merrowMania MTG Encyclopedia

Hello all,

I am merrowMania, aka MerfolkMan. I began my Magic-al journey with a friend's mono-blue merfolk deck, the predecessor/'inspiration' for Them Fishies Will Kill You.

I like to think of myself as a serious Magic player, which, for the most part, is true. That's the Spike in me. I enjoy proving myself through how well I play (regardless of whether I win).

I am also a DCI-certified Rules Adviser. (Edit: the Rules Adviser program was discontinued)

I am also a Melvin, someone who appreciates how all the pieces of Magic fit together to make this great game what it is, both at a card level (like with Primal Command and Firemaw Kavu) and a macroscopic level (like with the rules for Layering). I am the person who reads the competitive rules in his spare time, thereby allowing him to delve as deep into the game as his mind desires.

But Magic is a game to be played with others, particularly friends. I sometimes find myself at odds with them when: I start to make a deck too controlling, I take too long trying to maximize my turns/actions, or I point out how a rule is being ignored or 'correct gameplay' is not enforced. These are some of the things I need to work on and hope to overcome.

If my comments or responses reflect what I have said, I apologize in advance.

You can find me on PucaTrade under the name Merrow ( or browsing the Rules Q&A; here on TappedOut.
(Edit: I am now more likely browsing the cEDH list as it is more discussion-based than answer-based.)

Best T/O Rank: 15 <--This is me being a tad too competitive :P

The following are my Magic Personality Results, in order of accuracy (all still represent me, but some are expressed more than others):

I am Blue/Green
I am Blue/Green

I am both rational and instinctive. I value self-knowledge and understanding of the world; my ultimate goal is self-improvement and improvement of the world around me. At best, I am focused and methodical; at worst, I am obsessive and amoral.
I am Red/Blue
I am Red/Blue
I are both rational and emotional. I value creation and discovery, and feel strongly about what I create. At best, I'm innovative and intuitive. At worst, I'm scattered and unpredictable.
I am Black/Green
I am Black/Green
I am both selfish and instinctive. I value growth and community, as long as they favor my own objectives; I enjoy nature, and I particularly enjoy watching parts of nature die. At best, I am resilient and tenacious; at worst, I'm uncontrollable and destructive.

I do not really know where this came from but it is true about me nonetheless:

ShaperSavant says... #1


January 7, 2017 4:03 p.m.

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Gates88 - Great link! We needed a Nin decklist/primer for a while now. thegigibeast or NarejED, get in on this.

January 18, 2017 1:20 p.m.

You can activate an ability or cast a spell in response to a lethal spell such as Lightning Bolt. For lethal combat damage, your last opportunity to add anything to the stack would be the declare blockers step.

January 12, 2017 1:04 p.m.

TheDevicer - I don't know if it is the kind of resource you are looking for, but the ManaBase, or at the Metaworker section, is intelligent enough. The article I linked is about upgrading a Teferi list, and his comments are very insightful. Apparently, he hangs around the cEDH subreddit.

As for the GAAIV list, would you mind providing a link? I have some free time now and can look it over.

January 11, 2017 10:09 p.m. is down for the count. People are working on archiving the information.

January 10, 2017 9:53 p.m.

Said on Sleep tight...


Additionally, what functions do the Bloodghast and fetchlands serve? There does not seem to be a combo for Ghast except maybe Dread Return (which is no longer in the main). Since Chainer actively uses life as a resource, the negligible amount of thinning achieved by the fetches does not seem worth the life.

January 10, 2017 10:41 a.m.

Said on Sleep tight...


No problem. Also, an interesting interaction to note about Deathmantle is that it overrides creature types (though you have to manually equip it) so the creature won't be a Nightmare.

I would have thought Liliana of the Veil would be better than Vess. It hits more players, so there is more fodder, it edicts Brago, Narset, and the like, and it dumps your fatties. I may not be assigning enough value to the Seal effect and ultimate, but the deck seems to be running a high enough density of tutors that it should be fine.

I thought the Boots and Greaves were to protect Chainer, since he is incredibly annoying to recast. Unfortunately, I am a bit biased toward protection, since my meta runs more removal than I see in other lists. We have a few more creature decks than normal.

January 10, 2017 10:32 a.m.

Said on Sleep tight...


Are Liliana Vess and Magus of the Coffers worth their slots at 5 mana? I think Nim Deathmantle and Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed would be better worth it. Xiahou Dun can act like Sidisi and Deathmantle combos with Grave Titan and Ashnod's Altar. It also works with Priest of Gix and either Altar

January 9, 2017 9:49 p.m.

Does anyone have any news about Yidris? I have not come across him since he released. Does the deck rely on him at all, or is he like Jeleva? How is the green affecting the deck? Will these questions ever truly be answered? The world may never know.

January 9, 2017 8 a.m.

Protection prevents Damage, Equipping, Enchanting, Blocking, and Targeting from sources of the protection type. You would need to block with a colorless creature or use Kozilek's Return because it is colorless. Pyroclasm is a red source, so the damage would be prevented.

Other ways to remove a Champion that has landed include board wipes such as Wrath of God and Shatterstorm, sacrifice effects such as Liliana of the Veil, exile effects such as Final Judgment, and mass bounce such as Cyclonic Rift.

January 8, 2017 10:05 p.m.

Said on Is a creature ......


Please link all cards in your question: Leyline of Sanctity
At any point or zone in the game, an object is one of the following: a spell (only on the stack), a permanent (only on the battlefield), OR a card (everywhere else). Therefore, no, a creature permanent is not a spell because it is not on the stack.
The Leyline has no interaction with an attacking creature since you do not target a player when you attack them, so combat will happen as usual.

January 8, 2017 10:44 a.m.

The deck looks fine. Dumping random cards in your bin should be okay as long as you have already deployed enough mana. Competitive EDH players already run Gamble, so I don't see a problem with Draw-4s.

January 8, 2017 9:36 a.m.

All the raiding!!!

Hanna, Ship's Navigator #1

Hanna, Ship's Navigator #2

Both seem decent. I don't feel like being the one to choose. I prefer to just gather the information.

A Sram deck that looks cool but would have an asterisk next to it as it is only theorycrafting

January 8, 2017 8:29 a.m.

Here is a good Silas Ren + Kydele list I found. Keep up the good work.

January 8, 2017 8:06 a.m.
January 8, 2017 7:44 a.m.

Yep, she and Narset can't be accelerated out fast enough reliably and they are decks that have a bunch of clunky cards that don't belong in openers.

January 8, 2017 12:05 a.m.

Said on Angry Omnath Brew...


I decided to steer away from From the Ashes. I find that most non-HD decks run enough basics that it does not punish them enough. I chose to attack mana rocks with Pulverize, but that increased my Mountain count. I think my list focuses more on Omnath token beats with disruption, while yours punishes the enemy for everything.

January 7, 2017 11:37 p.m.

I came to this list.

January 7, 2017 11:24 p.m.

This is where I'm at so far. I put some of my thoughts in the description.

January 7, 2017 10:45 p.m.

Gates88 - Agreed. Personally, I think a hybrid of Azusa and Ruric Thar would make a decent Omnath deck. Unfortunately, I suck at deck-building (from relative scratch). But when it comes to tweaking, I know my nipples (heh, I made a funny). I'll copy the deck and tune it up. See you all in a few hours :P

January 7, 2017 9:55 p.m.

Some >=decent lists for Tier 3 (some are not fully tuned or are kind of old due to the commanders not receiving attention in recent years, but they were the most competitively built lists I found...and I raided Shaper's deck folder after getting bored of sifting through the pretend-competitive players' decklists that litter the Internet):

Omnath, Locus of Rage

Adun Oakenshield

Anafenza the Foremost

Chainer Dementia Master

Daxos of Meletis

Rafiq of the Many

Jhoira of the Ghitu

Karametra, God of Harvests

Surrak Dragonclaw

Ezuri, Claw of Progress

January 7, 2017 8:25 p.m.


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Playing since Gatecrash
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