Creature — Fish
Whenever Fleet Swallower attacks, target player puts the top half of his or her library, rounded up, into his or her graveyard.
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Fleet Swallower Discussion
5 days ago
I'd start by identifying what you want the main goal of your deck to be. I see two main ideas here that could be built around.
The first is dealing unblocked damage by disincentivizing blocks with deathtouch. Darkblade Agent , Eternal of Harsh Truths , Graveblade Marauder , and maybe Blightsteel Colossus (with enough reanimation) fit this archetype. Because of the two "blade" cards, there is some overlap with the second archetype which I'll cover next (and if you keep them, cards like Notion Rain , Mission Briefing , Thought Erasure , and Discovery / Dispersal are likely to get more mileage than Divination or Secrets of the Golden City ), but there may be even better ways to profit from unblocked creatures. Curiosity enchantments like Curious Obsession , Sixth Sense , and Keen Sense are frequent accompaniments to the Invisible Stalker s and other bogles of the world, and Bident of Thassa is a strong option for those going wide. I like Quietus Spike as a sort of midway point between Basilisk Collar and Master of Cruelties in decks like these too. Other beaters to get in with could be Tomebound Lich , Oona's Blackguard , Dimir Cutpurse , Looter il-Kor , Shadowmage Infiltrator , Surrakar Spellblade , Wharf Infiltrator , or Virtus the Veiled if he's legal in whatever format this is for. More generic deathtouch synergy could include Hooded Blightfang , Viridian Longbow , Thornbite Staff , Psionic Gift enchantments, and any source of first strike. Finally, I like Cipher as a way to gain advantage from repeated attacks, so maybe a Hidden Strings or Paranoid Delusions could come in handy.
The second main idea is to stack the graveyard(s) with as many creatures as possible to extract value from Undergrowth and similar mechanics. Avatar of Woe , Lotleth Giant , Trepanation Blade , Teferi's Tutelage , and some of your Disentomb effects fit here. Major threats in these kinds of decks include Wight of Precinct Six , Jace's Phantasm , Consuming Aberration , Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker , Fleet Swallower , Nemesis of Reason , Bonehoard , Mortivore , and Nighthowler . If you want to focus on your own graveyard, green is a great color to dip into as I alluded to earlier. Ghoultree , Boneyard Wurm , Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord , Splinterfright , Nyx Weaver , Nemesis of Mortals , Spider Spawning , and Kessig Cagebreakers are just some of the tools you get access to. Golgari is also the king of Undergrowth, so Hatchery Spider , Izoni, Thousand-Eyed , Molderhulk , Rhizome Lurcher / Undergrowth Scavenger , Kraul Harpooner , and Necrotic Wound are on the table. If milling your opponents is more your thing, some staples to consider are Thought Scour , Sphinx's Tutelage , Drown in the Loch , Traumatize , Fraying Sanity , and the crab duo. Jace's Erasure , Psychic Corrosion , and the Tutelage pair benefit the most from other draw synergy, and Visions of Beyond is an obvious inclusion if that's the route you take. Either way, I'd cut down to only the most efficient of your reanimate to hand cards and the like since you don't want to be stuck with a fist full of them and no creatures in the graveyard to target. Speaking of cuts, for maximum power, it's usually correct to play as close to the 60 card minimum as possible. Picking a single strategy to hone in on should make it easier to whittle down to the most important 60 in the deck.
If you have questions, let me know. Good luck with your build!
2 weeks ago
You could cut Dakra Mystic . Low impact, either doesn't mill for a lot or gives your opponent some card advantage. Fleet Swallower draws a lot of hate, and would probably be fine to drop. Unless you have some very important 3 cmc cards to transmute into, Perplex isn't worth it. Could be swapped for another counterspell if you want though.
1 month ago
If you're going to play Spell Crumple throw in Tunnel Vision . Worst case, you burn a dozen cards into an opponents GY looking for a random card. Best case, you Crumple something then look for it and he's out of cards next draw step.
1 month ago
unpsophable. First of all, thanks a ton for your feedback. Also, you're the 50th upvote! I'm so glad to hear that it's inspired you. This deck has become my pet project, and I'm really happy with the way it's turned out. I have a ton of fun playing it, and a surprisingly good winrate. I apologize for switching out cards after you placed your order - I had just placed an order myself for the higher end reanimation pieces, as I enjoy the games I have with them. Necropolis Regent and Fleet Swallower were cut just for speed - 6+ mana, and then waiting to untap with them is a huge investment, and I've found it's more beneficial to play out a Coastal Piracy and some small evasive rogues - it makes your board more resilient to single-target removal, which is extremely prevalent at least in my meta. If your meta is slower/less interactive, they are powerful cards that no one can fault you for playing.
You do raise an important point: that this primer, which starts out as a precon upgrade guide, has gradually evolved into more of a standalone deck. I did start by buying the precon at my LGS, and have been upgrading it ever since. The final decklist is (in my opinion, and with my budget constraints) the most optimized the deck can be with this strategy, as tested in over a hundred games in the last 6 months. I agree, AEtherize can definitely put in some good work, especially against go-wide token decks, but with the pandemic my playgroup has shrunk, and there's not much use for it - I'm generally the only one attacking, unless the game is about to be over. I will work on posting updates whenever I switch out any cards, and attempt to explain my thought processes as I do so.
Once again, thank you so much for your support and recommendations. Have fun!
1 month ago
VorelNailo great job!! i am watching this guide almost since the start and i decide to build it exactly like yours. I made the first order 7-8 days ago but you change cards often so i have to change some cards like Fleet Swallower and Necropolis Regent before even arrive to me :P This is good because the guide is really active but hard for us to follow the guide. In my opinion, because it's an upgrade guide of the precon, and not something completely new, you should keep at least the half cards of the precon, without include lands, so arround 35-38 (i count only 22 inside guide).. There are some really good cards that can have place into deck like AEtherize for example. That's help also to keep the cost low and to have a standard base. That's only my opinion.. Keep up the good work :)
2 months ago
Insidious Dreams --> Discard a bunch of permanenent cards, which is essentially just saving them for later, and then stack your deck with combos.
Forgotten Creation with Golgari Grave-Troll --> Every upkeep, you discard your hand, and then draw that many cards. Then, in your draw step, mill 6 and get the grave-troll back. Repeat every turn for some massive self-mill. It gets even better with Underrealm Lich.
Mindslaver --> a salty, one-card combo that basically says "Pay during your main phase to control your opponent's next turn... every turn, forever."
Glacial Chasm is a one-card combo that basically says "sacrifice a land every turn, but you can't be attacked anymore." If you choose not to pay the cumulative upkeep cost, you just get rid of it and then you can attack with your creatures. Play it again in the post-combat main phase to stop any incoming attacks. This card is great.
Memnite is a really great card in this build. When you run out of mana, you're still able to cast it, and it's a great, repeatable sac outlet or chump blocker that just keeps coming back. Counts as an artifact or a creature.
Kodama of the East Tree is great with Muldrotha, because you will want to be casting stuff from the graveyard and generally ignoring your hand. Well, every time you get something from the grave, you can also get something from your hand.
2 months ago
Magus of the Will is budget Yawgmoth's Will on a body that can be reanimated by Muldrotha. It lets you play instants and sorceries in your graveyard. Usually these will be big reanimation spells. Very effective with Splendid Reclamation and Early Harvest. You need to reanimate all lands in the graveyard and untap most of them in this way, but once you do you have access to a lot of mana and the ability to play the rest of the good stuff in the graveyard such as Rise of the Dark Realms. This leads to the big finisher:
Reanimate all creatures and bring back Prime Speaker Zegana, Sewer Nemesis, and Laboratory Maniac --> Draw cards equal to the number of cards in your graveyard. If that number is bigger than your library, you win. Add Disciple of Bolas to double the card draw.
3 months ago
Thanks for the ideas gdm1989. Rings of Brighthearth is on activated abilities and unfortunately there aren't many targets in the deck. Fun card in my Bosh, Iron Golem deck, though. Fleet Swallower is an interesting option. Similar to Nemesis of Reason, it is on attack, but it's increased mana cost can be detrimental. The half a deck might be worth it. It also has the benefit of being any target, not just the player you attacked. It definitely should be considered and it might be a swap for Nemesis of Reason.