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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
4 days ago
I just realized that I misread Geralf's Messenger. It only targets one opponent for the 2 damage instead of all opponents. My bad. I take back that recommendation. What's wrong with Unearth? It hits 12 out of 22 creatures in this deck. It essentially gives those 12 creatures flashback for only one black mana. While Plague Belcher is the only creature among those 12 which would come back stronger when brought back with Unearth than with The Scarab God , Unearth still costs 3 less mana. Plus, it can cycle and it doesn't exile the spells. It simply brings them back.
Since Josu Vess's kicker cost can only be paid when its cast from your hand (a.k.a. useless in The Scarab God's eyes), he's almost useless in the graveyard. That's true, but I've had a lot of fun with him in recent weeks. He's a bomb that, when kicked in a standard or modern game, almost always made my opponents scoop. We can agree to disagree about Josu Vess's worthiness as a mana sync. For me, his flavor makes him worthy.
Have you considered Helm of the Host?
1 week ago
Josu Vess, Lich Knight MUST go in this deck. It's one of the greatest zombie droppers in recent history! For 10 mana, you get eight 2/2s AND and 4/5 with menace. They're all zombies!
Final Parting is a great tutor card for any deck with graveyard play. It might deserve a home in here as well.
Geralf's Messenger is probably the only missing undying creature I would recommend. It adds a lot of black devotion for Gary the Merchant too, which could be a nice bonus.
2 weeks ago
Grimgrin, Butcher-God of Nephalia
Legendary Enchantment Creature - God
Zombies you control have Intimidate.
When Grimgrin, Butcher-God of Nephalia attacks or blocks, sacrifice a creature and each opponent loses 2 life. If you can't, tap Grimgrin and remove it from combat.
Whenever you cast a Zombie spell, destroy target Non-Zombie creature.
I tried to do a twist on the usual "Can't attack or block unless..." that fit into the theme of Grimgrin's original card.
3 weeks ago
Probably shouldn't run those big x-spells and Sorin's Vengeance.
Dark Confidant could be great.
1 month ago
Squelching Leeches and Nightmare are both pretty bad cards. Their effect isn't that strong, and you can get better things for that amount of mana. Might I suggest you go the Devotion route with Grey Merchant of Asphodel, Dread Shade, Gifted Aetherborn, Geralf's Messenger, and Vampire Cutthroat. If budget is not an issue, Phyrexian Obliterator...all day, every day. If it is, then Desecration Demon is an amazing choice.
I would also change your tags. They're very misleading. You have "Casual" AND "Competitive" in there, when this deck is nowhere close to being able to compete in a competitive format. If you want it to be aggro then you really need to lower the average mana cost of the deck. Aggressive decks win by turn five at the VERY latest, and this deck isn't doing that. It's also not a dragons deck, nor is it Suicide Black. Suicide Black revolves around a card called Death's Shadow or Asylum Visitor. Basically they win as quickly as possible without putting up any defenses.
1 month ago
Consider forming more of a game plan then just filling the board with zombies.
It's not zombies per say but it wins using the same strategy, check it out. MONO BL?CK DEVOTION
1 month ago
Hi- There are a few cards that deserve honourable mentions from my testing. I've got this big list of cards I've tested and made work, but a lot of it is pure jank. Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox The ones below deserve specific mention.
Plunge into Darkness. It pseudo tutors, its a sac outlet, it hates on burn. Its ability to look for a sideboard card is both understated and very strong.
Imp's Mischief is a meta call, but in some metas is devastating. Used to be run a lot to redirect splinter twin, will likely see play when something similar reapears.
Blade of the Bloodchief is a big payoff card for mono-black vampire tribal, as sitting lower to the ground and spamming creatures/removal makes lashwrithe and this a lot stronger.
Dark Prophecy is worth mentioning in that it is unplayable. You have to say it or people will try. Unless its a key combo peice in a Zulaport Cutthroat list, don't bother. Jam a Phyrexian Arena or heck, Underworld Connections instead.
Defense Grid, Storage Matrix and Culling Scales deserve mention as artifacts. They aren't in favour at the moment, but have in the past been devastating tools. Sun Droplet is often a better Dragon's Claw, or in a degenerate meta, copies 5-8.
Soul Spike is a powerful wincon when you can draw your library, which is tricky in mono black, but very possible with Grim Haruspex lists. The lifegain can also offset lifeloss a lot of repeatable 'draw your library' cards often incur.
Gonti's Machinations is a 1 mana lightning helix with suspend which bypasses leyline.