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Silvergill Douser DENIES. I have a casual merfolk deck right now, and the card is insanely effective against fatties. I'm not sure if that will be just as good against competitive decks, but I guess I'll just have to see. And with the land, I haven't been having problems with it, but that's still probably a good idea.
I'd say actually Silvergill might not be as effective, only because competitive decks will not let you stick 3+ merfolk without a fight, and even if you do you've probably gained control of the board by that point anyway. I'd consider running the card:Aquitect's Wills mainboard, 3-4 of, because if Standard is any indication of the power of Spreading Seas running 8 copies of it is insane. My standard Esper deck runs 4 Seas and 4 Contaminated Ground and with that much psuedo-land destruction you can wreck their early game completely.
Also has damn good synergy with the Islandwalk lord. Spreading Seas is good enough with all the draw and filter mechanics in here but honestly 8x is much better. Plus, think of the curve: turn 1 Cursecatcher Turn 2 Spreading Seas Turn 3 card:Aquitect's Will with mana left over for a mana leak, assuming they can cast anything with two islands By then you've drawn 2 extra cards and should have some fuel to start your aggro plan. I'm actually really liking this. Maybe one of the new level up lords is a good idea?
I actually don't like the level up lords all that much. Lord of Atlantis (islandwalk ftw) and Merrow Reejerey (untap LANDS?) are just better. Silvergill Douser in the sideboard is a good idea. But then again, I need help with the sideboard in general. Lastly, is running 7-8 island-makers really going to be effective? I mean, I understand the control aspect of it, but I only need one for the Lord of Atlantis trick, and I still need enough creatures to have a good board force.
Good man, Ashkaan. Good man. Epic play the other night with it, Ash had. He has two islands open in a multiplayer EDH game using my Chronic Cyanosis EDH deck. Some jerk who mainboards Boil casts it. Someone else who needs Islands counters it. A fourth party counters THAT counter. Ashkaan taps out to cast Counterspell on THAT counter. Then the guy who originally cast Boil counters THAT counter. Then a long period of silence, as we all contemplate the idea that the islands are going to be destroyed. But then Ashkaan, who's never played with the card before, realizes how Pact of Negation works and slams it down. It was truly awesome.