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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Geralf's Messenger Discussion

Homura_Akemi on Grave Messengers

9 hours ago

Yes. Geralf's Messenger, for example, will still enter the battlefield tapped and make target opponent lose 2 life. Tokens with undying would not return to the battlefield when they die though because they cease to exist as soon as they hit a graveyard.

Torkon on My 1st EDH deck

18 hours ago

Void Winnower is cool but seems pretty 'win-more'. I don't think he's relevant to the deck's goals overall. Geralf's Messenger is also unnecessary, he simply won't make any impact when he's played. Culling the Weak is the same story. It's not worth a valuable slot in mono-black just to make 3 mana once.

I also suggest replacing Shriekmaw with Bone Shredder. Their effect is the same but Shredder can block flying creatures in a pinch which is surprisingly useful. You also absolutely need Buried Alive in a Chainer deck. With a decent board state it's basically setting you up to win the game. I would also try to add some non-conditional removal. Replace Malicious Affliction with Hero's Downfall. Having Affliction hit two things is nice, but you already have Shriekmaw(or Bone Shredder) and Attrition for repeated non-black removal, so I think Affliction is unnecessary.

I'm not sure if you're comfortable spending more on lands, but if you are, adding Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, Deserted Temple, and Buried Ruin would be beneficial. Urborg lets you squeeze more out of Cabal Coffers by making everything swamps, Temple lets you untap Coffers or Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx for even more mana, and Buried Ruin allows you to get back Expedition Map or an other artifact that gets destroyed, like Caged Sun, which is often a high-priority target.

Let me know how competitive/expensive you want the deck to be and I can help you out more past this if you would like. Adding a Karn Liberated would help black's weakness to non-creature permanents, while a Demonic Tutor or Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed would turn the deck into a ruthless combo machine, but they're quite expensive cards and very competitive in this deck.

Omeros on Alurin' Meren

1 day ago

Several changes going into 2-12's FNM reflected in the current list. The deck worked exactly as intended: stabilizing once I got a recursion loop of Merciless Executioner in play that put everyone else back about 2 turns in development. This gave me enough time to get my combo online and I won during my endstep as follows:

Meren's trigger brought out Sidisi, Undead Vizier for a self-sac to tutor up Geralf's Messenger. I had Eternal Witness and the Executioner in hand and was able to combo out despite some removal being thrown my way.

While I did make clutch use of Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed that game to get additional Executioner plays and to bump up Meren's experience count early on I'm considering pulling him out once more to test other cards.

Nef on Street of Dreams

1 day ago

Thanks for taking a look MadStacks! I've been considering Undead Warchief for a little bit. I have also considered diegraf ghoul and Geralf's Messenger. I'll have to test them out again! Necromancer's Stockpile seems interesting but I don't think i'm running enough creatures to make it really that good. Maybe I'll brew something where it's good in.

MadStacks on Street of Dreams

2 days ago

Oh gosh, zombies are life.

If you're in monoblack, I would highly recommend mainboarding Geralf's Messenger. Sure, it comes in tapped, but the 2 damage basically gives it psuedo-haste. The value is through the roof. Additionally, Undead Warchief is a great way to top off your curve, beef up your guys, and make your spells cheep.

At the same time, your curve looks really heavy on the 3 drops. Diregraf Ghoul would give you earlier board presence to back up Gravecrawler, and even if you're in mono-black, Returned Phalanx is a good body to slow down agro decks. If you were going the graveyard root you'd mentioned before, Skirk Ridge Exhumer, Necromancer's Stockpile, or Zombie Infestation are fun cards to play with.

Hope that rant helps in some way!

Vile-Wesker on

2 days ago

B4BY3ATER Thanks for your support buddy. I must say I do start loving Marchesa more and more as well. Mikaeus, the Unhallowed Sure is a must have for any respectable Marchesa deck. But as my mate has him as a commander [] I want to be the gent and keep his Commander out of my crew.

I really like the Ob Nixilis, Unshackled but running a Sidisi, Undead Vizier I'd feel like quite a massive asshole preventing them from finding cracks in my net whilst I tutor for my stuff in their turns.

Blade of the Bloodchief is also looking swell it sure suits my Falkenrath Torturer making sure he gets his +1/+1 out of juggling with Arcbounds.I really like the Aura Thief in your marchesa-the-big-black-deck that one is definetally joining my bunch of Mischief.

Speaking about my bunch of Mischief here we got Arcbound Slith Arcbound Stinger and Arcbound Worker these three together are always up to no good. They don't seem like much being a total of 5 mana for 3 +1/+1 counters. But here lies maybe the most mischievous and hidden plot of my deck. As when all three of them get together behind Marchesa's shade they are most adapt at their work. Stealing +1/+1 counters from my graveyard that is.

You'll see Slith and Stinger heading into my graveyard first after my 2cnd Main Worker being the loyal friend holding all +3/+3 tokens on his shoulders. Geralf's Messenger sleepy as ever just bounces up from his chest to give a message 2 you. They come back before the Opponents turn both having dug up another +1/+1 token. They stay around to take care of their Mistress for when Marchesa's around they don't bother how they get to the +1/+1 tokens by making Viscera Seer see more value than a Sensei's Divining Top or by taking that fist full of death from Grave Titan.

"Mirri the Cursed Cruses as she leaps to her death, Bloodflow Connoisseur looks ripped as fuck while Helium Squirter squirts over her abs."

Back at Marchesa's feet are the three that have been up to no good again at the start of Opponent2's turn. Now carrying around +5/+5 tokens Arcbound Worker's Shoulders start to feel heavy. Geralf's Messenger shows his sleepy head again sharing yet another message. Frost Titan crashes the party lookin at Bloodflow Connoisseur He decides he definetally wants to tap dat. Marchesa say's no and sends her away to gather new tokens. Viscera Seer tells Sidisi, Undead Vizier to dig deep. Helium Squirter jumps into the pits of hell ass well to get some fresh Squirts. Arcbound Worker decides he'll go for a dive as well and makes Arcbound Stinger fly with +7/+7 as Arcbound Slith follows.

Helium Squirter Comes back first lookin all squirty. Bloodflow Connoisseur and Sidisi, Undead Vizier followed by kicking Helium Squirter straight back into his doom he gives Marchesa a strange bundle relic.Arcbound's work their way to Marchesa curious about what Sidisi found in his moment of trancendence.

Opponent3 Ob Nixilis, Unshackled Finds out he's just a lil late for the party lookin at Sidisi, Undead Vizier's smile he regrets not staying at home for netflix and chills.Arcbound Slith and Arcbound Worker jump right in and come out quickly after together with Helium Squirter. Ob Nixilis, Unshackled as he flexes his musles twice.

Marchesa, the Black Rose stands upon her throne and throws Deathrender into the mix of maniacs. Arcbound Stinger now a +9/+9 tries to pick it up. As he asks Helium Squirter for a squirt of power Thraximundar screaming:"HERE'SS THRAXI!!" . Arcbound Slith was left to pick up the bits making him +10/+10 Spawning Pit puked 2/2 spawns all over the place. Bloodflow Connoisseur smashes them all to pieces. Ob Nixilis, Unshackled wished he really had stayed at home for netflix and chills as Thraximundar Started moving his way. He ran home to his shackles. Arcbound Slith pummeld Opponent in the face for +11/+11.

from 3 x1 to 1x12

Geralf's Messenger finally woke up.

Arcbound Worker Decided he'd go and find more +1/+1 counters

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Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Pauper Legal

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Set Rarity
Dark Ascension Rare


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