Golgari Brownscale


Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ravnica: City of Guilds (RAV) Common

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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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Golgari Brownscale Discussion

Slurpeee on Meren toolbox Deck

5 months 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 Pauper Golgari Midrange

8 months 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

10 months 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

10 months 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

11 months 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!

Leptys on Gitrog Dredge Combo [Primer]

11 months ago


Thanks! No kidding with the lack of a cheaper Kozilek, getting domed for 10 via Ad Nauseam is a kick to the curb and forces us to be more conservative with the card in comparison to other combo decks. You actually can use Gaea's Blessing as a shuffler by its lonesome, but it needs more dead cards like Golgari Brownscale and Grave-Shell Scarab to become functional. Additionally, having another shuffler that works as protection for targeted grave exile is incredibly effective when fighting grave hate, so Kozilek is here to stay until WotC brings a cheaper option.

ibstudent2200 on feed varolz

1 year ago

Phyrexian Dreadnought and Death's Shadow work great in Varolz, though they aren't the cheapest cards to acquire. Force of Savagery, Phyrexian Soulgorger, Hunted Troll, Hunted Horror, Groundbreaker, and Nyxathid are reasonable cards to scavenge, though some are harder to get into your graveyard.

Corpsejack Menace, Reyhan, Last of the Abzan, Hardened Scales, and Retribution of the Ancients all play nicely with +1/+1 counters.

You are playing a green commander that can be quite aggressive. Therefore, you should be playing Rancor.

I'd probably try to play closer to 37 lands with Varolz.

If Worldslayer has a place anywhere in the format, it's in a Varolz deck, since you can regenerate him to survive the first boardwipe (possibly more, depending on whether you make tokens or blow up the Worldslayer in response to the damage trigger).

Blood Seeker > Tresspasser's Curse, though neither card is very good (unless you're hosing a specific combo).

Fertile Ground > Gift of Paradise.

Prey Upon > Cartouche of Strength.

Polluted Mire > Cartouche of Ambition. There are hundreds of other cards I could list here, but I'd rather have a land that cycles in a format where you never stop wanting to hit land drops than this cartouche.

Victim of Night/Go for the Throat > Reave Soul.

Silence the Believers > Edifice of Authority.

Basilisk Collar/Gorgon Flail/Gorgon's Head > Sultai Runemark.

You should really cut all your Ironshell Beetle variants. Run cards like Satyr Wayfinder, Elvish Visionary, Golgari Brownscale, Shambling Shell, or Yavimaya Elder instead.

Golgari Signet > Golgari Cluestone.

Lull > Haze of Pollen, though I would advise against running either card.

Nature's Claim > Natural State.

Sword of the Animist > Explorer's Scope.

I like Inspiring Call more than Destined // Lead, but the two aren't nearly as comparable as some of the other cards listed.

Giant Growth > Shed Weakness, though I wouldn't recommend running either card.

Seal of Doom > Spidery Grasp.

Wickerbough Elder > Springsage Ritual.

You have a lot of creature slots that are due for upgrades.

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