Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.
Dredge 3 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly three cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)
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1 week ago
Undercity Informer was an instantly put-in - I took out Stinkweed Imp. Hermit Druid, while a staple, is good, but not my style. Additionally, I run quite a few lands. Undercity Informer makes up for this by sacrificing, which Hermit Druid does not.
Wall of Mulch was in the deck for a while, yet I found it too slow to compete too often. Wall of Blossoms gives me what I need instantly, and I don't necessarily feel like have to wait for Meren to come in to activate. It also costs mana and kills itself - a plus and a minus.
I have finally filled in the deck after taking all the suggested cards into account. I added Devoted Druid, which goes infinite with Mikeaus.
Speaking of the zombie priest, the deck utilizes Mikeaus to get maximum value. It's why I run Black Sun's Zenith (aside from its normal board wiping value). It's why I run so few humans. Mikeaus + Sidisi, Undead Vizier + Hell's Caretaker can lock people down. I can find whatever I want consistently. I can go infinite (by finding Devoted Druid). I can get Horobi, Death's Wail + Darkblast to kill whatever I want.
Now here are the questions. If you go back through the modification log, you can see what I added and cut. Do you agree? Also, Sifter of Skulls or Pawn of Ulamog? Harvester of Souls or Grim Haruspex (or both? If so what do I cut?) And what about Nyx Weaver, which seem so good?
2 weeks ago
Perusing the internet this morning, I came across the "seven by nine" rule. If your not familiar with it, you can check it out here, under note three - http://www.quietspeculation.com/2011/05/building-depietro-depauper/
Anyways, I found it quite brilliant. I broke out my EDH deck (The Cairn Nel Toth) and decided that it needed a serious overhaul.
I decided that my nine "slots," if you will would be the following:
Sacrifice Fodder (CMC 1 or less)
Sacrifice Fodder (CMC 2)
Sacrifice Fodder (CMC 3 or greater)
Utility/assorted random cards
So i started sorting the piles, and quickly realized I had too many cards for some slots, and not enough for others. I started the long, laborious, and painful process of cutting cards. I couldn't quite cut enough cards from the utility pile, so I decided I would have nine utility cards, and only six distinctly self-mill and CMC three or greater sacrifice fodder cards, because a lot of other cards can do those things in addition to doing their main purpose (if that makes any sense).
Anyways, I'll list the cards I have for each slot (its quite different than the original deck). Also, many cards serve multiple purposes, so I'm putting them in the category of their MAIN purpose.
Self-mill - Golgari Grave-Troll, Life from the Loam, Altar of Dementia (The best card in the whole deck, hands down. Not even kidding. Every Meren deck should run this card), Mesmeric Orb, Grapple with the Past. I need one more card for this slot (Stinkweed Imp?).
Sacrifice Outlets - Ashnod's Altar, Skullclamp, Attrition, Mind Slash, Evolutionary Leap. I don't love one-off sacrifice spells, but I have the slot for one. I've been debating between Altar's Reap, Morbid Curiosity and Eldritch Evolution.
Thoughts? What cards should fill my unfilled slots? Any cards I should replace?
2 weeks ago
Fair point about Loaming Shaman, I mostly just have him in there in case games run long (don't want to end up milling myself entirely). As long as I keep at least 1 in the sideboard he should be able to serve that purpose to some extent.
Raven's Crime is my only turn 1 play currently. I've thought about squeezing Darkblast in somehow, but a Turn 1 Raven's Crime discarding Stinkweed Imp gets some serious speed going. But it's true that once I'm in the late game, all that matters is having at least one of them sitting in the yard.
3 weeks ago
So far, the main piles i have are Top- Thought Scour, Laboratory Maniac, Darkblast, Unearth, Pick a card -Bottom with 2 Draw cards in hand or 1 with Top on the field all you would need is UBB or UUBB(or Pact) to be safer.
If I were to swap in Deep Analysis, the pile would look more like Top- Thought Scour, Laboratory Maniac, Deep Analysis, Unearth, Pick a card -Bottom, With Gitaxian Probe would cost 1UUB 5hp, not the best pile but an option.
And for Ideas Unbound, I personally feel that going Lotus Petal over Top is the best choice to use, Petal in the pile itself(Though Lion's Eye Diamond is best), along side LED is really the only good way to just hard cast Lab Man, Top- Ideas Unbound, Lotus Petal, Gitaxian Probe, Laboratory Maniac, Gitaxian Probe -Bottom, UUU and 4HP gets you there, less HP if depending on lands or what you have on field and hand. What you could also do is add in a single Chromatic Sphere to replace one of the 5 to have a safer win through priority.
Sorry this is the best I could manage, apart from the various possibilities of what is in hand and on the field, and Doom piles are still a work in progress for me, its getting "late" for me and piles are hard on a major budget XD (Formatting posts are hard)
3 weeks ago
That list still ran a Dread Return because it let you vomit zombies and reanimate a big dude. In this case Golgari Grave Troll. And that was the Treasure Cruise meta, where Darkblast had extra value cause Delver.
1 month ago
Interesting list, so +1, this is the list I ran a little while ago for Sultai
4 Abrupt Decay1 Breeding Pool3 Courser of Kruphix2 Creeping Tar Pit3 Darkslick Shores1 Dismember2 Forest3 Inquisition of Kozilek1 Island4 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy Flip3 Liliana of the Veil1 Maelstrom Pulse2 Misty Rainforest1 Murderous Cut2 Overgrown Tomb2 Polluted Delta2 Profane Command2 Scavenging Ooze4 Serum Visions2 Swamp4 Tarmogoyf2 Tasigur, the Golden Fang3 Thoughtseize1 Twilight Mire4 Verdant Catacombs1 Watery Grave
1 month ago
Ooooh, I really like using Progenitus instead of Akroma, Angel of Wrath. When my Dredge deck was running in competitive environments Progenitus had not been printed yet and Akroma, Angel of Wrath was a metagame powerhouse. Progenitus is much better. Also, I do like the addition of the Gitaxian Probe for the card draw. Dredge doesn't worry too much about it's own life total. It is too much of a combo deck.
I just noticed that you only have 4 cards in the sideboard. Which means you are running 71 cards in the main board. You should really work on getting it down to the 60 card main board that most of us run. It really does impact your card draws and makes the deck run smoother. If I were you, I would look at cutting the Balustrade Spy and the Shambling Shell. The Balustrade Spy doesn't dredge or draw. It is better for use with a Laboratory Maniac which would also be a great Dread Return target. If you are going to return the Spy, you only need one or two. cutting a few other cards down to one, two, or three would lighten the deck and bring you closer to 60 cards.
Also, I notices that have Darkblast and Bridge from Below. These will work against each other. If you Darkblast an opponent's creature, then the Bridge from Below will get exiled from your graveyard which will prevent you from generating the zombie tokens you want.