Grand Abolisher

Grand Abolisher

Creature — Human Cleric

During your turn, your opponents can't cast spells or activate abilities of artifacts, creatures or enchantments.

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Set Rarity
Archenemy: Nicol Bolas (E01) Rare
Commander 2014 (C14) Rare
2012 Core Set (M12) Rare

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Legality

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

Grand Abolisher occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.07%

White: 1.01%

GW (Selesnya): 0.74%

WB (Orzhov): 0.4%

RBW (Mardu): 0.46%

Grand Abolisher Discussion

Smorgaz on Avacyn's Angels of the Apocalypse

13 hours ago

vasarto77 Thank you for your suggestions. Smothering Tithe, Wrath of God and Endless Horizons were already in the deck. I think all of the "gain 1 life"-cards are too low impact compared to the rest of the deck. Especially since I don't have that many creature drops and most spells have high cmc. Sun Titan has no relevant targets in the deck. Teferi's Protection is at least 40 bucks which is far to expensive for a single card I believe. Austere Command is good, but I don't know which other wipe to cut for it. Approach of the Second Sun and Grand Abolisher are probably good cards, but don't fit the deck too well.

enpc on Saffi: Sac Back *cEDH Primer*

1 day ago

Nillstan: Wasn't implying that, thought I would just throw it out there :P

These days, I have found Silence to be as good, sometimes better than Grand Abolisher. Don't get me wrong, I've done some sneaky Abolisher deploys before, but I find that Silence is super flexible. And unless your playgroup is showing lots of fish hulk lists, I would probably still take Silence over Angel's Grace in this build since it does more for your game plan.

Nillstan on Saffi: Sac Back *cEDH Primer*

1 day ago

enpc

Lol I'm aware. I may be stupid, but I'm not an idiot. Considering the built in resilience and the fact that Grand Abolisher comes out first, Silence is mostly unnecessary.

Whereas Angel's Grace can just kill players in the event that beat a t3-t4 average. I personally think the change is obvious.

enpc on Saffi: Sac Back *cEDH Primer*

2 days ago

So a few other thoughts on the list (I saw your forum post):

You're running a few stax pieces (Aven Mindcensor, Gaddock Teeg) however these cards a generally less good that just progressing your win condidition if you're only running a few of them. I have seen Saffi stax builds before (Weenie Hut Jr is a good example and we have discussed many aspects of Saffi decks), however you need to devote more cards to it. Otherwise you won't get the value you want from it and you're just better off focusing on your win condition.

I also don't think that the Devoted Druid/Vizier of Remedies combo adds enough here. It's not like you're pairing it with Duskwatch Recruiter  Flip + Walking Ballista or something (and no, I don't recommend just adding this to the deck). The problem is that there's no real line with the combo. It's not like you can even assemble it plus Claws of Gix + Soul of the Harvest + Saffi to draw your deck, since you still can't spam Saffi from the command zone as you can't produce white mana. So the best case scenario is it enables a five card combo, as most of your other sac outlets are free and can at least form a 4 card combo with Altar of the Brood. In that same vein, I don't think that Claws of Gix adds much value either. I get that it's a sac outlet, however having these on creatures is generally better as you will have an easier time tutoring creatures and any artifact/enchantment tutoring is worth so much in Saffi since it can find stuff like Blasting Station.

On the other hand, I'm surprised you're not running Eldritch Evolution here. The card is awesome at setting up all kinds of combos as well as doing sneaky Grand Abolisher deployment (by sacing a medium cost creature, since you can get "X or less").

Older20 on Marchesa: Queen of Pain (100% Altered)

1 week ago

Hey thanks! In all honesty I took out Grand Abolisher as I was testing him in another EDH deck and I only have one copy haha. I'm really struggling to find cuts at the moment - looking at my list right now I can't really see a stand-out card that I could replace with Grand Abolisher. Definitely a great card though.

I have also been toying with the idea of running Mana Web as it has an incredibly strong affect and harder to remove than a creature. Finding the room is super tough right now though.

Azeworai on Ghired's Rampage EDH

1 week ago

A favourite of mine is Sylvan Safekeeper. It can mess up your opponents' plans to deal with your board, and you often don't even need to activate. The threat of activation is enough to ward off removal.

Remorseful Cleric and Containment Priest are fine and graveyard hate is necessary in every deck. (In my opinion, at least)

Grand Abolisher is as good as it reads, and Charming Prince can be cute with your commander, but I wouldn't recommend him.

Just Birds of Paradise or Avacyn's Pilgrim can advance your game plan far enough, and people don't kill them as they would in a 1v1 format. When they do die to the inevitable wrath, their value has already been gotten. But, if you prefer land-based ramp, Wood Elves is fine. Fauna Shaman can also be fun.

For six-drops and more, I almost never run them unless they can command a game on their own or are powerful enough to warp your game plan around them, save for my Xenagos, God of Revels deck. :)

Pathbreaker Ibex can end games on one attack, and thus is fun for one player. Sigarda, Host of Herons is one I include in some decks, fulfilling a similar role to the Sylvan Safekeeper. Many creatures are just incidentally humans. Dragonlord Dromoka can really defend your turn nicely, so that can be fun. For a more on-theme finisher, Omnath, Locus of Rage beseems this strategy.

Hope this helps!

multimedia on Double Trouble EDH

1 week ago

Hey, consider enchantment tutors? Enlightened Tutor, Sterling Grove, Idyllic Tutor, even Open the Armory and Heliod's Pilgrim for auras. Consider Siona, Captain of the Pyleas and Shielded by Faith? This combo would give you an alternative win condition that has synergy with the rest of your deck since Faith is fine with Rafiq. Sovereigns of Lost Alara + Eldrazi Conscription is good late game interaction with Rafiq.

I think lots of spells that only pump Rafiq once is wasting a lot of spots in your deck. Other than Berserk as well as Vines of Vastwood and Blossoming Defense which are also protection, the other spells could be cut especially the sorceries for cards that give repeatable pump/abilities, more draw, protection/opponent disruption.

Other cards to consider adding:

Farseek and Nature's Lore can get dual lands making them land ramp spell upgrades for Rampant Growth and Kodama's Reach.

Cards to consider cutting:

  • Stealth Mission
  • Phytoburst
  • Larger Than Life
  • Artful Dodge
  • Arrester's Zeal
  • Giant Growth
  • Groundswell
  • Infiltrate
  • Might of Old Krosa
  • Mutagenic Growth
  • Crypsis
  • Veil of Secrecy
  • Might of Oaks
  • Emerald Medallion
  • Sapphire Medallion

Good luck with your deck.

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