Ghoulcaller Gisa


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2014 (C14) Mythic Rare

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Ghoulcaller Gisa

Legendary Creature — Human Wizard

, , Sacrifice another creature: Put X 2/2 black Zombie creature tokens onto the battlefield, where X is the sacrificed creature's power.

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Ghoulcaller Gisa Discussion

Church_of_Rakdos on Teysa Karlov Tokens

1 day ago

I feel as if you should move Ghoulcaller Gisa from the side board and consider Elenda, the Dusk Rose especially if you add the pact effects.

I recommend cards like Sheoldred, Whispering One or Sun Titan over Reya Dawnbringer .

If you're looking for more token cards I'd suggest things like Spirit Bonds , Bloodline Keeper  Flip, Ophiomancer , Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet , Secure the Wastes , etc.

If you want some other win cons I'd consider: Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite , Pontiff of Blight , Cathars' Crusade , etc.

If you want to ramp up your ability to control the board cards like Meekstone do the trick

Useful utility cards: Phyrexian Reclamation , Dawn of Hope , Crypt Ghast , Sorin, Lord of Innistrad , Mentor of the Meek , Suture Priest , etc.

Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim is another sac option

willis1234 on Necronomicon | Teysa Karlov | Speculation Primer

2 days ago

wouldn't Ghoulcaller Gisa be really good in this deck?

dritchie on Gisa & Geralf's Zombification

1 week ago

Door of Destinies I’d say was slightly better than Coat of Arms because it only affects your creatures, I would definitely recommend Ghoulcaller Gisa just really good for token spam remove forgoten creation , Liliana's Reaver, Raving Dead for power Dictate of Erebos Grave Pact for board control, due to the balance of high black compared to blue I’d recommend Cabal Coffers and Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth for a lot of mana, I’d recommend since your blue black running more board wipes like Cyclonic Rift DamnationDecree of Pain, Patriarch's Bidding for more reanimation, EDH staples like Sol Ring are useful for mana ramp,Grave Betrayal for stealing other creatures, since you run blue black more card draw is needed so things like Rhystic Study and Phyrexian Arena

DrukenReaps on The one true zombie master

2 weeks ago

Zombies might be the most supported tribe in magic... Check out this page for lots of options

Here are some that I like

The Scarab God, Varina, Lich Queen, Ghoulcaller Gisa, Sedris, the Traitor King, Josu Vess, Lich Knight, Lim-Dul the Necromancer

Something I would recommend for sure is colors.

most useful > >> or >>> Least useful

is most important

is a great secondary

and seem roughly equal to me. Most the white support is more recent than the red support.

might have something worthwhile because golgari is a thing but this will probably be the most limited.

JohnnyCRO on Kresh stompy

2 weeks ago

This looks far better; we have a defined theme now and I see some more staples in (dorks). However I'd like to address few likely weak spots.

First thing that got my attention was the relatively high average cmc. This is a casual deck and higher-than-usual avg cmc is to be expected of course. But in my suggestions I'll keep in mind fostering a healthy curve and prioritize low-cmc cards.

  • Dragon Broodmother- this is a neat, but a very slow engine. If the deck works perfectly as intended, there are still cooler options. Plus 6cmc for such slow effect is a lot.

  • Ghoulcaller Gisa - again, neat but slow. At 5cmc there might be better options available to you. First similar thing that comes to mind is Open the Graves which would give you tokens more reliably (being a triggered rather than an activated ability stapled to an enchantment rather than a creature) and that doesn't have summoning sickness.

  • Huntmaster of the Fells  Flip - I'd ask how many Linas do you need per deck but I'm afraid of the answer. Nevertheless, Selvala is covering that field nicely IMHO and this one doesn't cut it in here.

  • Sheoldred, Whispering One - probably the best expensive creature you have. My concern is that in order to get to 7 mana and stay alive long enough for Sheoldred to matter, you must have game in a state where, frankly, SHeoldred isn't much of a factor.

  • Stalking Vengeance seems awfully expensive TBH. That ceiling is something, but IMO it's too greedy.

  • Asceticism - you want your creatures to die, right? YOu just need to keep several important ones alive. At 5 mana you could do better with Autumn's Veil or something along those lines.

  • Vicious Shadows - 7 mana to do something in case you have a removal and an opponent has significant number of cards in hand? You can comfortably throw in a blue moon somewhere in that chain of events...

  • Essence Harvest - goes well with the theme, but ultimately doesn't do much

  • Fungal Sprouting - cute, but the fact that it's useless when you're down makes it a no no in my eyes.

Now some suggestions;

goldlion on Kresh from the Top Ropes

3 weeks ago

Hi bobbyboo, Great to find another unique looking Kresh. Love Deathrender being in here, that's a great value card I have in other decks but didn't think about for my Kresh.

I also really like Cauldron Dance too, especially with the built in sac and ETB triggers - let's you get 3 ETB's in one creature (first play, cauldron dance, replay) such a great value card for Kresh, and I can see it being super fun in conjunction with Deathrender, other recursion/ETB. I guess Cauldron Dance just hasn't made it into mine because of there not being quite enough, and the casting cost. I don't believe Deathrender is necessarily better than Caldron Dance because the caldron does something so unique.

I had been thinking of Warstorm Surge in a version as well. aActually I'm considering a Kresh token deck that I'll share with you if you're interested when I've got the bulk of it together, but I don't think Ghoulcaller Gisa made it onto that list and Ogre Battledriver is also a fantastic addition. Korozda Guildmage and Carrion can both get a large amount of tokens out fast with Kresh, the Carrion wouldn't work with Warstorm Surge. I'll have to review my list when I get the chance, but I feel there's 1-2 others. My other idea is continuing on with the with that theme is the Warstorm Surge and adding Purphoros, God of the Forge type mechanics. But that's a whole other focus.

Maybe Vicious Shadows could be a great addition here?, though I haven't reviewed the mana curve yet.

Rite of the Raging Storm is a fun favourite for me in Kresh.

Sneak Attack would be super fun with a creature heavy Kresh and cards like Grim Haruspex and Harvester of Souls out.

I really like the recursion focus here. It could be quite fun and I'd like to do a built of this style at one point.

I'd be interested to hear if you have any ideas for my Mutiny & Martyr version of Kresh.

Maestro Fresh Kresh, The Pragmatic Playa’

Commander / EDH goldlion


ZendikariWol on Dead Bodies In the Cellar

4 weeks ago

Hey! I have some criticisms, and of course a deck to link below. For now I'll focus on cuts, but if you'd like I could also talk about cards to potentially add.

Before we move on to specific cards, there's an overarching problem I'd like to address; the mana curve. You have next-to-no one drops, and you have SO many four+ mana plays! Try to get your curve down a touch.

Butcher of Malakir, while good, is seven mana. You only really need one Dictate of Erebos effect on the field, and if you're running this right, then you should absolutely be drawing enough cards to get to it quickly even if you only have two (DoE itself and Savra, Queen of the Golgari).

Ghoulcaller Gisa is fine, but only if you have plenty of high-power creatures. Your deck is only reanimating one creature per turn (which I'll talk about more if we get into inclusions) and it can be EITHER a large creature OR a utility creature, most of the time.

Gonti, Lord of Luxury is nice, but as I have learned, 1) it's not really worth the cost if you also have to cast the card you choose, and 2) something about having their spells stolen really rubs people the wrong way. It tends to draw hate.

Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip is slow and fragile. You don't really have creatures strong enough to defend against anything with either flying or trample.

Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest is 1) going to die very quickly, and 2) not going to do a ton anyway. Do you wanna sac your creatures? If so then those counters are going to be strictly temporary and not enough to do a whoke ton.

Midnight Reaper, if all goes well, will kill you. You will be sacrificing enough creatures that it will drain you out of the game. If all goes well, anyway.

Mycoloth doesn't make it to your upkeep. Not only that, but once you drop something like that, people perceive you as a threat for the rest of the game.

Pathbreaker Ibex is a great card, but it isn't going to do anything when you have like five creatures on the battlefield. Those five creatures, even with the boost, are still gonna be smaller than all your opponents'.

Rune-Scarred Demon? There are better tutors at much less mana.

Skullbriar, the Walking Grave is terrible in this deck. You have no way to put counters on it! Yeah, combat I guess, but that's not very effective. You'd be better served by Reassembling Skeleton, I think.

The Gitrog Monster is drawing you one extra card a turn in exchange for a land. Sure you've got a lot of lands, but wouldn't you prefer Smothering Abomination or even Phyrexian Arena?

Viridian Zealot's mana cost is really clunky and its ability is not that great. There are just better creatures who do the same thing.

Borderland Ranger is usually better than Wood Elves.

World Shaper is only good if The Gitrog Monster is also out.

How many creatures are you attacking with per turn that makes Eldrazi Monument good??

Golgari Charm is not that great here.

Greater Good is usually just discarding cards and drawing one or two cards.

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