Herald of Anguish


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Standard Legal

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Set Rarity
Aether Revolt Mythic Rare

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Herald of Anguish

Creature — Demon

Improvise (Your artifacts can help cast this spell. Each artifact you tap after you're done activating mana abilities pays for .)


At the beginning of your end step, each opponent discards a card.

, Sacrifice an artifact: Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.

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Herald of Anguish Discussion

Aric_Haldan on Grixis Artifact Aristocrats

25 minutes ago

The reason why Herald of Anguish is in sideboard is because it isn't very good in most match-ups since it's too slow to play it (i don't have that much cheap artifacts and those artifacts tend to be saccrificed to all kinds of purposes), he was originally main deck alongside other more expensive cards like Marionette Master and Sly Requisitioner but the deck was too slow and wasn't really able to get enough advantage out of it. by the time herald came looking i had pretty much already lost the game. He is however useful against control match-ups where my other stuff is getting removed, that's why he's in sideboard.

About Pia's Revolution tbh it adds a lot of value to the deck and would be exactly the kind of card i would want to draw off Reverse Engineer as it is a card that isn't easy to interact with and makes everything I do better for the rest of the game. I kinda would like a maindeck Reverse Engineer, but I don't know what to take out yet, though I already have a lot of draw in this deck with all the artifact fodder replacing themselves. Although the opponent gets the choice,Pia's Revolution can also often function as a drawing mechanism especially if they have walkers on board they don't want dying yet.

Metallic Rebuke might be able to replace some removal in the main-deck to give me a better chance against control game 1, I think i'll try adding 2, replacing 2 Unlicensed Disintegration (though I really like that card :/, rebuke will curve better though)

Trophy Mage is interesting but the deck is already packed full and it isn't completely dependent on one card so it doesn't really need a tutor. Furthermore Scrap Trawler is already kinda on the big side of my mana use so using up another three mana to find it seems like it'd be too clunky. Aethersphere Harvester really isn't at home in this deck, you don't want to sacrifice it, the stuff that crews it either wants to attack itself or gets sacced a lot and overall it doesn't have any synergy with the rest of the deck.

Considering all this, The reason why i don't want to be slowed down too much is because unlike regular aristocrats my artifact fodder can't block and that limits the possibility of me finding enough time to get the value out of these cards. that's why I made this into a much more aggressive mid-range shell that can beat opponents down before losing the value game. Thank you for your suggestions though, i'll be sure to keep them in mind.

multimedia on Grixis Artifact Aristocrats

4 hours ago

Aric_Haldan I really like the look of this deck. Grixis are fun colors +1

I feel you're not taking enough advantage of the great improvise cards. You're 2x Herald of Anguish in the sideboard should definitely be main deck they can replace Syndicate Trafficker. The 2x Reverse Engineer can replace Pia's Revolution it can have much more impact drawing into more artifact sac fodder. I would also find room for Metallic Rebuke because it can be a cost Mana Leak in this deck which is powerful.

This is the kind of deck that can also take advantage of Trophy Mage and Aethersphere Harvester interaction. Mage can also tutor for Scrap Trawler.

Reki101 on Servo Aristocrats

6 hours ago

The reason I went Master Trinketeer over Metallic Mimic was that if worse comes to worse the Trinketeer can make servos. I considered Animation Module, but was a bit put off by having to pay for each activation. You could probably do a variant that goes all in on servo swarm, and in that case the mimic, module, and perhaps even Chief of the Foundry could be good. As for Herald of Anguish, if Kaladesh's trends are indicative of Aether Revolt's, The herald's price should settle down a little, and at that point I'll strongly consider it. But hey, this is just my thought process, and I could be entirely wrong.

GreGGo on Pia's Recycling Facility! (Budget Combo $50)

8 hours ago

Hello Revedeka! Just stopping by to say that I purchased this deck today, sideboard and all, for around $94 bucks at my LGS. I really liked the start that you provided with Pia's Revolution, as it was my favorite of the spoiled cards for this set.

Tonight I went 4-0 with this exact list. It's fun, it flows, and it's just a janky/fun/comboish deck that works. Round 1, I played some sort of Eldrazi deck that wasn't very good and won 2-0. Round 2, I played U/R Control and won 2-1. Battle at the Bridge is excellent against Thing in the Ice  Flip. Round 3, I played the Saheeli Rai + Felidar Guardian deck. Implement of Combustion was the MVP for that round as I went 2-0. Last round was against a sort of Grixis Dredge Zombie deck that was FAST. Marionette Master won game 1, and a sideboarded Herald of Anguish did work game 2.

Again, I was extremely pleased with how well the deck performed. I think I may look for a way to add 2x of Rush of Adrenaline for a little bit of trample damage. Thanks so much for posting this list.

PixelatedScarecrow on Grixis Improvise

8 hours ago

Anything would be better than Darksteel Relic. Mox Opal is probably the best option but I can understand if it's because of budget. If it's because of budget I'd consider Welding Jar or Tormod's Crypt to counter graveyard decks in the main board. Yes I understand it's synergies with ensoul artifact, but that's only four cards in you deck and otherwise it's a hockey puck that costs nothing and does even less. Also why not more some more copies of Herald of Anguish?

jacoby0813 on Servo Aristocrats

14 hours ago

Herald of Anguish or are you trying to be budget?

VastBadger on Yahenni's Undying Syndicate

18 hours ago

Added Westvale Abbey  Flip & Herald of Anguish to deal with larger creatures.

Geo67 on Aether Improv

22 hours ago

Why stop at Herald of Anguish? Drop Chief of the Foundry, put in Inspiring Statuary, and drop Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger in as well, don't have or like Ullamog, Kozilek, the Great Distortion is just as fun, and about 1/3 of the cost...plus he refills your hand when he is cast.

I think the Ornithopters and Tezzeret's Touch are genius in here. I may revamp my U/W Eldrazi Statuary Ramping deck to be U/B or esper. I like where you're going.

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