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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Planechase Legal
Premodern Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal



Whenever a creature dies, if another creature is on the battlefield, return the first card to the battlefield under its owner's control at the beginning of the next end step.

scottbaker91 on Budget Meren Eldrazi spawn

3 months ago

I think Hand of Emrakul, Decimator of the Provinces, Kozilek, the Great Distortion, and Pathrazer of Ulamog are too expensive to cast / commander ability for what they do. Some replacement examples would be: Terastodon, Void Winnower, Fleshbag Marauder, Noxious Gearhulk, Ravenous Chupacabra, Plaguecrafter, Eternal Witness, It That Betrays, Woodfall Primus, Acidic Slime, Ob Nixilis, Unshackled, Sepulchral Primordial, Overseer of the Damned, etc.

cards like Dalek Squadron with a sac outlet will get you a lot of Meren counters quickly. cards like Greater Good are great at filling your graveyard and your hand. cards like Oversold Cemetery are great for your low mana creatures and late game expensive creatures. Tragic Slip isn't a very good card for multiplayer commander, unless you are using something like Isochron Scepter

I think your deck is a little heavy on creature token generators, especially your creatures. I know they are there to build up tokens on Meren and to generate mana, in the early game, but they aren't doing much in the mid to late game. Maybe replace a few with some faster reanimator spells like: Living Death, Lifeline (a personal favorite), Necromancy, Animate Dead, Victimize, Rescue from the Underworld, Beacon of Unrest, etc.

Other cards I would consider cutting: Skullbriar, the Walking Grave (too slow imo unless he is your commander), Blisterpod (needs to die to get the token), Pawn of Ulamog, Vorapede, Village Rites, Gray Merchant of Asphodel (starts to shine with lots of reanimator stuff), Woe Strider, Scion Summoner, Brood Monitor, Deathreap Ritual, Commander's Sphere

It's tough to suggest cards for a budget deck. A card that I might consider to be absolutely necessary could require cheaper options in other parts of the deck to make it fit.

The_Ush on 100 cards for Meren

8 months ago

Azoth2099 Thanks foy your suggestions! I didn't know Lifeline and it seems really fun to play despite its cost.

I know that many cards could fit better but i was trying to build a different version of Meren. I built it really low budget, trying to have it capable of adapting and first of all enjoyable to play with friends. There are many cards that i could fit in but after many attempts I found this version that, I think, has the right balance between power and fun. This doesn't mean that it's perfect or can't be changed but it fits the power level (low) of my group. Probably I will try a competitive version of this deck and at that point will be a completely different thing.

Azoth2099 on 100 cards for Meren

8 months ago


Fleshbags, my friend. You need Fleshbags.

Fleshbag Marauder, Merciless Executioner, Demon's Disciple, Plaguecrafter, Gravelighter & Phyrexian Delver. Sac them to their own Ability to control the board and pumping Experience Counters at the same time. Lifeline & Grimoire of the Dead could also be great, if you decide to go that route.

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on Wilds of Eldraine

9 months ago

Good lord, the Commander Masters precons look even more abysmal when compared to these Eldraine precons. These precons are straight fire and have the same-if-not-better quality, yet are still reasonably costed.

I hadn't thought about this until Saffron Olive talked about it on the mtggoldfish podcast, but The Irencrag is the first 2 cmc mana rock printed into Standard in over a decade. Interesting to see how it fares.

Does 'Quick Study' not just become an auto include in most blue commander decks? Divination doesn't see much play but adding instant speed makes it much more powerful.

Court of Ardenvale might just make it into my Polukranos, Engine of Ruin  Flip deck as Lifeline #3.

Coward_Token, my guess is they were trying to be very careful with Throne of Eldraine. What you suggested would be a significantly powercrept Thran Dynamo or Gilded Lotus. I feel like they were conscientious of that exact problem when designing it. This card honestly strikes me as a Chromatic Orrery-light for mono-colored decks.

Masterful on Necronomicon | Teysa Karlov | Primer

1 year ago

Starpact Sorry for the late reply! Tombstone Stairwell can be a very powerful card, but it's also super risky. While usually the aristocrat deck has the most to gain out of that much fodder, helping 3+ opponents at the same time is a huge drawback. If any of our opponents are playing some sort of token or aristocrat deck, which is very common, stairwell will help them just as much if not more. Lifeline is quite similar and a card I used to play. I tend to go the safer route of playing small fodder creatures that make tokens when they die, but you can play with these huge impact cards if you want.

jelwell We don't have enough direct damage or big attackers to flip battles consistently. The current battles are also not good in aristocrats. Invasion of New Capenna  Flip is the closest to being playable, but it's sorcery speed, requires a sac, only hits creatures and artifacts, and the flipside is useless for us.

Halestor19 We barely don't have enough room for Village Rites and the like. They're a great budget replacement for tutors though. Elesh Norn  Flip doesn't bring anything for our strategy on her front side, and her backside is too expensive to justify in my opinion, but you can definitely play her if she's your pet card.

Triton on We've Been Duped!

1 year ago

Niko9 thanks a ton! I think Lifeline looks like a ton of fun, my only nitpick is cutting cards, because the list is super tight. ):

Relic of Progenitus is amazing! I have a fair amount of grave recursion myself, so I focused in on cards like Soul-Guide Lantern and Nautiloid Ship so my own graveyard doesn’t get blown out by such effects.

Thanks once again for your kind words! Mishra has been a fast favorite of mine, and I was working on the list as soon as he got spoiled. :)

Niko9 on We've Been Duped!

1 year ago

Awesome deck! And one weird thought, and no idea how well it would work, but what do you think about Lifeline? You can't bring back the tokens, but it seems like you will always have a duped creature on board and would free you up to do things like Scrap Trawler and Ashnods alter loops.

Also, not sure how relevant it is to your meta, but I feel like cards like Relic of Progenitus hit graveyard decks really hard if you are duplicating them turn to turn.

Oh, and Leyline Tyrant might be decent at helping you save red mana from duped Coveted Jewel or something. I really like the tyrant in general, because it lets you just tap out on red before your turn and battery up some mana, and then always has fun interactions too.

Again, such a cool deck. Makes me want to give this commander a try : )

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