When it comes to the Planeswalker Project, I love new characters. It's a tough thing to have the same characters occupy different flavors with new iterations. Gideons and Chandras tend to be minor variations on a theme. And although sometimes those themes are awesome, it's usually difficult to spread them out as they get diluted with more versions of those characters.

So having a new character like Geyadrone Dihada is awesome… kinda. Here's the thing: As tired as I am of more versions of the same characters, I'm also a little exhausted by the Grixis (blue/black/red) planeswalkers. As I mentioned last time with Dakkon, three-color planeswalkers are rare. Of the 168 Planeswalkers in this project, only eight of them are three-color. That's not even 5%! And of those eight, a full half of them are Grixis. That feels like a lot, so it was a little tougher than usual to get excited about Geyadrone Dihada.

I wanted to focus on Geyadrone Dihada traits of corruption and manipulation, so we're borrowing a bunch from the original Nicol Bolas list—I'll have to update that one later. But Geyadrone Dihada seems like she'd be really good with exploit, so I wanted that to have a focus thematically.

Let's see what the rest of Geyadrone Dihada cohort looks like:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Geyadrone Dihada by Andy Hurst

'Geyadrone Dihada' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Andy Hurst

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Freeform (Casual)

Market Price: $11.97

Cards

Terramorphic Expanse

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{T}, Sacrifice Terramorphic Expanse: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Citywatch Sphinx

Color Identity:U

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Flying
When Citywatch Sphinx dies, surveil 2. (Look at the top two cards of your library, then put any number of them into your graveyard and the rest on top of your library in any order.)

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Compulsion

Color Identity:U

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{1}{U}, Discard a card: Draw a card.
{1}{U}, Sacrifice Compulsion: Draw a card.

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Crosis's Catacombs

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When Crosis's Catacombs enters the battlefield, sacrifice it unless you return a non-Lair land you control to its owner's hand.
{T}: Add {U}, {B}, or {R}.

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Corrupting Licid

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{B}, {T}: Corrupting Licid loses this ability and becomes an Aura enchantment with enchant creature. Attach it to target creature. You may pay {B} to end this effect.
Enchanted creature has fear. (It can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.)

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Dutiful Attendant

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When Dutiful Attendant dies, return another target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Gurmag Drowner

Color Identity:U

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Exploit (When this creature enters the battlefield, you may sacrifice a creature.)
When Gurmag Drowner exploits a creature, look at the top four cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.

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Black Cat

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When Black Cat dies, target opponent discards a card at random.

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Deathbringer Thoctar

Color Identity:B,R

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Whenever another creature dies, you may put a +1/+1 counter on Deathbringer Thoctar.
Remove a +1/+1 counter from Deathbringer Thoctar: It deals 1 damage to any target.

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Flay Essence

Color Identity:B

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Exile target creature or planeswalker. You gain life equal to the number of counters on it.

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Unholy Heat

Color Identity:R

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Unholy Heat deals 2 damage to target creature or planeswalker.
Delirium — Unholy Heat deals 6 damage instead if there are four or more card types among cards in your graveyard.

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Sol'kanar the Swamp King

Color Identity:B,R,U

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Swampwalk (This creature can't be blocked as long as defending player controls a Swamp.)
Whenever a player casts a black spell, you gain 1 life.

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Youthful Scholar

Color Identity:U

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When Youthful Scholar dies, draw two cards.

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Grixis Panorama

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Grixis Panorama: Search your library for a basic Island, Swamp, or Mountain card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Sidisi's Faithful

Color Identity:U

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Exploit (When this creature enters the battlefield, you may sacrifice a creature.)
When Sidisi's Faithful exploits a creature, return target creature to its owner's hand.

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Discordant Piper

Color Identity:B

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When Discordant Piper dies, create a 0/1 white Goat creature token.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Dihada's Ploy

Color Identity:B,U

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Draw two cards, then discard a card. You gain life equal to the number of cards you've discarded this turn.
Jump-start (You may cast this card from your graveyard by discarding a card in addition to paying its other costs. Then exile this card.)

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Shadowstorm Vizier

Color Identity:B,U

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Flying
Whenever you cycle or discard a card, Shadowstorm Vizier gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

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Falkenrath Aristocrat

Color Identity:B,R

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Flying, haste
Sacrifice a creature: Falkenrath Aristocrat gains indestructible until end of turn. If the sacrificed creature was a Human, put a +1/+1 counter on Falkenrath Aristocrat.

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Geyadrone Dihada

Color Identity:B,R,U

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Protection from permanents with corruption counters on them
+1: Each opponent loses 2 life and you gain 2 life. Put a corruption counter on up to one other target creature or planeswalker.
−3: Gain control of target creature or planeswalker until end of turn. Untap it and put a corruption counter on it. It gains haste until end of turn.
−7: Gain control of each permanent with a corruption counter on it.

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Faithless Salvaging

Color Identity:R

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Discard a card, then draw a card.
Rebound (If you cast this spell from your hand, exile it as it resolves. At the beginning of your next upkeep, you may cast this card from exile without paying its mana cost.)

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Minister of Pain

Color Identity:B

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Exploit (When this creature enters the battlefield, you may sacrifice a creature.)
When Minister of Pain exploits a creature, creatures your opponents control get -1/-1 until end of turn.

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Footlight Fiend

Color Identity:B,R

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When Footlight Fiend dies, it deals 1 damage to any target.

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Macabre Waltz

Color Identity:B

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Return up to two target creature cards from your graveyard to your hand, then discard a card.

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Crumbling Necropolis

Color Identity:B,R,U

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Crumbling Necropolis enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U}, {B}, or {R}.

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Shattered Ego

Color Identity:U

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Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
{3}{U}{U}: Put enchanted creature into its owner's library third from the top.

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Crypt of the Eternals

Color Identity:B,R,U

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When Crypt of the Eternals enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.
{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}: Add {U}, {B}, or {R}.

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Island

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Welcome to the Fold

Color Identity:U

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Madness {X}{U}{U} (If you discard this card, discard it into exile. When you do, cast it for its madness cost or put it into your graveyard.)
Gain control of target creature if its toughness is 2 or less. If this spell's madness cost was paid, instead gain control of that creature if its toughness is X or less.

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Crosis's Charm

Color Identity:B,R,U

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Choose one —
• Return target permanent to its owner's hand.
• Destroy target nonblack creature. It can't be regenerated.
• Destroy target artifact.

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Bone Shards

Color Identity:B

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice a creature or discard a card.
Destroy target creature or planeswalker.

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World-Weary

Color Identity:B

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Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets -4/-4.
Basic landcycling {1}{B} ({1}{B}, Discard this card: Search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.)

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Terminal Agony

Color Identity:B,R

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Destroy target creature.
Madness {B}{R} (If you discard this card, discard it into exile. When you do, cast it for its madness cost or put it into your graveyard.)

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Chamber of Manipulation

Color Identity:U

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Enchant land
Enchanted land has "{T}, Discard a card: Gain control of target creature until end of turn."

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Trigon of Corruption

Color Identity:B

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Trigon of Corruption enters the battlefield with three charge counters on it.
{B}{B}, {T}: Put a charge counter on Trigon of Corruption.
{2}, {T}, Remove a charge counter from Trigon of Corruption: Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.

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Mental Journey

Color Identity:U

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Draw three cards.
Basic landcycling {1}{U} ({1}{U}, Discard this card: Search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.)

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Lazotep Chancellor

Color Identity:B,U

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Whenever you discard a card, you may pay {1}. If you do, amass 2. (Put two +1/+1 counters on an Army you control. If you don't control one, create a 0/0 black Zombie Army creature token first.)

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Loathsome Curator

Color Identity:B

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Exploit (When this creature enters the battlefield, you may sacrifice a creature.)
Menace
When Loathsome Curator exploits a creature, destroy target creature you don't control with mana value 3 or less.

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Storm God's Oracle

Color Identity:R,U

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{1}: Storm God's Oracle gets +1/-1 until end of turn.
When Storm God's Oracle dies, it deals 3 damage to any target.

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Rakshasa Gravecaller

Color Identity:B

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Exploit (When this creature enters the battlefield, you may sacrifice a creature.)
When Rakshasa Gravecaller exploits a creature, create two 2/2 black Zombie creature tokens.

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Shackles of Treachery

Color Identity:R

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Gain control of target creature until end of turn. Untap that creature. Until end of turn, it gains haste and "Whenever this creature deals damage, destroy target Equipment attached to it."

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The Game Plan

We're out for the long haul. Our early drops are meant to discourage enemy aggression with their various death triggers. Once we get to turn four and beyond, we've got some exploit creatures that'll take advantage of our own death triggers. If we get Geyadrone Dihada online or one of our threaten effects, those exploiters become especially nasty. Dutiful Attendantand Youthful Scholar are the troops we're most pleased to send to the grave. Eventually our rares, creatures we're borrowing from the opponent, and Citywatch Sphinx will clean up.

We've got a slight madness package. The two copies of Dihada's Ploy we're playing reward us for discarding cards and give us an outlet for it, so we have a scant few madness cards. Shadowstorm Vizier and Lazotep Chancellor are awesome rewards for pitching cards.

Our removal package isn't as deep as one might expect from a Grixis deck. But our planeswalker offers some solid protection, and our creatures are a brick wall for much of the game. Terminal Agony is a new one—it's hard to argue with unconditional removal. We even get a little break in the cost, and possibly some instant speed opportunities given the right discard outlet. Flay Essence is slower, but cheaper, and can also hit opposing planeswalkers. Trigon of Corruption is slow, but disruptive. And the single cost package from MH2—Unholy Heat, Bone Shards, and Shattered Ego—all offer options that go from meh to unbelievable, depending on the game state and whether we're using them early or late.

The Rares

Geyadrone Dihada steals stuff, and so do several of our other options. Falkenrath Aristocrat makes sure they go away immediately. She's a hasty, evasive threat that's durable and goes well with our game plan. Not much to say here other than I hope we draw her.

I stole this beasty from Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker, because he's got a lot of flavorful interactions with Geyadrone Dihada in her struggle against Dakkon Blackblade. So Sol'kanar the Swamp King gets some play here. He's fantastic for the rate, he's massive, sometimes has evasion, and kicks in a little life gain, too. It's good to be king.

Between normal creature interactions in Magic and our exploit shenanigans, we'll have several creatures dying. When that happens, Deathbringer Thoctar goes from expensive 3/3 to unbeatable superstar.

Geyadrone Dihada wants to use her opponent's resources to her advantage. With our discard outlets—Bone Shards, Compulsion, Faithless Salvaging, Dihada's Ploy, Chamber of Manipulation, or Macabre Waltz—we can madness it out, and steal all manner of dangerous creatures. Even if we're forced to hardcast it and steal something small instead, that'll feed our exploit creatures all the same.

Unsung Hero

I'm not sure if anyone's played this card since I tried to make a Izzet Madness deck work in Odyssey Block Constructed 20 years ago. But in this deck we can make full use of the card. We want to gain control of creatures so we can attack unimpeded, and we want to scrounge up some exploit fuel so we don't have to pay the bill. We also have the means to (cheaply) discard to fuel Lazotep Chancellor, Shadowstorm Vizier, and our various madness toys. No matter how it all shakes out, Geyadrone Dihada is out to manipulate troops to their doom.