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Agent of Erebos
Enchantment Creature — Zombie
Constellation - Whenever Agent of Erebos or another enchantment enters the battlefield under your control, exile all cards from target player's graveyard.
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Agent of Erebos Discussion
2 days ago
Black/Green (as you can guess from the username) is kinda my jam, and reanimator is one of the things it does best. Your Meren actually wants similar things to my Alesha deck...a creature has to die for it to come back and be reused, and creatures that have great effects that you can reuse are going to be the best.
Look for good Enter the Battlefield (ETB) and Leave the Battlefield (LTB) effects at a variety of mana costs to trigger Meren's experience tokens. Look for mana ramp creatures that put lands into play instead of tap for mana such as Sakura-Tribe Elder, Farhaven Elf, Yavimaya Elder, Civic Wayfinder. What you want to ramp into are all the fun different things you can do and then recur. Thragtusk, Woodland Bellower, Greenwarden of Murasa, Agent of Erebos, Priest of the Blood Rite, Ravenous Chupacabra, Fleshbag Marauder
Also look for fun creatures that care when other creatures you control die, since you want that to happen.
Most importantly, sacrifice outlets to a.) stop your creatures from being exiled b.) get that experience as fast as possible and c.) keep reusing those ETB/LTB abilities. Look for cards like Nantuko Husk, Disciple of Bolas, Blood Bairn, Viscera Seer, Ashnod's Altar
One more note... Elixir of Immortality is your friend. Many players know how dangerous a well-stocked graveyard is, and getting yours exiled can knock the wind from your sails. It's 100% better for it to get shuffled into your library that be gone for good!
4 days ago
Colorless EDH is paradoxically highly competitive. At least, in that space between actually competitive EDH and casual EDH, it's often a heavyweight due to the fact that colorless mana is relatively very easy to produce. Half a dozen playable sol lands, monoliths, vault, ring, crypt. There's a lot of utility and power in colorless as long as you can pay.
If you're trying to punch up on a budget I wouldn't go with Atraxa. She may be strong casually, but building effectively around her is expensive. Rolling 4 colors means your mana base is either going to give you a permanent two turn handicap or cost $2000, and themes she plays well to (Superfriends, Infect, etc.) are either expensive or better served with other commanders.
Forgive my candor, but as you asked for guidance I have to tell you that Stuffy Doll is not a good EDH card. You can stick to your guns and run it because you like it, goodness knows half the cards in my decks are there because they're dumb and I love them, but if you're struggling this needs attention. Stuffy Doll is a 5 drop that doesn't affect the board at all on its own, only targets a single opponent in a multiplayer format, and does virtually nothing on its own. For Stuffy Doll to be powerful you need multiple other effects (make it a threat and attack, force them to attack with something it can block, or force them to attack with Pariah on it) or play and burn it. All told it's 8 ways dependent on other things just to be ok, let alone strong, in a game where two turns later Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger is just going to sneeze it out of existence.
Muldrotha, the Gravetide is your diamond in the rough here. is probably the strongest combination of colors you could ask for in sub-competitive EDH, three colors is a lot more manageable than 4 on a budget (and with as one of three rather than one of four you can lean on ramp), and your commander is a recursion engine which is supremely valuable in EDH. If you wanna build her cheap:
- Go heavy on card-value (one card nets you more than one card) ramp cards (ex: Cultivate, Skyshroud Claim) and plan on playing a little top heavy. Big explosive cards tend to be cheaper dollar-wise than low CMC, efficient cards
- For your mana base favor green and ramp into the other colors. Stick to or duals, avoid (which is generally a more expensive combination anyway). Splurge and get the duals that have the subtype Forest so you can grab them with forest tutors
- Small creatures should be utility pieces you can get added value out of reanimating (ex: Reclamation Sage, Solemn Simulacrum), not "good" creatures unless they offer a major advantage (ex: Vampire Nighthawk will never amount to more than a body, Nether Traitor might fuel sac engines cheaply depending on how you build the deck)
- Roll big card advantage sweepers (ex: Decree of Pain, Bane of Progress)
- Have versatile removal; exile and bounce are stronger than destroy (ex: Cyclonic Rift, Curse of the Swine
- Have plenty of effects that can reload your hand (ex: Disciple of Bolas, Skullclamp)
- Recursion is as strong for your opponents as it is for you, so have a handful of cards to apply graveyard hate (ex: Bojuka Bog, Agent of Erebos)
- Have a couple threats that can legitimately end the game if not dealt with. We can't all afford to Tooth and Nail into Craterhoof Behemoth, but something like Worldspine Wurm or Dread Cacodemon won't break your bank.
Beyond that, just make sure that whenever you're slotting in a card it really does something for you, and if that something is dependent on something else that it's either a really dominant affect or a really common trigger (ex for both: Consecrated Sphinx). If all else fails steal your opponents more expensive things with clone effects and grave robbing (ex Phyrexian Metamorph, Geth, Lord of the Vault, Sepulchral Primordial).
Anyway, that's my take. Hope you find some of it useful!
3 weeks ago
Really like the combo with Iname. Rune-Scarred Demon won't lose you the game because it's not a draw effect. You could add Agent of Erebos to prevent other players from benefiting from your Living Death, as well as removal like Duplicant, Phyrexian Ingester, Noxious Gearhulk, or even Profaner of the Dead. Etali and Hoarding Dragon aren't that helpful. Worldgorger Dragon is another way to flicker your permanents with Inalla, and goes infinite with Ashnod's. Fatestitcher should be helpful to untap your lands and Magus of the Coffers. You could also add Naban, Dean of Iteration as a second Panharmonicon.
1 month ago
@ZendikariWol Thanks, that helps a lot. I'll respond in order of your comment.
-Massacre Wurm is amazing and with a few ways to double his triggered ability he is even better so he has to stay. That artwork too!
-Shriekmaw is in there because he can get rid of stuff and get me an experience counter. He is a bit narrow but I count it as 2 CMC and I'm trying to reduce my curve. I will definitely consider cutting it though.
-Rune-Scarred Demon is so great, I always cheat him in and he wins me the game if I'm recurring him every turn or doubling his ETB ability. Can't cut it.
-Deathrite Shaman was recently added and I'm not 100% sold on him yet. I like that it's grave hate and I'm anticipating Muldrotha, the Gravetide is going to be a huge presence after Dominaria comes out. I may Swap him for Agent of Erebos depending how the meta changes.
-Walking Ballista is only in there because I recently added in Protean Hulk and Ballista allows for me to infinite combo win. that whole group of 5 cards is just on a trial period for the time being so Ballista may end up coming out of the deck. (see most recent update)
-Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest is in as a combo piece, he lets persist creatures return to the battlefield indefinitely. He is also good for going wide but that is rarely my strategy. He is staying for the time being.
I see your reasoning behind running more cards that don't require sacrifice to do things. My reason behind having cards that can self sacrifice is I want to be able to get value from the creatures without relying on a sac outlet. In my meta a sac outlet will usually not last long because they know it will end badly for them if it stays on the battlefield. Another reason is I decided to go with an ETB theme, Panharmonicon and Strionic Resonator make them even better. Depending on how stupid my board state gets I sometime have quadruple triggers for every ETB.
I'm going to break the deck down and see if I will include some of your suggestions. The ones I'm currently considering are:
-Vindictive Lich - literally bought this card a week ago with the intention of putting it in but couldn't decide what to replace.
-Wurmcoil Engine - was in here before might be in here again.
-Archfiend of Depravity - I tried it out briefly, if the art was better I'd put it in immediately. Still might though.
-Thragtusk - great card but I'm not a fan of the artwork.
Thanks again for the comments and the +1! Keep an eye out for the updated list in a day or two.
2 months ago
Made a few more changes. Replacing Agent of Erebos with Leyline of the Void in the main board and making a switch from Temple of Enlightenment and Temple of Silence to Adarkar Wastes and Caves of Koilos. Also made several changes to the maybeboard adding Delaying Shield, Divine Presence, Overburden, Pendrell Mists and Reverence and removing Ethereal Armor, Merciless Eviction, Toxic Deluge and Athreos, God of Passage.
2 months ago
Just trying to keep things fresh by trying out some new cards and even bringing back some OG cards :D
Imp's Mischief - nobody ever sees it coming!
Soul Conduit - needs a big mana investment, so it's something you're preferably planning ahead for, but it's a crippling blow against someone if it goes off while potentially simultaneously bringing you back from the brink of death
Everflowing Chalice - can never go wrong with some good ramp
Basalt Monolith - combos with Rings + 2 additional mana - this is one of my best decks, so i expect it to downright competitive at the minimum, and if you go against combo decks, you need to run some of your own to win.
Necromancy - Animate Dead, but with flash, seems good.
Torment of Hailfire this card is just disgusting. I knew I would find a slot for it the day i say it spoiled.
Bitter Ordeal - an oldie, but a goodie
Agent of Erebos - there's quite a bit of gy interaction in my meta, and this guy is an absolute boss for taking care of that
Myojin of Night's Reach - a fan favorite making a return
I don't remember what I took out in most cases because these changes were done over time and I just wasn't documenting them XD
2 months ago
I sometimes get stuck on land drops. But usually my mana dorks help with pushing through - or my mana "doublers". Gyre Sage and Karametra's Acolyte do tremendous work getting me there with green mana, while zendikar resurgent and mana reflection scare people enough to start focusing on me.
I haven't been able to get Disturbed Burial to work any time that I might have needed it, so that's going to come out.
Awakening really helps with my "doing stuff" with mana every turn that this deck likes to do. I only play it when I can start doing ridiculous stuff with mana, for tokens or +1/+1 counters or both, to include grave pact effects. Not as good as Seedborn Muse, but I'm greedy for doing stuff with mana.
I think for now I'll add either a traverse or another cheap mana ramp sorcery, artist, and zulaport. I might just take out Tormod's crypt, and replace it with a basic land, since I still have strictly worse graveyard hate Agent of Erebos, and as I have Scavenging Ooze and Necrogenesis for targeted graveyard card removal.
I like your enchantments that bring back a creature from the graveyard, and I'll have to look into getting them.
Silence the believers is just sick once I get to a large amount of mana - anything not hexproofed or shrouded will get exiled, if my pact effects are removed.
Lots to think about. Thank you again for your thoughtful advice.
3 months ago
Constellation. It was such a good idea for a mechanic that just doesn't have enough support to be played - basically only Doomwake Giant and Eidolon of Blossoms were really good, with a handful of ok secondaries like Grim Guardian and Agent of Erebos.