Skeletal Grimace

Legality

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

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Innistrad (ISD) Common

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Skeletal Grimace

Enchantment — Aura

Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has "{B}: Regenerate this creature."

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Skeletal Grimace Discussion

Pieguy396 on Muldrotha, the Gravetide

1 week ago

Hi! I'm personally a huge fan of Muldrotha as a commander; so first of all, nice choice! Here are some cuts and additions I'd recommend:

Cuts:

  • Archetype of Endurance. This card is very powerful to be sure, but Muldrotha already needs a lot of mana to function, and you don't have very many ways to cheat it into play.
  • Butcher of Malakir. Grave Pact and Dictate of Erebos are more expensive money-wise, but being cheaper on mana and also more resilient makes them much, much better.
  • Deranged Assistant. It looks good at first glance, but it's a 2-mana dork, and you're not playing any of the 1-mana dorks anyways. The single-card mill is a very minor upside.
  • Millikin. Same as above.
  • Nyx Weaver. It can be very good, but it's just too slow. There are much better ways to mill yourself, and a 6-mana Regrowth is way too much mana.
  • Progenitor Mimic. A powerful card to be sure, but this isn't the deck for it.
  • Slum Reaper. I think this card is only really worth running in decks that badly need the 3rd Fleshbag Marauder. Shriekmaw is almost always going to be better.
  • Aether Spellbomb. Looping it can be fun, but bouncing a creature is a terrible waste, and there are better ways to draw cards with artifacts.
  • Perpetual Timepiece. This card was good on Game Knights when they were only using Standard cards, but we have better options.
  • Plague Boiler. This card is also cool, but once again, we have better choices.
  • Demonic Vigor. Fun with Muldrotha, but there is usually so much exile-based removal in Commander that this card isn't as good as you think.
  • Hesitation. Sweet include, but looks a little too cute. Very easy to play around, and also counters your spells.
  • Skeletal Grimace. Same as Demonic Vigor.
  • Thrull Retainer. Same.

Additions:

Hope this helps! Feel free to leave a comment on my profile if you'd like further suggestions for this or any other deck! Good luck!

10_lands_in_a_row on Bad Froggy

4 months ago

Whispersilk Cloak & Bladed Pinions & Cranial Plating!!! & Executioner's Hood & Vorrac Battlehorns

Dece equips that boost power like Bonesplitter & Darksteel Axe & Vulshok Morningstar

Rite of Consumption DOME 'EM

Phyresis

Howl from Beyond & Shade's Form

Blessing of Leeches & Butcher's Glee & Skeletal Grimace & Unhallowed Pact & Supernatural Stamina (Regenerate is generally great, especially when repeatable)

Slagwurm Armor if you want Yargle to be a 9/9 for the memes

Something to consider might actually be mono-black control with Yargle as a finisher. Maybe I'm wrong and you could just outspeed people with Yargle's IMMENSE POWER but I think he's a bit too high cmc in colours that don't necessarily allow for much evasion/protection to just get in ASAP. Typical mono B control stuff looks like this:

Corrupt + Gray Merchant of Asphodel + Pestilence + Crypt Rats + Evincar's Justice

Feel free to disagree tho, 2 swings and Yargle kills someone without any buffs in PDH which is pretty DANK. Just going all in on evasion could probably just do it in some metas. Fear & Intimidate are available in black plentifully to boot. Sleeper's Guile & Traitor's Clutch.

Happy brewing, looking forward to see what you make of it!

griffstick on Need help for a Budget ...

7 months ago

Grafted Exoskeleton because a 6/6 that gets a +1/+1 counter basically every time it attacks with an equipment that gives it +2/+2 and infect, makes a very scary CMDR. Other good stuff is Grafted Wargear, Scytheclaw, Ring of Xathrid cause regenerate, O-Naginata, Magebane Armor because you are in red and probably running red board wipes like Starstorm basically keeps him safe from all red based board wipes and what ever else like Pestilence. Another good one is Kusari-Gama. All the "swords". And that's just equipment. Clout of the Dominus, Helm of the Ghastlord, Sleeper's Robe, and Fist of the Demigod are all good. Some others are good like Skeletal Grimace, Shade's Form, Endless Scream, Phyresis, Glistening Oil, and Corrupted Conscience gonna be good in many situations. I mean I'm barely scratching the surface. There's so many ways you can voltron. But this is what I got for ya. Cheers

SaltySpecula on zur voltron

7 months ago

Not bad! May want to change to EDH type and you have to add your landbase. I'd suggest 36 lands, so you'll need to cut a few others.

I'd also suggest some extra support cards, specifically Retether and Three Dreams.

3 or less CMC value cards to consider ( not auto-includes, just value to consider )

Blessing of Leeches lose 1 life on your upkeep, unlimited regenerate creature. Too powerful not to include.

Asha's Favor Vigilance, First Strike

Aspect of Gorgon +1/+3 and Deathtouch

Cartouche of Ambition Lifelink and a -1/-1 counter on a creature of your choice.

Awesome Presence Offensive version of Propaganda.

Cho-Manno's Blessing Protection from colour of choice. Good for preventing damage and becoming unblockable.

Chromatic Armor Protection from colours of choice on the fly for mana.

Cloak of Mists Unblockable

Crab Umbra Pay 3 mana to untap Zur and it has totem armor.

Curiosity Draw cards when Zur deals any damage.

Daily Regimen 2 mana to put a permanent +1/+1 counter on creature as many times as you want.

Daybreak Coronet Bit more expensive, but 2 mana, +3/+3 first strike, vigilance and lifelink.

False Demise Cheat death once.

Glistening Oil infect for 2 mana.

Infinite Authority punishes opponents and rewards you with +1/+1 counters if they attack or block you.

Invisibility unblockable

Kithkin Armor 1 mana unblockable by power 3 or greater and sac the aura for prevention of damage to zur from one source

Pemmin's Aura On demand 1 mana shroud for turn and 1 mana to untap zur

Pretender's Claim tap down all lands defending player controlls

The 5 scarabs Red Scarab Blue Scarab Black Scarab Green Scarab White Scarab

Sadistic Glee +1/+1 counter every time any creature dies.

Shade's Form Pay 1 black as many times as you want to give creature +1/+1 until end of turn and when creature dies, return it to the battlefield under your control.

Skeletal Grimace +1/+1 and pay 1 black to regenerate this creature.

Sleeper's Robe Fear and draw a card when you deal combat damage

Strange Augmentation +1/+1 base, potentially +3/+3 for one mana if you have a few different types of cards in your graveyard.

Sultai Runemark +2/+2 deathtouch

Traveler's Cloak Draw a card and Zur gets landwalk for a land type of your choice.

Triclopean Sight Untaps Zur, gives him +1/+1 and vigilance.

Unholy Strength 1 mana +2/+1

auto-includes:Pariah Save's your ass. Pair with indestructability to ignore damage.

Auramancer's Guise +2/+2 for each enchantment. Very overpowered.

Entangler Zur can block all the creatures.

Righteous Authority Esper has +1/+1 buff problems. This will buff Zur significantly and give you additional card draw. With blue and black in your arsenal, card draw shouldn't be a problem.

Sage's Reverie Big +1/+1 buff and big card draw. Play late to mid game to turn Zur from a wimp into one shot killer.

Alylio on Mono Black Infect Control

7 months ago

Hi bud,

Retribution of the Ancients

Able to change one of your pumps into removal if needed.

Rime Transfusion

To run this you have to play with snow lands, but if you're able to get your hands on some of them this card could be great.2/1 + unblockable for 1 snow mana.

Skeletal Grimace

1/1 + regen for 1 black.

razelfark on UB discard deck

11 months ago

Would remove the Szadek, Lord of Secrets. He is a very slow creature for mill and use Jace's Phantasm. Much cheaper and faster moving creature.

Might want to cut Dimir Infiltrator for Jace's Phantasm as the infiltrator will be less useful as you put in more copies of the cards he searches for.

Sphinx's Tutelage should be something you run like 3-4 copies of.

Fraying Sanity is a nice suggested enchantment but only would run 2-3.

Skeletal Grimace should get traded out for draw spells like Opt, Serum Visions, or similarly cheap casting draw to help you get to your mill options faster.

You may want to trade out Claustrophobia for something like Hero's Downfall as the card can target more threats and will destroy them so you do not have to worry about effects on board persisting.

GS10 on Alesha, Who Smiles at Her Bank Account

1 year ago

First of all I want to say that I read your description, so I know you are not trying to make a killer deck out of the bat. I'm going to give you some suggestions, I understand some might be a bit over your budget (even though I'll try and keep the more expensive cards only around a couple bucks) and some might not be as interesting for you considering your specific playgroup and your goal with the deck, but since EDH is the perfect format to develop a deck during longer periods of time, and I strongly encourage everyone who plays to do so in order to create an healthy and dynamic playgroup, I'm going to suggest some changes that will improve both on the power level and consistency of your deck.

My deck is more expensive (but still pretty reasonable considering 100 cards) but it performs really well in competitive environments without overpowering the board in more fun oriented playgroups. You can check it out and maybe you'll find some other cards you don't know about that might be good for you:


Watch out, we've got a badass over here

Commander / EDH* GS10

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About your deck now, I'll list the changes I'd make and try to explain why so you can pick and choose when you start making replacements.

I'd definitely take these creatures out: Aviary Mechanic, Battle Brawler, Daru Sanctifier, Enraged Revolutionary, Minotaur Skullcleaver, Rotting Mastodon, Timely Hordemate and Zurgo Helmsmasher

You want your plays and reanimations to be more than vannilla creatures, doesn't matter if they make themselves larger if they are easilly blocked and killed, and definitely, if you are running cards over 2 power which are not targets for Alesha, they must enable something game ending, otherwise you are taking consistency out from your deck and not gaining anything in return.

As for noncreature spells I'd take out: Asha's Favor, Berserkers' Onslaught, Blue Ward, Fear, Messenger's Speed, Protective Sphere, Skeletal Grimace, Demystify, Dragonrage (this is kinda okay with double strike, but still, much better options), Harsh Sustenance, Pay No Heed, Profit / Loss, Showstopper, Tenacity, Uncaged Fury, Uncanny Speed, War Flare, Wing Shards (You have no reasonable way to enable storm, so for 3 mana there are numerous better removal options), Coercion (it's one use only. In a multiplayer game you can't possibly gain advantage from picking one card from one opponent in 99% of situations), Kytheon's Tactics, Spectral Reserves and Terashi's Grasp.

I'd take almost all of those auras and instants/sorceries because in my experience Alesha isn't suited for that. She is perfect for a toolbox commander, so you should enforce that and play effects like destroying enchantments, on creatures that you can recurr as you need them instead of on one spell that can be used once. Again, this is relevant because Alesha can use creatures over and over, but not noncreature spells. In decks like Dralnu and such, it would be the other way around. As for ways to pump your creatures, again, it's a one trick pony and then your opponents will be able to block or remove your threat's easilly. Double strike definitely is not the best option, since Alesha likes small creatures, and double strike on small creatures is underwhelming. The trick is to manage a way to keep the board under control, and win little by little or comboing off with something.

I won't change the land base because that's where most money is usually spent and I avoid that as well. Command Tower, Vivid Marsh and Vivid Crag are solid and not very expensive, but again, I don't usually feel the need to improve that much on mana base. But if you feel you are playing this deck for a long time, I'd recommend you pick up a Chromatic Lantern soon. It's insanely important, since Alesha is , and her ability costs so sometimes getting the colours you need for both soon in the game might be harsh. The lantern just saw a reprint so it's lower on price now than it's ever gonna be for a long time after.

What to include then? I'd change a lot, but since you are playing a deck made of what you had laying around, I understand if you don't. I'll go over a few that you should include if you want to improve on the list and you can pick and adjust as you feel it's right. Also, probably all of these will be in my deck, so you can check it and see if there are other options there that you'd want to play instead of those I suggested you'd switch out:

I hope this was of help, it's really cool you are making a deck out of scraps, per say, so you can easilly bring new players in, that's something admirable, since most times the biggest barrier to new players is the intricate play levels of their potential playgroups. I usually lend my decks to new players until they feel comfortable enough with the format to build their own, but that kind of approach making almost a "limited" EDH deck is pretty cool and perfect to help new players improve. As I said, EDH is perfect to improve deckbuilding in time, so that's an awesome way to kick it off!

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