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When Merciless Executioner enters the battlefield, each player sacrifices a creature.
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Merciless Executioner Discussion
1 day ago
As for Ravenous Chupacabra, it is too slow and Spore Frog is generally un-needed as my deck is setup to establish fast locks even before creature combat becomes relevant. Why stop combat damage if you remove their creatures or even prevent their creatures from ever being casted?
Solemn Simulacrum and Viridian Emissary count as bad ramp. They are all too slow. Run full set of 1 cmc dorks instead for the most efficient mana ramp. There's a reason why I also did not even consider Sakura-Tribe Elder.
Your other suggestions are also over-costed effects: Thoughtpicker Witch would be good if it did not have a 1 colorless activation cost. Sadistic Hypnotist belongs as a combo piece in Nath of the Gilt-Leaf. For discard you generally want them to be cheap and recurring, like Bottomless Pit, Burglar Rat, Liliana of the Veil or Oppression. Mindslicer is an exception because the effect is extremely powerful.
Savra, Queen of the Golgari is over-costed and slow. The life component is generally irrelevant and for the sacrificial component, it is way faster and more efficient to tutor or chain into the Edict brothers through Birthing Pod, Fauna Shaman or Survival of the Fittest and then recurring through Meren.
To make Meren competitive, any card that costs more than 3 CMC has to either cripple your opponent decks by cripping their important pieces or be part of your win conditions. Stax pieces are very important to stop combo decks from steamrolling over you.
1 week ago
1 week ago
Right off the bat there's some automatic includes I like to run in Golgari colors - those cards usually include some powerful effects that can effect the whole board with very little cost to you.
One of the biggest strengths black has is the ability to use what are referred to as Edict effects, which is a reference to a card called Diabolic Edict that forces your opponents to sacrifice creatures. This is powerful because no matter what you will trade a creature of yours for a creature of EACH opponent's - that's a one-for-three trade which gives you a sizable card advantage. Also sacrificing gets through pesky strategies like Indestructible or Hexproof from your opponents' commanders (chances are your opponents are going to try to protect their commanders very well).
For creatures that can do this easily, ordered from most favorite to least, Plaguecrafter, Merciless Executioner/Fleshbag Marauder (they are identical), lastly Slum Reaper. Slum Reaper is a bit more expensive but it's useful if you need more consistency of killing enemy creatures. If you REALLY want to push your opponents' creatures Butcher of Malakir can make sure no creature stays on the battlefield for very long as long as you constantly have creatures to throw into the graveyard.
You also have options in enchantments that can do this effect as well. Grave Pact and Dictate of Erebos are solid options, but should only be seriously considered if you're focusing on a sacrifice theme.
Secondly, I like adding sacrifice outlets. They are powerful additions that give you an out whenever you're dealing with targeted or mass creature removal. Ideally you want your sacrifice outlets to be free, so cards like Ashnod's Altar, Altar of Dementia, Carrion Feeder, and Viscera Seer will make sure you never get nothing from a creature dying on your side of the battlefield. Other options that can play well with Vhati il-Dal are Phyrexian Plaguelord who can turn your creatures into a -1/-1 for a creature that you weaken with Vhati's activated ability. If you're going with a creature-focused combat damage strategy Evolutionary Leap and Mycoloth are good options to trade your weaker creatures for more powerful options.
I'll list some overall good cards to add for Golgari colors, as well. Ramp (Named for Rampant Growth. These are cards that generate more mana for a small investment.)
- Sakura-Tribe Elder
- Kodama's Reach
- Explosive Vegetation
- Wood Elves
- Skyshroud Claim
- Solemn Simulacrum
- Golgari Signet
- Darksteel Ingot
- Cultivator's Caravan
- Sol Ring
- Eternal Witness
- Golgari Findbroker
- Journey to Eternity Flip
- Dread Return
- Find / Finality
- Living Death
- Hero's Downfall
- Malicious Affliction
- Unravel the Aether
- Acidic Slime
- Reclamation Sage
- Krosan Grip
- Beast Within
These are all just some ideas I hope they help you tone the deck into the direction you want it to go into.
2 weeks ago
bushido_man96 Thanks for the suggestions. Ashnods alter and Phyrexian Altar were both cards I considered putting into the deck, but discarded them because I wanted to run more creature that synergized with Meren's recursion ability. When playing this deck though I have noticed that I want more permanent Sac outlets like Viscera Seer. I ran Fleshbag Marauder and Merciless Executioner because I could sacrifice them with their ETB effect and force opponents to sacrifice a creature but it is a one time deal until I can recur them. I do like Phyrexian Plaguelord and the fact he can help with removal but I don't think he will fit in as well because of the higher CMC. I will try to work out ways to include Nantuko Husk and Phyrexian Ghoul though because at 3 CMC being able to recur them is easier if I need to and can help me start sacrificing creatures sooner. Thanks again for comment!
2 weeks ago
Control, eh? The handy trio of Fleshbag Marauder, Plaguecrafter, and Merciless Executioner will keep your opponents low on creatures. Recurring the Plaguecrafter especially is super tough on opponents. Underrealm Lich lets you basically Ancestral Recall for each draw. Want to have the whole table hate you? Standstill every turn. Journey to Eternity Flip is another great way to reuse creatures every turn, and that along with Meren of Clan Nel Toth will keep your recursive engine going. Need to ping lots of dudes at once? Walking Ballista and Bane of the Living will keep the board clear.
3 weeks ago
1 month ago
While obviously not the most competitive, I still include It That Betrays in my Meren of Clan Nel Toth deck. Just use it alongside Plaguecrafter, Merciless Executioner/Fleshbag Marauder, Dictate of Erebos, Butcher of Malakir and Grave Pact like effects :)
1 month ago
I think you need an Eternal Scourge for this deck.
AH HA! I finally see figured out what this deck is really needing. More punch.
Specifically, this deck should be maximizing the 'creature enters the battlefield' effects.
You are creature one or more token copies of a creature.
Those creatures should not just sit there looking at you like an idiot. Make those token work.
I know that the token come into play tapped and attacking, but by using the ETB triggers those tokens will be doing double duty.
Another thing I noticed while looking at what other people are doing with this deck is the use of +1/+1 counters to power things.
Not sure if that is a direction this deck need to go, so I'm not going to use that too much.
With that new idea in mind, lets look at some swaps.
OUT: Budoka Gardener, Charnelhoard Wurm, Emissary of Grudges, Indulgent Tormentor, Rubblehulk, Scute Mob, Scuttling Doom Engine, Seedborn Muse, Zendikar Incarnate
Not sure about: Loyal Apprentice, Loyal Guardian, Loyal Subordinate, Rampaging Baloths
IN, with no particualr order:
(I'm going to list more cards than we take out so that you have some options to consider.)
Wood Elves, note that the Forest does not have to be a basic Forest. We can fecth a dual or shock land.
Eternal Witness, to get back any other card.
Greenwarden of Murasa, another option for card recursion.
Solemn Simulacrum, land fetch and card draw ine one.
Broodmate Dragon, because dragons.
Garna, the Bloodflame, for more graveyard recursion.
Fleshbag Marauder and/or, Merciless Executioner to help control the board. We can use the sac
Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord, fattie with life draining ability.
Mindslicer, so that we can make people's lives suck.
Pilgrim's Eye, land search and flying chump blocker. the poor man's Solemn Simulacrum
Hoarding Dragon, because it never hurts to get useful artifacts.
Netherborn Phalanx, this one has always been good to me in group games. Really punishes the token player.
Puppeteer Clique, so that we can eat and exile opponenet's creatures.
Dire Fleet Daredevil, why not cast other people's spells?
Balustrade Spy, screw your deck.
Avalanche Riders, screw your land.
Sadistic Hypnotist, screw your hand.
Entomber Exarch, give us some nice options. It is a bit weak, but useful and cheap.
Bogardan Hellkite, becuase damage is almost always good. But I'm not sure about the mana cost on this one.
Molten Primordial, let's use our sacrifice outlets on other peoples stuff.
Viscera Seer, so that we can filter the top deck when we sacrifice creatures.
Hornet Queen, tokens making tokens, now with deathtouch.
Feldon of the Third Path, create tokens of creatures that don't get exiled.
Kresh the Bloodbraided or Sek'Kuar, Deathkeeper as alternate commanders and good creatures.
Not creatues but need to be in the deck:
Warstorm Surge, let's turn each token into direct damage in addition to it's ETB.
Path of Discovery, why not explore the deck?
Evolutionary Leap, I'm not sure about this one, I like the ability to fetch more creatues from the deck, but we may need more dicard outlets to really make this work for use.
Goblin Bombardment, cheap to cast, multiple uses, may help finish off the last opponent.
So, let me know what you think.
Great. Thanks. Now after helping you with this deck, I'm going to have to finish my jund deck. I'll see if I can get my list up in a couple of days.