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U/G(Simic) Rivals of Ixalan Merfolk

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




Will be updating as previewed cards are added to tappedout and more are spoiled.

Main Deck:

Silvergill Adept is going to be a great addition to Merfolk, it works in Modern, it'll add a lot of Strength to the deck in Standard.

Merfolk Branchwalker Acts somewhat like a Silvergill Adept with the possibility of being a larger body as well. It adds a lot of stability to the draws of the deck and allows me to run less lands than I probably should.

Kumena's Speaker is one of the two good one drops for Merfolks, it can easily be a 2/2 or 3/3 (sometimes even a 4/4+) fairly early for only 1 mana.

Mist-Cloaked Herald is the other one drop that the deck runs, a 1/1 for 1 that cannot be blocked and can be pumped by the other Merfolk in the deck.

I've moved Kopala, Warden of Waves back into the Mainboard. With twice as many one drops as before, and no longer playing any 4 drops, I think along with the other 3 drops, Kupola is a good way to top out the curve by protecting the smaller Merfolk you've played on turns 1 and 2.

Blossoming Defense is great for protecting your creatures from removal and as a combat trick for only 1 mana. In rare cases it can also help you push for lethal damage.

Merfolk Mistbinder is an amazing 2 drop and is what Merfolk really need to be powerful in Standard.

Metallic Mimic and Deeproot Elite are cards that I'm trying to decide between. Currently I'm going to try both, but I'll see where that goes.

The lands in the deck are fairly on the low side, but with the deck no longer playing 4 drops and having more good one drops i think it'll be fine. 4 Forests, 5 Islands, 4 Botanical Sanctums, 2 Hashep Oasiss, an Ipnu Rivulet, and 3 Unclaimed Territory . Hashep Oasis is great for swinging in for a few extra points of damage that can close the game, and Ipnu Rivulet is there to be sacrificed to Hashep Oasis but in rare circumstances can be used to mill you or your opponent. Unclaimed Territory is a 3 of because in the main deck, while there is only four cards,Blossoming Defense, that colored mana cannot be used for, the sideboard adds too many non-Merfolk cards for it to be consistent.


Swift Warden seems like a powerful addition to Merfolk as a 3 mana 3/3 with Flash and Hexproof, basically becoming extra copies of Blossoming Defense while also giving you a creature and allowing you to keep mana untapped on your opponents turn if you have brought in counter spells from the sideboard.


vineshaper mystic is in my deck currently, but I don't think it comes close to the 3 drops in the Rivals version of the deck.

Forerunner of the Heralds is interesting because for 4 mana it can search for another Merfolk and easily become a 5/4 or higher the turn after you play it as well as pumping your other creatures if you search for a Mistbinder. The two downsides I see with this card are that it costs 4 mana and it puts the Merfolk that you search for on top of your library instead of into your hand.

Jadelight Ranger is 1 more mana than Merfolk Branchwalker but has the potential of being more powerful or getting you more lands, or getting rid of more dead draws. The only reason I don't think I would run this in Merfolk is because the 1 mana really matters with such a low curve.

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This deck is not Standard legal.

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Illegal cards Deeproot Elite , Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca , Merfolk Mistbinder , Mist-Cloaked Herald , Silvergill Adept , Admiral's Order , Silent Gravestone , Swift Warden
Cards 60
Avg. CMC 1.92
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Top rank #1 on 2018-01-11
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