Grave Betrayal


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Return to Ravnica (RTR) Rare

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Grave Betrayal


Whenever a creature you don't control dies, return it to the battlefield under your control with an additional +1/+1 counter on it at the beginning of the next end step. That creature is a black Zombie in addition to its other colors and types.

Grave Betrayal Discussion

Rhadamanthus on Does Grave Betrayal give me ...

4 days ago

One more: Grave Betrayal

Yes, it's a Zombie.

The type-changing effect from Grave Betrayal's ability always applies to the card it brings back, but it will only have a visible effect if the card is a creature and if there isn't some other type-changing effect writing over the Zombie type. For example: a Celestial Colonnade brought back under one of the combinations you list will be a base 0/0 black Zombie with a +1/+1 counter on it, but if you activate its ability then it will be a base 4/4 white and blue Elemental (still with a counter, of course) because the Colonnade's own ability doesn't say "in addition to its other colors and types".

PistonPower on The Scarab God Zombies&ETBs

2 weeks ago

Try out Grave Betrayal , Extract from Darkness , or Graf Harvest . If you want to push more of a mill strategy, Fleet Swallower or Traumatize will get you some good targets. Paradox Haze seems a bit narrow with it effecting only 4 cards, one of which will make you burn through your deck very quickly.

Strangelove on Karona, Roving Herd of False Gods

1 month ago

@AtashiDesu, I wish there was more goad! But yea, there are a lot of options.

If you like Barrier, there's also Pramikon, Sky Rampart .

I'll usually save Elephant Grass for when I can cast Karona at the same time and pay for it until she leaves. Since my hugs are like Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis / Rites of Flourishing /etc, I have mana to do whatever I want tho. Island Sanctuary is mostly just for Karona.

The problem I see with the vows and mana, imo, is the commander tax. 6 is a lot. Expecting to have 9 (or more) mana open for Karona and a vow, let alone any other shenanigans, is hopeful. Auras are generally bad because they trade 2:1 very easily. You could Omniscience with that mana. I almost always want to play my land for turn and then keep casting Karona... even for 14 mana because people kill her :)

If flying midrange is a thing, add some wipes! I usually run 4-6 in commander. Rn I'm testing Dimensional Breach (bring back a pillow card... then Karona!).

My other favorite is Endless Whispers to keep Karona alive or Grave Betrayal if you can survive the hate.

If you can decide between the "Breaking Legendary," "Karona Voltron," and Pillowfort, I think the cuts will make more sense to you. All-in on breaking the Legendary rule would be pretty funny to see!

PhotogenicParasympathetic on Chainer, Nightmare Adept

1 month ago

Grave Betrayal is a bit pricey mana-wise but can be devastating if you pull it off.

Mogis, God of Slaughter seems like he'd fit in as well.

Tejendi on Zombies are Dim

2 months ago

I'd suggest replacing, Death Denied with Rise of the Dark Realms .

You could replace Millstone with Altar of the Brood , as it seems you can create a good amount of tokens to trigger it more often, also it can help fule Rise of the Dark Realms .

Also you seem to be somewhat light on boardwipes, Toxic Deluge and Black Sun's Zenith might be worth considering as they get around indestructable.

You might also want to look into some way to get value from yours and other creatures dying, such as Grave Betrayal or Black Market

In order to handle the problem with milling your lands, it might be worth running, Elixir of Immortality

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Grave Betrayal occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Black: 0.24%