Grimgrin, Corpse-Born


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

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Set Rarity
Commander's Arsenal (CMA) Mythic Rare
Innistrad (ISD) Mythic Rare

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Grimgrin, Corpse-Born

Legendary Creature — Zombie

Grimgrin, Corpse-Born enters the battlefield tapped and doesn't untap during your untap step.

Sacrifice another creature: Untap Grimgrin and put a +1/+1 counter on it.

Whenever Grimgrin attacks, destroy target creature defending player controls, then put a +1/+1 counter on Grimgrin.

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Grimgrin, Corpse-Born Discussion

Saturnity on Card creation challenge

1 week ago

So two of my favorite cards are zombies, and Geralf Zombies at that. Geralf's Messenger and Grimgrin, Corpse-Born so I'd like to make a God hybrid of the two.

Grimgrin, Butcher-God of Nephalia

Legendary Enchantment Creature - God

Mythic Rare


Zombies you control have Intimidate.

When Grimgrin, Butcher-God of Nephalia attacks or blocks, sacrifice a creature and each opponent loses 2 life. If you can't, tap Grimgrin and remove it from combat.

Whenever you cast a Zombie spell, destroy target Non-Zombie creature.


I tried to do a twist on the usual "Can't attack or block unless..." that fit into the theme of Grimgrin's original card.

Same Challenge!

VietMoneys on The Minimal School of ErTaiChi, at Water's Edge

1 month ago

Oh, there's no doubt about that. Board wipes are a huge setback for this deck and almost always draw a counter from me if available.

The utility from Arena Rector would come from saccing her on my own accord, either to Ertai's ability or the many secondary outlets (Phyrexian Altar, Ashnod's Altar, Phyrexian Tower, Grimgrin, Corpse-Born, Sidisi, Undead Vizier, and so forth).

Whether my suite of Walkers justify including this sweet cheat-into-play effect is a whole other question...

TheBloopKing on Najeela, Warrior Tokens

1 month ago

A lot of people miss the fact that Grimgrin, Corpse-Born is a warrior. Might be a good consideration.

Th3RealzPow3r on Black/Blue Zombies

1 month ago

Thank you a lot for the suggestions AdamChafee! I took a look at your deck as well and saw the similarities and differences between ours. You are correct about removing many of the outlier cards I have lingering about in the deck to increase performance, which should be easy with the ones that stand out such as Voracious Null and Whisper, Blood Liturgist. With creatures like Ghoulraiser some of the return spells are not needed so thank you for bringing that to my attention.

I see that your deck is very similar with more control for the early game, which is a good idea for insured safety in the early game. Zombies in my experience I have found to be a quick deck that can come online by about turn 4 in many great situations, so early game control feels like something that I don't necessarily need. I did actually used to have a couple Compelling Deterrence before swapping it for other spells and creatures.

I see that Grimgrin, Corpse-Born is slightly pricey, but not too much for the power it brings to the deck, so if I see it anywhere locally at stores I might just pick it up so thank you for that as well!

I greatly appreciate your feedback and I definitely will take many of your suggestions!

AdamChafee on Black/Blue Zombies

1 month ago

Cool stuff! Reminds me of my own deck My Beautiful, Reborn Children.

A blue black zombie deck was my first deck ever, so my suggestions are coming from a lot of trial and error and getting my ass handed to me over the years.

If you're running blue/black zombies, you need Grimgrin, Corpse-Born. He is perfect for that deck. He's a great sack outlet that can benefit you infinite combos you already have going. Even better if you get more Cryptbreakers because then you can tap Grimgrin, Corpse-Born again and start the process over. I realize Grimgrin is a bit expensive, but that card would make your deck explosive.

I also noticed you're running 67 cards in the deck.Definitely should cut it to 60 to increase your chances of getting the cards you need for your combos. Consider cutting out a lot of the 1-ofs in your deck, like the cards that return creature cards from your graveyard to your hand for example.

If you want you combos to go off more frequently, I would get rid of a lot of your 1-of cards, and increase the count of Gravecrawler, Cryptbreaker, and Rooftop Storm. The lower your average CMC, the better if you're playing in modern especially.

As for removal, Compelling Deterrence is made for a deck like this. More Doom Blades are always good too. Thankfully neither of those cards are too expensive.

Feel free to give my deck a look if it helps you at all. Hope this finds you well!


squirrelking5797 on Scarab God

1 month ago

Scarab god is my first commander brew too! I'm still working on it but I have a few pointers for yours:

You have many random zombie cards that don't seem to follow a strategy. You have some zombie lords like Undead Warchief which is great, but then you have so many crappy common cards like Cursed Minotaur. They also don't really help with a scarab god strategy. I've focused on two aspects for the scarab god: creating a lot of zombies (aka tokens) and enter the battlefield effects. That way I can bring them back with the scarab god's eternelize ability and have the enter the battlefield effect happen again. Ravenous Chupacabra Is a great choice for that, because you can play it, get it killed, and play it again. And because the scarab god's ability is instant speed you can bring it back on your opponent's turn!

A must-have for a scarab god deck is Grave Titan. This hits every nail on the head: It enters the battlefield effect can be repeated AND it nets you zombies. It's one of the best zombie cards possible.

Get rid of Coffin Purge, that doesn't make any sense for a zombie deck like this. You want cards in the graveyard.

You need more board wipes, as in cards that destroy everything. When you play against 3 other people a board wipe can save the game AND get cards in the graveyard, which you need.

You should really find some cards that can sacrifice other cards to get them into your graveyard. Ghoulcaller Gisa and Grimgrin, Corpse-Born are great for getting cards in your graveyard and getting value from it!

Think of a true way to win the game for this deck. Right now it's get a lot of cards on the battlefield, with no sure-fire way of doing so. If you make a zombie tribal, put cards like Vanquisher's Banner to get value from casting zombies. If you do enter the battlefield effect cards use things that get cards into the graveyard. Get cards that make you discard and/or mill either your opponent or yourself to get value from the graveyard. There are so many good ways to play this commander, just choose one!

My deck that I'm building is right here: What I'm Using RN. It's not great and not done, but it has cards that show what I mean for a deck like this. Good luck!

P.S. Check out EDHREC's suggested cards for the scarab god, maybe you can get some ideas

hasty on Warrior's Of The Blossom

2 months ago

Liking the list, here is my own Najeela, the Blade-Blawesome. I don't run Cryptolith Rite or Song of Freyalise cuz Najeela won't untap them, it makes for too many pieces of the puzzle. I have been able to test my deck a little bit and so far, I've enjoyed more the beefy Warriors and using the token gen as a side bonus. Zurgo Helmsmasher, Surrak Dragonclaw, Ruric Thar, the Unbowed, Ruhan of the Fomori, Grimgrin, Corpse-Born, and of course Hamletback Goliath have all been all-stars.

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