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Creature — Merfolk
Kumena's Omenspeaker gets +1/+1 as long as you control another Merfolk or an Island.
CommanderNeyo on reverse pescetarianism
10 months ago
Looks great! If you are going to add green to your deck, some Merfolk I recommend are:
Merfolk Mistbinder, Deeproot Elite, and Kumena's Speaker.
Some other Merfolk that are blue that you could consider are Merfolk Sovereign and Mist-Cloaked Herald.
From my understanding of Merfoilk, you want to play as many 1 and 2-drops to quickly flood the board with lots of creatures, and limit how many 3-drops you have (which is unfortunate, because Merfolk have lots of good 3-drops).
stevezsiga on Green at the Gills
1 year ago
I enjoyed looking over this deck. Why no Tide Shaper? I agree that Kumena's Speaker did a LOT of work back in the day for the Fish, and to me, the Shaper is essentially another Speaker with so many people running Islands in their decks in Modern. And if they're not? Well then Shaper that sh!t. LOL
NoopyNolife on Big Fish (Merfolk Combo)
1 year ago
zapyourtumor Thank you so much for your help :).
I'm not sure if I have enough targets for Fold, but I also don't cast Fold every game, and when I do sometimes its more relevant to protect my merfolk from boardwipes than it is to have an 8/8. I've added 2 Summoner's Pact which should help out with grabbing a target for fold (or cheating it out a turn earlier).
I've personally found Simic Sky Swallower's flying to be much much more relevant (and needed) in my metagame. In games where I lost with a swalllower on board, Inkwell wouldnt have changed the outcome. So I'm sticking with the swallower but I can imagine in a more competitive environment the leviathan is better.
I like Kumena's Speaker! I'll checkout if I can reliably get green on turn one, I fear my cheap manabase might not allow for both a blue and a green one-drop. I did add a 4th biomancer and the pacts in favor of Growth Spiral, so I'm hoping that sufficiently improves the curve.
Once, again, thanks for your thoughts!
zapyourtumor on Big Fish (Merfolk Combo)
1 year ago
Sorry about the late response; this deck looks really interesting. I like how it doesn't go all-in on the combo and sort of attacks on two axes, going wide with merfolk and going tall with leviathans.
Do you find that you have enough targets for fold? I feel like Simic Sky Swallower isn't really worth it since, even though you can hardcast it, it only costs 1-2 more mana to hardcast than combo it in and lose 2 cards. I think going up to 2 Inkwell might be better. I guess Incubation can help dig for fatties. I also like the synergy with Stormtide Leviathan stopping your opponents' creatures from attacking and allowing yours to attack unblocked. Stuff like Mosswort Bridge is also pretty cool.
Another concern I have is the curve. Tide Shaper being 1 or 2 cmc definitely helps, but I feel like you have a lot more 2 cmc cards. You could maybe lower the curve a little with Kumena's Speaker.
Corrosive Gale is some nice sideboard tech, I might try that out myself. I look forward to seeing where the deck goes!
wisegreenbean on Fresh Fish
1 year ago
@Igorimus: It's a good thought! Hall of Storm Giants IS a pretty medium option for agro compared to Lair of the Hydra. The question is more a matter of colors than card quality, tho. A lands utility in this deck is mostly secondary to its ability to cast my spells on curve. It makes mono green lands a severe liability, as I have Master of the Pearl Trident to cast on turn 2. The real question is Hashep Oasis vs lair, which is more of a toss up; both are excellent. I lean towards the former because I foresee having only blue lands to start in some games, which is mostly fine outside Kumena's Speaker, and topdecking an untapped green for my coco on t4 is very important to me.
1 year ago
Kumena's Speaker should come out for Phantasmal Image to copy your P/T buffs. the counter spells don't really fit in an aggro deck. you'll be casting creatures every turn and not have mana up to counter with, and you'll empty your hand too fast to play Force of Negation for free. instead you can use Collected Company to help swarm the field and Aquitect's Will to force an island onto your opponent before swinging with islandwalk. Tide Shaper can come out for 4 Misty Rainforest and -3 Merrow Reejerey and -1 Svyelun of Sea and Sky for +2 Kopala, Warden of Waves and the 4th copies of Collected Company / Aquitect's Will (after taking out the counter spells for the first 3 copies of each).
also no need to worry about Boil at all. nobody really uses that anymore, so you're free to just use the better lands like Misty Rainforest and Breeding Pool . Barkchannel Pathway Flip would also be a good addition.
1 year ago
Why no Breeding Pool ? Usually a no-brainer, even more surprised it isn't here since it allows you to play a t1 2/2 Kumena's Speaker . Can also be revealed to Vineglimmer Snarl .
3 years ago
Plan your sideboard alongside your first 60 cards- knowing all the tools you have available will help immensely. Knowing you have Tidebinder Mage for RDW or Deeproot Waters for control/midrange.
Bringing down the average CMC or upping the levels of interaction will do a lot;
In terms of 'raw power', Hardened Scales/The Ozolith offer the biggest boosts.
Jade Bearer, Kumena's Speaker, Brineborn Cutthroat, Harbinger of the Tides, Merfolk Trickster Mistcaller, Mist-Cloaked Herald/Triton Shorestalker, River Sneak, Silvergill Adept and Merfolk Skydiver will all let you operate at a lower CMC.
Lowering the curve also means you can run Neoform in place of evolution.
Traditionally merfolk is a tempo list using creatures that delay your opponent, then unblockability (previously islandwalk/flood effects) to finish them off. Its one of the few lists where a bounce effect is often just as effective as a kill spell. Its place in modern was defined by Blood Moon reslience from an all-island manabase combined with land disruption in Aquitect's Will, but that is not relevant in pioneer, so you will need to experiment to find a new nieche. It might be able to emulate affinity with ozolith support, with some luck and a favourable meta.
Augur of Bolas/Deeproot Champion offers a version of the list that wants to spellsling, but I can't say that I've thought through what that would look like.