I had a fourth crab, but I can't remember what I cut it for. Thanks for the suggestions
March 22, 2017 1:15 p.m.
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Pariah's Shield is a card I did not know about. My primary concern with it is that it's a 5-drop, and might move my curve up a bit higher than I'd like, but once I can playtest the deck a bit I'll try it out.
That Heroic Intervention, meanwhile, would be fantastic. From there, it's just a concern of making a 3-color deck that runs well and stays Budget. Maybe with the colorless Pariah's Shield and some ramp, I can justify an alternate Green/Red version of this deck?
March 27, 2017 7:39 p.m.
The reason behind there only being 3 Skulkers is because, once I have one out, the others become a bit redundant. Not that they wouldn't be useful, but my win conditions only call for one to be out, and I'd rather those remaining potential draws be things that can support the one. Dimir Machinations is my workaround, helping me get one more easily and allowing me a bit of versatile control if I already have one.Thank you for the feedback, by the way!
March 24, 2017 9:08 p.m.
Use the Crab. Be the Crab.
I strongly recommend a fourth Hedron Crab, is what I'm trying to say. Run Polluted Delta, since it'll trigger the Landfall when it comes out, and then again after you throw out whatever land you search for, ie Watery Grave. Evolving Wilds and Terramorphic Expanse can do something similar for cheaper, too.
Do not underestimate Crab.
March 22, 2017 4:35 a.m.
The problem with Ordeal is that, by the time I'm swinging with my Skulker, it's usually already at 10+ counters. That Perilous Research is hot as heck, though, and would make a good alternative to Damnation, while also lowering my curve so that I can throw the Bidents back in.
-3 Mask of Riddles
+2 Murderous Cut
+2 Perilous Research
+2 Bident of Thassa
March 21, 2017 5:41 p.m.
March 21, 2017 5:01 p.m.
Courser of Kruphix might run you better than that Magus.
March 21, 2017 5:09 a.m.
March 21, 2017 5:06 a.m.
I see a fair number of Instants and Sorceries. Ever considered Monastery Swiftspear to revel in them?
March 21, 2017 5:01 a.m.
Looks like a fun deck. My only suggestions are that you may have a few too many high drops, and losing a few of those 6-CMSs might greatly help speed things up. My second suggestion is an alternative to some of those, Baral, Chief of Compliance, who will help give you field presence, reduce the mana cost of some of your spells, and give you some cycling power.
March 20, 2017 8:57 p.m.
I prefer Aquitect's Will for three reasons, personally. The first is the obvious one, it's cheaper. The second is that it's a Merfolk spell and combos well with Merrow Reejerey. The third is that Spreading Seas is a lot easier to destroy than a Flood Counter. But, it is all down to preference, and you make some excellent points in the Sea's defense.
I'm actually working on a deck that's not quite a Merfolk deck, but has some splashed in. I would love some tips if you have the time! Oodles of Squids: 50 Squids Darker
March 19, 2017 4:52 p.m.
I would replace Spreading Seas with Aquitect's Will, ends up doing the same thing for 1 mana less. You could also benefit from some Counters, myself personally being fond of Remand and Cryptic Command
March 19, 2017 3:19 p.m.
March 19, 2017 1 p.m.
Thanks! I pride myself in trying to be as original as possible, so it's always encouraging to get... um... encouragement.
March 18, 2017 1:36 p.m.
Personally, I feel like you could use a bit more field presence, so a higher monster base. If I did it, I would ditch Creeping Tar Pit first, then Gitaxian Probe, then Duress. But having not played the deck myself, I can't really assess what works and what doesn't.
March 18, 2017 4:39 a.m.
I see Dark Depths, I see a splash of Black, but I don't see a Hex Parasite. The Vampire Hexmage does the job better, for sure, but a little bug action might be helpful for those hands where you don't draw it.
Fun looking deck, either way.
March 18, 2017 4:30 a.m.
I will playtest both and see if Spark Elemental runs better. Thanks for the suggestion!
March 17, 2017 4:35 p.m.
Thunderous Wrath is a great card in any format it's available in, and it's not all that pricey either. I personally love Temple of Abandon, too. It's a slow land, but never underestimate the ability to Scry. You can't go wrong with a little Vexing Shusher, either.
Now, if you want to add in a bit more green, you could throw in some ramp cards like Utopia Sprawl, Arbor Elf, Birds of Paradise and Sylvan Caryatid, or even do a little ramp-burn combo with Zhur-Taa Druid. With the extra ramp, you could very easy catch your opponent off-guard with high-costing heavy hitters like Banefire or Borborygmos Enraged.
March 17, 2017 1:48 a.m.
If you want more win conditions, consider Chasm Skulker for another hard attacker and Slip Through Space or Aqueous Form to let it, your Commander, or your Crawler go in for the big direct hits. Since you like drawing, Remand might also be a good choice.
March 16, 2017 2:29 p.m.
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