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 Low Avg High Foil
  $1.4 $2.51 $5.0 $5.17
Cardhoarder (MTGO) Price Normal Foil
  0.42 TIX 0.85 TIX

Geralf's Messenger Discussion

8vomit on BRed Aggro

1 day ago

I dont see Gravecrawler returning very often. Seems like your 1-for-1ing with that and Geralf's Messenger which isnt a good idea most of the time.

Killkow on What do ya mean I can't have Gary as my Commander?

6 days ago

I have to back up the Crypt Ghast and Nirkana Revenant suggestion. With as high of a mana curve as you have, you don't have any reason not to run him.

Also, Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief. I used to run Erebos as my commander... til one day I subbed her in because I thought it would be cheeky. I've never gone back to Erebos except when I felt sorry enough for them and wanted to give them a chance xDIf you're skeptical which I wouldn't blame you for, just try sub her in a few times and get your mind blown.

Also, Caged Sun, Gauntlet of Power are so worthwhile. (Again, especially with having things as expensive as you do.)

As far as what to take out, I've noticed personally that Pack Rat is horrible in this format. With board wipes and bounce effects running rampant, you just get too undervalued.

Spirit of the Night looks pretty underwhelming for its cost.

Aside from being a source of devotion, Geralf's Messenger doesn't do enough in edh to be worth the slot.

Uncle Istvan, while being hilariously flavorful and full of devotion, seems otherwise useless.

+1 though! Seems pretty good!

FullmetalWes on Black Devotion (Medium cost)

1 week ago

Glad I could help!Only other things I might suggest is x1 or x2 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx just to help you ramp to your Abhorrent Overlord and maybe Geralf's Messenger for that devotion. I love budget decks!

dantekratos on Devotion to Darkness (Would like some feedback!)

1 week ago

I also have build a mono-black devotion deck.and it's around the same budget :pinstead of Bloodghast I use Gravecrawler in combination with Pack Rat and Geralf's Messenger. it's very fun to discard a gravecrawler to make a rat. :pI also run more discard to destroy their gameplan.Maybe you can take a look?

I want you to meet gary.

StuntmanTheThird on That Corpse Keeps Giggling

1 week ago

Ahh, Geralf's Messenger. Yeah, I think your right on that count, and I was considering dropping it just due to the cost. But now that you remind me about the whole life dmg issue, yeah, its gone. I'm going to test out Boneyard Wurm before putting it out on the street. The way I see it, if the wurm is underwhelming then that's a more major problem for deck itself If that's the case, I'll need to reevaluate many other choices (more mill? more targeted self-discard? different creatures?etc.)

For now, I'll bring in beacon and slime for messenger and Liliana Vess. I wasn't too convinced about it's inclusion in the first place, and I don't own a copy anyway.

Steaditup on That Corpse Keeps Giggling

1 week ago

I had a Boneyard Wurm in a creature-heavy Jarad deck for a while and it was always super underwhelming. Sidisi might be different because she gets the graveyard game rolling fast and strong, but the wurm was always just a mediocre body. I'd take that out for the slime. I would also take out Geralf's Messenger, since triple black is hard to get in a 3 color deck on turn 3 and having someone lose two life is small beans in edh.

JTIN13 on Sidisi Zombie Beatdown

1 week ago

For zombie tribal decks, several card I always recommend are Rooftop Storm, Endless Ranks of the Dead, Death Baron, Cemetery Reaper, Lord of the Undead, and Zombie Master.

Other generally good cards for this sort of deck are: Sheoldred, Whispering One, Havengul Lich, Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, Phyrexian Arena, Grave Pact, Grave Betrayal, Geralf's Messenger, Ghoulcaller Gisa (I see you have Geralf in there, but in my opinion Gisa is better), and the signets, a must-have in any EDH deck (Dimir Signet, Golgari Signet, Simic Signet)

Some interesting Zombie combos:
Gravecrawler with Rooftop Storm means Gravecrawler comes back from the grave for free. You can use this with Grimgrin, Corpse-Born for infinite sacrifices, and/or Diregraf Captain for infinite life loss. You can also use Gravecrawler with Phyrexian Altar for infinite sacrifice and pull back, or combine all three: Gravecrawler + Phyrexian Altar + Rooftop Storm for infinite mana.

If you like the idea of infinite sacrifice, you can combine Mikaeus, the Unhallowed with something like Tatterkite, Melira's Keepers or anything with Persist (Lingering Tormentor, etc) because the -1/-1 counters cancel out the +1/+1 counters from Mikaeus.

Power / Toughness 3/2
Color(s) Black
Cost BBB
Converted cost 3
Avg. draft pick 1.43
Avg. cube pick 10.85


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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