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Sorry for not being able to give an actual response to your suggestions until now, I was somewhat busy.

First of all, River's Rebuke is an intriguing suggestion. While I strongly believe that hitting all non-land permanents is NOT worth letting your opponent recast everything, it is 3 mana cheaper than kicking Fight with Fire which is a massive upside. The main problem with trying to use this effect as a finisher, however, is that it doesn't deal any damage. Aside from having one wizard on the battlefield for synergistic reasons, for most of the game a control deck wants to just stop its opponent from doing anything. The question, then, is what happens after your opponent's board has been bounced. At most you could get in perhaps two to four points of damage, far from the game ending effect that Fight with Fire can provide. That being said, River's Rebuke does slow down our opponent's clock significantly. However, Time of Ice does a far better job of this for even fewer mana, since it delays attacks for three turns instead of just one.

I consider Watertrap Weaver to be a significantly more interesting option. Basically, if Merfolk Trickster didn't exist I would probably be playing Watertrap Weaver. Unfortunately, while tapping for two turns is definitely better than one, having flash usually allows Merfolk Trickster to be essentially tapping for two turns, and also allows it to be used as a combat trick, which Watertrap Weaver can't do. Add on top of this that there is an enormous difference between two and three mana, AND Merfolk Trickster removes abilities, and you can see why I said I was very surprised that Merfolk Trickster isn't a rare.

I do want to reassure you, however, that your suggestions are far from bad. It looks to me like you are mainly a commander player, and most of the time when I receive suggestions from commander players it is for huge spells that do nothing on the turn they are played. If you are looking to get into standard more, I recommend watching tournaments on MTG's YouTube channel.

May 2, 2018 9:11 a.m.

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Legendary Creature - Homunculus Necromancer

: Destroy all creatures, Create a 2/2 Zombie token with : Regenerate this creature for each creature destroyed this way.

Create a Kithkin planeswalker

May 20, 2018 3:12 p.m.

Said on Welf-air Commander...


Oh right lol, sorry I play online most of the time so I usually don't look at the scary paper prices :)

May 20, 2018 1:03 p.m.

Said on Breya KCI Fun...


If you can't think of anything to add scotchtapedsleeves, can you give me something to cut?

Do you see any dead weight in the deck?

May 20, 2018 12:27 p.m.

Breya KCI Fun

Commander / EDH ersatz_olorin


Enduring Renewal is a very fun card, and this is my attempt to maximize that fun. Lots of combos in the deck, open to any suggestions.

May 20, 2018 11:58 a.m.

Said on Welf-air Commander...


Considering how many tap effects you have, Mind Over Matter would do some work in this deck, especially considering that it goes infinite with Arcanis the Omnipotent

In that same vein Freed from the Real also offers synergy, and could go infinite, were you to add Bloom Tender.

Nice deck, lots of potential fun in here :)

May 20, 2018 11:56 a.m.

Make Way For the Champions

Modern ersatz_olorin


I bought a Kithkin theme deck when morningtide came out and have played it happily for years.

This was an attempt to make that slightly more modern viable, while still keeping it fairly budget (AKA no Cavern of Souls or Aether Vial)

Any suggestions are welcome.

May 19, 2018 2:07 p.m.

Said on Fleet's Faeries...


Smuggler's Copter might have some application in this deck, turning your small creatures into much more potent damage, and giving them use when summoning sick.

4x Aether Vial seems a bit excessive to me considering that you only have 14 creatures in the deck, but perhaps it works out well.

May 19, 2018 2:04 p.m.

Said on Kickin' it Old ......


Everflowing Chalice acts as ramp and a kicker trigger

Comet Storm can be a game winner, or a board wipe, but it's also a kicker spell

Mold Shambler is removal and a trigger

Molten Disaster is an uncounterable trigger/ board wipe

Verdeloth the Ancient creates a big board with enough mana

A lot of bad kicker spells out there, but these are all semi playable.

I'd stay away from +1/+1 stuff because you're missing some crucial cards in white.

One thing that might be interesting with this commander is Cloudstone Curio or Erratic Portal. Bounce and replay kicker creatures into the win.

May 16, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Said on I'll rip yer ......


Gilded Drake for a fair exchange:

"Nice 11/11 infect creature you have there, I'll give you a 3/3 flyer for it."

May 15, 2018 7:10 p.m.

Said on Esper Discard...


Notion Thief + Windfall/any wheel effect really would be good in this deck, giving yourself lots of triggers for discard (Waste Not etc.) while not letting people refill their hands.

May 14, 2018 4:31 p.m.

Said on [ T R ......


Champion of Wits so you can look at 4-8 cards depending on whether or not it's eternalized

Sea Gate Oracle offers a similar effect

Blade of Selves also creates lots of triggers (and Helm of the Host of course)

May 14, 2018 3:59 p.m.

you can make as many saprolings as you have cards in your library if you have Saproling Cluster + Fecundity-like effect and a mana sac outlet.

I made a Slimefoot deck if you want to take a look at it:

Slimefoot draws-into win

Commander / EDH* ersatz_olorin


May 14, 2018 3:53 p.m.

Said on Doran <3 - ......


Scars of the Veteran might be fun in this deck.

Sword of the Paruns gives effectively gives Doran vigilance as well as a Overrun for your board every turn.

May 14, 2018 3:46 p.m.

Said on Tribal Legendary...


Samut, the Tested would let you search up planeswalkers.

Djeru, With Eyes Open tutors, protects, and is also historic.

Artificer's Assistant lets you filter through your deck.

Jhoira's Familiar reduces all your costs.

May 14, 2018 3:41 p.m.

These are some great suggestions! Flagstones of Trokair in particular lets me cut down on fetch lands, which hurts both my life total and my wallet.

Aether Vial seems like the wrong fit for this deck, and Magus of the Moon would cut me almost completely out of white, maybe that would work as part of a transformative sideboard?

Thanks a ton!

May 14, 2018 12:33 p.m.

Said on Suddenly! Trees!...


Experiment One would be good as a one drop, considering all the big guys you have.

If you decide to splash, add Birds of Paradise for ramping, and depending on your budget: Noble Hierarch is costly but effective.

May 12, 2018 12:31 a.m.

Kikki Boards the Weatherlight

Modern ersatz_olorin


The idea is to go infinite with Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker and Restoration Angel or Felidar Guardian.

You can dig for the combo with Board the Weatherlight

Slow the game down with Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

Get value from flickering cards like History of Benalia and Blade Splicer.

Any suggestions are welcome

May 12, 2018 12:25 a.m.

Gift of Immortality: "Not even death can stop a true hero from achieving their destiny"

Chained to the Rocks: "For his hubris, the Gods trapped him far above all other mortals."

May 11, 2018 8:02 p.m.

Laboratory Maniac since your emptying your entire deck with Rona?

May 11, 2018 7:55 p.m.

My attempt to make a colorless affinity-ish deck in Standard.

Any suggestions welcome.

May 11, 2018 4:47 p.m.




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