Disciple of Griselbrand

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2013 (C13) Uncommon
Innistrad (ISD) Uncommon

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Disciple of Griselbrand

Creature — Human Cleric

1, Sacrifice a creature: you gain life equal to the sacrificed creature's toughness.

Disciple of Griselbrand Discussion

dhannum on Gyrus Raise all the Things

3 weeks ago

Disciple of Griselbrand -> Altar of Dementia

Both sac outlets for value but the altar lets me mill myself and the disciple is easily killed. I have other ways to gain life, like...

Lord of Extinction -> Gray Merchant of Asphodel

How did I miss Gary? BTW, the Lord doesn't even work with Gyrus because CDA's keep their value in all zones. e.g. He's a 20/20 even in my yard so I can't animate him

Dire Fleet Daredevil -> Ravenous Chupacabra

The requirement to cast the card on the same turn was too much for the daredevil. In its place, a kill spell that's hard to argue with

Shamanic Revelation -> Read the Bones

I just don't have that many creatures out usually to justify the cost. Read the Bones is cheaper

FYI, I want to find space for a Panharmonicon and a Meren. We shall see

dhannum on Gyrus Raise all the Things

1 month ago

Golgari Grave-Troll -> Stinkweed Imp

Dredge is great, but the Imp is cheaper and has other utility

Siege-Gang Commander -> Shambling Shell

More dredge! The deck is less tiny tokens and more beefy tokens. For example, there's no Craterhoof in here.

Ghoulcaller Gisa -> Disciple of Griselbrand

I needed more ways to sac for value and the Disciple does it, plus is a way to gain life, plus is tutorable. Gisa is great, but she's so slow and see what I said above about how this isn't a token deck

Mountain -> Lord of Extinction

Happy to see this one drop in price. It's a wincon, either attacking with Brawn or thrown at people with Jarad. The land I think I can afford to lose, but no more

Stefouch on Balthor the Graveyard Defiler

4 months ago

@Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor

My Balthor deck was initially a zombie-themed deck until I was tired of it and changed the strategy into a reanimator deck. At first it was just a big mana control deck, with Balthor as a support when your hand was empty and you needed more gas. Slowly it turned into a more combo-control deck with dredge elements.

Chainer needs a more dedicated deck, with more cards to protect him (Lightning Greaves), more sacrifice outlets, and more life gain effects like Sangromancer, Dross Harvester, Disciple of Griselbrand, Pristine Talisman, etc. That means less available card slots, less fun with big demons. Chainer is also more slower. You need a sacrifice outlet and 8 manas to be effective the turn you play him.

Over Balthor, Chainer is better in some way: he can target any graveyard, and you don't have problem if your opponents play black and/or red. He can be fast too with more Dark Ritual-like cards, which are more-or-less dead cards if you don't play combo.


So I prefer Balthor because it fits more what I'm looking for this deck: big reanimation turns with a high creature count.

For many years, Chainer was in my Balthor deck as a backup plan. He was finally cut for more faster reanimation options.


I've tested Black Market. For me, it's a 5-manas do-nothing the turn it comes into play. Too slow. It also attracts hate from your opponents. I suggest it if you play Exsanguinate or Torment of Hailfire. I don't because I try to increase my creature count for more Balthor efficiency.

Noxious Gearhulk: I like it too, but can't find a free slot for it at the moment.

Marionette Master: It better fits in an artifact deck. If it's played for its token, there are more effective ways to produce tokens in black.

chirz2792 on Sacrifice Effects

6 months ago

Don't know much about artifact sac outlets but as far as creature sac outlets go there's Viscera Seer, Carrion Feeder, Yahenni, Undying Partisan, Blood Bairn, Nantuko Husk, Spawning Pit, Bloodthrone Vampire, Vampiric Rites, Disciple of Griselbrand, Altar's Reap, and Bone Splinters, Hell's Caretaker, Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim, Phyrexian Plaguelord, and Whisper, Blood Liturgist off the top of my head. There's also Phyrexian Altar but it's not cheap. You can probably find more of these effects as well as artifact sac effects on gatherer.

TheGeneralAdvisor on Naked Lunch

6 months ago

BurtReynolds: Contamination is way too good to cut. With all the recursion, Gravecrawler, Bloodghast and Reassembling Skeleton it’s just too powerful in my meta. It locks people out while dedicating very few resources to do so. 10/10 would bang. Also, cutting a card based on potential target or hate value is not always a valid reasoning when making cuts, and I think that’s probably the case here.

Thoughtpicker Witch is actually a pet card of mine. It’s not super high value just because of variance, but it’s so sweet to exile combo pieces and stack draws while I’m building a win. This is the second time people have mentioned Nantuko Husk though as a potential cut. And I think I like Wurmcoil Engine more than Disciple of Griselbrand.

So I think final cuts would be Disciple for Wurmcoil and the Husk for Messenger. I’m not sure cutting the Husk is a good idea because it’s more of just a sac outlet than a beatstick, but I want to try Messenger. Disciple for Wurmcoil is good value though and I think in the long run, Wurmcoil will prove the better card.

BurtReynolds on Naked Lunch

6 months ago

Hmmm, as always it's easier to deal out the recommendations than suggesting actual cuts. As you say, all the current cards are looking pretty tight, but if I had to nominate some:

notast8mnt on Too Bad, its Mine Now

7 months ago

Perplexing Chimera and Unspeakable Symbol could be interesting. Perplexing Chimera lets you cause a little chaos and Unspeakable Symbol lets you return your opponents' creatures to the battlefield after you sac them. Also, Disciple of Griselbrand is a pretty good sac outlet.

Venturub on Holier than thou

8 months ago

@Se7enfoot I understand but, Woh, you made a lot of changes in your deck. For the better, although no more Scion of Darkness!

I still have three suggestions:

1) Instead of Lightning Greaves, Shaman en-Kor. Why? Three reasons. Firstly, the casting cost is the same, that is 2. Secondly, Shaman en-Kor ability can be activated as an instant (also during the turn of your opppnent) whereas Lightning Greaves can only be equiped as a sorcery (during your turn only). Thus, if you activate the Shaman ability to boost a cleric toughness with Daru Spiritualist it can serve a defense guy against big monsters, before you sacrifice it for big life. One common mistake, is to think that the Shaman en-Kor ability can not be activated unless it receives damage. That it is not the truth: the Shaman can target a cleric, regardless of whether it received damage: "You can use this ability as much as you want prior to damage being dealt" - . Also, the shaman can redirect damage to itself: "It can redirect damage to itself". Third reason: the Shaman is a Cleric, unlike the Lightning Greaves.

2) Starlit Sanctum instead of Disciple of Griselbrand. Why? Disciple of Griselbrand costs 3 in order for you to use the ability: 2 to cast the creature, plus 1 to use its ability. Starlit Sanctum costs 1. Plus, Starlit Sanctum lets you choose between gaining life or taking life from your opponent, thus complementing the damage of Cabal Archon.

3) You should add one more Test of Endurance. Why? If yours gets destroyed, you will get no second chance to use it again. The more so when you have no Devoted Caretaker or Eight-and-a-Half-Tails in your deck to protect it.

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