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Creature — Merfolk Wizard
When Merfolk Trickster enters the battlefield, tap target creature an opponent controls. It loses all abilities until end of turn.
Merfolk Trickster Discussion
1 month ago
Lonelyyoshi1 The reason Mill decks work is because you strip your opponent's resources away from them before they can ever draw them. Basically, making someone mill is control. You want to be milling cards from your opponent every turn and right now you have two strategies in your deck. Creature and draw. the two strategies cross over with Psychic Corrosion , Hedron Crab , because both of those say "do something you're gonna do every turn and mill your opponent" Now the Creature strategy would be a focus on Sage's Row Denizen . Fewer spells and add value creatures. Merfolk Trickster , Cloudkin Seer , Frost Lynx , Fblthp, the Lost . I'm sure the great minds of this forum can list much better versions then i can but those are the few i know right now without google. The whole goal of this version would be to get Sage's Row Denizen out and play a "draw go" style unless you need to play a value creature. I would even run creature copying effects to really abuse the sage like Quasiduplicate , Mirror Image , Spark Double , Rite of Replication . you would have to drop most of your planeswalkers and maybe only keep Kasmina, Enigmatic Mentor and run other effects like Blink of an Eye , Callous Dismissal to out value your opponent until you can go nuclear with your sages. at least thats how i would do a creature version. The draw version focuses more on Psychic Corrosion and control. You would run instant speed draw spells like Opt , Radical Idea , Chemister's Insight so you can keep mana open to counter your opponent with Negate , Cancel , Wizard's Retort , Counterspell . You would be 100% draw go. Your turns would more or less be draw, play a land, trigger Hedron Crab , pass. then you counter your opponents spells. if they don't play anything scary you use all your mana at the end of their turn to use your draw spells and make them mill with Psychic Corrosion . you would want to play a bounce spell, recommend Unsummon and your Jace package to get free draws for the mill. Again, I've already shown i don't know the meta for modern so listen to the other guys commenting. The reason i don't like Jace, Arcane Strategist is because he's 6 cmc and doesn't really move you towards your game plan as fast as the other Jaces do. That is also giving your opponent a free turn with 6-7 mana where they don't have to worry about a counter spell. You could run Force of Negation but you are really taking a risk relying on 1 card to protect you so you can play a Jace that has 30% synergy with your deck. I'd rather play my second Psychic Corrosion and have mana up for Thought Collapse or Opt and Radical Idea . Ultimately it is your deck so have fun with it but these are my thoughts. If you would like i could probably use your card list to build two version of your deck and you can try both out.
3 months ago
This is a cool list, & I'm honestly not surprised to see someone as decorated as LSV saying that it could be a good archetype. I've played a few Flash decks over the years, and I honestly feel like Nightpack Ambusher is the best win con for that kind of deck that I've seen in Standard. IMHO a lot of people are underestimating it since it first stands out as a Wolf lord, versus looking at it as a 4/4 that makes a 3/3 every turn. Add in the fact that we have Frilled Mystic and you have a pretty disgusting 4-drop Flash option to serve as the backbone of the deck. The only problem is T3feri.
That all said, having tried to do straight Simic Flash multiple times in the past, I'm skeptical that Green & Blue can do it alone since they have such limited removal & rely so heavily on counterspells & bounces, which create card disadvantage. If that kind of deck gets behind in tempo, it can have a hard time catching up. I'm looking at these low-CMC creatures like Spectral Sailor , Merfolk Trickster , and even Brineborn Cutthroat (which takes a few turns to get going), and it's just hard to see how it keeps up with a fast aggro deck. I've always leaned toward Bant for a Flash deck since White offers good removal & usually some solid instant-speed creature options, though currently I could also see BUG being good with Assassin's Trophy for removal.
I brewed a Bant version & it feels pretty consistent in playtesting. Settle the Wreckage is the perfect card for regaining the tempo advantage & hosing the go-wide strategies that can give Flash decks problems. Seal Away is nice cheap instant-speed spot removal. Angel of Grace is a great top-of-curve option that can go above the fray while Ambusher mucks up the ground, and its trigger is surprisingly useful for enabling aggressive attacks to close out games.
Additionally, I've beefed up the low-CMC creatures by including Growth-Chamber Guardian & Incubation Druid . They aren't Flash creatures, but they are cheap to play & their ability to Adapt at instant speed means that your opponent has to treat them as though they are bigger than they really are if you have mana up, while also offering a nice mana-dump in case you don't need to counter anything. During playtesting, GCG has really shined in the midgame when you have 5-6 mana & can continually tutor a friend while showing counterspell mana. The Druid is the card you always want to see in your opening hand, as hitting the 4 drops on turn 3 is where you really want to be.
Sorry for writing a novel but this has always been one of my favorite archetypes to play, so it's exciting to see it have some real viability. Here's my Bant list if you want to check it out: M20 Flash
3 months ago
Faerie Synergy ain't worth it. Too much has to come together
3 months ago
Faerie Synergy ain't worth it. Too much has to come together
4 months ago
I want to make a deck based around tap-down control. As in, Downpour and Feeling of Dread control. For years, I’ve been trying to make this idea work, ever since I first started playing, in Return to Ravnica. It started with the cards Gideon's Avenger and Sunblast Angel . I thought I could make something work, and I sort of did. I made a budget deck that achieved mild success on T/O called Frozen Solid. People liked it because it was cheap and gimmicky, but I wanted it to be more than a cheap trick, which is unfortunate, because that’s all it could have really been at the time. The deck suffers from a core weakness that other forms of control don’t have to deal with, namely that after your cheap tap-down spell has resolved, all your opponent has to do is wait another turn and build up their army even further. Sunblast angel requires a land drop every turn for six turns. The game ends up being about prolonging an inevitable loss instead of winning. Nevertheless, I tried my best to make it at least semi-competitive.
I tried every combination of U/W/X. I tried esper with its access to cards like Royal Assassin and Murderous Compulsion . A way to get rid of tapped cards is great, but why would anyone ever spend two mana on a Murderous Compulsion when they could spend it on Doom Blade , Ultimate Price , Walk the Plank , Cast Down , or half the mana on Fatal Push ? Royal assassin at least sticks around to be able to make use of a mana-free kill to complement your tap-down effects, but it dies to even the gentlest of creature removal. It dies to Lightning Bolt . It dies to Shock . Heck, it even dies to Darkblast . And aside from the assassin, there isn’t a whole lot to support tap-down control in black.
U/W/G has Glare of Subdual , which answers one problem the deck has, namely of a lack of creatures to serve as a wincon. At the same time though, you’re still tapping them down, so they can’t be used to attack with (unless you have something to untap them with, which splits your available resources even further) and if you have a big enough field presence to control the board by tapping stuff down, you could have probably won already through some Overrun kind of playstyle instead. I found merfolk a flavorful and surprisingly synergetic tribe for what I was going for here, as seen by cards like Merrow Reejerey , Merfolk Trickster , and Harbinger of the Tides . I thought that of all the ideas I’ve made thus far, this had the biggest chance of doing what I wanted, with built-in tribal support that aligned with a tap-down aesthetic. You could even finish games with a well-timed Wake Thrasher .
In R/W/U, I experimented with Aurelia's Fury . With cards like Assemble the Legion , stalling becomes a legitimate strategy. Battlefield Thaumaturge could be used to make the spell a two mana overloaded Blustersquall . Along that route, Gridlock and Glimpse the Sun God could be used to support it, but the idea is heavily reliant on thaumaturge, which doesn’t always see play, even as a 4-of.
A truly depressing match against Red Deck Wins made me realize that the deck is entirely reliant on the opponent’s having creatures. Thus, the idea to include something from the hunted cycle was born. Hunted Phantasm , for example, provides me with a good beater and plenty of things to make use of for my spells.
Every now and then, some piece of deck-tech makes me have that flutter of naïve hope, like when we got Time of Ice in Dominaria or Verity Circle in Ravnica Allegiance. Verity circle could be the answer, the missing link. It provides me with the ability to refuel my spells and dig through my deck to get to the wincon, whatever it should be. In any other kind of deck, it’s mediocre at best, but it’s the best support my jank idea has ever gotten. I could be missing something that comes clearly for you. I’m asking you to help me realize my seven-year-old dream: to create a tap-down control deck that holds its own against at least semi-competitive decks. (Decks that have a reasonably achievable means to win and efficient support to help it achieve its chosen way of winning.) I’m not asking for anything that’d make the top 8 list anywhere, just something I can be satisfied with. So long as the primary theme of the deck is controlling the field through tap-down effects, I’m happy.
Please help me out here. I’m at my wits end lol. A big thanks to any and all who put their two cents in.
5 months ago
There are better cards than Pacifism (which is not in standard but card s like it are) because that does not help you because of the static abilities are in play and since they are not activated abilities Lawmage's Binding and other similar white cards not in standard will not help.
Black has a few things as while with removal from hand but overall I am thinking splashing blue in a deck is the goto color
I also Forgot Ashiok, Dream Render is pretty darn good if you can get him down and mill them
6 months ago
I like the deck idea but why run 4 copies of Naru Meha, Master Wizard ? She is legendary but also her value isn't great without synergy. There are more synergistic creatures and cheaper flash creatures which aren't legendary if you were going for flash.
I would also consider replacing some of those spots with Sinister Sabotage . Which would double as a counterspell and self mill. This would also be usable with Mission Briefing which a creature obviously would not.
I would just pull back to about two Naru Meha, Master Wizard . And put in two of something else. Otherwise she is a legendary and expensive way to copy a spell.
6 months ago
I have often looked at building a deck like this and find myself debating the relative strengths of Merfolk Trickster and Warkite Marauder . I just get the feeling that the flash-in effect of Trickster works better in the long-game if you have cards like Clear the Mind in your deck, while you can get the effect of Marauder multiple times if you play more aggressively. You might want more instants to get value from Pteramander and I would tend to play 1 more Mist-Cloaked Herald and fewer Pteramander s, or change the balance between creatures and instants.
Merfolk Trickster occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.25%
All decks: 0.07%
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.01%