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At the beginning of your upkeep, you may put a 0/1 colorless Eldrazi Spawn creature token onto the battlefield. It has "Sacrifice this creature: Add to your mana pool."
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Awakening Zone Discussion
1 day ago
Ulamog's Crusher and Artisan of Kozilek are splashy and cheap. You would have to rework a bunch of it, but I made a r/g Eldrazi deck for Pauper using Eldrazi spawn summoners like Nest Invader, Brood Birthing, and Awakening Zone and Hand of Emrakul plus the big ones I already mentioned.
2 weeks ago
A few suggestions you may find useful:
Executioner's Capsule seems unassuming but I've had VERY good experiences with it in past games.
Trading Post does everything we want. Provides bodies, draws cards, recurs artifacts. Great for keeping the stax engine going.
Inventors' Fair is very easy to turn on for the lifegain since we play so many artifacts and can tutor any of our stax goodies.
Guardian Beast might be of interest to you to protect your important artifacts from pesky spells.
You're welcome to take a look at my list if you need more ideas. Mine is less creature focused than yours but we have pretty similar game plans. Only Perfection is Acceptable
Good to see another Glissa player!
2 weeks ago
Well Lightning Bolt lightning strike would be my first thought. Unless you are using From Beyond for its tutor ability specifically, Awakening Zone can be played earlier and thus provides a bit more ramp value. More Oblivion Sower because it is just phenomenal at what it does. Eldrazi Temple and Temple of the False God also good
2 weeks ago
Hello there as a fellow Meren enthusiast I feel I may have some advice for you. You certainly have a lot of creatures and while Momma Meren loves her some creatures I feel as though you have a few too many. Verdant Force is a prime example of a card of which there are better options in the form of enchantments like how you have From Beyond in your maybeboard. It is much better because it m=has more survivability and it costs less. Another card that plays off of that is Awakening Zone. Both create tokens that Meren can sac. A few other creatures that are in my experience under performers are Great Oak Guardian, Vulturous Zombie, Centaur Vinecrasher, Cloudthresher, Kessig Cagebreakers terastadonBlood Bairn, Apocalypse Demon, Sifter Wurm, Hooded Assassin. They have a high cmc and/ or don't really do all that much. A few options for replacements would be things like Dictate of Erebos, Black Market, Diabolic Tutor, Cultivate, Kodama's Reach, Reclamation Sage, Beseech the Queen, Animate Dead, Strionic Resonator, Spore Frog(a champion of a Meren deck is this frog let me tell you), Viscera Seer, Merciless Executioner, Fleshbag Marauder, Buried Alive, Eldritch Evolution, Blood Artist, Zulaport Cutthroat, Beast Within, Pawn of Ulamog, Sifter of Skulls, Evolutionary Leap, Gonti, Lord of Luxury, Smothering Abomination, Living Death. They offer Meren much more support and help you get the most value out of what you got going on. Because when you have too many creatures the lack of support spells like the ones mentioned above can really slow you down and make you more vulnerable to board wipes and the like and limit your potential wincons. I would also heavily consider Dictate of Erebos over some of the curses because it can just do a lot of work for you. Another thing I noticed is you have Dredge listed in your tag list and I don't really see that much of a Dredge-y presence in the deck. Those are just some thoughts I have after playing both Budget and Much more Expensive versions of Meren for quite a while. But if you don't like what I have to say that's cool. I don't mean to offend at all. And ultimately the choices are your's anyways. So please tell me your thoughts on what I brought up!
Also here is my take on budget Meren that I mentioned earlier. Who Needs $200+ Dollar Decks???
3 weeks ago
hoardofnotions, Hardened Scales is not the same as Primal Vigor as it only adds 1 extra counters, instead of doubling it. This does have the same effect when dealing with Mazirek's triggers, but if I have another doubler in play, the effect of Hardened Scales is reduced, whereas Primal Vigor will consistantly double the number of counters. Though I do think Primal Vigor has its downside, as it does allow tokens and counters to be doubled for everyone, but this is a stax deck, doubling their tokens or counters won't have much an effect if the cards need to be sacced.
As for Eliminate the Competition, you are correct in saying that it requires a board presence, but remember, it is 5 mana, and it's not the first thing you cast when you have enough mana for it. It's in the deck as it provides a sac outlet first, and also eliminates my competition. This card is something you play in the mind-late game, which is when you do have a board presence, and with the ammount of token generators in the deck, fodder for it is not a hard thing to come by.
I'm on the fence about the Panorama, as it requires mana to sacrifice it, which does "mana screw" me, but to a far less extent than Temple of the False God, but then again I do run Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, which allows the temple to tap for black without needing 5 lands. I'll get back to you on that.
Eldrazi token generators that are creatures have their downsides. They don't generate tokens constantly, but rather on ETB, which means their usefulness is limited, a card like Awakening Zone or From Beyond does it every upkeep. So the creatures you suggested would take up a spot and have a limited use. But I do agree that Eldrazi Tokens are some of the best tokens ever for this deck.
This deck can go infinite, with persist stuff like Puppeteer Clique or Woodfall Primus or things like Grave Titan, but I removed all those things as I don't like simple infinites. But, this deck can still do it with Animation Module + Ashnod's Altar/Phyrexian Altar + Primal Vigor + Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest.
I really like Mazirek as a commander as well. Thanks for the suggestions.
3 weeks ago
Here are some recommendations!
Avenger of Zendikar Make all the lil babies!
Chasm Skulker Could be fun if you get some card draw!
Den Protector Graveyard recursion is good!
Craterhoof Behemoth maybe if you get a bunch of token makers
Hornet Queen 5 experience counters on one card?
Manglehorn Pretty good control card
Rashmi, Eternities Crafter pretty good I think
Scavenging Ooze Graveyard hate!
Inkmoth Nexus Could be a nasty one shotter
Awakening Zone mana and exp counters?
Doubling Season yeah....
Glen Elendra Archmage good protection for all of your lil babies
Alchemist's Refuge good land for the colors
Skullclamp Card draw
Mycoloth More lil babies
4 weeks ago
punkrawkmonkey I hadn't thought about including Tooth and Nail. While it's clearly a great form of tutoring and cheating, I'm not sure I need it already having Survival of the Fittest or that what I would take out for it. On the other hand, this would be a backup if my Buried Alive gets countered one way or the other. I'll consider getting this.
LVL_666 Razaketh, the Foulblooded certainly caught my eye when HOU came out. He could potentially be a replacement if a big threat like Avenger of Zendikar, Terastodon, etc. wind up not working out. I haven't had much of an issue with sacrificing creatures due to my meta, my opponents tend to be doing it for me most of the time. So, that would seriously hamper him.
freakingShane That's a lot of helpful information! Thank you!
I defintitely want to get an Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth and Cabal Coffers in there. I would take out a swamp for Urborg, easy enough, and a forest for the Cabal Coffers. I could make these part of a 'Birthday gift' to myself.
I had no idea about the Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord combo with Phyrexian Devourer and the stack. Going to have to explain that one to the playgroup once I pull that off. I will add him back in it's just a matter of what to take out now.
Realms Uncharted another card I didn't know about. Out of all my matches so far I've used Life from the Loam only once. Perhaps it was because I wasn't aware of this combo. Up until this point I was considering removing it.
Smokestack and the stax element was something I was considering as well. Awakening Zone, Pawn of Ulamog, Avenger of Zendikar, and any creature brough back EOT with Meren would make this pretty good. I have a sealed From the Vault Annihilation on my bookshelf that I may have to open up.
Yahenni, Undying Partisan would really have staying power. I could take out one of my artifact / enchantment removal creatures for him.
- zaerox12345 You're absolutely right. I got jaded from one of my earlier games where Scourge of Nel Toth was cheated in to win the game for me. Otherwise in hand it's a 7 CMC 6/6 with flying. Nothing to special considering it would not be the target of an early Buried Alive and provides no ETB effect. Good call here.
1 month ago
A few Meren standards that you may consider:
Relatively affordable stuff:
- Hermit Druid fills your graveyard and help hit land drops
- Evolutionary Leap is a sac outlet that helps get creatures
- Thragtusk / Hornet Queen make good top-end threats that also give you sac fodder.
- Awakening Zone is another Eldrazi spawn producer
- Catacomb Sifter can provide a huge amount of value
- Smothering Abomination also a good value sac outlet that also does double duty with your other self-sacrifice effects
Medium Price stuff:
- Grave Pact is a redundant Dictate of Erebos
- Sidisi, Undead Vizier is a great tutor
- Grave Titan is one of the best threats in Meren
- Liliana, Heretical Healer Flip I like a lot in Meren. Plus she's in flavor with Nissa.
Also, as just a side note, I love the It That Betrays. I added one of those too. I recognize that in real games it's not really amazing. But it's just so much fun that it gets a slot forever for the random times that it just wrecks everything.