Gisa, Glorious Resurrector

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Brawl Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Pioneer Legal
Pre-release Legal
Standard Legal
Vintage Legal

Gisa, Glorious Resurrector

Legendary Creature — Human Wizard

If a creature an opponent controls would die (be put into the graveyard from the battlefield), exile it instead.

At the beginning of your upkeep, put all creature cards exiled with this onto the battlefield under your control. They gain decayed. (A creature with decayed can't block. When it attacks, sacrifice it at the end of combat.)

KBK7101 on Alternative themes/gimmick EDH deck ideas

4 weeks ago

Whenever anyone asks this kind of question, I always default back to my favorite sets/planes. And also Rule 0 partner decks. lol

I apologize in advance if none of these are the kind of thing that you're looking for.

I really enjoy my Satsuki, the Living Lore deck. Most, if not all, of the relevant sagas are all cheap and some of the best cards in the deck that care about counters (like Power Conduit and Nesting Grounds along with various proliferate cards) were reprinted in New Capenna's Brokers commander deck, so those are also pretty cheap. Add in cards like Historian's Boon, Teshar, Ancestor's Apostle and any constellation/enchantress effects you see fit and that's pretty much the core of the deck right there.

Kairi, the Swirling Sky is a really fun clones deck that I use on Arena's Historic Brawl format. Basic gameplan is to make as many copies of Kairi as possible, only to watch them die to the legend rule and benefit from the death triggers.

Toralf, God of Fury  Flip is another deck that I have and really enjoy. It makes mono red burn possible in commander, and the way that Toralf interacts with damage doublers such as Dictate of the Twin Gods means that the "trample" damage your spells have get amplified for each creature you kill with it. I have a better description of it on my deck's page, if you're interesting (not trying to self-advertise, I promise). Not sure how well this deck could be built on a budget as I'm not sure how much the damage doubling cards are at the moment (as they're kind of crucial).

Any of the five Amonkhet gods. Oketra the True, Kefnet the Mindful, Bontu the Glorified, Hazoret the Fervent and Rhonas the Indomitable never get as much love as the Theros gods and it makes me sad (because Amonkhet is my favorite plane). Their drawbacks are fairly substantial, I will admit, so they're a bit of a challenge to build. Might be what you're looking for?

Ghen, Arcanum Weaver but as an aristocrats style deck where you sacrifice enchantment creatures like Nyxborn Rollicker, Hopeful Eidolon and Gnarled Scarhide to recur stuff like Doomwake Giant. Could also be a hybrid enchantress kind of deck if you lean heavily into the Bestow mechanic. (Hm. I actually really like this idea...)

You could also run some "illegal" partners. I usually only try to do this if they have some sort of story significance, though. For example, I have a young Urza, Powerstone Prodigy and Mishra, Excavation Prodigy precon power leveled deck that I love. Hans Eriksson and Saffi Eriksdotter is one I've wanted to build for a while. Also maybe Gisa the Ghoulcaller and Stitcher Geralf? Or their newer versions, Geralf, Visionary Stitcher and Gisa, Glorious Resurrector? Stuff like that.

RedBullMan2 on The Abyss Stares Back

9 months ago

nice deck man, but how about Gisa, Glorious Resurrector ?

NV_1980 on High Offerings

11 months ago


This looks fun! You've probably already figured, but Dockside Extortionist would fit very well in here. Ophiomancer also comes to mind. I think Gisa, Glorious Resurrector is also good for a few chuckles in here.

I would also really opt for some more draw capability as the deck seems to be a bit lacking in that department; like Phyrexian Arena, Deathreap Ritual and especially Evolutionary Leap.

Hope this deck works out for you.



Lokotor on Marchesa, The Black Rose - Primer

1 year ago


Right on both counts I think. Like you said, Gisa isn't especially better than any other Threaten effect, and I basically look at it as being slightly cheaper Grave Betrayal which I don't run both for it's MV and for the fact that the effect isn't that important.

generally most of the time this deck ends up killing opponent's creatures with things like Grave Pact or Fleshbag Marauder kinds of effects, so there's definitely some ability to get the triggers, but that's also putting the choice in your opponent's hand, so you'll usually end up with a token or meh creature you don't particularly need.

All in all, I just think there's better 4 drops to run than Gisa, Glorious Resurrector.

as for Resculpt, I agree, it's generally worse than Reality Shift. however it's still a 1U instant speed exile effect, so it's definitely got a place in some decks. exile based spot removal is an important effect to have, so whatever you choose I'd recommend having at least a few such cards if you can. Ravenform is a similar card, but sorcery speed certainly hurts it compared to other options. Deadly Rollick is also out of many player's budgets I'd imagine.

bushido_man96 on I didn't choose the Slug Life, Slug life chose me!

1 year ago

I like the idea behind this build.

I see an issue with Gisa, Glorious Resurrector, though. When your opponent's creatures die, she creates a replacement effect, and the death trigger from your Commander and cards like Blood Artist won't trigger. She seems like an antagonist to what your Commander wants to do.

its_wampa on Slug Fest - Everyone Gets Some

1 year ago

Just a heads up, Gisa, Glorious Resurrector works against Toxrill and your other death effects by replacing the deaths with exile triggers, so while you may get the creatures that died, none of your death effects will go off. If its a secondary wincon, cool beans, but just wanted to point that out in case you might not have seen that.

Rhadamanthus on When does a non-creature artifact …

1 year ago

For Gisa, yes. "Dies" is short for "going from the battlefield to the graveyard", and Gisa, Glorious Resurrector replaces the event "a creature an opponent controls would go from the battlefield to the graveyard." If Karn, Silver Golem has turned something into a creature and it would die, that's an event Gisa's first ability can replace, so the card will go to exile. It won't be returned by the second ability because that ability specifies "creature cards".

For Scythe in your specific example, it depends. Kiku, Night's Flower's activated ability doesn't interact with Scythe of the Wretched because it makes the creature deal damage to itself, but Scythe wants the equipped creature (here, Kiku) to have dealt the damage. If the creature dies in combat with Kiku then it will work fine. The other card will be returned to the battlefield because Scythe doesn't care whether it's an actual creature card.

freezerboy on When does a non-creature artifact …

1 year ago

Trying to figure out if a non-creature artifact will be exiled with Gisa, Glorious Resurrector if I use Karn, Silver Golem to make it a creature and then kill it with a Kiku, Night's Flower for example. Same kind of thing if Karn makes the artifact a creature and they die to Kiku equipped with Scythe of the Wretched.

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