Best Merfolk Deck

Modern dylanyad

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Monday night modern —March 16, 2015

1st place and undefeated! ( 3-0 )

Won : 2-0 vs U Tron , 2-0 vs U/B Zombies, 2-0 vs Homebrew

bloodshed343 says... #1

Spreading Seas is strictly worse than Aquitect's Will

February 9, 2015 7:16 p.m.

Feenecks says... #2

Not exactly bloodshed343. Spreading Seas can pretty much disable a tron land and such. Aquitect's Will just gives it the subtype island.

February 9, 2015 8:14 p.m.

bloodshed343 says... #3

Ah, I thought spreading seas only gave the subtype.

February 9, 2015 8:25 p.m.

theeagleofrome says... #4

If I didn't want to spend the money on aether vial but i have the rest of this list currently what would you suggest?

February 18, 2015 1:37 a.m.

dylanyad says... #5

Unfortunately there is no alternative for AEther Vial , its probably then best card in any aggro based Merfolk Deck, without it the deck will be good, but not competitive.

February 19, 2015 1:51 p.m.

darkabolisher says... #6

Good synergy & cheap (CMC)! Pretty good!

February 20, 2015 11:41 a.m.

Smellygoat11 says... #7

dylanyad is right :(

What makes Merfolk so badass is that they use AEther Vial to get out creatures, while keeping their mana open for stupid shit like Vapor Snag and Mana Leak. It's hilarious watching them work! :D

February 20, 2015 11:43 a.m.

You need to run a full playset of AEther Vial, Lord of Atlantis, Master of the Pearl Trident, and Silvergill Adept. The rest is up to you.

February 25, 2015 4:22 p.m.

sten94 says... #9

I know you said it isn't anything higher than a 3 drop but Master of Waves is one of the best menfolks. it is bolt protected which is one of the most popular removal spells in the format. it also will usually produce a load of tokens which is good agains Liliana of the Veil. also Thassa, God of the Sea is good because it will usually be a creature and can just swing for 5 unblocked each turn.

February 26, 2015 1:27 p.m.

dylanyad says... #10

Thank you for your suggestion sten94 , I agree that Master of Waves is an amazing card, but i prefer to keep him in my sideboard for Jund and/or Burn decks. As for Thassa, God of the Sea, Ive added it to my sideboard for that extra scry power against certain decks. Thanks for the feedback!

February 26, 2015 2:05 p.m.

merrowMania says... #11

As a merfolk enthusiast (see name), I agree with this deck. You, Sir dylanyad, have my +1.

I like the innovative Psionic Blast. Is it a meta decision?

February 26, 2015 6:52 p.m.

Manapanda says... #12


Yes, AEther Vial is nigh irreplacable and makes Merfolk competitive, but a cheaper alternative is Leyline of Anticipation. Not quite the same, but you still get that instant speed for your Merfolk so you can keep counter mana open.

Leyline can also do other shenanigans, check it out in Flash Flood

February 26, 2015 6:52 p.m.

dylanyad says... #13

Thanks very much merrowMania, i appreciate your feedback. I put in Psionic Blast because nobody ever expects it.. Its won me countless games in both tournaments and against people in my meta. It can be used to finish off an unsuspecting opponent and/or can be used as removal for powerful creatures. I definitely recommend this card for any Merfolk deck.

February 26, 2015 7:20 p.m.

Panda213 says... #14

+1 love this version of merfolks.. Coralhelm Commander and Psionic Blast seem to work as great finishers in here :)

February 28, 2015 2:09 p.m.

6tennis says... #15

AEther Vial just CAN'T be replaced, unfortunately. However, you could possibly run Yisan, the Wanderer Bard if you were splashing green. Which you aren't. You really shouldn't.

February 28, 2015 9:53 p.m.

326 says... #16

As other people said, no card can really replace Aether Vial. Merfolk in general is really not all that competitive in Modern, even with Vials - without them it's near unplayable

March 7, 2015 12:28 p.m.

mortilus says... #17

It's obviously not as good as AEther Vial, but Soul Foundry might be a possible replacement

March 7, 2015 2:49 p.m.

dylanyad says... #18

How is it not competetive its a tier 2 deck..

March 7, 2015 3:27 p.m.

Force_of_Will says... #19

+1 For Psionic Blast !

March 7, 2015 4:49 p.m.

The best merfolk decks can achieve infinite mill, life, tokens and all by T3-4, just saying. This is still really fun though!

March 7, 2015 5 p.m.

326 says... #21

It's an ok deck to bring to a smaller event, sure, but playing a suboptimal list (i.e. without Aether Vials) of a deck that already struggles to compete with the better decks of the format isn't exactly what's known as optimal.

March 8, 2015 10:37 a.m.

dylanyad says... #22

lol im using aether vial, ive used it in events and done well, ive never once heard of these decks struggling with any other deck and in my experience all over my city I have not struggled, i dont know where your from or what your meta is, but we obviously are NOT on the same page here.

March 8, 2015 10:58 a.m.

dylanyad says... #23

Also, whats the point of going onto somebodys deck and telling them that theyre deck is not as good as other decks, you must have alot of time on your hands

March 8, 2015 11 a.m.

Yeah if you're going to criticize, use constructive criticism and not just hate. Merfolk decks are (I think) tier 2, so they do fine in modern.

But just out of curiosity, why Psionic Blast? Seems like another two Remand would work better.

March 8, 2015 11:18 a.m.

dylanyad says... #25

Interesting you would ask, Psionic Blast works well because its a card that can be used to finish off an unexpected player with 4 or less life, it can also be used as removal for creatures that are hard to deal with. I have playtested using more counter spells, but overall i feel Psionic Blast has won me more games. Perhaps its just a meta thing.

March 8, 2015 11:26 a.m.