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Chasedrk1 IDK I think Spell Pierce is the play over Negate. Negate is a bit expensive. But maybe... Definitely love Heroic Intervention.
January 19, 2018 12:24 p.m.
It's definitely a pretty cool card and with a target like Jadelight Ranger, which has the potential to come into play with two counters already on it, you can flip the card pretty quickly. Definitely play around with it.
January 19, 2018 11:14 a.m.
Kiyomeii You can tap down your creatures on your opponent's turn...You can also tap them after declaring them as blockersAnd you can tap them after your opponent plays a sweeper because it occurs at instant speed, giving you a couple cards back to come back from the sweeper. The deck also plays a lot of anti-sweepers. Like, read my explanation of the deck before popping off man.Also, I think this deck can win even without Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca. The Deeproot Elite + Deeproot Waters combo is pretty crazy.
The idea with this deck though is not just to win by going wide but to win through card advantage and consistency.
January 19, 2018 11:08 a.m.
I really like Curious Obsession, especially on a River Sneak. The problem is just protecting that creature against removal, when you might rather want to save that blossoming defense to protect Kumena (which I think you might want to play 3 of).
January 16, 2018 11:29 p.m.
As far as Blossoming Defense, Dev from SBMtG replaced them with Unsummon. It's protection and removal all in one. And you can use it if you get swept to return creatures to your hand. I actually think sweepers might be a bigger issue for this deck than straight removal. Blossoming Defense does pump your creature though.
January 16, 2018 11:26 p.m.
good points kkelsey. I think the speaker has to be in there. It can be a 3/3 and even a 4/4.
I agree with you on Hashep Oasis
January 16, 2018 11:23 p.m.
I would take out Kopala and do 2 more Jadelight ranger.
January 16, 2018 2:08 p.m.
River Sneak is unblockable too...
January 16, 2018 1:56 p.m.
I like that you included Hadana's climb.
January 16, 2018 11:01 a.m.
apj_elfman Yeah it looks pretty good for Merfolk. SilverGill is defintely the best draw creature right now. Need to edit my deck and take out attune.
January 15, 2018 8:19 p.m.
On the previous note, you might want to look at Seafloor Oracle as a possibility too for your 4 drop slot.
January 15, 2018 4:03 p.m.
apj_elfman Yeah for real. I'd like to see some kind of energy ban, but I think this deck will be pretty competitive even without it. With some of the tricks you can get crazy board presence on just turn 5.
I would add that I'm not sure either tokens or counters should be the major theme of a merfolk deck. I think what kills your opponent is the combo of explore, allowing you to sort your draws and then cards like Kumena and Silvergill Adept which generate card advantage. You're killing with consistency and card advantage.
January 15, 2018 4:01 p.m.
apj_elfman Think about the over under with Tempest Caller. It's only god when you have a bunch of creatures out. It only matters if your opponent has a bunch of creatures out. If the theme is counters, I would play Verdurous Gearhulk as a finisher.
January 15, 2018 10:27 a.m.
apj_elfman Man I don't think tapping down your opponent's creatures necessarily matters. I think Merfolk can go so wide that it doesn't matter whether their creatures are tapped or not. Admiral's Order is definitely good. I would say that the tokens vs. counters themes are not mutually exclusive. Why not have tokens with counters on them? With Deeproot Elite out, Deeproot Waters can produce more fish and therefore counters. With mimic out you can get tokens with counters on them.
I just think pretty much any four drop is just a dead card in hand during the crucial turns where you're trying to get the mana down and play important merfolk.
January 15, 2018 10:24 a.m.
I think you can sideboard Kopala, Warden of Waves and play one more Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca. You got Blossoming Defense for the spot removal. You might want to play two, three, or even four copies of Spell Pierce which can protect against spot removal and sweepers. I think this deck also wants to play Deeproot Waters, which interacts really well with Mimic and Elite. I would choose one or the other of those two. Maybe play two of each... I would play Jadelight Ranger for the card filtering as well. It's a solid three drop that can come in with some solid power on turn three.
January 14, 2018 4 p.m.
January 14, 2018 3:55 p.m.
I don't think Herald of Secret Streams is necessary.River Sneak is a two drop that's already unblockable and you can buff it up with Deeproot Elite. Where is Kumena's Speaker? It's a 3/3 for one if you play it with a Metallic Mimic out. That's good with Deeproot Elite too.
I don't think Tishana, Voice of Thunder is relevant to the deck either.
January 12, 2018 9:36 p.m.
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