A Special Halloween Commander Deck Tech – "Magic: The Gathering"

Happy Halloween everyone! It's October 31st, so hopefully, you know what's in store for you with regards to this particular Magic: The Gathering Commander deck tech.

A Special Halloween Commander Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"
So very spoopy. Source: Wizards of the Coast

Over the past two months, we at Bleeding Cool have been going over a multitude of different legendary creatures from Throne of Eldraine, and how they could fit into the Commander scene, at least in theory for the most part. We most recently went over Rankle, Master of Pranks (as a psuedo-Nekusar, the Mindrazer build but in monoblack). Prior to that we also went over Torbran, Thane of Red Fell, Yorvo, Lord of Garenbrig, Ayara, First of Locthwain, Linden, Steadfast Queen, Emry, Lurker of the Loch, and a smattering of others (including the Brawl commanders and Kenrith, the Returned King).

Of course, there's another vital piece of the puzzle of which commander I'm covering today, and that's that at the end of September I went over The Grand Calcutron.

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Really? This again? Source: Wizards of the Coast

So, when I wrote this article I promised that as long as there were silver-bordered legendary creatures to cover (and there are a fair few of them!), at the end of every month I'd go over one in a deck tech. So yeah, this is happening. I didn't forget. And now I'm subjecting you all to… Grusilda, Monster Masher!

A Special Halloween Commander Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"
And it'll be a graveyard smash. Source: Wizards of the Coast

The decklist we will be discussing for Halloween is supplied here.

So, the main idea behind Grusilda is that we want to have a ton of beasties in our graveyard, and then swoop them right back out, but horrifyingly combined into singular creatures the likes of which have yet to be recognized by sanctioned play. For example, seeing things like Infinity Elemental plus some poor hapless opponent's Chameleon Colossus means we have a creature that could (somehow) feasibly become a creature with two-infinity (and beyond!) power and toughness.

But I digress. I'll be following through with the potential scary combinations now.

Notable Inclusions

Over My Dead Bodies – We don't just want to rely on Grusilda for everything. The lady's got standards. So, what do we do if Grusilda is out-taxed or the like? Cards like this provide us with creatures from other relevant locations than just the battlefield.

Yet Another AEther Vortex – What did I literally just type? This card is more of the above concept in functionality, and by golly, it works!

A Special Halloween Commander Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"
Apply directly to the forehead! Source: Wizards of the Coast

Rare-B-Gone – This is our best tech against competitive decks. Period. Cards like this aren't printed in black border for a reason, and this card is a good example of that reason in action (see City in a Bottle and/or Apocalypse Chime for more examples like this. We aren't running them, but that's mostly because nobody plays cards from Homelands. Nobody.)

A Special Halloween Commander Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"
I spell good and grammaw too. Source: Wizards of the Coast

Frazzled EditorFrazzled Editor is a great card in a modern Commander metagame environment. So many cards are wordy as all heck (looking at you, Questing Beast!), so the Editor (no, not that one) is protected from them. If they had Frazzled Editor in Standard, it'd be one of the only things that couldn't turn into an Elk. Yeah. Oko, Thief of Crowns loses out to a common card from Unhinged. We don't have to ban him now.

Creatures with MyriadBanshee of the Dread Choir and Warchief Giant are way scarier with Menace and the text boxes of larger, more formidable creatures, as well as the power, toughness, converted mana cost… the list goes on. So, these are fantastic in the deck because Myriad is a pretty busted mechanic. Plus if you can't do it conventionally there's always Blade of Selves to wield.


This deck is clearly a satirical deck meant to be played solely with players who consent to you using it. It may do pretty well in more casual environments, but will most certainly falter in a competitive scene. That said, it's pretty funny to see in action – therefore if you have experienced Grusilda, Monster Masher in action, please don't hesitate to comment on it!

I'm also not stopping this train of silver-bordered Commander content. It is one of the best opportunities I have to flex my more creative muscles. Granted, so are my usual Commander deck techs, but since there are so few silver-bordered Commander articles, I have a better clutch on the content creation here.

What are you thinking about Grusilda? Is she good? Is she janky by silver-bordered standards? Whatever happened to my Transylvania Twist? (Hint, hint: It's now the Mash!) Let me know in the comments!

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About Joshua Nelson

Josh Nelson is a Magic: The Gathering deckbuilding savant, a self-proclaimed scholar of all things Sweeney Todd, and, of course, a writer for Bleeding Cool. In their downtime, Josh can be found painting models, playing Magic, or possibly preaching about the horrors and merits of anthropophagy. You can find them on Twitter at @Burning_Inquiry for all your burning inquiries.
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