Grim Lavamancer


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
Archenemy: Nicol Bolas (E01) Rare
2012 Core Set (M12) Rare
Premium Deck Series: Fire and Lightning (PFL) Rare
Torment (TOR) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Grim Lavamancer

Creature — Human Wizard

, , Exile two cards from your graveyard: Grim Lavamancer deals 2 damage to target creature, player or planeswalker.

Grim Lavamancer Discussion

Grubbernaut on UR Delver

3 weeks ago

I would personally swap Faerie Conclave for Mutavault . This could also make Wizard's Retort in the SB reasonable.

With this style of deck, it's probably worth going down to 18 lands; super low CMC, and adding in 2x Thought Scour would be good. Also could enable Grim Lavamancer out of the SB.

Love the deck, cheers!

Icbrgr on Regenerate vs. protection vs. ....

1 month ago

in terms of fog effects like you said its closer to Indestructibility being safe from Lightning Bolt or pingers like Grim Lavamancer but can still get hit by Doom Blade with the having the additional weakness of "damage cant be prevented" effect from Skullcrack or Leyline of Punishment and such.

I think its a matter of preference for whatever homebrewed scenarios your decks will face... sometimes intentional weakness/limitations are beneficial as a teaching tool... but for overall most resilience id go with either indestructible or instant speed protection.

EsperControl4Life on I think Eldraine’s Fervent Champion ...

2 months ago

I feel like this conversation is kind of null and void as Burn does not want to run any more than the 12 creatures it currently runs (4 Goblin Guide ,4 Monastery Swiftspear , and 4 Eidolon of the Great Revel ) as running more creatures reduces the damage consistency of swiftspear. However on another note I do believe if for budget considerations you can not run GG than I think Fervent Champion may be the best early game creature (not sold on it though) burn can run for the reasons stated by StopShot in the beginning, however this is meta dependent as if you expect games to go past turn 4 Grim Lavamancer gets more total damage through.

StopShot on I think Eldraine’s Fervent Champion ...

2 months ago

@Liliana69X, Maybe my thinking is grossly incorrect, but I fail to see how Legion Loyalist or Fanatical Firebrand are better than Fervent Champion when you have yet explain to me how they are.

After some thought I can see how two Grim Lavamancer ’s could work work out well, but I really wonder how often ‘usually fine’ comes up at times as there can be situations where two or more are certainly unwelcome. I’d imagine they work best if you get three lands down by turn three and that your opening hand made it convenient to play them turn 1 out of a lack of other turn 1 creatures to play. If you are stuck with two lands and/or a creature heavy opening hand I would image 2 Lavamancers would feel a bit more awkward to work with.

Liliana69X on I think Eldraine’s Fervent Champion ...

2 months ago

there are plenty that are better than Fervent Champion . Legion Loyalist is better. Fanatical Firebrand is better. your evaluation of cards is grossly incorrect in my opinion. and there is no "duplication issue" for Grim Lavamancer . drawing multiples is usually fine.

StopShot on I think Eldraine’s Fervent Champion ...

2 months ago

@Liliana69X, Ah yes, well I can assure you I did check every existing one-mana haste creature before constructing this list and I did mention the ones I felt were certainly notable to be mentioned, but I did not find any that were better with except for G-Guide and Swifty which I mentioned in paragraph 1.

That being said while Grim Lavamancer is certainly a good card, but it too suffers from the duplication issue I mentioned earlier in paragraph 3. Grim Lavamancer also suffers from a lot of the same or similar issues I described with Ghitu Lavarunner in paragraph 5, however; I do think Grim Lavamancer is definitely a better card than the Ghitu Lavarunner . While it does provide an excellent source of utility in your deck it loses points in terms of the wait-time to set up given its priority to other cards, and how duplicate Lavamancers can be more detrimental in the early game. I’d run it as a 1 or 2 of, but I would prefer something faster that doesn’t compete for resources (limited mana) in the early game to be useful. I’m sure others would disagree with me, but Lavamancer’s usefulness is probably more fitting with the group of burn players that prefer to run a smaller concentration of creatures than those like myself who prefer running a high concentration of creatures which the latter is the group I’m advocating this creature to.

Liliana69X on I think Eldraine’s Fervent Champion ...

2 months ago

and if you remove the "haste" restrictions, theres even more options that are better than Fervent Champion . after Goblin Guide and Monastery Swiftspear , the next best option is Grim Lavamancer .

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Grim Lavamancer occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.19%

Red: 3.12%

Rakdos: 1.88%