Lurking Predators

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy 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
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Lurking Predators


Whenever an opponent casts a spell, reveal the top card of your library. If it's a creature card, put it onto the battlefield. Otherwise, you may put that card on the bottom of your library.

DreadKhan on Lemuria

5 months ago

If I was playing against you I'd let you run Hyalopterous Lemure in here, too bad it's not 6 MV!

Have you thought about some non-Legendary copy effects? Sakashima of a Thousand Faces, Spark Double, and Sakashima the Impostor can all duplicate your Commander.

Also, since you always have mana up you might have some fun with Crystal Shard, it can let you recast Imoti (to keep digging out ramp), or something bigger to find something more useful, and you always have the option bouncing a creature of anyone who dares use all of their mana.

It's pretty pricey, but Guardian Project is kinda cool in a deck like this.

I see you have Thunderfoot Baloth, I could never decide if it or Siege Behemoth was a better at what it does, Behemoth sneaks in all damage regardless of blocks, Thunderfoot gives trample. I think Pathbreaker Ibex is probably better than either if you have decent odds of having a creature with at least 3 power out (your Commander is 3 power).

Final card, the one Enchantment that I think you should definitely look at if you look at nothing else is Lurking Predators, you won't get cascades but I think the risk of free Eldrazi should scare most people away from spamming spells.

DreadKhan on Fuck Blue

5 months ago

Not sure if it's too clunky (or if you have enough relevant creatures), but I've learned to think of Lurking Predators when a deck has a lot of creatures. The scry ability is a nice perk (it lets you scry away stuff you don't want with Ruric out for example), but the free creatures are just brutal.

Have you considered stuff like Toski, Bearer of Secrets and/or Ohran Frostfang to draw some cards?

DreadKhan on Meren

6 months ago

I suspect you've probably got enough creatures to look at Lurking Predators, it's ramp and card draw rolled into one package, you just need to run a lot of creatures. If you like big reanimation effects their is Grave Betrayal, this loves your various forced sacrifice effects. Coffin Queen and Hell's Caretaker are some lower to the ground reanimators that might be interesting, Queen can also reanimate your opponent's stuff. Demon of Dark Schemes is a weird recursion option, though it can go infinite, usually with creatures that make tokens via ETB. I've always loved having stuff like Dawntreader Elk and Diligent Farmhand in my Meren deck, they find a land without further input and end up in the graveyard when they do it, so you can recur them if that's the best option. I like Silverglade Pathfinder as both a clunky source of ramp that lets you discard creatures, it might not be powerful enough for your build though!

Forkbeard on Runadi, Behemoth Caller: Beef Chief

8 months ago

Penguinn552, loooove Lurking Predators (the card, not actual lurking predators). Although the top-deck filtering can come in handy, I feel like my creature density doesn't warrant running it here. I've had success with LP in other builds over the years, fun card.

DreadKhan on Meren, Clan of Nel Toth

8 months ago

One of my favourite things to do in Meren is to ramp (my deck is on the clunkier side, and it runs very few lands), and one of the better ways to repeatedly ramp is to use more stuff like Sakura Tribe Elder, variations include Diligent Farmhand, Dawntreader Elk, Yavimaya Granger, and maybe Burnished Hart/Fertilid. All of these can find a Swamp for you, each sacrifices itself and thus they have some nice synergy with Meren. I think the only Meren decks that don't want multiples of that effect is if they are building a very high powered list, where this kind of play 'isn't advancing your board' sufficiently. I often find that farming XP isn't a waste of time early, so these recursive ramp sources offer that as well. I think it's very hard to justify running land ramp Sorceries when you can run creatures that do the same thing, and arguably do a better job of it. I would also shave stuff like Arcane Signet or the Talisman for creature ramp, Meren can't recur your rocks for you when they get blown up. In addition to Meren there are tons of things that synergize with creatures, stuff like Beast Whisperer and Liliana's Standard Bearer can draw lots of cards via creatures, and you don't get that synergy with a 2 mana rock. Using Meren to recur Liliana's Standard Bearer is a pretty impressive bulk draw option.

Some generically good cards for a Meren list that I love are Buried Alive, Final Parting, and Jarad's Orders, each of these offers real tutoring power, and none are especially pricey. Buried Alive can find a whole combo for you to win with. Old Stickfingers is probably worth a look for the similar reasons, Meren feels really weak if you have no creatures in your yard to reanimate. I'm not sure if it's too high budget, but Fiend Artisan has a lot of synergy with Meren. You don't have to dig out a combo piece for the card to do useful things.

In my Meren deck it's a much better Rhystic Study (I run a very high creature count), but I suspect you'd get some value out of Lurking Predators. There is also Heartwood Storyteller, in my experience both belong in a deck with even more creatures but they could still be useful I think.

In my limited experience Callous Bloodmage offers pretty good graveyard hate on a very low budget, and if you don't need that it can do other stuff, it's a great card to use in infinite loop since it can do a few useful things.

Mitotic Slime offers you a ton of bodies for only 5 mana, it's not especially hard to go infinite with as a result. I like using it with Demon of Dark Schemes and Pitiless Plunderer (and a sac outlet) to win, the nicest part about using a combo like this is that each piece is independently good. Phyrexian Altar is better than Plunderer, but it's even more money (though the difference has dropped sharply).

Dawnstrider is an extra Spore Frog, one that doesn't require reanimation but offers a discard outlet, letting you put creatures in your graveyard. Silverglade Pathfinder is another discard outlet, but offers ramp instead.

I hope this isn't too try-hard for your deck, Meren is a very fun Commander to build.

Krayvyn on [Primer] Mina & Denn's Rampaging Roil | V-MKM

8 months ago

So I'm really considering adding Lurking Predators but I'm torn on what to exclude from this list. Any suggestions?

Penguinn552 on Runadi, Behemoth Caller: Beef Chief

8 months ago

I am designing a Runadi deck, but I am going to make it mostly creatures and play Lurking Predators so I can randomly flip big baddies onto the field. So if you are looking for another fun dumb card try out Lurking Predators.

FormOverFunction on Looking for some advice for …

10 months ago

I have learned that I always want to just add enchantments to everything, often to great detriment, so you probably should just stop reading. Having said that, my first thoughts for that specific commander were things like Orcish Oriflamme and Lurking Predators. Otherwise I thought maybe something like Ogre Battledriver would be pretty strong. Another concept that might be nice is some cheap to equip weapons for the (not long for the battlefield) creatures you’ll be slinging around. Some of them even get better every time the creature dies (like Malefic Scythe). All-in-all, though, I think the deck looks like a ton of fun!!

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