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Creature — Eldrazi
Devoid (This card has no color.)
At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice a creature.
Whenever you sacrifice a creature, draw a card.
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Smothering Abomination Discussion
3 days ago
2 weeks ago
Hello there as a fellow Meren enthusiast I feel I may have some advice for you. You certainly have a lot of creatures and while Momma Meren loves her some creatures I feel as though you have a few too many. Verdant Force is a prime example of a card of which there are better options in the form of enchantments like how you have From Beyond in your maybeboard. It is much better because it m=has more survivability and it costs less. Another card that plays off of that is Awakening Zone. Both create tokens that Meren can sac. A few other creatures that are in my experience under performers are Great Oak Guardian, Vulturous Zombie, Centaur Vinecrasher, Cloudthresher, Kessig Cagebreakers terastadonBlood Bairn, Apocalypse Demon, Sifter Wurm, Hooded Assassin. They have a high cmc and/ or don't really do all that much. A few options for replacements would be things like Dictate of Erebos, Black Market, Diabolic Tutor, Cultivate, Kodama's Reach, Reclamation Sage, Beseech the Queen, Animate Dead, Strionic Resonator, Spore Frog(a champion of a Meren deck is this frog let me tell you), Viscera Seer, Merciless Executioner, Fleshbag Marauder, Buried Alive, Eldritch Evolution, Blood Artist, Zulaport Cutthroat, Beast Within, Pawn of Ulamog, Sifter of Skulls, Evolutionary Leap, Gonti, Lord of Luxury, Smothering Abomination, Living Death. They offer Meren much more support and help you get the most value out of what you got going on. Because when you have too many creatures the lack of support spells like the ones mentioned above can really slow you down and make you more vulnerable to board wipes and the like and limit your potential wincons. I would also heavily consider Dictate of Erebos over some of the curses because it can just do a lot of work for you. Another thing I noticed is you have Dredge listed in your tag list and I don't really see that much of a Dredge-y presence in the deck. Those are just some thoughts I have after playing both Budget and Much more Expensive versions of Meren for quite a while. But if you don't like what I have to say that's cool. I don't mean to offend at all. And ultimately the choices are your's anyways. So please tell me your thoughts on what I brought up!
Also here is my take on budget Meren that I mentioned earlier. Who Needs $200+ Dollar Decks???
2 weeks ago
Smothering Abomination seems like it would be bonkers IMO
2 weeks ago
No Grave Pact? Also I like more on board draw like Smothering Abomination, Dark Prophecy or Grim Haruspex. Then some more token producers would help, Xathrid Necromancer, Hanweir Militia Captain, Requiem Angel. I also have been enjoying Ravos, Soultender, and High Market in a B/W weeny deck, speaking of weeny decks, Dusk / Dawn works wonders in them, this card brings back most of your stuff while getting rid of everyone's fatties. Shred Memory can become another copy of Altar of Dementia or Blood Artist so its nice as another tutor. Also Nether Traitor (which can be tutored via Shred Memory) can generate infinite mana with your commander and Phyrexian Altar.
2 weeks ago
I mostly have demonic pact in there to keep the Liliana Theme, but sure, I could add Phyrexian Arena.
I don't actually need ways to blow it up that much anymore, because most games recently end up where I have Sidisi, Undead Vizier, or Fleshbag Marauder, or any creature with an etb + Smothering Abomination bouncing around my emblem.
Karn is kind of expensive, but I'll consider Oblivion Stone. would help get rid of an active demonic pact, also works with my emblem. Endstep, I have everyones creatures.
2 weeks ago
KeelHaul10, Doomgape is incredibly expensive at 7 mana. This deck is quite stax-y and by the time this guy can be cast, my creatures (during an average match) will outrank Doomgape by about a total of 100 power, give or take a few, which makes Doomgape a 7 mana trampler (which is quite useless as cards like Slum Reaper will thin the enemies board) with a sac trigger every upkeep. There are better cards that provide a sac trigger every upkeep (Like Smothering Abomination). All in all, Doomgapes only "upside" is that life gain, and even then not a big one as most fodder will be 1/1's
3 weeks ago
In green your options are tougher, but you could be playing Harmonize if you really wanted to, or Regal Force since you will have so many snakes with Hapatra, or Rishkar's Expertise Provided that you don't have too many huge creatures, or Shamanic Revelation, Tireless Tracker,
Tons of artifact options for card advantage, just to name a couple Mind's Eye, Hedron Archive, Carnage Altar, Staff of Nin, the last two pair well with your deck's theme of weakening creatures and making little dudes to profit from.
3 weeks ago
would Smothering Abomination work in this deck?