Gray Merchant of Asphodel


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

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Set Rarity
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

Duchys on Budget Mono-black control

4 hours ago

Thanks again larcewayreth,

  1. I will keep Corrupt in the maybeboard and after I build this deck IRL and get some testing with it i might add it in if i would need another win condition.

  2. I don't plan to invest in this deck more than 25$ so I will probably never get Phyrexian Arena, but I'll keep it in mind if i decide to invest in this deck.

  3. Gray Merchant of Asphodel same as Corrupt.

EDIT:Haven't noticed the new comment while writing it

  1. Bloodgift Demon Seems like a great card I'm definitely adding it to the main board.

TheCatHerder on Shadowborn Apostles and the demons who love them

4 hours ago

I'm loving this deck! How often are Debt to the Deathless and Gray Merchant of Asphodel vital for a game you have played with this deck? Merchant i see the synergies but I'm not seeing where debt fits in.

larcewayreth on Budget Mono-black control

4 hours ago

I understand budget concerns, totally. I would still try to keep an eye out for the extra copies of Abyssal Persecutor. It should be like $2, so you could pick them up over time or maybe trade into them. It'd be worth it. A single copy of Corrupt is also an option (also a budget card), as I have won many games off a late game casting of it. It's great going "Corrupt for leathal" and having your opponent go "Wait... What?". Lol. Also, Phyrexian Arena is a really really strong card, it's not exactly budget ($3-$4), but it should be on your radar when looking at trades binders. And you're welcome, Mono-black is my favorite build, so I'm glad to help. And, if corrupt doesn't seem like your thing, Gray Merchant of Asphodel can do a similar effect by taking advantage of your black devotion.

KALE434 on Dirty Mike and the Golgari Boys

2 days ago

Mortivore,Gray Merchant of Asphodel and Nighthowler would be great adds to the deck I think but thats up to you. Sweet Deck+1!

UpsetYoMama on Thraximundar and his Army of Undead

3 days ago

Recurring Nightmare is on the official banlist, by the way.

In EDH, you want to try to get as much value as you can from each spell. Or in a couple of cases, there is a better card out there than what you are using. As such, I would replace these with the following:

  1. Stoic Rebuttal >> Counterspell
  2. Smelt >> Vandalblast, Shattering Spree, or By Force
  3. Murder >> Hero's Downfall
  4. Cannibalize >> Malicious Affliction

I have a monoblack zombie deck and a couple of cards that are always amazing in there are Gray Merchant of Asphodel, Fleshbag Marauder, Cemetery Reaper, Undead Warchief, and Lord of the Undead.

You may want to consider adding more ramp to the deck, as right now you have a lot of high cost spells. The first step I would do is to add the different signets for your colors (i.e. Rakdos Signet). Other mana rocks that you might consider include Thran Dynamo, Gilded Lotus, and Chromatic Lantern.

I hope some of that helped.

shaftdiggity on Best Types of Creatures for ...

4 days ago

Sin Collector, Entomber Exarch, Gray Merchant of Asphodel, Shepherd of Rot if you go the zombie direction. While expensive, Grave Betrayal is great if you go the whole stacks directions with Dictate of Erebos, Grave Pact, Fleshbag Marauder, Slum Reaper, Butcher of Malakir and those guys, which I have in my Meren deck, and I don't want decks too similar.

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