Glissa, the Traitor


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper 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

PickleNutz on Deathbow

1 week ago


So one thing that I have noticed, artifacts like Viridian Longbow and Pathway Arrows are super slow for what they do. Yes, when paired with Deathtouch creatures they can effectively be a great creature removal engine, the issue is that it takes that creature out of combat as it requires them to tap. Plus, it's going to cost you 3-4 mana to get it online and rolling. A better alternative, and one that you can pull back from the grave with your Glissa, the Traitor (favorite card btw), is to slot in Ratchet Bomb. Ratchet gives you a pretty cool boardwipe against token decks and specific creatures... like ones with hexproof. It comes on line for 2 mana. If you slot in instants that can give your creatures indestructible when you pop it off you can clear the board and swing for lethal. Heroic Intervention pairs well with it. It would also be wise to slot in a board win, like Damnation.

Windswept Heath will do the same thing as Verdant Catacombs when you're on a budget and need access to your dual lands, but to make your deck the most effective it can be you'll need to swap them out for Verdant.

Deathtouch, by itself, is just not a reliable win condition. I would suggest adding in more creature buffs. Cards like Blossoming Defense and Vines of Vastwood can shield your creatures by providing hexproof and also buff them to deal that extra damage. Predator's Strike can be cast at instant speeds and give your creatures trample as well. Rancor attached to Glissa makes her a 5 damage creature with First Strike, Trample, and Deathtouch!

I would take out a few creatures (stay between 16-17) and slot a few in. I would also suggest cutting back on hand removal cards like Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek. After turn 4 your opponent isn't likely to have cards to target with those spells and they are cast at sorcery speed, meaning you won't be able to stop their hand when they draw anayways.

Outside of those suggestions, I think you have a strong deck. The issues you will run into when you rely on creature abilities and don't have protection for them via Hexproof is that once they are removed, you are screwed haha.

Pygmyrhino990 on Golgari Graveyard

1 month ago

I know you answered the pithing needle question, but by running Glissa, the Traitor you could fetch a graveyard needle if you need to, plus you could begin running more artifacts that synergise, also you need counter-graveyard hate such as Grafdigger's Cage or Relic of Progenitus

hoardofnotions on Radha, Butcher of Keld

1 month ago

The main reason I'm trying to run some graveyard hate is to combat my friend's Meren of Clan Nel Toth and Glissa, the Traitor deck. If i kill either with Burn Away it'll just go to the command zone with no graveyard hate.

Though I am going to keep burn away in mind. Thanks for debating a bit with me!

Lmlyvie on Golgari Traitors

1 month ago

necsha she's mostly just for fun. A 3/3 Deathtouch First Strike isn't great, but it's really not that terrible either. and the theme of the deck is 'Traitors', so Glissa, the Traitor just kinda fits. Her second ability wouldn't even be relevant most of the time because Kalitas counters it completely.

Pygmyrhino990 on Death strike

2 months ago

I have a rather alright first strike deathtouch deck, What I see you're missing is odrich lunarch marshal and Glissa, the Traitor. Typhoid Rats works wonders as does Pharika's Chosen. Otherwise Glissa is a must have

PurpleSprout458 on Hidden commander??

2 months ago

If you're already considering Silas, then why not go with him and Reyhan and for-realzies play two of the commanders that are on your list. I think they're disjoined enough that you won't raise eyebrows until it's too late.

This sounds like a very interesting and complex deck: dredge/counters/maybe artifacts. Depending on how far you dive into the artifact subtheme, you may be interested in Glissa, the Traitor. Or you could go for the #1 boss of dredge/counters: The Mimeoplasm. Plus, don't forget his friend Skullbriar. And if you end up using this many legendary creatures in a dredge/counters/artifact deck, please consider Heroes' Podium.

I hope all that rambling was helpful.

Bulldawg1310 on Shaman Leads Your Pack

2 months ago

Youre gonna need Collected Company for this deck to be anywhere near competitive enough in the modern meta. Since youre running black and some artifacts, you should comsider Glissa, the Traitor for the first strike deathtouch; plus she tutors with company. Also, look into Throne of the God-Pharaoh for when you swing out. You could also add Chord of Calling for more tutor and trigger on throne.

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