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Maelstrom Wanderer: Cascade To Win

Commander / EDH* Multiplayer Ramp RUG (Temur)




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This is my take on a Maelstrom Wanderer EDH Deck


This version of Maelstrom Wanderer aims to win via it's combos or by smashing face with its dudes. It is designed so that you can ideally be able to cast Wanderer on turn 4.


Soft Combos and Synergies

Note: The 'Sideboard' is being used to highlight maybe cards that I am most heavily considering. I am using it to better rank the 'maybeboard' cards



sliversftw says... #3

But seriously this seems like a really fun deck.

May 1, 2016 9:13 p.m.

DoomOnYOU says... #4

Holy shit this looks like an amazing deck. It's so explosive, even without Maelstrom Wanderer. You're gonna have a lot of fun with this deck.

May 2, 2016 12:25 p.m.

Tinkerman255 says... #5

It'd be interesting to see a version of this deck with a lot of cascade cards, and other creatures that could flicker those cascade cards, that would be hilarious.

May 2, 2016 3:08 p.m.

MagicalHacker says... #6

If you Spelljack your commander, and let it go to exile, you can cast it again for free, so if you hit Spelljack with a cascade trigger, that means you cascade into three other things off of one Maelstrom.

I utilize other combos in my MW deck, like Maelstrom Wanderer + Apocalypse + Jokulhaups, so if you want to check it out, let me know. :)

May 2, 2016 3:35 p.m.

metalevolence says... #7

Looks good so far!

I hope this doesn't offend you but I'm literally going to copypaste what I posted on another maelstrom wanderer since a lot of it applies, if it tells you to run a card you already run then nbd right?

You can luck into infinite turn combos pretty easily with cards that are good anyway. You already have Time Warp, Walk the Aeons, Erratic Portal, Crystal Shard and Greenwarden of Murasa. Add Eternal Witness, Mystical Tutor, Worldly Tutor and Birthing Pod. Add Tezzeret the Seeker and Fabricate. Fabricate finds sol ring early game or whatever late game. Tezzeret finds crystal/erratic, or birthing pod, or Phyrexian Metamorph, or ramps mana. All these cards are already good on their own, but now your ability to chain infinite turns with little effort has increased massively. Another 5 drop creature or two that you could pod into greenwarden would help too, I like Conclave Naturalists and Indrik Stomphowler. You could also bring in Wood Elves, Farhaven Elf and Oracle of Mul Daya, which are also great with food chain, a card you 100% need to run if you can.

May 2, 2016 5:30 p.m.

metalevolence says... #8

Also, Part the Waterveil doesn't help you combo but you should run all the extra turns because they are busted.

Cultivate and Kodama's Reach really are great, nearly always better than chromatic lantern

Izzet Signet and friends are also great, and better than thought vessel here

Blatant Thievery is better than karn

Multani, Maro-Sorcerer is a crazy beatstick.

Should probably also run Nature's Lore and/or Farseek.

If you have them/have the budget, other good adds are Temporal Manipulation, Grim Monolith and Consecrated Sphinx

Cuts for space: thassa, vengevine, cryptic annelid, soothsaying

You can check out my autopilot maelstrom wanderer deck for more ideas. I'm trying out Krark-Clan Ironworks with a higher density of mana rocks and a couple artifact lands like Tree of Tales, I think it could be pretty good.


May 2, 2016 5:34 p.m.

Ocelot44 says... #9

Why do you have a sideboard? There's no sideboard in commander

May 3, 2016 10:37 a.m.

Ocelot44 says... #10

Anyway, if you have a Crucible of Worlds, you could always be THAT GUY and add a Strip Mine

May 3, 2016 10:39 a.m.

TeraInferno says... #11

Thanks MagicalHacker, metalevolence, Ocelot44, and others for your feedback. I will use it for tweaking the deck.

May 3, 2016 3:40 p.m.

Serfax says... #12

I like Pathbreaker Ibex over Craterhoof Behemoth for 4 reasons: normally you are going vertical power instead of wide, maelstrom innately gives haste so its still a surprise, you can't cascade into craterhoof but you can ibex, ibex is repeatable if they don't deal with him. I found that even Thunderfoot Baloth is usually just as good or better than Craterhoof Behemoth since he's not a one time use, and you can cascade into him.

Deadeye Navigator + Food Chain + Molten Primordial . There are plenty of other combos there, but molten is a nice cascadable stealer.

I understand there's always budget concerns, but wanted to mention some staples that really shine in maelstrom:Sensei's Divining Top, Sylvan Library, Scroll Rack, Brainstorm are all great for topdeck quality to set up a cascade. There are very few things in the game that will take a card in your hand that you already drew (that you don't want to hardcast), and topdeck it.

I don't play infinite combos or extra turns, but if you want some other ideas, here's my maelstrom deck.

May 4, 2016 9:53 a.m.

sliversftw says... #13

Serfax plus Pathbreaker Ibex is a goat and everyone knows that goat's are the strongest creature type in the game :D.

May 4, 2016 2:43 p.m.

Frodomouth says... #14

In my Maelstrom deck, I don't run any infinite combos (I use extra turns and clones), but I find that Maelstrom Wanderer is such a powerful card on its own that it's worth it to run Heartbeat of Spring and Mana Flare in order to be able to get him out on turn 4. It helps everyone, but most people don't get as much out of it as you do with the wanderer. Also, Mana Reflection with Palinchron (or any of the other mana doubling enchantments) works out to make infinite mana (which is useful for playing Genesis Wave if you're interested, or even Helix Pinnacle just to be funny). Even if you don't get any combos off with those cards, they're still awesome on their own, so I would highly recommend trying to incorporate some of them into your deck if able.

May 4, 2016 8:52 p.m.

Serfax says... #15

There's also the recent Zendikar Resurgent. Under 8 cmc and it's cheap $ right now

May 4, 2016 8:57 p.m.

TeraInferno says... #16

Thanks for the suggestion of Pathbreaker Ibex. I have replaced craterhoof with it.

May 5, 2016 10:17 p.m.

gonki says... #17

This is awesome. I love Maelstrom Wanderer. Have you considered Sarkhan Unbroken?

May 6, 2016 1:27 p.m.

Thylian1 says... #18

Woodland Bellower seems like it might be interesting in this deck.

May 7, 2016 2:25 p.m.

arabianknight says... #19

try adding in lab maniac

May 9, 2016 3:17 p.m.

Dtowns says... #20

[Glen Elendra Archmage] ability isnt canceled out by plus 1 counters

May 9, 2016 7:17 p.m.

gonki says... #21

Dtowns that's not the case.

121.3. If a permanent has both a +1/+1 counter and a -1/-1 counter on it, N +1/+1 and N -1/-1 counters are removed from it as a state-based action, where N is the smaller of the number of +1/+1 and -1/-1 counters on it. See rule 704.

May 9, 2016 10:47 p.m.

TeraInferno says... #22

Thanks for the suggestions gonki, arabianknight, and Thylian1.

Regarding Sarkhan Unbroken: While he is in my colors, his abilities do not really add a lot to the deck. I do not run enough dragons to make is ult worth it and is middle ability is more meh in my deck. In the end, I made the judgment that there where better cards to include over him.Thanks for the suggestion through!

Woodland Bellower is an interesting idea. The challenge here is that there a lot of possible cascade bombs to pick from, and finding the right mix requires thought.

Thanks for the feedback folks. I do appreciate it.

May 14, 2016 2:40 p.m.

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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

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Avg. CMC 4.11
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