As a professional Magic player I normally have access to whatever cards I need for an event, though that does come at a cost – oftentimes spending more than the price of my entire trip to an event just to buy cards. For the everyday player, managing your budget when playing certainly should be part of the decision-making process when deciding what deck to play. The perfect world is finding a deck that is relatively inexpensive and competitive, which is what I'm showcasing today.

Combining the Wizard and Merfolk tribes together is a really cool idea, as there are many creatures that actually are of both tribes. This isn't an idea I came up with on my own – Wedge (TheManaSource) is the original deck designer, while I created the sideboard. The deck has a surprising amount of play to it, and arguably I should have done better with the deck than I did.

The very first match against Esper Control we could have won with a different line. Control matchups are tricky, but the combination of flash creatures and countermagic is effective here. Unfortunately, mana problems combined with an impressive sequence of cards from our opponent did beat us that round. Splitting matches with this deck in a league on Magic Online really isn't a bad result though.

One of the coolest things about the deck is its ability to tempo the opponent out with fast creatures and bounce spells. Against the Stompy deck, the opposing creatures were much larger than ours and even against a good draw in game two from our opponent we were able to find a way to win. Perhaps the coolest card in the deck is Naban, Dean of Iteration, as it really ties both the Wizard and Merfolk synergies together nicely.

Playing this deck was a real challenge for me, as it isn't the sort of strategy I typically gravitate towards. With that said, the power level is clearly high enough for it to compete with some of the top dogs in Standard. In this league we dodged the red decks, which could potentially be tricky matchups because of Goblin Chainwhirler. In the end this was one of the most enjoyable experiences I have had playing Magic in a while, and I likely could have done even better with the deck than I did!

Thanks for reading,

Seth Manfield
@SethManfield