Creature — Frog
Sacrifice Spore Frog: Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn.
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Spore Frog Discussion
2 weeks ago
Sorry for wall of text but I have a Meren Toolbox deck and here are some of my thoughts on what is good to use.
I would replace Shriekmaw with Bone Shredder. You can return it with Meren easier due to its lower CMC and it self sacrifices if you dont pay the echo cost (to make it easier to get into the graveyard).
Also, you already have Sidisi, Undead Vizier as a repeatable tutor card, and even Rune-Scarred Demon (which i think is inferior to Sidisi anyways), why also run Razaketh, the Foulblooded who has a ridiculously high CMC and requires sacrificing other creature and paying 2 life to search? A far better tutor that is easier to use is Yisan, the Wanderer Bard. More similar to Birthing Pod granted, but they go strait to the library and if you need to you can always sack Yisan to reset his counters. Entomb is also a fantastic tutor for this deck (as long as you arent planning on playing 1v1) and Corpse Connoisseur is Entomb on a creature.
Mindslicer is great for shredding opponents hands.
Agent of Erebos is great for destroying opponents graveyards.
3 weeks ago
3 weeks ago
I think the question with Spore Frog is: what is the problem we encounter that this seeks to solve, and is it worth spending our Meren triggers bringing this tool back over the alternatives? By spending resources recurring Spore Frog, it means we aren't utilizing a Reclamation Sage, Fleshbag Marauder, etc. so we should be sure it's the right choice.
Spore Frog seems to shine best as an anti-aggro strategy against a single aggro deck (since he can't protect you from multiple). The price paid is your Meren trigger each turn. If your meta is such that this gives you the space to win the game, I think there is nothing wrong with the choice - but keep in mind that Spore Frog doesn't deal with problems permanently and requires a continuous stream of resources (Meren triggers) to maintain. So, it is worth examining whether Spore Frog handles the problem better or worse than simply adding more removal (either that which is already in the list above, or alternatives like Infest, Drown in Sorrow, Fatal Push, Snuff Out, Go for the Throat, etc)
Yes! Living Plane has benefits outside of the combo. Off the top of my head:
3 weeks ago
I think I am going to gravitate towards a positive or beautiful afterlife sub theme? and shy away from cards like Attrition or Pawn of Ulamog maybe gravitate towards angels and/or spirits. Some other cards I have found (instead of grading papers and doing my job): Archon of Justice, Walker of the Grove actually most evoke creatures seem good with Karador, Seed Guardian, Deathrite Shaman to conduct the funeral, and Yisan, the Wanderer Bard to play music at the service, Pattern of Rebirth, Resurrection, Spore Frog is on theme and is nasty with Karador
1 month ago
Of those, Pox is the one on my "Maybe's" list, and I'm seriously looking for a way to fit it in because it's just so good! As for the rest, they generally fall into the following categories:
Too slow and/or too expensive: Blood Artist (no combo in the deck, doesn't affect the battlefield at all), Black Market, Bontu the Glorified (tries to do too many things, but does none of them very well), Lotleth Troll, Deadbridge Chant, Deathreap Ritual
Re: Westvale Abbey Flip - colors are too important the first few turns, so we can't really afford any colorless lands unless their activation rate is extremely high or utility is essential to deck function. The distinction is NOT whether a land is good, but rather whether it's necessary to win. I've lost a lot of games being stuck on colorless lands that were "good" but only that.
1 month ago
how come no Blood Artist, Black Market, Bontu the Glorified, Lotleth Troll, Spore Frog, Mesmeric Orb, Pox, Deadbridge Chant, Deathreap Ritual and Westvale Abbey Flip all of these are cheap and super strong in meren with the exception of 2 deadbridge and black market are both really good though.
1 month ago
I think the Armored Ascension substitution was a good one. Sram is pretty short on flight enabling & that plains bonus does get beefy quickly. Just keep in mind with Conqueror's Flail that recurrent damage prevention ABILITIES can still screw you over in a big way **Shakes fist at: Meren of Clan Nel Toth + Spore Frog