Golgari Brownscale


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Pauper Legal

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Ravnica: City of Guilds 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

Teifling on Budget R/G Assault Loam Project: ...

5 days ago

I do have some Golgari Brownscales. I didn't think of it but you illustrated beautifully how ridiculous it can be.

I don't have any Conflagrates but it is definitely something to keep in mind as time goes and I get the money to upgrade the sideboard.

sylvannos on Budget R/G Assault Loam Project: ...

5 days ago

Golgari Brownscale will shit all over decks that try to race your life total.

For your draw step, dredge back Golgari Brownscale -> main phase, cast Faithless Looting -> dredge back Golgari Brownscale -> discard Golgari Brownscale -> flashback Faithless Looting -> dredge back Golgari Brownscale -> discard Golgari Brownscale

You just gained 6 life, dredge up 6 cards, and you still have the ability to gain life in turns down the road. God forbid if you have 2+ Golgari Brownscales and proceed to gain 4 to 10 life each turn from Magmatic Insights, Goblin Lore, Cathartic Reunion, or Tormenting Voice.

Not to mention, you can just cast the stupid thing.

Guerrilla Tactics is good against a field of Liliana of the Veil. However, it's really narrow in that regard so playing Obstinate Baloth is going to be better.

Ray of Revelation is also a nice piece of tech because of the value of casting it after you've pitched it to something, similar to plays done with Ancient Grudge.

Really the strongest play against Boggles is Smallpox. But since you're on a budget, adding another color isn't feasible. Pyroclasm is going to be the next best thing, but you also have to worry about their creature getting out of range before you can immediately nuke their guy.

I think in your situation, it's Pyroclasm on turn 2 or be forced to race. That's about all you can do once they have a creature with 3+ toughness.

Lastly, do you have any Conflagrates available? The card is pretty stupid. I found it to be the strongest thing for when you don't have Seismic Assault out. Mostly, it enables all of your graveyard stuff.

-Sylex- on ''Zuberaristocrats'' ( Pauper )

1 month ago

payn9677 : Tortured Existence is a really good card, but it requires a dedicated build to fully take advantage of it, with cards like Grave Scrabbler, Crypt Rats and Golgari Brownscale.

Unfortunately, including those cards would take too much space in this deck. However, you could try to build some sort of UB or Sultai Tortured Existence deck, you might have a very good idea !

Wahrghoul84 on G/W Hexproof

1 month ago

@Von.Banamaor my local meta is really control heavy. That's why single spelling is such a bad thing. Your angle of running them out of counterspells isn't going to work when they have so much card advantage and our deck has almost none. My LGS is full of very serious magic players. They build the best decks and are very proficient pilots. They will run out eventually sure, but not before they buy enough time to establish a lock. The only way to beat them is to get in damage in as large amounts possible very early and every turn. Running a single spell into a counter spell isn't going to get that done. Golgari Brownscale + Spore Frog = fog for eternity. This deck needs to win with combat damage so we gotta race that. That is just 1 example. But that's the situation I'm playing in. Evincar's Justice hits all creatures for 2 and can come down on turn 3 so our creatures gotta get to 3 toughness really fast. Crypt Rats wipes out all the tokens for a single mana leaving just one big hexproof creature for their Chainer's Edict. These are how games commonly play out. That's what I'm trying to beat. The way to beat their counters isn't a long game, that's the game they want to play, but by overloading on single mana spells so they run out of mana to counter because, trust me, they aren't running out of cards.

Wahrghoul84 on Pauper Dredge

2 months ago

Great deck. What about changing 2 Gnaw to the Bone in the sideboard to 2 Golgari Brownscale? In a deck that's delving away it's graveyard it seems better in alot of situations.

Jay on Seeking Modern Dredge advice

4 months ago

My thoughts:

I would mainboard less Conflagrate. It's a great card, but in a matchup like zoo you might not last long enough for it to really get value for you. Early game it's pretty disappointing, especially if you can't pitch it.

Stinkweed Imp is finnicky. It's undoubtedly an amazing dredger, but when you need to actually cast it it's underwhelming beyond belief. I'm not going to say run less, because you would need to make up for it with more dredgers, but personally I prefer less main with some more side for delver.

This is a much grindier strategy, but Vengeful Pharaoh with Golgari Brownscale is a helluva wall against creature-based aggro.

While disappointing to dredge, Abrupt Decay is such a strong and versatile card (especially against tempo) that I usually include it. It's a wonderful thing to pull opening hand.

If you need something to slow down the aggressive decks like zoo, try Lingering Souls. It will mean less explosive starts, but it's a great way to keep non-tramplers in check. Similarly Haunted Dead, but it's less efficient.

Any reason you aren't running Greater Gargadon? He's a pretty stellar inclusion for the churn-out-bodies archetype of dredge.

sylvannos on Potential of Modern Bans?

5 months ago

Golgari Grave-Troll is fine, it's the "free" creatures coming back each turn, specifically Prized Amalgam.

If they ban any of the other cards in Dredge, it still operates the same as it did before. I.e. dump a bunch of cards, play a land, trigger Bloodghasts, get back multiple Prized Amalgams, then beat face each turn, despite your opponent's blockers and removal.

Cathartic Reunion just gets replaced by Goblin Lore or Wild Guess/Dangerous Wager. Dredge was already becoming a problem before Cathartic Reunion was printed.

While not as good, Golgari Thug, Shambling Shell, or Golgari Brownscale just get jammed in where Golgari Grave-Troll was.

You can also do stupid things with Phantasmagorian and Street Wraith.

Without Prized Amalgam, the deck just puts a few 1 and 2 power creatures into play while durdling around for 6 turns.

Modern is also really light on people packing enough graveyard hate in their sideboards. A lot of people are still only running 1 to 3 sideboard cards to hate out graveyards. The solution is more likely to go to 6 cards a la Legacy and Vintage.

It would also be nice if we had an actual control deck to also police the format. This is one of the issues with banning Birthing Pod and Splinter Twin...there's not much left in the format that can just dumpster combo decks game 1 and alleviate other decks' need to fill up their sideboards to answer everything. You have to use a bunch of slots to deal with Affinity, Infect, Scapeshift, Burn, and Zooicide, ON TOP OF your other sideboard cards for Jund, Grixis, Eldrazi, and Collected Company.

Samuel-Frederick on golgari deck

5 months ago

Hey that's totally cool, and the fact you have four goyf is crazy awesome. Look for cards that either have really nice enters the battlefield abilities but aren't exciting when on the field (so you don't mind sacrificing them), or better than that, creatures and cards that you can use from your graveyard, or can interact with the graveyard. If you don't want to spend much, cool cards like Dreg Mangler, Drown in Filth, Golgari Brownscale, Shambling Shell, Varolz, the Scar-Striped, or a little more you get Deathrite Shaman.

Or maybe use your graveyard in a different sort of way as well, run Blessings of Nature, and Revenge of the Hunted, and Reclaim.

Or make it so you get more bonus from the sacrificing, maybe have lots of humans, and run Xathrid Necromancer, and/or Skirsdag High Priest.

Just a few ideas that might help focus the deck in, make full use of Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord, and still keep the awesome theme of pressure and darkness.

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