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.)

Price & Acquistion Set Price Alerts Price Cardhoarder (MTGO) Price
Low Avg High Foil Normal Foil
$1.73 $2.85 $4.47 $5.47 0.78 TIX 1.3 TIX

Geralf's Messenger Discussion

CricketYT on BlackDev

1 day ago

this deck isnt standard legal, but if you take it too modern it wont win anything. if you want modern devo, i recommend Phyrexian Obliterator Bloodghast Demigod of Revenge and Geralf's Messenger all as 4 ofs for a start.

OtakulordAndrew on creatures with graveyard recursion??

1 day ago

these are some other cards I found that could be returned from the grave or return cards from your grave or can take advantage of having to have cards put into the grave you might be interested in: Anathemancer, Balthor the Defiled, Butcher Ghoul, Cemetery Reaper, Diregraf Captain, Dregscape Zombie, Geralf's Messenger, Ghoulraiser, Grave Defiler, Grave Scrabbler, Lord of the Undead, Nightscape Familiar, Null Champion, Pyre Zombie, Shambling Remains, Skaab Ruinator, Walking Dead, Zombie Master,

ZOMBLES127 on U/B Zombie Cruelity

6 days ago

I know that Gravecrawler, Geralf's Messenger and Cemetery Reaper are good zombie staples, but they are pretty expensive and I like to keep my budget under $25. I do agree that this deck needs more draw power and removal so I will see if I can add anything you suggested. Thank you for your advice it is much appreciated.

Dradoc_4 on U/B Zombie Cruelity

6 days ago

Gravecrawler is one of the best zombie cards ever if you are using mortarpod.Geralf's Messenger is also a good one.Cemetery Reaper is like an extra Diregraf Captain

I would cut a mortarpod, running 4 can be dead. Instead I would use either removal Doom Blade or draw power Sign in Blood

Spazik008 on Winter Is Coming

1 week ago

I feel like the 4th Merchant would be overkill. The mana curve is always a factor, and when we're talking about Modern a 5 cost creature that could easily be counterspelled is borderline ridiculous. Obviously, Grey Merchant of Asphodel has no place in Legacy because it's even faster still than Modern, an already fast format.

The Grey Merchant isn't just lifegain, half the time he's just a huge game ending fireball. This deck plays out a lot like Black Devotion did when it was thing back in Standard. If you get a hand with 2 Gravecrawler and 2 Bloodghast, the plan is balls to the wall aggro. If the opening hand is Phyrexian Arena, Geralf's Messenger, and 2 Victim of Night, that's a control hand.

The whole point with these cards is that anything you top deck can fit into either aggro or control depending on what role you're trying to play. If you have a Phyrexian Arena and a Liliana of the Veil on the field then attacking with a lone Bloodghast could be all you need to take it home. Or if you're beating them down with Gravecrawler and Geralf's Messenger maybe that top deck Liliana of the Veil edicts away an Emrakul, the Aeons Torn that they threw down on the field through shenanigans.

The list goes on. Say they plan to line up Anger of the Gods to kill off all the zombies. If I drop Phyrexian Obliterator then there goes that plan. Basically this a midrange deck, but there's wide range when it comes to "midrange". I like to think of it as an all range deck.

perseus1718 on

1 week ago

CapnEuthanizeSo i'm wondering why you say i should remove the following cards, can you explain your reasoning? (and also thanks so much to the help, Im not new to magic, but i am new to zombies and just the color black in general)

Vedalken Ghoul, Sudden Spoiling

And also, Perplex is good for getting Diregraf Captain or Cemetery Reaper

Last, why is Geralf's Messenger as good as you would probably say? I dont completely see the value of it.

perseus1718 on

1 week ago

Just allowing my self to see the cards:

Soul of Innistrad's activated Ability is way too much mana for what it does, replace it with Grave Titan, it is way more reliable and can win games on its own.

Blood Scrivener has potential, If you plan on using zombies you will want a Cemetery Reaper, Geralf's Messenger could be useful, Adaptive Automaton could do some work, Phantasmal Image is useful in copying your Diregraf Captain or Cemetery Reaper if you use it and is totally hilarious with Geralf's Messenger (you get to pick a new creature for it to copy when it dies, except it now has a +1/+1 counter on it), Lich Lord of Unx is great for tribal zombies. If your curve gets really clumped around a few creatures you should consider AEther Vial. For removal you should use a combination of about 6 Smother, Doom Blade, and Go for the Throat. Counterspells are not very good in modern, you might want to use Cryptic Command instead of Perplex, however Perplex is interesting.

You should definitely remove Rooftop Storm, Grim Return, Sudden Spoiling[, Tragic Slip, Zombie Apocalypse, Vedalken Ghoul, and Nested Ghoul.

You should probably cut back on the Rooftop Storm as it costs too much mana for its effect.

Also as far as lands go, don't use Dreadship Reef, Drowned Catacomb is a good mana-fixer, I would also recommend Creeping Tar Pit as it can kill planeswalkers really well.

If you want to hear my reasoning on any of these suggestions just ask me.

Power / Toughness 3/2
Color(s) Black
Cost BBB
Converted cost 3
Avg. draft pick 1.43
Avg. cube pick 10.64


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

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Set Rarity
Dark Ascension Rare


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