Gray Merchant of Asphodel

Gray Merchant of Asphodel

Creature — Zombie

When Gray Merchant of Asphodel enters the battlefield, each opponent loses X life, where X is your devotion to black. You gain life equal to the life lost this way. (Each in the mana costs of permanents you control counts towards your devotion to black.)

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Brawl Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Pioneer Legal
Pre-release Legal
Standard Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

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Gray Merchant of Asphodel Discussion

kellpiece on Mono-Black Devotion

6 days ago

love the idea and got a lot of great cards you should consider: Erebos, God of the Dead i might run 3 of these boys. obv choice with black devotion.

Crypt Ghast is gonna pop off in this deck, no doubt. Royal Assassin as well. I'd ditch the Nightveil Specter since they could easily be replaced with Vampire Nighthawk for way more value. also consider Bloodsoaked Champion

Liliana of the Dark Realms is a bit pricey but god damn if she isnt UNREAL with black devo decks. also maybe crank it to 4 Phyrexian Obliterator and 4 Gray Merchant of Asphodel

mono black has a lot of strong control, as well. Inquisition of Kozilek , Hero's Downfall , Fatal Push are all cheap and CRAZY effective.

As far as sweet hybrid cards go, I'd consider Fiend Artisan and Ashenmoor Liege , otherwise not too many other cool ones come to mind but hopefully this advice helps!

carpecanum on Dead: Flooded Catacombs

1 week ago

If i'm playing Blue I almost always have a Clone or two. Two Noxious Ghoul make for easy board wipes and you could always use a copy of that huge thing your opponent just cast.

Fallen Shinobi can let you recast Gray Merchant of Asphodel and has a useful ability.

Lokotor on Marchesa, The Black Rose - Primer

1 week ago


To some extent Gray Merchant of Asphodel is a bit counterproductive and can be difficult to use in the deck. The effect causes a rather large up swing in life for you (at a minimum +9 life and -3 to everyone else), which will almost always mean you no longer can trigger Dethrone reliably. Being able to more strategically gain life via things like Basilisk Collar or Shadowspear is more useful since we want to only be ahead on life after attacking, ideally.

The mass life drain on Gary can be useful, but it's hard to repeatedly trigger it unless you have something like Spark Double or Unspeakable Symbol in play to pair with Gary so that the life gain doesn't make it impossible to get counters on him.

So overall Gary is ok, but for 5 mana its a few too many hoops to jump through in my mind if you want to get repeated, consistent value

Minousmancer on Peer Into the Abyss...

1 week ago


It's turn five(so you can drop Gary) you have a 1/1 out like Serrated Scorpion , a four drop like Eradicator Valkyrie and Vito had been your three drop. I mean yeah this is a kinda ideal situation but, just go with it. That's Devotion six...

Dropping Gray Merchant of Asphodel gaining six, and they lose six, then triggers Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose they lose another six life. You've gained six, and they lost twelve.

Even crazier imagine if you could get Gary out while Vito's Lifelink ability was triggered infinite life gain for you and infinite life Los for them...

Wasabi413 on Peer Into the Abyss...

2 weeks ago

Minousmancer oo good idea, throwing in Gray Merchant of Asphodel could be good too imo

Neotrup on How does card:Mystic Reflection and …

2 weeks ago

The good news is your living the dream, all your creatures enter as Gray Merchant of Asphodel and the 5 triggers will drain each opponent for 50.

The bad news is, so do your opponents creatures. If this is during your turn ( Living Death is a sorcery after all) your opponents triggers will resolve first, possibly killing you or at least fortifying their life total.

Pandakls on How does card:Mystic Reflection and …

2 weeks ago

Let's say I've got 5 creatures in my graveyard and a Gray Merchant of Asphodel in play :

1 - I target my Grey merchant with Mystic Reflection

2 - I cast Living Death , sacrifice my Grey Merchant and returns all my 5 creatures into play.

3 - How does Mystical Reflexion trigger resolve ?

  • The dream : I've got 5 grey merchants dealing 50 damage to opponent
  • The flop : Creatures are in someway sequenced when they enter the battlefield and only one i choose from is a copy of grey merchant
  • The bonus : What about creatures my opponent summon from graveyard ?
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