The Spirit of EDH – Muldrotha Experience

Hello everyone! I’m Literally a Ghost That Pushes Over Candles and welcome back to The Spirit of EDH. This week’s menu includes a new take on a commander you’ve almost certainly seen before, Muldrotha, the Gravetide. We’re going to be playing with experience counters, to overwhelm opponents with value and massive power. Let’s take a look at the decklist I’ve had success with:

Creatures (43)
1 x Hangarback Walker
1 x Carrion Feeder
1 x Caustic Caterpillar
1 x Stitcher's Supplier
1 x Viscera Seer
1 x Blood Artist
1 x Priest of Forgotten Gods
1 x Sakura-Tribe Elder
1 x Zulaport Cutthroat
1 x Bloodflow Connoisseur
1 x Catacomb Sifter
1 x Champion of Lambholt
1 x Chasm Skulker
1 x Elvish Rejuvenator
1 x Eternal Witness
1 x Farhaven Elf
1 x Fertilid
1 x Filigree Familiar
1 x Pawn of Ulamog
1 x Reclamation Sage
1 x Wood Elves
1 x Yavimaya Elder
1 x Agent of Erebos
1 x Bloodspore Thrinax
1 x Ezuri, Claw of Progress
1 x Falkenrath Noble
1 x Fleshwrither
1 x Glen Elendra Archmage
1 x Meren of Clan Nel Toth
1 x Ravenous Chupacabra
1 x Solemn Simulacrum
1 x Vindictive Vampire
1 x Youthful Scholar
1 x Biogenic Ooze
1 x Cultivator of Blades
1 x Ghoulcaller Gisa
1 x Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest
1 x Mulldrifter
1 x River Kelpie
1 x Sidisi, Undead Vizier
1 x Bane of Progress
1 x Noosegraf Mob
1 x Hornet Queen
Commander
1 x Muldrotha, the Gravetide

Planeswalker
1 x Kiora, the Crashing Wave

Spells (18)
1 x Executioner's Capsule
1 x Font of Fertility
1 x Wayfarer's Bauble
1 x Animate Dead
1 x Diabolic Intent
1 x Evolutionary Leap
1 x Mind Stone
1 x Song of Freyalise
1 x Attrition
1 x Buried Alive
1 x Commander's Sphere
1 x Journey to Eternity
1 x Phyrexian Altar
1 x Secrets of the Dead
1 x Birthing Pod
1 x Defense of the Heart
1 x Hedron Archive
1 x Pattern of Rebirth
Lands (37)
1 x Barren Moor
1 x Blighted Woodland
1 x Bojuka Bog
1 x Breeding Pool
1 x Command Beacon
1 x Command Tower
1 x Drowned Catacomb
1 x Evolving Wilds
6 x Forest
1 x High Market
1 x Hinterland Harbor
5 x Island
1 x Lonely Sandbar
1 x Misty Rainforest
1 x Opulent Palace
1 x Overgrown Tomb
1 x Phyrexian Tower
1 x Polluted Delta
5 x Swamp
1 x Terramorphic Expanse
1 x Tranquil Thicket
1 x Verdant Catacombs
1 x Watery Grave
1 x Woodland Cemetery

The Claw and the Clan

Ezuri, Claw of Progresss and Meren of Clan Nel Toth are our two experience counter creatures, each giving us experience for doing what they’re skilled at. Ezuri wants us to play creatures with low power so he can grow them and Meren wants to see our creatures die so she can reanimate them. Since the experience counters we get are on us, not on them, they have a few good intereactions. For one, if one of them dies, we keep the experience we’ve already got and, additionally, the experience from one affects the other. This means by sacrificing creatures to Meren and amassing a ton of experience, Ezuri can turn our creatures into massive threats.

Now, because these two creatures aren’t our commanders we do have to worry if they both get exiled. What this means is that we build the deck to take advantage of their power, but still keeping it so that Muldrotha is a fit commander to take advantage of. The good news is, Meren and Muldrotha want similar things: Creatures to sacrifice and reanimate. If we make the consession to find some of these creatures that have power 2 or less, the deck is built to get experience very quickly but still function without either of those two creatures.

When looking at the tables, you’ll notice a lot of cards appear in two or even all three categories I’ve divided the cards into. This deck is very synergistic, especially since the strokes we’re painting with are so broad. Creatures that sacrifice themselves and have two or less power easily fit into all three categories: Sacrificing creatures, replay value, and low-power creature creation. The first two categories aren’t specifically Muldrotha or Meren, though the non-creature permanents do tend to synergize with Muldrotha more, so I’ve divided them up by their uses instead.

Everything Dies Someday

1 x Hangarback Walker
1 x Carrion Feeder
1 x Caustic Caterpillar
1 x Stitcher's Supplier
1 x Viscera Seer
1 x Blood Artist
1 x Priest of Forgotten Gods
1 x Sakura-Tribe Elder
1 x Zulaport Cutthroat
1 x Bloodflow Connoisseur
1 x Catacomb Sifter
1 x Chasm Skulker
1 x Fertilid
1 x Filigree Familiar
1 x Pawn of Ulamog
1 x Yavimaya Elder
1 x Bloodspore Thrinax
1 x Falkenrath Noble
1 x Fleshwrither
1 x Meren of Clan Nel Toth
1 x Vindictive Vampire
1 x Youthful Scholar
1 x Ghoulcaller Gisa
1 x Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest
1 x Diabolic Intent
1 x Evolutionary Leap
1 x Attrition
1 x Journey to Eternity
1 x Phyrexian Altar
1 x Pattern of Rebirth

Evolutionary Leap – One of our sacrifice outlets, Evolutionary Leap is an amazingly strong card. Since cards in our graveyard are still playable, this will often feel like straight card advantage if not cheating. Sacrificing creatures with enters the battlefield effects will allow you to replay them or regrow them, as well as getting another creature into your hand. This can quickly grow out of hand, making sure you always have a full grip of cards.

Journey to Eternity and Pattern of Rebirth – These cards both need the creature they’re enchanting to die, which is why they’re included here. The good news is, sacrificing creatures is an easy task for our deck, meaning their full value can be achieved quickly. Journey will allow you to get back a creature for its enters the battlefield effect or dies effect right away, then allowing you an extra chance to reanimate creatures outside of the one per turn that’s granted by Muldrotha. Pattern, meanwhile, is a tutor for any creature directly onto the battlefield. This enchantment does benefit from being able to be replayed by Muldrotha, allowing you to find a creature from your library each turn, as well as having a creature that wants to die for value!

Blood Artist, Zulaport Cutthroat, Falkenrath Noble and Vindictive Vampire – Blood Artist et. al. are already very low in power and love to see creatures die. With the number of creatures we want moving in and out of our graveyard will add up quickly, especially with four different versions of the same effect. This allows us to whittle down our opponents all at once, as well as padding our life totals, with the additional benefit of warding off board wipes. If we can go wide enough, a board wipe without spot removal first can lead to death for the entire table.

Fleshwrither – A tutor effect in the oddest way, Fleshwrither allows you to sacrifice him to find any creature in your deck with a converted mana cost of four, which includes both Ezuri and Meren. Fleshwrither can also be replayed or reanimated, meaning you can find Meren then reanimate him to fetch another creature on your end step. Being a creature means he will also trigger any of our Blood Artist effects, as well as making it easier to reanimate him rather than just through Muldrotha.

Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest – One of our win conditions, Mazirek doesn’t care what it is we’re sacrificing. The good news is, we have a bunch of permanents that sacrifice themselves, allowing Mazirek to turn our board into a game-winning swing very quickly. Our deck is very capable of going wide, meaning that Mazirek becomes more powerful, as well as being able to reanimate him if he dies. Keep in mind that Mazirek cares about whenever anyone sacrifices something, not just your things and not just creatures.

But Things Don’t Often Stay Dead Here

1 x Hangarback Walker
1 x Caustic Caterpillar
1 x Sakura-Tribe Elder
1 x Elvish Rejuvenator
1 x Eternal Witness
1 x Farhaven Elf
1 x Fertilid
1 x Filigree Familiar
1 x Reclamation Sage
1 x Wood Elves
1 x Yavimaya Elder
1 x Agent of Erebos
1 x Glen Elendra Archmage
1 x Ravenous Chupacabra
1 x Solemn Simulacrum
1 x Biogenic Ooze
1 x Mulldrifter
1 x River Kelpie
1 x Sidisi, Undead Vizier
1 x Bane of Progress
1 x Noosegraf Mob
1 x Hornet Queen
1 x Executioner's Capsule
1 x Font of Fertility
1 x Wayfarer's Bauble
1 x Mind Stone
1 x Song of Freyalise
1 x Commander's Sphere
1 x Secrets of the Dead
1 x Defense of the Heart
1 x Hedron Archive

Executioner’s Capsule, Font of Fertility, Wayfarer’s Bauble, Mind Stone, Commander’s Sphere and Hedron Archive – A lot of our utility comes from cheap permanents that sacrifice themselves for effects. Since Muldrotha lets us play one permanent of each type from our graveyard each turn, we want to maximize our value by being able to play artifacts and enchantments as well as creatures. All of the aformentioned cards allow us to accrue value by either ramping us or allowing us to cycle cards through our graveyard for card advantage or removal.

River Kelpie – An all star of a deck like Muldrotha’s, River Kelpie will draw you cards like no other. Whether reanimating cards or casting spells from our graveyard, River Kelpie will quickly fill our hand with cards, allowing us to grow our graveyard as well. In addition, River Kelpie has persist, meaning removing it once isn’t enough!

Caustic Caterpillar, Sakura-Tribe Elder, Fertilid, Yavimaya Elder, Glen Elendra Archmage, Sidisi, Undead Vizier – The other creatures that this deck loves are those that sacrifice themselves for value. They allow us to accrue experience, either by entering the battlefield with low power and also by dying. Then, they allow us to get value by replaying or reanimating them! Sidisi is a repeatable tutor, Glen Elendra Archmage is two negates in one body, Fertilid, Sakura-Tribe Elder and Yavimaya Elder all let us ramp to continue to maximize our value, and Caustic Caterpillar is a repeatable naturalize that comes with a death each time, too!

And What Kills You Makes You Stronger

1 x Song of Freyalise

1 x Catacomb Sifter
1 x Champion of Lambholt
1 x Chasm Skulker
1 x Pawn of Ulamog
1 x Bloodspore Thrinax
1 x Ezuri, Claw of Progress
1 x Glen Elendra Archmage
1 x Biogenic Ooze
1 x Cultivator of Blades
1 x Ghoulcaller Gisa
1 x Noosegraf Mob
1 x Hornet Queen

Catacomb Sifter, Chasm Skulker, Biogenic Ooze, Cultivator of Blades, Hornet Queen – Cards with enters the battlefield abilities are another great way to abuse the power that is offered by Muldrotha and Meren, having us gain value over cycling creatures through our graveyard. In addition, these creatures make other creatures, letting us rack up experience with Ezuri as well! Hornet Queen is an awful card to try to deal with, Cultivator with Ezuri can be a dead player in a single swing, Biogenic Ooze is a self-making Ooze factory, Chasm Skulker cycles well through our graveyard, and Catacomb Sifter lets us scry through our deck while we sacrifice our own creatures.

Noosegraf Mob – This card is a poster child for what our deck wants to do. Noosegraf Mob lets you load it up with counters from Ezuri to go wide with Zombies whenever anyone casts a spell. It works well from just being reanimated whenever it runs out of counters, as well, letting you recast it for another group of zombies. It gives you bodies to sacrifice, bodies to go wide with, and wracks up experience from both our legends.

Bloodspore Thrinax – This is a card with a weird relationship to Ezuri, making it so you can’t get experience with small creatures as Bloodspore grows it as it enters, not after. However, Bloodspore Thrinax can be the sole target for Ezuri’s ability, growing it to massive size which, in turn, allows you to grow the rest of your creatures as well. In addition, Thrinax lets you sacrifice creatures to him to load up on counters even before you get Ezuri, offering a one-time sacrifice outlet.

Cards to Consider

Ghoulcaller Gisa – The only card that’s more synergistic with your deck is Ghoulcaller Gisa. She lets you sacrifice a creature to get a number of Zombies equal to its power, getting you experience from both Ezuri and Meren. Meren can reanimate the creature you sacrifice and Ezuri can grow it, allowing you to get ever more Zombies each time! Three experience means you can turn a Zombie into a 5/5, then sacrificing it will give you five Zombies and six more experience, one from Meren and five from Ezuri.

Youthful Scholar and Mulldrifter – These two cards are one of the fastest ways to fill your hand with cards that isn’t River Kelpie. Mulldrifter can be repeatedly evoked to let you draw cards, while still being a creature that enters the battlefield and dies. Youthful Scholar will let you draw two each time it dies, letting it cycle through your graveyard for experience and card draw. In addition, Youthful Scholar has a converted mana cost of four, letting you search for it with Fleshwrither!

Song of Freyalise – Sagas are a very interesting type of enchantment, offering you temporary benefits then sacrificing themselves. This allows us to replay them out of our graveyard for value, repeating the story over and over. Song of Freyalise allows us to ramp with our creatures for chapters one and two, then giving a counter to our entire board on the final chapter. In addition, the last chapter gives Vigilance, Trample and Indestructible to our board, allowing us to swing all out with no abandon. As well, you can replay the Song on the turn it sacrifices itself, letting you swing with your vigilant creatures then tapping them for mana post-combat.

Parting Thoughts

Muldrotha is an amazingly flexible commander, basically offering you value for doing things that her colors are already doing. You can reallly build a deck with her at the helm however you’d like, so decks like this one always feel so fun to play! You’ll feel like its cheating when you get so much experience with Meren, only to make a single attacker into a deadly threat with Ezuri. Even without those creatures, though, this deck is a value train, replaying anything and everything from your graveyard.

So tell me, what did you think? Did I offer information you thought was helpful, raise some insights you might not have thought of, miss stuff you thought I should mention, or any other thoughts I didn’t call out? Leave a comment below to let me know, or you can haunt me directly on Twitter (@FrigglishTGhost) or spook my email (AMillionDifferentColors@Gmail.com).
Make sure you join me next week, where I’ll be talking about a Boros deck!

Until then, may the Spirit of EDH possess you with creativity.
— Literally a Ghost that Pushes Over Candles

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