Gray Merchant of Asphodel


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

AbyssusDraconem on B Zombies: Fear the Horde

6 days ago

Highborn Ghoul and Graveyard Marshal would likely be good contributions so that you have more devotion to black. I'd recommend doing a 3 or 4 of Gray Merchant of Asphodel as you only have 2 right now, and it is an extremely impactful 5 drop. Personally, am not a fan of Tattered Mummy but those are just my thoughts.

lagotripha on Advertise your MODERN deck!

1 week ago

KaiyanK Hi, I've played mono-black a whole bunch. Zombies is an interesting tribe with some cool options.

Right now you are setup as a slow aggro deck- the traditional fix to that is to become a fast aggro deck. You can pack a decent disruption package and zombie making enchantments to become more midrange so long as you pack card advantage tools. The important part is looking over your options and picking cards that work well together. I have a big list of mono black stuff I've made work in modern. Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox

Key options are;

Stitcher's Supplier +Graveyard shenanigans ( Haunted Dead etc)

Zombie Infestation +discard/graveyard shenanigans

Geralf's Messenger / Gray Merchant of Asphodel

Gurmag Angler best zombie in the format

Korlash, Heir to Blackblade powerful ramp w/ Lashwrithe

Mikaeus, the Unhallowed easy combo fuel, if you can reach six mana

Haakon, Stromgald Scourge & Bridge from Below powerful shenanigans.

Languish Budget damnation dodged by big creatures.

I'm testing a combo list Familiar Ground at the moment- its a hybrid umbral mantle izzet guildmage combo deck making use of Biomancer's Familiar as extra Training Grounds .

Ihazadeck on Glorified Pox

1 week ago

i literally just cut Gray Merchant of Asphodel i actually like how Twilight Prophet played. Disciple of Bolas i used to play and didnt like it with my low creature count and most being small. I am actually trying new bontu in its place. Smallpox isnt in there because i have lent them to a friend. but as soon as i get them it goes in. Sinkhole and Killing Wave are in the mail.

MediSyntax on RazaBridge Combo

1 week ago

How have you found Priest of Forgotten Gods ? I know you tested out the Thornbite package but with that removed, is it still pulling weight?

Also, I have been toying with the very casual-feeling Gray Merchant of Asphodel . It can lead to big bursts of lifegain to keep us going and I’m imagining a wonderful world where you sac him to Razaketh to tutor an Animate Dead and then sac him again to get a Reanimate and then sac him again to get...

Maybe that’s just my own version of Command the Dreadhorde haha

DrValium on Glorified Pox

1 week ago

Before I get have you considered Gray Merchant of Asphodel and Disciple of Bolas ?

hemddernacht on Massacre Girl is Here to Party

2 weeks ago

Hey, i like your deck, but i'm unsure about the use of Zulaport Cutthroat since it's a 1/1 and will be first in line to be killed by Massacre Girl and you can'T profit from the death of the 2/2s and beyond.
I probably would cut Lord of the Undead too, because you just have 2 zombies to get back.
For the Zulaport Cutthroat i would take a Gray Merchant of Asphodel , it's budget friendly and you can get back a chunk of life ;)
And if you can get: Cabal Stronghold as a budget version of Cabal Coffers .

Olive_pdx on Balthor the Graveyard Defiler

2 weeks ago

A fun way to take the game with Balthor the Defiled is to run Morality Shift . It's a 10 mana exchange but we make plenty of black mana so no big deal. The library becomes the graveyard and then activate Balthor. Just make sure to have Gray Merchant of Asphodel ETB last for the win!

Gadianten on Mixed Veggies

3 weeks ago

Balthor the Defiled and Mirror-Mad Phantasm for setting up vicious reanimation schemes; if you add in clones and you clone the phantasm you could entirely mill your library for spectacular finishes using mass reanimation and Gray Merchant of Asphodel . If you are afraid of milling out using the previous setup just throw in an eldrazi titan and call it good.

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Gray Merchant of Asphodel occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.05%

Black: 7.19%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.07%

Black: 1.26%

Golgari: 0.23%

Rakdos: 0.41%