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Meren of Clan Value (Duel Banlist)

Duel Commander*

GolgariLeprechaun

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My semi-budget Meren midrange/combo deck. Some lands I am still looking to acquire, but this is what I am playing with in the duel commander meta at my LGS right now.

The general game plan is to slow down or halt the opponent's board development and grind out card advantage with Meren long enough to either combo out, go over my opponent's threats, or take over the game with big beaters and various mini-cmobos and synergies. The deck is essentially a graveyard toolbox with classic GB rock-type value creatures, good removal and Meren as a value engine. Perhaps 5% of your wins will come from actually combo-ing off with Mike and Trike or Mike, walking ballista and any sac outlet but individually these cards contribute to your overall game plan anyway so including the combo comes at a very low cost. An early buried alive into mike and trike in the yard will have your opponent jumping through hoops to avoid being combo-ed out, which opens up room to eke out incremental advantage, which is really what Meren wants to be doing in the first place.

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In: Courser of Kruphix, Mesmeric Fiend, Spore Frog

Out: Phyrexian Revoker, Duress, Darkblast

Most of the changes here are pretty self-explanatory. Fog frog can repeatedly blank the turns of more aggressive decks while Courser of Kruphix is just plain value.

Phyrexian Revoker is great, but can be something of dead card in some matchups and is very easily removed. Dredge 3 is fantastic, but Darkblast still suffers from being a pretty weak removal spell. In a greener meta with more mana dorks or lots of weenie creatures, I would likely find room for the card, but the current meta I play in does not demand such a card.

The one change that requires a little explanation is the exchange of Duress for Mesmeric Fiend. Importantly, mesemeric fiend, with an instant-speed sac outlet in play is a 2-mana exile any nonland card from you opponent's hand that is easily recurrable with Meren. Simply put, you play mesmeric fiend, then with it's ETB trigger on the stack you sacrifice it to Ashnod's Altar, Viscera Seer, High Market, Yahenni, Undying Partisan or Bontu the Glorified, which triggers the fiend's leave the battlefield trigger. You resolve whatever effect the sac outlet has, then you resolve the leave the battlefield trigger which fails to find the card you have yet to remove from your opponent's hand. Then you resolve the ETB trigger, exiling a card from your opponent's hand permanently (for all intents and purposes). You can even flash in a Fleshbag Marauder on a Mimic Vat or ping Mesmeric Fiend with Triskelion with the ETB trigger on the stack for the same effect.

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Date added 1 year
Last updated 1 month
Legality

This deck is not Duel Commander legal.

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Illegal cards Sidisi, Undead Vizier
Cards 99
Avg. CMC 2.62
Tokens 2/2 Zombie, 4/4 Elemental, Liliana, 1/1 Human Cleric, 3/3 Beast, Experience
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