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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
|Pauper Duel Commander||Legal|
Golgari Rot Farm
Golgari Rot Farm enters the battlefield tapped.
When Golgari Rot Farm enters the battlefield, return a land you control to its owner's hand.
: Gain .
1 month ago
Soul of the Harvest, Fertilid, Mulldrifter and Shriekmaw are good budget elementals.
Wolfbriar Elemental is a nice mana sink in the late game.
Consider adding backgrounds like Master Chef or Scion of Halaster.
You are running Joint Exploration. Consider similar cards like Explore or Growth Spiral. They can let your deck gain some early velocity.
If you play multiple elementals with evoke then a card like Village Rites becomes useful because you can cast it in response to the evoke trigger and draw 2. Card like Evolutionary Leap could also be used in response to evoke trigger to draw a fresh elemental
Zendikar's Roil can let you go wide with elementals.
Tatyova, Steward of Tides makes your lands into 3/3/ elementals
Kenrith's Transformation is a great removal spell that replaces itself and can be recurred.
Tezzeret's Gambit draws 2 cards and proliferates.
Nissa, Voice of Zendikar puts counters on each creature for just 3 mana
Cards I would replace:
- cards with kicker and Vine Gecko (they are generally worse cards than regular budget ramp spells like Rampant Growth or Cultivate)
- 6 forests because you have low mana curve (I would cut the land count to something like 36 lands, but you could also swap them for dual lands with basic land types from Kaldheim - Woodland Chasm, Dominaria United - Haunted Mire, Temple cycle - Temple of Malady or bounce lands - Golgari Rot Farm
- Titania, Protector of Argoth because there is only one card -> Harrow that can proc her ability to make elementals
I would also cut some of the elementals that don't have any useful abilties like Jaddi Lifestrider, Healer of the Glade, Glade Watcher, Floodhound, Offalsnout, Smolder Initiate and Slitherwisp.
Hope you find some of the suggestions helpful.
2 months ago
I’m not a fan of either Mortician Beetle or Reassembling Skeleton. The Beetle just feels like it’ll be hard to get value from, and the Skeleton just feels waay too slow/clumsy. I’d suggest using Blisterpod and Shambling Ghast instead, as these both have stronger death triggers, and can chump-block in the early game to help ramp you into the spells that matter.
Tap lands are almost always a terrible idea. You’re only running 2 colours so running just basics should be fine, and trip you up less often, than running stuff like Evolving Wilds. I’d suggest just playing 11x Swamp, 11x Forest, 2x Golgari Rot Farm
3 months ago
OMG. Yeah. I got this from watching command quarters originally, but then my mind blew apart when I eventually caught this. Cultivator Colossus and Golgari Rot Farm. Just keep bringing the rot farm back to your hand and keep drawing cards. If the right sac outlet and you're one shotting players.
9 months ago
Yeah, 21 is quite low by competitive standards even, where people often have an average MV of spells of 2 or less, and they usually care about hitting 1 or 2 lands. Like I mentioned above, you should probably be running quite a few more lands, for a 5 colour deck I'd 15-20 lands that can make Green mana, and aim for less of the other colours, because as long as you have Green mana you can cast Green spells to find the others, most people find this works pretty well. I would expect you'd want to hit at least 5 land drops most games for your deck to be 'firing on all cylinders', and according to https://www.mtgnexus.com/tools/drawodds/ which is a hypergeometric calculator, you should probably run almost (or even) double the lands. If you keep some ramp in your deck, you can shave lands down, but keep in mind that if most of your mana sources are 3 mana, you really do need to hit 3 mana to be doing anything. To hit your 3rd land drop reasonably often (for better than 70% chance of drawing at least 3 lands) you will want 33 lands. This will make it pretty hard to cast Tiamat 'on time' (turn 7), let alone early, which is almost always an asset.
If you end up finding it incredibly hard to cut cards, you can lower your land count a few if you run lands like Golgari Rot Farm and Dimir Aqueduct, as hitting one of these lands will mean you found 2 lands in a sense. These are risky lands I must add, because people can blow them up sometimes. I wouldn't expect mass land destruction, and you could certainly mention in Rule 0 that you 'don't like playing against land destruction'. You could even specify targeted land destruction, but most players don't run Strip Mine in every deck, and it's less common in more casual games. I wouldn't go below 30, even if you're running many of those Bounce lands.
Also, just noticed, you definitely need Basics, at least Forest should be in here, you can run as many of a Basic land (there are 6 of them, Wastes is the colourless one, which isn't a basic land type) as you want in your deck. I would think +5 Forests would be a good start, but you may need as many as 10. You probably want 1 or 2 of the other Basic types, that gives you enough Basic lands to find with ramp spells.
KanisxKoda on Reaper
10 months ago
thanks for the compliment, luckily I had a great deal I found from the pre-covid spike and got the Survival of the Fittest at a steal. and I've been working on this since the commander was released so when I first purchased these goods when at their cheapest.
So technically I have 36 lands in this deck. 4 of them are mdfc lands:
These are amazing extra spells on their face side and can be cheated into play off certain abilities this specifically say "play a land" (ex.The Gitrog Monster&Oracle of Mul Daya) and not put a land. (ex.Explore&Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath
My advice for new pickups out of the new Kamigawa set so far are the black channel land and that sick new dragon. Not much else has spoiled yet so idk what else lol
11 months ago
If you're running into trouble with Meren, it's worth looking at what other people run in their decks. Nel Toth Community College and Round Table is my own Meren deck, where I am mostly running a combo to win, using Haakon, Stromgald Scourge usually. My deck uses a lot of repeated effects, one of my favorites being recurring Sakura Tribe Elder. I also run 4 other 'similar' cards, and am considering running Blood Pet. Blood Pet looks good to both get Meren out early, yet also provide an easy target to recur that will generate a death trigger at no mana cost (B to cast, sac for a B whenever).
Looking at your deck, one big issue I see is you run lots of black mana sources, yet run lots of green ramp. I find I can usually get Black if I have Green, so I run a fair bit less black mana, and a bit more Green. My mana base is pretty out there, but many Meren decks try to run 33-36 lands, depending on how much ramp they run. I run 30 because I am building around drawing a relatively small amount of lands, and just ramping for the rest via recursion of various creatures that find lands, so I actually run many such creatures. I also have 2 lands that can ramp me in a pinch, Myriad Landscape is super-slow, but I can usually fit it in somewhere, Blighted Woodland is a colourless land with a nice upside sometimes. Lands that bounce one of your own (so you can replay it next turn) are also handy here, like Golgari Rot Farm and Guildless Commons make your deck hit more land drops on average, which is nice if you run few lands.
One of my big strategies is getting repeatable reanimation effects on the board to reinforce Meren, and then generating value off the various sacrifices I do along the way. I also like removal a fair bit, so there is a bit of that, because artifacts and enchantments can ruin my day, as can creatures.
For a more powerful Meren deck, you could look at Honourless Meren which is based on the go-to cEDH list, if you are in a hyper-competitive format that would be more up your ally. If you need advice on how to play Meren, I could give more pointers in another post, but reading a few primers/deck descriptions could help a lot if that is where you are struggling.
1 year ago
Khalni Garden is off color, but it can make chump blockers to help stave off damage while you wait to draw your combo pieces. Toss in Golgari Rot Farm and you can bounce it back to your hand for repeated play to make more blockers—and at least the rot farm produces . Just ideas. I drew up a rough draft of a similar deck but never got it to function well myself.