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

Arakismo on May I eat your brain sir?

3 days ago

Thank you for your help. I replaced Cryptbreaker and Call to the Netherworld by Relentless Dead and Geralf's Messenger, and Go for the Throat by Tragic Slip. I think it's better to focus on the constant dead / come back of zombie than discard/exile to add more zombie. Also, Gray Merchant of Asphodel will be perfect in mid-end game for sure, especially with the new cards.

catrule3564 on May I eat your brain sir?

3 days ago

Relentless Dead and Geralf's Messenger are some of the best zombies ever printed. You could also run 1-2 Gray Merchant of Asphodel to help close out games or help you stabilize against other aggressive decks.

Forkbeard on Grimgrin, Corpse-Born: Gravecrawler's Lament

5 days ago

zaerox12345, I totally take it back! Geralf's Messenger is bananas with Cloudstone Curio. Re-added.

Forkbeard on Grimgrin, Corpse-Born: Gravecrawler's Lament

5 days ago

Thanks zaerox12345! Geralf's Messenger and Phylactery Lich are both decent zoms (in fact I used to run G's Messenger in here), but ultimately their utility doesn't quite make the cut. Cuts are getting tricky in this build so I need to be choosy as to which creatures to keep/remove.

gabrielguieiro on Black Devotion Aristocrats

1 week ago

Nice deck - I have a similar deck! The only thing that you should look into its your mana base; there are 5 (of 20) lands that produces only grey mana. Could be a issue if your hand have Geralf's Messenger and even Bloodghast and Despoiler of Souls. Your odds to reach 3 black-mana land producer it's 0,75 when with 3 lands in hand. Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx its a fantastic land to devotion decks, but not helps devotion-dependent cards at the begining of the game. I use to have the same problem and, after some tests, decided to run 19 swamps and 2 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx. Crypt of Agadeem isn't very suitable, once your intention is return the most creatures from your graveyard. And Ghost Quarter it's good against TRON decks. But run a couple in maindeck sounds too much - or your meta have a lot of TRONs decks to deal with.

sylvannos on BUG Zombies in Modern?

1 week ago

With Zombies in Modern, you want to play as many lords as possible. You get access to:

Green gives you Lotleth Troll and Putrid Leech. Diregraf Colossus, Cryptbreaker, Gravecrawler, Relentless Dead, Geralf's Messenger, and Prized Amalgam fill out the rest of the deck.

The only issue is curve. There aren't a whole lot of quality 1-drops in Modern for Zombies. You're pretty much stuck choosing between Cryptbreaker, Gravecrawler, AEther Vial, Diregraf Ghoul, Thoughtseize, and Inquisition of Kozilek.

ClockworkSwordfish on Black onslaught

1 week ago

If you're going for a black devotion route, I'd make room for Geralf's Messenger - it's all-around great for running opponents out of life. One copy of Erebos, God of the Dead might be a fun inclusion, too - and more often than not, he'll be an indestructible 5/7 for four mana! Most importantly, I notice you don't have any 2-mana creatures - Dauthi Slayer, Nantuko Shade and Black Knight are all good options.

Your deck will be more consistent if you get it down to 60 cards. Unholy Strength, Tree of Perdition, Nantuko Husk and one copy of Filth are all probably worth cutting out.

PookandPie on Ghave, Guru of Combos

1 week ago

I love Ghave, easily one of my favorite COmmanders. I've run him for about 3 years and he was among my first decks I made when I got into the format.

I have a few suggestions I can offer based off my having played Ghave for some time, so here goes nothing:

Seedborn Muse is strictly better Ivorytusk Fortress in this deck. Rather than just untapping Ghave and a Champion of Lambholt, it untaps all of your creatures and lands so you can continue popping tokens on your opponent's turns without the need of sacrificing creatures to place counters on mana dorks. Very valuable and highly recommended if your gameplan is to play fairly most of the time (I looked at the price of your deck and do not believe it to be out of price range, but if it is, my bad).

Generally speaking, Bloodspore Thrinax performs extremely well in such a deck, even if you only put one single counter on him. Your saproling tokens generated by Ghave will then come in with counters, so for each 1 mana you spend, you can remove a counter from a sap and make another saproling token. Extremely powerful with something like Earthcraft or, to a lesser extent, Cryptolith Rite. I see you're not running Earthcraft so unless that was a conscious decision, I'm going to have to recommend it too as it's one of the best cards in the deck (it + Ghave and most cards in the deck generate infinite tapped tokens. For example, Champion of Lambholt, Cathars' Crusade, Bloodspore Thrinax, Doubling Season, Parallel Lives, Juniper Order Ranger, any creature with Undying such as Geralf's Messenger, Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, and more. All generate infinite tokens).

You're running Triskelion but not Mikaeus, the Unhallowed? The two form an infinite damage combo. It's like your Midnight Guard + Presence of Gond + Blasting Station combo, except it only requires the two cards. Also, if you like using Blasting Station, you may enjoy Reveillark and Karmic Guide or Saffi Eriksdotter and Blasting Station. Reveillark can bring back most of your creatures from the graveyard (15 by my count), and Karmic Guide can bring back Lark. You sac Lark to Blasting Station, bringing back in Karmic Guide, which untaps the Station, and Guide brings Lark back in which resets the loop. It's a lot like the Midnight Guard combo, except these cards cost a little more, but are also extremely good on their own since they help make Wrath-proof board states.

Anyway, I don't want to overload you with a super long comment (this has gone on far beyond what it should have), but if you're interested in any more Ghave combos, I have a good long list on my deck: Ghave: Baby Makin' and Alimony.

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