Last time we saw Kiora, she was doing some Simic Combine stuff. Not much of a flavor win, truth be told, but I had to represent the Simic Guild one way or another,. Overall, that particular Kiora seemed pretty generic.

This time, though, we're looking at Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner. This 'walker rewards us for snagging the big fish from our deck and bringing them up to the surface.

Time to do some deep sea fishing:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner by Andy Hurst

'Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Andy Hurst

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Cards

Whelming Wave

Color Identity:U

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Return all creatures to their owners' hands except for Krakens, Leviathans, Octopuses, and Serpents.

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Island

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Sharktocrab

Color Identity:G,U

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{2}{G}{U}: Adapt 1. (If this creature has no +1/+1 counters on it, put a +1/+1 counter on it.)
Whenever one or more +1/+1 counters are put on Sharktocrab, tap target creature an opponent controls. That creature doesn't untap during its controller's next untap step.

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Octoprophet

Color Identity:U

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When Octoprophet enters the battlefield, scry 2. (Look at the top two cards of your library, then put any number of them on the bottom of your library and the rest on top in any order.)

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Simic Growth Chamber

Color Identity:G,U

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Simic Growth Chamber enters the battlefield tapped.
When Simic Growth Chamber enters the battlefield, return a land you control to its owner's hand.
{T}: Add {G}{U}.

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Dragon Turtle

Color Identity:U

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Flash
Drag Below — When Dragon Turtle enters the battlefield, tap it and up to one target creature an opponent controls. They don't untap during their controllers' next untap steps.

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Tortoise Formation

Color Identity:U

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Creatures you control gain shroud until end of turn. (They can't be the targets of spells or abilities.)

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Ichthyomorphosis

Color Identity:U

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Enchant creature
Enchanted creature loses all abilities and is a blue Fish with base power and toughness 0/1.

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Kiora's Follower

Color Identity:G,U

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{T}: Untap another target permanent.

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Moat Piranhas

Color Identity:U

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Defender (This creature can't attack.)

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Blighted Woodland

Color Identity:G

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{T}: Add {C}.
{3}{G}, {T}, Sacrifice Blighted Woodland: Search your library for up to two basic land cards, put them onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner

Color Identity:G,U

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Whenever a creature with power 4 or greater enters the battlefield under your control, draw a card.
−1: Untap target permanent.

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Battering Krasis

Color Identity:G

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Trample
Evolve (Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under your control, if that creature has greater power or toughness than this creature, put a +1/+1 counter on this creature.)

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Titanic Brawl

Color Identity:G

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This spell costs {1} less to cast if it targets a creature you control with a +1/+1 counter on it.
Target creature you control fights target creature you don't control. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.)

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Bounding Krasis

Color Identity:G,U

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Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.)
When Bounding Krasis enters the battlefield, you may tap or untap target creature.

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Giant Tortoise

Color Identity:U

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Giant Tortoise gets +0/+3 as long as it's untapped.

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Man-o'-War

Color Identity:U

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When Man-o'-War enters the battlefield, return target creature to its owner's hand.

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Thunderous Snapper

Color Identity:G,U

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Whenever you cast a spell with mana value 5 or greater, draw a card.

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Spell Rupture

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {X}, where X is the greatest power among creatures you control.

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Shipbreaker Kraken

Color Identity:U

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{6}{U}{U}: Monstrosity 4. (If this creature isn't monstrous, put four +1/+1 counters on it and it becomes monstrous.)
When Shipbreaker Kraken becomes monstrous, tap up to four target creatures. Those creatures don't untap during their controllers' untap steps for as long as you control Shipbreaker Kraken.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Kiora's Dambreaker

Color Identity:U

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When Kiora's Dambreaker enters the battlefield, proliferate. (Choose any number of permanents and/or players, then give each another counter of each kind already there.)

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Rapid Hybridization

Color Identity:U

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Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated. That creature's controller creates a 3/3 green Frog Lizard creature token.

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Tranquility

Color Identity:G

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Destroy all enchantments.

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Voracious Greatshark

Color Identity:U

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Flash
When Voracious Greatshark enters the battlefield, counter target artifact or creature spell.

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Skitter Eel

Color Identity:U

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{2}{U}: Adapt 2. (If this creature has no +1/+1 counters on it, put two +1/+1 counters on it.)

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Simic Guildgate

Color Identity:G,U

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Simic Guildgate enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {G} or {U}.

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Crocanura

Color Identity:G

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Reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.)
Evolve (Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under your control, if that creature has greater power or toughness than this creature, put a +1/+1 counter on this creature.)

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Breaching Hippocamp

Color Identity:U

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Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.)
When Breaching Hippocamp enters the battlefield, untap another target creature you control.

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Crushing Vines

Color Identity:G

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Choose one —
• Destroy target creature with flying.
• Destroy target artifact.

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Swirling Torrent

Color Identity:U

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Choose one or both —
• Put target creature on top of its owner's library.
• Return target creature to its owner's hand.

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Sudden Storm

Color Identity:U

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Tap up to two target creatures. Those creatures don't untap during their controllers' next untap steps. Scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)

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Thornwood Falls

Color Identity:G,U

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Thornwood Falls enters the battlefield tapped.
When Thornwood Falls enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.
{T}: Add {G} or {U}.

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Spring // Mind

Color Identity:G,U

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Trickery Charm

Color Identity:U

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Choose one —
• Target creature gains flying until end of turn.
• Target creature becomes the creature type of your choice until end of turn.
• Look at the top four cards of your library, then put them back in any order.

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Whirlpool Whelm

Color Identity:U

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Clash with an opponent, then return target creature to its owner's hand. If you win, you may put that creature on top of its owner's library instead. (Each clashing player reveals the top card of their library, then puts that card on the top or bottom. A player wins if their card had a higher mana value.)

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Crushing Canopy

Color Identity:G

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Choose one —
• Destroy target creature with flying.
• Destroy target enchantment.

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Shambleshark

Color Identity:G,U

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Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.)
Evolve (Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under your control, if that creature has greater power or toughness than this creature, put a +1/+1 counter on this creature.)

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Meandering Towershell

Color Identity:G

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Islandwalk (This creature can't be blocked as long as defending player controls an Island.)
Whenever Meandering Towershell attacks, exile it. Return it to the battlefield under your control tapped and attacking at the beginning of the declare attackers step on your next turn.

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Tidal Wave

Color Identity:U

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Create a 5/5 blue Wall creature token with defender. Sacrifice it at the beginning of the next end step.

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Truth or Tale

Color Identity:U

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Reveal the top five cards of your library and separate them into two piles. An opponent chooses one of those piles. Put a card from the chosen pile into your hand, then put all other cards revealed this way on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Scuttlegator

Color Identity:G,U

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Defender
{6}{G/U}{G/U}: Adapt 3. (If this creature has no +1/+1 counters on it, put three +1/+1 counters on it.)
As long as Scuttlegator has a +1/+1 counter on it, it can attack as though it didn't have defender.

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The Game Plan

Our opponent better hope they have a bigger boat...because they will need one. We've got all kinds of aquatic life at every spot along the curve, and just like your favorite seafood restaurant, as the cost goes up, so too goes the quality. Moat Piranhas and Giant Tortoise won't be getting in for much damage, but they're fantastic defenders that will hopefully buffer our life total until the big guns make landfall. 

All things being equal, remember to play out Shambleshark and Crocanura as soon as possible, in order to take advantage of their evolve triggers. If we can get them in play early, we can start applying some pressure with dangerous attackers. The 4-drop slot brings us some deck thinning with Octoprophet and one of our most efficient attackers in Sharktocrab, which gets in some beats and neutralizes annoying blockers. 

When we need to start getting tricky, we've got the means to do just that. Bounding Krasis is our best option, since it can either tap down their guy or untap ours. On either side of that, Dragon Turtle can tap down a threat and Breaching Hippocamp can untap ours for surprise blocks. Limited Hall of Famer Man-o'-War is around to snatch up some tempo and keep our board advantageous, and in a deck with limited removal like our Blue/Green shell here, the jellyfish is going to be a valuable contributor. 

Like I just mentioned, the removal is not ideal. But that doesn't mean we don't have any options! Rapid Hybridization is probably the best possibility. For just a single blue mana, killing any creature without restriction gives us a potent answer for large creatures, especially the Rare bomby ones. Sure, it's not ideal to give them a 3/3, but we'd rather they have that than some kind of Dragon. Also, remember that in a corner case we can blow up our own guy (maybe someone tapped or pacified) for a combat surprise. We've got a little bit of bounce with Swirling Torrent and Whirlpool Whelm, and Sudden Storm for even more of that tempo advantage. Flyers or other permanents should beware with Crushing Vines and Crushing Canopy

The Rares

Remember, because the Planeswalker is Uncommon we get 5 Rares instead of the usual 4.

I had a couple of these at the Prerelease and I was not overly impressed; this is decidedly not a bomb creature. However, it serves a meaningful role in this deck. It's got perfectly solid stats for only a 3-mana creature, and it has an ability that can be relevant whether we're ahead or behind in a game. Just keep in mind that we're not generally interested in playing this on-curve. It's at its best by far if we have an opposing guy to tap down to get in for damage or save ourselves a hit. If we play it on an empty board, he's still going to have to sit around tapped for a while, which is far from ideal. 

Another extremely slow attacker, but it hits pretty hard. If we aren't interested in attacking, there aren't many creatures that can get through its 9-toughness. We've got a big beefy creature with some niche evasion, and its stats have it primed to live a ripe old age, as befits a giant turtle. 

Giant body, flash, and it counters a creature (giving us some badly needed removal effects). We can't ask for more than that. Hope to see this fella every game!

The Big Gun. A 6/6 for 6 is a little underwhelming stat-wise, but it is a huge threat that can hopefully close out our game. 8 mana for its Monstrosity is an even steeper cost, but we'll almost certainly be winning when we activate it. When you think about it that way, wouldn't you always pay 8 mana for victory? Also, grumbling out a "Release The Kraken!" will only get old to our opponents. 

If we need to reset the board, we've got just the card for the job. Some of our creatures are underwhelmed, so they'll stick around. Hopefully Sharktocrab is still around to give 'em the business! 

Unsung Hero

Among the pile of busted nonsense to come from Throne of Eldraine, we got a cycle of strong Uncommon creatures that are a tiny bit difficult to use. They cost 4 Hybrid mana, which means that they can only really be played in that 2-color combination. Thunderous Snapper is a potent 4/4 for 4, which is one of the better rates we can hope for in a non-Rare, and with any luck it'll draw us an extra card or two as the game goes on. With our pricey seafood options that'll hit in the late game, we're in a great place to let our potent threat draw us into more potent threats. The Neverending Seafood Platter is a go!