Disciple of Griselbrand


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

FelixMortem on Kokusho Commander

4 days ago

I'm considering getting a Kokusho, the Evening Star for my Chainer, Dementia Master deck, so I can sacrifice it to Disciple of Griselbrand and reanimate it with Chainer, Dementia Master , gaining me at least 10 life a turn and losing my opponents at least 5 life a turn.

DemonDragonJ on Diabolical Machinations

1 month ago

At the time that I built this deck, I was not aware of the existence of Disciple of Griselbrand , who would be awesome in this deck, but I cannot decide which card to remove to make room for it, and this deck also has no method for producing tokens, so the disciple may actually not be the best card for this deck.

mfogle on The Demonic 9

6 months ago

Love me some demon action. I'm not a huge fan of Disciple of Griselbrand : Rite of Consumption is strictly better in my opinion as far the effect goes. Since your playing mono-black, why not run a Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx to help ramp? Also halo hunter is a pretty metal name, but his body is lackluster and the effect is kinda niche, perhaps Demonlord Belzenlok instead? Finally, if you already have cards that are benefitting from death triggers like grave pact, ob nixilis unshackled, and pawn of ulamog: It could be worth trying out cards like Blood Pet , Blood Vassal , and/or Basal Thrull . Plus thrulls seem like such a flavor win with demons, lol

Sorry for the text dump, just a tribe i'm fond of and have messed around with a bit. Great deck and happy brewing!

dhannum on

8 months 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

9 months 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

1 year ago


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.

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Disciple of Griselbrand occurrence in decks from the last year

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