Geralf's Messenger

Legality

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

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Set Rarity
Dark Ascension (DKA) Rare

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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.)

Geralf's Messenger Discussion

Chasmolinker on Mono Black Devotion

1 week ago

I go back and forth with Geralf's Messenger . I’ve decks run a full playset but unless you draw your finishers it tends to be too clunky in my experience. By T3 you need to get a strong foothold with the current meta and Liliana of the Veil is a better play imo. I could see running one though. It’s definitely good later in the game or whenever you get an opening to cast it without much downside. Coming into play tapped causes some tough spots some times. It does feel good when you get one down.

As for Restoration Angel bouncing messenger it’s a cute play after undying happens. I’m looking more at bouncing Gary . Or an Obliterator in response to path .

EasterEllis on Mono Black Devotion

1 week ago

No Geralf's Messenger ? Seems like it would combo well with Restoration Angel .

SynergyBuild on Royal Assassin Out of Retirement

1 week ago

This could be a slick Mono-Black list. Probably a mono-black devotion deck. Gray Merchant of Asphodel , Geralf's Messenger , and Relentless Dead as a mini-zombie theme, Gatekeeper of Malakir , Bloodghast , and Kitesail Freebooter s to finish up the creature-base, with seriously high-value creatures, all of which add to devotion, and the rest of the mainboard can be removal like Fatal Push , Disfigure , Echoing Decay , Go for the Throat , etc. as well as discard in the forms of Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek .

For a price, Liliana of the Veil / Liliana, the Last Hope / Phyrexian Obliterator are all fine inclusions.

A sideboard filled with Duress against control (as though they could surive your onslaught of discard and recursive threats in the mainboard), Leyline of the Void against dredge and phoenix, Fulminator Mage against tron, Whip of Erebos for needed midrangy lifegain and recursion shenanigans, and whatever suits your meta, be it Ratchet Bomb against artifacts, tokens, or enchantments you find troublesome, Night of Souls' Betrayal for anti-swarm, Phyrexian Arena / Dark Confidant if you need some more grind, etc.

MrLizard on Judith, the Scourge Diva Commander

2 weeks ago

You really want to pump up Judith's ping ability? How about some poison? Grafted Exoskeleton , Glistening Oil , and Phyresis will make judith a scary lady. you can cast Tainted Strike in response to a board wipe to more than likely kill a player.

On the subject of getting more out of your creatures, try some of the undying or persisting creatures. Geralf's Messenger , Pyreheart Wolf , Flayer of the Hatebound , and Mikaeus, the Unhallowed will come back stronger. the other side of that, Murderous Redcap , Furystoke Giant , Puppeteer Clique , Thunderblust , and Rattleblaze Scarecrow all come back weaker, but come back for free, which is nice.

Other than that, I agree with a lot of what multimedia suggests.

APPLE01DOJ on B/W Devotion

1 month ago

If this deck isn't focused on the Devotion Win then why play a Devotion deck? It's your best win con. I love midrange grindy matches but it's so much more efficient to fill the board with hard to remove creatures then land a Gary. (this is why Geralf's Messenger and Bloodghast are good, because they stick)

I would go 3x Seize 3x IoK and then fill those spaces with more creatures. I would also the MB Damnation and Collective Brutality (unless you add Bloodghast ) for more creatures. Put the Damnation on the SB.

What match ups are giving you trouble?

APPLE01DOJ on Gary and Bros

1 month ago

In my experience with the deck the resident bodies like Geralf's Messenger and Bloodghast are just too important to cut.

I find the stay alive til 5 stratedgy far more effective than the control-midrange plan.

APPLE01DOJ on B/W Devotion

1 month ago

I'd go up to 4 on Gary.

Bloodghast and Geralf's Messenger are both good here.

I'd cut the discard down to about 6 spells.

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Geralf's Messenger occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.18%

Black: 4.25%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Black: 0.05%