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:

merrowMania says... #1

I wouldn't know how/where to credit myself, but it doesn't matter much to me anyway. If the words are good/make sense, then it's all good to me. I did write some personal touches, like the "[Thrasios is a Merfolk]" and "...(I made a funny)." If those were out of place, feel free to remove them.

No problem. As a note, I only added a sample list for Thrasios/Tymna, following the formatting of Silas/Tana. Since there was a deliberate space for a sample, I went ahead annd filled it. I am not particularly familiar with making fancy descriptions, but following someone else's formatting is something I can do.

May 29, 2017 4:30 p.m.

sonnet666 says... #2

Go for it. Writing isn't exactly my strong suit, and it's one of the reason's I left that list idle for so long. Feel free to credit yourself too if you want to keep track of who wrote what.

Just try not to mess with the spoilers, they have a tendency to get all wonky if you nest them the wrong way, and I'd prefer to go over that myself.

May 29, 2017 8:47 a.m.

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Said on Razaketh Storm...


Trtl - Apprentice lets you ramp into Razaketh, while Priest is a free creature.

Gigi - First, Deathmark is probably a meta card, so that can come out for Priest. Codex Shredder seems too mana intensive to be relevant and can be replaced with Sacrifice. Animate Dead and Dance of the Dead were probably meant to reanimate Sidisi, so they can be replaced with Unearth (to get a cheap creature to tutor again) and Bob.

June 22, 2017 8:58 p.m.

Interesting OFFICIALLY Spoiled Card:

Nimble Obstructionist
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June 22, 2017 4:17 p.m.

I like that you can chain 0 mana creatures into a Songs of the Damned.

June 22, 2017 4:02 p.m.

sonnet666, viperfang4 - I just did some playtesting with Gigi's Griselbrand deck...mono-black has no problems getting to 8 mana. Razaketh will definitely be at least Tier 2, maybe higher. Never really realized how fast glass cannon decks are. My playgroups tend not to sleeve up such strategies.

June 22, 2017 3:46 p.m.

More OFFICIALLY Spoiled Cards:

Razaketh, the Foulblooded - Tier 3? 8 mana is a lot, but this card turns Reassembling Skeleton into Demonic Tutor. The effect is definitely amazing, arguably better than Griselbrand (as a commander). In a reanimator shell, you would probably need green for dorks to sac.
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Uncage the Menagerie - Pod deck all-star.
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June 22, 2017 11:16 a.m.

New OFFICIALLY Spoiled Card:

Rhonas's Last Stand - Seems good for Selvala, Heart of the Wilds.
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June 22, 2017 10:56 a.m.

Looks great so far. Have you considered Imperial Recruiter? If fetches most of your creatures, some of which are combo pieces/tutors.

June 22, 2017 10:24 a.m.

Said on Dramatic Locust...


Looks great so far. Have you considered Imperial Recruiter? If fetches most of your creatures, some of which are combo pieces/tutors.

June 22, 2017 10:24 a.m.

Damn, there are a lot of legends being OFFICIALLY spoiled for HOU:

Djeru the Purified - Tier 4. He fetches a Planeswalker when he ETBs, so he is a reliable Ugin or Karn. He also prevents damage to planeswalkers, which is cute. He has Vigilance.
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Also, River Hoopoe.
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June 22, 2017 8:51 a.m.

OFFICIALLY Spoiled Legend:

The Scarab God - Probably Tier 3. I can't think of any creature combos in UB that don't involve a creature leaving the battlefield, except for Nooze. The god acts a gravehate too, so that's cool. God, I can't think straight right now. I need to go to sleep... night everyone (or morning or whatever)!enter image description here

June 22, 2017 12:30 a.m.

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June 21, 2017 11:30 a.m.

Tutor for it in Mono-Blue, please.

June 21, 2017 10:25 a.m.

OFFICIALLY Spoiled Legend:

Unesh, Criosphinx Sovereign - Sphinx Tribal. Probably Tier 4 since it does a mini-FoF when it ETBs. The discount would be nice if there were more than one cEDH playable Sphinx.
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June 21, 2017 8:48 a.m.

OFFICIALLY Spoiled Card:

Crook of Condemnation - A new take on Relic of Progenitus. It costs 2 mana to cast and 1 mana to exile a single card, but you get to CHOOSE the card you exile. It does not cycle though.
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June 20, 2017 9:19 p.m.

Ohthenoises - Yisan is not able to activate at all because you are not able to put a counter on him as part of the cost.

June 20, 2017 4:03 p.m.

It shuts down Animar and Yisan. Then there are like 7 in Tiers 2-2.5 that it screws with. Too bad I don't have any white decks for it. It's perfect for a competitive sideboard.

June 20, 2017 2:10 p.m.

New OFFICIALLY Spoiled Cards:

The Locust God - Tier 3 MINIMUM. It can be an infinite mana outlet. Just stick an Eldrazi Titan in the deck and you get infinite hasty flyers. BOOM! Since it is blue, there are tons of ways to get infinite colored mana. I can easily see it in Tier 2.5!
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Scavenger Grounds - Graavehate land. ,, Sac a Desert: Exile all graveyards. It's a grave speedbump for non-graveyard decks to drop. It fixes a lot of the problems with Bojuka Bog: it enters untapped, so no loss of tempo; and you can play it as you land without wasting its ability. The drawback is that it hits your own graveyard too.
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June 20, 2017 10:48 a.m.

I would again like to contest the Tier 4 placement of Ludevic, Necro-Alchemist. His ability draws your opponents' cards for any player (other than you) losing life. This includes losing life to one's own Fetches, Necro, Crypt, etc. He's hilariously bad against Vamp Tutor and Imperial Seal.

He actively hurts any gameplan you could have by helping your opponents. I advocate for Tier 5 placement.

Also, new OFFICIALLY spoiled legend:
Neheb, the Eternal, a Zombie Minotaur Warrior that make the mana rain like blood! Make it rain, make it rain, make it rain on them foes! Tier 4. I can't think of a strategy that would justify Tier 3. Making mana is good and all, but mono-red can only do so much to convert non-infinite mana into a large advantage or win.
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June 20, 2017 8:58 a.m.

Damn, the new description is sexy!!

June 19, 2017 8:59 p.m.

sonnet666 - You make it sound like you DON'T appreciate Hazoret the Pervert.
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June 19, 2017 8:54 a.m.


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