Griselbrand

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal

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Set Rarity
Modern Masters 2017 Edition (MM3) Mythic Rare
Avacyn Restored (AVR) Mythic Rare
Promo Set (000) Mythic Rare

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Griselbrand

Legendary Creature — Demon

Flying, lifelink

Pay 7 life: Draw seven cards.

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Griselbrand Discussion

xtechnetia on blue black reanimator

2 days ago

Griselbrand is, in 95+% of situations, the reanimator target of choice. His text box may as well read "when this enters the battlefield, you win the game", as he draws you a ludicrous number of cards on command, restocking your hand and graveyard. Plus, you know, 7/7 flying lifelink.

If you don't want Gris or he's out of your budget range, Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur can sort of imitate him, although not nearly as well.

Some other really good (but more situational) reanimator targets are:

As for the rest of your deck:

  • I don't think you need blue mana? All your actual spells get cast off only, and you're surely not planning to hard cast any of the fatties.
  • For self-discard options, Faithless Looting is amazing, if you're willing to splash a little red into your deck (maybe instead of blue).
  • Entomb is super good at immediately dumping a fatty into your graveyard. If you don't want to pay for that, the next best bet is Buried Alive .
  • Dark Ritual is a good speed improvement in certain hands. Swamp -> Dark Ritual -> Entomb -> Exhume -> Griselbrand basically wins the game on turn 1.
  • As many copies of Reanimate , Exhume , and/or Animate Dead as you want to pay for would be good. Redundancy is key to getting your fatty reanimated consistently and in decent time.
  • To protect yourself a bit from countermagic or similar, Duress is great. Ideally you probably want Thoughtseize , but that's expensive.
  • Your Lili planeswalker and Elixirs probably aren't needed.

All of this being said...

If you're playing casually, reanimator might not be a good deck choice, as it creates a lot of "nongames" where the games are just won or lost based on how fast your opener is / how much graveyard hate or early interaction exists in your playgroup.

ToolmasterOfBrainerd on Most Busted Card for this ...

6 days ago

Chancellor of the Annex because it can slow the opponents way down. Otherwise Griselbrand .

Spirits on Kaalia, Mirror Breaker EDH

1 week ago

Hi weezel,

I was thinking about my Reveillark alternative win-con's,

Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Reveillark + Goblin Bombardment | Infinite Damage

Karmic Guide + Reveillark + Goblin Bombardment | Infinite Damage

It's also recursive with Grand Abolisher or Dark Confidant etc, in addition to Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker and Karmic Guide

The downside is, it's CMC5 (), and needs sac outlet and Enabler Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker or Karmic Guide .

Hatred is CMC5 () and just needs Kaalia of the Vast but also likes guys like Baneslayer Angel , Gisela, Blade of Goldnight , Gisela, the Broken Blade , Lyra Dawnbringer , Serra Ascendant or Whip of Erebos .

Was thinking, it's a different win-con (only 1 player too in some cases), but other than being high CMC, would allow me to cheat in an A/D/D and Commander Damage kill a player if left unblocked as well (Instant speed).

Combat Celebrant is enticing because of his CMC3 (), other than his obvious Exert ability which can land 2 A/D/D in 1 turn, do some mass damage with someone like Balefire Dragon or Gisela, Blade of Goldnight , but his real power is that he doesn't need the sac outlet.

Combat Celebrant + Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker | Infinite Combat Phases

Potentially a win-con with someone like, Avacyn, Angel of Hope , Demonlord Belzenlok , Doom Whisperer , Hellkite Tyrant , Razaketh, the Foulblooded , Etc. unless there is something large enough to block the Trample indefinitely. Doesn't matter if Combat Celebrant is blocked, just making the copy, allows for the next attack to occur. Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker never gets in harms way.

I'm sure there are more ways to abuse him, Splinter Twin obviously, which doesn't work with Buried Alive but can replace Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker in most/all? combos too. could tutor Splinter Twin pretty easily. Idyllic Tutor for example could also pull me an Animate Dead etc, feel there could be some good build out around Combat Celebrant for combos, and just his natural talent when attacking with large A/D/D.

Early on, when I played Adarkar Valkyrie , I also played Aurelia, the Warleader for:

Adarkar Valkyrie + Aurelia, the Warleader + Goblin Bombardment | Infinite Combat Phases

Adarkar Valkyrie also gave me:

Adarkar Valkyrie + Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Goblin Bombardment | Infinite Damage

Adarkar Valkyrie + Karmic Guide + Lightning Greaves or Dragon Tempest + Goblin Bombardment | Infinite Damage

I just found neither Adarkar Valkyrie or Aurelia, the Warleader properly ETB triggered with Kaalia of the Vast , and I was never tutoring either of them because they aren't that impactful, so ended up removing Adarkar Valkyrie and then later Aurelia, the Warleader to focus more on the primary win-con with Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Restoration Angel .

Crucible of Worlds more inline with a classic Kaalia of the Vast , which the Infinite Combat phases + Land Destruction is part of the reason (as well to a degree the amount of hate Kaalia of the Vast receives as a commander), is why she fell to Tier 3, from Tier 2.5 previously. If I have a Grand Abolisher I don't care, but if I don't, sometimes there is surprise when they have 40 life and think they are unkillable by Kaalia of the Vast and leave themselves open and I can swoop in on T4 with the Restoration Angel horde!

It's been a long time since I needed to resort to Reveillark , either I've won, or someone else has combo'd before I really get to a point of attempting a Reveillark win. Combat Celebrant , I feel like I could also use, Entomb / Gamble , example:

Entomb > Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Mausoleum Secrets > Reanimate . With a Combat Celebrant and anything to attack with, I'm good to go. ( Entomb makes Mausoleum Secrets more valuable to me too). He also doesn't get haste from Dragon Tempest either, so that's another negative.

He can't really Turn 1 so that's kinda why I was thinking more along the lines of Hatred even without augmenting the Lifelink. Life also fuels my speed, Draw/Mana/Tutor, so not sure of the impact to my game post Hatred .

Dark Ritual , Simian Spirit Guide , Mox Diamond all increase T1 potential, but I always worry about, outside of T1 do they have much value. Dark Ritual can cast a Necropotence so it has some benefit and with other cards Buried Alive + Reanimate .

My current challenge is Faithless Looting , I think it needs to go back in, have to decide what to remove. In games where I draw my Karmic Guide or Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker I'm usually like T9 because I have to actually cast them and at CMC5, it's just not realistic with the other costs ( Buried Alive CMC3 and Reanimate CMC1) thats, CMC9, never going to happen. A Faithless Looting makes it CMC5 only. Faithless Looting also has some nice synergies if I don't have an A/D/D in my hand and Kaalia of the Vast is ready to go.

I agree, when is a deck every truly complete. Ever time I play I learn something new about my deck, or a Razaketh, the Foulblooded comes a long and takes over top dog spot in my decklist, and makes Griselbrand being Griselbanned a little easier to take.

stensiagamekeeper on Interesting Budget Legacy Combo

3 weeks ago

A lot of these are in the $10 range but might as well suggest em' anyways.

Eldrich Evolution decks are usually good at getting out a turn 2 Magus of the Moon / Eidolon of Rhetoric off a mana dork for the occasional free win.

Don't forget also that Birthing Pod is still legal in that format and gives you a less weak to Force of Will alternative to EE that also works as an engine if the rest of your deck is derpy green creatures. The drawback being your payoff would have to be in the 8 cmc range which isn't the worst considering that includes Griselbrand , Craterhoof Behemoth , Tidespout Tyrant , Archetype of Endurance , Ashen Rider and Platinum Emperion (literally all the same payoffs as the format's primary reanimation deck -elesh norn).

Chancellor of the Tangle is a green mana source that pitches to Allosaurus Rider and can even be a payoff in a pinch and Chancellor of the Annex gives you a potential to go off turn 1 with the pregame trigger for backup and also can be a payoff sometimes.

Insist cantrips, pitches to rider and can even punish opponents who plan to "counter the payoff not the mana source".

I might add more suggestions if I think about them.

Stardragon on need with Jace Wizards

3 weeks ago

Hamroids ik she's banned which is why she's on the maybe list in case some eles want to built this deck and their play group is okay with her. also if she ever get unbanned she'll go straight to the deck but that about as likely as Griselbrand or Primeval Titan becoming unbanned

destindigi on Rakdos RNG

3 weeks ago

I'd cut: Griselbrand (banned :P), Soulcage Fiend , The Scorpion God , Stronghold Overseer , Hazoret's Monument , Revel in Riches

I'd recommend adding more lands and lower cost creatures, and switching mana rocks to use more that cost 2 instead of 3 like Talisman of Indulgence or Mind Stone

Lower cost Demons, Devils and Imps: Ammit Eternal , Cadaver Imp , Desecration Demon , Herald of Torment , Sin Prodder , Soot Imp , Spawn of Mayhem , Torch Fiend

toxicliam on Moving Forward with Eldrazi

1 month ago

Right now, someone in my playgroup is playing an eldrzi tribal deck that he found on tappedout with some minor changes, but it really cannot compete with any deck in our group. Moving forward, he would like to update it to have less small creatures and more/mostly big creatures or game-changing permanents that he can usethings like Planar Bridge to cheat into play. My question is, what creatures are available in U/B (including colorless) that can absolutely smash face? As well as that, what options are there that are at least reasonably priced to A) tutor up the "cheaters" and B) tutor up wincons that get cheated into play. Also keep in mind that my playgroup doesn't play with a ban list so things like Griselbrand and Emrakul, the Aeons Torn are available (but out of budget). The decklist is here


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Griselbrand occurrence in decks from the last year

Legacy:

All decks: 0.44%

Modern:

All decks: 0.06%