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Rise of the Dread Marn
Create X 2/2 black Zombie Berserker creature tokens, where X is the number of nontoken creatures that died this turn (was put into the graveyard from the battlefield).
Foretell (During your turn, you may pay and exile this card from your hand face down. Cast it on a later turn for its foretell cost.)
4 months ago
Have you thought about running more 1 drops that ramp? Llanowar Elves, Elvish Mystic, Fyndhorn Elves, Elves of Deep Shadow and even Birds of Paradise are all very good cards in most Meren decks. I also like Blood Pet and Dawntreader Elk. I even use Fertilid atm, probably could replace it with something better though. I feel like a Meren deck should be gaining as much XP as possible early game, if you can recycle a Sakura Tribe Elder (or similar card) a few times, you might have the most mana out as well as have respectable XP, so I feel like running lots of creatures that find lands and die on their own is a good choice. I run 30 lands in my Meren deck, and I made a point of testing how little fixing mattered in a deck like Meren, sure enough it's not remotely picky. It's 2 colours, and if you've got a heap of ways to use Green mana to get access to Black, you really only need as many Swamps as you expect to fetch out in a game. I think this is especially true if you decide to trim a few lands for 1 drop ramp creatures, you can't keep hands without Green, but can keep a hand without a Swamp just fine if you can find one via a ramp creature (or generate Black via one). Higher land count is better if you really expect to see lots of wipes (you should run Rise of the Dread Marn if that's true), but if players only run a few per deck you might not see one early enough to matter. More competitive decks tend to run fewer wipes (and more combos), but more counters/removal, since they don't usually want to lose their own board. If you're playing against fairly competitive (but not cEDH) opponents, I'd go with the dorks, if you play vs Casual decks, you might want the lands! Sorry if that's confusing, but hopefully it helps.
Ohran Frostfang is really good in grindier Meren decks. Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest is good if your deck consistently is sacrificing stuff (and even better if other people sacrifice stuff in your games). Fiend Artisan is a sac outlet that can tutor up creatures, and it can be big enough to swing with sometimes. Helm of Possession is a really sneaky old card that you don't see much, but it combines a sac outlet with a theft effect. It's a removal magnet, but it's a really strong and off-colour effect in Golgari. Coffin Queen is another weird old card that can reanimate stuff from any Graveyard, but it exiles it when it dies. This is normally bad for a combo deck, but in your build it might be fine. Old Stickfingers might be worth a look, very good at putting lots of creatures into your yard without dumping other cards you might want. Dawnstrider is a nice card if you play vs lots of attackers, this is a fog that won't use up your Meren reanimation, and it also lets you discard creatures to reanimate, so it has a pretty high ceiling in more casual Meren.
Cool deck, looks like lots of fun!
4 months ago
Rise of the Dread Marn is a nice instant to think about if you find yourself getting wiped periodically, B to get a board is a serious effect. It's also good if your deck can generate infinite death triggers without creating a board, this can turn infiite death triggers into an army of 2/2s for very little input.
In my creature heavy build, one of the best cards to draw into is for sure Sidisi, Undead Vizier. While paying 5 mana to diabolic tutor isn't great (and I almost always sac Sidisi to her ability), getting a 2nd activation for free at the end of my turn is almost always amazing, so she's actually 5 mana to tutor for 2 cards (and gain 2 XP), and you can repeat as often as you can reanimate her. As a body, she's a 4/6 deathtouch, so she can be relevant vs bigger creatures if you can't reanimate her for some reason. I think it's one of the best effects you can find in Meren, up there with Protean Hulk or Razaketh, the Foulblooded, and generally better than the very good Final Parting.
I can't decide if I like your choice of Whisper, or if I prefer my Hell's Caretaker. Caretaker is upkeep based, which is a huge limitation, but it's also 1:1, so your board doesn't shrink. I also like Coffin Queen to reanimate an opponent's stuff, which is exiled when you sacrifice it, and that is just a tap for effect (can target your stuff too, but it also gets exiled, so I mostly hate on opponents with it).
I love how many creatures you've fit in here, lots of fodder for Meren to work with! I also used to run Mazirek, but eventually took him out because I wanted to 'win via combo' with that deck, there are definitely times you'll be happy to have Mazirek around, he's very grindy.
6 months ago
7 months ago
I find Sakura-Tribe Elder is a very good card in Meren. I run 5 cards that serve a similar purpose presently, and I am rarely unhappy to draw them (though I run a lot less lands). If I can get a card like Elder out early, I can end up with a ton of mana while adding to Meren's XP count. Blood Pet is another interesting option.
Here are a few other cards I think might work. If you like to win with attacking, Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest is a nice option, those counters can add up quickly. Ohran Frostfang is another great attacking option, probably better in Meren than Toski, Bearer of Secrets, who might also be a fun alternative to Beast Whisperer. There are also Grim Haruspex and Midnight Reaper, these can be better than Phyrexian Arena in my experience. I also use Liliana's Standard Bearer, which can draw a mittfull of cards, including after you are boardwiped. Rise of the Dread Marn can help vs board wipes as well. Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder can make a fair number of tokens, and if you can keep sacrificing them he won't die (and becomes a very solid token generator). Foundation Breaker is a pretty handy removal effect stapled to a body, it's Evoke cast is also cheap XP (and a body in the yard). Sidisi, Undead Vizier is almost too good in Meren in my experience, but I feel I should mention her.
Cool deck, lots of interesting choices in here! I think you have 2 Willow Geist atm.
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7 months ago
seshiro_of_the_orochi , I really like these suggestions. I’m going to apply them. I really like the idea of the Rise of the Dread Marn coming out of nowhere, and Raise the Draugr also helps with my humans, Grim Haruspex and Jadar, Ghoulcaller of Nephalia. I’ll try to find a place for the Smothering Abomination since that has worked well in past decks. Thank you for the suggestions!
7 months ago
I'm very sure this is far too slow for modern, but I really like this as a casual deck. Seems very well built.
If this were my deck, I'd change some things:
Grim Haruspex is better than Morbid Opportunist. A third Yahenni seems important to actually draw enough of your finishers. If they are too expensive or you'd like another good creature that can draw cards in addition to dealing damage, Smothering Abomination mught be worth a look. Maybe include it instead of three of your sixteen sac fodder creatures. That number definitely seems too high.
Finally, two copies of Mob Rule in addition to three copies of both Claim the Firstborn and Bloody Betrayal. Seems overkill. You'd even sometimes have spare copies of the six Threaten effects, and against creature-light or creatureless decks, there are up to eight dead cards in your deck. Maybe consider some copies of Rise of the Dread Marn to give you additional fodder on a big turn? Also, Raise the Draugr could actually be quite useful. At worst, it just recurrs one creature, but it can also recurr both Yahenni and Immersturm predator for a mere mana.
10 months ago
Sorry, some of the cards won't be so budget. But they could help you a lot I think.
Hellish Rebuke can really hurt the token or aggro deck
Nighthowler can make your commander lethal.
1 year ago
I see your deck is budget, and I wanted to suggest some budget inclusions for cards that would create tokens that also trigger Ayara's drain ability.
Chittering Witch creates RAT tokens!!
Abhorrent Overlord Generates a LOT of harpy tokens as your devotion to black will be large with Ayara in play.
Rise of the Dread Marn is a great way to refuel your board with black creatures after a board wipe or large death effect.
Lab Rats is a great way to slowly add more rats to the field with enough mana for the buyback price.
Josu Vess, Lich Knight can be brutal with Ayara on the battlefield if the kicker cost is paid.
Necrotic Hex can be a good board clearing effect that also makes black creatures.
Have fun playing EDH! The best suggestion is to play with others and learn what cards you like and dislike using and adapt with new cards that fit your budget.