Grim Flayer

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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Set Rarity
Eldritch Moon (EMN) Mythic Rare

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Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Grim Flayer occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.06%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.0%

Grim Flayer Discussion

DankMagicianD on Gallia Zoo

2 weeks ago

Grim Flayer is a card that works well with Tarmogoyf and can get some extra value with Bloodsoaked Champion and Claim. If you do add it though, maybe add some more fetchlands to better add a land to your graveyard, as well as consider something like Scrapheap Scrounger to be an aggressive artifact creature for delirium. I've always had a soft spot for Grim Flayer, so it's probably not that great, but could still be worth trying.

itsbuzzi on Jund Em In Pioneer

3 weeks ago

Hello, I'll try my luck in cutting the list down. I would suggest to add Emrakul, the Promised End to the maybeboard just because. IT seems there are a lot of 2 drops and 1 ofs. I would throw Dreadbore into the side. Abrupt Decay and Assassin's Trophy do the same thing at instant speed. Speaking of which maybe put those cards at a 2:2 split. I like Assassin's Trophy but the extra land may hurt plus Abrupt Decay pretty much does the same thing, can't be countered, and it has yet to be seen if the converted mana cost restriction hurts the card.

Down to 67. Some cards are pretty costly you can restrict yourself to whatever you can get at the time being so for now cut expensive cards until you get them and by the time you can get them you probably playtested enough to see if you need that card or not.

Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger is just discarding a card and doing damage. Good card but doesn't really feel like the value you are looking for. You are digging and finding removal spells. I would put this card in the side.

Down to 65, Scavenging Ooze would be good against an aggro deck to gain life and such otherwise do you exile cards in your graveyard? Doesn't seem too good with the plan of having things in the graveyard to Grim Flayer and getting it back with Tasigur, the Golden Fang. Speaking of which the 6 drop slots have 2 1 ofs. I would go with a 2 of of Tasigur, the Golden Fang and put the other card in side for now.

Tireless Tracker and Sin Prodder kind of do the same thing. Might be a flex slot but you could pick one and test the other or something?

You might also get away with cutting 1 land as long as you're the only one playing the deck. Not sure how many cards we are at but I really like the deck

Silverdrake on Jund

1 month ago

Kroxa and Rados's Return both feel lackluster here. I'd consider cutting them for some stronger threats that require less buildup, like Grim Flayer, Bonecrusher Giant, or Chandra, Torch of Defiance. I also feel like Angrath's Rampage could be replaced with a Bedevil, but I guess there are some merits to having a sacrifice effect instead.

dingusdingo on Staxing and Taxing: Glissa cEDH Primer

2 months ago

Very nice deck. I have a paper Alesha, Who Smiles at Death list, so I can appreciate another paper non-blue stax deck.

Things I enjoy

Hope of Ghirapur is a very saucy include and is a strong Glissa recursion target

Grim Flayer is like Dark Confidant #2

Tainted Wood and the other tainted lands are EXTREMELY under rated

Ulvenwald Tracker has some crazy strong synergy with Glissa (first strike and deathtouch)

Areas I can see improvement

First, Tree of Tales and Vault of Whispers raise risk while providing extremely marginal benefit (Mox Opal metalcraft). While it is recurrable with Glissa, you risk the chance of things like ETB tapped, get sniped on a land drop on turn 1 or 2, having it turned into a Mountain, or just having it not untap. Having 2 more basics will allow your Crucible of Worlds to be a BEAST with fetchlands and makes games against other stax decks easier. Similarly, you can ease off a touch with the non-standard dual color producers, because its only a two color deck. While these cards are certainly nice, cutting another 2-4 for various utility lands I bet you won't notice a drop in color consistency because of the high fetch density. I would also consider Wasteland and Ghost Quarter, which conveniently work extremely well with Crucible of Worlds in a stax deck. Green also has access to Ramunap Excavator, as well as the highly cancerous Exploration and Burgeoning and Azusa, Lost but Seeking. Blowing up a couple lands a turn makes players scoop pretty fast.

I think you should run the elf squad. Turn 1 elves make mana faster which helps A LOT. Stax decks needs to have strong starts, to get ahead of players so you can bury them with symmetrical and asymmetrical effects. Llanowar Elves Fyndhorn Elves Elvish Mystic Elves of Deep Shadow. I think these will help your consistency and speed. Also consider Priest of Titania. These are also great mid and late game targets for Skullclamp.

Dark Tutelage should be Phyrexian Arena. A 2 color deck shouldn't struggle too much with the extra B in the cost.

Artifact based draw that graveyards itself provides huge incidental value with Glissa. Specifically, Chromatic Star and Chromatic Sphere are worthy of includes. You could even grab Barbed Sextant if you strongly liked the chromatic effects.

Mana Web is a great effect when it goes, but I have personally found this card to be lackluster in color identities that lack White or Blue. It needs supporting cards to make it go, like Winter Orb and Static Orb. Blue and white get the benefit of having further extensions with Hokori, Dust Drinker and Stasis, and I really believe this card belongs mostly in decks.

Smallpox and Innocent Blood are synergy inclusions, but they are rather marginal if drawn later in the game. You could consider swapping one of them into Damnation. I don't think Sickening Dreams is worthwhile if you aren't running a combo to draw 50 cards and kill the table with it.

Tormod's Crypt could be worth running. Ezpz recursion target that you can always pop for value if someone has a creature about to die on the stack. Helps against fish hulk which you think is a bad match up. Also every deck has some way to gas from the GY.

You run some creatures that seem value oriented, but I think should be replaced. Wurmcoil Engine Ravenous Slime Scrap Trawler. I don't think you're getting enough meaningful action on combat for wurmcoil, I think ravenous is pretty marginal at beats as well as GY patrol, and scrap trawler is redundant with your commander and doesn't really advance your game plan.

Similarly, I don't think Sword of Fire and Ice is doing enough. Although Sword of Feast and Famine could be a worthy include.

Nillstan on Abzan Aggrange

3 months ago

Pabs4444

I've already done some testing on DRS and Grim Flayer . Basically here's how it goes.

This deck can be built two different ways. The graveyard way, or this way.

The graveyard way, as you can probably imagine, plays DRS, Grim Flayer , and Liliana, the Last Hope .

I much prefer this way however, because it's more resistant in bad matchups and doeant get hated on NEARLY as hard by decks sideboarding to beat those increasingly popular dredge-style decks.

It's down to preference mostly, I just much prefer this over the Graveyard style deck.

Pabs4444 on Abzan Aggrange

3 months ago

Deathrite Shaman is amazing. I'd highly recommend it. Grim Flayer and Collective Brutality are also both good options as value. Best of luck with the deck! Hopefully Pioneer will grow on you or that you find a deck you really enjoy.

abbatromebone on abzan buying an obliterator...

3 months ago
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