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Standard* Aggro Competitive G/U (Simic) Merfolk Tempo Tribal



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This is my take on brewing Rivals standard Merfolk. I focused on making a low-curve aggro swarm deck, with creatures that replace themselves (Silvergill Adept, Merfolk Branchwalker, and Jadelight Ranger), the most efficient lords (Merfolk Mistbinder, Deeproot Elite), and +1/+1 counter synergy (Explore, Jade Bearer, Herald of Secret Streams). Blossoming Defense helps us dodge removal, attack more aggressively, and push a bit of extra damage. Unsummon seems great against Hazoret the Fervent and Glorybringer, and overall is versatile enough to help us stay ahead onboard.

This seems to me to be the best way to build merfolk in the current standard meta, as I don't think we can outvalue Temur energy in the long-game. I can potentially see a more gimmicky combo/token build with River Sneak, Deeproot Waters, and Forerunner of the Heralds, but those inclusions just seem less consistent and overall unnecessary.

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I think that lowering the curve and adding in the colorless Metallic Mimic will be a lot better than the defensive Kumena. I like the SB a lot, but I think that River Heralds' Boon is a must 4-of for any Merfolk deck. The problem I ahve with jade bearer is that it is not a 1-drop that can be played on turn 1. Maybe the 1/1 unblockable is better?

January 10, 2018 3:44 a.m.

Thanks for the suggestions Boza!

You may be onto something with Kumena, I will be testing him over the next few days. For now I'm running him because he is a good body that can break board stalls. The curve of this deck is already very low, putting in any more than 16 2-drops seems like too much. I could, however, see taking him out for cards like Vineshaper Mystic, Jungleborn Pioneer, or Watertrap Weaver. It will simply be a matter of testing the optimal 3-drop to fill that slot.

I'm wondering why you like River Heralds' Boon so much? It seems very mediocre to me compared to 2-drop creatures, or even Blossoming Defense.

I actually agree that Mist-Cloaked Herald is better than Jade Bearer, however, our mana cannot support consistently being able to have a 1-drop on turn 1. For this reason, I chose the 1-drop to go along with Kumena's Speaker. To be fair, Jade Bearer can be played on turn 1, it's just sub-optimal. Still, I'd prefer a suboptimal 1-drop to one that I can't reliably play on turn 1.

January 10, 2018 4:04 a.m.

Boon gives a permenent +1/+1 or +2/+2 to a creature, allowing something like Mistbinder to get in for damage and additionally, works great with herald, allowing it to get in on the party. I think herald is a very correct choice for the deck, but you currently lack ways to put counters on your dudes - using deeproot elite correctly will be crucial for the turn you play herald. Perhaps, if you do not include Herald, Tempest Caller could be decent enough for one-shotting.

I can see that about the 1 drops and Herald not being too OP without boon to boost it.

January 11, 2018 3:35 a.m.

I Love merfolk and have also been playing around with a standard list for Ixalan block. Would you consider Deeproot Waters in the deck as a possible 2 of? It would allow each of your creatures to pop another out as well, simply generating more lil creatures to swing with. It also would trigger the effect of Deeproot Elite a second time.

January 12, 2018 8:53 a.m.

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This deck is not Standard legal.

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Illegal cards Deeproot Elite , Jade Bearer , Jadelight Ranger , Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca , Merfolk Mistbinder , Silvergill Adept , Naturalize , Seafloor Oracle
Cards 60
Avg. CMC 1.92
Folders RG Fish Standard, useful, Andres decks, Standard
Top rank #5 on 2018-01-12
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2 days ago)

+4 Unsummon main
-1 Blossoming Defense main
-3 Unsummon main
+2 Blossoming Defense side
+1 Spell Pierce side
+1 Island side
-3 Deeproot Waters side
-1 Unsummon side
-2 Naturalize side
+1 Naturalize side
+1 Kopala, Warden of Waves side
-1 River Heralds' Boon maybe
-1 Metallic Mimic maybe