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

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Gray Merchant of Asphodel Discussion

Lokotor on Marchesa, The Black Rose - Primer

10 hours ago

jeannieboef

it depends on what you want / how your build looks, but generally, at least for my list, at least I'd say go for Gray Merchant of Asphodel rather than Syr Konrad, the Grim .

konrad relies on getting a lot of triggers to pay off, since it's just chip damage otherwise. in a good game you might be getting 3-4 sac triggers per turn, and doing ~14 damage in a round to each player is decent, but at the same time, if you're getting 3-4 sacrifices per turn you're already probably drawing 15 cards, killing everything on the board, and fetching all your lands or something, so it's just win more.

gary has the benefit of being a 1 shot piece which can both stabilize you if your life total is low, and also can do significant damage to the table. assuming you have a modest devotion of 6, (him + Marchesa, the Black Rose + Viscera Seer + Unspeakable Symbol for example) that's a pretty decent swing in life totals, and if you're doing it every turn, then that's nearly game ending in just one rotation.

Tzefick on Corrupted Singularity

1 day ago

I think you're overestimating the value of playing from your graveyard.

This doesn't provide mana. It provides a larger card selection, recurence from graveyard, information and mana fixing.

I don't see how this is more powerful than say an Omniscience or even Bolas's Citadel .

It can combo with Karn, the Great Creator to lock your opponents, but that is already possible with Mycosynth Lattice .

You can keep recasting Lotus Petal or Lion's Eye Diamond to get infinite mana to play your entire library - except lands.

Lets play a game; would you rather have this or Omniscience ?

Would you rather have this or Expropriate ?

Would you rather have this or Bolas's Citadel ?

In my case I would select the alternative on all three in most scenarios, as they are easier to pull off a win with than this card. Also if the card gains any kind of traction, graveyard hate will be more prominent to counter act it.

Don't get me wrong, the card is powerful. However I think a lot of you are overestimating how much.


SynergyBuild You reference Omni-Tell as a deck shell that wants this. But if you have Omniscience, you can more easily win with that and from what I can see on MTGTop 8, those decks don't even run 4x Omniscience but rather an average of 3,2. So this card wont necessarily add redundancy to that deck.

I just don't see how this card in particular makes that deck shell any easier to win with.


Bolas's Citadel + Sensei's Divining Top can easily tunnel down to get a win condition piece like Aetherflux Reservoir or storming with Gray Merchant of Asphodel .

Any legacy deck shell with infinite mana loops ala Basalt Monolith + Power Artifact have many ways to win once they get infinite mana. Would you rather have the win condition or the tool to find you a win condition if you build your deck specifically to utilize this?

It would also be kinda hilarious in Show and Tell if you drop this and the opponent drops a Karn, the Great Creator . I know the cards are hidden until all are selected, but then it's a mind game.

ClockworkSwordfish on Black Attack

1 day ago

I can't help but notice that many of your creatures have two, three, sometimes even four black mana symbols in their mana costs! You might find it worthwhile to make room for Gray Merchant of Asphodel , who can finish your opponent off even if you can't get any attackers through.

MagicMarc on The State of the Format

1 week ago

Could try Mono Black Control or Boros Aggro or Mono Green Aggro.

Lots of Lightning Bolt or other burn. Or lots of stuff like Vines of Vastwood . Or Gray Merchant of Asphodel and monarch stuff.

Dracknid10 on Ayara, First of Locthwain lifegain/token deck

2 weeks ago

vito would be a great commander, if you go with him Vilis, Broker of Blood is a good biggy, and Gray Merchant of Asphodel is a great mono black for any life gain deck

plakjekaas on When did you win, at …

1 month ago

Does it count if I lost in a glorious way?

I played my Rankle, Master of Pranks deck, on turn 6 I played a Gray Merchant of Asphodel that drained each opponent for 14 (I had quite a few permanents ramped out with Crypt Ghast and Nirkana Revenant on turn 3 and 4). It was a 5-player game, I extorted a bit, so I was at a comfortable 104 life. I swing in with Rankle, and put the trigger on the stack, choosing all modes. Then it happened.

The Phenax, God of Deception player used a dork to mill himself for 5, putting Tree of Perdition in the graveyard. He then activated the ability on his Lazav, the Multifarious in play to become a copy of the Tree. He tapped the Lazav to switch its toughness with my life total. Then he activated his Thousand-Year Elixir to untap it, then tapped it again with Phenax's ability, to mill me for 104. With the all-modes Rankle trigger... Still... On the stack...

Daedalus19876 on To Drown the World in Death: Araumi EDH [PRIMER]

1 month ago

Testing Mystic Reflection over Price of Fame here -- even if it's useful for a shorter window of time, I think it's a better answer for commanders, it can lock things down as effectively as Oko...

And also I suspect it'll enable new combo lines like casting Wake the Dead into five copies of Gray Merchant of Asphodel for the win :3

Daedalus19876 on To Drown the World in Death: Araumi EDH [PRIMER]

1 month ago

jeh1184: They do have summoning sickness if we Living Death them, but we don't win with combat -- we win through looping Gray Merchant of Asphodel or a couple other options. We win through leveraging enter the battlefield effects, not attacking :)

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