Grim Haruspex


Format Legality
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Grim Haruspex

Creature — Human Wizard

Morph (You may cast this card face down as a 2/2 creature for . Turn it face up at any time for its morph cost.)

Whenever a nontoken creature you control dies, draw a card.

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Grim Haruspex Discussion

Daedalus19876 on Chainer, The Re-animator

1 week ago

A few things :)

1) I'd very much run Hero's Downfall over Ruinous Path.

2) No Toxic Deluge?? It's (IMO) one of the strongest black cards ever printed.

3) I would suggest Rune-Scarred Demon over Diabolic Tutor. It can be reanimated repeatedly with Chainer.

4) Death Wind and Chill to the Bone seem like pretty weak removal here. Have you considered Malicious Affliction, or something of that ilk?

5) I'm not convinced you have enough draw effects. Have you considered Phyrexian Arena, Grim Haruspex, and Ancient Craving-esque effects?

6) Your curve is relatively high, and I'm not really a fan of Manalith and other 3-mana rocks. I'd focus more on cheaper rocks such as Mana Crypt and Mana Vault to accelerate Chainer, as well as Jet Medallion to make your spells cheaper.

7) Mono-black decks always love a copy of Contamination or Infernal Darkness if you feel like adding a cruel touch.

This is my mono-black deck, if you feel like taking a look for anything you might add that I've forgotten:

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lagotripha on How The Devil Plays MTG: The Mono-Black Primer

2 weeks ago

Hi- There are a few cards that deserve honourable mentions from my testing. I've got this big list of cards I've tested and made work, but a lot of it is pure jank. Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox The ones below deserve specific mention.

Plunge into Darkness. It pseudo tutors, its a sac outlet, it hates on burn. Its ability to look for a sideboard card is both understated and very strong.

Imp's Mischief is a meta call, but in some metas is devastating. Used to be run a lot to redirect splinter twin, will likely see play when something similar reapears.

Blade of the Bloodchief is a big payoff card for mono-black vampire tribal, as sitting lower to the ground and spamming creatures/removal makes lashwrithe and this a lot stronger.

Oona's Blackguard and Earwig Squad have in the past worked well in bitterblossom lists.

Everlasting Torment is also has a playable if not amazing -1/-1 counter list including Geralf's Messenger Crumbling Ashes and Necroskitter with Black Sun's Zenith.

Dark Prophecy is worth mentioning in that it is unplayable. You have to say it or people will try. Unless its a key combo peice in a Zulaport Cutthroat list, don't bother. Jam a Phyrexian Arena or heck, Underworld Connections instead.

Defense Grid, Storage Matrix and Culling Scales deserve mention as artifacts. They aren't in favour at the moment, but have in the past been devastating tools. Sun Droplet is often a better Dragon's Claw, or in a degenerate meta, copies 5-8.

Soul Spike is a powerful wincon when you can draw your library, which is tricky in mono black, but very possible with Grim Haruspex lists. The lifegain can also offset lifeloss a lot of repeatable 'draw your library' cards often incur.

Gonti's Machinations is a 1 mana lightning helix with suspend which bypasses leyline.

NV_1980 on Plunder the Everything

3 weeks ago

Hi Aldel,

My wife's favorite deck is her Meren deck. It's the scourge of our playgroup; many a groan is heard when she brings it out :) I like where you're going with your setup, but I think there's room for improvement. Since your deck hardly contains expensive cards, I'll recommend cheap (no more than 5 dollars per card) improvements only:

  • Archfiend of Depravity: forces everyone's army (except yours) to remain relatively small (unless your opponents have massive summoning/token generation capabilities within single turns) by having everyone sac all creatures except for two every turn.
  • Grim Haruspex: draw whenever you a non-token creature of yours dies (which should happen a lot :))
  • Hermit Druid: your graveyard is essentially your second library with Meren out. This card allows you to mill yourself a lot and thereby increases the amount of options you have with Meren's recursion abilities.
  • Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest: imagine you're facing three opponents and you have this card and several other creatures out. You force each of your opponents to sac a creature: bamn! All your creatures gain three +1/+1 counters. And that's just the bonus when forcing them to sac one creature. Imagine if it's two. Or three ...
  • Buried Alive: almost a 'must' in any Meren deck. Acts as a powerful tutor with Meren on the field.
  • Deathreap Ritual: keep in mind this doesn't just allow you to draw cards during your own turn (in case something dies), but the same goes for everyone else's turns!

In case you need any more ideas, here's the link to my wife's Meren deck! Have fun with your Meren build!



KnightOfObligation on Heartless Teshar

1 month ago

I love all things heartless summoning, have you tried cards like Grim Haruspex\/Fecundity\/Falkenrath Noble? +1

jonmaior on Myrs Dance for Grapeshot

1 month ago

also my deck is muck less focused on getting the infinite combo than yours. my main wincon is constantly filling up the board with bug creatures, refilling my hand and repeating while constantly draining my opponents life. you seriously might consider splashing blue for Mulldrifter and Slithermuse (always evoke them) with Grim Haruspex, Mulldrifter is an Ancestral Recall

onehitterquiter on Crouching Reindeer, Hidden Thromok *OLD*

1 month ago

Ever thought about using Tana and Bruse as generals? They might be more effective token generators than Marath.

These cards might interest you too: Green Sun's Zenith, Primal Command, Signal the Clans, Ivy Lane Denizen, Eldritch Evolution, Aura Mutation, Grand Warlord Radha, Druids' Repository, Tendershoot Dryad, and Death's Presence.

You got me thinking... a Sek'Kuar, Deathkeeper (Thromok) deck might be cool. Could run things like Lightning Coils, Grim Haruspex, Smothering Abomination, Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder, Abhorrent Overlord, and all those nice black tutors for grabbing the hidden general.

lagotripha on Heartless Retrieving

1 month ago

I've run more than a few heartless summoning decks in my time. My retriever isn't reliable enough as a solo win condition (In my opinion. Its different in a kark-clan ironworks deck).

I highly reccomend a backup ramp/beatdown plan. Wurmcoil Engine and Thragtusk hit like trucks and do wonders when you need to stabilize. To back that up cards which encourage you to discard as a cost mean that dead combo cards don't clog up your hand Collective Brutality is nuts, but Molten-Tail Masticore and similar less popular options can be very powerful. In this plan Pentad Prism is invaluable. Sometimes you just don't draw summoning, so getting 4/5 drops turn 3 anyway is incredibly valuable. This would involve swaping out Treasured Find, glissa and weaver to make space.

If you don't feel like beatdown backup plans, how about secondary combos? Scrap Trawler and Workshop Assistant are almost cheap enough, and when you aren't comboing they're at least worth Mishra's Bauble recursions. These would sit in similar slots.

If none of these appeal, then look at maindecking Shred Memory in place of nyx weaver and posssibly Dimir Machinations in place of a glissa, with one of the altars swapped for a Grim Haruspex (which has the benifit of letting you search out bontu's or pulse.)

Gody322 on Fear The Gravetide

1 month ago

The seems good. You might want Spore Frog, it can prevent a lot of damage. You could also play the Seals (Seal of Primordium, Seal of Doom and Seal of Removal). I play Bitter Ordeal, Disciple of Bolas, Mindslicer and Grim Haruspex in my Karador, Ghost Chieftain deck. Also Riftsweeper is really good since it can get cards your opponents exiled back into your deck. Anyway these are just my random suggestions hope they help. :)

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