Gloom Surgeon


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

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Set Rarity
Avacyn Restored (AVR) Rare

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Gloom Surgeon

Creature — Spirit

If combat damage would be dealt to Gloom Surgeon, prevent that damage and exile that many cards from the top of your library.

Gloom Surgeon Discussion

Coward_Token on Grixis!Zedruu

1 year ago

(I would add a proper community card but that feature seems to be malfunctioning right now.)

Farly straightforward, this card would mostly be Zedruu the Greathearted (although a different character, not simply her gone evil or something) with a casting cost of and an activation cost of . In EDH, this could lead to some fun usage of cards like the following:

(I realize you can basically already do this with any Grixis commander + e.g. Bazaar Trader, but that's a bit less straightforward.)

I'm unsure what would be suitable for its upkeep ability. Just copying Zedruu's straight off isn't too inappropriate, as drawing is certainly associated with black and life gain isn't too far out either, but that's kinda boring. Replacing the life gain with something negative towards opponents like milling, discard or plain life loss proportional to the amount of gifted permanent could be one option that's more in line with the color change (thought the negative effects would probably targeted in order to preserve some political potential). Putting a +1/+1 counter per gift on Zedruu the Grixishearted to take advantage of commander damage could also work (especially when combined with auras like Herald of Torment), in which case you could also change power/toughness from the original's 2/4 to 4/2 to signal greater aggression.

For the sake of flavor its subtype would be Horse Djinn, with the artwork depicting a djinn with a mare's head, wearing a mouth-covering veil.

Feedback would be welcome, especially on ways to make Grixis!Zedruu more distinct from the original while still fulfilling the basic function of giving out torturous black cards, in addition to the blue and red ones they both share.

(A version containing green could also be made for the sake of giving that color a chance to show off its painful cards, in which case the creature in question should probably have monkey paws.)

icehit6 on Bloodburn

2 years ago

Too slow I feel like. Could work if you had more hand control, like Thoughtseize and Collective Brutality. Definitely Collective Brutality.

Volt Charge is a no go, it's just too much of a cost for an effect that doesn't really do much for you, and Bloodchief Ascension is also too slow.

Eidolon of the Great Revel is going to kill you, Gloom Surgeon will work against you because you will exile your own cards, and Rakdos Cackler isn't fast enough. I like Bloodghast. I think Goblin Guide and Monastery Swiftspear would do you some good, and I think putting in some other burn spells, such as Lava Spike or Bump in the Night would work well too. Just running off trying to make your opponent lose 2 life per turn after X turn (which could be turn three or four to get your enchantment out and activate it) is too slow.

Chino90 on Pursuit of Immortality

3 years ago

Gloom Surgeon might work as a blocker that helps you thin your library.Doesnt feed the GY though.

Jace, Memory Adept may be useful aswell

landcaster on Unconventional Science

3 years ago

Thank you, an I agree highschool doesn't like people playing magic. Essentially what it is is a race to 5-6 mana depending on the cards in your hand, then you combo off on that turn hopefully armed with enough counter magic to protect the maniac. Paradigm Shift is another way to exile your library, once this is done you cast lab maniac and draw a card, same old song and dance. Divining Witch and Sacred Guide are also different ways to achieve the same effect. Also Sacred guide has to be the only white card in the deck because of its ability to dig for another white spell. I'm also not feeling Gloom Surgeon, but it is very useful at creating a dilemma for agro decks. In short, the thought process when playing the deck is: how do I make it so my library isn't there... then you win the game

grasshopper021 on Waste Not Budget 8-Rack

3 years ago

Actually i lied after i did some more research. If you are worried sherely about decks that beat you down like abzan, you can play Gloom Surgeon if the bridge is way too expensive

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