Vigean Graftmage

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

Vigean Graftmage

Creature — Vedalken Wizard Mutant

Graft 2 (This creature enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it. Whenever another creature enters the battlefield, you may move a +1/+1 counter from this creature onto it.)

(1)(Blue): Untap target creature with a +1/+1 counter on it.

Strangelove on The Black Rose Grand Theft

3 weeks ago

Heyo happy to chime in! +1 m8

-allThreaten effects in favor of payoffs like Mob Rule, etc... or sticks like Big Game Hunter, Evil Twin, etc. Once you hit any of these you'll be doing the same thing (from your opponents' POV): soft-locking the board.

-1 Primordial Mist

+1 Sultai Emissary

+6-10 Dusk Legion Zealot, draw, ETC ...I feel like these are MVP and lend to an aristocrats style.

-1 Curse of Stalked Prey... too conditional in the late game

-1 Captivating Crew... too much mana

+1 Vigean Graftmage, or anything that can put counters on Marchesa

+1 Plaguecrafter, etc... these are oppressive engines

With a lot more draw + lower cmc removal/ removal-sticks this will slap!

TheoryCrafter on The Madness of Fractal Being Manifested

4 weeks ago

The biggest threat to your deck is Solemnity. I'd recommend some counterspells including, but not limited to, Decisive Denial, Quandrix Command and Voidslime.

If you can't prevent Solemnity from entering the battlefield, Fecundity and Soul Net will turn your 0/0 Fractals into a boon until cards such as Fade into Antiquity and Naturalize can be used. Your commander's static ability will also feed into it.

You may also wish to consider cards that affect or are affected by +1/+1 counters. These include, but not limited to, The Ozolith, Swarm Shambler, Bramblewood Paragon, Herald of Secret Streams, Vigean Graftmage, Experiment Kraj and Plaxcaster Frogling.

Scavenging Ooze can give your deck some much needed graveyard hate.

Have you considered Simic Ascendancy with all these cards creating creatures with +1/+1 counters on them? You can move growth counters from Simic Ascendancy to Paradox Zone by means of Nesting Grounds.

Other lands to consider for the deck are Cave of Temptation, Forge of Heroes, Littjara Mirrorlake, Llanowar Reborn, Novijen, Heart of Progress, Opal Palace, Oran-Rief, the Vastwood, Temple of Mystery and Tyrite Sanctum.

Other cards to consider for your deck are Altered Ego, Bioshift, Clone Legion, Hardened Scales, Jiang Yanggu, Wildcrafter, Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner, MirrorBox, Repudiate / Replicate and Slippery Bogbonder.

I hope this helps. Thank you for reading me out. Happy Hunting!

Last_Laugh on Marchesa, Karate Chop Surprise!

2 months ago

I have 3 more suggestions for you.

First is Vigean Graftmage. It allows you to abuse any etb/death trigger on everyone's turn (itself + 1 other, then just have Vigean enter first and graft a counter onto the other guy). It's also a 3 drop so it comes down before Marchesa and immediately gets her a counter.

2nd is Feed the Swarm. Grixis only has this and Chaos Warp to deal with problematic enchantments like Solemnity and Rest in Peace... don't get caught with your pants down (unless that's your thing =P).

Last is Seize the Spotlight. This card is almost always going to draw 3 essentially free thanks to the treasures (and is a new personal auto include for anything red w/ sac outlets)... but if someone is dumb enough to let you snag a creature (even with Greaves/Boots since it doesn't target) attack with it for the counter, sac it, and then get it permanently at eot via Marchesa.

Last_Laugh on Every Rose Has Its Thorns

7 months ago

The main thing I'm noticing is you're a bit flooded at your 4 drop slot. I only mention this because all those cards compete with your commander and can make for some clunky opening plays where nothing comes down before Marchesa. Replacing about 5 or so of these with 1, 2, and 3 drops will give a noticeable uptick in consistency for your early game.

Grim Haruspex deserves 1 of those spots. It's worth its weight in gold here.

Sage of Fables immediately protects Marchesa and allows you to abuse any wizard etb/death triggers on everyone's turn instead of once per round. The option for card draw is nice in a pinch also.

Vigean Graftmage is deceptively amazing here. It can immediately protect Marchesa and it allows you to abuse any 1 etb/death trigger (itself + 1 other) on everyone's turn.

Phantasmal Image is worth consideration just for its efficiency.

Seize the Spotlight is almost always going to draw 3 essentially for free, which is the lesser of 2 evils for your opponents. If they actually let you steal creatures... have fun with your new toys lol!

Feel free to check out my list for ideas. It's one of the top lists here on tappedout and I've been playing her for about 7 1/2 to 8 years now. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Every Masochist Needs a Marchesa to Love Them

Last_Laugh on Marchesa's Grave Affair

8 months ago

I can't recommend Vigean Graftmage enough. This 3 drop creature will protect Marchesa as she enters or it allows you to abuse any 1 etb/death trigger every turn (or 2 w/ Sage of Fables out). A 40 cent foil that's worth its weight in gold here.

Feel free to check out my list for more ideas... it's eerily similar. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Every Masochist Needs a Marchesa to Love Them

Last_Laugh on SomeBODY ONCE TOLD ME

11 months ago

Oh, and just a word from the wise because I played this wrong for quite awhile. Marchesa's recursion are all seperate triggers and you choose what order they come back in. I'll use Vigean Graftmage and Imperial Recruiter as my example. Every turn you can sac these 2 creatures and have Vigean enter first followed by Recruiter so you can graft a counter onto Recruiter and both are ready to sac again (this is 8 free draws per round w/ 4 players with Grim Haruspex out). This makes etb/death triggers extremely abuseable with automatic +1+1 counters.

Last_Laugh on SomeBODY ONCE TOLD ME

11 months ago

Ok, fine lol I'll actually post something meaningful instead of jokes. Marchesa is one of my favorite commanders and I've been playing her for almost 8 years now.

Metallic Mimic and Vigean Graftmage both allow you to abuse etb/death triggers on everyone's turn instead of once per round.

Gray Merchant of Asphodel/Kokusho, the Evening Star and their lifegain feel counterproductive but with Mikaeus, Unspeakable Symbol, or the 2 cards above, it'll end games fast without a single concern for being on the Throne.

Goblin Bombardment needs to be in the deck. It's a free sac outlet that only 2 colors can reliably deal with and it enables an infinite damage combo with Mikaeus and Glen Elendra. The combo also equals infinite mill with Altar of Dementia and infinite colorless mana with Ashnod's.

Chaos Warp also needs a spot. It's one of only 2 reasonably costed answers to enchantments in these colors. Don't let cards like Solemnity or Rest in Peace wreck your day. Granted if you ever see Solemnity, tutor up Flayer of the Hatebound and immediately murder the table.

I'd also suggest more life loss with your lands/ramp like Shivan Reef (and its ilk), City of Brass, Mana Confluence, off color fetches, and Talisman of Indulgence, Talisman of Dominance, and Talisman of Creativity. Be sure to run Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth though.

Anyways, let me know if you're picking up what I'm putting down, I can make more suggestions for both additions and cuts. You've already seen my list (and ty for the upvote).

Last_Laugh on Quodan

11 months ago

Saw your question on Marchesa's manabase and didn't want to hijack that deck thread.

Your lands are really important and can help you focus a LOT less on life loss and staying off the Throne. Shivan Reef, Underground River, Sulfurous Springs, Mana Confluence, City of Brass, and Ancient Tomb all belong in the deck. Your off color fetches and your 3 shocks also help (I run all 9 fetches I can and regularly fetch an untapped shock on turn 1, even with nothing to cast). If you run your off color fetches, be sure to throw in Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth though.

Boseiju, Who Shelters All is meta dependent but Hall of the Bandit Lord and haste in general is honestly less important than immediately getting +1+1 counters via something like Sage of Fables, Metallic Mimic, Vigean Graftmage, etc. Haste will get a counter when it enters on your turn if you can safely swing but does jack when it comes back on opponent's end steps, whereas the immediate counter protects them always.

Phyrexian Tower, High Market, Strip Mine, and Forge of Heroes are all good utility lands here also.

Feel free to check out my list for ideas. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Every Masochist Needs a Marchesa to Love Them

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