Creature — Zombie Merfolk
When Mire Triton enters the battlefield, put the top two cards of your library into your graveyard and you gain 2 life.
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|Theros Beyond Death (THB)||Uncommon|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Mire Triton Discussion
4 days ago
I have a lot more experience playing the non-budget deck, so here's how that usually goes as it may apply to both decks:
Early Game (turns 1-5): Dropping mana rocks, trying to set up at least one good reanimation target (either something that answers an immediate problem or to find fuel such as Mire Triton or Recruiter of the Guard) with cards like Entomb or Thrill of Possibility, running out defenses like Lightning Greaves, and getting Alesha out and attacking. Occasionally out-accelerate everyone with Burnished Hart.
Mid Game (turns 5-10): Try to recur fuel into either a more stacked graveyard or answers in-hand. We are usually not 'the threat' at this point, and you can usually engineer an attack by answering a problem, knowing the Fiend Hunter you use now to get damage in will come back to your benefit later when you need it most. Hold your non-creature answers until you absolutely need them. I also tend to be protective of sacrifice outlets, holding them until I need them as well, as my playgroup has grown wise to their importance. Baby Alesha will have more capability to go-wide and start pressuring on the ground here, since the non-budget build has sacrificed most of it's token compliment for more tutors and thus ability to really find answers. My playgroup plays a healthy amount of board clear, so there is often a lot of time spent re-building, something Alesha is very good at with a haste enabler in play.
Late Game (turn 11+): At this point we should be at or near a 1 vs 1. If not at that point, we decide which opponent is best for us to be at that point with and do our best to aid them (usually it's not a deck that is flat struggling, but not the strongest deck either...someone who can help us and perhaps draw the ire of the top deck, but one we can find the weakness of easily and utilize to cripple them at the right time). From there, the deck switches gears into aggro. Sometimes it's just whatever the deck has on-board at the moment, but Alesha can do a good Voltron impression with the right package, or even go full-on stompy with Mirror Entity + Resolute Blademaster.
At least in the non-budget build (and some of these are budget as well, but not necessarily in the budget decklist), the wincons I usually see are thus:
Most of the time the deck is going to win the long game through attrition. It's best not to become too early a threat unless you can really back it up (if you can go for the coveted Entomb + commander + Master of Cruelties on turn 3, we'd be remiss not to!). It is efficient at dealing with threats and re-using answers. Opponents are usually hesitant to kill the 'answers deck' (which is why I emphasize versatile and varied removal, especially if we can tutor or draw for it) too early in case someone has something they can't deal with it. One thing I aim for is to get into a 1 vs 1 situation...this deck, like any 'answers' deck, will be stronger the fewer opponents it has to worry about dealing with.
I try to keep easy infinite combos out of even the non-budget deck, but I can sideboard them in if a pod is more up to it. Reveillark + Karmic Guide + Gray Merchant of Asphodel/Blood Artist and friends + sac outlet of your choice is a pretty budget combo that is a pain to disrupt and I would happily use to kick it up a gear or two if I felt I needed to (and, with proper tutors and outlets, could start happening turn 4-5). Lark and Guide do pretty silly things with a lot of cards, as any Black/White aristocrats deck will happily show you. Karmic Guide itself is responsible for a lot of victories, just in the sheer amount of things it can chain reanimate with an Alesha activation. Or just carrying a piece of equipment against a black deck. Other card advantage engines and Recruiters are the subtle all-stars of the non-budget deck.
A beatdown end-game is often where it goes from here. Overrun victory with Mirror Entity + Resolute Blademaster is reliable if you need more than just your current board. Mirror Entity activation is instant speed, so you can tailor your mana use for what you need. The budget deck is actually better at this wincon in theory, as it has a larger token package to spread the damage wider or push the damage harder if needed. Voltron with some offensive equipments, even on Alesha herself, is often good enough to get us there. If nothing else, an army of demons off of Priest of the Blood Rite or just any large beaters are fine.
1 month ago
Super cool list! I run something similar with Aphemia, the Cacophony and more of an enchantment theme.
The Binding of the Titans: What issues did you have with the card. It's a great graveyard fuel but with so many Uros around I found that it helps the opponent out sometimes.
1 month ago
Nice unique take on Muldrotha! For starters, I would try to cut as many nonpermanents as possible because the less of those, the more cards you can cast with Muldrotha. I would take out Counterspell, Devious Cover-Up, and Price of Fame and replace them with cards like Lunar Force and Decree of Silence or even Siren Stormtamer and Kheru Spellsnatcher. You could also replace them with plain removal like Pernicious Deed, Oblivion Stone, Hostage Taker, etc. However, I very much like Spelljack because it is so on theme with the deck, keep it in! In terms of ramp, Cultivate and Explosive Vegetation are great choices, but you can get by with using Sakura-Tribe Elder, Wayfarer's Bauble, Khalni Heart Expedition, The Mending of Dominaria for your ramp package. These are useful because, once again, they are repeatable. I would also cut the Llanowar Elves if you add enough other ramp cards. Archaeomancer can be upgraded for Eternal Witness. Bond of Insight, Merfolk Secretkeeper, and Mire Triton feel a little out of place because they only mill a few cards. If you want big mill spells I would put in Mind Funeral and Traumatize and for permanents that mill, Sidisi, Brood Tyrant, Stitcher's Supplier, and Dreamborn Muse from your sideboard are all great cards and to top it all off Mesmeric Orb is a terrific card. If you want more instant and sorcery recurral The Mirari Conjecture is great for that. I'm not sure what Deadeye Navigator and Peregrine Drake are doing for you when they are on their own. Evil Twin, and any cards that copy other creatures are flavorful additions. Lastly, why not just steal their permanents when you can also steal their turns with Mindslaver. I hope my ideas have helped, and I hope you keep improving this deck!
1 month ago
Isn't this backwards of how these leagues normally work? I thought the winner is the only one that doesn't get the budget bump, so the most powerful deck doesn't snowball.
Anyway, Mindwrack Harpy is the most pushed intro deck card I've ever seen. That's my first add.
I also like putting in more creatures with ETB effects. It's kind of awkward that you'll want to tap mana dorks for Hogaak. Glowspore Shaman, Golgari Thug, Crow of Dark Tidings, Gamekeeper, and Mire Triton can all help get Hogaak out by turn 3 if you have a good turn 1 play.
There are a lot of good gold cards in BG graeyard stuff, too: If you have anyone that's relying on indestructibility, Drown in Filth is a good budget option to feed your graveyard. If you're built around Hogaak, I'd think it should regularly be a hard removal spell with upside. Nyx Weaver is just a great card in any graveyard deck, and cheap, too. Jarad's Orders is a good double-tutor. Underrealm Lich is worth the $2, in my opinion. I would also ask yourself whether Eternal Witness is $3.50 better than Acolyte of Affliction/Golgari Findbroker/Treasured Find. Storrev, Devkarin Lich didn't get much fanfare, but the power and price tag are there.
Animist's Awakening is good value at just over $1. World Shaper and Splendid Reclamation are a little more expensive, but higher impact than other $4-5 cards I see in the list. Lower on the ramp ladder, note that Harrow and Springbloom Druid put a land in the yard. Funeral Rites isn't a bad draw spell for this deck. Same for Winding Way, Gather the Pack and Relentless Pursuit. Syphon Mind doesn't have much to do with the theme, but I start with it in most of my black value decks. Dark Deal could be very good, especially if your draw power is maximized and you can use your yard as a second hand. Greenwarden of Murasa is just a powerful card. Same for Phyrexian Delver.
Some other general budget cards for considering: Ransack the Lab, Corpse Churn, Dead Reckoning, Grapple with the Past, Hatchery Spider, Millikin, Mindwrack Demon, Once and Future, Splinterfright, The Mending of Dominaria, Skullwinder, Blood for Bones, and Vigor Mortis.
2 months ago
Seems like Jace, Vryn's Prodigy Flip could help fuel this bad boy, if he's in your budget. I've always liked Scarab God, but it's always been hit or miss for me, really good, or nacho libre, nothing at all.
2 months ago
2 months ago
Siren of the Silent Song is a favorite of mine. Also, no Empty the Pits , Syphon Flesh , Vizier of the Scorpion , or Moan of the Unhallowed ? Gotta go wide! I also recommend Stitcher's Supplier , Returned Reveler , and Crow of Dark Tidings . Stocking the graveyard is a good way to spend an early turn, so you can start getting value right away when TSG hits the board, and the mediocre bodies don't matter later, since they can come back as 4/4's. I also recommend Mire Triton and Tymaret Calls the Dead when Theros Beyond Death comes out.