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Deathreap Ritual Discussion
3 days ago
Most decks actually seem to have shifted away from Black Market, Deathreap Ritual, Zulaport Cutthroat, Hangarback Walker, Walking Ballista, Vindictive Lich, Brawn, Tribute to the Wild, Golgari Thug, Lightning Greaves.
2 weeks ago
Great choice on commander. I don't see much in the way of card draw, so I would recommend Deathreap Ritual, Marchesa's Decree, and Phyrexian Arena for sure and possibly Dark Tutelage if you can drop your average cmc. Dauthi Embrace would be another way to give your commander unblockable, and can be use politically on your opponents too. Spidersilk Armor can give your team reach and Quest for Renewal gives you blockers. I'd swap out Fresh Meat for Ezuri's Predation as EP is a board wipe.
Serrated arrows under performs. Second harvest, vhati, cord of calling, natural order, and primal vigor I would cut because of situational use, cost, and vigor can benefit your opponents.
4 weeks ago
Good to see another Meren player. She's been one of my favorites ever since she appeared and I too, have been slowly developing her deck. Here is my version: Meren's Returning Army.
One of my favorite cards in that deck is Life from the Loam. Its an amazing ramp card and its dredge function just makes it OP in a Meren deck. Diligent Farmhand makes for a decent alternative, in case you can't use Loam.
I'm also very fond of the cards that allow me to do stuff with cards in my opponents' graveyards. My main approach is to try and exile whatever is in there. Bojuka Bog, Leyline of the Void, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet and Mimic Vat are all awesome for that. A great alternative is to just steal whatever is in there. My favorites to use are the transformed Liliana, Heretical Healer Flip and Grave Betrayal.
What I would also recommend for your deck is to add some more ways to draw cards. Personally, I am using stuff like Deathreap Ritual, Grim Haruspex and Harvester of Souls because they make so much sense in a Meren deck.
Hope any of this helps. Happy gaming!
1 month ago
Great deck so far!
I do have a couple suggestions; firstly, Mazirek's focus is on creatures, so making as many of your abilities attached to creatures will benefit you more.
Try and shift the focus towards creatures with Enter the Battlefield can-trips or triggered abilities that will synergize better with your playstyle;
While Tutors aren't required, in EDH/Commander they can help you set up your combos quicker. Again, trying to maintain the creature-based synergy, you could use Sidisi, Undead Vizier (Exploiting itself, so you can recur it from the graveyard), or Razaketh, the Foulblooded; who speaks for himself.
A good deck should always focus on being prepared for anything; removing creatures is strong, but without being able to remove non-creatures, the deck will encounter barriers (and potentially lose the game).
While staying true to our creature-based abilities, try out:
- Reclamation Sage; solid can-trip, then can be used for Sacrifice triggers. (Also, strictly worse = Acidic Slime)
- Caustic Caterpillar
With all the Sacrifice triggers you have in the deck, it would really be a shame not to see Savra, Queen of the Golgari being used to her full potential.
You already have similar effects in the deck, but Hardened Scales should be an auto-include.
With your focus on wide-spread +1/+1 counters, Rishkar, Peema Renegade would be a solid boost to your mana source.
Bloodspore Thrinax would prove to be an effective way to introduce large creatures (especially tokens) to the battlefield.
For some solid graveyard recursion, try out Phyrexian Reclamation.
Swap out Bone Splinters for Shriekmaw; for mana more, you can Evoke the Shriekmaw and have it do the exact same effect. This enables you to have built in control over the ability. Additionally, you can recur the Shriekmaw easier than you can the Bone Splinters.
Drop Disentomb and replace it with Victimize; Victimize is a POWERHOUSE, you Sacrifice one creature to get TWO from the graveyard to the BATTLEFIELD. The value is obvious in a deck where you are sacrificing to gain benefits.
1 month ago
Had a chance to get the first draft of this deck into paper and playtest a little yesterday. It's a blast. There are so many synergies. It definitely needs some help pushing through lethal damage, so Craterhoof Behemoth and Triumph of the Hordes will be some definite early upgrades.
So far I've only had a chance to play it in 1v1, so I'm looking forward to seeing how she does in a multiplayer environment. Early playtest MVP is Deathreap Ritual because it can basically always trigger.
1 month ago
I feel this deck is mostly lacking ways to keep drawing cards. Deathreap Ritual, Vampiric Rites, and Arguel's Blood Fast are on their way. Looking for cards that can sacrifice creatures and draw cards.
I feel like I need to focus on token generation more than adding counters. I'll keep updating as I find better cards. Thanks for the feedback!
2 months ago
Looks pretty solid, though I would main-board Life from the Loam and I would also add some more card-draw stuff. Deathreap Ritual and Harvester of Souls are pretty good candidates for a Meren deck. In case you need any inspiration, here's my Meren deck.
2 months ago
Hey, for a first Commander deck this looks very good.
I suggest expanding on the make every player sac something strategy:
- Fleshbag Marauder
- Innocent Blood
- Tribute to the Wild
- Barter in Blood
- Death Cloud
- Abyssal Gatekeeper
- Call to the Grave
- Desecration Demon
Deathreap Ritual seems very good here potentially drawing you a lot of cards since it triggers for every player's end step. Tireless Tracker can make clues which can be a continuous amount of permanents to sac for draw and counters and she has counters interaction.
Some sac lands to consider are:
Good luck with your deck.