Geralf's Messenger


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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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

freakingShane on I Have A Sunburn

1 day ago

Why didn't you just update your Spring Into Death deck list? There's only like 2 cards different, haha.

Okay, so first off, get rid of Sol Ring, scrub. Secondly, some potentially good fast mana sources would be Songs of the Damned, Cabal Ritual, Dark Ritual, and/or Culling the Weak.

Now on to the real meat:

Perpetual Timepiece, Elixir of Immortality, Primal Command, Piper's Melody (and friends)

These are good for grabbing your GY so you don't mill yourself out or to protect yourself from enemy Bojuka Bogs and such.

Combo 1:

Mikaeus, the Unhallowed Combo

  • Turn 1: Play a one drop ramp creature.
  • Turn 2: Play Buried Alive and fetch Mike and Triskelion.
  • Turn 3: Play Victimize, bring Mike and Trike out and ping infinitely to win.

Or tutor for Defense of the Heart and win the turn after you cast it.

Combo 2:

Necrotic Ooze Combo

Once it's out, the only thing that can interrupt this is Split Second since you can respond by adding and removing counters.

Combo 3:

Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord Combo

This requires some knowledge of how the stack works.

  • Exile cards from your library until Phyrexian Devourer's ability is put on the stack.
  • In response to the ability, continue exiling cards to beef him up more.
  • Still before allowing the sacrifice to resolve, sack him to Jarad to smack your opponents for a ton of damage, similarly to the aforementioned Ooze-combo.

This gets around player Hexproof and graveyard hate, so you don't have to worry about things like Leyline of Sanctity and Leyline of the Void with this combo, unlike the other two.

Combo 4:

Colorless Mana Combo

  • Have/get Ashnod's Altar in play.
  • Play Nim Deathmantle.
  • Play Grave Titan, pop up two 2/2 tokens.
  • Sack the two tokens to Altar, then sack Titan to get a total of six .
  • Use 4 of that to make Deathmantle grab Titan back and get you two more tokens

Repeat this as many times as desired, netting 2 colorless mana every loop.

Iamatree on Dead: Legion Elite

3 days ago

I like the idea of the deck, especially the grey merchant finish. My advice would be to cut the Sinister Possessions and Visions of Brutality for harder removal, and throw in a Phyrexian Obliterator. Curving Gravecrawler to Relentless Dead to Geralf's Messenger to Phyrexian Obliterator to grey merchant is a 24-life swing, and just obliterator to merchant is 12

LithiumHD on Rise of the Living Dead

1 week ago

please remove the standard tag from this deck. standard is only cards from the latest 4 sets, this deck goes a lot farther back then that.

with that being said; you really want to have around 20-22 lands in your deck so adding about 10 more swamps will do the deck good.

you should also aim to hit 60 cards total in the deck. that number is standard for most formats as it provides plenty of card choices while still remaining reliable.

as far as actual cards in your deck, zombies will be zombies, try and cut some of the less impactful zombies in favor of cards that reliably come down and immediately effect the board state like Cemetery Reaper which pumps all the zombies you have down on the board.

some more zombies you can look at are:

Diregraf Colossus This guy is just amazing when youre running tribal zombies

Diregraf Ghoul is cheap and decently powerful

Geralf's Messenger another really solid zombie

Gravecrawler amazing for when you want to go aggro

some more expensive options are also availible, but for the most part those are some budget friendly options good luck and hope this helps

3InchMeatMonster on 50 Shades of Gary, how high is your devotion?

1 week ago

Darth_Savage ill keep your suggestions in mind, the cards i need to make the changes to this list should get here soon. ill playtest it and see what needs to be changed. im thinking about Sheoldred, Whispering One and Dash Hopes. what removal would you suggest? the idea right now is to use Crypt Ghast and Liliana of the Dark Realms to make insane amounts of mana. although im not sure thats the best course of action anymore. ill probably replace some creatures with Geralf's Messenger, Phyrexian Obliterator, and maybe Griselbrand. but that wont be for a while, seeings as how those are pricey cards and ive spent way to much money lately.

Darth_Savage on 50 Shades of Gary, how high is your devotion?

1 week ago

I like the idea of black devotion however your curve here seems off. Basically you have too many high cmc cards. I would add a creature like Bloodsoaked Champion adds devotion and is easy to recur to make way for 4 of it, I'd cut Palace Siege and Lord of the Void since in both cases you probably want a Gray Merchant of Asphodel or Abhorrent Overlord working on the devotion theme.

There are also probably a few too many 4cmc cards, what you cut is dependent on your play stile, though personally I'd keep 2x of Liliana of the Dark Realms and up Liliana's Reaver to a 4x but cut Crypt Ghast. I'd also drop Quag Sickness as it isn't a great removal spell and run Geralf's Messenger over the Vampire Nighthawk.

Probably worth noting that Malicious Affliction isn't modern legal also if it helps have a look at my mono devotion deck Sweet Devotion also a work in progress...


1 week ago

if you want the ability to be casting cards like Army of the Damned and Empty the Pits your land could use a little boost from maybe a Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx or two. otherwise the mana costs are just way too high to get out reliably in a match

Looks like Endless Ranks of the Dead would also be a card that would fit what youre trying to do with the deck. more zombies are always nice.

Also just to drop a couple of zombies that would work well here theres Geralf's Messenger and Death Baron

hope this helps!

LithiumHD on Zombies R Fun lel

2 weeks ago

just going to go ahead and list some zombies, some of them are budget friendly some of them are... well:


Relentless Dead

Undead Warchief

Lord of the Undead

Death Baron

Gray Merchant of Asphodel

Geralf's Messenger

Diregraf Ghoul

Graf Harvest

Endless Ranks of the Dead

Nameless Inversion (technically a zombie, plus its a great card so yeah)

hope this helps!

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