Grim Flayer


Format Legality
Standard Legal
Frontier Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Vintage Legal
Legacy Legal
Modern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Set Rarity
Eldritch Moon 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.

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Grim Flayer Discussion

GeminiSpartanX on Modern Abzan Liege

14 hours ago

Memphismaymagic5- He certainly CAN build this like a midrange deck, but wilt-leaf variants of the deck lean more towards aggression than they do towards midrange. If you compare the traditional builds of Abzan to the wilt-leaf versions, you'll notice the differences in playstyle by their card selection. For example, traditional Abzan plays Liliana of the Veil, one of the best attrition cards in the game, along with creatures like Grim Flayer to win the topdeck war. Here we ideally want to beat down as fast as possible with creatures pumped up with Wilt-leaf's ability. If you imagine each deck's ideal opening hand, this concept becomes quite clear. The best opening hand with a traditional Abzan midrange build is turn 1 discard spell, turn 2 threat, turn 3 Lily, and removal and threats after. Here, the ideal game is turn 1 dork, turn 2 3-drop (preferably with 2 colors in its cost), turn 3 liege or rhino, turn 4 liege + removal. While both decks play similarly after turn 5, playing threats and removal as needed, the base build of the wilt-leaf list isn't geared towards an extended game nearly as much as the normal midrange abzan lists. Therefore, I'm always in favor of playing towards a decks strengths rather than try and dilute the primary gameplan (at least in game 1) by trying to do too much. Having the discard in the SB means it's still there when he needs it, but for game 1 it's better to have a deck that consistently does what you want it to do.

AiryNeon on Bontu Is My Mommy

2 days ago

Ok. First off, you need more lands. You definitely don't have enough. Also, I think you should have a reliable way of getting stuff through. Bontu the Glorified is good, but you need more ways to exploit that, and Tattered Mummy, Weaponcraft Enthusiast, and Doomed Dissenter are definitely things to take out. From Beyond is too slow for a deck like this one. You want it to be more midrange-esque. Certainly Liliana, Death's Majesty needs to be taken out, unless you plan to put in more delirium-based cards, such as Grim Flayer, Ishkanah, Grafwidow, Traverse the Ulvenwald, and Gnarlwood Dryad. Consider Emrakul's Evangel as well. Voldaren Pariah  Flip should be a necessity. You need to put Bloodbriar in. I don't know why it isn't already there.

Naj187 on Jund Vehicles

3 days ago

Seems interesting for sure. Smuggler's copter is banned in standard though, so you would probably want to sub in Heart of Kiran

You could also run Aether Hub and Attune with Aether for a little more mana fixing, also Attune would get a sorcery in your graveyard for Grim Flayer If you do end up adding a bit of energy Aethersphere Harvester is a great card against aggro. Just some thoughts!

kev41 on BUG Control - Leovold

3 days ago

I've been playing with the deck online a lot, and have updated it and narrowed the maybeboard.

I really like Baral, Chief of Compliance since it makes instant and sorcery cost 1 less, which can give a huge tempo gain if left unchecked by the opponent. In addition, it also let us draw cards every time we counter an spell. Having a cc of 2 also helps.

Grim Flayer: This card looks like a mini-Tarmogoyf to me, it's a 2/2 that can potentially become a 4/4, and also has trample and let us fix our draws. As I don't own him yet, I haven't had the opportunity to test him, but he may replace Vampire Nighthawk.

The other cards that I really want to squeeze in the deck are Damnation and Mystic Confluence:

  • While testing the deck, I've noticed I don't usually have more than 2 creatures in the battlefield at the same time, so I don't think Damnation will interfere with our beatdown win con strategy.

  • Mystic Confluence sounds really really good, having the ability of being a hard counter, or removing creatures or drawing as cards, at instant speed.[/list]

monoblack79 on Black Green +1+1

1 week ago

If you have Grim Flayer he can replace Sylvan Advocate it would become a 4/4 quicker than the advocate gets stronger and has trample. That would allow you to beat in on some decks and not get chump blocked.

Delta-117 on clayperce

1 week ago

Oh sorry for the late reply, what you described anyways sounds like a pretty awesome prerelease when you had those Cut / Ribbons for two headed giant and all.

I'm actually playing in the Amonkhet league event at my lgs, and currently I have a deck with a Glorybringer of my own, along with a Rhonas the Indomitable which were both in my starting packs. Its pretty powerful.

I however have postponed finishing my modern infect deck, and i'm now working on mono tron which is a lot cheaper to build. I still will get around to finishing infect at a later point. I had a Nissa, Steward of Elements which I was going to try in infect, but now I think I'm going to be trading it along with some cash towards a Diabolic Intent invocation. I regret parting with all my former expeditions, masterpieces etc, which included: Windswept Heath, Prairie Stream, Fetid Heath, and Sword of Feast and Famine. I think now I'm going to start holding onto these masterpeices (at least the lower end ones) to build my collection further. Many are very playable in edh which I love to play anyways.

I was getting tons of things to build mono tron in return for buying 2 Chalice of the Voids and trading a friend an Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger. I also will be receiving other goodies from him like a Sliver Queen and Sliver Legion for my Sliver Overlord edh deck.

Sliver Overlord EDH

Commander / EDH* Delta-117


To buy these chalices however I sold off 3/4 of my Liliana, the Last Hopes, my Grim Flayers, Traverse the Ulvenwalds and a few other things to instead build counters around Winding Constrictor, Walking Ballista etc, and its now in fact almost done. However not in time for game day sadly, so I will have to make do with some substitute cards.

Here is my new modern deck anyways,

Mono Blue Tron

Modern* Delta-117


. I'm not too sure if your familiar with this lesser used variant of tron, but its one that seeks to play a much more controlling game. All I need for it is my Academy Ruins + Mindslaver (which is one of the ways to win with this), a Oblivion Stone, 2 Thirst for Knowledge and 2 Condescend, all of which I'm buying from the credit from my former delirium deck. Then its finished, but if you have any feedback for it possibly then that would be appreciated. I'm going to play this for a good while before either finishing infect or building something else like affinity which I might as well considering I do have a playset of Inkmoth Nexuss' sitting around now.

I know the sideboard needs a ton of work to reflect my local meta better, which includes Living End, merfolk, tron, eldrazi tron, knightfall, among a few others.

cplvela0811 on Sultai Midrange

1 week ago


The changes made, were for the best. Liliana of the Veil is a great card and did work well. However, there is a synergy behing Nissa, Steward of Elements, Kiora, Master of the Depths, and Liliana, the Last Hope.

Kiora, Master of the Depths: +1 may ramp and untap creatures to allow attacking. -2 allows for 2 cards to be placed into hand and works extremely well with Nissa and Liliana's abilities.

Nissa, Steward of Elements: The +2 Scry.2 is what sets up, for Liliana's -2 or Kiora's -2.

Liliana, the Last Hope: Aggro is being played a lot at the moment, so this Lili just works better. Her -2 also has synergy with the other walkers, for massive creature plays.

I decided to go back to x2 Tasigur, the Golden Fang and removed 1x Grim Flayer. While they are both good, Tasigur is just worth the addition to the deck. I feel that anything more than x2 Delve spells, when paired with Delirium is too much. I tried a friends suggestion on it, and so far it has been smoother. I also like the abilities. I had missed them in the late game. Either option for creatures is correct though. This is a personal change.

I really loved Unbridled Growth. It is still great, however, with so many creatures, planeswalkers, and 20 lands--Oath of Nissa had to be given a shot, but only at x4. The idea behind this is to kill the 1st one like when a 2nd Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth comes into play. It may also be discarded with Collective Brutality, but overall: I think this card makes Serum Visions look weak. Especially in a shell needing card types.

Good old fashion Thoughtseize. Luckily for me, there has been less, and less Eldrazi & Tron, shifting towards more and more burn and or Death's Shadow based decks. I have been very fortunate with this new Collective Brutality.

Hopefully I was able to answer your questions.

lords2001 on Planeswalkers' Tokens

2 weeks ago

I would also have more removal side or main. Your creatures are not Tier 1, because they have a different purpose. That doesn't matter if your lunch is getting stolen by Grim Flayer or Sylvan Advocate. Declaration in Stone is no longer cool but very effective in this age of tokens and lots of 4x creatures in people's decks.

Also, if you are running aristocrats, run 4x Zulaport Cutthroat as you need to have it and or Cliffhaven Vampire on the board, otherwise you are running uphill with 2nd rate creatures.

I will also suggest 2x creatures for your deck. Gifted Aetherborn is amaazing - he at worst trades with every other 2-3 drop, and often stops them cold, with the exception of Scrapheap Scrounger - I use it as often as I can. Also Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim has both strong defence while you assemble your board, as well as a sac outlet and with your decent lifegain theme, the potential to start exiling their board quickly.

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