Vigean Graftmage

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy 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
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard 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.

Last_Laugh on Black Rose's Ascension

3 days ago

Vigean Graftmage / Sage of Fables / Metallic Mimic will immediately protect Marchesa and allow etb/death trigger abuse.

Goblin Bombardment is a great sac outlet that only 2 colors can reliably deal with.

I would also run Signets over Unstable Obelisk and Chromatic Lantern. With a 4 drop commander, 3 drop ramp isn't getting you there any sooner. You also have Feed the Swarm in your draw section.

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

Last_Laugh on Marchezzy says "Goonies Never Die!"

2 weeks ago

Vigean Graftmage can immediately protect Marchesa and/or it helps you abuse your best etb/death trigger on everyone's turn instead of once per round.

Kardur, Doomscourge is a backbreaking etb to abuse.

Oona's Blackguard's discard is no joke.

Plumb the Forbidden is an amazing card. Instant speed and pseudo dodging counterspells makes this card.

I know I was a little late, so hopefully sticking to commons/uncommons makes this more realistic as a last minute thing.

Last_Laugh on Marchesa, Queen of Nazgul

2 months ago

I'd recommend taking a look at some other Marchesa lists for some ideas on random staples here.

Unspeakable Symbol is an absolute must have here. Don't add counters to everything, just in response to removal or to abuse any etb/death trigger.

Sneak Attack is amazing here. If you have a sac outlet, sac the creatures before your end step so they return on your end step instead of the next player's end step.

Sage of Fables/Metallic Mimic/Vigean Graftmage/Mikaeus, the Unhallowed all allow you to immediately protect creatures and/or abuse etb/death triggers on everyone's turn.

Grim Haruspex is really good at drawing cards here.

Kardur, Doomscourge is a hilarious (and kinda mean) etb to abuse.

Chaos Warp and Canoptek Tomb Sentinel (along with Feed the Swarm) are your only answers for problematic enchantments that shut Marchesa down like Solemnity or Rest in Peace.

I could go on, but 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

Last_Laugh on Murders and Acquisitions (Marchesa Superiority)

2 months ago

First Day of Class is just the 1 time aspect that I don't like tbh. It's not a bad card, but it does seem weaker than the rest of the deck. I'd rather a repeatable effect to get a counter via Vigean Graftmage (highly underrated), sage, mimic, unspeakable, mikaeus, or at least have a reusable haste enabler like Ogre Battledriver that makes Flayer/Terror of the Peaks hit harder.

Last_Laugh on Marchesa - You made this? I made this.

4 months ago

Chaos Warp and Canoptek Tomb Sentinel are your best options (along with Feed the Swarm) for dealing with problematic enchantments like Solemnity or Rest in Peace.

Seize the Spotlight won't typically steal creatures... but that means you draw 3 essentially free. This card is amazing here.

The other thing I'm noticing is your creature's avg. cmc is really high (3.96 discounting Metamorph and Mulldrifter). That means on average you won't play a single creature before Marchesa hits the field.

A few low drops I'd suggest include:

Vigean Graftmage lets you abuse any etb/death trigger on everyone's turn.

Grim Haruspex is the best draw engine by FAR here.

Drana, Liberator of Malakir allows you to swing at lower life totals while getting your counters before regular combat damage thanks to first strike.

Imperial Recruiter looks up a surprisingly good toolbox of answers. Couple it with Vigean above or Metallic Mimic on humans for extreme brokenness.

Oona's Blackguard's discard is brutally effective here.

Phantasmal Image needs no explanation.

Gisa, Glorious Resurrector costs 4 but is your best theft effect here BY FAR.

Feel free to check out my list for ideas. I've been playing Marchesa for over 8 years now and there's a buttload of posts to sift through for more ideas. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Every Masochist Needs a Marchesa to Love Them

Last_Laugh on Marchesa's Grave Affair

7 months ago

I also recommend Vigean Graftmage. It's a 3 drop so it can immediately protect Marchesa but it also lets you abuse any 1 etb/death trigger every turn instead of once per round. It gets especially gross with other engines like Grave Pact or Grim Haruspex in play.

Strangelove on The Black Rose Grand Theft

8 months 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

8 months 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!

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