play it as a stalling card. Thing is probably enough in my mind. Secondly, I have a number of possible suggestions, but they may each lend better to taking the deck in different directions:

  • Since your graveyard is likely to be very large with all the discarding, something like Treasure Cruise might be a really nice include, since you largely lack other interaction with all of those cards.

  • Again, with all the discarding that you’re doing, Bag of Holding might be another nice way of holding onto your cards for later use.

  • Glint-Horn Buccaneer is another decent payoff for all the discarding, but this might move you away from the game plan of all the sea creatures.

  • Drake Haven is the last discard themed card I’d recommend, since the drakes it makes can be a very strong aerial threat very quickly.

  • If we focus more on the drawing cards side, something like Nadir Kraken could also be nice, and fits within the sea creature theme.

  • Perhaps too expensive, but The Locust God could potentially be an amazing game winning card in this deck, but six mana may be too much.

  • Channeled Force seems like it could be absurd whichever way the deck ends up leaning if you’re willing to pitch your hand to it.

  • And finally, as you will hopefully have a graveyard filled with spells, Blitz of the Thunder-Raptor might be a better removal spell.

I know this is a lot, and much of this will not interest you to play around. I just hope that this has given you some more ideas of what to do with the deck, and I wish you luck with it.

mikeywayne08 on 2020 Fling OP(Sideboard Suggestions)

2 months ago

BRG24 I tried to stream line the deck a bit more. I feel like Whelming Wave and Thing in the Ice  Flip are counter intuitive but the plan is for Thing in the Ice  Flip to hold off aggro till I get Rielle, the Everwise pumping out Krakens from Ominous Seas and just Whelming Wave away all resistance keeping all krakens on the field. Any thoughts?

Artatras on The Many-Faced God - [Primer]

2 months ago

Providing budget alternatives is not that simple because the deck is balanced as is and changing any single card would alter its equilibrium. I will try my best, but do keep in mind that with the following changes you will need to play the deck a lot slower than before. Without free counterspells you will need to wait for when you can leave mana open, and so on and so forth. Hopefully, the fact that all the decks in the tournament follow the same budget restrictions can make up for this. Here are my budget changes:

Mana Crypt and Mox Amber: any two-mana rock, like Arcane Signet and Mind Stone.

Force of Will and Fierce Guardianship: a copy of Foil and Dispel. Depending on your specific meta, you could consider Mental Misstep.

Mana Drain: any two-mana counterspell. My choice would be Countersquall.

Ancient Tomb: a basic Island.

Cyclonic Rift: Echoing Truth. This can bounce a single permanent or an army of tokens, which seems particularly useful in your case.

Damnation and Toxic Deluge: your choice of Languish, Whelming Wave, Evacuation or AEtherize.

Dark Confidant: I once used Disciple of Deceit, which was suboptimal. Alternatively, Looter il-Kor or any draw spell.

Intuition, Demonic Tutor and Vampiric Tutor: Diabolic Tutor, Forbidden Alchemy and Beseech the Queen are okayish.

Training Grounds: Heartstone is the closest comparison, but do keep in mind it works for your opponents as well.

These are all direct substitutions. I took the cards you mentioned and replaced them with their budget counterparts. If you think some of them aren't good enough (and in most cases they are not), then you can consider including something completely different instead. I'm thinking about cards like Propaganda, Torpor Orb, more removal, more card draw, more ramp. You have the privilege of knowing the decks you will be facing, so you can tweak the deck according to your matchups.

If you want to be prepared against a token deck, try shaving some single target removals or counterspells for a few extra board wipes. Just be extra careful against Meren because they tend to play a lot of Fleshbag Marauder-like effects, which is something this deck really struggles with. Make use of your haste enablers to kill your opponent during the very first turn you play Lazav, before he or she has the opportunity to play those cards.

I wish you good luck for your tournament, and let me know about your results!

Bound2asgard on Cards & Dudes | Xyris the Writhing Storm

2 months ago

Whelming Wave does not work here if you are planning on saving your snakes, since they don't count as Serpents.

orionreyzak on Xyris, the Writhing Storm [wheels]

3 months ago

I loved your video. I am building this deck from my much hated Nekusar deck, I hope it will be able to defend itself better. I plan on running Whelming Wave Maybe instead of evacuation. It keeps your serpents out and I don't have to deal with too many of the other sea creatures. Sorcery speed is kind of a bummer though.

Orsett on Xyris, the Writhing Storm

3 months ago

Alrighty! I definitely feel like this deck is reaching its conclusion. Specifically, the conclusion of dealing in hypotheticals - without holding the cards in hand and seeing how they fair against my playgroup, I fear there aren't any more substantial changes I can make.

I'm also afraid that the budget for this deck is still a bit outside of my reach. Luckily, this doesn't all have to be built in one installment. Without changing the decklist here on Tapped Out, these are the more expensive cards remaining and my budget choices for initial purchase:


  • Despite having already cut out the worst offenders, Shock Lands (ex. Breeding Pool), City of Brass, and Mana Confluence still feel like substitutions I can make later.
  • For now, Basics will suffice - though I may have a Shock Land or two hiding somewhere in a 60 Card deck.


  • The only Creature that really fits the bill here is Craterhoof Behemoth. Frankly, it's fantastic and a Green staple for a reason. However, it too seems like something I can build up to.
  • For now, I choose you End-Raze Forerunners!


  • Phyrexian Altar...
  • Although in a previous comment I mentioned $20+ as being around the place I'd try and trim things down, I think Phyrexian Altar is one I'll actually spring for.
  • Unlike Craterhoof, whose only role is as a finisher, the second Altar is something I'd be happy to see at almost any stage in the game. Plus, if it ever comes down to it, Phyrexian Altar is playable in almost any deck - certainly a deck of any color(s).


  • Nothing to see here! The only noteworthy cards (Sylvan Library + Parallel Lives) are already cards in my collection, so there's no conflict of interest.


  • Crickets chirping


  • Which leaves Cyclonic Rift. I mentioned this card in my first comment alongside Expropriate and Tooth and Nail as a Good Stuff card that feels like needless fluffing for my nest. C-Rift, however, made it this far in the revisions where the others did not.
  • My choice of replacement actually takes things in a different direction. Rather than another Bounce Wipe (ex. Flood of Tears, Evacuation, or my previous slot-holder Whelming Wave), I'm actually going with Disrupt Decorum as my substitution.
  • I don't know. Something about forcing your opponents to duke it out just seems fun and satisfying to me. And it still meets my goal of lowering their defenses for an aggressive rush.

That's all I've got for now - I still plan to check in every once and a while, so as always feel free to reach out with ideas.

Best of luck, stay safe, and wash your hands thoroughly!


Daedalus19876 on Avatar: The Last Airbender

3 months ago

Oh my god, I love it...

It's a shame that Nameless Race isn't in your colors, because that's obviously Zuko.

Dragon Breath could fit in Book 3, both from Ran/Shaw and also the signature move of the Dragon of the West.

Power of Fire is self-explanatory.

Whelming Wave/Engulf the Shore for the climax of Book 1?

There's got to be something related to spying for the Dai Li...

I'll post anything else I can think of later!

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