River Kelpie


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2019 (C19) Rare
Shadowmoor (SHM) Rare

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River Kelpie

Creature — Beast

Whenever River Kelpie or another permanent enters the battlefield from a graveyard, draw a card.

Whenever a player casts a spell from a graveyard, draw a card.

Persist (When this creature is put into the graveyard from the battlefield, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to the battlefield under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)

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River Kelpie Discussion

roguebard on Marchesa, Dethrone

2 weeks ago


Thanks for the suggestions. Metallic Mimic has been sitting in my awful wizards deck for months now, I never thought of it going in here, but it really helps. Especially with the majority of the creature cards being wizards, same goes for Vindictive Lich , so thank you!

Now that I think about it, Yahenni, Undying Partisan really is a cheaper, and to some extent, better version of Grimgrin, Corpse-Born , so that definitely got put in. I would be hesitant to put in Falkenrath Aristocrat due to my CMC being quite high already (I know Razaketh, the Foulblooded has a high CMC, but he tutors and I cracked him while opening a pack so I feel obligated to use him! Shhhh!) And I would love to put Yawgmoth, Thran Physician but for now I'll leave him out, though I will probably always contemplate it!

Both Midnight Reaper and Grim Haruspex work better than River Kelpie for death/ETB based draw.

I feel like if I run Jokulhaups my playgroup will disown me. At some point Last One Standing will probably replace Killing Wave .

Thanks again for the suggestions, I really appreciate the feedback, and I definitely up-voted your Marchesa deck!

DubbaDub on Muldrotha, the „Fun“ in „Funeral“ *Primer*

2 weeks ago

ToolisMaynard I know of Expropriate very well. So well, in fact, that my playgroup house-banned it for obvious reasons, if you've ever played with it. In regards to Laboratory Maniac and Nexus, they aren't supposed to work together. I essentially built Muldrotha as a combo deck using Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + River Kelpie +sac outlet to draw my deck, play LabMan, and win. However, if LabMan gets exiled from my graveyard or permanently removed some other way, the deck folds quick, especially if removed in response to the draw. Nexus of Fate is supposed to counteract that, because you can't disrupt it unless you have an exiling counterspell.

While I do own most of the deck, my playgroup has opted to allow proxies due to financial imbalances :)

multimedia on Commander 2019...

1 month ago

I'm disappointed in Jeskai Mystic Intellect(scroll down). It honestly looks like a complete mess :( It lacks any real strategy or reason for having certain cards? It's like a completely different team made this precon than Faceless Menace. Wizards really has zero idea of how to build a noncreature centric Commander precon.

Nothing in Mystic Intellect comes close to Scroll of Fate and Seedborn Muse 's power level in Faceless Menace and the rest of the value in precon is sparse:

I was holding out hope that the secondary Commanders in the Jeskai deck would be good and thankfully one of them is. My only reason to get this precon is Elsha of the Infinite as she's an actual General that makes sense for Jeskai since her prowess ability is powered by her other other abilities. She's a threat to do Commander damage with prowess, card advantage using the top of my library, infinite combos, flash for sorceries/artifacts/enchantments.

Mono red is getting some goodies in the precon. Dockside Extortionist is a good blink target and can potentially make a lot of ramp the turn it's played which is good for a two drop. He could become a red Commander staple depending on what price he levels at. I like that he's a Pirate since Pirates need more good cards. Treasure strategies needed a low mana cost efficient way to make treasures to go with Smothering Tithe which by the way is good upgrade for this precon especially if against Faceless Menace.

Backdraft Hellkite looks powerful, Past in Flames on a stick, more repeatable card advantage in mono red. Seems excellent with powerful burn Price of Progress . Flying of Hellkite is helpful to be able to potentially attack again with it, but it needs haste.

Ignite the Future is a super charged Light Up the Stage , but it has too high of a flashback cost which is unfortunately ruining the theme in the entire precon. It's good in the precon with Backdraft Hellkite . With Kess, Dissident Mage as General since can get the bonus of potentially playing three free spells with it for only four mana.

Astimageon on Card creation challenge

1 month ago

I don't, so I'll just do your card suggestion.

Lake Kelpie

Creature - Beast

Whenever another permanent enters the battlefield from an opponent's graveyard, its controller discards a card.

Whenever an opponent casts a spell from a graveyard, they discard a card.



This is like an inverted River Kelpie , which I think is fun.

Make a commander that sees your creatures as a resource to exploit to achieve victory.

K1ngMars on Muldrotha, the Gravetide.

1 month ago

Il tuo piano di gioco è usare tanto ramp per tirare Muldrotha sul campo, dopodiché, cercare di tenerlo sul campo per il resto della partita.

Per il ramp ti consiglio:

Per la proteggere Muldrotha, ti consiglierei queste:

Un altra strategia per assicurarti di non dover pagare la Commander Tax per rigiocare Muldrotha è di rigiocarla dal cimitero. Meglio ancora se quelle carte possono a loro volta essere rigiocate dal cimitero con Muldrotha:

Ti consiglio di stare più in curva e di tagliare Slum Reaper , visto che ci sono opzioni che costano meno mana e fanno la stessa cosa: Fleshbag Marauder , Merciless Executioner e Plaguecrafter .

Carte che ti permettono di riprendere altre carte dal cimitero in mano:

  • Eternal Witness , Skullwinder e Nyx Weaver ti permettono di riprenderti carte utili, in modo da poter sforare il limite di un solo permanente per tipo dal cimitero. Inoltre, così puoi riprendere anche Instant e Sorcery, a cui normalmente non avresti più accesso una volta usate.

Ti suggerisco una combo interessante, il Flash Hulk . Consiste nel poter giocare e subito sacrificare il Protean Hulk già dal turno due per poi poterti andare a cercare creature nel mazzo che ti permettano di fare una combo infinita e vincere. Se cerchi online dovresti trovare fonti a sufficienza. Comunque, anche solo il Protean Hulk da solo è una grande inclusione.

Inoltre, una carta davvero buffa da poter giocare nella tua combinazione di colori: Villainous Wealth .

Un'altra carta per salvarti il cimitero da effetti come Bojuka Bog : Perpetual Timepiece .

Tra le terre che sono fortissime nel tuo mazzo ci sono anche: - Cabal Coffers insieme a Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth . - Alchemist's Refuge e Emergence Zone per poter giocare creature e altre cose ad instant speed. - Wasteland è una seconda Strip Mine . - Lotus Vale e Lotus Field sono più o meno ramp, ma anche un buon modo per fare molto mana se avessi il modo di stapparle. Magari con Deserted Temple , a cui sta anche simpatica Cabal Coffers , comunque. - Glacial Chasm è un piano di riserva che ti costa solo 2 punti vita a turno, a patto di rigiocarla sempre dal cimitero tutti i turni.

Tra le carte che ti suggerisco di togliere ci sono:

Pikobyte on Muldrotha, the „Fun“ in „Funeral“ *Primer*

2 months ago

Hey FunBun,

Tamiyo is nice but not good enough to cut another card for it.

Secrets of the dead was in my first list but I rarely played it because there were always better cards to play. After like 20-30 games with disappointing performance I decided to cut it. River Kelpie does the same and is more versatile. It’s even better because it triggers on lands and on revives with cards like Lilli or persists from mike.

McToters on The Black Parade

2 months ago

Automatic +1 I support all Grimgrin players! I’ll start by saying there are a lot of ways to go about winning with this deck. As you described in your intro this deck can go tall semi-voltron or go wide with zombie tokens. It is very flexible in that sense and also, a helluva deck to make comebacks as well. It is a very very good late-game deck with the right cards.

As you will see (if you check out my list) you will see I use Arcane Adaptation to give me some flexibility with what creatures I can play. Creatures like Grave Titan , River Kelpie , and Wonder . I highly recommend Buried Alive as a cheap affordable tutor so you can always search for Gravecrawler and Wonder if you decide to use it. The great thing about Buried Alive is zombies want to be in the graveyard so it helps a lot.

I know they are pricey but I cannot stress enough how amazing Cabal Coffers and Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth is. Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx is slightly more affordable but also really really solid.

Also, Ashnod's Altar and Altar of Dementia are very handy sac outlets especially if you use Dictate of Erebos and/or Grave Pact . Saccong creatures to Ashnod’s gives you the ability to make mana and destroy creatures if Erebos or Pact is out. There are some really neat combos with those and Gravecrawler in particular.

I enjoy using Dream Halls for value and because ai love the card but not necessary. Of course take all suggestions with a grain of salt but i think the sac outlets and enchantments that make opponents sac creatures when yours die are must haves in zombies!

Personally I have ended the majority of games with Shepherd of Rot , Gray Merchant of Asphodel and Gempalm Polluter which i noticed you already have! I would research the Gravecrawler combo because that would be another way for you to finish games as well, applied in the right ways.

Here is my Grimgrin deck for inspiration or if you want to give me any suggestions!

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