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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Zyxan - Ad Nauseam is tough enough with one titan. Two makes it unplayable.

August 18, 2017 11:14 p.m.

Great Primer!

Something to note, you can also produce 'infinite' green at instant speed (though ONLY instant speed/end step) with Lotus Cobra, Necromancy, Dryad Arbor, and Culling the Weak and 'infinite' black mana. Discard Cobra, then Necromancy Cobra. Go to cleanup and sac the Necromancy. With the Necromancy sac trigger on the stack, proceed to reanimate and sac Arbor for one green mana.

August 18, 2017 11 p.m.

Penguin is correct. We are missing Balan. Tier 4 was the agreed-upon Tier.

August 16, 2017 1:31 a.m.

Said on The Bones To ......


That's wanky.

August 15, 2017 3:31 p.m.

thegigibeast, sonnet666 - Can we not mess with the Tiers until we agree on the initial placements of the new cards being added? Having two conversations that mess with what many people care most about sounds like a recipe for disaster. Just look at this Jeleva-Kess discussion.

August 12, 2017 5:52 p.m.

Damn, I wish I was here earlier for the Kess-Jeleva discussion.

Y'all 're sum dum mudder-fukkerz! WE DO NOT HAVE OPTIMIZED LISTS YET! KEEP THEM BOTH IN TIER 1 UNTIL SOME LISTS POP UP! This is why I was advocating for Leovold and Yidris being kept in Tier 2 on release (this was pre-0.5 tiers): WE ARE ARGUING OVER THEORY! I HATED the precedence we set with those two. We are squabbling over putting something in the most 'prestigious' tier simply because we regard it so highly (and I agree with a bunch of you about the meme being overdone). I have been playing Grixis Storm for a while, and I was always glad to have Jeleva (especially when Leovold was around). While I do not know for sure if I would rather have had Kess, I DO know that Jeleva still offers something important to the deck.

Now, if everyone understands, let's have both in Tier 1 for at least a few weeks, then return to this discussion after we have DATA!

My apologies if someone else covered these points; I was getting tired of reading the long posts that were getting nowhere.

My personal IMPRESSION is that that Kess will overtake Jeleva, who will be bumped down to Tier 1.5, like what happened to Boonweaver Karador when Thrasios-Tymna made him 'obsolete.'

Also, I advocate for the rule that NOTHING can get into Tier 1 on release. Tier 1.5 should hold the potential powerhouses until we have data.

August 12, 2017 5:37 p.m.

Said on my commander is ......


It's all good. I friended most of the TappedOut cEDH community to help keep me in the loop during my competitive hiatuses.
What does Arcum bring to the table? The only artifact creature is Metalworker, which has already been discussed as cuttable, and the only fetch target is Memory Jar.

August 11, 2017 10:12 p.m.

Said on my commander is ......


I'm your TappedOut friend, so I get notifications when you create decks.

August 11, 2017 8:04 p.m.

Said on my commander is ......


Very deck, such wow.

August 11, 2017 5:43 p.m.

Well that Reaper King list came out of nowhere! Nice job! I support moving him up, though jumping to Tier 1.5 seems fast. Tier 2 would be safer, then we can move him up further as we get news of how he performs.

August 11, 2017 5:03 p.m.

enter image description here - As Noctem said, this can easily replace Jeleva. It can be used the turn it comes down, so it allows you to get there one turn faster. Tier 1 easily. It's not even much of a placeholder since it rebuy something relevant instead of spinning the wheel like Jeleva.

enter image description here - Tier 2.5. It makes for a good Nooze deck, similar to Scarab God, except it advance the gameplan better.

enter image description here - Another Polymorph effect for those that care. It has an unfortunate timing restriction, but is cool with indestructible creatures.

enter image description here - Unfortunate that this will go the same way as Magus of the Will :(

enter image description here - Cool design, but it may be too fragile.

August 10, 2017 2:40 p.m.

sonnet666 - Touche. I wasn't thinking of how good Ramos would be as placeholder, just as a combo piece.

August 9, 2017 10:23 p.m.

Said on The Bones To ......


asidos - Riptide Shapeshifter names a creature type, so it fits the theme of this list, but yeah, the best application is as a creature tutor.

hfvalenz - I've been adding the cards that work for any tribe as they are spoiled. So far, only 7 cards have been added. I expect it to only go up to 12 or so.

August 9, 2017 4:33 p.m.

Cool. Ramos and Taigam have been officially spoiled!

enter image description here - My initial thought way back when was Tier 4, but people brewed enough that Tier 3, possibly 2.5 after refinement.

enter image description here - Tier 2.5, though we never concluded what the best strategy would be. I think the main contenders were Approach and Fishbowl.

August 9, 2017 4:15 p.m.

The main wizard commander was spoiled/leaked. It was not official, so I will be just saying this much. Seems meh on first look, but funky things can happen. Tentative Tier 3, pending discussion.

August 9, 2017 3:40 p.m.

For context:
enter image description here - Tier 3. Similar-ish to Queen Marchesa. Makes tokens, could be good for a mediocre Vampire Stax deck.

enter image description here - Tier 4. Not as bad as Ludevic, since you will get a card no matter what, instead of rewarding opponents for hurting themselves. It requires your opponents to run creatures, is slow, and gives opponents free cards (though they still have to work for it if they want the cards immediately).

August 9, 2017 3:15 p.m.

enter image description here - I'm thinking Tier 4. The lifegain strategy seems cute with Fishbowl, by without blue, it would not be as consistent.

August 9, 2017 10:54 a.m.

Are there even enough/any playable dragons? There's maybe Dragonlord Ojutai, Steel Hellkite, and Hellkite Tyrant, but how would putting three bulky, inefficient cards justify moving a whole tier or more?

August 8, 2017 11:15 p.m.

Now that I won't get banned for mentioning them:
enter image description here - Tier 5, too slow.
enter image description here - Tier 3, potential Stax build
enter image description here - Tier 4, good efficient beater with Trample and good color identity. Otherwise, Tier 5. I think it will end up in 'upper' Tier 5. The exile clause it meaningless without giving haste. Even then, it is only okay due to the mana resources you would need to invest.

BEST token from this release:
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August 8, 2017 8:57 p.m.

Said on Cedh staples...


I suggest everything here.

For more info, check here.

August 8, 2017 3:26 p.m.


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