Geralf's Messenger


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Dark Ascension (DKA) 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.)

Geralf's Messenger Discussion

alechodgin23 on Phyrexian high class

20 hours ago

Hey man cool build. Definitely a +1 from me!

My version of this is a little more competitive than most, but I don't currently have my Yawgmoth deck on tappedout. Some cards that I've found particularly useful are these:

Sengir Autocrat , Weaponcraft Enthusiast , Myr Battlesphere , Abhorrent Overlord , and Chittering Witch

These cards give you a ton of extra creatures to sacrifice to your commander. This means you'll be drawing more cards, getting closer to your win cons, and removing more creatures via -1/-1 counters.

They will also pair very well with your Sifter of Skulls and Pawn of Ulamog as well as all the other great death triggers you have going on.

If you are looking for a good infinite combo (I'm not a fan of them myself, but I don't judge those who enjoy them), add in Geralf's Messenger . Sacrifice him, he comes back and drains your opponent immediately, put the -1/-1 counter on him and draw, repeat until you kill someone. The only problem is that you'll be losing life as well from your commander. Add a Blood Artist to the combo and it'll cancel out the life loss and you're infinite.

Hope this helps! If you want some interesting deck ideas, I'd love for you to check mine out and give me an upvote. Feedback is welcome!

Cameron2394 on Dr. Yawgmoth

3 weeks ago

Thanks for the upvote and feedback, multimedia! I will definitely be adding Phyrexian Reclamation and Buried Alive . Geralf's Messenger will be added as well. Gray Merchant of Asphodel would be great, too. I just need to find my copy I have laying around. And thank you for suggesting cards to cut! That is always a difficult part.

Thanks xaarvaxus for the feedback on the Grimoire of the Dead . I have yet to play the deck with it in it, so I will probably remove it.

Archon_Bel on Do All Harm (Yawgmoth, Thran Physician)

3 weeks ago

Metroid_Hybrid Hey there, thanks for the upvote.

Geralf's Messenger and Mikaeus, the Unhallowed are both already in the deck. I don't think it's worth it to run Vengeful Vampire due to its mana cost; I obviously have Mikaeus taking up that slot, though even if I didn't, it's better to treat things such as Pawn of Ulamog or Genesis Chamber as pseudo-Undying creatures since you can sacrifice the tokens they produce to remove the -1/-1 counter from the actual Undying creature.

For your Blood Artist effect recommendations, Vindictive Vampire is, in my opinion, a better option than Falkenrath Noble or Syr Konrad, the Grim . Vindictive Vampire hits all opponents for damage as opposed to just one and is one mana cheaper than Konrad (unfortunate since I actually think he's cool).

Even better than Vindictive Vampire is Ayara, First of Locthwain , who replaces him. While she isn't a true "Artist", her abilities still make Yawgmoth's life payment go neutral, make all opponents lose life, and can act as another sac/draw outlet if Yawgmoth isn't around.

multimedia on Dr. Yawgmoth

3 weeks ago

Hey, Geralf's Messenger is another powerful undying creature to combo with Yawgmoth. Buried Alive , Animate Dead and Apprentice Necromancer are budget cards for reanimation. Buried tutors which is helpful with creatures who return from the graveyard such as Gravecrawler . Tutoring for and get Vilis or Mikaeus into your graveyard to reanimate. Gray Merchant of Asphodel and Phyrexian Reclamation is a good pairing for budget mono black. Add a sac outlet to keep recurring and casting Gray. Viscera Seer and Yahenni, Undying Partisan are other budget sac outlets.

Cards to consider cutting:

  • Tenacious Dead
  • Cinderbones
  • Weaponcraft Enthusiast
  • Abhorrent Overlord
  • Grimoire of the Dead
  • Necromantic Summons
  • Yawgmoth's Vile Offering
  • Soul of Innistrad

Metroid_Hybrid on Do All Harm (Yawgmoth, Thran Physician)

3 weeks ago

I love my Yawgmoth deck, it’s a blast to play with..

Some Undying creatures for looping with Yawg-daddy to consider are Sightless Ghoul , Vengeful Vampire , and then depending on your budget, there’s the Shock -trooper Geralf's Messenger , and the (non-Human) Undying Lord himself: Mikaeus, the Unhallowed ..

More importantly, there’s two other Blood Artist -effects in his big brother Falkenrath Noble , and the new & even more ridiculous Syr Konrad, the Grim ..

APPLE01DOJ on March of the Returned - Pioneer

1 month ago

I think Gifted Aetherborn is your best option since Bloodghast isn't legal.

As for the 3 drop slot, since there is no Geralf's Messenger in Pioneer. I would consider Liliana, the Last Hope in that slot or Herald of Torment I think Nightveil Specter is okay at best.

lagotripha on Mono-Black Devotion

1 month ago

Hi, I've run mono black decks in modern for a long while- there are a few great budget lists out there, but there are a few 'key styles' to be aware of. There are more than a few lists out on the site.

Style 1 - Mono black devotion, the most expensive, competitive version. You use Geralf's Messenger and Phyrexian Obliterator with gary to nuke your opponent. Go look up primers, and see what the recent tournament results are if this appeals.

Style two - Tribal. Cordial Vampire and Indulgent Aristocrat let you run a swarm of low-cost lifelink vampires, giving you great burn and creatures matchups in exchange for weakness to combo/control. A good disruption package will offset most problems. Similarly, there is a value zombies list out there built around Relentless Dead .

Style three 'the rack'. Competitive variants can get expensive, but things like Delirium Skeins are cheap and effective- discard rarely works badly with Shrieking Affliction .

Style four 'value res'. Unearth , whip, draw/discard, cards that make value when they hit the battlefield. Its a little easily disrupted by the current meta, and usually just plays as a budget devotion deck. There are a few janky cards that pretend to be Smallpox and work well in this list.

Past that, there are the hybrid weird stuff decks and offbeat combos Sanguine Bond / Exquisite Blood , Korlash, Heir to Blackblade / Lashwrithe etc. All of them work if you just keep an eye on hand disruption and play to the local meta, but won't hold up in tournament land. If you are looking to spend money, focus on key 1 or 2 mana cards- Collective Brutality , Fatal Push , Thoughtseize , Inquisition of Kozilek etc.

If I can offer advice- if there looks to be a pioneer playerbase shaping up, look to play in that format. It should be cheap as cards rotate out of standard, and is far less likely to mandate insanely expensive cards. In a few weeks the most opressive combos will be banned (and likely things like Thoughtseize and oko). Since the most recently printed creatures are strongest, while mostly older spells are strongest, lean into that with card selection.


1 month ago

Honestly, i think i don't see any of these two makes the cut. At 3 CMC as a beater, i prefer Geralf's Messenger or even Rotting Regisaur over Bonecrusher Giant . I like the flexibility of Murderous Rider but the body just doesn't do enough IMO. Furthermore, Unearth can't hits him.

After more playtesting, it's undeniable that we need a faster clock. My thoughts right now is to cut Chandra, Torch of Defiance for a second copy of Hazoret the Fervent and maybe add a one-of Pack Rat . I love Chandra but Hazoret is so efficient in this deck, she is the perfect finisher.

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