Gisela, the Broken Blade


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

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Set Rarity
From the Vault: Transform (V17) Mythic Rare
Eldritch Moon (EMN) Mythic Rare

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Gisela, the Broken Blade

Legendary Creature — Angel Horror

Flying, first strike, lifelink

At the beginning of your end step, if you both own and control Gisela, the Broken Blade and a creature named Bruna, the Fading Light, exile them, then meld them into Brisela, Voice of Nightmares.

Gisela, the Broken Blade Discussion

Gidgetimer on Ixalan's Binding and Brisela Voice ...

1 week ago

You are correct. When not on the battlefield meld creatures turn back into two seperate cards and have have the characteristics of the front side of those cards. This means that the casting restriction will be on Gisela, the Broken Blade and Bruna, the Fading Light .

Argy on Ixalan's Binding and Brisela Voice ...

1 week ago

If my Brisela, Voice of Nightmares gets Exiled with Ixalan's Binding , does that mean I can no longer cast either Gisela, the Broken Blade or Bruna, the Fading Light ?

My guess is that once Exiled, Brisela sort of breaks up into her two halves, both of which are Exiled.

Deadpoo111 on Need help with Bruna/Gisela Meld ...

1 week ago

Recently I got the foil versions of Bruna, the Fading Light and Gisela, the Broken Blade . I've been trying to think of fun decks to build around them (With Bruna as the commander) but I can't think of anything. Do you have any interesting ideas.

Quick note: I'm looking for something a little budget friendly and have already tried reanimator and angel tribal

DriftingEpyon on Abzan Midrange

3 weeks ago

Magnanimous After play testing this a bit, I think you are right. The Selfless Spirit s weren't really useful most games, so I have replaced them with Knight of Autumn s. I do have two Anguished Unmaking s in the side board in case I need some more universal removal. Also, I did play around with adding Siege Rhino , but he takes up the slots Gisela, the Broken Blade occupy. As such, I opted not to add any since it would take away from one of the main components of the deck.

Thank you for your suggestions!

Joe_Ken_ on Choose two Legendary Creatures and ...

1 month ago

Gisela, the Broken Blade and Bruna, the Fading Light except they have “Partner with” like the Battlebond legendaries had.

Senomar on Licia Duel Commander

1 month ago

First time I've seen a duel commander Licia Deck. Your list seems pretty solid and I'm sure you spend a looooooooot of time to find some of the gold nuggets cards that are only good (but really good !) in this deck :)

My only word is that in this format take a good care that your turn 4+ have an impact on the game the turn they arrived or are really strong enough to catch back a huge delay on turn 5. For example, Lyra Dawnbringer does nothing when it arrives... Indeed if she attacks it is strong both to cast your commander and to gain life. Same is true for Gisela, the Broken Blade , Sangromancer or Baneslayer Angel . The upside of Wurmcoil Engine is that even if he got killed the turn it arrives, it keeps producing value ; and that's why it is a meta card.

Can you tell us about how does the deck perform in your meta ?

See you

Spirits on Kaalia, Mirror Breaker EDH

2 months ago

Hi again realsoupersand,

Had to fly out to Ottawa, ON in Canada for a bit, so back in action.

50% of the time, I win with my primary win-con, which is Buried Alive + Reanimate , generally between T1-4 depending on how much tutoring and mana ramps I have available. It's CMC4, which happens on T1 occassionally, T2/T3 more realistically.

Karmic Guide is a critical component of that combo, also, yes she is playable with Kaalia of the Vast . Also enables Razaketh, the Foulblooded from the graveyard, and provides for sac/tutor. It's usually never a dead draw, and at CMC5 is still playable from hand, on occasion if the game is going on, and the Protection: with Flying also has assisted occasionally. Other than her obvious CMC as just a recursion tool, she's generally been good, and a requirement for the primary win-con.

Angel of Despair is just a Vindicate for CMC7, its ridiculous and only 5/5 flying. However, it's what I ALWAYS Tainted Pact to when Show and Tell + Omniscience , unless they have Leyline of Anticipation it's "usually" good enough. I can tutor Anguished Unmaking , however, I have to give priority up with an Omniscience on the table, so it's far too late by then. Can also destroy other random threats if needed too. She's borderline for sure. Red Elemental Blast is too slow in this case.

Angelic Arbiter was answering the Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge but now it's always Kess, Dissident Mage . Also for Tooth and Nail type encounters (eg: Craterhoof Behemoth ) or any type of haste/recursion. All together stops a few. I usually just put 1 response to any situation, because I just tutor the exclusive solution needed.

Avacyn, Angel of Hope protects against MLD type situations, but she's not difficult to remove anyway, everyone's removal deals with her no problem. If she buys me an extra turn though, it's worth it. Can also put a player on a turn timer or make them act before prepared (no Force of Will for example), sometimes... Not the strongest for sure. Or like a The Gitrog Monster looping destroy maybe...

Balefire Dragon is again, just to solve specific issues or eliminate high value ground targets. Like the others, Tainted Pact to hand whenever, a situation calls for it. I tried to cut back on creature controls (ex: Damnation ) just because its not a creature world, but often creatures can be enablers.

Baneslayer Angel cut, served no purpose other than lifelink for the Hatred but the CMC5 was too much, and only removed a single opponent. Serra Ascendant T1 "usually" puts enough pressure on 1 player (usually )), who is now on a turn timer, spending life for tutoring becomes harder, and sometimes waste time removing it. Statistically found, I was usually nearly 1 turn earlier to win with Serra Ascendant , plus overcharges me for an early Necropotence or Razaketh, the Foulblooded win or Doom Whisperer win.

Phyrexian Arena is tough, high CMC, no return. It still the second highest played card in commander, and I don't know how else to draw? Mardu is a drawing nightmare. Have to think on it, how to deal with it but agreed, same issue is with Bloodgift Demon . I've had Skyline Despot recommended has a same turn impact (draw at EOT), but also, might be ramping oppponents draw too, especially if I have no way to reconnect on attack as Skyline Despot doesn't have trample.

Gisela, Blade of Goldnight has the added benefit of removing 1-damage win-cons like Impact Tremors , Blasting Station , Goblin Bombardment , Dragon Tempest (with 1 dragon), Etc... Also puts pressure on. Usually just for a specific application though. I think my interaction package is more similar to a Thoughtseize type application, where if I can't win early, I tutor what I need to address the specific threats, instead of using Instant spell to do them? If that makes sense. Gisela, the Broken Blade i've cut.

Hellkite Tyrant was specifically answering an almost consistent Breya, Etherium Shaper deck. It's been a while since C16 set now, so definitely seeing it less and less. Might help with Teferi, Temporal Archmage or Urza, Lord High Artificer on occasion. It wasn't enough on it's own though, it also needed a Linvala, Keeper of Silence to go with it. Prior to this, I had nothing to compete with Breya, Etherium Shaper , had no way to win.

Lyra Dawnbringer is on my cut list now, might become the Sire Of Insanity or something like that. Mother of Runes works good with Master of Cruelties , also can protect Kaalia of the Vast , makes guys like Balefire Dragon unblockable too, or protects a Razaketh, the Foulblooded and becomes Tutor mana, or blocks an early Infect attack. Slow yes, but has some utility. Also can protect my Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker or Worldgorger Dragon causing me to win (instead of lose). It's borderline for sure, have to think about it. Aven Mindcensor feels good, looking for a way to include him as well as the Sire Of Insanity .

Steel Hellkite I tried for over a year, I would either, not be able to connect (no trample), or when I did, not enough mana to get the threat that I really needed to remove. I gave up on Steel Hellkite , also needs a Mother of Runes for support.

Ancient Tomb is back in, can't recall why I removed it. Think it screwed me one game with the colorless, but now that I've removed most of the colorless, it makes sense. Prismatic Vista isn't great, only 2 basics (can put in the snow's but for why), I like that it filters a land out (lower probability of drawing a land), but also destroys my mana-fixing as well, so agreed, unnecessary in this build, but feels weird.

I'm probably going to continue reducing CMC and reducing land counts as you've recommended, but needs some expensive 0-CMC rocks which I don't have, or some resource planning around alt. mana sources.

Overall goal is still to build for cEDH, understanding that consistency isn't going to push into more than a Tier-2.5/3 categorization, so I'll go over High Power again later lol.

Thinking about Interaction, I really don't want to go heavy into that with things like, Dismember or Lightning Bolt would rather let the opponents use their removal, and PRAY that I can sneak through a combo. If I combo T1 it has a fairly high success rate (other than a Pact of Negation which eliminated themselves) usually don't get stopped (Odd Force of Will or Swords to Plowshares here and there), T2 is still decently good, often others are still tutoring for a T3 win, but outside of T3 or beyond, usually I need to wait until someone tries to combo, and then is stopped, before I have a chance. I just go for it whenever I can though, increases winning % over trying to strategically go for it and being too late.

I think perhaps Red Elemental Blast or Pyroblast or both perhaps will be handy, Silence I wish it had Split Second (like Teferi's Protection ) because most combos don't have a "sorcery" speed interaction so doesn't stop. Can protect me on the turn I'm going for it like another Grand Abolisher but outside of that not highly useful. Will do some playtesting with it and see if it improves my completion % for combo and increases my combo win % because that's all that matters.

I decided not to go MLD, can Stax/MLD certainly is a strategy, but prefer just to ignore others, and just go for the win myself, win or lose. Plus I don't repopulate my hand nor ramp, so probably just slowing myself down instead of the opponents. Plus I don't have a Ravages of War so would require a financial commitment, would rather focus on finding a way to go for the win on T1-T3 more consistently.

I think if you found Kaalia of the Vast wasn't competitive using MLD before you dissolved that strategy, don't think it's the right course to go down either. Would rather try some out-of-the-box planning, and see if we can get her into a cEDH, which your comments are VERY helpful, and VERY appreciated. Think I've made some decent strides, still waiting for my card order to come in the mail so I can make some more cuts/adds to the deck!

I'll reply on high power shortly since it's lower priority, and hopefully you'll see my deck going in a stronger direction. Pushing that T1 probability up is key. I keep thinking there must be a T1 with Entomb and Goryo's Vengeance that I can do somehow? Razaketh, the Foulblooded would need another enabler, but there must be someone (like Griselbrand aka Griselbanned) to win with? Hmm.

Apollo_Paladin on Serras Descendants

2 months ago

Reya Dawnbringer can definitely go. Suuuper high mana cost & if you're relying on her to fetch creatures the game is probably over anyway.

Bruna, the Fading Light is also extremely high mana cost for a relatively weak ability (compared to cost anyway); and that'd let you drop both Gisela, the Broken Blade . Melding creatures are generally not optimal without a way to search your library for the other half. It's a lot of deck space and mana cost & you can easily win with your other angels well before then.

I'm also not a huge fan of Exquisite Archangel . Her effect is rather good, but I see this card playing better in a Two-Headed Giant game where your starting life is higher than 20. 20 damage is really not a whole lot, and if you're at a point in the game where you're using her exile ability to survive, it's not likely you'll be able to pull ahead even with an extra 20 life.

So, 1 Reya, 1 Bruna, 2 Gisela, and 1 Exquisite Archangel ~~ That's 5 cards freed up right there (as well as dropping some of your higher mana cost cards)

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Gisela, the Broken Blade occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

White: 0.36%