Lurking Predators

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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
Vintage Legal

Lurking Predators

Enchantment

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.

CardTyrant on Ixalan Park

12 hours ago

lhetrick13: Thank you for the comment. As a filthy casual, I found commander really easy to get into. I would only play kitchen table with friends and family, sometimes going to prereleases. The only thing I found hard to grasp was commander damage. At home we don't even keep track of it.

Descendants' Path and Lurking Predators were considered for the deck but were cut because of space limitations.

DreadKhan on Ruric Thar Anti control

4 weeks ago

I find I like Lurking Predators in my 55 creature Meren deck, I suspect it'd do a lot of work in here, especially if someone locks up your Commander somehow, almost a backup Commander.

I could be wrong, but would Tyrite Sanctum work in here? Ruric isn't that big really, so +1 access isn't a bad thing from a land, and an Indestructible counter would be sweet on Ruric, now people can't as easily wipe your board.

If you're concerned with the 'no cards in library' issue of Primal Surge you could try running something like Endurance, which will let you make your graveyard your new library, which could give you a few turns if you play Surge late or make you safe from a Cephalid Coliseum. Just noticed that Enduranec is ~$50 card, sorry if that's way over budget, there may be another creature that can do this for you.

faustodemambo on The Ur-Dragon, quest for 100%

1 month ago

Bakterius

First of all I'm glad that you think this list look spowerfull and that you wanted to playtest it, always good to hear. Whats even better ofcourse is to hear that it walloped you (:

Ty for pointing that miirym flaw out, I still have to fix my explenation of the deck. I have recently moved and can't find the time to do that yet sadly. I'm have some time this weekend to fix everything again. I really want to rewrite everything as its prety outdated now.

Majestic Genesis is to expensive for me to cast. I'd prefer cards like Monster Manual, Sneak Attack or probably the best one Lurking Predators but I have moved away from "cheating" creatures in to play and started playing other "sub themes" like lifelink, reanimation and more removal cards. As I'm writing this out I think I'm also allowed to play Birds of Paradise as my bigest problem with the card was that it was a 1 cmc creature and I didn't want to cheat it in to play.

As for the list itself I have spend a lot of time on it and found out that not relying completely on dragons is the safer and stronger way to play as I get wiped a LOT. Because of this I had to start playing ohter cards to still be in the game. Most of the times if a few permanents other than ramp stay on the board it spirals in to a win for me which I love.

I do have one rule for myself and thats that I can never dip below 25 dragon's as I still want to be playing the big bois often. And Dragon Broodmother always has to be in. Its very strong and probably my favorite magic card.

fixed hand looks to be that you have 7 cards per row and go down or you have 1 big row with all the cards in your hand.

DreadKhan on Meren of Clan Nel Toth

1 month ago

I usually recommend people try out Diligent Farmhand and Dawntreader Elk as creatures for Meren to reanimate and ramp you because they are sacrificed. This makes these play better than Wood Elves in a lot of situations, but you can certainly run both (I only run 30 lands in my Meren deck, and no mana rocks, I usually end up with a ton of lands by the time the game is done).

If you use creatures that make a bunch of tokens upon entering the battlefield, you might like Demon of Dark Schemes, which can be used as a tiny wipe and as a repeatable source of reanimation? It combos fairly well, using Phyrexian Altar, Ashnod's Altar or Pitiless Plunderer, another card very good with the Demon or in Meren in general is Mitotic Slime, which is a ton of bodies for 5 mana. Another solid card in Meren is Callous Bloodmage, a very versatile creature to reanimate for sure, it also doesn't exile your graveyard when it exiles an opponent's. Dauthi Voidwalker is a really good card if you play against people who use a lot of spells, especially powerful ones, the ability is amazing in Meren because the cards that are exiled stay that way even if you recur Voidwalker it can still see all of those exiled cards, including any an opponent's Voidwalker exiled from your opponents. Helm of Possession is a really off-colour ability for Golgari, and you probably can pay the creature. When you want a new creature you can just sac the old one and steal a new one. Midnight Reaper is another Grim Haruspex, not sure how many you necessarily want, but I rarely mind having two out.

I don't love spells in Meren, but I make an exception for Jarad's Orders, Final Parting and Ritual of the Machine. Graveyard tutors are good in Meren, and tutoring cards into hand is also good. Ritual's ability to steal most creatures can really save you if people run certain kinds of decks. Another good tutor to consider is Fiend Artisan, digging out a Sidisi feels pretty good if Meren is out, I can usually recur her right away for a second tutor.

I'm not really sure if your creature count is high enough at 38, but I absolutely adore Lurking Predators, it can put out multiple creatures per cycle for me, which will usually put me ahead quickly. I run 55 creatures IIRC, so technically I should get a creature a little more often than every other spell, which is obviously absurd if someone else can't combo off. It's just hilarious when you pull something like Plaguecrafter or Ravenous Chupacabra.

It's pretty pushed so you might not want to run it, but Protean Hulk can find 6 MV worth of bodies, so it can find Walking Ballista and Mikaeus in one go, which is pretty solid. If you use something like Activated Sleeper you can get an extra 3 MV worth of creature, which can mean a Blood Artist and Carrion Feeder or Viscera Seer to just win on the spot.

If you are using Mazirek, I feel like I have to mention One with the Kami, this very easily goes infinite with Mazirek, giving you infinite deaths and enters as well as infinitely large tokens for something like Altar of Dementia, or even swinging.

Your deck looks great as is, just throwing a few ideas out there for you, hope some are helpful!

FormOverFunction on You're Playing with the Big Boys Now!

1 month ago

Lurking Predators would really double-up on penalizing non-creature spells!

DreadKhan on Meren, currently

2 months ago

There is also Necrotic Ooze, Phyrexian Devourer and Triskelion (or Walking Ballista) which will just kill everyone as long as you have some MV in your deck left. I think you can assemble this combo pretty easily with Buried Alive or some self-mill. I use Gravecrawler/Feeder/Plunderer myself, and I dig them out with Protean Hulk, which can then generate infinite Experience for Meren, making it possible for her to reanimate it for you to find a payoff for death or etb.

Hulk can also dig out Disciple of the Vault, Melira, Sylvok Outcast, Lesser Masticore and Viscera Seer or Feeder, which will just win on the spot usually. I will say, you do have to target with Disciple, so you can get blanked if someone has protection of some kind, so I don't use this combo myself, but it seems solid (if low on redundancy). It might be worth mentioning, but your Mazirek is very useful with any Persist creatures, since Mazirek can put a +1 counter on one if you have 2 you can sacrifice separately, this will go infinite with any free sac outlet, like Viscera Seer.

If you use Hulk, there is Activated Sleeper, or Phyrexian Delver which can extend your Hulk's lifespan to dig out more stuff. I'm pretty sure there are a few more out there, but I think Sleeper is the best.

I'm guessing you're not really looking for cEDH type stuff, but if you want really spicy stuff, I could direct you to very strong Meren lists you can get ideas from. I have a Meren deck that's roughly High Power atm, able to be extremely harsh to the board but also able to combo off fairly quickly/consistently if I want to. Nel Toth Community College and Round Table is the list, which has the cards sorted into custom piles to make it easier to understand (debatable if that was a success, you can switch it at the top of the decklist). Key points I'd suggest you consider is running tons of non-artifact, non-spell ramp, mostly creature based, enough to shave lands down at least somewhat, and an emphasis on small creatures that can either sacrifice themselves or something else. I would also suggest finding ways to substitute everything else with creatures, Meren really wants to have access to creatures and sac outlets, so stuff like Dockside Chef and Skullport Merchant can be better than other, non-creature options (other than busted ones like Ashnod's Altar, Phyrexian Altar, and Altar of Dementia that are just amazing). I even run Lurking Predators to just dump creatures onto the board, usually as sacrifice fodder, because I have over 50 creatures in the deck, it's very possible to get more than 2 creatures in a cycle.

Hope some of this helps!

Hexapod on dragon tribal

3 months ago

Some good dragons that are missing from here are Scourge of the Throne and Utvara Hellkite.

For a tribal deck in red, I would include Shared Animosity, and for Dragons you may want Crucible of Fire.

One way to get your Dragons into play for free is Lurking Predators.

I hope this is helpful!

ILuvMtg on G.I. Jo(dah)

3 months ago

Jodah is my favorite commander, so I kind of have a thing for giving feedback on other peoples Jodah decks.

First, Enter the Infinite. With Omniscience, it wins the game. My other suggestions are Sunbird's Invocation, Cast Through Time, Swarm Intelligence, Lurking Predators, Chromatic Lantern,Swiftfoot Boots and Lightning Greaves, (both are must-haves), Progenitus, Sphinx of the Second Sun, and Faeburrow Elder. I’ll stop now because at this point I’m basically just listing off all of the cards that I have in my deck that you don’t.

You can check out my Woah, where did THAT come from? Jodah deck if you want some more ideas.

Good luck!

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