Creature — Beast
Whenever Grollub is dealt damage, each opponent gains that much life.
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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2 years ago
(I would add a proper community card but that feature seems to be malfunctioning right now.)
Farly straightforward, this card would mostly be Zedruu the Greathearted (although a different character, not simply her gone evil or something) with a casting cost of and an activation cost of . In EDH, this could lead to some fun usage of cards like the following:
(I realize you can basically already do this with any Grixis commander + e.g. Bazaar Trader, but that's a bit less straightforward.)
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I'm unsure what would be suitable for its upkeep ability. Just copying Zedruu's straight off isn't too inappropriate, as drawing is certainly associated with black and life gain isn't too far out either, but that's kinda boring. Replacing the life gain with something negative towards opponents like milling, discard or plain life loss proportional to the amount of gifted permanent could be one option that's more in line with the color change (thought the negative effects would probably targeted in order to preserve some political potential). Putting a +1/+1 counter per gift on Zedruu the Grixishearted to take advantage of commander damage could also work (especially when combined with auras like Herald of Torment), in which case you could also change power/toughness from the original's 2/4 to 4/2 to signal greater aggression.
For the sake of flavor its subtype would be Horse Djinn, with the artwork depicting a djinn with a mare's head, wearing a mouth-covering veil.
Feedback would be welcome, especially on ways to make Grixis!Zedruu more distinct from the original while still fulfilling the basic function of giving out torturous black cards, in addition to the blue and red ones they both share.
(A version containing green could also be made for the sake of giving that color a chance to show off its painful cards, in which case the creature in question should probably have monkey paws.)
4 years ago
Soothing Balm is a solid suggestion. Enlightened Tutor is better than Diabolic Tutor. Swords to Plowshares replaces Oblivion Ring easily. Grollub might be a more on-theme choice than Restless Apparition.
Alms Beast hard-replaces Laquatus's Champion. Actually, I think some math is necessary to solidify this argument. If you cast Laquatus's Champion for six, your opponent loses six (one life per mana). If the Laquatus's Champion dies, your opponent loses another six (assuming Tainted Remedy is on the board). That's two life per mana at maximum value. Alms Beast is six power for four mana. One hit in combat is already better life-to-mana value than Laquatus's Champion. Add lifelink to your opponent's blocked or blocking creatures and you have potentially limitless value for all of four mana.