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No problem, I personally think all the Vraska are bad for commander and for meren specifically. I call vraska the good old bait planeswalker. A lot of people who make their first golgari commander deck think Vraska is good but then after playing it just never works as well as you want it too.

I used to run dictate of erebos and grave pact but my deck ended up getting enough tutors and reanimate abilties that plaguecrafter and mindless excutioner was good enough to get rid of a lot of creatures. Things like carrier thrall are nice but the issue is you rather actually have sac outlets that do stuff for you or mana dorks because they are a faster way to get mana. Because having something that can turn into a sac outlet and get ya mana can be a bit too slow for meren.

Some boardwipes you should consider are Pox, Toxic Deluge, and Smallpox. I am a big fan of pox in meren, it does a lot and because meren is so resilient you usually stand on top after the boardwipe.

If you want more control consider Contamination. If you want a cool big creature It That Betrays is a nice one, I usually get it out t4 with pattern of rebirth and a sac outlet. turning carrion feeder into a big baddy is really nice.

If you want your deck to become really strong, how I designed mine was mainly a lot of tutors and sac outlets to then pretty much get a combo to win or to get one of my big value creatures and beat people to death to win. then I have some small creatures for removal like rec sage and plaguecrafter. You pretty much want sac outlets, tutors, reanimation, etb or leave the battlefield ability creatures, value creatures, and a win con. whats really nice about meren is that you don't need a lot because if people get rid of your stuff you just bring it back. Meren is the most resilient deck out there. Your three biggest weakness will be Torpor Orb, Stranglehold, and Rest in Peace. the best way to counter all three of those is Caustic Caterpillar so if you know your opponent has one of those always get one in hand in case of emergency.

Im glad I could help, don't forget to check my deck to see some cards I didnt mention and if ya got any more questions feel free to ask.

February 10, 2020 9:34 p.m.

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Nice meren deck. This is mine that I have been using since meren has came out as a card. https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/graveyard-queen-meren-of-clan-nel-toth/ If you have any questions on why I use or dont use a card let me know, I am always happy to help other meren players out.

Having a Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip and Reanimate is nice for backup reanimation cards. Meren does typically get targeted so you want your 99 to be really tight and well. Then Meren is just the nice gravy engine that takes the deck from 100% to 1000%. So having similar effects of Meren is nice.

Sac outlets are very important for meren cause you want your exp counters to be as high as possible. It also synergizes well with merens ability. Phyrexian Altar and Ashnod's Altar are nice ones to use cause they can generate mana. Carrion Feeder is a good one drop sac outlet that can sac itself. Protip: you mainly want creatures that can sac themselves and others vs just others. The exception to the rule is creatures with really strong abilities like Razaketh, the Foulblooded. Diabolic Intent is very nice because it is a tutor and a sac ability combined together.

Because meren ability revolves around bringing the dead back to life, you want creatures that can either kill themselves, have strong etb triggers, or like to die so you abuse meren ability and get a lot of value. Plaguecrafter, Fleshbag Marauder, and Merciless Executioner are some creatures that a really solid etb trigger. I recommend at least running Plaguecrafter. Terastodon has a very nice etb trigger, it also synergizes well with natural order. Getting a turn 3 or turn 4 terastodon and targeting 3 lands is a nice way to get somebody to scoop. Mindslicer is a wonderful creature in meren decks, you sac it get an exp counter, make everybody top deck, and you fill up your graveyard. Everybody is suffering except you.

You are playing black and green so you have access to some really strong tutors. Pattern of Rebirth is a really good one because it just grabs any creature. Woodland Bellower is nice because it puts the tutor creature onto the battlefield, Fierce Empath is a nice tutor to grab any of your big creatures. Whats nice is both these cards synergize with each other so you can cast woodland bellower, tutor fierce empath and then grab another big creature Or do the inverse and you can do fierce empath to grab woodland so then woodland can get you a useful small creature. What is also nice is both of these are creature cards so you can abuse them with meren ability and keep tutoring cards each turn.

Some straight upgrades. Instead of Wall of Roots use Devoted Druid. Same mana cost but you can use devoted druid ability more then once per turn, plus when it dies you get an exp counter. Instead of Nyx Weaver use Altar of Dementia, same mana cost but easier to cast cause colorless, its a sac outlet so it synergizes with the deck better. It also has a higher roof which means you can mill yourself much more then 2 per turn. Also its ability if flexible and you have the option to mill other people but that isnt as strong as just milling yourself. Instead of Glowspore Shaman try Entomb or Buried Alive, it allows you to search your deck and pick what card you want to put in your graveyard. What is also nice is entomb is at instant speed.

I hope this helps a lot.

February 10, 2020 2:54 p.m.

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