Geralf's Messenger

Geralf's Messenger

Creature — Zombie

Geralf's Messenger enters the battlefield tapped.

When Geralf's Messenger enters the battlefield, target opponent loses 2 life.

Undying (When this creature dies, if it had no +1/+1 counters on it, return it to the battlefield under its owner's control with a +1/+1 counter on it.)

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Geralf's Messenger Discussion

icehit6 on Mono-Black

10 hours ago

It's not a problem! I'm going to give you a little opinionated, but logical piece of pricing charts for the formats though from legacy to standard and why it was good you picked modern! I think modern is personally the cheapest format!

So, legacy and vintage use all cards from all sets, but have certain restrictions on some cards. It's ridiculously expensive to make a "good" deck in legacy, some upwards of 2 or 3 thousand dollars. The upside is card values do NOT drop because of how rare they are. That's in no one's best interest unless you've really got some money to spend! Thus making these formats among the most expensive.

Standard is the most recent (four?) sets and after one year all sets would have rotated out into new ones. It's the least expensive in the short term because "good" decks can range anywhere from 100-600 dollars depending on what's in the format. In the long term however, if you want to play standard, I feel this is the most expensive format. Continuously spending a few hundred dollars at a time really adds up, and over let's say 5 years spending an average of 200 dollars on a competitive deck, you've racked up a 1000 dollar bill already.

Modern, I think, is the cheapest format. For a good deck, it ranges anywhere between 400 and 1200 dollars, because modern does have some pretty expensive cards in it, but the cards don't lose value. But these numbers are the least scary! I built my tournament ready mono-green elves build in five months by buying some cards, and trading others. If I were to buy all my cards out right now, it'd be around 400 dollars to make, which honestly is NOT too bad. So I'm glad you picked modern to start out with :) the cards you buy will have an eternal value and won't be overly expensive! Hopefully :P

Now, into an aggro mono black build! I would recommend building mono-black devotion. Because you're mono black, you don't need to get super fancy with a landbase. 24 Swamps is perfectly fine. If you want a really good land though (that does sadly cost a little bit of money, but maybe very worth it), you should grab Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx and run 2 or 3 depending on how you want consistency to be.

Now for your creature base, it is going to be somewhat pricy because of one card, but for an aggro mono black deck, it's seriously needed.

Phyrexian Obliterator. Easily the strongest creature in the deck, if any damage is dealt to him, the person dealing the damage has to sacrifice X amount of permanents depending on how much damage is done. It's crazy. And if you're willing to spend the money on it, it could be very worth it for you!

For the other creatures, it's a bit cheaper. You're going to want 4 Gray Merchant of Asphodel, 4 Geralf's Messenger, and 4 Gatekeeper of Malakir. That's your creature base! It's all you need :) If you want four more good creatures though, finish a set of 4 Gravecrawler and put those in. It's a really strong creature!

The rest are control based spells and card draw!

You're going to need Phyrexian Arena. It's the best card draw that's not going to kill you! I would personally run 2 or 3 of those just so you know you're going to draw it.

4 Doomblade for some good spot removal.

I would recommend Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek, but they're extremely expensive. If you're willing to put the money down, running three of each is good. If not, you can run four Despise and two Duress. Or three and three if you want an even spell to creature removal ratio.

With putting in all of these cards you SHOULD have three slots left. If so having 2 Drown in Sorrow isn't bad for other aggro decks because it's a mass removal for small creatures. Maybe a Wrench Mind for some hand control!

The creature base with mono black is extremely expensive, and that's the huge downside to it. Phyrexian Obliterator and Bloodghast (which I didn't include here because of it's pricetag and because it's less important than obliterator) alone are likely going to cost more than 200 bucks to get for the playsets. The rest of the deck adds up, but that's the core right there. If you need any other help, let me know! I'm only a comment away :P

umbertobomba on Zombie Tribal

3 days ago

I like your Deck, its similar to my Zombie Deck an i Love to Play with my Zombies :D! The Next Time you Play try to put four Fleshbag Marauder in your Deck, it's such a Nice Combo with Geralf's Messenger and Gravecrawler becaus you can Choose to put a Counter on Geralf and your opponent gets 2 dmg or you Cast your Sacrified Cravecrawler for one Mana on the Battlefield. If you want to get really Nasty put Grave Pact into your Deck with the Nantuko Husk and Sacrifice your Gravecrawler until your Mana is empty, clear the Board of your opponent and Strike with a 12/12 Nantuko Husk

BRAAAAAAIIIINS....!!!

323Dimitri on Undying Sacrifice

5 days ago

Last suggestion. Gravecrawler is great recursion if you throw in other zombies like Geralf's Messenger!

Memphismaymagic5 on

1 week ago

I was thinking about it too, because gary is a key card in the deck indeed. I'll test it around a bit and see if it is useful to have a 5 cmc card 4x. About Geralf's Messenger, I know it is a great devotion card, but I have Vampire Nighthawk in the 3 cmc slot because he has evasion and lifelink (I need to recover lives so I don't lose to much with Phyrexian Arena and stuff). Neither do I own that card at the moment, so if I can get my hands on it, i'll see if he makes the deck. Thank you

Tyrannosary on

1 week ago

Any monoblack devotion deck must have 4 Grey Merchant of Asphodel they are too good not to be a 4 of you also need 4 Geralf's Messenger

CaptSillva on DC Sui-Black

1 week ago

Pale Rider of Trostad is strictly better than Drekavac.

And you could try a more zombie centered package with Relentless Dead, Geralf's Messenger, and good old Gray Merchant of Asphodel.

Herald of Torment is also worth considering.

And you could likely cut Dauthi Slayer to make room.

APPLE01DOJ on Death By Rack! (Modern Budget 8-Rack)

1 week ago

I realize that but for 8Rack to be any good it needs its key pieces.

I've played about 20 variants of 8Rack in my time from budget, rat rack, burn rack, 4c rack but honestly the basic "solved" list is best. There are only two debatable/interchangeable pieces and that's Smallpox and Bitterblossom.

I feel like this list in question would be better with some board presence and dropping all the excess Rack effects.

Asylum Visitor, Nyxathid, Gurmag Angler/Tombstalker, Geralf's Messenger, etc.

Also the optimal discard suite should be Funeral Charm Wrench Mind Raven's Crime and Duress.

Tethys on The Wicked

2 weeks ago

From a distance, I'm not sure Gravecrawler is ideal here since your only other zombie is Geralf's Messenger. I could be wrong though. Nether Traitor is another possible option, I suppose, but what I really came here to say is...

Screw Corrupt! You want to be running Sorin's Vengeance in this deck, especially with those three sexy Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx's in your mainboard!

I put four of them in my Full Retard Mono Black build and never looked back. Yes, I realize there's also corrupt in there-- that's not the point. I mean, just look at how stupid the mana curve looks! There are some things you can't put a price on. OK my drugs are kicking in; I should probably go do something else now.

PS: +1

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Legality

Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Set Rarity
Dark Ascension Rare

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