Golgari Grave-Troll

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

Golgari Grave-Troll

Creature — Skeleton Troll

Golgari Grave-Troll enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it for each creature card in your graveyard.

, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Golgari Grave-Troll: Regenerate Golgari Grave-Troll.

Dredge 6 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly six cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card form your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise draw a card.)

CamraMaan on Change of Plans and dredge …

2 weeks ago

Say I have five creatures in play, with Golgari Grave-Troll in my graveyard, and I cast Change of Plans for X = 5, targeting each of my creatures. My assumption is that each connive will go on the stack separately, allowing me to dredge-draw the Grave-Troll (self-milling) and discard it before the next connive ability lets me repeat the process, five total times...? I hope... Thanks in advance! :)

CamraMaan on Blood token and Dredge timing …

2 weeks ago

I'm building a self-mill deck, so my question is if I have Golgari Grave-Troll in my hand, and a bunch of Blood tokens on the battlefield, can I pay 1cc, sac a blood token, discard my Grave-Troll, then put the card draw on the stack, then when it resolves can I opt to dredge my Grave-Troll back into my hand (and mill 6 cards)? Then wash, rinse and repeat with the next blood token? Thanks in advance! :)

legendofa on why is birthing pod banned

2 months ago

I was going to say that Bridge from Below was banned well before Hogaak, Risen Necropolis, but then I looked it up and I was looking at Golgari Grave-Troll, so disregard this comment.

Ah, the glory days of Dredge Reanimator...

Guerric on Shady's Back. Back again

3 months ago

Hi Afliss10! Welcome back to commander! Meren is a great commander and so much fun, but getting the right engine is critical to getting her to work right. The key is to fill it with low cmc, self-saccing creatures who can get you stuff, give Meren counters, and get recurred to do it again. You also want to run as many creatures as possible, since you can get them back, and play a dredge subtheme that will fill your graveyard with toys.

A good example of this would be how to ramp. I run Cultivate in many green decks, but not in Meren. Instead I ramp with Dawntreader Elk, Sakura-Tribe Elder, Yavimaya Elder (technically not ramp, but you won't miss land drops), Burnished Hart and the like. These cards sacrifice themselves to get you lands and Meren counters. Then you can bring them back with Meren and do it again to get lots of lands.

It's also great to run dredge cards since you can fill your graveyard with cards and pick what you want with Meren, functionally improving your draw. Golgari Grave-Troll, Stinkweed Imp, Dakmor Salvage, and Life from the Loam fill your yard with good cards to recur.

You have some great cards in here, but some would be better in other decks. I think if you can get your engine moving here by focusing the deck more you'll have a lot more fun with the fun cards! My deck is here for reference- Recycling for Profit: Dedgin' the Fill with Meren. I've been playing it for almost five years now and its a monster of a deck! One of these days I'll get around to writing one of my elaborate primers on it, but I haven't got there yet! I've also been advising another Meren player here- Cheat Death. There are a lot more suggestions from myself and other players there as well. Please feel free to ask any other questions that you have and I will do my best to help!

rambunctiousOrator on Muldrotha, the PermaGrave

3 months ago

Something I didn't mention last time: Dredge! In case you didn't know how it worked, any time you would draw you can choose to replace the draw with putting cards in your graveyard. The classic example is Golgari Grave-Troll in which you would self mill 6 instead of drawing for the turn.

Consider these cards for helping with mill strategy, these are each quite powerful:

king-saproling on Shitty Gritty Landfall Shenanigans/Combo

3 months ago

Amulet of Vigor might be worth including since it works well alongside Scapeshift, Splendid Reclamation, Lotus Field, Mesmeric Orb, etc.

Others you might like are Bone Miser, Stone-Seeder Hierophant, Sakura-Tribe Scout, Burgeoning, Sylvan Scrying, Dread Return, Dryad Arbor, Deserted Temple, Golgari Grave-Troll, Stinkweed Imp, Golgari Thug, Kodama of the East Tree, Dark Ritual, Hickory Woodlot, Peat Bog

Guerric on Cheat Death

3 months ago

Hi again peterbdude! Welcome to Meren! She rocks. I thought I'd put some suggestions and general guidance from my many years of playing her. Thankfully you can play a powerful Meren deck on a budget, so I'll try to avoid any splashy options.

To begin with, I've found that the most important thing is to lean into cards with the dredge ability (which is rated a 10 on Mark Rosewater's storm scale), play lots of self-saccing low cmc creatures that can help you stack counters and recur for profit, and to play as few non-creature spells as possible. Non-creature spells don't feel as good as it's tough to recur them once they are dredged into your graveyard, and you can't as easily repeat them for value. The best card in my deck is one that might push your budget just a little but is so good is Life from the Loam. I did used to play without it and it works, but it is really nice and if there were one more valuable card I'd recommend for the deck its this one, it just makes games so smooth its hard to overstate it. The other power card in this deck is Living Death, which combined with Syr Konrad, the Grim and some creatures on everyone's board will often win games. Recurring it with Eternal Witness can also put your opponents in a nasty lock.

The biggest problem I see so far with your build is just that there aren't many ways to put things into your graveyard. Dredgers like Golgari Thug, Golgari Grave-Troll, Stinkweed Imp, and Dakmor Salvage are critical build pieces, and cards like Underrealm Lich and Hermit Druid help a lot too, though the latter is probably on the top end of your budget. On top of this, you want a lot more low cmc self-saccing creatures. You are playing Caustic Caterpillar, which is great, but you want a lot more of this. Dawntreader Elk is like an extra copy of Sakura-Tribe Elder and is great, and there are a lot more like it which you can see in my deck here- Recycling for Profit: Dedgin' the Fill with Meren.

I do think you have a lot of fun cards in your deck and one of the great things about Meren is that she can be customized a lot to suit your own personal approach. The danger of Meren is simply in not having a good engine set up where you always have great targets to sacrifice and bring back to the battlefield each turn, and that happens when we don't have cards that can sac themselves and we don't have ways to dump more cards into our yard, and that is what I would work on tuning here! A lot of times it is the boring things and not the splashy cards that make the difference!

guywitharock on Team Kathril

3 months ago

Nice deck, definitely enjoy the more budget-friendly Kathril thing.

Reading through once, it feels like there isn't quite enough graveyard feed going on to get the engine going. If you don't draw Nyx Weaver or Splinterfreight you have next to nothing. Plenty of decent options that don't break the bank, especially certain dredge cards: Grisly Salvage, Shambling Shell, Darkblast, Golgari Thug, and Golgari Grave-Troll could all be easy slots.

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