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Create a 1/2 green Spider creature token with reach for each creature card in your graveyard.
Flashback (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost, then exile it.)
2 months ago
I think the decks has largely improved since you posted it. Now I think you should focus on your strategy. Gaining exp counters or reanimate isn't a strategy per se, but it's the engine that should get your strategy running. I see you run the Magistrate's Scepter and Coretapper combo. I think this is a much more valuable combo, which is being played in competitive decks too. Also don't get focused too much on getting exp counters. Assume you have infinite: you don't reanimate infinite creatures, nor an infinitely powerful creature. You reanimate one creature at the end of each of your turn, assuming (which is unlikely) that Meren is left unscathed. So consider exp counters a facilitator toward your strategy rather than the goal in itself (hence why Spider Spawning isn't that valuable, in my opinion).
If you run a combo, I suggest playing more (cheap) tutors, such as Final Parting, Mausoleum Secrets, Unmarked Grave, Buried Alive, Profane Tutor, Wishclaw Talisman. Also, if you decide to run a combo, then other cards in your deck should aim at achieving that rather than do things that are separate from it, meaning you should include all 1-mana elves, and all cheap mana dorks (both enchantements and artifacts) to help you achieve your strategy.
You can also just decide to go aggro, but then I'd simply suggest to play a budget version of Skullbriar, the Walking Grave rather than Meren.
In any case, your mana curve is still quite high, 3.26 essentially means you play one spell each turn, possible no spells for the first 2 turns.
2 months ago
I'm assuming if someone plays Rest in Peace/Dauthi Voidwalker then I am alr screwed unless I draw into enchantment hate or one of my major win cons pretty quickly. Arachnogenesis is $30-40 card and will probably end up creating many less spiders than Spider Spawning(Btw as I said before, they aren't meant to be blockers. They give me exp counters and sac triggers). I have alr considered adding Protean Hulk and have alr determined that I will add it but I am just finding a card to swap it in for.
2 months ago
ThatWeirdPerson I guess Spider Spawning is overall a slow card, considering that you are playing multiplayer (I assume) with someone close to your budget, you'll see plenty of mass removals. It costs too much mana for what it is worth.
True, maybe the card is a good draw in late game when your graveyard is filled (assuming someone isn't playing Rest in Peace, Dauthi Voidwalker, or just put a Bojuka Bog on you), but I figure in late game you might want yo play more powerful spells, such as Living Dead or something that reanimate your graveyard rather than having random spiders which won't do much other then block. If that's what you seek, then just go with Arachnogenesis, which is basically a better and more viable option than Spider Spawning. This is also a better solution since your deck has virtually no interaction (i.e., cards that interacts during an opponent's turn or in response to something happening, mostly instant cards).
Consider also to play Protean Hulk, which sells for very cheap these days. There's no better card in the whole of MTG than Hulk in a Meren, and generally Golgari deck.
3 months ago
Suggestions from someone who started from a total junk Meren deck in 2015, and through the years made it to a cEDH (check the playlist here if you want: Meren Surgical Toolbox [2K22]:
Way too many lands. Never seen any budget deck running almost half the deck on lands only. Consider adding cheap staple cards like Kodama's Reach, Cultivate, or something like Emergent Sequence, Greenseeker (it also discards you a creature that you can pick up with meren at the end of turn), Primal Growth (good sac outlet too), Dawntreader Elk, Deathsprout, Diligent Farmhand, Rampant Growth, and notable Yavimaya Elder. Consider also adding all the 1-mana elves, all of which sit around 0.10$. If you include all these changes you can easily remove 10 lands, and sit at 35 lands total.
Some cards you included are just downright bad, even for a budget deck. You can not only find cheaper but also better replacements for cards like Reprocess, Spider Spawning, Evincar's Justice, Zendikar's Roil. Some cards you have in your maybeboard, like Skullclamp or Buried Alive are much better options. Most definitely include Village Rites and Midnight Reaper for card draw, and Spore Frog for protection. Also Reclamation Sage
Your deck has a very high CMC, 4.05. For a golgari deck this is way too high, considering reaching at least 3.00.
More generally, have a look at EDHREC.com to see what cards best fit a budget Meren deck. No offense, but even as a budget your deck certainly needs much improvement. That is, assuming you don't run cards for their flavor or because you just like them. Then that's totally up to you.
8 months ago
11 months ago
I used to run a lot of those big graveyard-based cards like Boneyard Wurm , Splinterfright , Spider Spawning but eventually cut most of them for reasons similar to the Worm Harvest one. Boneyard Mycodrax was one of those but I totally forgot that it also has a graveyard ability, so it could be interesting. Bonehoard is a like a reverse Nighthowler , definitely usuable.
Plumb the Forbidden is pretty good too.
1 year ago
This is truly a mishmash, but out of all your creatures the ones that jump out at me are the disproportionately high number of spiders. Spider tribal could be an interesting direction to move the deck in, although switching to Golgari or at least Jund would probably be necessary. Black gives you access to graveyard interaction that benefits cards like Hatchery Spider while also having a fair number of good spider cards. Some modern options for such a deck are Arasta of the Endless Web, Graverobber Spider, Ishkanah, Grafwidow, Nyx Weaver, Rotwidow Pack, Chainweb Aracnir, Twin-Silk Spider, Spider Spawning, Blex, Vexing Pest Flip, Renowned Weaver, Metallic Mimic, Adaptive Automaton, Obelisk of Urd, and Coat of Arms.
If you are more interested in staying red, one option is to focus on your combat tricks with cards that like being targeted. Silverfur Partisan and Zada, Hedron Grinder are a great pair for such a deck. Cheap buffs with bonus effects like Confront the Unknown and Expedite work well in such a shell, as do cards that care about having many creatures like Might of the Masses.
1 year ago
SultaiBroodLord thank you for your suggestions! I had remembered Forever Young , a card very similar to Gravepurge , for the same reason actually. Fill your yard, then use them to stack the top to be all those bugs again for Grist's uptick. Unyaro Bees are simply because they were what I had on hand. And I have never seen Spider Spawning so I am going to need to play around with that, it looks fun!