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Jarad's Orders Discussion
4 days ago
Hello sir! I would like to offer you some comments on your deck. I've been a long fan of Golgari and Meren is an exquisite commander!
First and foremost, I think the addition of mana dorks (Llanowar Elves, Birds of Paradise, Elves of Deep Shadow, Fyndhorn Elves, Elvish Mystic) will greatly help the consistency and most importantly speed of this deck. Every Meren player wants to have Meren out with creatures around her so she can watch them die. Let's do that by getting him out before turn 4 more consistently AND having an expendable creature next to her when she arrives.
I think the second most important thing for a Meren deck to have would be a good way to tutor for creatures to put into your graveyard. You've got excellent choices with Entomb and Buried Alive (I'm on the fence about Jarad's Orders), but have you considered Hermit Druid? You can tutor for it (if you have to) and it does a marvelous job of filling your graveyard with all kinds of goodness.
I'm concerned that 33 creatures is actually a bit low for this type of deck. I think that you might consider trading honest, good cards like Krosan Grip in for Reclamation Sage. Let's be honest, you don't really need Split Second, and if your opponent is interested in countering your Reclamation Sage, then sure, let them waste a spell on a card you'll get right back, and perhaps directly to the battlefield.
One creature that I was somewhat impressed with was Smothering Abomination. It has incredible synergy with Meren in that the normal act of gaining experience will now net you cards. In addition, it is a once-per-turn sac outlet that guarantees steady progression of your experience counters. I ended up swapping him in and cutting Mindslicer. They're nearly the same card, but Mindslicer actually worked to my detriment in some games. Turns out not everyone dislikes discarding their hand :(
I feel that Scavenging Ooze has low synergy in this deck. If you actually want to exile the creatures from your graveyard, I think this is a misstep. Each thing you put in your graveyard is a resource, and you dont want to remove those for a paltry counter and life point. He is amazing in a 20 point game, but less significant in a 40 point game. Handling your opponents graveyard is not a bad plan, but his slot should really be Sakura-Tribe Elder...why is that not in this deck?
I would trade things like Sylvan Scrying for Primal Surge. It can net you experience while drawing out two lands. This is unless of course there is some land that justifies the need for a purely land tutoring spell. This could be Vampiric Tutor and be more flexible, perhaps.
I, myself, toyed with Hell's Caretaker but I finally succame to the notion that it was too slow of a card due to the need to tap it. I felt like Phyrexian Delver was a more immediate solution to the same problem. You can indeed pull more creatures out of the graveyard with Hell's Caretaker but Phyrexian Delver is just faster and ultimately that's what won me games with Meren.
I really like where your head is at with this list. I feel like the presence of Craterhoof Behemoth begs that you give this deck a more aggressive stance with mana dorks to accelerate your game to the fun! +1
3 weeks ago
Currently the only combos being run are those listed in the description. Necrotic Ooze Package, Mike and Trike, and Hermit Druid/Mirror-Made Phantasm into Mike and Trike.
The first combo is fairly simply. You win by getting Phyrexian Devourer and Triskelion into the graveyard and Necrotic Ooze into play. The easiest cards for assembling this combo are Buried Alive, Fauna Shaman, and Survival of the Fittest.
The last combo is of course Hermit Druid. All this combo requires is for Druid to be in play (can be replicated with Mimeoplasm exiling Mirror-Mad Phantasm). Activating Druid bins your entire deck. From there, Narcomoeba is put into play. If a third creature is needed, Fatestitcher can be Unearthed. Dread Return is then flashed back, saccing three creatures to reanimate Eternal Witness. Witness returns Victimize to hand. Saccing Witness to Victimize reanimates Mike and Trike.
Does that help at all?
1 month ago
All ordered cards have arrived in time for my commander game tomorrow.
- 4x Forest
- Gaze of Granite
- Blood Artist
- Overseer of the Damned
- Sisters of Stone Death
- Jarad's Orders
- In Garruk's Wake
- Mana Confluence
- Bojuka Bog
- Overgrown Tomb
- Woodland Cemetery
- Pernicious Deed
- Living Death
- Puppeteer Clique
- Crop Rotation
- Animate Dead
Thanks to all who've contributed input! I think this deck's in a great place!
1 month ago
The following 16 cards were in 27% or greater of 672 Sidisi, Brood Tyrant decks (http://edhrec.com/commanders/sidisi-brood-tyrant) and were also in Tasigur, the Golden Fang decks (http://edhrec.com/commanders/tasigur-the-golden-fang):
Command Tower, Eternal Witness, Living Death, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, Victimize, Sakura-Tribe Elder, Satyr Wayfinder, Sheoldred, Whispering One, Jarad's Orders, Deadbridge Chant, Cyclonic Rift, Reclamation Sage, Buried Alive, Bojuka Bog, Putrefy, and Villainous Wealth.
1 month ago
No problem! We all have to work within our own meta. I have a few specific recommendations now, which you might like.
I've found that Meren really loves creatures that kill themselves (surely you've noticed this with Sidisi by now!). Vulturous Aven is really cool, a Sign in Blood that you can reanimate over and over. I know you don't like much ramp, but the (already mentioned) Sakura-Tribe Elder, as well as Devoted Druid, are too good to ignore in a Meren build.
I feel like a couple of cards you run may not perform well. How often have you won with Mortal Combat? You have 35 creatures in your deck, and only three ways to self-mill or get creatures into your graveyard easily (Jarad's Orders, Dread Summons, and Deadbridge Chant. On average, you'd have to mill more than half of your deck to get twenty creatures in there, or cast around that many (nontoken!) creatures and get them all killed. This is really hard to do - even in long games, with tons of dorks for fodder, I never get that close, because I keep reanimating them or the game ends. If you really want to use it, I'd try adding Altar of Dementia and Buried Alive as an extra grave-filling option. It's much more flavourful considering you can sac stuff and then bring it back. Dread Summons is a bit underwhelming - since it only gives you zombies for creatures it directly mills, and since many decks aren't as creature-heavy as ours, it's likely to generate only one zombie per X. If you want lots of tokens, try Army of the Damned. If you want to mill, Altar of Dementia is the better option. And since you're milling, pop in a Reanimate so you can cheaply grab other people's stuff.
Speaking of tokens, I notice you have several good producers, in Creakwood Liege, Grave Titan, and (the slightly underwhelming and expensive) Primeval Bounty. The last one doesn't do you much good when you really should be reanimating stuff instead of casting it. You should be putting all of these tokens to use! Craterhoof Behemoth is a great win-condition creature, especially if you can reanimate him on the cheap. If he costs too much for you, then Overwhelming Stampede and Triumph of the Hordes are good alternatives, or you can try Pathbreaker Ibex. Avenger of Zendikar is an incredible token producer, too. And if you add Birthing Pod, you can pod right from Avenger into Craterhoof! Overseer of the Damned is alright, but Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet is almost certainly better, if you can afford one. Add some boardwipes with it!
A couple of other suggestions. You already have Grave Pact, Dictate of Erebos, and Merciless Executioner, so why not Fleshbag Marauder? I know that sometimes you might only want a certain amount of some effects, but this one is so undeniably good that I'd run four copies of it if I could. I understand why you use Asceticism, but it doesn't do a lot to protect your board from wipes without a huge amount of mana open, which isn't what your deck wants. Besides, as a reanimator deck, spot removal doesn't scare you as much. Roll with it and double down on graveyard stuff! Phyrexian Delver is an all-star for me, as an ETB reanimator on a body has incredible utility. Sangromancer only really gains you life, which is underwhelming when you could be killing someone else.
Silklash Spider and Sisters of Stone Death are incredibly mana-hungry and again require you to leave mana open, when you have no other ways of using it. I'd take them out for some quality targeted removal, like Beast Within, Hero's Downfall, Nature's Claim and/or Krosan Grip, or Unravel the Aether if someone uses the Gods a lot. Pharika's Mender is a poor man's Eternal Witness, which you already have anyway. Greenwarden of Murasa does a better job for not much more mana, or you could go cheap and use Regrowth or even Reap if you know you'll be playing against black decks. Finally, I've recently fallen in love with Shaman of Forgotten Ways. It is ramp, again, but only for creature spells so it does limit you. What I really like, though, is the second ability. It's slow, and it's expensive, but it can win you the game on the spot (for reference, the spell with this effect, Biorhythm, is banned). Your opponents should have plenty of time to see it coming! It'll come into play much more that Mortal Combat, and actually works better with your reanimate/forced sarcrifice strategy.
Sorry, that was really long! I hope some of this is useful, and hopefully you can make some fun changes.
JimmyRustle on meren
1 month ago
Kokusho, the Evening Star is a bonkers wincon in this deck. His little brother Gray Merchant of Asphodel isn't bad either. Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and Cauldron of Souls are great as well. especially together. Spore Frog should also be a auto-include. That guy is a f*cking mvp!
Other great cards are Miren, the Moaning Well, Blade of Selves, Skullclamp, Smokestack (and other stax-cards), Strionic Resonator, Jarad's Orders, Evolutionary Leap and Pattern of Rebirth.Cards i feel you should cut are Banshee of the Dread Choir, Blightsoil Druid, Butcher of Malakir, Caller of the Pack, Centaur Vinecrasher, Champion of Stray Souls and Cloudthresher. Most of them are too overpriced, and doesn't do the job compared to the aggro they tend to pull.
Hope you found it useful. My Meren deck has been fairly succesful. Check it out for inspiration :)
2 months ago
OK round 2 of advice.
In general, run more creatures if possible. They can be reanimated, can block, be sacrificed, can be tutored with Worldly Tutor, and count in the graveyard for a variety of cards. Take something like Shriekmaw or Nekrataal over Doomblade, it's going to help you more in the long run I think. Also get some guys that blow up artifacts/enchantments like Reclamation Sage. You don't want to have to scoop to a Rest in Peace
Life's Finale makes Living Death better for your opponents. I get that you want to try and reanimate their creatures, but I feel like the theme isn't being supported enough for this card to be worth it over a cheaper board wipe. I only count 3 cards that can reanimate creatures from other graveyards. In my opinion you should either cut Life's Finale, or push the reanimation theme more. If you need another cheaper board wipe try Black Sun's Zenith or Crux of Fate. Actually board wipes in general are better in edh so try to run more of those and less spot removal, since your deck doesn't tend to have much of a board presence early on and stuff being dead is good for you anyway. Since Recurring Nightmare is banned in edh, you can cut that and try some other reanimation spells like Animate Dead, Corpse Dance, or Shallow Grave instead.
I don't like Quicksilver Amulet, your dudes just aren't fat enough for this to be worth running over something that ramps you or fills up your graveyard. Besides, you want stuff in your yard, not your hand. Alternatively, get some bigger dudes in your deck so it's worth it.
When it comes to card advantage in EDH, you usually want to try for engine-type cards over one shot effects (unless those one-shots are really strong). To me it feels like you are thinking too small, running one-shot effects like Pilfered Plans that only draw a card or 2. Get some value trains going! Fortunately, you are in blue and black, the value kings. For drawing/looting, consider spells like Phyrexian Arena, Skullclamp, Rhystic Study, Mind Unbound (potentially dangerous but hey you have a Laboratory Maniac), Monastery Siege, Unfulfilled Desires, Compulsion, and Magus of the Bazaar. For one shot draw: Fact or Fiction, Recurring Insight, or Stroke of Genius are good options for refilling.
Also more dredge cards would be excellent. Stinkweed Imp, Golgari Grave-Troll, Golgari Thug, and Life from the Loam are all great engines for your deck. If you do include Life from the Loam that enables retrace cards like Raven's Crime (not great, but is decent in 1v1s and is an avenue for self-discard) and Worm Harvest (pretty good alt-wincon after a big self-mill, or just use them as fodder for sac engines). Dredge in general is an awesome effect for a deck like this. It can replace ANY draw, not just the one at the beginning of your turn. This gets kind of ridiculous with something like Compulsion in play: "1U, mill 6 if a Stinkweed Imp is in your hand".
I see a small token subtheme, but it's not really where I think it should be. You have a few cards like AEther Mutation and Saproling Symbiosis, but they are pretty unreliable. I do like Awakening Zone though. I would add more creature based token generators like Ant Queen, Myr Battlesphere, Deranged Hermit, Hornet Queen, or Avenger of Zendikar. Notice that these are great to reanimate or exile with Mr. Mime, as well as feeding the other token strategies you want in this deck.
Here are some other cards that would be great in your deck:
- Jarad's Orders - Demonic Tutor and Entomb together, what's not to like?
- Lim-Duls Vault - no idea how to spell this, look it up. Basically it's a more controllable Tunnel Vision at the cost of life and the cards dont go to the yard
- Mindslicer - this card wrecks blue decks, trust me my friend from college plays it and just makes the table his bitch
- Corpse Connoisseur - Entomb on a stick, we take those
- Acidic Slime - must run in green decks
- Westvale Abbey Flip - get it before it gets too expensive
Cards I would cut starting off:
- AEther Mutation - slow, and not really worth it
- Saproling Symbiosis - relies on you already having a board state, this is the definition of a win-more card
- Tempt with Discovery - 4 mana for one land is not worth it, you don't have any lands that are that important to fetch, so if nobody takes the offer this is basically a bad Explosive Vegetation
- Progenitor Mimic - fun ability, but maybe not where you want to be (your call)
- Dimir Charm - there are better things you can be doing with 2 mana
- Rise of the Dark Realms - I know I recommended it before but it honestly just seems like a more expensive Living Death since you're only really focused on self-mill. It is fun and splashy though.
- Abrupt Decay - there is a lot of stuff in edh that costs more than 3 mana, you are going to find this decent at best and completely useless at worst
That should be enough for now
2 months ago
Some options for you: