- 1x Acidic Slime
- 1x Apprentice Necromancer
- 1x Birds of Paradise
- 1x Bloodghast
- 1x Body Snatcher
- 1x Deathrite Shaman
- 1x Eternal Witness
- 1x Fleshbag Marauder
- 1x Hermit Druid
- 1x Merciless Executioner
- 1x Mikaeus, the Unhallowed
- 1x Oracle of Mul Daya
- 1x Phyrexian Delver
- 1x Protean Hulk
- 1x Reclamation Sage
- 1x Rune-Scarred Demon
- 1x Sakura-Tribe Elder
- 1x Sidisi, Undead Vizier
- 1x Solemn Simulacrum
- 1x Spore Frog
- 1x Triskelion
- 1x Viscera Seer
- 1x Walking Ballista
- 1x Wood Elves
- 1x Woodfall Primus
- 1x Woodland Bellower
- 1x Ancient Tomb
- 1x Bayou
- 1x Bojuka Bog
- 1x Boseiju, Who Shelters All
- 1x Cabal Coffers
- 1x Command Tower
- 1x Deserted Temple
- 1x Dryad Arbor
- 1x Dust Bowl
- 7x Forest
- 1x Gaea's Cradle
- 1x Lake of the Dead
- 1x Overgrown Tomb
- 1x Phyrexian Tower
- 1x Strip Mine
- 7x Swamp
- 1x Tainted Wood
- 1x Twilight Mire
- 1x Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
- 1x Verdant Catacombs
- 1x Volrath's Stronghold
- 1x Woodland Cemetery
- 1x Buried Alive
- 1x Cruel Tutor
- 1x Damnation
- 1x Decree of Pain
- 1x Demonic Tutor
- 1x Exsanguinate
- 1x Green Sun's Zenith
- 1x Maelstrom Pulse
- 1x Natural Order
- 1x Reanimate
- 1x Tooth and Nail
- 1x Torment of Hailfire
- 1x Toxic Deluge
- 1x Victimize
- 1x Yawgmoth's Will
I use the foil marking to define the cards that are missing. There are other flags but there is no "Got to buy that shit" flag.
April 20, 2017 12:37 a.m.
Have you considered adding in any stax effects? I find that utilizing a lot of mana dorks (which can be sacced to gain EXP counters) in combination with effects like Null Rod, Root Maze, Winter Orb, etc is very effective. Here's my list if you want to compare.
April 20, 2017 1:18 p.m.
The Mikaeus and walking Balista combo that you have listed, I think I see what you were aiming for but it would not deal damage to opponent because walking balista gets the +1/+1 from Mikaeus...
May 15, 2017 12:25 p.m.
Not Sure if i just missed something or what. Nice list though.
May 15, 2017 12:26 p.m.
although it would be a good way to get the Experience counters... sorry for the multiple comments.
May 15, 2017 12:28 p.m.
Legend06 You have to have a way to sacrifice the walking ballista for the combo to work. You cast Mike first then walking. Walking comes out on the field as a 1/1 creature. You sac it, and Mike brings it back as a 1/1 creature with a +1/+1 counter on it. Remove the counter for damage/ sac it again/ rinse-repeat.
May 15, 2017 10:49 p.m.
fair enough. Still looks like a fairly solid deck. I've always been a fan of the Green black sac decks... What about possibly Running Attrition?
May 16, 2017 9:28 a.m.
Legend06 Actually pulled it out and it's in limbo right now. With this deck setup I can't find a reason to put it in the 99. As it's a great card by itself but does not enable to benefit my deck in any way right now. It's only real power would be if I played Avenger of Zendikar and used it to kill a bunch of creatures with my tokens. Then again I can just do some Merciless Executioner / Fleshbag Marauder cycling to do a similar thing.
May 16, 2017 10:53 a.m.
Phyrexian Delver is another piece for the protean hulk combo if you draw balista or it gets removed or whatever. Also just a great card.
May 16, 2017 11:16 p.m.
AzrielBarakiel Yes I've looked at this card a few times and I'm started to really be blocked on adding things to the 99. Strong card though.
May 17, 2017 1:01 a.m.
Nice list! Have you considered running Null Rod, Winter Orb, and some more mana dorks? Along with Contamination you can really get some nice, asymmetrical resource hate going on. My list runs the same Protean Hulk/Body snatcher line, but heavier on the stax.
May 17, 2017 2:16 a.m.
cyan10101 It is a pretty awesome card but I only run 26 creatures and no way to mass mill myself to make mortal combat any kind of actual win condition. Would be great otherwise.
May 19, 2017 12:09 a.m.
You don't need a sac outlet for Walking Ballista combo, it comes out as a 0/0. It will die on its own after removing
May 19, 2017 7:16 p.m.
RavynTheReaper If you combo Walking Ballista off of Mikaeus, the Unhallowed. WalkingB will come out on the battlefield as a 1/1 creature. If you sac it, it comes back again as a 1/1 creature with an extra +1+1 on it. Use the +1+1 to deal 1 damage to target player or creature/ sac it/ repeat.
When Protean Hulk goes into the graveyard and gives you 6 cmc of tutor'd creatures. Mike Ballista is the best option by far.
May 20, 2017 3:28 a.m.
How competitive are you trying to make this? IS this for 1 on 1 play, or group games? What are some of the decks you are facing doing that stop you? I have some suggestions of cards to think about changing, but I don't know if you need them in your deck to fight something in your meta.
Is Selvala, Heart of the Wilds producing in your deck? It doesn't seem like she would be, because you only have 7 creatures with over 3 natural power, so I imagine you are usually netting 2 additional mana from tapping her. With your creature power curve so low I wouldn't think you were drawing off her first ability that often. Try seeing how often people draw from her besides you and how often you tap her for more than 2 extra mana.
Do you mainly Body Snatcher when you are going for the win? Without a way to get it back from exile, are the 1 less CmC and no life loss better than running Phyrexian Delver that you can recur if someone stops your win?
May 21, 2017 9 a.m.
MxdDrnk75Body Snatcher is what makes the new Protean Hulk unbanning so strong. As you can have hulk hit the graveyard by himself with 0 other cards on the field or in your hand and still pull off the full combo. Phyrexian Delver is a great card and I may pick one up eventually for the deck as general backup.
The rest of the cards you've mentioned are actually just strong Meren cards in general. This deck is about as strong as Meren can get "imo" but when I'm playing with friends or in a LGS I can choose not to just walk over people. It's fun to wood elves a Panharmonicon, then Conjurer's Closet it at end of turn to drop 4 lands in a turn. Selvala, Heart of the Wilds like you said adds very little value to the deck over all. However dropping her early can give you 2 or 3 extra mana if you need it. She may get dropped one day for the Delver above or some other green mana ramp card instead.
Thank you for the good comments man :)
May 21, 2017 4:18 p.m.
Man o man, I absolutely love this Meren list! Deserves a solid +1 in my book. I wish I could afford some of the cards you're using, haha :) As for advice on additions, well, I'm not sure I have any save maybe Hecatomb. I use it in my Meren deck and it comes as a surprise to most of my opponents. Speaking of which, could you comment on my Meren deck as well? Would appreciate it. It's called: Meren's Returning Army.
May 28, 2017 8:24 a.m.
No one here is going to talk about Evolutionary Leap?
May 30, 2017 5:40 p.m.
ZendikariWol it's a great card. I still own one but the problem we have now is that it's only 99 cards and I simply do not have room for it :) If I did have room, it also wouldn't be for Leap :(
May 31, 2017 2:45 a.m.
I would suggest dropping Sanguine Bond, how much life are you gaining in a turn? I'd guess not much.
May 31, 2017 10:56 a.m.
May 31, 2017 12:14 p.m.
What about Greater Good? That card is amazing in most iterations of Meren Decks.
June 6, 2017 7:49 p.m.
I would say to add more spot removal of some kind. I ran a Meren deck that infuriated my friends (reanimate a Void Winnower and durdle with Spore Frog until I could infinite persist combo with Melira) and the moment my friends began running any form of graveyard hate, the deck does almost nothing because the majority of the cards read "when x is put into the graveyard, x happens" Something as simple as an Anafenza can just sit on the field and as long as they have some little mana dorks, sacrifice effects wont edict her off the field. As I can see, you have 2 spot removals and one and half board wipes (BSZ is a half because of the larger mana requirement to kill the fatties.)
I still love the idea of the deck, but something as simple as a rest in piece can essentially go unanswered from your deck because of the lack of spot removal.
June 14, 2017 12:43 p.m.
Walking Ballista is actually an Infinite combo when paired with Mikaeus, the Unhallowed. It works entirely on +1/+1 counters, there's no need to sacrifice it. I saw that conversation in the comments. Triskelion on the other hand you would be forced to kill because he enters as a 1/1 with counters on him. So, Walking Ballista is actually a better combo choice.
Both receive the +1/+1 from Mikaeus, but there's a way around that, that really helps. Use a board wide -1/-1 effect.
July 7, 2017 5:58 a.m.
Night of Souls' Betrayal is one that I can think of. If you manage to get it on board the same turn you have Ballista and Mikaeus, it's a game over. Unlimited direct damage.
July 7, 2017 6:05 a.m.
I do suppose with Triskelion you can also just target it with its own damage, same for Ballista. So in the end they're both equally good.
July 7, 2017 6:12 a.m.
Well, I don't know if Walking Ballista and Triskelion are equally as good. Triskelion enters with 3 (or 4) +1/1 counters (technically a 5/5 if it had undying and the +1/1 from Mike). It would be able to shoot the opponent a couple times, then shoot itself for the last one point, die, and then come back.
Walking Ballista would come in as a 2/2 (+1/1 from mike, + undying counter) so it wouldn't be able to shoot anything without a sacrifice outlet to kill it because it would need to use the only 1/1 counter on it to kill itself.
Technically, they do the same general concept, but ballista only can do it with a sacrifice outlet. Trisk can do it by itself.
July 7, 2017 9:38 a.m.
Upvote for the Meren alter. You have good taste in art.
July 7, 2017 4:40 p.m.
Would a discard outlet be useful, Putrid Imp maybe? Discarding vorinclex (for example) early game and reanimating it seems useful
How has Engineered Explosives worked for you?
I assume you know you have an infinte mana combo in your deck as well. cabal coffers, 5 swamps, deserted temple and rings of brighthearth and basalt monolith and rings. The reason i ask is because it doesn't seem like you need the combo very much. Inifinte colorless is only really good in exsanguinate or torment of hailfire. If you're looking for cuts rings might be a place to look at.
July 27, 2017 9:46 p.m.
I personally think the rings combo just happens to be there. You can rings a strionic resonator for triple triggers, Some creatures just have good activated abilities, etc.
July 28, 2017 12:46 p.m.
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