Enchantment Creature — Spider
At the beginning of your upkeep, put the top two cards of your library into your graveyard.
, Exile Nyx Weaver: Return target card from your graveyard to your hand.
|Want (2)||Merxzay , timlinktom|
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|Commander 2020 (C20)||Uncommon|
|Journey into Nyx (JOU)||Uncommon|
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|Quest Magic RPG||Legal|
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Nyx Weaver Discussion
1 month ago
, thanks for the comment. I won't be adding anything too far out of budget, costing more than 3, or too many instants and sorceries, since those were the design constraints I placed on myself for this build. With my playtesting, I've found that having the right options in the graveyard is more important than having many options in the graveyard or the right options in hand. Buried Alive has been the most successful card in the deck by an extremely large margin while cards like Nyx Weaver and Chronicler of Heroes (which I had in earlier revisions) showed that more standard mill and card draw tend to underperform, respectively. So while Satyr Wayfinder was successful, I often preferred Sakura-Tribe Elder, Viridian Emissary, or Wood Elves for the speed. Also, generally speaking, I'd prefer to have more ways to protect Tayam than redundant options like Sevinne's Reclamation, and you're correct that I should add more. I'll add Selfless Spirit to the maybeboard as a non-budget stretch goal and toss in Dauntless Escort now. I also like Ramunap Excavator since I find it tough to get myself to choose a Forest out of the bin when Abzan Ascendancy or something is seducing me away. Plus, it would synergize with another of my favorite cards in Sylvan Safekeeper for more commander protection.
2 months ago
Ah yup, I see Elesh helps your Devoted Druid go infinite with Tayam.
Other cuts then, without having tried the deck, I would say Nyx Weaver or Teysa, Orzhov Scion. I used to have Nyx Weaver in my Muldrotha deck, but I feel like it fills the graveyard too slowly to warrant a spot. So I would put Rishkar or Evolution Sage over it. Teysa might be too slow / resource intensive to me? Only half your creatures are black, and sacrificing 3 of your white creatures to remove one isn't a great trade when you'd have to use Tayam's ability multiple times to bring them back.
2 months ago
Good start. I think Spiders can be pretty scary when they get set up. The real advantage of this tribe is the defense they offer, making it very hard to attack you.
You are really low on lands. I think 36 would be a minimum, but 37-38 might be ideal considering how slow spiders are. I would recommend Oran-Rief, the Vastwood to make your spiders bigger. Bojuka Bog could also easily make an appearance here. A few more dual and tri-lands to smooth out your mana wouldn't hurt, either.
You're missing a few spiders I would consider important, notably Silklash Spider, Spider Spawning, Arachnogenesis, Hatchery Spider, Nyx Weaver, Jungle Weaver (cycling and a fatty is nice) and Blightwidow. There are also the anti-flying spiders Oran-Rief Recluse and Stingerfling Spider that will often have good targets. In a format where Lightning Greaves is a staple, I like having access to Acid Web Spider.
In terms of synergy with Thantis, Obscuring Haze seems great, Crawlspace seems good at directing combat elsewhere, and Sight of the Scalelords gives your team vigilance and they also get pretty beefy.
In terms of cuts, I would start with the large amount of tricks you are playing. They are okay 1v1, but start to look a lot worse in multiplayer. Some number of Dark Dabbling, Undying Evil, Without Weakness, Kaya's Ghostform, and Minion's Return would be fine.
You also have a series of instants and sorceries that don't offer enough value in my opinion, such as Crash Through and Pyretic Ritual. Explore won't work too well with only 32 lands, either.
I would also think about cutting Viper's Kiss and Atarka's Command.
I don't know if you mistook her for a spider, but Xira Arien is an insect. You could be playing much better card draw instead of her.
Hope this helps!
5 months ago
I've been fiddling with my own mutate deck. Its not infect but it is helmed by Otrimi, and I've been extremely happy with the goldfishing so far. I'd say you could probably go down to 35-36 lands with 7-8 ramp spells. You are going to want a close to equal balance of infect and mutate creatures, balanced out with a 3-4 tutors in case you need something specific. I'm not sure about how much graveyard filling you have either. You can get creatures back but only if they're mutate and you have Otrimi hitting someone, plus no real easy way to get back infect creatures. I'd say you could lose Creeperhulk, Gigantomancer Mirror Image Nyx Weaver Satyr Wayfinder The Mimeoplasm Nature's Claim Grisly Salvage Grapple with the Past Winding Way Dark Deal Mulch This is just my opinion, hope it helps.
5 months ago
Fauna Shaman is a great card and I believe it will fit well in this particular deck. You can discard a creature (any keyword junkies) to get it into your graveyard to tutor up a creature to your hand.
Nyx Weaver is one that will mill you at each of your upkeeps. If you need to, it can also pull an important creature out of your grave in case someone removes it all in one go (let's face it, these decks will have people looking to remove your grave to power it down).
Ramunap Hydra is probably one that you can put in instead of End-Raze Forerunners. It doesnt do much to enable your board, but you can benefit from all 3 of its abilities when in the grave as opposed to the Boar's 2 and for half of the cost. You do lose the temporary boost though to your creatures. So that one is iffy.
Kunoros, Hound of Athreos is another nice little keyword junkie. However, it will prevent you from any active recursion that you have on board. I see that you have a few already and don't know how much more you plan to have in the deck.
Tomb Robber is one that will allow you discard a card as well to Explore. It can offer you a means of digging for a land if you happen to miss one, as well as potentially putting even more goodies in the grave.
Geier Reach Sanitarium Is another nifty land that will tap for a colorless or let everyone draw a card to discard. You may not want everyone drawing, but it adds another permanent to your arsenal.
As far as Haste generators go, the only 2 that come to my mind are Concordant Crossroads and Akroma's Memorial. With the latter offering more abilities to your creatures at the expense of a much higher cmc.
7 months ago
Nice meren deck. This is mine that I have been using since meren has came out as a card. https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/graveyard-queen-meren-of-clan-nel-toth/ If you have any questions on why I use or dont use a card let me know, I am always happy to help other meren players out.
Having a Liliana, Heretical Healer Flip and Reanimate is nice for backup reanimation cards. Meren does typically get targeted so you want your 99 to be really tight and well. Then Meren is just the nice gravy engine that takes the deck from 100% to 1000%. So having similar effects of Meren is nice.
Sac outlets are very important for meren cause you want your exp counters to be as high as possible. It also synergizes well with merens ability. Phyrexian Altar and Ashnod's Altar are nice ones to use cause they can generate mana. Carrion Feeder is a good one drop sac outlet that can sac itself. Protip: you mainly want creatures that can sac themselves and others vs just others. The exception to the rule is creatures with really strong abilities like Razaketh, the Foulblooded. Diabolic Intent is very nice because it is a tutor and a sac ability combined together.
Because meren ability revolves around bringing the dead back to life, you want creatures that can either kill themselves, have strong etb triggers, or like to die so you abuse meren ability and get a lot of value. Plaguecrafter, Fleshbag Marauder, and Merciless Executioner are some creatures that a really solid etb trigger. I recommend at least running Plaguecrafter. Terastodon has a very nice etb trigger, it also synergizes well with natural order. Getting a turn 3 or turn 4 terastodon and targeting 3 lands is a nice way to get somebody to scoop. Mindslicer is a wonderful creature in meren decks, you sac it get an exp counter, make everybody top deck, and you fill up your graveyard. Everybody is suffering except you.
You are playing black and green so you have access to some really strong tutors. Pattern of Rebirth is a really good one because it just grabs any creature. Woodland Bellower is nice because it puts the tutor creature onto the battlefield, Fierce Empath is a nice tutor to grab any of your big creatures. Whats nice is both these cards synergize with each other so you can cast woodland bellower, tutor fierce empath and then grab another big creature Or do the inverse and you can do fierce empath to grab woodland so then woodland can get you a useful small creature. What is also nice is both of these are creature cards so you can abuse them with meren ability and keep tutoring cards each turn.
Some straight upgrades. Instead of Wall of Roots use Devoted Druid. Same mana cost but you can use devoted druid ability more then once per turn, plus when it dies you get an exp counter. Instead of Nyx Weaver use Altar of Dementia, same mana cost but easier to cast cause colorless, its a sac outlet so it synergizes with the deck better. It also has a higher roof which means you can mill yourself much more then 2 per turn. Also its ability if flexible and you have the option to mill other people but that isnt as strong as just milling yourself. Instead of Glowspore Shaman try Entomb or Buried Alive, it allows you to search your deck and pick what card you want to put in your graveyard. What is also nice is entomb is at instant speed.
I hope this helps a lot.
7 months 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.
7 months ago
Have you considered Splinterfright? It mills like the Nyx Weaver, while growing like the Nighthowler. It also works really well with Deadbridge Chant; though it may be a bit on the expensive side, it seems like it would fit here as a one of. Hope this helps.