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Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to an opponent, you may draw a card.
1 month ago
Welcome to the club, Mr-Jolly!
What kind of budget do you want to work with? Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca works very well with cards that let you untap more frequently, like Merrow Commerce and Seedborn Muse. Including Colossal Whale and Sea-Dasher Octopus suggests a more aggressive deck that wants to attack regularly, so if you want to go in that direction, cards like Levitation, Coastal Piracy, and other ways to make your creatures unblockable and attacking more profitable might be useful.
Ultimately, how do you want to win? Are you looking for an aggressive attacking deck, a combo deck, a more defensive control deck, or some combination of those? Merfolk are pretty versatile and flexible, so Kumena has a lot of options available.
1 month ago
There is Kaervek the Merciless, this might work well with your fairly high MV. Also with the higher MV, you could look at Protection Racket, which is mostly a problem if your deck cares about specific cards, as long as your deck is just a bunch of cards that are all good together it's one of the best cards in Black, it can draw you more cards than Rhystic Study in some metas, or just drain everyone of life if they're really, really responsible and always pay. Finally, Timesifter is hilarious if your opponents have a deck with a noticeably lower MV, or a lot of lands compared to you. You could toss in some really high MV spells like Blasphemous Act and/or Reckless Endeavor, wipes are handy I find, even in a deck that usually is ahead, sometimes you face a faster deck, or a deck that has one sided wipes. I think if your MV is over 3.75 you probably could look at all but Timesifter, for that you might want to go even higher. Another way to raise your average MV is MDFs like Hagra Mauling Flip, as a spell you would never run it, but in place of a land it is both versatile and has it's MV for any effect that cares about it, the only question is if you can afford a tapped land (or want to pay for the Mythics, can enter untapped in a pinch). Some of these cards are just incredible value IMHO, like Valakut Awakening Flip, but some seem bad, afaik the best way to rate these is to consider if the effect is valuable period in Commander (is it worth a card in theory), not to worry as much about the cost because the alternative of hitting a land drop is almost never a terrible thing.
If you run a lot of creatures, I like Court of Cunning and Court of Ambition, both are annoying cards that can also draw you cards, and Cunning is a great source of repeated mill vs something like Glimpse. Also if you run a lot of creatures, Bident of Thassa is perhaps the best non-Frostfang version of this effect, the forced attack can be backbreaking to some decks. Another decent one is Reconnaissance Mission, the worst of the lot is Coastal Piracy. Grim Hireling and Professional Face-Breaker are also nice cards. Thalakos Deceiver and Thalakos Dreamsower are nice Blue Shadows, Dauthi Voidwalker is a really good Black one, each of these is really hard to block and comes with a substantial upside. It's a bit janky in Commander, but Sower of Temptation isn't a terrible card, you just can't count on stealing anything too game breaking, as long as you steal something not worth spending another card on you'll get an evasive 2/2 that can sneak damage in for triggers.
If you want a one-sided nearly-Wrath, you might consider Make an Example or Phyrexian Purge. Example is able to pinpoint remove the best creature of each opponent, by any metric, and it's almost impossible to get around with present day cards (it's a chosen, not targeted sacrifice effect), while Purge lets you clear out the best 4 or 5 creatures so you can just take over, Purge likes having access to some life gain, it's especially good with something like Sangromancer, but if you want life gain in Grixis it's hard to do better than Exquisite Blood, but I'm almost never unhappy with Mask of Griselbrand, I think that card is slept on somewhat in Commander.
If you do go with Kraum or some other beefy Commander for your deck, Agitator Ant is a pretty strong card, but you either need the biggest thing on board already or to be able to remove stuff as needed. Kraum having evasion means you'll usually be able to get in against someone, so +2 power is great, and you being Goaded wears off before your next attack step anyways, so it only matters if someone steals it I guess (at which point it can't attack you I suppose??), Agitator Ant also works with any super-evasive creatures, so if your deck has lots of Flying or Shadow it
Hope some of these ideas are helpful!
1 month ago
So in 1v1, Gix is Coastal Piracy on legs.
In multiplayer, he's black Edric, which is probably quite a bit weaker as he has less access to cheap evasive creatures and extra turn spells. I wish he was blue-black, don't think that would have been out of character either.
The activated ability feels pretty underwhelming seeing as it costs a whopping 7 mana in addition to requiring you to discard. IMO your opponent's cards are often not going to be as powerful when used by you compared to when they're used in their native deck, and here you're throwing away your own cards to do it too! I wish it atleast let you cast X cards from target opponent's hand, as that would have synergized with the symmetrical Edric-ability and wouldn't be as prone to card disadvantage.
1 month ago
Some of your cards seem really uninspiring to topdeck... ornithopter, shuko...
Seems like these cards would be playable in a jhoira weatherlight captain deck but not sure why they help you here.
What us bEDH?
Some ideas for your consideration-
Mask of Memory, Infiltration Lens, Monastery Siege, Daretti, Scrap Savant, Thrill of Possibility, Buried Ruin, Coastal Piracy, Bident of Thassa, Goggles of Night, Cathartic Reunion, and in general maybe a little more interaction like Chaos Warp, Resculpt.
Just some thoughts, cheers and have fun!!
1 month ago
I would Remove
Winged Words cheap, not the first card to remove, but a bit weak in the long run
Hushbringer not so worth it
Bag of Holding too complicated
2 months ago
Chasm Skulker seems straight-up filthy.
4 months ago
If you're going to run evasive creatures, have you considered Bident of Thassa, Reconnaissance Mission, and even Coastal Piracy to add payoffs to your damage? There are also treasure makers like Professional Face-Breaker and Grim Hireling that make a bunch of treasures from evasive creatures. You might even sneak a Strixhaven Stadium in for a laugh, not sure it'll work out, but fun if your deck can either sustain attention or discourage it somehow.
Since artifacts die pretty easily, maybe Telepathy is of interest? It gives you everyone's hands to see, which is nice, so you and everyone else are aware of any of your opponents that are ready to combo off. Not sure if you want both, or just one, but if one I think the Enchantment is better, unless I'm missing something.
5 months ago
So some suggestions would be:
Mystic Remora is also typically a fairly consistent source of draw for a short period of time