Gray Merchant of Asphodel


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.)

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Gray Merchant of Asphodel Discussion

xeratheenigma on Muldrotha, Recycling Queen

5 days ago

If you’re still going with a sac theme I’d consider playing Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest.

Some cards I’ve found quite useful are Aether Spellbomb, Glacial Chasm, Halls of Mist, Urza's Bauble, Mishra's Bauble, Gray Merchant of Asphodel, Mirror Image, Phantasmal Image, River Kelpie, and Night Incarnate.

LGFlatron on How soon do static effects ...

5 days ago

As Madcookie pointed out, it is actually a triggered ability.

The card Garruk's Packleader has a very similar ability with one exception:

  • Whenever another creature with power 3 or greater enters the battlefield under your control, you may draw a card.

If it weren’t for the ’another’ in the description, it would have triggered on itself.

Another way to look at it is a card like Gray Merchant of Asphodel, which has:

  • When Gray Merchant of Asphodel enters the battlefield...

...which would make Gray Merchant of Asphodel meet the requirements to trigger the ability when it ETB (since it is, in fact, Gray Merchant of Asphodel) and the ability would trigger.

In your hypothetical case, a creature with:

  • Whenever a creature enters the battlefield, you draw a card. looking for a creature entering the battlefield, in which case the creature itself meets those requirements.

So yes, it should trigger on entering the battlefield itself.

DRmagic2017 on

6 days ago

Hello! What do you think about adding Gray Merchant of Asphodel? Mikaeus, the Unhallowed is another nice addition. I also use Gisa and Geralf in my BU Zombie deck. And I can also recommend Sensei's Divining Top and Jace, Unraveler of Secrets - they are very useful for card draw.

zenozia on Need help: Grimgrin Assault

6 days ago

hello really like your deck

Cloudstone Curio with Rooftop Storm is the combo you are probably looking for boucing Gray Merchant of Asphodel to drain everyone or bouncing Grave Defiler to cast all zombie in your deck but you could stick with only Rooftop Storm + Grimgrin, Corpse-Born + Gravecrawler + Diregraf Captain

for the cut it really depend on how you play the deck the problem is that you are trying to do everything you have control/agro/combo going on you should pick combo/agro or control/combo

for the card that in my opinion arent worth to play are : Consuming Aberration , Fatestitcher, Geth, Lord of the Vault, Ghoulcaller Gisa, Josu Vess, Lich Knight, Liliana's Reaver, Noosegraf Mob, Stitcher Geralf, Undead Alchemist, liliana, death's majesty, Liliana Vess , Cancel, Counterspell, Hero's Downfall, Murder, Negate, Silumgar's Command, Quietus Spike, Sword of Vengeance, Freed from the Real, Training Grounds, Army of the Damned, Dark Salvation, Rise from the Tides, Ruinous Path also cut some of the worst land like Dimir Guildgate and run some more basic

for the card that you should be adding to the list: Grave Defiler, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Phyrexian Altar, Skullclamp, Throne of the God-Pharaoh, Bitter Ordeal could be good if your local meta is a lot of food chain/flash hulk or combo deck , Diabolic Intent and all the other tutor if you have the money Cabal Coffers + Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

ps: my recommendation fit for a agro/combo deck

passimo on Ghoulcaller's dream

1 week ago

Hey Skjoldschoennemann (typing your name was quite difficult) thanks for your advice. Gurmag Angler is surely one of the best among big boys in pauper, but, it may sound stupid to you (because it is), I'm not playing it because it's too "mainstream", (everyone uses it where I go to play tournaments) and I prefere to focus on Gempalm Polluter and Carrion Feeder to deal damage. I already considered Shepherd of Rot, and I like it a lot, but I have no way to regain the lost life points (Gray Merchant of Asphodel is too late-game)

Katscratch on Gravesborn

1 week ago

I think Gray Merchant of Asphodel could work wonders in this deck

VeggiesaurusRex on Aztec Death Whistle (Songs of the Damned Combo)

1 week ago

killer_eye, game 1 against MBC, I try to combo kill them before they can cast Gray Merchant of Asphodel. Game 2 I typically just take out the Fume Spitters and Snuff Out, bring in Duress and pray they don't find their graveyard hate.

Bojuka Bog, Crypt Incursion, and Relic of Progenitus just wreck this deck, and there isn't much we can do about it.

jakeelephant006 on Paper Sac

1 week ago

You could make this more like Sheoldred and run Gray Merchant of Asphodel and Living Death. If you're looking to just be more explosive find a Craterhoof Behemoth and a Tooth and Nail. Also, one or two board wipes could be prudent. Especially those on the lower end of the curve such as Crux of Fate or Bontu's Last Reckoning

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