Gurmag Angler

Gurmag Angler

Creature — Zombie Fish

Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for .)

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Mystery Booster: Store Edition (MYSTOR) Common
Mystery Booster: Convention Edition (MYSCON) Common
Ultimate Masters (UMA) Common
Fate Reforged (FRF) Common

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Gurmag Angler occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.14%

Legacy:

All decks: 0.47%

Gurmag Angler Discussion

Xica on Please help upgrading my Golgari ...

2 weeks ago

Obliterator is great when Path to Exile usage is low to non-existent and counterspells are few and far between.
Thus the card is far from its greatest in today's meta.
(However - contrary to the common misconception - getting to BBBB is easy if you manage to have 4 lands by turn 4, twhen you play a 2 colored eck)

I recommended Shriekmaw as it does something early game, and its absolutely broken with all the "return creature from graveyard to hand" spells in your deck, cards like Liliana, the Last Hope.
Sure, its far less flashy than something than Verdurous Gearhulk, and wins slower - however it keeps the field clear, and gives you time to win.
While you can VERY easily die with a gearhulk in hand before you could ever use it.


Obstinate Baloth is a great hate card against discard decks, for any deck that plays combo, and a "passable" card in the burn matchup.
Sadly hardcasting it is asking a lot.
In the sense that it does too little for its cost, UNLESS you want to simply stall a little to win with something like a lethal scapeshift.


In the era where Gurmag Angler, Thing in the Ice  Flip & Bedlam Reveler are running around the card is surprisingly squishy, to win the game.
And does too little at helping you achieve that goal, beside being a body.



Unless you run something like elves, i owuld stay away from God-Eternal Rhonas. Its a great improvement there as a recurrable pump effect in face of all the counterspells and discard.
However in this deck, its only good when you are already winning anyways, and does little to nothing in any other case.

Sjorpha on Chivalry is Dead!

2 weeks ago

Chivalry is Dead!

"Don't ask my name, it's long since I forgot

if once I had a name, a home, a wife?

No words of fame or valor is my lot,

and yet my quest continues past this life."

There are 4 defining cards that embodies the gameplan of this deck

Doran, the Siege Tower: The basic idea of all Doran decks is the ability to turn very cheap defensive creatures like Nyx-Fleece Ram into big offensive threats, based on the idea that 3/3s for 1 and 5/5s for 2 etc is great value and hard to race for most decks. Doran also has a strong defensive quality since his ability applies to all creatures, effectively neutering strategies based on high power creatures or pumping up the power of creatures, like for example Kiln Fiend or Goblin Piledriver. A third advantage of Doran is that he and the other 16 zero power creatures in the deck can attack through Ensnaring Bridge, making this decks matchup against Lantern control and other bridge prison decks a lot better. Assault Formation acts like a backup copy of Doran that can be fetched with Zur and dodges more removal if needed, this redundancy is important since the deck is much weaker if it can't put this effect on the field.

Zur the Enchanter: Solving problems and gaining card advantage by tutoring up additional creatures and enchantments as he attacks. Also a "4/4" flying beatstick in this deck making the 4cmc much more reasonable.

Chord of Calling: Allowing us to get our creatures reactively or in opponents end step rather than tapping out, making the deck much more resilient and flexible when playing around removal, counterspells and board wipes.

Behind the Scenes: Adds a whole new synergy to the toughness strategy. Since all of our creatures have zero or very low power this card makes them unblockable by most things that could trade with them. This fundamentally changes the dynamic of going up against opposing creatures, since we can block their creatures but they often can't block ours it shifts the initiative in our favor and enables much easier lethal swings. While only a single copy, it can be fetched onto the battlefield with Zur, conveniently before blockers are declared.

This all comes together in the signature finishing move of this deck: Casting Chord of Calling on opponents end step putting Zur the Enchanter or Doran, the Siege Tower on the battlefield (assuming the other one is already in play), and then on our turn swing with everything tutoring up Behind the Scenes for an unblockable lethal blow out of nowhere.

Doran decks (and treefolk tribals) have a great leg up in this department because of Treefolk Harbinger, a fantastic 1-drop that functions as a 3/3 with Doran, fetches Doran himself if needed and last but not least fetches the best land in the deck Murmuring Bosk or any of the other forests. This improves consistency in the ability to play a turn 3 Doran because you can fix either Doran or mana. Much like with Serum Visions in other decks you also need to mulligan much fever hands since a harbinger + a green land is usually enough to be playable. Without this card I think the deck simply wouldn't be that good.

Green fetchlands play into this as well as they can fetch Murmuring Bosk untapped with a treefolk in hand, typical turn 1 is fetch>Murmuring Bosk revealing Harbinger>play harbinger putting Doran or missing land on top.

Another strong turn 1 play is Birds of Paradise, also synergising well with Doran making it a 1/1 and ramping/fixing, and making our somewhat demanding color pie much smoother to play.

Finally Chord of Calling for 1 can be employed as a consistency engine in a pinch, fetching harbinger to put a needed card on top or fetching a bird to ramp and fix. It is however much more powerful to use the chord for more impactful creatures and should only be used in this way when no other option exists.

An unanswered Zur the Enchanter also leads to consistency all by himself since he can fetch creatures and Assault Formation as a stand in for Doran, but given the preparation needed to cast him this is more of a late game type consistency/inevitability.

In order of converted mana cost:

Dryad Arbor: Forest doubling as a creature, can be put on the field with with fetch lands. Emergency blocker, sac fodder for edict effects, can be fetched with a Chord of Calling for 0 to get a 4th land, played from the top with Courser, fetched to the top with harbinger and so on.

Dragon's Eye Savants: A rarely played card, but he's actually the only modern legal 6+ toughness 2 drop option for this deck! All of the others (only 5 total) either have defender or needs decks built around them. It's great for this deck to have a way to survive a block/trade with Gurmag Angler, a 4/5 Tarmogoyf, Tasigur, the Golden Fang and other 5 toughness threats. The flip ability can come in handy if you have surplus mana, note that flipping morphs is a special action that can't be responded, so there is no window to bolt him, but usually this guy's job is just to be a "6/6" for 2.

Nyx-Fleece Ram: "5/5" for 2 mana that gains you life and can be tutored up with Zur, a given staple of Doran decks.

Spellskite: Already a fantastic card in many decks for protecting yourself and your permanents from all sorts of things, or to steal your opponents auras and buff spells etc. Here where it's also a "4/4" beatstick for 2 mana it's just amazing.

Selfless Spirit: Sligtly nonbo with Doran unfortunately, but the option to secure yourself against sweepers like Supreme Verdict and also protect more imprtant creatures against spot removal is very useful. Also works really well with Chord of Calling.

Courser of Kruphix: Great value and consistency engine, can be tutored with Zur, gets buffed by Doran but also able to deal some damage without him. All in all a great fit and I'd run 4 if it wasn't for the lack of 3 drop slots in the curve.

Sapling of Colfenor: Topping our curve as the only 5 drop, this badboy provides a hard to remove creature that can both hit hard and stabilize our life as well as restock the hand with creatures. Plus he can be tutored up with Treefolk Harbinger. Very useful in grindy games.

We have a total of 6 removal spells mainboard, all in sets of 2.

Fatal Pushand Path to Exile: Best 1 mana removal spells in modern, nuff said.

Detention Sphere: Removes just about everything and takes care of multiple copies of cards, tried and true modern staple and here it gains extra utility by being tutorable with Zur.

Zur the Enchanter makes single copies of enchantment SB cards much more useful, so here I have mainly opted for a list of silver bullets that he can fetch. Obviously there are many other possible enchanments to put in there or you could go with a more traditional sideboard.

Aegis of the Gods: Provides protection against burn and hand disruption etc, can be tutored with either Zur or Chord.

Eidolon of Rhetoric: Stops storm and slows down other decks that likes casting a lot of spells at once, we are usually fine casting a spell per turn and can double that up with Zur activations, also a "4/4" beatstick and can be tutored with both Zur and Chord.

Everlasting Torment: Stops life gain decks and fog effects.

Ghostly Prison: Takes the edge off a lot of aggro strategies.

Nevermore: Against decks that rely on a specific card to win, Ad Naseam decks and so on.

Rest in Peace: Graveyard hate

Slaughter the Strong: One sided sweeper against decks with big creatures, since we can easily go under 4 power with all our 0/X dudes.

Spreading Seas: The most obvious land hate option for a Zur deck

Stony Silence: Artifact hate.

Aura of Silence: Artifact/enchantment hate.

Virulent Plague: Tokens.

Wheel of Sun and Moon: 2nd graveyard hate that also counters mill decks.

Meachman on

4 weeks ago

Zombies! I dig it!

Do you play against a meta where swampwalk is usually effective? If not, there are some potential replacements that synergize more with Konrad wanting bodies coming and going from the grave.

If you want more discard to get creature cards in graveyards, Black Cat, Miasmic Mummy, Sibsig Icebreakers and Cackling Fiend work nicely. Returned Centaur and Returned Reveler do something similar with milling.

Other Gravedigger effects like Grave Scrabbler work well with Konrad, as does Gurmag Angler and exiling from your own graveyard. Zombie Scavengers lets you exile every creature in your library at instant speed to zap the table with Konrad if you need to. Herald of the Dreadhorde and Lazotep Reaverget you lots of extra bodies to die.

Wight of Precinct Six can become a big threat once you start to fill everyone's yard (perhaps more threatening than Null Champion).

Lurching Rotbeast is card draw on top of a Konrad trigger, as is Spark Reaper.

A little light on ramp, but your Twisted Abomination combos nicely with your Witch's Cottage to do double-duty.

nUKe13 on nUKe13 Mardu Pyromancer

4 weeks ago

fasmith718 that's sweet to hear you killed it at a paper event! I've been competing on MTGO and doing decent. Kaya, Orzhov Usurper has been a popular discussion point in that discord that I shared in the description. I, personally, am not a fan of planeswalker cards, but that's the aggro in me. Kaya, Orzhov Usurper is good as a recurring grave exile threat, and as a small cmc creature threat. However, Kaya's Guile can be at instant speed, adds to grave for Bedlam Reveler and can force opponent to sacrifice an expensive creature (which has come in hand against Primeval Titan, Gurmag Angler, Bedlam Reveler, and other big creatures we find it difficult to remove at instant speed. As for the synergy with Leyline of the Void, I agree that that could close out games really well IF opponent lets Kaya, Orzhov Usurper get there. Generally, you don't judge a planeswalker based on ultimate alone, but you do bring up very strong points. If you like the synergy, and it works for you, keep it! Keep reporting back to us on how it works for you. Also, as for Chalice of the Void, I usually use Kolaghan's Command or Wear when I know opponent uses it. Usually, Mardu Pyromancer can work at the 2 or 3 cmc range really well, until artifact hate is found. Opponent usually doesn't have 6 mana super early to use Chalice of the Void to counter 3cmc spells.

YamishiTheWickedOne there are new Rakdos lists that use Lightning Skelemental, Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger, Dreadhorde Arcanist, and Seasoned Pyromancer to absolutely blaze through opponents. I think I've generally seen them forgo to also threaten with Blood Moon and Magus of the Moon. They are somewhat susceptible to early interaction and grave hate, so that's why I've kept my list this way. That being said, Unearth doesn't work here super well, since most creatures are not 3 cmc or lower pre-sideboard. I actually just did a league and I found myself not needing more card draw. I had plenty of threats and just had to "toolbox" and figure out which I needed to cast at that moment.

Thank you for your comments! Please feel included and encouraged to critique and suggest anything else to the deck, or even the primer to make it better! :)

NivMizzet04 on Why is this called Fishelbrand?

4 weeks ago

Rush of Knowledge + Gurmag Angler = Griselbrand: Fishelbrand.

Luxxis7 on Dredge-less dredge Pioneer

1 month ago

Yeah the deck is pretty powerful and fun to play I wanted to try out Polukranos, Unchained instead of 2x Gurmag Angler. In most cases Angler is just more mana efficient and better against red decks. I probably won't try Champion of Wits, as it's blue and I wanted to keep the mana base less expensive, also the fact that it rummages instead of self mill where cards like Narcomoeba care about.

Boza on Evincar's inheritance

1 month ago

Rancid Earth is not a good main deck card. It is useful versus tron and the rare three-plus colors decks. Kick out void barrier, which does next to nothing in the deck from the sideboard and just put the 4 copies of rancid earth in the sb.

Additionally, Accumulated Knowledge is the best card draw for this type deck. - 1 whispers of the muse, -2 void snare - 1 trespasser's curse for 4 knowledge.

Since I already suggested one curse to go away, I would suggest to remove the other for a copy of counterspell or a removal. A second copy of Devious Cover-Up would be nice just in case.

Finally, having both echoing decay and justice is not very good, since they do the same job and I cannot imagine having to use that effect on turn 2 to justify decay. Sub the decay for another copy of the deck's namesake card. Additionally, you may think to include some copies of Gurmag Angler to finish the game faster.

Grubbernaut on Has Using the Graveyard as ...

2 months ago

Short answer: Yes.

However, as usual, there's more to it. Delve is too good overall; Escape isn't explicitly too good, but Uro definitely is. I think the focus should be more incidental; things like Scavenging Ooze and things that put cards from your yard on top (except maybe Mystic Sanctuary) are cool interactions that aren't broken. However, turning cards into free cards or free mana is problematic.

I think there's a way to make delve, flashback, and most things appropriately-powered... but it's too tempting for WotC to not make pushed graveyard cards. Think Twice is probably what the power level should've been for flashback but Faithless Looting is the menace everyone will remember.

Uro is the most egregious graveyard card in a little while, though, especially as it relates to Pioneer. If it's better than Gurmag Angler, Houston, we have a problem.

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