Grafdigger's Cage

Grafdigger's Cage


Creature cards in graveyards or libraries can't enter the battlefield.

Players can't cast spells from graveyards or libraries.

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Set Rarity
Core Set 2020 (M20) Rare
Modern Masters 2017 Edition (MM3) Rare
Dark Ascension (DKA) Rare

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Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Pioneer Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Brawl Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Standard Legal
Historic Legal
Arena Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Casual Legal
Oathbreaker Legal

Grafdigger's Cage occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Blue: 0.17%


All decks: 0.03%

Green: None%


All decks: None%

Grafdigger's Cage Discussion

wallisface on Artifact shit show

55 minutes ago

As far as when to play Hangarback or Ballista, it will really depend on the matchup. If you're against something like infect, or devoted-druid, you'll want Ballista down asap so you can mess with your opponents plans and stop them getting an early win. Other games, it's better to hold onto Ballista for the late game. Generally the timing to play Ballista will depend on what you're up against, and will be something to learn over time. For Hangarback, you generally want to play it T2 if you're planning to have 3 lands but only casting a cmc2 creature on T3 (because this means that you can also tap Hangarback for an extra counter). Generally it's not worth waiting to play Hangarback, as it's better just to get it down early and slowly make it bigger to put pressure on your opponent to deal with it.

As far as sideboard cards for Karn, you'll want to scope out what your meta is like and bring hate cards for what people are running. I would say including 1-2 Liquimetal Coating is a must, as it lets Karn start sniping lands (turn them to artifacts with 0 toughness using Karns plus ability, so they die). Other than that, these are probably some good options to consider:

What cards you include will depend on what kinds of decks you typically find yourself up against, but also your budget. So far my advise has all been assuming that you're wanting to keep this relatively cheap - but this might not be the case? If you intend to be spending big-bucks on cards, there are more options available, but this might also mean you would want to build a completely different deck to what i've suggested so far (for example, this deck is my current artifact deck, which is a very competitive near-top-tier artifact deck. I've assumed so far that you're playing slightly more casually, and I might be wrong here?)


1 week ago

@ByronTomas: Dude, calm down, let's have a normal card discussion.

At first: 5 games are a pretty small sample size to speak about things and I'm sure you didn't always draw the resonator... Let's just compare strionic resonator with Mind's Desire in a vacuum. It's almost every time better, because you can hardcast it, you can play it before you cast Narset, instead of stucking a card in your hand for 6 mana. Activating the resonator for 2 mana guarantees you almost always a win because you have 2x Narset activations what granting you to look at 8 cards to look for an extra turn spell. Yes the resonator is a bit a win more card, but you have to understand it as a combo piece to ensure chaining into Omniscience. Atleast it's better than Stitch in Time. I don't get your point... after an Armageddon or a Tragic Arrogance there are only a few decks who can recure themselves from that point and against hermit druid or graveyard decks I play Scavenger Grounds or if my meta is full of those decks I tech in cards like mentioned in Metachoices: Rest in Peace or Grafdigger's Cage.

Your Decree of Silence is a very expensive counter against those interactions and does nothing vs a hermit druid^^ But there are some cases where this card finds his place.

Frosto on Graveyard Shift

1 week ago

What aboutGemrazer? He can help you againstGrafdigger's Cage. He is going for under a buck in paper.Questing Beast isn't too expensive and could be a good beater creature.Cauldron's Giftcan throw a bunch of stuff in the yard and can beef upFiend Artisan and summon him if need be.

epajula on More human than human

2 weeks ago

Graveyard Hate: Kaya's Guile, Apostle of Purifying Light, Hallowed Moonlight, Rest in Peace, Relic of Progenitus, Nihil Spellbomb, Grafdigger's Cage.

Names: "You're Sweet, but I brought Wilford Brimley to the Party" "Diabeetus!" "Wilford Brinley: A Crusade to End Diabeetus, and Your Opponents" (

Recs: Heirloom Blade, Reconnaissance, Kindred Dominance.

You need more than 30 lands.

On another note, I like how the militia captain turns into a cult leader... Is Hanweir actually Michigan?

abby315 on Want to play modern for ...

3 weeks ago

Unless you also have a collection of fetches and shocks, a $200 budget basically forces you into some aggro build. Budget multicolor manabases just can't cut it in Modern. Snow decks are also very popular right now, which are tough on a budget. And you should avoid aany Lurrus of the Dream-Den deck, as if it gets banned you'll be out of a deck.

You might like the Eldrazi/Tron aggro list that's popular now. You'd probably be able to get the above list for around $200 if you cut the Chalices and Cavern of Souls. You could go up on Warping Wails and put Spatial Contortions in the main, or throw in a few MB Grafdigger's Cage if you'll be playing the deck soon. However, Chalice is definitely a strength of the deck, so you should build this with the plan to work towards 4x Chalice in the long run. (It's not a bad investment card.)

The only exception to a Lurrus deck might be this Bogles list, since Bogles is generally a solid Tier-two strategy no matter what's going on in the meta. You could cut the Horizon Canopys and have a pretty decent Bogles shell going. You could even hold off on buying your Lurrus.

Finally, if you want to try a combo deck, the Neoform combo deck is fairly budget. I'm not sure you can get it under $200, but it's close. However, it's an extremely technical deck to play, so I'm not sure it's a great place to start out.

Good luck!

GenoSans on Mono Green Tron

3 weeks ago

Maybe increase on the Field of Ruin? It seems good post-board because of Surgical Extraction and is super good in the mirror match. I like the sideboard, except maybe cut Thragtusk and put in more Grafdigger's Cage, dredge would be nearly unbeatable without more G-Cages. Anyway, Good deck, I will try it!

Fatknight13 on [IKO] Esper Control

3 weeks ago

I don't think Leyline of the Void deals with Gyruda, Doom of Depths because Gyruda doesn't care if the card is in the graveyard or not it cares about what it mills. If you want to run mainboard graveyard hate definitely run Grafdigger's Cage. Also i feel like Extinction Event is better than Time Wipe because of Gyruda and Obosh, the Preypiercer. You should consider running Yorion, Sky Nomad as your companion pretty much just throw in 8-10 lands and then some more counters and Omen of the Sun and you can throw him in as a free card. Yorion is super good in decks with a lot of planeswalkers cause he resets loyalties if they get too low.

DankMagicianD on Atraxa - Stax Praetor

3 weeks ago

May I recommend the lovely Drannith Magistrate, who is part Grafdigger's Cage that also prevents your opponents from casting their commander?

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