Gray Merchant of Asphodel

Legality

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

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Set Rarity
Commander 2014 (C14) Common
Theros (THS) Common

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Gray Merchant of Asphodel

Creature — Zombie

When Gray Merchant of Asphodel enters the battlefield, each opponent loses X life, where X is your devotion to black. You gain life equal to the life lost this way. (Each in the mana costs of permanents you control counts towards your devotion to black.)

Gray Merchant of Asphodel Discussion

Vara_Ithilinder on Call to the Grave

4 days ago

Placed some updates to the deck. Switched out Vampire Sovereign for Lord of the Accursed . Alos removed one Sovereign's Bite . I plane to remove all of the rest pf the Sovereign's Bite for Gray Merchant of Asphodel . It may hurt my deck but i have to have my lady love Liliana in the deck. I will replace Liliana, Untouched By Death with Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip. I feel there is better synergy and i can still get the famous removal Liliana of the Veil is loved for, But the second ability of this one is better for a creature based beck like this. The ultimate is also amazing if one can manage to get it off. Looking to replace Dark Salvation i love it but i feel something like Duress , Despise , or Thoughtseize . Though i think it is good i have played a few rounds with friends and feel it is more a sideboard card as i was always playing a creature instead of Dark Salvation , or i would play something cheaper like Go for the Throat to cast other cards in my hand.

hungry000 on Suicide is occasionally the answer

6 days ago

^^ what kingr8 said. If you are particularly interested in Zombies you could try a Mono Black Devotion list to make use of Gray Merchant of Asphodel and play some Sovereign's Bite / Corrupt for extra life gain.

DarthinvaderIX on Call to the Grave

1 week ago

I will preface this by saying black and zombies are my favorite color and tribe respectively but I have not played very much modern.

I would swap out Vampire Sovereign for Cryptbreaker and Sovereign's Bite for Foul-Tongue Shriek

Vampire Sovereign is not a zombie, and the deck has enough endurance and recursion to not really need flyers or direct damage, and the sovereign is a bit expensive. Cryptbreaker results in more zombies and more cards in the graveyard, which is also more zombies, and will refill your hand if the game goes late or you are playing defensively. Alternatively, if you do want the lifesteal instead of being more focused on aggro, raydenkiller's suggestion of Gray Merchant of Asphodel (Gary for short) is good for the reasons he stated.

Foul-Tongue Shriek is cheaper than Sovereign's Bite and will often be better for closing out a game. The big downside is it is more restrictive in that it can only be cast effectively when you are attacking with multiple creatures.

Playing only Go for the Throat is risky if you end up playing against an artifact deck, so it could be wise to hedge into the other similar cards like Cast Down and Doom Blade . A great place for these kinds of cards is the sideboard, running 2x of Go for the Throat and Doom Blade in the both the mainboard and sideboard is an easy distribution which would be hard to go wrong with.

I don't know much about burn or how to fight it but in my experience control is beaten through hand attack and playing more aggressively. In deckbuilding you'd want to include cards like Duress in the sideboard (or Thoughtseize if you're made of money) and to make your mana curve lower. Zombies should have a better match against control than a lot of aggro/midrange decks because the creatures recurring from the graveyard makes their counters much worse.

Liliana, Untouched By Death is not the best option for a zombies deck. It isn't necessarily bad, it just isn't very impactful for its mana cost. A more focused effect like a creature or Liliana's Mastery is probably better.

I'd recommend doing some research into zombie decks in modern, seeing what cards they play and seeing if and how they fit into your deck.

I hope you do well with zombies!

Ziusdra on Alesha, Who Smiles at Fiscal Responsibility

1 week ago

Re:Leverd01 Thanks, I have been considering Archetype of Courage , but its effect is almost redundant with my commander (the only most-likely card on the board when Archetype is played) and First Strike doesn't go very far when you consider there are only going to be a couple of creatures out at a time, as many of them are easy to pick off. It doesn't go as wide as you think it should, but it could if you draw well and your opponents leave you unchecked. The strategy is to cheat out Sewer Nemesis or Nighthowler for the kill (especially if you can trigger Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion in the same attack), which should be an easy kill if Impact Tremors , Gray Merchant of Asphodel , and Kambal, Consul of Allocation have been chipping away at your opponent(s), not to mention any damage going through from Alesha and various other attackers you've brought back along the way. Cathars' Crusade and Flame-Kin Zealot help you to go wide, but First Strike doesn't help go for the throat the same way that even Menace or Deathtouch do. He's a great thought... but what ought go out to replace him?

bushido_man96 on All Hail the Brood

1 week ago

I think you want to go in on the self-mill, make zombies theme, so you should trim the fat on things that don't fit what you want to do. I like the dredge cards, and I like the cards that put cards from the top of your library into your graveyard to trigger Sidisi, Brood Tyrant .

Cut Prime Speaker Vannifar , Razaketh, the Foulblooded , Sidisi, Undead Vizier , Tasigur, the Golden Fang , Taigam, Sidisi's Hand , The Scarab God . I'm not big on counters, so I'd probably leave out Frilled Mystic . Liliana of the Veil and Liliana Vess don't really fit the theme. Switch Wonder for Filth , especially since you're running Urborg. I think most of your tutors could go, so Diabolic Tutor and even Jarad's Orders could go. I'm not sure Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord fits very well, other than he's a zombie. If you see yourself sacrificing lots of zombies to him, then keep him.

You should run Rooftop Storm , and consider Soulquake . Take out Shriekmaw and put in Fleshbag Marauder (fits the tribe), and don't forget that Gray Merchant of Asphodel is a zombie, too, and you're running a high black pip count; he'll pay off. I'm wavering on Meren and Muldrotha; I see why they are here, and how the will be useful...especially Muldrotha. If you had to choose one, I'd keep Muldrotha. Villainous Wealth is fun, but is it what you want this deck to do?

I hope that helps you get started!

hungry000 on Anti goblin deck

1 week ago

marco-piatti Oh, you could also try out a Mono B Devotion list. Black has decent removal and life gain cards so it has a good matchup against Goblins/other aggro decks. Gifted Aetherborn / Vampire Nighthawk / Gatekeeper of Malakir are great against them, Gray Merchant of Asphodel is a finisher as well as a way to get out of the rut if you're close to death; against other types of decks, 1 cmc discard spells let you interact with combo, and black has decent value-generators like Phyrexian Arena and the various Liliana planeswalkers (though they're expensive) to grind out the slower matchups. Here are a couple example decks: Modern Black Devotion, Mono Black Devotion

Here's a budget list I just put together: Mono Black Devotion You can add some cards to make it more competitive or swap out some of the more expensive cards to make it more budget-friendly. It can probably be brought down to around $35 if you did that.

hkhssweiss on Power of Orzhov

2 weeks ago

You can consider adding in Gray Merchant of Asphodel , the constant recursion and draining is fun for non-combo decks :P

Tenebroleso on Prossh, Skyraider of Kher [Aggro] [8/10]

2 weeks ago

08/03/2019: LOST

vs Toshiro Umezawa + Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind + Teysa Karlov

Il mazzo fa il suo e parte con qualche mana dork, giocando Prossh al 4° turno e, nel successivo Goblin Bombardment .
Teysa però vede bene e fa Phyrexian Arena più qualche altra carta che gli permette di avere una mano sempre bella gonfia. Troppo gonfia.
Il mio mazzo si blocca con una serie di pescate mediocri che non riescono a concretizzare la buona partenza.
Toshiro fa scartare un po' di carte a tutti e Goblin Bombardment viene rimosso, infine parte un resettone che pulisce il tavolo compresi i miei 13 coboldi e il poco altro che mi era rimasto.
Sacrifico tutto a Prossh e faccio del mio meglio per concretizzare nonostante la wratta con Poison-Tip Archer , ma 17 danni a tutti non bastano neanche lontanamente a chiudere: siamo ancora in mid game.
Fraseggio e gioco a metà campo fino a quando Gray Merchant of Asphodel per Teysa fa un bel macello. Siamo tutti bassissimi, non mi riprendo più e muoio senza poter opporre resistenza.
Niv-Mizzet con 1 life chiude la partita su Teysa con una mini-combo che fa esattamente 21 danni, complice anche un errore del mazzo BW.

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Gray Merchant of Asphodel occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.05%

Black: 7.19%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.07%

Black: 1.26%

Golgari: 0.23%

Rakdos: 0.41%