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 I came across this, but here is the result of the Nodiatis RPG Personality Test:

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enter image description here - T5.

September 18, 2018 11:20 a.m.

enter image description here - T4. I'm not impressed with this card, but you can do cute shenanigans with Clones (especially Sakashima), Strionic Resonator, and Bounce effects. Being matchup dependent really hurts this card. Even then, it is really slow and marginal advantage at best.

September 17, 2018 3:54 p.m.

Time for my usual thing (though I'm a few days behind :P)

enter image description here - T2.5. While it does go infinite like Firemind and draw off of opponents' spells, that mana cost is extremely prohibitive. Definitely lower than Firemind and higher than Dracogenius.

enter image description here - T3. I'm looking at this and thinking Stax or bad GW Selvala combined with Saffi. Makes fodder like Tana, but not at as good of a rate. Makes infinite tokens with infinite mana and Umbral Mantle. Cute with Glare of Subdual. VERY cute with Quest for Renewal. Maybe I'm overestimating the card, but T3 seems appropriate enough for the interim.

enter image description here - T3. Technically an infinite mana sync with something like Reassembling Skeleton, but I don't see it being much better of an outlet than Ishkanah, who is also T3, needs only infinite black, and does not need another card to sac it or whatnot. The upside of Izoni is that the outlet can be used for value throughout the game. The mana cost is a bit annoying, but at least you get a few duders out of the EtB. Could climb to T2.5, but I am skeptical, since it can't sac itself.

enter image description here - T5. If it granted haste, maybe T4, but it is just a beater as it is.

enter image description here - T4? I completely admit I am pulling a tier out of my ass. I do not see Lazav as being breakable, but it definitely is not garbage. Feel free to add your own thoughts on what to do with it.

enter image description here - T4. Not bad, but doesn't do anything special.

September 14, 2018 4:11 p.m.

Of course it won't shake up the format, but that won't stop it from being a staple :)

September 10, 2018 11:03 p.m.

Yeah, um, new staple got spoiled...
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September 10, 2018 2:15 p.m.


The Bones To Build Your Tribal Deck

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Them Fishies Will Kill You

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Finished Decks 148
Prototype Decks 48
Drafts 0
Playing since Gatecrash
Points 245
Avg. deck rating 33.35
T/O Rank 470
Helper Rank None yet
Favorite formats Pre-release, Commander / EDH, Limited
Good Card Suggestions 86
Venues Critical Hit Games, Dream Wizards, First Turn Games
Last activity 3 days
Joined 5 years