Glissa, the Traitor

Glissa, the Traitor

Legendary Creature — Zombie Elf

First strike, deathtouch

Whenever a creature an opponent controls is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may return target artifact card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

Glissa, the Traitor Discussion

wereotter on What are the best defensive …

1 month ago

Dread is No Mercy on a body.

Stormtide Leviathan and Blazing Archon simply say "you may not"

Archangel of Tithes and Windborn Muse both have similar effects that make easier to attack someone else, while Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker and Phyrexian Obliterator drive that point home even further.

But if you want the carrot rather than the stick, there's Edric, Spymaster of Trest and Karazikar, the Eye Tyrant to offer up cards for attacking your opponents instead. And related to Karazikar's goading ability Grenzo, Havoc Raiser can help you keep your opponent open if you're going wide, and Marisi, Breaker of the Coil is that same ability but even stronger as you only need to connect with one creatre.

Platinum Angel and Platinum Emperion make attacking you pointless unless you can also deal with them.

Sevinne, the Chronoclasm make an excellent blocker, and both Angus Mackenzie and Lady Evangela offer fog and fog-light effects on your commmander.

Eight-and-a-Half-Tails works similarly to Mother of Runes if you have the mana to pour into it, and Giver of Runes will protect something else in a way similar to mom.

Pairing together first strike with deathtouch is always a good method too, Glissa, the Traitor has this on her own, but it doesn't take much work for Kathril, Aspect Warper to do the same.

plakjekaas on What are the best defensive …

1 month ago

Glissa, the Traitor is also very good at blocking

Mortlocke on New hubs to be added

2 months ago

Hello legendofa,

I propose a new hub to be added: Phyrexian. During Modern Horizons 2, 225 creatures were retconned into having the Phyrexian creature subtype to join Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider . Additionally, there were a smattering of Enchantments, Artifacts and etc that ether have the Phyrexian subtype or create creature tokens that do. Thanks to this retcon I now have a deck that has a Phyrexian tribal theme. For your reference, below is a full list of spells that were affected by WotC's Phyrexian errata.

Source: https://mtg.fandom.com/wiki/Phyrexian

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on Modern Horizons 2 Spoilers

3 months ago

Wow, I really love the design of Geyadrone, and I normally don't like planeswalkers.

Kaldra Compleat is pretty interesting and strong for Commander and maybe Modern. I thought Kaldra was destroyed in the lore prior to the rize of the Phyrexians on Mirrodin though?

I so wished that Clattering Augur went to the battlefield instead of hand. I don't think it would be too busted but oh-well.

Always nice to see more Amass support. Still not quite enough for a dedicated commander deck though.

Damn looks fantastic. Big fan of the flexibility of this card.

Endurance seems like the weakest of the cycle so far, but I might still slot it into my Omnath, Locus of Rage land fall deck. Instant speed graveyard hate/protection that is also an elemental is intriguing.

Lastly, I am super happy to see Talisman of Resilience get an old, brown border frame. Now I can continue to work on acquiring old border versions for all of my cards in my Glissa, the Traitor deck.

Hardhitta7 on Which deck to build next?

4 months ago

I’m looking to build my 4th deck sometime in the future but I want it to be different from my usual play style. So no spellslinger or tribal decks. I have Kykar, Wind's Fury , Adeliz, the Cinder Wind , and a Akiri, Fearless Voyager Samurai deck that I’m still putting the finishing touches on.

As you can see I have no green or black decks so I was hoping to use those two colors. So either Golgari or a 3 color deck with those two colors.

So far I’ve came up with a Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons deck and a Glissa, the Traitor deck. Out of those two I like Hapatra more although I would like an artifact deck too.

Anyone have suggestions for what I should build next? Either one of those two? Or maybe something completely different?

TheVectornaut on Who dat boi - please help

4 months ago

Hey, I saw your comment. Is this an alternate account for twechsler or is this deck just inspired by theirs? Either way, I'll go into greater depth on some possible build paths. libraryjoy is correct in that if you're (mostly) mono-green, your best way to destroy creatures is often to take advantage of the abilities on your own creatures. You already have the deathtouch style shell so I'd just focus on that. But even with deathtouch, there are a fair number of options for guaranteeing that damage gets dealt. There are the bow/staff cards like I use in my artifact commander deck A Pile of Cans with the deathtouch from Sydri, Galvanic Genius . Then there's fight effects which you can see working with Wren's Run Packmaster in my wolfless wolf deck Size of the Fight in the Dog (although this strategy doesn't require DT if your creatures have high enough power). A final approach is forced combat damage. Since it's been mentioned the least, that's what I'll focus on here.

Forced block cards like Lure , Gift of the Deity , Indrik Umbra , Ochran Assassin , Roar of Challenge , Tempting Licid , Provoke , Irresistible Prey , or Tangle Angler are the core of such a deck. Most of these cards are rather costly in terms of CMC, and I'd consequently only recommend such a deck for slower casual play. It should be pretty strong in creature-heavy metas though. If that sounds reasonable, the next thing you have to decide on are the creatures and supporting cards. These choices aren't always obvious because of the many things a deck like this wants. For example, it may be better to play cheap deathtouch creatures like Deathcap Cultivator , Gifted Aetherborn , Narnam Renegade , Wasteland Viper , and Nightshade Peddler so you can start controlling the board sooner. But if all your DT creatures have low power, they'll only be able to kill 1 or 2 things off a big forced block. Thus, it may be better to instead grant deathtouch with other cards like Basilisk Collar , Deadly Allure , Virulent Swipe , Bow of Nylea , Archetype of Finality , or Ohran Frostfang . Then, you could just run creatures with high attack for their cost. Still, I think there's something to be said of looking for other abilities that interact well with deathtouch. First strike and double strike are the most obvious examples because they can let your creatures survive combat to attack all over again on later turns. Viridian Claw , Glissa, the Traitor , and Grappling Hook see play in such decks for this reason. Alternatively, you can learn from the synergy of the Frostfang that abilities triggering on face damage pair well with deathtouch. Only a fool would block your 1/1 DT with their 3/3, but if that 1/1 is drawing you a card, suddenly that trade sounds more appealing. Cold-Eyed Selkie , Dimir Cutpurse , Edric, Spymaster of Trest , Oakhame Adversary , Ohran Viper , Tomebound Lich , Fynn, the Fangbearer , and Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons are some cards that might fill this role.

I know I've just rattled off a lot of cards here. I'll try putting together a casual deck to demonstrate what I'm talking about when I find the time.

As an aside, I see that you've included Novablast Wurm as the only meaningful white spell in this version of the deck. It's too slow to see play in anything but ramp, but it can definitely be built around as a beefy Wrath of God too. Consider using something like Heroic Intervention or a Dauntless Escort sacrifice to break the symmetry on the board wipe. Also, creatures that grant boons on death like Thragtusk or Wurmcoil Engine could find a home in a self-wipe deck, although the Wurm might be outclassed then by something more traditional like Austere Command , Settle the Wreckage , Kindred Dominance , or Phyrexian Rebirth .

Mortarpod on The Dwarven Toolbox

6 months ago

Gontilordofmtg I had the Worldgorger/Animate Dead combo in my Anje Falkenrath deck for a while, but having that as my win-con turned out to not be fun for me (or my table) in practice. lol

I actually had Spine in this list for a while, but found I wasn't running enough artifact sac engines to take full advantage of its recursion ability. I subbed in Meteor Golem instead so I can duplicate it with Flameshadow Conjuring or at the very least suit it up with equipment if necessary.

Definitely liking the Mirage Mirror and Hoarding Dragon recs though. I'm going to keep those in mind when making the next round of cuts/upgrades.

Culfenor's Urn is a great idea too, but I have a friend who runs a Glissa, the Traitor deck with it, and I don't want to steal his thunder.

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