Glissa, the Traitor


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

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Set Rarity
From the Vault: Lore (V16) Mythic Rare
Commander's Arsenal (CMA) Mythic Rare
Mirrodin Besieged (MBS) Mythic Rare
Mirrodin Besieged: Phyrexia (MBP) Mythic Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Glissa, the Traitor

Legendary Creature — Zombie Elf

First strike, deathtouch

Whenever a creature an opponent controls is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may return target artifact card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Glissa, the Traitor Discussion

shub on Die for your Love (Muldrotha EDH)

2 days ago

Muldratha is going to give you massive card advantage only if you have multiple permanent types to play out of your graveyard each turn. Take a look at artifact recursion decks using Glissa, the Traitor, enchantments that sacrifice themselves like Mystic Remora or Seal of Removal, and creatures with built in sacrifice effects. For instance, Caustic Caterpillar and Sakura-Tribe Elder are likely to be better for you than Reclamation Sage and Llanowar Elves. Sacrifice outlets like Evolutionary Leap or Attrition are also gold in a more creature heavy build.

Deathdragon on Card creation challenge

1 week ago

Bad Skills

Redirect 5 damage from your opponent or a planeswalker they control to you or a planeswalker you control, this damage can not be prevented.

Ill take the damage for you so just stop hurting me please!

Make a creature that would be banned In all formats,or make a card that functions like Glissa, the Traitor

colton815 on Does Blight Mamba kill a ...

1 week ago

if you've already paid the regeneration cost that turn, you don't need to do it again. Glissa, the Traitor would die in combat. im not sure where your confusion is coming from.

KINGofORESKOS on Does Blight Mamba kill a ...

1 week ago

My opponent has a Glissa, the Traitor with 2 -1/-1 counters on it from previous interactions with Blight Mamba. I swing with Blight Mamba , and my opponent blocks with Glissa. l have already paid the regeneration cost, and I have enough to do it again. Who will die? Maybe both?

Atavistic on Looking for my next Commander

1 week ago

As for the rest, I'll just quickly sum up by saying that Saffi Eriksdotter and Teneb, the Harvester are currently my favourite options in Selesnya and Abzan respectively, but that I do not feel like the time is right to build them just yet.

As for Oona, Queen of the Fae and Vela the Night-Clad, both are interesting options, but it would be important for me to find the balance between the usual mill shenanigans and playing creatures and being reasonably aggressive (more so with Oona than Vela admittedly, but both have potential to work well but also go wrong easily). Another time for them too, perhaps.

As for Skullbriar, the Walking Grave, he's one that interests me, but because of my decision to only do one deck in each colour combination - to try and encourage greater diversity in my deck-building and play styles - I'll only consider him if I can't get something to work with Glissa, the Traitor.

So, as this would suggest, the recommendation that has most caught my attention is Tasigur, the Golden Fang, because he seems to allow for a wide variety of approaches, including something along the lines of what I want, and all without absolutely relying on the graveyard to function properly (so less worry of being blown out by Bojuka Bog than there is with something like The Mimeoplasm.

However, this extreme diversity in possible approaches is also slightly problematic, insomuch as it's hard to tell where to start really. I know I want to use around 18-22 creatures, that I want to supplement this with a reasonably strong control package and that I want to have at least 2 or 3 non-combat win-cons without going as combo-heavy as Tasigur decks often seem to (as that would likely draw a lot of hate and make the deck less fun for me to play and less fun for everyone to play against, leading to a less fun Commander experience for everyone).

So, you guys who suggested Tasigur to me (Boza and redkhan), as well as anyone else who happens to have experience with building Tasigur, are there any Primers I can look at to get me started or, failing that, some advice to help me focus in more on what kind of playstyle I'm looking for? I've already found several for Glissa, the Traitor, so it would help if I had similar resources available for her competitor for my fourth deck.

Also, I know my vague description of my aims with Tasigur won't help much at all, but is that new card from Dominaria - Muldrotha, the Gravetide - likely to have a place here, or is that likely to make me overly-reliant on my graveyard, something that I'd like to avoid as much as possible to reduce the risk of blowouts such as the Bog or Relic of Progenitus, or the various other graveyard hate cards in the format.

Atavistic on Looking for my next Commander

1 week ago

Wow, I'm truly surprised at the sheer diversity of recommendations here. I've taken a decent amount of time to look at each option and think through whether they fit my interests and if I can feasibly make them work on my maximum initial investment of GBP200.

First, those I have completely ruled out, and why:

The Gitrog Monster: Reasons as outlined in my second post in this thread

Nekusar, the Mindrazer: Absolutely despise this card and have no interest in wheels.deck, especially when someone at my LGS already does that, and it's absolutely maddening to play against at the best of times.

Gisa and Geralf: I like the idea of Zombie tribal on paper, but while there is graveyard synergy (what kind of Zombies would they be if there wasn't graveyard synergy?), the tribe as a whole seems far too linear, and a lot of the staple Zombie cards are pretty expensive, so I probably couldn't afford to build any kind of decent deck from it on my current budget.

Sapling of Colfenor: I investigated Treefolk tribal early on into my time in Commander, but I wasn't ever able to get a decent decklist together and it didn't actually interest me much at all, despite the gimmick the tribe offers.

Rafiq of the Many: I despise Voltron as I find it too linear and it makes games way too short (either you win quickly or lose quickly as everyone hates you out), so I have no interest in building a deck of this nature at this stage.

Roon of the Hidden Realm: I've already decided that, when I eventually do a flicker deck, it will be built around Ephara, God of the Polis, who was the first mythic I pulled from a pack when I got back into the game 18 or so months ago (in my first pack no less).

The Scorpion God: Not because I dislike it (as honestly, I do quite like the idea), but because a friend of mine has already built a Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons deck and Scorpion just feels like an inferior version of that deck, as you swap green for red and lose out on a lot in the process.

Phenax, God of Deception: Not at all what I'm interested in right now, as straight mill on its own is highly unpopular and not something I want to delve into.

The Mimeoplasm and Alesha, Who Smiles at Death: Both of these seem to pretty much entirely rely on the graveyard to function properly and, while I like having the graveyard as a resource, I don't want something that can't function without it, as all it takes is one Bojuka Bog to nerf either of these decks, or so it appears to me anyhow).

Queen Marchesa and Selvala, Explorer Returned: Both fantastic generals, but I'm not currently interested in doing a political build, as I want something a little more nasty (but without going into full-blown stax, obviously) for a change of pace from my current decks, which are all slightly too nice more often than not.

Brion Stoutarm: I previously tried creating a list for this guy, but I couldn't get any kind of result I was happy with so I gave up on it. Besides, there seems to be a much, much more interesting option in Boros colours in Dominaria, which I'll have to have a look at eventually.

Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest: He seemed interesting and a decent comparison against Glissa, the Traitor as a Commander option, but the Primer I found for him made it sound like either a Stax build or a token-based build, the former of which I don't want to do and the latter of which I'm already working on with my Hazezon Tamar decklist. However, if I do end up doing Glissa, he will likely be a useful addition to the 99.

Sek'Kuar, Deathkeeper: Honestly, as someone mentioned in the thread, he seems like too much of a glass cannon and he just seems to be Jund goodstuff really, which isn't particularly appealing to me. I don't mind a goodstuff build, but I like the Commander of my deck to actually matter rather than just being a choice to get certain colours.

Atraxa, Praetors' Voice: Even ignoring the fact that the card itself is close to 30GBP everywhere I look, I'm pretty certain that on my current budget a four-colour mana base is not really financially viable. Also, while I know she can be built in dozens of ways, it doesn't interest me to use a Commander that is one of, if not the, most commonly-built ever.

Varolz, the Scar-Striped: The only reason that this one doesn't interest me is because I don't really like the Scavenge ability as it doesn't seem all that powerful to me, especially when Varolz doesn't have any kind of in-built evasion to benefit from so many +1/+1 counters going on him.

Another post will follow running through the remaining six choices (Teneb, the Harvester, Saffi Eriksdotter, Skullbriar, the Walking Grave, Oona, Queen of the Fae, Vela the Night-Clad and Tasigur, the Golden Fang), and my thoughts on those (and also one new option from the Dominaria leaks that have now been confirmed official by WotC.

Atavistic on Looking for my next Commander

1 week ago

Hi all, I currently have 4 decks in various stages of progression (one is fully assembled, one has been ordered but the tweaks I've made haven't yet been, a third is currently in progress and the fourth is on hold and needs a rethink.

With that in mind, I'm looking for something else to become my fourth deck, but I'm struggling to find much that fits what I like and want to do. While I'm considering doing a Glissa, the Traitor build, I'm not 100% certain this is what I want to do, so I'd like to have something else to compare to before I make a definite decision.

As a Commander player, I like ramping, playing creatures, swinging with them and then getting some use out of them from the graveyard (but not in such a way as for the entire deck to rely on the graveyard to function). I also like building around more under-used and unconventional Commanders and strategies, so while Karador and Meren would fit what I'm after, both are a bit boring for my tastes, considering their popularity.

As for what I dislike, I dislike out-and-out stax (ie: no land destruction, no Winter Orb-esque effects, etc), I dislike Izzet, Jeskai and Grixis colours and I dislike the Partner Commanders and have no real interest in using them (I can't really explain why as, while I like the idea of Partners in theory, I just don't really want to use them at all).

As for tribal, I don't mind it, but there has to be more to the tribe than just pumping out a bunch of creatures and lords, otherwise it just becomes way too linear for my liking.

Other than that, I'm not against infinite combos, as I recognise that they are a necessary "evil" in this format, but I don't want the deck to focus entirely around assembling and executing that combo, as I would very quickly get bored of the deck. Other than that, I don't want to do anything more than three colours, and I want to avoid the four combinations I already have decks-in-progress in (ie: Mono-Red, Orzhov, Simic and Naya), as well as avoiding the strategies that these decks works in (ie: no lifegain, no toolbox Commander, no +1/+1 counters and no tokens, ideally).

So, are there any Commanders that possibly fit what I'm looking for that people can recommend, and something that I can use as comparison with Glissa in deciding what my fourth deck (as whatever I choose will be built before Zirilan, with that needing a substantial rethink) will be.

Wasphilux on Looking to help with decks!

1 week ago

scotchtapedsleeves Added! Thanks again. I have a Glissa, the Traitor decklist that I'd also like touched. Thanks for your time!

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