Grim Flayer


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Eldritch Moon (EMN) Mythic Rare

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Grim Flayer

Creature — Human Warrior

Whenever Grim Flayer deals combat damage to a player, look at the top three cards of your library. Put any number of them into your graveyard and the rest back on top of your library in any order.

Delirium - Grim Flayer gets +2/+2 as long as there are four or more card types among cards in your graveyard.

Grim Flayer Discussion

DrLitebur on landofMordor

19 hours ago

I would be interested in the Ravos, but I no longer have the Grim Flayer . Is there anything else you’d be interested in?

Chasmolinker on

6 days ago

Hey saturn999! Saw your request to check out this build.
I love the idea of rock Phyrexian Obliterator builds. The addition of a suicide black variant is also pretty cool and an interesting twist on the deck.

Not a big fan of Field of Ruin without Tireless Tracker . That being said, I don’t think tracker is what you want here with Phyrexian Obliterator . I would probably cut the 2 fields for 2 more Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth . I think Dark Confidant fits the theme better and doesn’t strain your mana as much as Grim Flayer .

Removal package seems good; maybe one too many Abrupt Decay . Surgical Extraction or Nihil Spellbomb would be a good one of MB.

Vraska, Golgari Queen is reallly good in typical rock decks. Not sure how it pairs without Tireless Tracker though. It’s worth a test though.

Happymaster19 on Golgari Graveyard (Modern)

1 week ago

Any chance a deck like this could be reworked to include Cabal Therapist if not Smuggler's Copter or Grim Flayer ? This deck looks sweet.

Icbrgr on Using the Exile Zone as ...

1 week ago

While going through my collection I came across the quirky/niche card Misthollow Griffin ; and wondered "What could be done with this guy?"

A few other "cast from exile" creatures I know about from the hip that have been printed more recently than Misthollow Griffin are Squee, the Immortal and Eternal Scourge . The 3/3 Flyer and the 3/3 and 2/1 bodies dont exactly seem like impressive win conditions on their own but with the power of recursion and late game value with tools like Moorland Haunt ; in the right shell could these creatures be put into a deck that was more than just a theme/gimmick brew?

My thoughts about it... Show

What kind of shell/colors would you use and what do you think some other good cards to hold the deck together could be?

Kazekazu on Jund but I'm too poor to play fair, AKA 12goyf

2 weeks ago


It's not terrible in the deck, but the issue I have with Mishra's Bauble is that it's usually a do-nothing card. In an opening hand, it's not terrible if you aren't using any looting spells turn 1. If you are using Faithless Looting or Burning Inquiry however, the card is just discard fodder. As the game gets longer, you want to see the card less and less, as the one-turn delay on the cantrip really hurts for a fast, sorcery-speed deck, and it basically becomes a worse Street Wraith.

I have noticed this in Abzan Traverse too, where, a lot of the times, Bauble just doesn't feel great outside of filling the graveyard early on. That's why some of the Abzan Traverse lists run Walking Ballista as an artifact card too. The reason it's used in Abzan Traverse is because they have a hard time filling their graveyard early on for Grim Flayer .

This deck circumvents that by running Street Wraith and Looting spells to fill up the graveyard early on; you don't generally need Mishra's Bauble to fill up the grave early, and you don't need it late. I think it's usable (it's a 0 mana artifact cyler), but generally unnecessary.

TheSimikBOat on All Bow Before the True Queen

3 weeks ago

Hey xander11, Great deck!

My suggestions are Grim Flayer , because you may select that you put i your graveyard and you can get good draws; Grapple with the Past to grow the graveyard; and I tink that Pernicious Deed can be a good card for this deck, as a mass removal.


TheSimikBOat :)

IAmTheWraith on Sultai Delver

3 weeks ago

TheSimikBOat, I changed my mind on Hydroid Krasis and my opinion of Grim Flayer . Not only does the latter fill my yard, it can also flip delver.

TheSimikBOat on abzan buying an obliterator...

1 month ago

Hey Vman,

About the mana: it is very simple, If you pay attention, you'll see that I can only play lands that add mana, and I only use Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth just in case I find decks that play Blood Moon , Magus of the Moon or other similar cards in the mainboard.

The best solution to the problem of the first turns that you say would be to move the Kambal to the sidebard and add another Fatal Push , because the first turn is the best to play Thoughtseize or Inquisition of Kozilek .

I feel a little bit foolish to play the Dark Confidant using 3 cards of CMC 5, but the firrst verion of this deck that I designed played only 2 Gray Merchant of Asphodel , and when I added the other one I did not think in the Dark Confidant s. I'm going to cut the Dark Confidant s and replace them for 2 Grim Flayer and a Mishra's Bauble . The problem is that I do not know what to remove of the main to add the other Mishra's Bauble , although in the end, against my esteem towards Assassin's Trophy , I will surely cut 1 Assassin's Trophy .

if you're worried about what might happen to Kambal after removing it from the Mainboard, don't worry, because I will add 1 or 2 in the side. (Kambal is great against decks like IzzetPhoenix, Burn, and against storm is very broken) ;D

Thanks for the vote, the suggestions and your help,


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