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Budget Modern: Merfolk

I picked up a collection recently and there was a half built Merfolk deck in it. No Aether Vials or Mutavaults. But all the important fish were there. Lord of Atlantis, Master of the Pearl Trident, Master of Waves, etc.

So I’m figuring why not build something just to play at FNM? Vials, Vaults, and Caverns would be great but I don’t need to drop that kind of money just for casual FNM tournaments. I mean seriously, have you seen those prices? A single Cavern of Souls is like $80.

I need some filler though to make up for the Aether Vials. But what can I use? Nothing really compared to how useful it is. Stonybrook Banneret seems good enough. Obviously I’d rather have Aether Vials but this will do in a budget build.

Stonybrook Banneret doesn’t help with most of the Lords but it does help with Merrow Reejerey, Silvergil Adept, and Master of Waves.

If I were to put the deck together with what I have the list would look something like this:

4 Cursecatcher
4 Stonybrook Banneret
4 Silvergil Adept
4 Master of the Pearl Trident
4 Lord of Atlantis
2 Coralhelm Commander
4 Merrow Reejerey
4 Merfolk Sovereign

4 Spreading Seas
4 Vapor Snag

22 Island

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