Grafdigger's Cage


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Pioneer Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Brawl Legal
Standard Legal
Arena Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vanguard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Casual Legal
Oathbreaker Legal

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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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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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Grafdigger's Cage Discussion

SideBae on Urza, Sort of budget-ish

1 day ago

Hey! So I have a few suggestions. Feel free to ignore any/all of them:

  1. Cantrips are your friend in combo decks. Preordain and Ponder are the gold-standard here, since they dig pretty deep for one mana. You're including Brainstorm is good, but I'm not sure it's good enough without non-mana intensive shuffle effects (i.e. some form of fetch lands) to make sure you don't accidentally lock yourself with two cards you don't want on top. While cards like Prismatic Vista and Scalding Tarn can be expensive, depending on your meta something like Terramorphic Expanse or Evolving Wilds might be good enough. Flood Plain and Bad River are also worth considering. Other cantrips ( Opt , Sleight of Hand , Serum Visions ...) are ok but should be considered secondary to Preordain and friends.

  2. Grafdigger's Cage is currently one of the best hosers in EDH, and it does not stop Urza's ability (since Urza's ability exiles the card before casting it, you never cast spells directly from your library). I think it's better than Darksteel Relic , since it still taps for mana and can be a turn one play while having a direct effect on the board state. Tormod's Crypt is a similar card you may want to consider. I think Relic of Progenitus is better than Phyrexian Furnace , especially since you're not running Snapcaster Mage .

  3. Everflowing Chalice seems like a good rock. I've never been a fan of Mox Tantalite , since taking several turns to hit the board is a major drawback. Everflowing Chalice is a slightly worse Mind Stone , but you can cast it for zero when Urza is on the field and have a build-your-own Mox Sapphire .

  4. Retract and/or Hurkyl's Recall can act as pseudo- Paradoxical Outcome s for the purposes of rebuilding mana or building storm-count for Temporal Fissure . They're admittedly not as good, but since you're already running Paradoxical Outcome you may want a redundant card for that effect.

  5. You may want to revisit your counter-suite. Consider substituting more efficient cards for Dissolve and/or Exclude , since three mana is a lot to pay for a counterspell. Things like Spell Snare , Dispel , Spell Pierce , Swan Song , Pact of Negation and/or Delay are all good ways to protect your combo without using too much mana.

  6. I think Mystic Remora is probably better than Rhystic Study . First, it comes down faster (T1 or T2), which means it catches your opponents' rocks when they're casting them in the first few turns. Second, four mana is a lot less payable than one, so you're more likely to draw even in experienced metas. Finally, your strategy is typically going to be a combo strategy -- so you don't need a PERMANENT shield, just one that will last long enough to protect you until you go off with Urza.

  7. Cyclonic Rift is the best board wipe in blue. It's $20 nowadays, but if you can afford one you should definitely run it.

  8. Dig Through Time is an excellent card, as is Treasure Cruise (though I don't like cruise as much as dig in combo decks like this, since it sees fewer cards). Running one of them seems like a good idea.

  9. Chain of Vapor is REALLY good. If you can cast it and bounce an opposing stax piece ( Cursed Totem , Collector Ouphe , Damping Sphere ), it rarely gets reflected. And even if it is, you're likely to just be able to recast whatever they bounce on your board. More importantly, you can use it to bounce a bunch of your low-cost artifacts to both net mana and build storm. So... yea.

Good luck!

Courtney43 on Golgari Scales Aggro

2 weeks ago

How many is the right amount of Grafdigger's Cage to have in the side? I'll probably replace scarab Feast with them because (like you said) they have more utility... I think I might end up replacing life goes on with Feed the Clan too. I'm so glad I got someone so knowledgeable to help me out with everything. I may take a while to process the information and "digest" it, but I can clearly see that you are very experienced and I appreciate all your help!

Mdmaster13 on Golgari Scales Aggro

2 weeks ago

Don't, it's a trap lol take it from someone who tried very hard to shoehorn in Stifle in his Temur legacy midrange deck. Stifle effects can be a great gotcha and can catch your opponent off guard, but your opponent can and will always recover. The problem with Stifle effects is they're impermanent, they can be recovered from, usually in only a turn or two. Permanent removal is generally what you want instead. If you want to stop energy for instance, most specifically Aetherworks Marvel , use something like Grafdigger's Cage . It's another highly flexible card that will have use against Phoenix, Reanimation, amd Energy strats. It's all about that flex!

Icbrgr on Going all in with kiora ...

2 weeks ago

@Magnanimous I think that's a really good catch/explanation for Mindbreak Trap ... I really thought that was gonna be a lot more handy to have but I guess it is much more narrow than I thought.... my current decklist has a lot of cantrips itself and in my play-testing I very rarely cast 3 spells in a row.

Ill look into Search for Azcanta  Flip wapping with fogs against control, Damping Sphere against combo, Grafdigger's Cage against graveyard.... see what works out best. Thanks!

Magnanimous on Going all in with kiora ...

2 weeks ago

@lebrgr I really don't like Mindbreak Trap as a sideboard card unless you're coming up against a lot of genuine storm decks that win with Grapeshot or similar. In decks with lots of cantrips, BW Control for example, they might have a turn that goes cantrip planeswalker removal spell and you can counter the removal spell. Just as likely is a turn that goes something like cantrip to find sorcery speed play pass to you and then play removal spell and cantrip 2, none of which you can do anything about. Even against something like Arclight Phoenix , it only counters the last spell your opponent cast and doesn't deal with the triggers.

Some possible replacements: Search for Azcanta  Flip swapping with fogs against control, Damping Sphere against combo, Grafdigger's Cage against graveyard.

GrimVeracity on Mono-Green Gods

2 weeks ago

Hey uJar_Gamer, now that I have looked at Tormod's Crypt , Grafdigger's Cage , and Relic of Progenitus side by side I think it's an obvious decision to put Grafdigger in place of Tormod's Crypt... not too sure why I chose Tormod's in the first place honestly. Thank you for the heads up! :)

Mdmaster13 on Golgari Scales Aggro

2 weeks ago

As far as your side board goes you can still get some upgrades. Price of Betrayel will slot easily into Hero's Downfall , and I would recommend adding some copies of Tormod's Crypt or Grafdigger's Cage to help keep down Phoenix, Reanimator and Rally strats. Consider also a copy or two of Feed the Clan , it's excellent sustain vs Burn and RedDeck Wins

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Grafdigger's Cage occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.03%

Green: None%


All decks: None%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Blue: 0.17%