Geralf's Messenger


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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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

casmiel on Zom-booyah!

1 day ago

Trust me, From Under the Floorboards will not be in for long as you further test your setup. Gravecrawler, Prized Amalgam, Haunted Dead and Voldaren Pariah  Flip are all cards i would play over / rather discard then From Under the Floorboards. There is a good reason why it doesn't see any competitive play in Standard, and Modern is even more powerful than that. Traditionally, Black is much stronger in Zombie decks than Blue, so there will be a strong Black bias. Which is why you usually want as many Black sources of Mana as possible in a Zombie shell, to pay for Relentless Dead or Geralf's Messenger. Reliquary Tower is therefore not ideal, you won't get to maximum hand size anyways. And if you do, it's actually better to be able to dump some Amalgams/Crawlers/Haunted Dead for free. I also suggest playing a maximum of 3 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth as you can only have a single copy out at any given time. That's why you usually never play 4 of a Legendary card unless it is absolutely vital to a key combo.

As for strictly Blue cards you don't run here... i utilize Ideas Unbound in a Bridge from Below Zombie Aristocrats deck and Phantasmal Image in a regular one. Ideas Unbound is not too ideal here as you can't run Bridge from Below, but Phantasmal Image is phenomenal for copying your lords or any big beater your opponent cheated into the game.

I think the more you play in the Modern format, the faster you will notice that this is a low Mana format. You will often find matchups where amazing cards like Endless Ranks of the Dead, Jace, Memory Adept, Rooftop Storm or Akroma's Memorial end up being too clunky and slow, or you draw 1 of each in your opening hand, which feels absolutely terrible. Having 1 big Enchantment/Artifact is good and fine, but I think you are shooting for too much with your big bombs.

Another tip would be to up your land count to 23. 23 is widely regarded as the "sweet spot" for decks in Modern that don't have any special mana requirements.

LeaPlath on Fright Night Magic

4 days ago

Shriekmaw is a body and a kill spell on a stick and Geralf's Messenger is my pet card so in good faith I cannot tell you to drop it :P

Erebos's Titan is just a 4 mana 5/5 who gives 4 devotion. and I've never been a fan of Body Snatcher, the stats never appealed to me. Hero's Downfall is good, as is Devour.

Ambition's Cost and the slightly more expensive draw is where I would be wanting to be. Drawing 3 (net gain 2 cards) is a bigger deal in EDH than drawing 2 (net gain 1 card), in a big splashy format.

Draw_Wurm on Fright Night Magic

4 days ago

Thanks everyone for all the feedback.

Lightpulsar9, NicolBolas666, Ender666666 think you may be right on Erebos. Have a weird attachment to Crovax though... Think it's the Mark Zug art!

Good shouts on the snow lands for Extraplanar Lens.

LeaPlath good shout on vampire hexmage. What were you thinking in terms of other Read the Bones type cards. Can't really think of any!

Prophet_of_Xenagos, Shane.Allen. Thanks for the recommendations. Hard to work out what to drop.

Thinking: Erebos's Titan,Shriekmaw, Geralf's Messenger and Body Snatcher may be worth swapping for Bitterblossom, Devour in Shadow, Hero's Downfall, Go for the Throat etc.

gabrielguieiro on Haakon's Crypt

1 week ago

Gakros, The best mana symbol bmana symbol bmana symbol b creature that interacts well with your deck its Geralf's Messenger...

Raging_Squiggle on Spells you cast cost 1 ...

1 week ago

Abilities like that of Undead Warchief only reduce the generic mana of a zombie spell, not the colored mana of the spell.

Death Baron will cost mana symbol bmana symbol b.

Geralf's Messenger will still cost mana symbol bmana symbol bmana symbol b

merrowMania on Spells you cast cost 1 ...

1 week ago

It means that your Zombies cost 1 generic mana less to cast. As Geralf's Messenger costs BBB to cast, the reductions does nothing for it (unless there is something like Sphere of Resistance out). Your example with Death Baron is correct, as it has a generic mana in its mana cost which CAN be reduced by Undead Warchief.

clharley on Spells you cast cost 1 ...

1 week ago

Does Undead Warchief ability 'zombie spells you cast cost 1 less' mean that Geralf's Messenger costs 1 less mana, or does it mean cards like this Death Baron with the 1 symbol next to its mana cost is reduced?

ClockworkSwordfish on Necroskitter Necromancy

1 week ago

Kulrath Knight protects you from creatures that are too big to be easily taken out with -1/-1 counters. Undying creatures like Geralf's Messenger have some nice synergy when you can remove their counter with a -1/-1 counter so they keep coming back. Undying Evil and Mikaeus, the Unhallowed likewise share this with your other creatures.

You might find some inspiration here: Counter Countdown

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