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Hey very nice meren deck, Meren was my first commander and I love to see other Meren decks as well. I recommend checking her out to help get you some ideas, mine is designed to be a grindy graveyard deck with a mike+trike combo as a fail safe if things go south or if im playing at a high level table.
Some cards that are always worth in a meren deck are sac outlets. Three that are really powerful are Ashnod's Altar , Altar of Dementia , and Phyrexian Altar . These will help build up Meren exp counter while also giving you some type of value in the form of either colorless mana, color mana, or filling up your graveyard. Another good sac outlet that can just win you the game is Contamination . With Meren and Contamination on the field you pretty much slow the game down for everybody else and you just keep recurring creatures and win with incremental value. Sadistic Hypnotist is very nice because it slows down opponents and can sac himself if you have nothing on the field you want to sac. Unfortunately it is sorcery level speed.
There are some budget tutors that can also be useful for your deck. The reason why tutors are nice because it can just get you a card you need right away or help speed up the meren engine. Diabolic Intent is a 1/3 of what demonic tutor cost and it has a lot more synergy for meren because it helps you sac a creature. Eldritch Evolution is even cheaper than Diabolic Intent , it has sac synergy and puts the creature onto the field right away. Sidisi, Undead Vizier is a nice recurring demonic tutor that puts itself in the graveyard, cast sidisi, sac it to itself, and get a card. Then repeat the process using meren to keep getting value.
For boardwipes, I mainly use three. Toxic Deluge its a bit expensive however it is really powerful, 3 mana get rid of the entire board and then you can use meren to bring them back. Pox one of my favorite cards in meren because it does so much stuff and it barely hurts you because you can bring back everything you sac or discard through meren. Living Death is also super powerful when combined with a sac outlet, you cast living death and if there is no counterspells you sac everything in response and bring all your creatures back to life.
For creatures, the best creatures for meren are stuff that either like to die, have solid etb triggers, or make it easier to kill off your own creatures. For example, Mindslicer is an insane card. If you can sac mindslicer right after you cast it, you slow your opponents down while fueling the meren engine by filling up your graveyard with stuff to put back on the field or hand. Liliana, Heretical Healer Flip is a bit expensive however it is very nice because if it see's something dies it gets you a zombie and becomes a very powerful planeswalker that can hurt your opponents hands, fill up your graveyard, and lets you bring the dead back to life. Phyrexian Delver is really insane because it brings back any creature from your yard, so when you have 5 exp counters or hard cast delver you can just bring back that really strong high mana creature in your yard. Dont be afraid to lose life.
I hope these tips help you out. dont forget to check my meren deck to see if there is anything else that interest you, you can also send me messages if you have questions about why I use certain cards or why I dont use certain cards to maybe help you tweak your meren deck. But overall you have a very solid meren deck.
August 12, 2019 11:54 p.m.
I love to see legend legends decks. I have three; vaevictis, hazezon, and nebuchadnezzar.
Because majority of your landbase is basic and you got decent ramp, you might want to cosnider just going all basic and run some fun nonbasic land hate. That is one of my strategies in my OG vaevictis deck. It helps slow down decks, especially greedy decks, which gives you time to start the snowball of suicide squad. There are some classic nonbasic hate like Ruination and Blood Moon but my favorite one in Vaevictis is Destructive Flow , the pinnacle of jund cards.
Because you run a lot of sac outlets, you might want to consider some cards that enjoy dying. Mindslicer is a very powerful card that if you can get it to die will put everybody at a halt except for you because your commander can bring them back. Plaguecrafter , Fleshbag Marauder , and Merciless Executioner are another set of creatures that are solid in slowing your opponent down and are wonderful things to bring back using your commander. Plaguecrafter is the best of the set because it can get rid of walkers and make your opponents discard. I run all three in my Meren deck.
Liliana, Heretical Healer Flip and Meren of Clan Nel Toth are also good cards to consider in the deck for some recursion. liliana can also get you a zombie and can do more things then just causing recursion.
I also recommend cutting Tempt with Discovery because you dont have any really powerful lands. So even if people accept the tempt they might get something more powerful, for example a stax deck can pull a Strip Mine and make you lose a land, a black deck can pull a Cabal Coffers and get a lot of mana, and a really expensive green deck can just get a Gaea's Cradle . It might just be best to put a mana dork or another green land tutor card. For the same mana cost, you can put in Mwonvuli Acid-Moss , destroys a land and gets you a forest, it will give you a 2 mana lead against one of your opponents and a one mana lead against the rest of them.
Overall though its a very cool deck. I recommend checking out my Meren deck to maybe give you ideas for more creatures that dont mind dying or are good for recursion and to see if there are any sac outlets or graveyard recursion you might want to consider for your deck. Also my vaevictis deck can help ya find some fun jund cards for your legend legends deck.
I hope this helps!
August 12, 2019 4:09 p.m.
If you are having trouble with aggro creature decks, I recommend Plaguecrafter , Fleshbag Marauder , or Merciless Executioner . Plaguecrafter is the best one so i recommend at least that one. My meren deck runs all three because its a reusable kill spell that you can spam multiple times per turn.
Two other cards that can help you out can be Mindslicer and Liliana, Heretical Healer Flip. Mindslicer when saced will force your opponents to top deck and will slow them down. While you should be at the same speed because you can just reanimate your cards or bring them back to your hand. Liliana is nice just because you can use her +1 to fill up your graveyard to cheat out stuff with meren or use it as another way to bring cards back to the field.
Also one really cool card to reanimate a lot with is Terastodon . In my meren deck, I bring it out by turn 3 and that just helps mess with everybody mana base.
For mana, Dryad Arbor is a good one for meren, you only need 0 exp to bring it back and its a free creature to be used to sac/produce mana.
Very cool deck. Meren was my first commander so i love seeing other meren decks. If you want,check out mine and you might be able to find cards that can help ya out
August 10, 2019 5:30 p.m.
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