Creature — Spirit
Soulbond (You may pair this creature with another unpaired creature when either enters the battlefield. They remain paired for as long as you control both of them.)
As long as Deadeye Navigator is paired with another creature, both creatures have ": Exile this creature, then return it to the battlefield under your control."
|Have (3)||rockleemyhero , Horizon97 , metalmagic|
|Want (6)||Thraxinator , 3xist3ntial , berk , Retrofox101 , Thingdo , 64Demon|
Printings View all
|Modern Masters 2017 Edition (MM3)||Rare|
|Avacyn Restored (AVR)||Rare|
Combos Browse all
- Deadeye Navigator + Peregrine Drake
- Deadeye Navigator + Great Whale
- Deadeye Navigator + Palinchron
- Deadeye Navigator + Thassa's Oracle
- Deadeye Navigator + Elvish Visionary
- Archaeomancer + Deadeye Navigator + Walk the Aeons
- Archaeomancer + Deadeye Navigator + Dramatic Reversal
- Deadeye Navigator + Snapcaster Mage
- Deadeye Navigator + Panharmonicon
- Deadeye Navigator + Frilled Mystic
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Deadeye Navigator occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.06%
GU (Simic): 0.56%
Deadeye Navigator Discussion
6 days ago
It’s a good start. I’ve played against many Urza decks. I’d recommend every infinite mana combo you can muster: Rings of Brighthearth + Basalt Monolith (you have this), Power Artifact + Grim Monolith, Deadeye Navigator + Peregrine Drake, Palinchron + High Tide, Isochron Scepter + Dramatic Reversal (you have this). You will want tutors for these pieces: Tribute Mage, Trophy Mage, Reshape (you have this), Whir of Invention, Transmute Artifact, Inventors' Fair, Spellseeker, Mystical Tutor, Merchant Scroll. You can literally just run every combo piece available in mono blue and then bark up whatever tree is closest. Win cons include Nexus of Fate (take all the turns), Thassa's Oracle, Laboratory Maniac, and of course decking your opponents with Blue Sun's Zenith and Stroke of Genius. It’s actually quite beautiful in its simplicity. Just remember that playing Urza isn’t about having fun or being creative—-it’s about winning!
1 week ago
Me and some friends were playing a game last night in which my friend had lethal damage on the table. He had a monstrous Hydra Broodmaster with 7 7/7 tokens. He cast Overrun and declared an all out attack. I didn’thave enough to block it all, but I had Deadeye Navigator soulbonded to Resolute Archangel. So what I wanted to to do was just flicker the archangel after the damage was dealt but before it killed me. Then came the question of well when does a player actually die? Does a player leave the game at the end of combat or does a player leave the game at the end of the turn durning the clean up phase?
1 week ago
Hi. Saw you asking for advice on the Animar Discord but didn't want to clog up the channel so I figured I'd leave some comments here. I'll try to focus on more budget friendly changes since you already know about the more expensive recommendations.
The first thing that stands out to me is that you've doubled down on a lot of redundancy of similar effects to make your combo options more consistent. Since you don't have Imperial Recruiter and Weird Harvest, I can see why you would do that for a more casual meta. What has happened though is that you have filled up slots that would normally go to the other cards that help Animar function faster. A number of cards could be trimmed out to put in important lower-curve cards.
To start with, you actually have too many combos in the deck that are clogging up cards slots. You already have Ancestral Statue + Walking Ballista, which is Animar's bread and butter. Competitive decks generally focus on assembling that as quickly as possible and protecting the combo.
The typical secondary combo line in cEDH Animar is the Kiri-Onna loop, but that requires you to put a lot of money into your mana base to make sure nearly all you lands produce blue mana for maximum efficiency, so lets skip that for now.
Another backup combo is Barrin, Master Wizard/Temur Sabertooth + Dockside Extortionist, which you already have. Barrin is generally favoured because of its versatility, but the Sabertooth works too and the combo can potentially produce infinite mana without Animar. The combo works well in the cEDH meta because of all the cheap mana rocks and enchantments that get played, but there's a chance it won't be as consistent in more casual metas.
In addition to the main combos, you often see Purphoros, God of the Forge as a backup kill condition. Since you have that too you are fairly well set for win-conditions.
On top of that though, you also currently have the Kiki/Twin combo package, Cloudstone Curio with a couple morph creatures and eldrazi, Deadeye Navigator + Peregrine Drake + Acidic Slime, and Oracle/Labman to win by decking off of "enchantress" effects like Beast Whisperer. You honestly don't need all of that. Some people may run Thassa's Oracle as an option for when damage might not win the game, but the rest could be heavily trimmed to make room for other important ramp and interaction.
So, cards to cut:
Deadeye Navigator is an easy cut. The higher cmc creatures clog up opening hands and force more mulligans. Cloudstone Curio can't be tutored for in your list, which makes it unreliable. Taking that out makes Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger unwanted. That leads to taking out Nettle Drone and Thought Harvester because they are just redundant effects that you already get with Ballista and Purphoros. Laboratory Maniac can come out because it will generally be a more fragile Thassa's Oracle. You could take the oracle out too because there are ways to just bounce and kill with Ballista, even when you are being forced to draw cards off of Glimpse of Nature or Beast Whisperer. I can see why you might want to leave that one in though.
The Kiki/twin package takes up a bunch of slots with cards that don't really do a whole lot on their own except for Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, which some people think is too unwieldy to cast consistently because of the RRR in its casting cost. Splinter Twin isn't tutorable in the deck, so it's unreliable. Bounding Krasis and Breaching Hippocamp are just redundant bodies that don't even have the same versatility in their effect that Pestermite and Deceiver Exarch, and even those can be a little lack-luster.
If you aren't looking to take all the unnecessary combos out, I can see leaving some of the Kiki stuff in as a 2-card combo that isn't reliant on Animar. Just Kiki, Pestermite, and Deceiver Exarch on their own is enough. If you want to double down on it a bit though, you can consider putting in Zealous Conscripts. With the Conscripts, you can open up a 1 turn combo line with Vannifar.
- Tap Prime Speaker Vannifar -> sac Glen Elendra Archmage -> Archmage returns to the battlefield because of persist -> get Zealous Conscripts and untap Vannifar -> tap Vannifar and sac the Archmage again to get Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker to combo with the Conscripts. Birthing Pod can also work in place of Vannifar.
Other cards worth cutting are Guardian Project (can't be tutored or cost-reduced), Soul of the Harvest (expensive and Primordial Sage is better), Vigean Graftmage (don't have enough +1/+1 counter synergies for this to be worth the slot), Farhaven Elf (better off with a 1 CMC mana dork), Solemn Simulacrum (better off with a 1 CMC mana dork), Tidal Barracuda (it may protect you from counterspells on your turn, put there is just too much risk with letting your opponents cast all their stuff at instant speed on every other turn). There are other cards that could be cut, but those are the ones that really stand out.
To replace the cards you take out, you'll be wanting the 1 cmc mana dorks and mana acceleration that was recommended on Discord, some more card draw/cantrip creatures like Mulldrifter and Generous Patron, and some cheap/free counterspells.
Anyway, I know this is a long wall of text but I hope the feed back helps give you a place to start making tweaks to your deck. And, of course, the people on the Animar Discord are always happy to offer advice.
1 week ago
What would it look like as a prison deck?
2 weeks ago
You want a deterministic loop, which is most of the real "infinite" combos in mtg anyway. Yisan, the Wanderer Bard could definitely be a good commander, but I agree that going for at least a 2 color commander can help you have a lot more variety to work with.
Depending on what types of combos you're interested in (infinite mana, infinite tokens, mill, ETB, etc...) you have a huge array of options open to you. Now with your preferred simic colors; that combo is very conducive to working on infinite mana and draw (these are by no means limitations, just particular strengths).
For example, you could very easily assemble a Peregrine Drake + Deadeye Navigator/Karametra's Acolyte + Umbral Mantle infinite mana engine. Then you can dump that mana into something like Helix Pinnacle, Walking Ballista, Simic Ascendancy.
Now Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy would be extremely strong for this sort of strategy, but he will probably get hit with a lot of hate. So you could always build it around one of the Zegana's or Edric, Spymaster of Trest if you want to play politics while getting draw.
3 weeks ago
I'm going to link to the cards referred to here (btw to make a link to a card just put double brackets on each side):
Deadeye Navigator Peregrine Drake Kenrith, the Returned King Squandered Resources Titania, Protector of Argoth Phyrexian Altar Zirda, the Dawnwaker Training Grounds Biomancer's Familiar Command Tower World Shaper Lotus Cobra (technically Amulet of Vigor)
hope this helps future commenters! I might come back with another comment myself.
1 month ago
Love the ideas! Keruga can actually perform just well, Ancient Tomb, Gemstone Caverns, Mystical Dispute, Search for Tomorrow, Force of Vigor, Emry, Lurker of the Loch, Force of Will, Force of Negation, Misdirection, etc. all work super well in those decks.
Really, filling the game early on with a sometimes slower start is perfectly fine, when most of the Keruga lists can go off by casting some Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix into it for a big storm turn, with Coalition Relic-type ramp to set up, and Ghostly Flicker/Deadeye Navigator type effects to win.
Do either of you want to make a sample list for some of you favorites. I'll write the lists in this post and may make a separate decklist mini-article over them all!
1 month ago
Nice deck. I play a very similar and very mean Kumena deck. I also went back and forth on +1/+1 counters and ultimately did settle on it as I felt that combat damage was the most appropriate win con for merfolk (in part because I also play Legacy Fish). I don’t think assembling and executing your infinite mana combo is more efficient than winning with unblockable +100/+100 merfolk or generating so much card draw that you win with Thassa's Oracle. Both of my options also synergize directly with your commander. +1/+1 counters are accelerated by Doubling Season and Hardened Scales. You can flash in Simic Ascendancy on the end step just before your turn, and with a little finesse, win. With Doubling Season, either Kiora Planeswalker is a nasty surprise as well. Massive card draw comes not only from Seafloor Oracle, but from Bident of Thassa, Coastal Piracy, and now Reconnaissance Mission. My version of this deck replaces your standard countermagic and removal suite with Force of Will, Force of Negation, Mana Drain, and Cyclonic Rift but you probably don’t need to be told that these cards are very good. Gaea's Cradle and Growing Rites of Itlimoc Flip are insanely good in merfolk aggro. The only non-merfolk creatures I include (aside from Seahunter) Are Deadeye Navigator, Deepglow Skate, Collector Ouphe, and Vigor. I should say, my merfolk deck is known to beat the seaweed out of many competitive decks. I hope this helps.