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The Gitrog Monster
Legendary Creature — Frog Horror
At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice The Gitrog Monster unless you sacrifice a land.
You may play an additional land on each of your turns.
Whenever one or more land cards are put into your graveyard from anywhere, draw a card.
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The Gitrog Monster Discussion
5 days ago
1 week ago
Consider adding Lotus Petal .
You could also use artifact lands ( Vault of Whispers , Tree of Tales and Seat of the Synod ). As your deck runs only a few artifacts, you aren't using that part of Muldrotha, the Gravetide 's ability that much, so you could use The Gitrog Monster 's ability to sacrifice an artifact land, then play it from graveyard as an artifact for Muldrotha, the Gravetide 's ability, then play another land from your graveyard as your land for the turn.
1 week ago
Since you mention control-combo I have to plug my favorite deck Should I Pretend This Or That?. It requires you to control the game on some level until you can pull the right pieces together to win. My version is toned down a bit but should be good for most metas.
There are some commanders that would like scapeshift if you want to play it. Lord Windgrace , Omnath, Locus of Rage , and The Gitrog Monster . All of which are strong decks, Gitrog can even be a competitive deck.
1 week ago
@ryanstreet, So Languish is actually a pretty OK idea. I sort of like Damnation cause I like something that deals with everything. It's also not bad to have ways of killing Xantcha, so when you start making a million mana, and you kill the person with Xantcha, then she reverts back to your control - then you really want to kill her and recast her under someone else's control. Although, I guess I gotta be honest, I frequently play against The Gitrog Monster and I just need more ways to deal with it.
Languish does seem justifiable, tho... please let me know if you try it out!
2 weeks ago
@killroy726, FormerBalloon, The problem with cards like Tormod's Crypt , Relic of Progenitus , and Nihil Spellbomb is both deck strategies can easily bypass these. Flash-Hulk can easily tutor out a Grand Abolisher which shuts down their abilities entirely, and Gitrog can always discard another land, or put a draw trigger on the stack to save their Dakmor Salvage just to resume the combo all over again.
@xaarvaxus, The Walking Ballista combo has been removed in order to run these hate cards, but I still note it in case if there are better cards that won't interfere with it. I did run Darksteel Mutation , but the Gitrog player would just start playing their full combo in one turn which bypasses the sorcery speed of Darksteel Mutation . To better effect I simply ran Nevermore naming The Gitrog Monster , but Nevermore would become awkward in games where The Gitrog Monster wasn't present, as Nevermore 's hate effect can really get a particular player to start hating you fast.
@xeratheenigma, I've considered cards such as Go for the Throat and Terminate , but holding up 2 mana every turn can feel like a serious drag and slows my board progression over time, so I would prefer to keep it to 1-mana instant speed spells if applicable. (Plus a lot of popular commanders utilize black anyway, but I agree that I'd like a card that had better range as it feels like a worse Pyroblast .)
Instead of Darkblast I run Molten Vortex as it's repeatable effect can bypass counterspells which is very helpful against counter-heavy decks that want to win through Laboratory Maniac , Azami, Lady of Scrolls , Arcum Dagsson and Edric, Spymaster of Trest . I've ran Barbarian Ring , Cabal Pit , and Scavenger Grounds , but the flux of graveyard hate easily kills threshold and holding up 2 mana and the Scavenger Grounds is a real pain. I'm on the fence about Faerie Macabre as the graveyard-hate effect feels too narrow against other decks. I might be more inclined to run Ghost-Lit Raider , but holding up 4-mana doesn't make it any better either. Leyline of the Void also feels gimmicky as a 1-of in a 100-card deck, as both combos can easily out-race me in playing it if it's not in my opening hand. I would prefer running Planar Void instead, but that card would ruin my Wayward Servant + Gravecrawler combo.
The Gitrog player in my play group doesn't own a Chains of Mephistopheles , but I'm fairly certain it's discard effect would trigger before the dredge trigger unless they have two Dakmor Salvage 's. Either way, it's discard effect by itself isn't an activated ability, so I question if using one to cycle through the deck this way would share the same un-deterministic qualities as using the discard phase. (And thus be frowned upon in tournament settings.)
2 weeks ago
You can consider adding in The Gitrog Monster as well as Underrealm Lich for some sick synergy. Also Tranquil Thicket and Barren Moor gives you more dredge plays that goes super sweet with Life from the Loam . Highly recommend also Entomb since it got recently reprinted and should be pretty cheap to pick up.
Hope that helps!
3 weeks ago
See the commander specific piles for commanders which commonly play DD as a primary game plan.
But also here for reference I have seen Doomsday in:
Grenzo, Dungeon Warden - Alternative DD style
The Gitrog Monster - If you just want to over complicate your deck for no real benefit
Oona, Queen of the Fae - Not needed but heck it works
Dralnu, Lich Lord - Other UB commmander
Rip Leovold, Emissary of Trest ....
Yeah, it's rough my dude. A lot of these cards cost a pretty penny.
3 weeks ago
First and Foremost, you need more lands. Control decks run more, in general, but with a commander that costs 6 mana, you'll want to be able to consistently cast her. I would run no less than 40 lands, since you're running Burgeoning, Fastbond, Swordtooth, Mox Diamond, and Azusa. That's a suite of cards that is hungry for lands at all points. I would also run Exploration , Sakura-Tribe Elder , Cultivate , Kodama's Reach , Skyshroud Claim , Oracle of Mul Daya , The Gitrog Monster , and Tatyova, Benthic Druid to complete the land-ramp package.
You don't need to be running Reliquary Tower or Library of Leng in a 3-color deck with a draw 7 in your command zone. You want to dump, refill, dump refill, not draw 15 cards and sit on them.
In terms of bad cards, I would cut Warping Wail, Manglehorn, Dissipate, Essence Shatter, Snap, Assassin's Strike, Probe, and Temple of the False God.
Personally, I like Chasm Skulker , Damnation , Syphon Mind , Riptide Laboratory , and Eldrazi titans for this deck, as well. For more suggestions, I suggest checking out the Damia page at EDHREC. Good luck!
The Gitrog Monster occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.01%
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.93%
BRG (Jund): 0.32%
BUG (Sultai): 0.27%