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How often does this actually go off? Seems pretty fun either way, though.
You might want to try Supreme Will - it's in your colours and doubles up as a counter and a finder, both things you're already doing. I'd also recommend Aether Meltdown over Ice Over - basically the same thing in the early-mid game, but one has Flash.
March 21, 2018 6:18 p.m.
Get rid of Jace, Fleet Swallower and a land or two. This deck is otherwise pretty low to the ground and tempo-based, don't clog that up with big fatties that don't actually help your game plan. Also, replace Wanted Scoundrels and Siren Lookout with cards of the same mana cost (Kitesail Freebooter for instance) if available, as both of them are pretty lacklustre if played on curve. Good luck!
March 21, 2018 1:21 p.m.
DOM's 'Vicious Offering' is also a perfect replacement for Moment of Craving in this deck, surely?
March 21, 2018 1:04 p.m.
If you want 'fast and aggressive vehicles', you really can't do better than Heart of Kiran. It's also definitely worth going into white just to try and maximise your chances of getting a Toolcraft Exemplar out on turn one.
March 21, 2018 8:18 a.m.
Why Liliana's Influence? Seems a bit overcosted.
March 20, 2018 5:42 p.m.
Nice. Seems there's a lot of people working on similar things at the moment, myself and beakedbard included. I'm personally finding myself in two minds about Champion of Wits; I'm just not sure if the long-term card advantage justifies the initial clunkiness of a vanilla 2/1 body in a deck like this, so I'm keen to hear your thoughts.
March 20, 2018 5:35 p.m.
This is pretty sweet. You would definitely improve your low-level removal package by swapping the Trial of Zeal and Impeccable Timing for a playset of Lightning Strike, as the instant speed & cheaper cost of Strike trump the potential to return your Trial to hand. Cartouche of Zeal is also borderline; try replacing it with extra copies of Gust Walker and Ahn-Crop Crasher and give it a trial run.
March 20, 2018 3:33 p.m.
March 20, 2018 2:18 p.m.
Shefet Dunes is a perfect mainboard card for this deck. You might want to bump up your removal package in the sideboard; Fatal Push, Vraska's Contempt and Golden Demise should be enough to cover most situations.
March 20, 2018 9:45 a.m.
Jadelight Ranger and Blossoming Defense are absolute must-haves in any Standard Merfolk deck at the moment. To make room, I'd suggest getting rid of New Horizons, because this is a deck that mainly cares about filling the board, as well as Nissa, Genesis Mage and Flood of Recollection. Tishana, Voice of Thunder and River's Rebuke are both borderline, but if they've been performing for you then that's what matters. Good luck!
March 19, 2018 10:29 p.m.
Curious Obsession maybe? If you can get it online then keeping a good flow of rats up should become a lot easier. Spell Pierce might also be good in the sideboard, because it lets you drop a threat AND counter a boardwipe/Lost Legacy on turn 3.
March 19, 2018 10:18 p.m.
@beakedbard Flash is the sole reason I mainboarded the Obstructionists - the luxury of being able to drop a threat in the end step if the opponent does nothing worth answering is exactly what this deck wants, IMO. You might be right about the Drakes, though. I'm kind of flip-flopping at the moment as to whether this is an Instant/Sorcery deck enabled by Wizards, which would want them, or a Wizard deck enabled by Instants/Sorceries, which wouldn't. Have you got a decklist you'd be willing to share?
March 19, 2018 9:50 p.m.
Looks pretty fun, I might try this while waiting for Dominaria to come out! Did you give any thought to Cryptic Serpent? It can potentially come out as early as turn 3, if you cycle turn one and then hit a perfect Strategic Planning or Winds of Rebuke, which is reasonably likely in this deck.
March 19, 2018 3 p.m.
I'd strongly suggest simplifying your manabase; cutting all the blue - and possibly the white as well - out of the deck would be a good start. Triggering Archfiend of Ifnir is also going to be difficult when you have so few cycling/discard cards, I don't think the two copies of Key to the City will make up the shortfall.
March 18, 2018 1:47 p.m.
Chart a Course, maybe? Other than that this seems pretty solid, what exactly do you need help with?
March 18, 2018 1:42 p.m.
Lathnu Hellion is an interesting choice, given the lack of energy producers, but I suppose that doesn't matter when it's more of a finisher, does it?
March 18, 2018 11:47 a.m.
I know you can tutor for it, but if Revel in Riches is your buildaround I think you should run more than one of it.
March 18, 2018 9:38 a.m.
None of this except some of the land is Standard legal, fella.
March 18, 2018 8:34 a.m.
@beakedbard Glad to hear it! What creatures have you been putting in the 2-drop slot? Other than Baral, all the good wizards in Standard right now tend to be either 1 or 3 mana, which kind of results in an uneven curve. Naban, Dean of Iteration from Dominaria seems to hint at some 'whenever a wizard enters the battlefield under your control' goodies, so maybe he'll be worth putting in, but I expect he'll be more Commander oriented tbh.
March 17, 2018 8:39 p.m.
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