Herald of Secret Streams

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Vintage Legal

Herald of Secret Streams

Creature — Merfolk Warrior

Creatures with +1/+1 counters on them can't be blocked.

Lokotor on Marchesa, The Black Rose - Primer

1 week ago


If you take a look at the Notable Exclusions section I address a few of these.

For Herald of Secret Streams, I don't think granting our creatures evasion is all that important in a Marchesa list as you can clear the board out pretty effectively usually. If they have no blockers then all our creatures are unblockable.

I haven't made too many changes to the creatures section in general for some time now, but usually it's also not based on a card underperforming or otherwise lackluster. Usually a card is just replaced because something new comes out that fills that role more effectively. eg Arcbound Worker > Iron Apprentice. arcbound worker was quite good, but iron apprentice is just a bit better. Similarly, Solemn Simulacrum > Atsushi, the Blazing Sky solemn was a perfectly fine card and was good to recur each turn as it provided card advantage and ramp, synergized well with things like arcbound worker, and was easy to cast, but Atsushi gives more ramp and more card draw per use. so even though I don't have them right now, I would still generally recommend either of those cards.

I'm generally happy with the distribution of things like draw, ramp, control, aggro, etc, so I try not to change those numbers around too much. For example, I wouldn't cut Arcane Denial for Dire Fleet Daredevil as they don't have the same purpose. So for some cards, like Watcher for Tomorrow I just cut them because they were occupying the same card slot as some other new card I wanted to try, and naturally, something has to go to try the new card. But it wasn't necessarily because they were worse than the replacement, so much as it was just a convenient substitute.

Crow-Umbra on Marchesa, The Black Rose - Primer

1 week ago

Nice primer! I recently picked up a Marchesa as a potential deck transition for my Anhelo, the Painter deck. This isn't a suggestion, more so an inquiry, but did you ever use Herald of Secret Streams?

My rough draft list has quite a few overlaps with yours, and I was wondering what creatures you've cut recently that seemed exciting at first, but you felt under-performed.

Jopling on Volo's Guide to Cooking Monsters (Budget Counters)

1 month ago

carpecanum Cephalid Constable looks like it would fit in very nicely, though one of my major focusses with this deck was a low budget. I'd absolutely put it in otherwise.

Tanazir Quandrix and Acidic Slime's mana cost are a little too high for me for what they do, I've tried to keep the curve relatively low.

Cold-Eyed Selkie, Herald of Secret Streams, Iridescent Hornbeetle, Managorger Hydra, Sakura-Tribe Elder and Trygon Predator have all been subbed in. Thanks a lot!

Misconception on Zaxara, the Exemplary | X Gon' Give It to Ya

3 months ago

KongMing thanks again! I really like Deekah, Fractal Theorist but I'm note sure if Herald of Secret Streams isn't just strictly better... I will have to playtest that one! As for the other two, they just seem too slow even with all the X-spells being thrown around or even infinite mana generation... but I will keep them in mind in case another card ends up underperforming!

AThiccNacho on Dat Hydra

4 months ago

Simic Ascendancy for an alternate wincon for sure.

May want to consider Herald of Secret Streams since it makes your creatures unblockable.

Kodama of the West Tree is also pretty sick since it gives most of your stuff trample and some nice ramp if you can hit face.

I also had thought about using Mass Manipulation in my Zaxara deck, but i'm not entirely sure how well it works given it's cost. Unless you have Nyxbloom Ancient out, I find it hard to find a spot for it honestly.

I also found Braingeyser to be a nice fit as well. Gives you the option of draw OR forcing your opponent to lose the game going infinite. Sorcery and not instant or repeatable like BSZ, but I think it's a hell of a good card.

Overall solid deck!

mlequesne on Reyhan/Ishai +1/+1 Recyclers

11 months ago

I love your deck!!! I recommend you to test Herald of Secret Streams, it seems like a great card for your deck.

See you :)

Last_Laugh on Are there any other cards …

11 months ago

From personal experience, you'd rather trade creatures in combat than leave their board unscathed... the inevitable crackback is much more severe. I used to run Herald of Secret Streams and cut it for that reason. Got 99 Upvotes And A Bitch Ain't One - Marchesa for reference.

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