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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Set Rarity
Dark Ascension (DKA) Rare

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Geralf's Messenger occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.05%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Geralf's Messenger Discussion

hungry000 on Help finding interesting cards to ...

1 week ago

dingusdingo, Snowmen1 Thanks for the lists. I'm totally up to date with everything Modern related at this point, so I know about all the bans and crazy things that happened over the fall/winter.

What are you using in your BG Undying deck? Are you playing Geralf's Messenger and Yawgmoth or something to that extent? Does it happen to use Cabal Therapist too, or is that a bit slow? I remember trying to use it in a Zombies deck in the summer and having a small amount of success with it.

Henryclay30 on Some edh/modern cards for trade

2 weeks ago

The Compromiser has 4x Geralf's Messenger if thy still needs these undead tomes.

BKSlothWhopper on Pardon, Do You Have A Second To Talk About Demons?

1 month ago

Massacar , I've updated it a good bit with the mana. How does it look? Also, I am finding it harder to get some of the early game sac targets that I need. any ideas? Geralf's Messenger?

Rhadamanthus on State based action with +1 ...

1 month ago

The reason it happens that way is in the details of exactly how SBAs and "dies" triggers are processed.

When the game needs to execute SBAs, they're all done simultaneously and then checked again to see if any more need to be addressed as a result of that. In your example this means a +1/+1 and -1/-1 counter cancel each other out at the same time Geralf's Messenger is put into the graveyard for having 0 toughness.

"Dies" triggers (and other triggers based on leaving the battlefield) look back at the last moment the object was still on the battlefield to determine if and how they trigger. In your example, because of how the SBAs were handled, Geralf's Messenger still had a +1/+1 counter at the last moment it was still on the battlefield. Undying doesn't trigger.

darkmatter32x on State based action with +1 ...

1 month ago

I have a Geralf's Messenger with a +1/+1 counter on it.

My opponent puts three -1/-1 counters on it on one go, Torment of Venom for arguements sake.

I was told undying won't trigger again. Why?

I get the impression that those counters in question cancells each other out.

Yeti_Confetti on Zombie Horde

1 month ago

It wouldn't be a bad idea to cut out the souless ones, he is a very neat card and I love it, but there are cards that do what he does but better. Unbreathing Horde is very similar, but is much harder for your opponent(s) to get rid of. He wont grow with more zombies being played however. You could also just cut out soulless one to add more of other creatures you already have to make it more consistent. Zombies are my favorite tribe by far, they were my first deck and are my babies. I look forward to see you evolve this deck.

Two very good zombies that have been some of my favorites to play are Geralf's Messenger and Gray Merchant of Asphodel. Entire decks are built around gray merchant.

But always remember that it is your deck, make it how you want, don't let someone suggest something and make you feel like a fool for not having it included.

-Jaunty- on Nyctophilia Control

1 month ago

Hi darkdexterminate

firstly thank you for the comment they are both great questions you have asked. I will try to explain them as best and simply as I can, sorry if I go on a little.

I am going to start with the question about the inclusion of Urborg. so Urborg makes every nonbasic land a swamp, itself included (tapping for one black mana). this allows us to play our heavy black cards like Phyrexian Obliterator or Geralf's Messenger more consistently. also later in the game increases the power of our Lashwrithe as any of our nonbasic lands we have drawn up to this stage are now swamps also, they can still tap for there nonbasic ability of course if need be.

Phyrexian Arena vs Dark Confidant, I am going to attempt to properly compare these cards against each other. For this we need to see it from three angles:

what do they offer when they hit the field: Dark Confidant - a body with two power ( can block, attack or equip etc). Phyrexian Arena offers nothing costs more and also comes down a turn later. this is critical in the modern format.

what they offer over time: they both offer the same +1 card per turn, after the first. the life points lost per turn: Phyrexian Arena is easy at 1 life point per turn, Dark Confidant (total CMC = 98) / 60 cards=1.6333 per turn on average. so you see there is not much difference after all. if this life loss adds up or we get unlucky later in the game thankfully we have a heap of creature sacrifice outlets on hand. I hope that showed why bob is the better card.

Again thank you for your question my friend, others may have been wondering the same thing.

good luck on your journey through the darkness.


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