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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
1 day ago
the combo doesn't need to be done on the second turn but that is just the best case scenario, even if it goes off on turn 3 or 4 it still changes the game and gives me a big advantage that most people cant easily deal with. yeah i will have all my creatures that are effective and basically all live twice but then i will have removal and control spells to make it easier for me, and yeah Eternal Witness is a great card for this deck and gives the creatures more use. Geralf's Messenger is a good card but im not sure if i can support 3 black mana on turn 3 consistently.
2 days ago
The issue with the combo is that the chance of it going off on turn two is highly unlikely. You will require Birds of Paradise to help pay Eldritch Evolution's cost, Allosaurus to be sacrificed on turn two, Eldritch Evolution to setup the combo and Griselbrand or Iona, Shield of Emeria to finish it. But you also require 2 forests to pay the remaining cost for Eldritch Evolution and another 2 green cards to play Allosaurus for free. This means that you'll need all these cards in your opening hand or on the top of your library. Obviously the more turns the more likely you are of the combo going off but until then I think you'll need some stalling power from control type cards. I personally like death touch or blocking cards such as Typhoid Rats, Fog Bank, Shield Sphere, Wall of Souls and Wasteland Viper as they make your opponent think twice about attacking. Of coarse as you say, other options are available such as removal/control. Try Go for the Throat, Dreadbore, Lightning Bolt, Tragic Slip, Flame Slash, Victim of Night, Distress, Duress and Despise. Eternal Witness would be great at returning your sacked creatures as well, particularly if they have undying as essentially you get them 4 times over! Aswell as Strangleroot Geist try Butcher Ghoul and Geralf's Messenger.
3 days ago
If you limit yourself to green and black, my ideas would be Elvish Visionary, Sylvan Ranger, Primal Druid, Viridian Emissary, Bloodghast, Geralf's Messenger, Kitchen Finks, Eternal Witness, Wood Elves, Weaponcraft Enthusiast.
5 days ago
6 days ago
I would add vampire hexmage. Some 1 and 2 drop costed creatures for some of the really expensive ones in your deck. I would actually keep exquisite blood and cut something like phyrexian gargantua. Some ideas for low mana creatures:
1 week ago
Unfortunately, Triangle of War and Dark Ritual are illegal in Modern. Why don't you try to shift this more towards a mono-black devotion list? Gray Merchant of Asphodel, Phyrexian Obliterator, Gatekeeper of Malakir, Geralf's Messenger, Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx etc.
1 week ago
Some good tips here. Thanks everyone!
@SaberTech I ran both Triskelion and the new Crystalline Crawler when I had Mikaeus, the Unhallowed at commander. I didn't consider putting them in the yard and winning via instant Wake the Dead though. I'll reconsider that for sure, as well as Necrotic Ooze. I'm running both + which allows any undying creature to go infinite (Geralf's Messenger or any creature with Mikaeus out) do you think this is a strong enough combo to focus a black deck on or should I stick to creature only combos since they are easier to recur?
If I decide to go with Chainer, Dementia Master/Sheoldred, Whispering One/Mikaeus, the Unhallowed or replace Erebos, God of the Dead at general should I cut creatures in favor of draw like Sign in Blood, Night's Whisper and/or shoot for 8 or 9 tutors?
2 weeks ago
Thanks tchau204. For this deck in standard I am not aware of any better removal spells than Bone Splinters. In late game it synergies quite well with Marionette Master and even Filigree Familiar to a lesser extent. Though, if you know of any cards to replace it with, I am open to suggestions.
Also, if you're planning on building this as a casual modern deck you might want to consider Geralf's Messenger.