Golgari Grave-Troll

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Format Legality
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari Rare
Ravnica: City of Guilds Rare

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Golgari Grave-Troll

Creature — Skeleton Troll

Golgari Grave-Troll enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it for each creature card in your graveyard.

, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Golgari Grave-Troll: Regenerate Golgari Grave-Troll.

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Golgari Grave-Troll Discussion

2gherkins on Seven by Nine with Meren

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:

Removal

Tutor

Sacrifice Fodder (CMC 1 or less)

Sacrifice Fodder (CMC 2)

Sacrifice Fodder (CMC 3 or greater)

Finishers

Self-mill

Sacrifice outlets

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.

Removal - Black Sun's Zenith, Toxic Deluge, Havoc Demon, Noxious Gearhulk, Malicious Affliction, Shriekmaw, Darkblast

Tutor - Sidisi, Undead Vizier, Birthing Pod, Corpse Connoisseur, Fauna Shaman, Jarad's Orders, Buried Alive, Entomb

CMC 1 or less sacrifice-ers - Hangarback Walker, Spore Frog, the "Fog Frog," Krosan Wayfarer, Caustic Caterpillar, Bloodsoaked Champion. I need two more cards in this slot.

CMC 2 sacrifice-ers - Vampire Hexmage, Satyr Wayfinder, Sakura-Tribe Elder, Dawntreader Elk, Winding Constrictor. I need two more cards in this pile.

CMC 3 or greater sacrifice-ers - Yavimaya Elder, Shambling Shell, Fleshbag Marauder, [[eternal witness] "EWIT," Solemn Simulacrum, Reclamation Sage

Finishers - Gray Merchant of Asphodel "Gary," Demon of Dark Schemes, Phyrexian Plaguelord, Eater of Hope, Savra, Queen of the Golgari, Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, Hell's Caretaker

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.

Utility/Random - Grim Haruspex, Horobi, Death's Wail, Loaming Shaman, Lightning Greaves, Dictate of Erebos, Sol Ring, Sifter of Skulls, Dread Return

Thoughts? What cards should fill my unfilled slots? Any cards I should replace?

GabeCubed on Self-Mill mid-range/aggro?

3 weeks ago

@ AndersRumpf both Golgari Grave-Troll and Barren Moor are not legal in Modern.

AndersRumpf on Self-Mill mid-range/aggro?

3 weeks ago

Golgari Grave-Troll is pretty good if you're looking for dredge

freakingShane on I Have A Sunburn

1 month ago

Why didn't you just update your Spring Into Death deck list? There's only like 2 cards different, haha.

Okay, so first off, get rid of Sol Ring, scrub. Secondly, some potentially good fast mana sources would be Songs of the Damned, Cabal Ritual, Dark Ritual, and/or Culling the Weak.

Now on to the real meat:

Perpetual Timepiece, Elixir of Immortality, Primal Command, Piper's Melody (and friends)

These are good for grabbing your GY so you don't mill yourself out or to protect yourself from enemy Bojuka Bogs and such.

Combo 1:

Mikaeus, the Unhallowed Combo

  • Turn 1: Play a one drop ramp creature.
  • Turn 2: Play Buried Alive and fetch Mike and Triskelion.
  • Turn 3: Play Victimize, bring Mike and Trike out and ping infinitely to win.

Or tutor for Defense of the Heart and win the turn after you cast it.

Combo 2:

Necrotic Ooze Combo

Once it's out, the only thing that can interrupt this is Split Second since you can respond by adding and removing counters.

Combo 3:

Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord Combo

This requires some knowledge of how the stack works.

  • Exile cards from your library until Phyrexian Devourer's ability is put on the stack.
  • In response to the ability, continue exiling cards to beef him up more.
  • Still before allowing the sacrifice to resolve, sack him to Jarad to smack your opponents for a ton of damage, similarly to the aforementioned Ooze-combo.

This gets around player Hexproof and graveyard hate, so you don't have to worry about things like Leyline of Sanctity and Leyline of the Void with this combo, unlike the other two.

Combo 4:

Colorless Mana Combo

  • Have/get Ashnod's Altar in play.
  • Play Nim Deathmantle.
  • Play Grave Titan, pop up two 2/2 tokens.
  • Sack the two tokens to Altar, then sack Titan to get a total of six .
  • Use 4 of that to make Deathmantle grab Titan back and get you two more tokens

Repeat this as many times as desired, netting 2 colorless mana every loop.

Pieguy396 on Meager Champion (a more casual ...

1 month ago

"at one time $2 USD or less" still allows for some pretty broken cards. Sword of the Meek, Golgari Grave-Troll, etc. Maybe change it to "currently $3 USD or less", kinda like Penny Dreadful?

Bluefire016 on Jarad dredge deck

1 month ago

If you are just playing casually, I would recommend Golgari Grave-Troll because he is gold for Dredge.

Also if you do end up splashing red for some of the cards recommended by HezTheGod(which can cause some crazy dredge triggers), you could supplement your mana base with cards like City of Brass and/or Mana Confluence to make sure you always have the right color of mana.

greatdevourer on Almost A Manaless Dredge Deck

1 month ago

Here are some of the articles I've been reading on the new Golgari Grave-Troll-less Dredge decks.

http://www.starcitygames.com/article/34370_Infect-And-Dredge-Are-Still-Decks.html
and
http://www.mtgmintcard.com/articles/writers/zen-takahashi/dredge-in-a-post-ban-world

These were good articles on the deck, the format, and the key cards that make it work. Take a look and let me know what you think. I think the mana base is a bit shakier than it used to be and I'm not sure how I feel about the green. I understand why they went that way, just not sure if I like it enough to play those builds. I do like your more budget conscious build but at this point I don't think it will be able to stay mono-black. I like what red does for this deck but the green is tacked on just for the Life from the Loam. But Loam does get lands back so that you can cast other spells. Tough call. I think this is going to boil down to how aggressive or competitive you want to make the deck. If you're just playing casually with friends, then it doesn't matter as much what turn you win on.

Austin_Smith_of_Cards on Corroding Roots

1 month ago

Overgrown Tomb, Woodland Cemetery, Golgari Guildgate, Llanowar Wastes, and Jungle Hollow are all strong B/G lands to help smoothen out your mana base.

Eternal Witness is a strong EDH card already, but since you're particularly focused around the graveyard I suggest it even more.

Buried Alive immediately pitches three creature cards into your graveyard for reanimation later and so that Jarad gets a +3/+3 buff.

Golgari Grave-Troll fits the theme of dumping cards in your graveyard and getting better for the number of creatures in it.

Acidic Slime is a powerfully destructive creature that blows up a difficult permanent and then sticks around as an annoying deathtouch blocker.

Living Death can be a win condition/boardwipe combination if you've successfully stockpiled your graveyard over the course of the game.

Mikaeus, the Unhallowed allows for double sacrificing (and with a persist creature, infinite sacrificing), and is a strong lord overall.

Sidisi, Undead Vizier goes along with the sacrificing theme and is a tutor on a stick. Tutoring is essential in EDH.

Life from the Loam is a premiere dredge card that recurs back all those lands that would be lost.

Deathrite Shaman continues to be an excellent card that is basically the Golgari version of Grim Lavamancer, except it is also a mana elf and lifegain.

Phyrexian Delver is your budget Reanimate on a stick. Strong and effective for its cost.

Phyrexian Arena is a crazy draw engine that gives SO much back in value over the course of a game, and with a negligible downside with a starting 40 life total.

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