Kiora, the Crashing Wave

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

Kiora, the Crashing Wave

Planeswalker — Kiora

+1: Until your next turn, prevent all damage that would be dealt to and dealt by target permanent an opponent controls.

-1: Draw a card. You may play an additional land this turn.

-5: You get an emblem with "At the beginning of your end step, put a 9/9 blue Kraken creature token onto the battlefield."

MilesHiles on Atraxas Best Friends

4 days ago

That's awesome that you've been having success with Kiora, the Crashing Wave! I think you'll enjoy the Sorin-Liliana swap though - that tutor gives some great combo reliability. Have fun!!

LetoTheSecond on Atraxas Best Friends

4 days ago

MilesHiles, thank you for the suggestions! Doubling Season is definitely a strong inclusion. I rarely seem to draw it, but it's a great enabler for getting to a win con.

I've been toying around with removing Sorin Markov for the very reason you gave. Both your suggestions are good replacements, I may swap it out for Liliana Vess.

Interestingly, Kiora, the Crashing Wave seems to ult oddly frequently for me! Her damage negation in combination with some other early game stax makes her a good early drop.

MilesHiles on Atraxas Best Friends

1 week ago

Hey! Cool deck! I have a Superfriends Atraxa deck as well and it is easily one of my favorites. In play testing, I found that trying to focus more on Walkers that can use their ults immediately when a Doubling Season is out, is a great way to focus the deck consistency. Sorin Markov is one example of this that's actually shown to be lack luster since you can only target one person at the table with it. Liliana Vess and Jace Beleren are great for card advantage since Lili is a Vampiric Tutor on a stick and Jace will let you draw free cards. Kiora, the Crashing Wave is also a great card but you'll almost never use her ult when you want to

Vicarian on Essential Mill

1 week ago

1x Bruvac the Grandiloquent for 1x Kiora, the Crashing Wave? Admittedly, you don't have much of a way to keep him alive, but it would make the Tutelage triggers kind of ridiculous while he gets to stick around.

Icbrgr on What is the "best" way …

2 weeks ago

i totally count/consider Worship and all means of play that facilitate it as strategy to be "Turbofog"... I have always wanted to build around Pariah and Kiora, the Crashing Wave's +1 lol

Stardragon on Land Search?

4 months ago

So with Baldur's Gate coming out with 9 new gates I thought of making a gate deck with Maze's End as a win con. i need more non basic land search (preferably to the battlefield but to the hand if need) and some extra play additional land cards, i have a small amount added ATM I have

Explore, Hour of Promise, Pir's Whim, Reap and Sow, Sylvan Scrying, Tempt with Discovery, Wargate, Dryad of the Ilysian Grove, Mina and Denn, Wildborn, Oracle of Mul Daya, Ulvenwald Hydra, Wayward Swordtooth, Kiora, the Crashing Wave, Expedition Map, Crop Rotation and Exploration. Am I missing any? Should I add some light Landfall as well?

Link: Hold them at the Gates

Jack32226 on Rot and Ruin (Muldrotha EDH)

6 months ago

Thanks for commenting, Lord_of_Cardboard!

This deck would do exceptionally well against a Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger deck. This is for the same reason that cards like Jace's Archivist do so well in the deck: if you have have Muldrotha on the battlefield, any cards you discard might as well still be in your hand cause you can simply replay them from your graveyard. If anything, an opposing Kroxa player is almost helping you by disrupting your other opponents' hands.

As for a budget version of the deck, here's some advice on budget options and replacements. Just note that this is advice specific to my Muldrotha deck, i.e., advice for the big mana and big X-spell strategy. If you'd rather play a more typical creature-based, swing-to-kill type deck, there may be better Muldrotha lists to look at.

The mana base makes up a large portion of the deck's budget, and I would leave that mostly up to your own discretion. Just keep in mind that fetch lands like Evolving Wilds and slow fetches like Bad River are good for being replayed every turn with Muldrotha. Also, for a budget version of the deck, it's important to run more basics than I do since you'll probably need to fetch more with your ramp. Cycle lands like Lonely Sandbar, Tranquil Thicket, and Barren Moor are fantastic, especially with Life from the Loam. Some other good options:

Which brings me to another point: if I had to pick one somewhat expensive card that's worth putting in a budget Muldrotha deck, it's this one. It's a one-card value engine, giving you card draw, mill, and lands. And depending on what utility lands you choose to run, it can do a whole lot more. And if you're worried about Kroxa in your meta, Life from the Loam is a great counter to it, allowing you to fill your hand with lands to discard.

Now to address key cards for the deck's "big mana" strategy. Important cards for generating a lot of mana include Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, Cabal Coffers, Dryad of the Ilysian Grove, Crypt Ghast, and Nyxbloom Ancient. You could just replace these cards with normal ramp; casting X-spells for X=10 is still good and easy to accomplish without these cards. If that's unsatisfying for you, you could consider options like Zendikar Resurgent and Mana Reflection. Unfortunately there aren't many great cheap options for producing a lot of mana. This is an important part of the deck though, so it's up to you if it's worth spending some extra money on it.

To avoid this comment being any more lengthy than it already is, here's an extensive list of some budget alternatives for the deck. The great thing about Muldrotha is that being able to replay removal makes a lot of sub-par removal actually pretty good, so it's pretty budget friendly.

Win-Conditions: What's in the deck isn't too expensive, but here's some cheaper options.


Draw / Mill:



Control and other good stuff:

If you have any other questions about budget options, let me know. I'm always happy to help!

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