Glissa, the Traitor

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan 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

Natalbee on Build-A-Cat Workshop

1 week ago

ZypherW:
I don't have a LOT of graveyard recursion, the main ones being Trading Post , Buried Ruin and Glissa, the Traitor . The real reason I'm using Sphere of the Suns is to fix my mana early on with no conditional clause. Later in the game it's just going to be sacrifice fodder or destroyed by an Oblivion Stone or something so it's okay if it's out of charges :P

I could be wrong, though. I haven't played this deck enough to know how it'll work out, so I'll keep those in consideration! Appreciate the help!

And you've got me thinking about my graveyard now... maybe I'll add an Elixir of Immortality ?

Boza on MTG's Missing Race

1 week ago

Glissa, the Traitor is a zombie elf, but that is hardly what you want. The closest I could find was Razorfin Hunter and its art is a good case against having such things in magic.

Frost65s on Glissa, The Traitor EDH

2 weeks ago

I had a similar idea, so I built a few variations of Glissa, the Traitor . I ended up with a few decks, but I wrote down only two. This deck reminds me of my Eggs deck so you might want to take a look at it (here's a link https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/recycling-eggs/ ). Other suggestions for stealing would be Scrounge , Praetor's Grasp . You might also like to replace a wipe with Archfiend of Depravity

Darth_Savage on First contact

1 month ago

The effect your replicating is Xathrid Slyblade , but unlike the Slyblade your creatures don't have any protection. Glissa, the Traitor also has both deathtouch and first strike, it even has a degree of synergy with your equipment. Ambush Viper has flash, so it can essentially function as a kill spell. Arena is a repeatable fight effect stapled to a land. The gods, Rhonas the Indomitable and Pharika, God of Affliction could be made for this deck, given it's themes...

Majestic Myriarch, isn't a new idea Cairn Wanderer , Soulflayer and Odric, Lunarch Marshal , but since none of your creatures have trample (sure they could Chariot of Victory but it costs 3 to cast and you only have 2) it can still be chump blocked by Lingering Souls in most cases.You could run Skinshifter , to provide trample or flying, alternatively use a cheap trampler like Charging Badger . Hope this helps, good luck brewing your deck.

WhichKing on Big Golgari Guy

1 month ago

You only need a few beefy creatures for the late-game "unfair" sacrifice-to-kill-everyone play. For your main attack force you should be looking at efficient midrange creatures which Golgari has tons of. For example:

These creatures are credible threats on their own, and are not useless outside of sacrificing to your commander.

Osbert on Muldrotha Infinite Recursion

1 month ago

I see a lot of huge mana cards and only 7 sources of ramp, and not even abusable ramp....

Llanowar Elves, Birds of Paradise, Elvish Mystic, Farhaven Elf, Wood Elves, Song of Freyalise, Coiling Oracle, Growing Rites of Itlimoc  Flip, World Shaper, Reclamation Sage all becomes considerably more powerful when you can reuse their body via Skullclamp, Birthing Pod, Grave Pact, Ashnod's Altar, or Phyrexian Altar and have the upside of being reused from grave if they are thrown off for an effect or destroyed for being too powerful. Also note that most of those effects are elf based and thus an elf tribal game plan is very potent.

If you don't like mana dorks then at least don't pay full price for your big creatures. Cheat them into play with Reanimate Dead, Necromancy, Journey to Eternity  Flip's flip side, etc.

Claws of Gix also can help eat any permanent you want. Extra spicy when combined with your commander and Winter Orb to basically lock your opponents out of playing. Might be too spicy but is a consideration. If you want more of the stax effects why not include Plaguecrafter, Fleshbag Marauder, Merciless Executioner, Grave Pact, Dictate of Erebos, Smokestack, and a few other similar effects to the list of cards. Don't be afraid to run a Mimic Vat also and just stick one of these edict creatures under it allowing for instant speed interaction.

Find a few more ways to fuel your grave. Perpetual Timepiece works great but Wand of Vertebrae is quite weak. Search for Azcanta  Flip, Life from the Loam, Altar of Dementia, Greater Good, Grisly Salvage, Scapeshift, and anything with dredge you want to stick in all fuel your grave while serving dual purposes of drawing cards or sacrificing your permanents.

Play cards that play into your game plan of fueling graveyard plays. Elephant Grass and Mystic Remora are good options as ignoring the cumulative upkeep makes them very powerful. The Gitrog Monster is a fantastic ramp and draw engine.

Lastly, play redundancy. Your opponents are going to know your game plan and are not going to want you to have Muldrotha every turn. Crucible of Worlds & Ramunap Excavator for land recursion and ramp via fetchlands. Glissa, the Traitor is niche but can be a solid artifact recursion engine when paired with Grave Pact effects. Archaeomancer & Spellseeker are super abusable (and cost less mana than Scribe of the Mindful.)

RedmundR2 on Realm of Two Queens

1 month ago

Im a big fan of golgari decks in modern - Especially because once your creatures hit the board, control decks are going to have a hard time removing your threats cleanly and that may allow you to outvalue their answers. I like the idea you have, but what worries me is the curve, and that we are going to lack consistency with our draws considering how many 1 and 2ofs this deck runs. For example, we dont run any artifacts so Glissa, the Traitor may be better off being removed in favor of possibly 2 more Geralf's Messenger. Skirsdag High Priest seems difficult to use and slow, so we can probably just use 2 more Scavenging Ooze or Strangleroot Geist instead. The creatures on the higher end of the curve should be replaced with more one drops for our curve, you can think of Dread Wanderer or even Gravecrawler if we add more zombie synergy. Putrefy can be replaced with Assassin's Trophy or Abrupt Decay for a pure upgrade. I would also consider some solid cards with great value over the expensive stuff, think Vampire Nighthawk and Gifted Aetherborn or Kitchen Finks.

Overall I think you have a good start, but if we can lower the curve and make the deck more consistent by having more copies of our best cards, we can have a very solid aggressive mid range deck. BTW, I wouldnt necessarily consider the current list a combo or a reanimator deck. You have creatures with Undying but thats not really what reanimator decks do.

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Glissa, the Traitor occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.01%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Golgari: 0.11%

Jund: 0.04%

Sultai: 0.03%