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Key to the City
, Discard a card: Up to one target creature can't be blocked this turn.
Whenever Key to the city becomes untapped, you may pay . If you do, draw a card.
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Key to the City Discussion
18 hours ago
You could easily turn this into a Prossh, Skyraider of Kher deck.
I guess the game plan is use Reyhan to acumulate tokens in the battleflied and the put a bunch of them on Tana to create a lot of tokens to overcome your oponents. Tana rules are amazing, but she is trapped in a puny human body, you may want to add ways to make her unblockable Rogue's Passage is always good, I like a lot Key to the City.
Two good budget counters cards that come to my mind are Winding Constrictor and Path of Discovery. There are also many creatures that get counters when creatures dies like Lumberknot, Scavenger Drake or the low cost version that only cares about your creatures Rot Shambler these guys are great because they unify both themes of the deck.
1 day ago
1 day ago
I find Meren a bit challenging to decide what to do with her. She is a powerfull reanimation engine, but she doesn't guide your deck further than that. My Meren is a controlly deck that wins through attrition, many others are combo decks that have many interaction with stuff in their graveyard. So it deppends what you want to do with her.
In general Vedalken Orrery is best thing ever in this deck, definitely a must.
Journey to Eternity Flip is also quite nice, Meren will often be targeted by your opponents as she doesn't animate herself and her cost increases swiftly.
Whispersilk Cloak Is a better option that the boots and the greaves (IMO), as haste is not so important, it's not an aggressive deck, but being unblockable is priceless. Meren animate your creatures on your end step and they come too late for attacking anyway (or for even equipping stuff for that matter).
You may want to add a buch of card draw as the deck will get stuck if Meren is killed, she is you source of card advantage without her fun ends. Skullclamp is totally OP, I like very much also Culling Dais, Smothering Abomination and Deathreap Ritual is a great value card.
I like to use looter effects such as Deal Broker, Gate to the Afterlife and Key to the City to "store" those high cost creatures in the graveyard and dig for cheaper stuff to keep playing.
Well those are my experiences with Meren, I hope they were useful.
2 days ago
enpc Chancery is in there because it taps for 2 mana and works well with my Looting effects to always have at least a land to discard to Key to the City or Owl Familiar and it works well with Peregrine Drake as well as to rebuy ETB lands such as Halimar Depths. As for Grand Abolisher, would you play that over a Selfless Spirit?
3 days ago
Hi. What's exactly your game plan for this deck other than being budget?
You have snakes because they are cool, ok. But there is only one thing in the deck that suport them (Seshiro), the deck doen't support the commander either nor the commander supoprts the deck.
Pharika needs creatures in your graveyard to turn them into snakes but your deck is low on creatures and you dont have any way to feed stuff to your graveyard.
There are also some choices that wouldn't work in commander because the creatures are often big and it is a multiplayer game:
Dead Weight will be insifficient most of the time, find something that actually kills the creature instead, you don't have enchantments synergy either.
Death Wind the same, you will have to spend a lot of mana to kill most of the creatures.
Duress this is a better card for 1v1. You know what happens when you cast this on a player? The other players will be quite happy because you are spending a card doing their a favor. Try have a more selfish mind, use cards that help only yourself or at least that help you more that others. Spend your resources removing things that are worse for you that for the others. A threat in the table is a problem for all the other players, if you kill it you will be helping all the other players, kill it only if its specially bad against you (maybe that player is attacking you all the time or the thing deals damage to everything each turn and it's killing all your snakes).
Personally I would use Hapatra as commander instead, you can keep Pharika in the other 99 cards. Pharika won't be relevant until mid or late game but Hapatra will help you develop your board since the early game.
Support hapatra with a bunch of artifacts or enchantments (Whispersilk Cloak, Key to the City) to make her unblockable and protect her, and then use other cards to grow all the snakes. It can be tribal based like Door of Destinies or Vanquisher's Banner or for all your creatures (Beastmaster Ascension, Thunderfoot Baloth) or a sorcery like Overwhelming Stampede or Overrun.
And always include a lot of card draw, if you run out of cards you will be easy prey for the table, you will be defenseless.
4 days ago
Vona's Hunger could be better than doom blade or unlicensed disintegration.
Swords to Plowshares might be able to fit in on the budget
Custodi Soulbinders could be fun to swing out on a full board
Magmasaur repeatable board wipe?
Seekers' Squire could explore for value
Banewhip Punisher is repeatable creature kill
Emissary of Sunrise probably to expensive CMC, but i think i like explore in your deck
Grenzo, Dungeon Warden most of your creatures have 2 power, this seems great!
Herald of Leshrac if you wanna be mean, but funny at the same time!
Solemn Recruit could get big fast
Taurean Mauler could get big fast
Vampire Hexmage planswalker hate
Rally the Ancestors could be clever. get your combo into the grave, play this and win!
Mask of Memory help filter your draws
Dauthi Mindripper might be better than delirium skeins
drana, liberator of malakir for budget reasons
4 days ago
Hi, I have a Gitrog deck of my own. What I think would improve your deck:
Mesmeric Orb It's a bit pricey but amazing with gitrog as the milling is done one card at a time.
Gaea's Blessing If you happen to mill it you'll shuffle Graveyard with Library, this is a the third layer of protection to avoid milling myself to death which happened to me several times before with previous builds of this deck.
Key to the City Discard a card to smash your opponent with Gitrog or your biggest creature, was it a land? the draw a card, and another on your upkeep. This card has become a staple of many of my decks.
Roar of Challenge kill up to six creatures of an opponent thanks to Gitrog's Deathtouch.
Constant Mists I almos feel bad using this card with Gitrog... almost!
Spitting Spider and Grotesque Hybrid to have some dissuade flyers of coming my way and another land sac outlet and discard outlet.
Stinkweed Imp another great flyer dissuader with high Dredge, I don't run it anymore on this deck because discarding it over and over to Skirge Familiar and finishing the game with Exsanguinate wasn't my playstyle, so I took most of the dredge and discard outlets.
Herald of Leshrac Hi, can I borrow your land for a while... ups, it broke!
You can check the rest of my deck here Deadly Gitrog
5 days ago
@Dandy-lion, Thanks! I have played with Key to the City before but wasn't convinced I did have one card in the sideboard that could give trample, but after testing a little bit, I think I like your Fling suggestion more. So I'm gonna put two of those in the sideboard as an alternative win condition. Thanks for your suggestions!