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.)
|Want (4)||Zeus4334 , Altirian , Darui , JawnWayne|
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|Mystery Booster (MYS1)||Common|
|Theros Beyond Death (THB)||Uncommon|
|Commander 2014 (C14)||Common|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Gray Merchant of Asphodel Discussion
1 week ago
Well I guess it's always better to have a lower curve than a higher one, but I'd say it's also important to be mindful of curving out in order to maximize the value you get from playing lands, which is very difficult to do with a deck comprised exclusively of one and two drops, as it requires you to cast a higher number of cards from your hand on a given turn. This is compounded by the fact that your deck includes cards like Rotting Rats, as well as certain cards in the maybeboard, that require both players to discard cards; it seems like an inevitability that your deck will eventually slow to a halt once you run out of impactful things to play/cards to force your opponent to discard from their hand; that's always been the biggest thing I've disliked about dedicated discard strategies, and probably the only significant deterrent preventing me from brewing one up myself. Your deck is also lacking a true finisher; with all the cards that will inevitably end up in your graveyard over the course of the first few turns of the game, it may not be a bad idea to try out Gurmag Angler. A few other curve-smoothing options for you include Thorn of the Black Rose, Phyrexian Rager, Dusk Legion Zealot, and then maybe Bone Picker and Gray Merchant of Asphodel for a way to close out the game once your opponent is out of action. Defile and Snuff Out offer some nice, efficient removal as well, for adaptability's sake. I hope you find my suggestions helpful, and that I did a decent job of explaining mana curve to you.
1 week ago
Another combo I came up with that uses Mortuary is Deathrender + something that draws cards from a creature dying. Like Harvester of Souls a sac outlet of your choice like Ashnod's Altar + Mortuary. Making an infinite loop where you draw the creature you sacrificed and putting it back into play with Deathrender. You can kill the table with some really good enters the battlefield effects like Gray Merchant of Asphodel.
1 week ago
Also filterlands were recently reprinted in Double Masters and should be available at decent prices currently.
In addition I would consider Garry, the Gray Merchant of Asphodel if you manage to get enough devotion for black.
2 weeks ago
There's a fringe combo archetype call One-Land Spy. It basically plays a single forest, fetchable with Land Grant, a bunch of ways to ramp into Balustrade Spy or Destroy the Evidence to get your whole deck into the graveyard at once. From there, there are plenty of ways to win, typically casting a Haunting Misery for 20 something, retrieving it from the graveyard off Anarchist, casting it by flasbacking Morgue Theft, with mana generated from Songs of the Damned and rituals.
https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/1-land-spy-hard-mode/ That one is a more elaborate version IMO, which wins through looping songs of the damned, to pay for a second loop which could be either Gray Merchant of Asphodel to drain life, or Balustrade Spy to mill your opponent.
The only thing you should be changing from that version is Gitaxian Probe which isn't pauper legal anymore. Replacing those, players are using cantrips like Manamorphose or cycling creatures, mana fixers like Abundant Growth, Springleaf Drum or mana dorks, rituals like Culling the Weak, or even stuff like Commune with Nature to dig for spy.
2 weeks ago
Thanks for the writeup. Was interested to see the combo potential of Vilis as I just incidentally got a copy of him to throw in one of my decks. I don't have many suggestions fortunately as I am not much of a cEDh player. Maybe Withering Boon or even Deathgrip (Veil of Blossoms? I am sure there are plenty more trouble green cards too).
Sudden Spoiling because sometimes you just need to freeze the stack.
Terrain Generator to dump extra lands to the field.
If you aren't keeping a ton of creatures around then maybe lean in to black's specialty in boardwipes. Toxic Deluge seems like a great choice.
Definitely think the deck could use some more recurssion loops somehow. I don't know of the combos in monoblack but it can't be too hard to break Gray Merchant of Asphodel with something like Necromancy.
Love the list and I will be watching as you tweak it.
3 weeks ago
Nice deck! Zombies FTW +1. I am running a similar deck, but with a different approach 1-800-CALL-Ghoulcaller Gisa
You quoted: Gisa+Thornbite Staff+Carnival of Souls and a creature to sacrifice allows us to create as many 2/2 zombies as we have life and even net extra mana with a 2/2 or bigger. Offset the life lost with Zulaport Cutthroat or Blood Artist. Don't forget about Ayara, First of Locthwain in your deck, when she is on the field alongside your prior mentioned combo, that is a separate trigger per token created, very aristocracy.
A few suggestions: Stoneforge Masterwork and/or Junkyo Bell, both cards have the effect of Coat of Arms, put it on a token, attack into one of your opponents then sacrifice it to Gisa. Mimic Vat is also very nice in a deck like this, especially with a zombie like Gray Merchant of Asphodel.
3 weeks ago
Hi there! +1, Zombies ftw!! As a Ghoulcaller Gisa player myself, I found that I was always short to make a lot of zombies because the creatures I sacrificed had too little power. I play The lord package, but to sacrifice the lords is of course a shame. You need beefy creatures to go wide. I implemented a few extra tools to beef up my zombies in total. A few suggestions;
Ayara, First of Locthwain: Drain/Gain and card draw and more devotion for Gray Merchant of Asphodel. The 2/2 Zombie Tokens made by Gisa are black. Sacrificing a 10/10 token, will make 10 new zombies and 10 Ayara triggers.
Check out my deck 1-800-CALL-Ghoulcaller Gisa
3 weeks ago
Nim Deathmantle+Ashnod's Altar goes infinite with any creature who makes 2 or more tokens on etb. You have several in your deck already but Grave Titan and Marsh Flitter are also options.
Bontu's Monument turns your oathsworn vampire into a gravecrawler
Phyrexian Altar is pricey but obviously a broken card
Panharmonicon is ridiculous in Ayara if you have a meta that goes light on artifact removal-
Cast abhorrent overlord, trigger his etb twice so double tokens, then trigger ayara twice per token. Feels good lol. You can try Nightmare Shepherd with her too. So sweet to drop a Gray Merchant of Asphodel then sacrifice it and return it with Shepherd for another etb trigger. Sweet build man I like it. One mean card would be Sadistic Hypnotist it is the besssst lol