Journeys of the Waterhead Dragon Commander Feature: Merieke Ri Berit

by Ryan McKinney


It has been a long time since the great Waterhead Dragon has flapped his lucky wings to Jupiter Games as part of his tales. However our EDH/Commander week was too tempting to stay away from. Recently I’ve been busy with other adventures in Legacy and Standard preparing for large tournaments. I feel that EDH has always provided me a way to unwind and remember just how fun magic can be no matter how tired I am of Magic at the time. I currently only own two decks Merieke Ri Berit and Olivia Voldaren; both decks are certainly fun, but my “Butters’s Bottom Bitch” award definitely goes to Merieke. The deck has proven itself to be very powerful and is fully capable of emerging victorious even if multiple players gang up on the deck. Without further ado I’ll give you my list for Merieke Ri Berit:


Merieke Ri Berit



Hell’s Caretaker

Blazing Archon

Angel of Despair

Sun Titan

Consecrated Sphinx

Body Snatcher

Desolation Angel

Adarkar Valkyrie

Karmic Guide


Artifact Creatures:

Ethersworn Adjudicator

Sphinx of the Steel Wind



Legendary Creatures:

Yosei, the Morning Star

Linvala, Keeper of Silence

Iona, Shield of Emeria

Sheoldred, the Whispering One

Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur

Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite

Geth, Lord of the Vault



Liliana of the Veil

Liliana Vess



Animate Dead

Intruder Alarm

Debtor’s Knell

Faith’s Fetters

Aura of Silence

Oblivion Ring



Crystal Shard

Thousand-Year Elixir

Sensei’s Divining Top

Oblivion Stone

Sol Ring

Coalition Relic

Pithing Needle

Dimir Signet

Orzhov Signet

Azorius Signet



Thirst for Knowledge

Swords to Plowshares

Enlightened Tutor

Vampiric Tutor

Mystical Tutor


Path to Exile



Return to Dust


Cryptic Command

Diabolic Tutor

Deep Analysis

Demonic Tutor

Compulsive Research


Wrath of God


Austere Command

Buried Alive

Profane Command

Beacon of Unrest

Careful Study




Basic Land: 


2 Swamp

2 Plains

Non-Basic Land:

Polluted Delta

Flooded Strand

Marsh Flats


Underground Sea


Watery Grave

Hallowed Fountain

Godless Shrine

Drowned Catacomb

Glacial Fortress

Darkslick Shores

Seachrome Coast

Creeping Tar Pit

Celestial Colonnade

Underground River

Adarkar Waste

Cave of Koilos

Mystic Gate

Sunken Ruins

Fetid Heath

Arcane Sanctum

Reflecting Pool

Strip Mine


Maze of Ith

Temple of the False God

Nephalia Drownyard


Legendary Land:

Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

Minamo, School at Water’s Edge

Volrath’s Stronghold


The general theme of this deck, if you couldn’t tell, is a Reanimator deck. It has very powerful creatures and spells that can easily take over a game. Some of my favorites have to be Desolation Angel, Consecrated Sphinx, Angel of Despair, and Yosei.  The deck plays well as a control deck too. In early turns you try to just build up mana and control the game so that you don’t take too much damage and set up your hand to start doing broken things. The deck also has a vast amount of tutors in it so depending on the board state you can tutor for all kinds of different answers or card drawing goodies. All of this can be done without even using the general Merieke, she has the ability to take over a game by herself if you have one of the support cards for her (intruder alarm, thousand-year elixir, or Minamo, School at Water’s Edge) they allow you to steal a creature and then untap her killing the creature and leaving her ready to steal another creature. One of the most powerful board states this deck is capable of creating is wrathing the board and then having a powerful creature to follow or have Debtors’ Knell in play and then cast Desolation Angel with kicker to Armageddon the board leaving you with the only creatures and hopefully some artifact mana. I have won just about every game I was able to pull this off in it is pretty crazy and fun. The other plus side to this deck is the general is positioned to deal with the other problem generals or any deck that relies heavily on a general only strategy very nicely. Overall this deck is pretty powerful and is very fun to play, especially for me since I love any style of reanimator deck. Another interesting thing we did here at Jupiter Games was try out Zombie Horde EDH as part of our EDH week. It was fun to play and the group of us that tested our strength against the zombie horde certainly found it entertaining, but I’ll leave D Rae to tell the stories from that day in his article for this week. Feel free to leave any questions or comments below and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks for reading and remember to always show them your dragon and to fly high and proud.

-Ryan McKinney

(THE Waterhead Dragon)

P.S. for those of you who don’t know the Chinese New Year this year is the year of the Water Dragon!!! (not even kidding)

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