Gray Merchant of Asphodel

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

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Commander 2014 Common
Theros 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.)

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Gray Merchant of Asphodel Discussion

Lord_Khaine on Liliana's Tactical Strike Team

21 hours ago

I learn something new everyday; here's the sideboarded version you requested: Black Control vs Schwarze Sonne.

I reside in America, and being my favorite color comes from playing Gray Merchant of Asphodel in my early days. My collection became focused on making the most out of it for awhile after. It was a simple strategy: swarm the board with permanents, and use cards like Read the Bones and Sign in Blood to reach Gray Merchant of Asphodel. Then use the large amount of life to draw into another.

From the two matches I playtested, Sadistic Sacrament was certainly beneficial: your deck ran enough one-ofs to where if I had chosen Infinite Obliteration for preemptively dealing with threats instead, it'd have done me little good. I lost the first match, and barely won the second one.

Mairon_Bauglir on Aggro Zombie Mono Black

1 day ago

I would highly recommend these zombies and zombie cards to spruce up your game, Relentless Dead, Highborn Ghoul, Diregraf Colossus since every zombie you play once he comes out now is that zombie and an additional token 2/2, plus his rez effect counts him as he comes from the graveyard so if you wanted to do a graveyard swarm strategy that's viable. Endless Ranks of the Dead, that one is a tad slower but combined with Diregraf Colossus can make a swarm happen VERY quickly. Sidisi, Undead Vizier is a good utility card that has an awesome effect when he enters and then for 5 mana is a 4/6 with death touch, that's pretty crazy for black and you don't usually see that mana cost with those stats except in green. Cemetery Reaper, Graf Harvest, Gray Merchant of Asphodel, Korlash, Heir to Blackblade is a really good tank fighter if mana isn't a problem. Noxious Ghoul is another good one if you play solely zombies. Spiteful Returned is a good zombie that a lot of people overlook and Stronghold Assassin is pretty good. Unbreathing Horde and Zombie Master are also good zombie cards and finally if budget isn't an issue Death Baron is a must have for sheer scary power. Hope this pool of suggestions helps you out!

griffstick on What are all the archetypes ...

4 days ago

Seriously devotion decks are a real thing. Gray Merchant of Asphodel or Fanatic of Mogis also Evangel of Heliod... add "devotion", devotion decks are a thing.

Abhinav7354 on The Apocalypse is Upon Us

4 days ago

Gray Merchant of Asphodel looks like a good card but I don't know if it is right for my deck just because my tokens have no devotion to black. Necropotence is a good card but people in my playgroup like to make creatures unblockable and I have very little lifegain in this deck for paying the cost of this. Underworld Connections is an interesting card and I will probably use it as a card draw engine. Dictate of Erebos Is actually a massive wincon for me because whenever I sack a creature to Gisa, my opponents all have to sacrifice creatures. mikeaus, the unhallowed is one of the most broken cards I've seen in a while and I'm most likely going to get rid of Death Baron for him. I might run Demon of Dark Schemes but the problem is that If my zombie lords keep getting removed, I will have no zombie buff and all my tokens would die if I played it. Ever After is decent but I prefer Victimize TBH. Exhume is pretty good but the problem is that since my deck revolves around tokens, my opponents will, more often than not, end up benifitting from this more than I do. Thanks for the recommendations.

MTGApprentice2016 on Size doesn't matter, it's how you abuse it~ Alesha

6 days ago

This seems like a fun deck to run. I'm personally a fan of reanimator decks in EDH. I've never seen this commander do well though sadly. My play group runs a lot of grave hate. The suggestions that I have for you are Fleshbag Marauder and/or Merciless Executioner as well as Impact Tremors. You're running a lot of ETB effects or death effects. With your Commander's ability, you might as well abuse them to the max. I've personally won games by having either Fleshbag or Merciless on the table and just recurring it. Blade of Selves attached to one is also amusing. Also, why aren't you running Gray Merchant of Asphodel? That seems like it would be close to an auto-includ for this deck.

Eradins on BW Lifegain Goodstuffs?

6 days ago

I had had my eye on Debt to the Deathless but forgot to put it in, and Crypt Ghast goes great with it and totally skipped my mind. Thanks for those! I agree with you that there wasn't much consistency. I basically put a bunch of 1-ofs in and played with it for a night with my group to see what worked well and what didn't. Tithe Drinker was an MVP obviously. Tablet of the Guilds gained me so much life I was pretty consistently getting to turn Blood Baron of Vizkopa on if I wasn't getting targeted. The Vampire Nighthawks im on the fence about, but bumped them up to 3 and will see how they play. I know theyre amazing value, just felt kinda underwhelming. I also added some more spot removal to deal with major threats. Pretty much all the other 1-ofs are cards I just really like and want to keep in the deck, even if it's gimped a little bit because of it. My main goal is to have fun and enjoy the deck and play cool stuff. Might take out the Gray Merchant of Asphodel because I have the Debts now, which serve a similar purpose. Let me know if you have any more suggestions or comments and thank you!

droslag on BW Lifegain Goodstuffs?

6 days ago

You don't have a lot of consistency to be honest. You might want more duplicates of the same card and not so many one-ofs. I wouldn't play a card really unless I had at least two or three of them. Mana curve is another thing to consider all though yours isn't that bad. And I would assume you wouldn't want to make the deck too strong and over priced :P Maybe 4 Vampire Nighthawk. More Anguished Unmaking, more Dark Ritual, more Blood Baron of Vizkopa. could focus on devotion with 4x Gray Merchant of Asphodel Gift of Orzhova. I dont think you need life link enchantments, should just use life link creatures. Anyway some cool and cheap cards to also consider maybe Obzedat, Ghost Council Unmake Oblivion Ring Sorin, Lord of Innistrad Debt to the Deathless Crypt Ghast Victim of Night Murder Tribute to Hunger Mortify

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