Golgari Brownscale

Golgari Brownscale

Creature — Lizard

When Golgari Brownscale is put into your hand from your graveyard, you gain 2 life.

Dredge 2 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly two 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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Set Rarity
Ultimate Masters (UMA) Common
Ravnica: City of Guilds (RAV) Common

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Golgari Brownscale Discussion

Gummyboys on hogaak's smack attack

6 months ago

Deck's really cool. But I have a few suggestions (Take them with a grain of salt)

Add: Nyx Weaver , fills your graveyard and can get you back an important card. Soul's Majesty , A worse Rishkar's Expertise is still pretty good. Winding Way , Helps fill up your hand and your graveyard. Springbloom Druid , Ramps, provides a creature to convoke, and puts a land in your graveyard to help delve Hogaak. Worm Harvest / Spider Spawning , Puts lands into your graveyard and makes a bunch of tokens. Also can be played from your graveyard when you inevitably mill them. Feed the Pack , Turn's Hogaak into a ton of wolves which you can use to convoke him. Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord , benefits from having a big graveyard and can sacrifice hogaak or any other creature to take out chunks of people's life totals. Regrowth , just a nice card to have when you're milling yourself.

Remove: Golgari Brownscale , it only dredges 2 cards at a time, and takes up your draw to do so. I think it's too slow. Necropolis Fiend , This card's just going to eat away at your graveyard, for not much payoff. You want your graveyard full for cards like Hogaak and Izoni. Slitherhead , Just doesn't do much to be honest. You can do better than a single +1/+1 counter. Viscera Seer , Doesn't do much either. It's basically 2 mana to draw a card, the unearth isn't going to useful very often. Vilis, Broker of Blood , Awesome, awesome card. But you don't have any ways to reanimate him or get him into play otherwise, and 8 mana seems like a lot for a deck with 35 lands. Doom Blade , Not the worst, but there's some better removal spells that aren't any more expensive. Immortal Coil , This card is only good if your graveyard has more cards in it than your life total, and it also is probably going to eat at your graveyard a lot.

Chino90 on Can I create the following ...

1 year ago

I have a Golgari Brownscale on the graveyard, and a Lotleth Troll and a Lich's Mastery on the battlefield.

I draw a card at my draw step. Instead of drawing, I dredge the Golgari Brownscale, gaining 2 life, putting 2 cards in my GY and returning the bornwscale to my hand. The life gain triggers the Lich's Mastery, making me draw another card. But before resolving that trigger, I discard the Golgari Brownscale to my Lotleth Troll, and resolve the troll's ability before the lich's ability. Would that create a loop where I gain life, put +1/+1 counters on the troll, and mill my library, until it is depleted?

Slurpeee on Meren toolbox Deck

2 years ago

Um, why no Tortured Existence + Golgari Brownscale + Grave Scrabbler . All super cheap, and amazing at filling the graveyard and utilizing your graveyard as a toolbox

Chuubii on

2 years ago

It definitely isn't optimal, I am having trouble finding an effecient creature for that spot. I see most black Pauper decks running Gurmag Angler (often trouble getting to 7 even with Delve), and Gray Merchant of Asphodel (not enough devotion), but those really don't fit the deck well.

I've tested out Nantuko Shaman, Golgari Brownscale, Byway Courier - none seem to provide the above-the-curve midrange goodness of Putrid Leech.

Swaghat on Graveyard Growth

2 years ago

Dredge cards will be a HUGE help to buff the graveyard. Stinkweed Imp or Darkblast, maybe? I'm also partial to Golgari Brownscale which would help your life gain.

BrewerSamwise on

2 years ago

Hey Gattison. I definitely agree with making sure all nonbasics tap for green, and I don't blame you for not being able to visualize the graveyard tricks, this one is a MUCH rougher draft than Join the Herd.

Essentially you want to play Promised Kannushi early, and either use them for chump blocking or sacrifice them with Altar's Reap.

Grisly Salvage helps you get some spirits into the graveyard for Promised Kannushi, a primary target of Soulshift being Dreamcatcher to indefinitely bring back and sac to draw into what you need.

Since this deck is kind of slow, Thief of Hope is there, not only as an essential three drop, but as something that allows us to drain our opponent every time we bring something back.

Tortured Existence is key because we can exchange Golgari Brownscale for any spirit we need while dredging it back for life in order to fill the graveyard with more spirits to resurrect. It can be a little tricky, but if played right, it's really fun and you never run out of what you need.

I've taken out Rancor because it wasn't doing enough for the deck and I added Abundant Growth for mana fixing and card draw. Burr Grafter is important and sometimes better than Rancor (though admittedly not as cheap)because it's a spirit that can get something back when it dies, and it's reusable buffing for the spirits that can't be blocked, which eventually win the game.

yonyon2002 on Pauper Golgari Tortured Existence

2 years ago

Thank you very much franjimen421! I really hope that you will see my answer to your comment.

  1. I didn't know about the deck's hubs, so thanks a lot for telling me about it! After reading your comment I went and added a few things in that section.

  2. When I built this deck, I really wanted to add instants - things like combat tricks and removals. When I tried I came across a problem: considering the fact that once you can you want to start dredging, non-creature card that get into the graveyard this way can't be used, the deck doesn't have a way to get these cards back into your hand. I know, I can use cards with Flashback, but I preferred the cards that I have right now. If you want, it is possible to add cards like Chainer's Edict as additional instants. By the way, the activation of Tortured Existence and Madness can be done during the opponent's turn - a great way to get a dredger into your graveyard on their end step, or to madness in a creature like Arrogant Wurm during combat, before blockers for example.

  3. I know, there are more black sources on purpose. This is a an example of the problem in TappedOut's color pie: take a look at the cards Tortured Existence and Crypt Rats. Both cards are super important to the deck and both require lots of black mana to activate. If you think about it, you want to activate Tortured Existence many times each turn and in the late game Crypt Rats for at list four, usually on the same turn you cast it to avoid creature removal that will kill Rats. And if you take a look at the cards Arrogant Wurm and Golgari Brownscale, both have two green mana symbols in their mana cost, when in reality you're almost never going to cast Brownscale, and almost always going to cast Wurm for its madness cost. So when the color pie says that there are 22 green symbols, its an effective 15 symbols - there are 3 Brownscales and 1 wurm, so its minus 6 + minus 1 symbols.

I really appreciate your comment and upvote! it helps a lot, and I'm always happy to learn more and improve this precious deck. Thank you!

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