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

Xica on R/B Zombie/Discard

10 hours ago

As i see it you completely lack creatures, especially appropriate creatures:
- If you want to do 8-rack, then go 8-rack, and use creatures that support that strategy. (things like Ensnaring Bridge, or Wall of Limbs... etc.)
- If you want to play zombies, then use discard effects, but focus on zombies.

Your creatures mana curve is WAY too high, from your 15 creatures, there is 4x , and 2x , and 9x . You simply can't cast them, when you need then.
Beside being slow they are mismatched, and weak for their cmc:
Undead Warchief is just plain bad
Rottenheart Ghoul is the same, its too slow to make any real impact, while it has a half decent body, and discard attached to it, at the time you cast it you will look down the barrel of things like Lord of Lineage  Flip
Rakdos, Lord of Riots, Abyssal Specter, Mogis, God of Slaughter are not zombies, thus they screw with Diregraf Colossus, which is a superb card, IF IT HAS THE TRIBAL SUPPORT

So i would advise to ditch Mogis, the Specter, Rottenheart ghoul, UNdead warchief, regardless whatever you want this deck to be.
If you want some good zombies here are some:
Blood Scrivener (zombie bob, if you plan to empty your hands, by casting your discard spells)
(Gravecrawler if you want to be agressive)
Walking Corpse & Shambling Ghoul are ok fillers
Butcher Ghoul is a free block, and then a 2/2 body
Relentless Dead & Ghoulraiser can bring brack creatures your opponent managed to remove
Geralf's Messenger he probably needs no introduction
Also you can choose from a whole host of lords that are better than Undead Warchief: Cemetery Reaper; Death Baron; Lord of the Undead; Diregraf Captain

Plus there are some interesting zombies for the sideboard, like Lifebane Zombie, or Yixlid Jailer

ICEMAN762004 on Black Zombie Devotion

11 hours ago

Punk_communizt thank you for the input. I actually took your advice on removing Doom Blade and using Victim of Night. I also removed Pontiff of Blight and went with Geralf's Messenger as it has Undying and auto reduces the life of an opponent upon entering the battlefield. Palace Siege is actually a dual threat that has saved me on a few occasions. It has given me life when whip was unavailable and brought back creatures to my hand when it was necessary. I would be hard pressed to remove that card from this deck. Thanks again for the input.

JohannKlink on Mike Myers

1 day ago

Im thinking about making a Mike Myers themed deck with a playset of an unkillable creature with a lot of equipment. I don't know what to use for the creature, but at this point my best guess is Geralf's Messenger.

OutOfBasics on Mono Black Controlled Suicide

2 days ago

Are you having issues with burn to you, to your creatures, or both? I don't often play black, but I've seen Geralf's Messenger in various places.

I suppose that doesn't answer much of the problem, but I'll keep an eye out for other ideas!

mickalopagus on Sexy Hexy

3 days ago

Unveiled this deck yesterday - was surprised at how well it performed - though a lot of that came down to drawing exactly the right cards at the right time. Geralf's Messenger - friggen all-star of this deck. Opponent's don't know what to do, you cant kill him, because hell just come back and be worse. And when hes worse you cant kill him because ill just take the counters off with a bunch of different removal options. Demonlord of Ashmouth is badass too, and played into the strategy of saccing messenger perfectly. I probably wouldn't have done as well if I hadn't drawn into a Nevinyrral's Disk - which cleared a populated board, allowing all my undying creatures to trigger. It was brutal.

Did not draw into Contamination - that card might need to be removed as it just tools the opponent so much. With undying triggers I can essentially lock people out of the game, which I cant imagine would get a positive reaction from the playgroup. Maybe ill use it a few times for lulz, since the card did cost $8... or limit it to a few turns then allow the enchantment to die. Also did not get a chance to use Sengir Autocrat or Hecatomb which is probably the most janky, and bulky combo of all. I could probably get rid of those two things and really focus on undying/persist abilities to the benefit of the deck. Autocrat would be so much better if the tokens hung around after he died.

tettsui77 on 2016-05-03 update of Phyrexian Arena

3 days ago

KaiserChronic -- the good thing with Specter is, he's OFTEN stealing lands (sometimes the land your opponent needed). Even if you don't get to cast anything EVER, he helps with land drops (which then help cast your stolen stuff).. and then the 3 devotion is nice, too.

I played Mono-Black Devotion in Standard for about a year, and LOVED the deck, and really was a huge fan of Nightveil Specter. Even in other formats, it really just seemed like my opponents felt like they HAD to get rid of him, lest he run away with the game.

Geralf's Messenger is really nice, too. I feel like maybe 2-3 Viscera Seers may be good, both to sac Messengers for the win -- and also to help find stuff. If I was going that route tho, I'd probably run Abyssal Persecutor... but I guess that is kinda just going a different direction from what you've got here, lol. :)

Anyway, great deck. Aside from my ramblings here, I def recommend proxying out 2x Bitterblossom and just testing it out. It really can just run away with the game, and its nice to have a few different angles of attack, ya know?

CaptSillva on Mono-Black Zombies

3 days ago

Cavern of Souls and Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx seem like clear additions here unless its a budging issue. You could also consider Bone Splinters, Murderous Cut, and Geralf's Messenger.

Raging_Squiggle on Bile Blight and Geralf's messenger

4 days ago

Bile Blight's effect only affects creatures on the battlefield at the time the spell resolves. It doesn't apply to any creatures entering afterwards that may have the same name.

yes, Geralf's Messenger will die due to 0 toughness, however it will come back and stay with a +1/+1 counter.

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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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