Cryptic Serpent

Cryptic Serpent

Creature — Serpent

Cryptic Serpent costs less to cast for each for each instant and sorcery card in your graveyard.

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Set Rarity
Jumpstart (JMP) Uncommon
Game Night 2019 (GN2) Uncommon
Amonkhet (AKH) Uncommon

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Legality

Format Legality
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Arena Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Pioneer Legal
Frontier Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Leviathan Legal
Modern Legal
Historic Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
Highlander Legal

Cryptic Serpent Discussion

Yuri200X on modern mono blue aggro (budget)

1 month ago

At the moment your deck looks a little bit confusing... It doesn't seem too consistent in terms of a battle plan. I've seen Mono Blue Aggro thrive in 2 ocasions: merfolk and tempo aggro.

I think you're not much interested in merfolk since this lisr is clearly not based on that tribe.

So, I think you could go for a tempo-ish route that's still somewhat budgety:

Faerie Conclave can be a 2 or 4-of... (Depending on the tempest djin mechanics) Tempest Djinn is pretty neat Cryptic Serpent is interesting, but doesn't have evasion Pteramander is a 5/5 by turn 3-5 Thing in the Ice  Flip has some disruption that doesn't bother you too much...

With that in mind you could very well run Thought Scour to mill yourself and help your own creatures Think Twice since it's instant and gives 2 draws Opt because it's an instant Remand and Vapor Snag to build that tempo...

This way you could play on your opponent's turn while you build up your game and close the game with the creatures... I think I'd go with 4 thing in the ice, 4 pteramander and 2-4 tempest djin... And probably run 20-22 lands

4 think twice 2-4 thought scour 2-4 opt

And then leave the rest for remand, mana leak and whatnot

Phule451 on Sea Monster Tribal

5 months ago

Crush of Tentacles is a great form of flavorful removal. Cryptic Serpent and Deep-Sea Kraken are a couple other fatties you can cheat in for less mana. Also kinda surprised you don't have Halimar Depths in your build. Stormsurge Kraken can be fun, but I am biased in this as lieutenant cards are kinda pet cards for me. Reef Worm is fun, and just gets bigger and bigger. Tatyova, Benthic Druid could also get you some more card draw. Hope this helps, I know I love my sea monster deck, though I went mono blue.

Barbarian_Sun_Pope on Voracious Spellcasting

7 months ago

Would you consider Saheeli, Sublime Artificer or Gadwick, the Wizened ?

  • Saheeli adds a little more value to each cantrip and can even double up on Cryptic Serpent late game.
  • Gadwick, though not as strong, can add some more control elements as a one of, since most of your spells are instants and he can tap down blockers late game.

Hope this helps.

TheRoaringBlaze on Pioneer Cryptic Serpent

8 months ago

One thing I’ve noticed that your deck is very counterspell heavy, with 11 in the main deck; in general, from personal experience, decks that are heavily counterspell based aim to control the tempo of the game, slowing their opponent’s game plans while advancing their own. However, the quality of counterspells aren’t great in your deck and get very quickly outclassed (see Izzet Charm / Quench as opposed to something like Absorb / Frilled Mystic ) and there aren’t any flash threats present in your deck that aren’t cheap counterspells. Looking at Azorius and Simic Flash, they hold up the threat of counterspells, but also have ways to apply pressure in case there is no need to counterspell, such as Nightpack Ambusher and Archangel Avacyn  Flip. While you have Cryptic Serpent and Enigma Drake , playing those on curve prevents you from holding up counterspells, and every turn later they’re played allows your opponents to go over your game plan, and potentially beat you. Maybe adding something like Young Pyromancer or Thing in the Ice  Flip would be better than Curious Homunculus  Flip, as one can generate a huge battlefield and the other can provide a huge threat and tempo shift. Bedlam Reveler can also be better late game, as even though you have to tap on your turn for it, it can help refill your hand. Improving the quality of counterspells with cards like Ionize and Mindswipe could make your deck much better late game, and maybe adding more flash threats like Elder Deep-Fiend , Brazen Borrower and Brineborn Cutthroat could help apply more pressure to your opponents. Cards like AEtherize to act as a pseudo Settle the Wreckage could be a great idea as well. Of course, this kind of Izzet Flash deck not be the goal of your deck; in that case, perhaps remove Quench and Izzet Charm , as these kinds of counterspells are only really good early game and are dead draws later on.

SeekerofSecrets on UW Tempo (Budget-ish)

1 year ago

So I would replace a few that already have, I don't think geist is very well positioned and dragonlord is more of a top end control finisher

so if I was going to play tempo I would probably start with: 4x delver 4x queller 2x Cryptic Serpent 2x Pteramander (dropping Settle the Wreckage )

with 4x Serum Visions , 4x Thought Scour , 3 Opt .

for midrange I think that I would start with 4x Wall of Omens 4x Restoration Angel 3x Spell Queller 1-2 Torrential Gearhulk and then some combination of giest or wreckage to get you to 16-17 threats.

I love mentor as a card but unfortunately we just don't have the support to play it in modern (yet) imo. It feels awful to tap out turn 3 with it, and we don't get any immediate value out of it in the later games. Now I have seen it do work g2 out of the side board. Medomai is just another great late game bomb, but its a control finisher, and thats not where you want to be imo. I'm no expert though! I'd look at some established UW midrange lists, I'm more of a tempo player.

drummerboy22 on Big Blue Fish (Competitive, Budget)

1 year ago

@TheLoneDart -- Wow, I really like this idea! I didn't realize how good Cryptic Serpent and Pteramander could be.

I'd recommend tightening up your list a little bit. Dismember is very much a sideboard card. While it's great against a few decks, it's bad against others (Tron, anything aggro, anything that can reanimate).

Repeal is best for decks with bigger manabases. Try Into the Roil instead.

+1 Cryptic Serpent . 100%.

Cut down on permission. This may be more personal choice, but too much and you run the risk of losing to the stuff they already have in play.

Finally, make sure to have a handful of ways to deal with all kinds of graveyard hate out of the sideboard. People could side in anything from Tormod's Crypt or Relic of Progenitus to Rest in Peace or Leyline of the Void . Adding Annul to the SB gives you more outs to those cards (besides just Pithing Needle ).

I made a version, based on your list. Snaps added only because I happen to own a playset. These could obviously be swapped out for Mission Briefings, etc.

toxicliam on Big Blue Fish (Competitive, Budget)

1 year ago

Why not Jace's Phantasm ? It isn't a real fish like Cryptic Serpent , but it satisfies the 1-mana big boy, has flying, and works well with the amount of spells.

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