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.)
|Have (2)||, cruz_hegemier-123456789|
|Want (2)||Tishana , thegrayfish|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Gray Merchant of Asphodel occurrence in decks from the last year
Gray Merchant of Asphodel Discussion
10 hours ago
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
1 week ago
Could try Mono Black Control or Boros Aggro or Mono Green Aggro.
2 weeks ago
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...
1 month ago
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 :)