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, Sacrifice Caustic Caterpillar: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
Caustic Caterpillar Discussion
14 hours ago
Ok, now I'm off my phone and on my computer, and this goes a bit easier. There are a lot of budget cards that are solid for Meren. Caustic Caterpillar and Viridian Zealot are great self-sacrificing utility. Spore Frog can really lock down a table. Cards like Fleshbag Marauder , Plaguecrafter , and Shriekmaw are all good removal spells that help put counters on Meren. Butcher of Malakir is budget Grave Pact you can run.
Now, that all said, I'm not sure how exactly you want to win with the deck, but Aristocrats tend to be budget, and you can run several of them to bleed the table dry that way doing what Meren wants to do; have critters die. Blood Artist , Zulaport Cutthroat , Poison-Tip Archer , Syr Konrad, the Grim , Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord are all good budget options for this strategy. But there are other directions you could go; it's up to you. What do you want your deck to do?
I hope this has helped out a little more.
1 month ago
Looks good! You might like these: Fireshrieker , Corpse Connoisseur , Caustic Caterpillar , Grim Haruspex , Syr Konrad, the Grim , Abhorrent Overlord , Smothering Abomination , Deathreap Ritual , Moldervine Reclamation , Ulvenwald Tracker , Krosan Tusker , Sakura-Tribe Elder , Plaguecrafter , Evolutionary Leap
1 month ago
I had been considering The Great Henge since it was spoiled. Here are my thoughts on it: it's ramp, card draw, and a counter source that interacts with persist all on one card. That's amazing! However it has one caveat: the casting cost is ridiculous. The greatest power in the deck is Woodfall Primus at 6 and then Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and Ghave himself both at 5. The only one reliable enough to consistently reduce the casting cost of Henge is Ghave. This still means I have to cast Ghave first just to reduce it to . Yes, I can add +1/+1 counters to lower the cost, but that's even more setup. What I like about most of my counter sources is that they can go infinite with Ghave or go infinite with persist creatures in the event we don't have access to Ghave. Henge almost requires us to play Ghave first which is an extra step or pay way more mana than what is efficient. While yes, it serves multiple functions, I would argue that no, it is not better than the counter sources I'm already running. Which is a shame because I really like it.
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician is likely to find a spot in the deck at this point. I wouldn't say it's strictly better than Deathspore Thallid because they serve different purposes. Yes he is 100% better than Deathspore when you use them both "fairly" since he does so much more and isn't restricted to sacrificing saprolings. However I tend to just wipe the board of creatures with Deathspore once I have infinite saprolings which is the main purpose of having it in the deck. Yawgmoth needs Blood Artist or Kitchen Finks and a counter source to go infinite. But I don't see that as his primary purpose if I include him. Like you said, he can draw cards and ping down enemy creatures which is nice. He just has specific requirements to go infinite, but the potential is there. I might still cut Deathspore since Grave Pact still produces the same results. It'll just be a hard cut for me, since it's a pet card. Lol
I really like Ranger-Captain of Eos . Tutor and protection on one card is kickass. Not sure which will get the cut for it, though. Maybe Cryptolith Rite since I just updated my ramp package, and only Strangleroot Geist really combos with it immediately (even then I need two other cards to make it work). I've never been disappointed to draw Altar of Dementia though. Besides 6 is a comfortable number for free sac outlets. I've been happier with that over just 5 outlets since I added it to the deck.
I've considered Caustic Caterpillar before and have used him as a placeholder before. It might find its way back in. I don't particularly like Cavalier of Night . Its high converted mana cost (including ) makes him not really worth it even if he can pull something back once. If I wanted another removal for creatures specifically, I'd add Path to Exile . Cheaper and gets rid of the creature altogether.
Thanks for your suggestions! They were very helpful and have given me some things to think about.
1 month ago
The Great Henge is great for this deck. On its own since it draws you lots of cards and ramps you. But with a sac outlet and a persist creature it can go infinite, draw your deck, and find your win con the same turn.
Also the deck seems removal light. Caustic Caterpillar is a good include since its a creature that can be recurred, triggered at instant speed, and found with your creature tutors in a pinch. Cavalier of Night is another strong card for removal on a stick and then gets you a utility creature back when it dies.
Out of the card's I'd cut: Bloodspore Thrinax and Ivy Lane Denizen are easy cuts as Henge is better than both and you already have many better counter enablers. Cryptolith Rite is too slow due to summoning sickness and it usually doesn't work with a combo turn. Deathspore Thallid as Yawg is better. Altar of Dementia is just a dead draw unless you are comboing off. Where your other outlets at least give you value.
2 months ago
Looks solid for a first draft. You might consider trying these: Buried Alive , Jarad's Orders , Final Parting , Corpse Connoisseur , Caustic Caterpillar , Desecrated Tomb , Lightning Coils , Aetherworks Marvel , Cauldron of Souls
2 months ago
2 months ago
You might need more card advantage/draw. You have a good amount of search, but it is hard to rely only on Greater Good and Zendikar Resurgent for great card advantage. Probably only get to use those when you are already in a good position in a match.
2 months ago
Alright, the single most glaring issue here is that you're running Razaketh but you don't have a Razaketh package to win. Normally in competitive decks, Razaketh is used to instantly assemble a combo to win after coming into play, off of the neat tools Life and Lion's Eye Diamond . While its a fantastic combo, LED is some serious $$$, and Razaketh is going to enter and potato for you here. I'd cut it
Second, you're suffering from trying to run too many things. There's simply no reason to have Ghave + Raza + Hulk + saffi/titan + kiki combo. Blood Pod is primarily a stax deck, so its much better to hit your stride on controlling the table than try to race the other (faster) combo decks. It will also free up a lot of slots. You should slim it down to just kiki combo, and up stax pieces. Look at Root Maze and other cards that come down on turn 1/2 and will slow extremely fast decks. Manglehorn is 3 CMC but its stax stapled to removal so its extremely worth considering. You also need to up your hatebear count, because currently you aren't really slowing the combo decks like you need to, just disrupting their mana. Look at Leonin Arbiter Eidolon of Rhetoric Spirit of the Labyrinth Glowrider and ofc both Thalias.
Third, anything over 3 CMC you should cast a real critical eye towards. You're trying to hit the board fast and strangle other players out before they get a strong board presence. Having expensive CMC cards is a double whammy, you aren't playing them early, and if it was different card you COULD be playing that card instead. I'm really looking at Doubling Season Ghoulcaller Ghisa Chainer, Nightmare Adept
Next, cut out utility dorks you don't need. Goodbye Soul Warden Magus of the Wheel Loyal Retainers . If you want life run Serra Ascendant instead. You shouldn't be trying to refill your opponents hands while you're staxing them out with Magus (plus its costing you 5 mana you COULD be doing something else). Loyal Retainers is slow and a meme outside combos, run Life in its place if you are looking for more resurrection effects.
TL;DR pull out expensive beater shiz and add more stax! This is a stax deck!
Caustic Caterpillar occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.05%
BUG (Sultai): 0.76%