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No. Red lacks good flying support and dual lands would bump the price up too much on top of it being too slow. The best color to splash here would be Black and if you want to see what that looks like then check out http://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/771883#paper
October 20, 2017 4:26 p.m.
Merfolk are and always have been versatile so you need to choose which aspect of them you wish to play. Aggro or Control?
For aggro, going for unblockable counters with Harold the Herald is a good strategy and him + Mimic + Deeproot Waters can create one insane board state to swing in with and there are plenty of alternatives to Mimic for getting counters on your creatures, especially in green. You can even use Rishkar, Peema Renegade to ramp as well as distribute counters for a mid game Tishana, Voice of Thunder.
For control, Champion is going to be an all star player, as is Kopala. Cheap bounce spells that buff Champion and may have other nice side effects are great and Search for Azcanta Flip is pretty much required here if budget is not an issue. Tishana again would make for a great bomb to drop, especially if you have great draw spells like Chart A Course or even Overflowing Insight.
Alternatively, you can go in between and run midrange, too.
October 20, 2017 3:45 p.m.
You have a general gameplan but the deck still lacks a lot of focus and as such I'd personally look into making this a Vampire tribal for better overall synergy. The Zombies are adding quite a bit of price to your budget. Vampires have some good, cheap support and are capable of creating enough sacrifice outlets to do what you're going for with the sacrifice themes along with a couple of other gameplans.
I would also recommend using scryfall.com to look up cheaper versions of cards. For example, I easily found Greed and Underworld Connections for alternatives to Phyrexian Arena. Granted I already knew of the latter but that's not my point.
Hope this helped at least a little.
P.S. I know you're going for a $75 budget but EDH requires a bit more cash. It's a good starting point for getting most of your cards but be ready to put more money into it after it's initially built if you really want to make Kalitas grow.
October 20, 2017 12:45 a.m.
wraya2 I'll take a look but I'm not as familiar with EDH so no promises.
October 20, 2017 12:01 a.m.
I would recommend adding the Stax tag to your deck. It's one of my favorite styles to play and I would have found this deck far sooner if it was.
October 19, 2017 11:28 p.m.
wraya2 I had Unsummon in a previous build but opted for Perilous Voyage as it is more versatile and had the added bonus of scrying 2 on lower cost permanents, which is very handy with Chart A Course. If you wish to use it instead you can and I would recommend Siren's Ruse to go with it since the evasion on top of a card draw is nice. I've personally found Perilous Voyage for bouncing and Dive Down for evasion and giving my creatures the ability to actually block to be more successful. They are definitely good sideboard options if you need to be able to bounce on turn 1 against something like RDW.
TrueTribal Cycling is not really an aspect of Blue I'm looking for in this deck and I find Glyph Keeper to have far more value in a match as it hits harder and has extra built in evasion and can even be reused later in a game. Curator would also push me over $15. The Desert is also far too slow for such a straightforward deck. Chart and Voyage/Ruse are enough when it comes to mingling with the deck. RDW remains a problem but that applies to almost every deck but slowing this deck down at all from what it's at would result in having trouble against Rakdos Aggro as well, which it currently does fairly well against.
October 19, 2017 11:05 p.m.
October 19, 2017 12:04 a.m.
I've been experimenting with Sunmare for a while since his applications can be straight up dastardly but such a plain build has too many issues against cards like Settle the Wreckage and other exile cards that can ruin a game. The most success I've found with it is altering Selesnya Cats to include it and Arcane Adaptation and modifying Abzan tokens into Esper tokens. Relying on just Approach as a backup seems too risky.
October 18, 2017 8:11 p.m.
It's a modification of the budget deck on goldfish. The differences being that mine is over $30 cheaper and mono-blue.
October 17, 2017 1:12 p.m.
I'd personally recommend Siren's Ruse to flicker your creatures for evasion and ETB effects. It even gives you card draw on Sailor of Means. It'd probably help the most if you ever decided to bring back Revel in Riches as a wincon or decided to use a creature that drops two treasure tokens on ETB.
October 12, 2017 7:55 p.m.
I can see why you wouldn't then. Most of my opponents only have one type or another of removal and I'm more than willing to sub in protection and play off-curve in order for better combo efficiency but everyone plays differently. Hopefully you'll get the results you seek.
October 12, 2017 3:50 p.m.
If you can manage to keep a Mimic out for even a single turn with Deeproot Waters then you're at a quicker advantage than with Handicraft, which requires you to pay mana for the ETB counters and is far slower at putting those counters on creatures than Tusker or any of the other counter giving spells. Mimic also stacks for free and triggers itself. If you're worried about removal that much then I understand, otherwise there's no reason to not choose Mimic, at least in theory.
October 12, 2017 3 p.m.
Handicraft seems inferior to Mimic and redundant when you have both the Vineshapers/Boons and the Gearhulks/Tuskers as well. It's also very expensive when you start generating tokens. I would like to know why you didn't choose Mimic aside from its ridiculous price.
October 12, 2017 12:11 p.m.
You sick bastard. I love it.
October 12, 2017 10:46 a.m.
I'd personally run Fling over Shock if you're going for speed. Using it on a creature enchanted by Consuming Fervor would net insane damage and allow you to get extra bang out of your creature before Fervor made them worthless.
October 12, 2017 1:27 a.m.
Scorpion God is a bit too slow with not much bang to back up the mana cost and Hapatra's Mark is mostly redundant when Ammit or Channeler are eating the -1/-1 counters and Blossoming Defense can do the same and buff, too.
October 5, 2017 9:28 p.m.
Definitely need Ammit Eternal on main board. With it nothing short of a board wipe will leave you completely open and you can just side a couple Heroic Intervention for matchups where that would happen (mono white, UW control, etc.)
If you ever do decide to splash red into this deck then Consuming Fervor is borderline broken on the Ammit as well.
October 3, 2017 10:22 a.m.
+1 Always a fan of mono-green.
Personally I wouldn't recommend Desert of the Indomitable but I assume it's there for cycling and desert sacrifice reasons and Crocodile of the Crossing might be something to look into if you want a little extra speed.
October 2, 2017 7:39 p.m.
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