Episode 114

Modern Merfolk: A Brief History of Spreading Seas


March 5th, 2021

1 hr 56 mins 4 secs

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About this Episode

This week it's a Modern-focused, Patron-thanking episode that's all about one of the format's classics, Merfolk. That's right. You've been waiting for 2 years for us to dive down into the depths of these seas. But first, we'll take a look through the Mana Traders Series from this month. It's Modern. It's good. Again. Dave hates seafood. Stan combos off. Shane is — surprisingly — a friend to all fish, everywhere.

The Break Down: Manatraders Modern
The Dive Down: Turn 1 Aether Vial
The Dive Down, cont: Turn 4 Spreading Seas

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3:16 - Special Patreon shoutout / Housekeeping
6:12 - The Break Down begins - the Manatraders Modern Month
7:33 - The overall Manatraders metagame
11:10 - 6-3 conversion rates
15:35 - The top 8
27:10 - Quick top 16 analysis of the weekend Challenges
28:39 - Takeaways and takes from the weekend's events
39:10 - The Dive Down begins: Modern Merfolk!
41:00 - What this deck is about
43:52 - A brief history of Merfolk
49:45 - The construction options of Merfolk
54:04 - The Lords
59:25 - The Beaters
1:05:01 - The Disruptive Creatures
1:13:20 - Aether Vial. It's good.
1:14:27 - Disruptive Spells
1:20:38 - The Lands. AKA Mutavault.
1:21:18 - Our playing experiences: what we played this week
1:22:35 - Dave on Azorius Merfolk
1:27:30 - Shane on Simic Merfolk
1:33:55 - Stan on Mystic Reflection Combo Fish
1:44:22 - What Merfolk does well, and what it doesn't
1:53:45 - Closing out

Links from this week's episode:
The Manatraders Metagame: https://twitter.com/YahiAnael/status/1365562502298361858?s=20
UW Merfolk: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/3743267#paper
Mystic Reflection Merfolk: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/3765702#paper
Simic Merfolk: https://mtgdecks.net/Modern/merfolk-decklist-by-zxrogue-1092933

Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name?

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