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I think to get the most out of Trostani, Selesnya's Voice's populate ability, I would focus more on things that produce bigger tokens instead of a various 1/1s. Cards like Advent of the Wurm, Giant Adephage, Feudkiller's Verdict, Penumbra Wurm, Rampaging Baloths, Beast Attack or even smaller ones like Call of the Herd, Call of the Conclave, Blade Splicer would imho go much better with the population theme.
January 4, 2019 3:07 a.m.
January 3, 2019 8:22 a.m.
When I was playing Jarad, I used to jam as many Mulches, Commune with the Gods, Seek the Wilds and Satyr Wayfinders as possible. Then used things with / power like Lord of Extinction, Sewer Nemesis, Splinterfright, Apocalypse Demon, etc. to throw at your opponents face.
Also, Meren of Clan Nel Toth is a nice way to reccur the sacrificed creatures turn after turn.
January 3, 2019 8:03 a.m.
Thanks! That two creature combo looks appealing and I will definitely playtest that since I'm already playing Mikaeus, the Unhallowed. I've also realised that replacing Walking Ballista with Triskelion doesn't require Grimgrin to go infinite (if I'm not mistaken).
January 3, 2019 5:52 a.m.
Grimgrin is a great card for deckbuilding as he can be used in so many different ways. I'm currently using him as a finisher and sac. outlet in a combo/control/reanimation shell EDH Challenge: Feed the Grimgrin!.
Great way to start is to use it as a value generator, feed him with creatures that doesn't care about dying and smash face: any self-reccuring creature (Gravecrawler, Reassembling Skeleton); anything with undying or persist (Geralf's Messenger, Glen Elendra Archmage; evoke works too as Riverdare mentioned (Mulldrifter, Shriekmaw); creatures with ETB or die triggers (Solemn Simulacrum); ones that give bonuses from graveyard (Wonder); etc. Also throw in something that benefits from creatures dying (Blood Artist, Grave Pact, Skullclamp, Mimic Vat...).
January 3, 2019 4:26 a.m.
Thanks for the feedback, guys. It confirmed what I was worried about. I now understand that (as Boza said) such card would probably be too good and rightfully doesn't exist.
Specifically, I was looking for something that I would have the option to Buried Alive or Corpse Connoisseur for and then use it to bring back something else. Imagine magical christmas land where there is a Rooftop Storm in play and you Buried Alive for Gravecrawler, Blood Artist and the missing creature (to reanimate Blood Artist), cast the commander Grimgrin, Corpse-Born and kill everyone on the spot. I will have to stick with Entomb for Dread Return in this case.
Other than that I'm aware of all the suggestions you all mentioned. Currently using the most common reanimation spells (Reanimate, Animate Dead, Necromancy...) with looters, Liliana of the Veil discard or above mentioned grave tutors to get creatures into graveyard.
January 3, 2019 3:10 a.m.
I'm currently tuning my EDH Challenge: Feed the Grimgrin!. The deck is a weird mix of combo and reanimation and winnig frequently involves going through some solitaire-ish turns. During testing I often find myself stuck in a situation where I need a creature that, while in a graveyard, can reanimate other creatures.
I tried searching Gatherer with so many different criterias, but the closest I could get was Soul of Innistrad's second ability (which is expensive and puts the creatures into hand, not play).
I have a strong feeling that no such card exists, but I will give it a last try and ask here: Is there a creature card that can reanimate other creatures from graveyard to play, while being in the graveyard itself?
January 2, 2019 8:53 a.m.
As others have said The Scarab God is probably the most powerful option (strong card is strong), but imho kinda boring.
My personal favorite is Grimgrin, Corpse-Born thought. It's slow, it's clunky and you have to go through some hoops to make it work. But feeding him with zombies (who don't care about dying anyway) to even start him moving is very satisfying and thematic for this tribe.
January 2, 2019 7:34 a.m.
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