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, Sacrifice Caustic Caterpillar: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
Caustic Caterpillar Discussion
1 day ago
Dance of the Dead is on the "pricier" side, but you're right - a 2 mana enchantment that reanimates is too good to pass up, especially in this deck. I'll try and work it into the cost.
(ok, it's more than $1 but it's too good)
Razaketh, the Foulblooded (I have an extra copy)
Again, I appreciate the help!
5 days ago
2 weeks ago
Control_Train, thank you for this deck! My god is was fun! I did ofcourse changed a few things, but for 95% I play the same build as you do.
Only swaps I made were: Sheoldred, Whispering One , performed outstanding tonight. She got removed but turn after she was back again and did a shit ton of work for me. Normally I'm not a huge fan of her, cause of her high mana and often getting removed the same turn. But luckily Meren doesnt really care for that :)
Phyrexian Obliterator Basically another win con in the deck. I tutored for him tonight cause I wanted to see in action and people just don't block him. Swinging in for a solid 5 damage a turn and if they block it's gonna cost. Where he really shined was the fact that he is 4 mana, so meren can get him early out of the graveyard.
Survival of the Fittest Really good as well, did a shit ton of work tonight. The fact that you can use it the turn it gets too the field is really good. Shame it's an enchantment and not recurrable, but it gives too much value not to run it. This card will replace Pattern of Rebirth cause I rather have the recurrable tutor then the one time tutor. Next to that every game I was consistently flooded with mana (compliments on that) so I don't mind that much for it going into my hand, worst case it gets countered and then meren will pull it out of the graveyard.
As you said above Caustic Caterpillar is personal preference. Played him almost every game and got value of him. Don't think it will be any different as the dinosaur.
Again thank you so much for you build, if I try out any more cards or the cards above more games Ill let you know again :)
3 weeks ago
Ok, that’s something to work with :-)
To protect your commander, cards like Diplomatic Immunity , Curator's Ward and Command Beacon are key. A well filled graveyard is only good with Muldrotha out. While the first 2 offer superior protection, command beacon allows you to play around commander tax and always play Muldrotha for 6 no matter how often she was killed.
Finally your deck wants some creatures that give you profit when they die and some ways to let them die. Caustic Caterpillar is a nice one, it can bringt itself in the graveyard while harming your opponents and can be recast. Spore Frog offers superior protection every turn. Siren Stormtamer is nice against spot removal and can even counter things like a Bojuka Bog . For more mean shenanigans you could add Aura Thief to steal goodstuff like mana-doublers, propaganda like effects and much more and Mindslicer to empty everyone’s hand while you keep using your graveyard as your hand. Night Incarnate is a beast against decks like elves, goblins, tokens etc.
With cards High Market and Phyrexian Tower you can sac creatures with triggers on death at instant speed well timed the moment you need them to die. And finally Grave Pact turns every creature you send to your grave to a Fleshbag Marauder for your opponents.
Hope this helps, none of these should be too expensive, only command beacon is a bit more I guess. If you like this playstyle and want to add a gem that’s slightly more expensive I bet you find something in my decklist you desire.
4 weeks ago
Control_Train Thanks again for the explanation. Already had the feeling the combo with World Shaper was the old combo. But thanks for clarifying that! I have nothing to add or correct you on your story, cause you seem to have thought off how and why you play certain pieces. Gives me a lot of trust when borrowing this list ;-)
Just 2 more card choices I wonder why you made them: Why don't you run Sheoldred, Whispering One ? She almost seems a staple in all Meren decks. Why do you run Thrashing Brontodon instead of Caustic Caterpillar , the second one seems beter on all front thanks to the mana cost.
Again thank you for clarifying a lot of choices, it really helps understanding the list a bit better!
dingusdingo on Flex
1 month ago
A very thoughtful reply!
Even if you would rather be winning, I would still suggest slotting Mouth of Ronom . Having that extra flexibility can rarely hurt, the cost for running it is so extremely low. Lets you wipe out hatebears that might be causing you a problem too Ethersworn Canonist Spirit of the Labyrinth Eidolon of Rhetoric (All three see play in stax lists, among other bears).
Have you run into many rule of law effects? And how do they interact with your deck? Rule of Law Arcane Laboratory Eidolon of Rhetoric . These seem more painful for your build than tax effects (barring tax landing on turn 1).
1 month ago
this is the best list of muldrotha not using a combo to win. Hope you finish it some day. I think Plaguecrafter , Manglehorn , Caustic Caterpillar , Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur , Baral, Chief of Compliance , Thief of Blood , Glissa, the Traitor and are some fitting additions (plus additional 8-15 lands) also for slight combo Abundance + silvian library let you draw 3 cards (because you technically would not draw even one instead use the replacement effect of abundance)
uh i really like this list maybe i will finish the copy before you ;)
1 month ago
Inkmoth: Happy to help! I added you on discord (username AcademyHeadmaster), but I'm not super well-versed with the platform so let me know if you don't get my message. In terms of the deck, I've got some more ideas to fix the card flow problem. Upon further consideration I don't think my previous suggestion of Guardian Project will cut it (too slow, not a creature for yeva, and you already played a lot of creatures by the time you drop the enchantment anyway). Multani's Acolyte might be enough as a second, albeit worse, Elvish Visionary . I wouldn't mind increasing the number of elves for the mana producers who rely on it and I found that Generous Patron type effects really overperform. As you said in the primer, it's an early body that replaces itself and can later be important as an elf for mana producers or for Growing Rites of Itlimoc Flip. Similarly, how much would it hurt to run Viridian Zealot over Caustic Caterpillar . I think the elf synergies justify the one extra cmc in this budget build. Sometimes you just need one more elf for Priest of Titania type effects to go infinite and in that case I wouldn't mind just running out Viridian Zealot . Finally, I've found that Cryptolith Rite has underperformed. Too many of your cards already produce mana and you don't want to be running out cards like Reclamation Sage just to tap because you have a rite out. Maybe Joraga Treespeaker as another mana elf? I'm going to try these changes for now and I'll get back to you on their performance
Caustic Caterpillar occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.05%
BUG (Sultai): 0.76%