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Creature — Thrull
Tap, Sacrifice Basal Thrull: Add (Black)(Black) to your mana pool.
2 months ago
Not sure how I forgot to mention this in my 1st post, but Proliferate bangs here. Consider Plaguemaw Beast, Unnatural Restoration, Yawgmoth, Thran Physician, Karn's Bastion, Contagion Clasp, Contagion Engine & Evolution Sage.
Also, a word of warning: there is no way to keep Meren of Clan Nel Toth ultra-casual. Her nature as a Reanimator steers her to higher power levels than casual pods aim for. You'll see what I mean as you continue to refine your decklist!
3 months ago
Hey dude! Gonna try to keep this brief and not go down a brewing rabbit hole lol.
Have you considered extra combat phases? Your Commander's strategy obviously hinges upon you being able to attack with it, so doing it multiple times a turn is the way to go imho.
Although I wouldn't go overboard with it, there are a few worth thinking over such as Aggravated Assault, Combat Celebrant, Breath of Fury (extra good if you're running creatures that want to be sacrificed on your way to drawing cards via your Commander, Cathodion for example), Seize the Day, Savage Beating & World at War.
Creatures that sacrifice themselves could also be great, stuff like Ball Lightning, Groundbreaker & Lightning Skelemental can do a lot of damage. Blood Pet, Goldhound, Reckless Barbarian, Generator Servant, Tinder Wall, Wild Cantor & Basal Thrull draw and ramp you at the same time, which is pretty neat. Eldrazi token generators like Sifter of Skulls, From Beyond & Awakening Zone can help you keep that engine running in longer games. Haywire Mite, Caustic Caterpillar &Cankerbloom draw, control the board and replace their presence on your own board for a great rate.
Lastly, you need a lot more mana dorks, my guy. As many as possible.
Sorry for being so long-winded! Cheers!
8 months ago
A few janky ways to ramp/have a blocker is to use Thrulls like Blood Pet, Basal Thrull, and Blood Vassal, any of these offers a small body that can get out your Ob sooner if you aren't being pressed hard.
Not sure if you find it difficult to reach the long game, but have you thought about a cheap evasive lifelinker like Vault Skirge? Usually it goes with Cranial Plating, but in a deck like this it's a reasonable 1 drop that quickly makes up for it's life payment (either by attacking or blocking), and if it lasts until turn 3 you can start putting counters on it with Fight Rigging, which should actually matter after a turn or two. If it's not answered (and you cast Fight Rigging on turn 3) your Vault Skirge will have dealt 10 damage total on turn 5 (and gained you 10 life), if you can get your Ob out on time you only need them to tutor once to lose.
Very cool deck idea!
1 year ago
There's always the Fallen Empires gem Basal Thrull for the epic phil foglio art and the t3 Endrek
1 year ago
2 years ago
Carnival of souls is quite the pick! I don't think I would run it, seems too easy to kill yourself. Though with enough aristocrats effects, I suppose you can get by.
In my grenzo deck I have about 20 non-creature cards. 2 of them inherently can be used in the graveyard and I decided on the others because I needed more interaction in the group I was playing against.
Out of those ones which you aren't running and I don't see in your maybe pile or deck that you should consider are:
Thran Turbine essentially a sol ring that you can use only during your upkeep on grenzo
Elixir of Immortality a way to protect your graveyard from someone trying to exile it
Desecrated Tomb makes each successful grenzo activation net you a Bat
Tel-Jilad Stylus lets you do 2 things -- repeat an etb of a creature already out, protect a creature from being interacted with. You can even activate grenzo and then use this in response to avoid targeted destruction. I've used this thing on Faceless Butcher to save grenzo from boardwipes.
Dark Privilege lets you block most creatures with grenzo, use it as a sac outlet and increases his power and toughness by 1. It also avoids lots of targeted removal, though not the most popular boardwipes.
Songs of the Damned depending on where the game is, this can be worse than dark ritual or net you 10 mana.
I would additionally suggest giving
a spin because it is some very good disruption, removes enchantments and lands. If you're lucky it can be a red timewalk due to bringing in the lands untapped.
A land you might want is Scorched Ruins . As far as you are concerned, once grenzo is out, this is like playing 2 lands for one. though there are obviously downsides.
My mana base consists of 36 lands and 12 creatures that produce mana, or in the case of
You have 6 out of the 12, and are running palladium myr which isn't a bad pick and I honestly forgot about it. The 5 which I haven't mentioned are Basal Thrull , Generator Servant , Treasure Nabber , Blood Vassal and Catalyst Elemental . With the exception of Nabber, they all replace themselves manawise due to generation 2 mana. I would avoid putting in manadorks that do not make 2 or more mana.
You might additionally want to consider
which lets you recur creatures or disrupts someone else's grave.
Since a grenzo deck usually does not cast that many spells, you can try throwing in some asymmetrical effects, such as
Eidolon of the Great Revel
to leverage that, though with the direction your deck is currently in, that doesn't seem necessary.
Additionally Shrieking Mogg can be used both offensively and defensively. If you know it's on the bottom, you can tap down an opponent before their declare attackers step. If it's your turn, tap down their creatures during your declare attackers step and all of their blockers will be tapped. It also neatly fits into the goblin theme you already have present.
2 years ago
How about Apprentice Necromancer for some haste-speed recursion that gets recurred with Shirei on the field?
Basal Thrull is a black Sol Ring that keeps getting you a sac trigger. Not as good as Priest of the Forgotten Gods, but might be better for you than Charcoal Diamond. Blood Pet is another option you can sac to get some extra Instant speed mana on every single turn.
2 years ago
These would help Kroxa escape faster: Blood Pet, Skirk Prospector, Lotus Petal, Basal Thrull, Dark Ritual, Rite of Flame, Chromatic Star, Chromatic Sphere, Barbed Sextant, Shadowblood Egg, Terrarion, Implements of Sacrifice, Astrolabe, Street Wraith, Urza's Bauble, Mishra's Bauble