Gruesome Menagerie

Gruesome Menagerie


Choose a creature card with converted mana cost 1 in your graveyard, then do the same for creature cards with converted mana costs 2 and 3. Return those cards to the battlefield.

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Set Rarity
Guilds of Ravnica (GRN) Rare

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

Gruesome Menagerie occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.09%

Gruesome Menagerie Discussion

ulysses2009 on Sultai Ground Seal graveyard

2 months ago

Thank you for taking youre time :)

I absolutely agree that a deck should not be built around one single card, and i propably would include Leyline of the Void. I am not quite sure about Grafdigger's Cage, because I wouldn't want to hinder effects that work well with Ground Seal, but still reanimate (i was thinking to use Gruesome Menagerie or Connive / Concoct perhaps, as i think they don't target up to resolution and are therefore unaffected). But up to now, i haven't found a combination of creatures for Gruesome Menagerie to make it worthwhile.

Btw. does Animate Dead work with Ground Seal? On the one hand it has to have a target, on the other hand it doesn't say it targets a creature.

As for the deck, i was thinking about a control plan that eventually wins as soon as it generates infinite mana, either with Tasigur, the Golden Fang or with a Seasons Past+Tutor loop as a backup to then loop cards like Reality Shift to win.

I like combo as a wincondition and a playstile and i don't mind going a little on the competitive side, but i always want to have synergy in the things i am doing and i want the deck to feel unique.

I am a little curious you added Emergent Ultimatum to your List. Is there a pile that goes with it? I suppose it is a win somehow with Thassa's Oracle? I am still trying to figure out what combination of creatures goes with it (i am trying to make it work with creatures to perhaps be able to use Defense of the Heart as an alternative way to set the combo in play). For me, it would be enough if it generates infinite colored mana, from there i think there will be a way to win (the same goes for Gruesome Menagerie btw.).

As you see, i am just at the beginning building this deck, but i hope you got an impression of some of my ideas and where i want to go with it.

What are your thoughts?

abby315 on Sultai Ground Seal graveyard

2 months ago

From a Scryfall search, here are cards that work with your graveyard without targeting:

Corrupted Grafstone

Creeping Renaissance

Deadbridge Chant

Desecrator Hag

Gruesome Menagerie

Mission Briefing

The key note being that they, like Tasigur, say "choose" and not "target." I'm pretty sure they all work under Ground Seal. Enjoy!

marcopollo on RakSac and a Dwarf

8 months ago

Nice job here. I am using your deck as a prototype for mine. It does well. I am finding that I don't have enough sac fodder. Gruesome Menagerie does help, but comes in late. Other recursion is a bit to clunky for the speed I am going with.

OberstHati on Mono black aggro

10 months ago

Hi, I think Knight of the Ebon Legion should be in Mainboard, and Midnight Reaper would come in handy in a creature-heavy Deck. Necromancer Lili rotates, so i'd remover her, the number of zombies in this Deck isn't sufficient to support Zombie Lili, i m O. Cutting those Walkers you could cut the lands to 23. Then i'd remove Aid the Fallen , Add 4 Knight of the Ebon Legion , 2 Midnight Reaper , and 1 more Spawn of Mayhem . Spark Harvest is a bit tricky, so maybe add a playset of Orzhov Enforcer in its stead? 2 Gruesome Menagerie might fit in here, -1 Savage Gorger , -1 Rotting Regisaur . Have Fun!

ChrisHansonBiomancin on GBu Vraska's Menagerie

11 months ago

Cool deck man, I've been playing around with some dredge/reanimator concepts & haven't really found anything that i really like yet but i do like your approach with Gruesome Menagerie + ETB triggers.

One card that seems like a great fit here is Gutterbones . It would basically be a less-extreme version of Narcomoeba in that it's not quite as good to dredge/explore (but still very good) while being much better from the opening hand. Also works well as repeatable sac fodder for Vraska. Your deck seems like it wants to aggro out to some extent so a t1 2/1 getting in that 4-6 damage off the bat can be huge.

I also feel like Isareth is really powerful here with the Explore creatures especially, and you could run 2-3 so it's more than just a toolbox option. Given how crucial recursion is to your deck, increasing the sources of that will help with consistency. In any synergy-dependent deck, I usually try to have at least 8 cards that can perform each core function.

Lastly, a sideboard idea that would be great against weenies or tokens is Plague Mare . I've been playing it as a one-of in a different deck (a weird Arisotcrats/Vannifar hybrid) and it is surprisingly clutch.

musicman3310 on Growing Under

1 year ago

If you had a three drop in the deck, then Gruesome Menagerie would really fill your deck as you could hit Supplier, Shaman, and a three drop.

chilbi on Teysa Karlov’s Double D's

1 year ago

Eloquent elaboration guys, still I've to admit that I find myself rather on Scathainn's side. Clever sexist clickbait stays clever sexist bullshit as language forms reality and we're all just better than that...

Back on topic: Love the theme, but I'd be a little worried about sweepers and therefore throw in a Gruesome Menagerie or Immortal Servitude in. Cheers!

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