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As an additional cost to cast Eldritch Evolution, sacrifice a creature.
Search your library for a creature card with converted mana cost X or less, where X is 2 plus the sacrificed creature's converted mana cost. Put that card onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library. Exile Eldritch Evolution.
Eldritch Evolution Discussion
6 days ago
Consider adding Momentous Fall for some extra card draw while also removing their creatures. Also Eldritch Evolution gives you a tutor while removing their creature. Bubbling Cauldron also gives you some more easily repeatable sacrifice. Otherwise, it looks solid!
6 days ago
Following this as I am also brewing something.
2 weeks ago
I like the deck so far, the birthing pod line is very efficient and I will probably play test it in my list. Currently I think the biggest issue in the deck is speed which comes down to two things, ramp and redundancy.
First off is ramp, I would highly recommend running Dryad Arbor as it is absolutely insane in the right setup. First off at its worst its a summoning sick land, at its best its a turn one ramp spell off Green Sun's Zenith . It has insane synergy with Natural Order , Eldritch Evolution , etc. Additionally you could consider some fast single turn ramp with cards like Lotus Petal , Elvish Spirit Guide , Simian Spirit Guide , Rite of Flame , Seething Song With the spirit guides you also have the added benefit of being able to Survival of the Fittest / Fauna Shaman them for your combo pieces.
Now onto redundancy, especially with different typing. First off I think you could use redundant sac outlets, the best of which would be Thermopod who is a creature tutorable Phyrexian Altar (only for red) which doesn't seem all that good but just the creature typing and mana ability makes him worth it, especially with Lesser Masticore who at least in my build is by far the most efficient way to win. Cards like Thunderblust Protein Hulk also help redundancy but aren't fully necessary due to their inefficiency but can be pretty good with Sneak Attack and Elvish Piper . I also would highly recommend Ashnod's Altar as an additional sac outlet.
A few minor issues I had play testing this deck: Frequently getting mana screwed when trying to use Blood Moon effects. They are insanely good stax effects if dropped early, however you would probably need to drop some utility lands to use them efficiently.
Goblin Engineer lacking an artifact to sacrifice. This is an issue I had in my deck as well and hasn't gotten better and 6 artifacts just isn't enough to consistently use it.
Not having a wincon with Greater Good . This one is easily remedied yet again by adding fast mana. the issue is that drawing your deck off greater good does not always yield enough mana to play an actual wincon such as Goblin Bombardment . This issue happens when Mana Crypt is already in play.
Overall a very good shell but it just needs to increase the speed or go deeper into stax to really create value out of the combo. Hope this helped a bit.
2 weeks ago
Seedborn Muse as well, but she's a little pricier ($5-6 USD).
Seems like running all 5 of the elemental Force creatures would be fun and flavorful too.
4 weeks ago
Also, Aspect of Hydra is a cheap staple in mono-G devotion style decks.
1 month ago
I am Abzan at heart. I love board control and utilizing utility creatures over and over again.
Sac a dork to get exactly what you need and then get the dork back afterward.
2) Genesis Wave
Use your cheap mana producers to make a swarm enter the battlefield
Beat down with your lands for that last bit of damage or reanimate a demon
Your entire deck is your toolbox... at instant speed
Best creature removal in edh
Put something dummy thicc in the yard to pull back from beyond the grave
Eat your heart out mono blue control
Honestly, this just really needs reprinted.
1 month ago
And what's your opinion on Eldritch Evolution in Yisan? Redundant or playable?
2 months ago
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.
Eldritch Evolution occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.09%
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.04%