Gray Merchant of Asphodel

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Noble Legal
Hero Legal
Magic Duels Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Modern Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Casual Legal
Oathbreaker Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2014 (C14) Common
Theros (THS) Common

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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.)

Gray Merchant of Asphodel Discussion

multimedia on Expensive afterlife

3 days ago

Wow, lots of good card here. It's not every day I see a Candelabra of Tawnos :)

I don't think you're taking enough advantage of having a sac outlet in the Command Zone. Grimgrin's no mana cost sac is his strongest ability.

These Zombies give you value when another Zombie dies, when one is saced by Grimgrin.

Some other upgrades to consider:

Black is too important of the color to have in the early game because the majority of Zombies are black not blue. 10x Island is a lot I suggest cutting lots of Islands and replacing them with other playable Dimir dual lands.


Cards to consider cutting:

  • Divination
  • Scour All Possibilities
  • Gruesome Fate
  • Return from Extinction
  • Exclude
  • Defile
  • Walking Corpse
  • Tattered Mummy
  • Graveshifter
  • Gravedigger
  • Ingenious Infiltrator
  • Stronghold Assassin
  • Necromaster Dragon
  • Argentum Armor
  • Door of Destinies
  • Grave Betrayal
  • Finale of Eternity
  • Kindred Dominance
  • Ashnod's Altar

Good luck with your deck.

multimedia on Ayara and sanguine bond combo

5 days ago

Hey, if you're having second thoughts about adding high mana cost cards then I think those cards should be more impactful than Bond.

Gray Merchant of Asphodel and Sidisi, Undead Vizier are better five drops with Ayara then Bond. They're worth five mana. Overall they're much better black cards that can go in lot of different decks then Bond. Depending on how low a mana curve then Ad Nauseam is another five drop that's better than Bond.

Skipping over the five drops and going to the six drops also has better cards that can have more impact then Bond. Grave Titan , K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth and Bolas's Citadel are all good with Ayara.

pedroedmarcos on Stealing cards and then dying

6 days ago

Hey there,

So, a few weeks ago I was playing commander and my opponent played Gray Merchant of Asphodel and I responded to the ETB casting Reins of Power to reduce the my opponents devotion. Asphodel resolved, and after that I died. As soon as I died the question came up. When my opponents creatures returns to him? At the end of the turn as it says on Reins of Power or in the moment I died?

Happymaster19 on The Undead Curse [Modern Zombies]

2 weeks ago

Larwig

I had Mob in the sideboard but I think Dark Salvation can function similarly. It’s back in.

Geralf's Messenger is a great value three drop zombie. But aside from Diregraf Colossus , three drop slots are reserved for lords. Colossus is stiff competition against Messenger for value three drop, but in a true tribal shell the payoff of Colossus simply outmatches Messenger. Considering we can take advantage of the combo of Carrion Feeder + Gravecrawler with Undead Augur , Colossus is another value piece that plays with that sac engine.

Gray Merchant of Asphodel is simply too expensive for your typical Aether Vial curve. Better served alongside the aforementioned Messenger in a devotion shell.

Plague Belcher in interesting in that you can loosely mimic Arcbound Ravager / Walking Ballista by combining with Carrion Feeder and dump your board on your opponent’s life. But like Diregraf Colossus to fill that role. He can be big on his own and also puts more pressure less directly on our opponent’s life.

BS-T on Who say's dreams (NIGHTMARES) don't come true?

4 weeks ago

WUBRG87 Last thing I'd want is to sculpt your deck into something that doesn't feel like yours(!) - I love EDH's lack of homogeneity. Happy to give you my 2 cents with the direction I'd be thinking of from here though and with not too bad of a budget...

More of a sacrifice direction that isn't 'aristocrats'; add another altar ( Phyrexian Altar or Altar of Dementia ), maybe switch Dark Ritual for Culling the Weak - then you would have a good level of sac outlets to have some heavy hitters like Gray Merchant of Asphodel and Kokusho, the Evening Star replace Noble/Zula/Buccaneer. It's a bit contradictory adding sac outlets and removing aristocrats I know but I think the aristocrats make better use of volume (like tokens) and our boy Chainer is better off packing more value into a big recur-able punch.

Blood for Bones , Whisper, Blood Liturgist and Diabolic Intent could be included then too. I like your use of Desecrated Tomb here and it gives you fodder for those last three I mentioned.

If it were me, I'd be thinking:

Also, to your point about the 'Compet-o-meter', I'd say the impact will be from the system rating Zula/Noble highly because of combo involvement in decks that revolve around them and the Buccaneer showing up in Nekusar, the Mindrazer lists, which tend to be pretty savage!, rather than necessarily your changes being significantly worse one-for-one. I actually really like Embodiment of Agonies in this, it's cheap and can be a massive beatstick pretty easily.

multimedia on Cap'n Kirk's Goon Squad

1 month ago

Hey, Goon squads like to extort and Pontiff of Blight 's extort is busted with Phyrexian mana :)

Consider moving Pontiff from the maybeboard to the main deck by cutting Ob Nixilis, Unshackled ? It's also a six drop and like Pontiff it can be a repeatable source of your opponents losing life, but unlike Pontiff your opponents have the choice to lose life to tutor. With Pontiff you control when and how much life your opponents are losing by casting spells and you also can gain a ton of life which is good with Aetherflux Reservoir .

The one thing your deck lacks is fast colorless mana from mana rocks. You want quick. Sol is great, but consider more? With the budget here Mana Vault and/or Basalt Monolith can fit. Either could replace Caged Sun and/or Tendrils of Corruption . Caged is fine, but I don't think at six mana it's needed here. Everflowing Chalice is also good because it can scale or cast it as a two drop it could replace Vampiric Link .

With only 17 creatures Crypt of Agadeem is not doing much. Consider cutting it for Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx ? Nykthos is another powerful outlet for black devotion. Gravecrawler and Carrion Feeder with Phyrexian mana is a loop to combo kill your opponents with Aetherflux Reservoir since you cast Gravecrawler from your graveyard. These two Zombies can also put a ton of counters on Krrik or Black Market . These Zombies and Aetherflux can also be part of a Doomsday pile.

Another enabler for Aetherflux with Phyrexian mana is Leshrac's Sigil since it can bounce itself back to your hand to loop cast it. It's also good with devotion as well as some hate for green. These three cards could replace Tendrils of Corruption , Exquisite Blood , Mortuary , Bloodchief Ascension . Mortuary has nice interaction with Gray Merchant of Asphodel and Bolas's Citadel , but I'm not sure that it's worth including just for this interaction.

I see Dead of Winter , but I don't see Snow-Covered Swamp s to fuel it. Cut Winter if you don't want to add Snow-Covered Swamps?

Good luck with your deck.

McToters on Chainers Nightmare!

1 month ago

Hey again! Sick commander choice! Chainer is one of my favorite characters back from the Odyssey cycle. I was pumped to see him, Gerrard, Grevan and Tahngarth back in action.

Anyway, I’ll see if I can suggest a few things here even though your list looks really great already.

You are running this in your Edgar deck and I think you should definitely be running it here is Emergence Zone . That flash will be absolutely killer with Chainer out, since it will give you the ability to drop a new creature on the battlefield during each opponent’s turn as well. Needless to say Vedalken Orrery would be the next suggestion I give you for the same reasons.

Now since you want creatures in your graveyard and also the ability to actuvate Chainer by discarding I’m thinking a few wheel effects might help you out pretty big. So stuff like Magus of the Wheel , Reforge the Soul , Molten Psyche , Dragon Mage , and the OG (obviously expensive Wheel of Fortune . Something like Faithless Looting could be a nice smaller version to add in if you don't want too many full-on wheel effects.

Glint-Horn Buccaneer seems like a cool creature to add.

Feldon's Cane is a bit more janky but I think can act in your favor and help in 2 ways: 1) it will reload your deck if too many cards are going into your graveyard—-this in particular seems unlikely but possible during some of those long brawls—-and 2) it can, in a very not ideal way, protect the cards in your graveyard if someone were to Bojuka Bog you. I know using the cane gets rid of the graveyard also but the cards won’t be gone. They’ll just be back in your deck. Something tells me I’m forgetting a better solution to protection your graveyard from these kinds of shenanigans, but I’ll roll with this suggestion for now and see if you like it.

Fanatic of Mogis is a red version of Gray Merchant of Asphodel .

Let me know what you think! +1

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Gray Merchant of Asphodel occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.05%

Black: 7.19%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.07%

Black: 1.26%

Golgari: 0.23%

Rakdos: 0.41%