Creature — Insect
, Sacrifice Caustic Caterpillar: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
|Want (4)||Etinifni , gaarnar13 , yourfavoritenoob , Shankmaster4k|
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|Magic Origins (ORI)||Common|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Caustic Caterpillar occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.05%
BUG (Sultai): 0.76%
Caustic Caterpillar Discussion
6 days ago
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.
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.
2 weeks ago
Filigree Familiar is great in Muldrotha. Cast it from the graveyard as either an artifact or creature that benefits you on entry and death. Sinister Concoction is decent cheap removal. I like creatures like Caustic Caterpillar, Thrashing Brontodon for their utility uses and unless they get exiled you can continue to cast and sac as needed. Cycle Shefet Monitor early game for a land and card draw and then cast him from GY later. Desecrated Tomb is fun with Muldrotha. Might as well play Mirage Mirror too.
1 month ago
Yeah and Whispersilk Cloak . Hexproof/shroud is very powerful in commander, as is unlockable, so it slots into basically every Voltron and Stompy deck. Most people are probably not running Artifact removal (aside from a couple equipments and Mana rocks there isn't much worth targeting) so your only real chance to stop it is killing their commander before they equip. Wizards is getting better at printing useful modal removal at common ( Caustic Caterpillar , Return to Nature , Wickerbough Elder ) but it is all Green and running straight Artifact hate has bad returns in PDH so we'll see what the future has in store.
1 month ago
It's on budget, so I'll keep that in mind as I suggest cards. Caustic Caterpillar is a great creature that's basically an instant. I noticed you don't have very many sacrifice outlets, at least not ones that cost 0 mana. Like Viscera Seer and Whisper, Blood Liturgist .
Nihil Spellbomb is just a solid card, even without the synergy with your commander.
1 month ago
One aspect of removal that hasn't been discussed yet on this thread is layering.
Lets say I run Caustic Caterpillar as removal in my deck. I have just added one piece of removal. If I also run Eladamri's Call , by adding a single card I now have two cards that can remove permanents. If I also run Worldly Tutor , I now have three cards that can be used as removal. If I also run Eldritch Evolution , now I have four cards that can remove artifacts/enchantments just by adding a single card.
Layering like this is nice because you get to choose whether you advance your game plan or turn it into removal. Most commonly seen with creature based tutors, but don't forget that Demonic Tutor doubles as removal when you're building your list.
If I build a deck with greater layering, I'm adding slightly less removal than I normally would. I still have access to a high amount of removal cards, but its less likely I'm going to draw them back-to-back when I'd rather be drawing something else.
Besides that, consider how available resources are when adding removal. If you run counterspells, you're making a 1-for-1 trade in a 4 player pod, you need gas in order to sustain that. If you run Toxic Deluge , you're able to get 5-for-1 or howevermany-for-1 trades so you don't have to run as much gas to keep your hand supplied. Efficient removal that does better than 1-for-1 is essential to the format.
1 month ago
If Red got enchantment removal it'd have to be something chaotic like a red Aura Shards type enchantment that destroys an enchantment at random (has a chance to destroy itself) whenever a creature etb under your control.
Black I would love to get a Caustic Caterpillar type self sac creature with like 2-3 points of life loss and enchantment targets only. The 'if target was white or green, get bonus effect' would be a nice flavor addition as well.
1 month ago
Wow this is great considering the budget. There are so many decent cards here I've never seen before. I'm thinking these are some good alternates that wouldn't push the budget too bad if one wanted to invest a little more in the deck: Pitiless Plunderer , Fell Shepherd , Warstorm Surge , Zulaport Cutthroat , Gleancrawler , Moldervine Reclamation , Ogre Battledriver , Second Harvest , Caustic Caterpillar , Elemental Bond , Wild-Field Scarecrow , Qarsi High Priest , Ghastly Conscription , Death's Presence , Thermopod
2 months ago
Ok, now I'm off my phone and on my computer, and this goes a bit easier. There are a lot of budget cards that are solid for Meren. Caustic Caterpillar and Viridian Zealot are great self-sacrificing utility. Spore Frog can really lock down a table. Cards like Fleshbag Marauder , Plaguecrafter , and Shriekmaw are all good removal spells that help put counters on Meren. Butcher of Malakir is budget Grave Pact you can run.
Now, that all said, I'm not sure how exactly you want to win with the deck, but Aristocrats tend to be budget, and you can run several of them to bleed the table dry that way doing what Meren wants to do; have critters die. Blood Artist , Zulaport Cutthroat , Poison-Tip Archer , Syr Konrad, the Grim , Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord are all good budget options for this strategy. But there are other directions you could go; it's up to you. What do you want your deck to do?
I hope this has helped out a little more.