Empress Galina


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Invasion (INV) Rare

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Empress Galina

Legendary Creature — Merfolk

(Blue)(Blue), Tap: Gain control of target legendary permanent. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.)

Empress Galina Discussion

austintayshus on Oathbreaker - Jace's Merfolks

2 months ago

It's nice to see a Jace Oathbreaker that's not centered around exiling your library. +1

I would recommend Thada Adel, Acquisitor . She's got islandwalk and bonus utility. Also Empress Galina is a spicy way to steal someone's oathbreaker.

Senomar on The sea's rage is a mere glimpse of our power

4 months ago

No matter the combo, if you have Kumena on board and at least 2 others merfolks you can be sure you'll draw 5 cards before your next turn, bump whole boards with Surgespanner or steal a lot of nasty stuff with Empress Galina haha. This card is one of the most powerfull of the deck. use it carrefully and go attack phase before playing creatures otherwise you'll get trap

Have a nice day

DrukenReaps on

7 months ago

So first thing that came to my mind on seeing this list is that you already have an overwhelming amount of so you may want to switch to either Memnarch or Empress Galina . Both of which still do the mind control theme.

If you are attached to this commander you will want about 36 lands. This page can be a little overwhelming to look over but is rather useful.

Merieke Ri Berit Budget Options

You can follow that to other budget versions of her. The page just summarizes commonly used cards.

Something you have completely missed out on is untap effects with your commander. When she is untapped the controlled creature is killed. With enough untap effects out you can machine gun down all of your opponent's creatures.

Freed from the Real , Pemmin's Aura , Crab Umbra , Royal Assassin , Adarkar Valkyrie , Brago, King Eternal are all pretty good options for the deck.

scumbling1 on Pagan

7 months ago

Great build!

Any thought to High Market or Miren, the Moaning Well, to sac your stolen critters?

Willow Satyr and/or Empress Galina could be nice backup for Rubinia.

It’s a little out there, but what about Titania's Song? I am not too knowledgeable about Wiccan culture, but transmuting artifacts into creatures has a folksy quality to it — something Gogol might write about.

I love the use of Traveler’s Cloak — it’s long been a pet card of mine.

Hybrow on The River Merfolk

8 months ago

If you are still looking for cards to remove.. I would scrap Pearl Medallion, dont know if you are running enough white to justify it.

I might also remove Coastal Piracy.

As far as great Merfolk go, I really love Empress Galina, she is $ Expensive, but its very enjoyable taking other players commanders.

SynergyBuild on Need An Answer To My ...

9 months ago

Sorcerous Spyglass is another Pithing Needle type card.

The goal of these types of cards is that at least for effects like Nevermore, Null Chamber, Gideon's Intervention, Pithing Needle, Darksteel Mutation, Imprisoned in the Moon, Cursed Totem, Sorcerous Spyglass, Song of the Dryads, etc. is that they are 'commander removal', a way of getting around the command-zoning techniques that are abused by commanders that get removed often, yet can just be cast for more.

Mairsil can also use cards like Empress Galina or other steal effects as you can't command zone those either. Empress will also have an activated ability Mairsil can get, allowing you to make a sort of lock on all commanders.


1 year ago

faver18: I've tested it and honestly not a big fan of it because it requires you to have a legendary creature out and it's 6 mana. I would run Vedalken Shackles/Empress Galina/Memnarch over it. Glad you like the deck!

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Empress Galina occurrence in decks from the last year

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