Grafdigger's Cage

Legality

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

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

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Grafdigger's Cage

Artifact

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

Players can't cast cards in graveyards or libraries.

Grafdigger's Cage Discussion

SideBae on Ocean Bound, Yet Bound by the Ocean

10 hours ago

I highly suggest running Rishadan Brigand , Rishadan Footpad and Rishadan Cutpurse . They're all pirates, but their surprise 'tax' abilities make them really powerful.

I also notice you're running a lot of 1-for-1s. It's important to remember that in EDH you're frequently playing against at least 2 opponents, and more frequently than not you're facing 3. Thus, you're already facing 3x as many cards as you have on your side. (Alliances being discounted as they only work when you're trying not to lose, as opposed to when you're trying to win.) In this sort of situation, 1-for-1s aren't where you want to be. I suggest Ashes to Ashes over Contract Killing and Toxic Deluge over Walk the Plank . (I realize this may remove some of the flavor.) Cast Down is worth reconsidering as well. Perhaps Pyroclasm or Volcanic Fallout would be better.

Cavern of Souls is expensive and ranges from very effective to irrelevant. If you have money and your meta is like mine and filled with countermagic, investing in it is a good idea.

I usually suggest Slate of Ancestry only for decks heavy on the 'spam little dudes' plan, but this deck strikes me as often having a sizable army on the field. You should consider running it.

I'm not sure how good Angrath, Captain of Chaos is. I advise either Pithing Needle or Sorcerous Spyglass instead. They deal with walkers, but more importantly they also deal with ANYthing with a non-mana activated ability. You may be partial to Sorcerous Spyglass if only because it depicts a pirate in the art; I also think it is slightly better, as you can strand a fetch land in the opponent's hand before s/he has a chance to even play it.

Bribery is a good card in EDH if your meta is filled with fatties and the like. I advise maindecking it.

Ancient Tomb is an almost strictly-better Temple of the False God . If you have access to it, you should run it.

I would run Daring Saboteur over Storm Fleet Sprinter . EDH games are often decided by card advantage/card selection, and the Saboteur gives you the ability to loot, at least a little. Similarly, you might consider running Faithless Looting .

Control Magic is a better Abduction , and you may have luck with it in the maindeck. That is probably a meta call though.

Notion Thief isn't a pirate, but he steals things... Same goes for Dack Fayden , and they're both superb in EDH. You should at least consider running them. (Note that together, if you target an opponent with Dack's +1, you draw two and that opponent discards two.)

Syphon Mind is a good draw spell, if you like the idea of 'stealing' things from your opponents.

Silent Gravestone is on-flavor and provides a level of graveyard hate. It stops most reanimation spells, and cycles as a worst-case scenario. I prefer Grafdigger's Cage , but the Silent Gravestone is likely more on-flavor.

Role Reversal is another card to consider, as it allows you to swap a treasure for a more powerful artifact or a dorky creature for a fatter one.

Good luck with deck building!

Hissp on Commanders by Power Level [EDH Tier List]

4 days ago

ThrunTheTroll628 I'd suggest you read through the primer I posted early:


Waiting for Godo - cEDH primer

Commander / EDH gtoast99

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Godo actually performs very well through most stax. It has to deal with Null Rod (which it has workarounds for) and Torpor Orb (which is sort of a fringe stax card) but gets under (and runs!) Cursed Totem , Grafdigger's Cage , and Spheres and also doesn't care much about Rest in Peace or Draw/Spell cast limiting Stax.

Dredge4life on The End is Nigh For ...

1 week ago

Uh, Arclight Phoenix, and Phoenix as a whole, is a fine and balanced deck for Modern. If it’s that impactful at your LGS, I’d suggest playing something like Whir Prison.

Neoform, on the other hand, may be pretty poor for the health of Modern. I don’t have a lot of recommendations beyond something like Thoughtseize , Spell Pierce , Grafdigger's Cage and winning the die roll.

203995014 on [Primer] Colored Mana is for the Weak

1 week ago

Hi Decrepit_Angel, I just wanted to say that I've really enjoyed the amount of work you've put into making this deck and I've had a ton of fun with it for the past year now. I wanted to type out some observations and ask you some questions if you're still around to read them lol:

1: The three cards I've found to be underperforming the most are Krark-Clan Ironworks , Candelabra of Tawnos , and Helm of Awakening (in order of decreasing effectiveness). I wanted to know about your thoughts and experiences regarding them.

Krark-Clan Ironworks I've basically never had a use for aside from some niche infinite combos, I never found a situation where it would be advantageous to sacrifice some artifacts to cast Kozilek nor was I ever tutoring for it. I wouldn't cut it yet, but I'm not terribly enthusiastic about it.

Candelabra of Tawnos was 99% of the time a dead card, never used it in infinite combos nor did I really ramp with it. There was never a situation where I only had one land untapped while wanting access to multiple utility lands at once. The best use I found for candelabra was in tandem with Winter Orb , but there are so many other ways to sidestep Winter Orb's drawback that it's not terribly important to me. The card has been dead in such a majority of cases that I've cut it in a few iterations and never looked back.

I've never found a use for Helm of Awakening, even a niche use. It's always the first card I chuck away with Azor's Gateway  Flip, it's always the first card I throw away with Geier Reach Sanitarium , it's never once helped me when I had it in hand. Not useful while comboing with Paradox Engine , and there's never a good turn to play it otherwise because the drawback is antithetical to the stax options this deck employs. It's only a mana closer to Kozilek, and the drawback loses so many games. It never feels like there's a good turn to play it, and the times I played it just to try it, I promptly lost after.

Aside from those three, I've also wondered about Haunted Cloak and Tormod's Crypt . Haunted Cloak is difficult to fit into the curve, considering the initial 3 mana cost and the 1 to equip with after. Combined with the fact that it doesn't even protect the Kozilek, and I haven't found too many uses for it. Tormod's Crypt also feels situational, though I like its place as a graveyard hate. I wonder if it could be replaced by Grafdigger's Cage or some other card, some with more utility or something that replaces itself.

I've also been trying out lands like Zhalfirin Void and Blast Zone , currently shaving a Wastes and Sea Gate Wreckage (the latter I've literally never used its ability once). 4 wastes still feels very good to play with.

2: Are there any new options you might test out? I've been very impressed with Ugin, the Ineffable , all three abilities are relevant and the card provides much needed removal against the horrors of Stony Silence and the likes. I've also been playing with Staff of Nin lately, the card draw engine has been nice and the ping provides a much faster way to close the game with an infinite combo. Without the ping, I've had to resort to more convoluted means to close the game. Not necessarily an objective power level argument, but it saves a lot of headaches at the table.

I appreciate all the work you've put into the deck, and I hope you'll continue working on it in the future!

JuanDiego_Montoya on Moodratha

1 week ago

Add Grafdigger's Cage to this deck please.

clayperce on The End is Nigh For ...

1 week ago

M_Malcom,
In addition to ToolmasterOfBrainerd's 'puts:

The nut draws are absolutely nutty, but the deck is inconsistent, doesn't mul' well (even with London mul'), and it's trivial for any color to hate out. "The End is Nigh For Modern" is a GROSS overstatement :-D

//

AMJacker
Sample decklist and videos

ChibiNature on The Pie Raker's Army

1 week ago

VaalVanir Sure thing, I'll look into it later tonight :) . Off the top of my head, some cards you should add to help counter it is Grafdigger's Cage , Aven Mindcensor , and Rest in Peace are all good stax pieces to shut Zur down.

And to add to the Isochron Scepter discussion. It makes all of our 1 mana spells cost two mana, which is back breaking without Paradox Engine . But yes. the card not being actually CAST is horrible for the deck as well.

the__odysseus on Oops, All Removal - Skullbriar Voltron Control

2 weeks ago

I'm not sure this deck can be cEDH, but here I go. Toxic Deluge , Natural State , Fatal Push , Dismember , Berserk , Beast Within , Bane of Progress . I'd pull Tangle Wire because it doesn't seem to be doing anything in this deck, as you want to cast your commander T2. Icy Manipulator is bad, and so is Mind Rot . I'd also pull Naturalize , Price of Fame , Blackmail , Despise , and Duress . Doom Blade is really awkward sometimes (I prefer Vendetta anyways), and I'd drop the Murder . For slowing down your opponents, I'd add Torpor Orb , Root Maze , Nether Void , No Mercy , Chalice of the Void , Grafdigger's Cage , Leyline of the Void . Maybe even Hum of the Radix . Just a point- Murderous Cut is better the more fetches you run Sorry about the long post, just really want this deck to work!

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Grafdigger's Cage occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Blue: 0.17%

Modern:

All decks: 0.03%

Green: None%

Legacy:

All decks: None%