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Approximate deck value: $600.82.
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# Name Type Cost 
Price
Color
Creature (24)
4 Creature - Merfolk Wizard $10.37
4 Creature - Merfolk $6.96
4 Creature - Merfolk $4.26
4 Creature - Merfolk Wizard $5.01
4 Creature - Merfolk Soldier $6.49
4 Creature - Merfolk Rogue $31.08
Instant (8)
2 Instant $1.12
4 Instant $2.61
2 Instant $1.40
Artifact (4)
4 Artifact $24.00
Enchantment (4)
4 Enchantment $4.89
Land (20)
16 Basic Land - Island $0.20
4 Land $27.26
Sideboard
# Name Type Cost 
Price
Color
2 Instant $0.25
2 Instant $4.97
2 Creature - Merfolk Wizard $2.35
2 Legendary Artifact - Equipment $39.69
2 Instant $3.17
Solid Blue Merfolk deck I've been working on since Fallen Empires came out. Changes a little every time a new set comes out. Has been pretty successful and is quick. Recently reworked to make it quicker and more aggressive.
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  • Sean ()

    Those Cursecatchers have gotten pricey!

     
    • Ryan ()

      Yes they have. Luckily I only need one more.

       
  • swanlass ()

    You could add 4 "Retraced Image" for mana acceleration (play multiple islands in a single turn) or one mana creature casting.

     
  • Sean ()

    Do you get the wanderwine prophets or stormtide leviathan out very often?  You've got 20 lands and leviathan takes 8, so you'd have to get through 8/20 of your deck on average before you can cast it - that's 40%, 24 cards, or 17 turns on average (and 8 turns if you get exactly the right number of lands).  Wanderwine is 18 cards (6/20*60) or 11 turns on average - until then they're a dead card. 


    They look like more of an EDH way creature - more Lords might be better in standard.

     
    • Ryan ()

      Actually, any time I've played this deck it's usually over before I have to worry about not casting Wanderwine Prophets. I am going to end up putting in a couple extra lands and sideboarding the 2x Stormtide Leviathan with a pair of Riptide Shapeshifters (currently on my wishlist). Though I have it filed as "legacy", this deck only ever gets used in our casual 5 color matches. I think once I get a couple Rite of Replication, it will make it much more agressive. I like Seth's idea of using Retraced Image, though I'm not sure what to pull to put it in. Any suggestions?

       
      • Sean (Edited )

        Retraced Image is a neat idea, but, if you draw it after you've dropped the land in your hand, it is a dead card.  Since most of your quick aggressive merfolk are pretty cheap anyway, ramping 1 mana probably isn't a big deal, especially with just 20 lands. 


        Riptide Shapeshifter is a cheaper way to cast a Leviathan of some sort , but still kind of slow.  It comes out on T5 at the earliest and activates on T6 at the earliest.  Certainly more reliable than hardcasting the leviathan before activating the shapeshifter, but if you draw the leviathan, you've got two dead cards.


        Rite of replication is pretty much just a clone that dies to bounce, since you're pretty unlikely to use the kicker.  In that case, may as well run actual clones that are cheaper - phyrexian metamorph, phantasmal image, etc. 


        Honestly if you still have Lord of Atlantis, I'd add that with Master of Pearl Trident.  Double islandwalk is a waste, but the boost is huge.  Otherwise: Cursecatcher, Coralhelm Commander if you need more lords & lategame reach, a full set of Silvergill Adept, Wake thrasher is a huge beating, maybe 1 or 2 Sower of Temptation instead of surgespanner, or maybe a few Spreading Seas so you know islandwalk will hit and you get through the deck a bit faster.

         
        • Ryan ()

          Ok, I reworked the deck, what do you think?

           
          • swanlass ()

            Merrow Commerce and Wake Thrasher don't seem like an ideal combination.

             
          • Sean (Edited )

            I think with 20 lands the deck is positioned to be 1-3 cost at the most, any higher drop cards won't get played on T4.  Even at 24 lands, Blue Sun's Zenith is a late game way to refill your hand, more of a control card than aggressive or temp.


            I like spreading seas better than mind bend because mind bend just puts a bigger target on the back of your lord, whereas getting rid of spreading seas doesn't also get rid of a creature.  Plus spreading seas draws a card, which is handy. 


            Seth has a point with merrow commerce untapping all your stuff at the end of your turn, so wake thrasher doesn't get the boost next turn.  One or the other is going to work out better, I'm not sure which.


            Otherwise, I think this is going to work out really well.  Wakethrasher is slow to swing - T4 at the earliest - but it swings for 5 or 6 and with merfolk sovereign or islandwalk + spreading seas, that should end games quickly.

             
            • Ryan ()

              This is why I go to you guys for advice. :) So I cut out the Merrow Commerce and one of the Blue Sun's Zenith and added in 4 of the Spreading Seas and another Island. I think the Wake Crasher s are more important to have than the Merrow Commerce, and I can always put them in my sideboard should I need them. 

               
              • Sean (Edited )

                Test it out, but with 4 spreading seas and 4 Master of Pearl Tridents, you may not need sleep because you may end up with all unblockables already.  Lord of Atlantis would double up on the odds of getting islandwalk too, and with 4x ponder in the mainboard, you should draw into whatever you need.

                 
                • Ryan (Edited )

                  Ok, what do you think...Spreading Seas vs. Aquitect's Will? I'm leaning toward AW instead of SS. 

                  And on a second note. I am thinking about switching out Blue Sun's Zenith for Curiosity. What do think?

                   
                  • Sean ()

                    Will is one cheaper, will ususally draw, and is very hard to remove; whereas Spreading Seas costs one more, is easier to remove, but always draws and can color-hose an opponent.  Either seems pretty good to me. 


                    I think cutting BSZ is a good idea.  Not sure whether curiousity is a good fit though, seems like it is just asking to get 2-for-1'd: a single creature removal will kill two of your cards.  If you need draw, maybe think twice? Instant speed means leaving mana up for a counterspell isn't wasted if you don't counter anything.


                    Also, the new rare merfolk in M14 - Tidebinder Mage - seems like a pretty good sideboard card once the price settles down to <$1. 

                     
                    • Ryan ()

                      thanks! I like the idea of using Think Twice. The Blue Sun's Zenith is just too undependable in a fast a furious format like legacy. 

                       
                      • Sean ()

                        Ah, if this is for legacy, run brainstorm and ponder; skip think twice.  Ponder reaches 1 card deeper than brainstorm so it is perhaps better for combo.  Brainstorm + fetch can shuffle away bad cards, brainstorm can hide cards from "thoughtseize" type disruption, and do all kinds of other amazing things at instant speed. 


                        Force of Will is too rich for my blood, but you can run daze over counterspell, since it can be cast for free, and spell snare is another viable option. 


                        If you get your hands on aether vials, run standstill too, since you can "cast" creatures without triggering standstill.

                         
                        • Ryan ()

                          Well, I finally gave up on my "own" build and looked at some of the competitive merfolk decks. I've changed it around quite a bit, but it seems that this is the "winning" card combo. I don't know if I'm happy with it or if I just feel like I sold my soul. :/

                           
                          • Sean ()

                            Haha, I've been playing legacy & modern here at a nearby store.  A few guys run fish and it is really good.  I think you'll appreciate the power, plenty of room for "choose your own deck" in EDH & un-format decks :)