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Grim Flayer
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Grim Flayer
- Eldritch Moon

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2017

Constructed: 4.13
Casual: 4
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 3
Commander [EDH]: 3

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Grim Flayer
I hate to refer to cards like this as things like "this year's Tarmogoyf", because it makes me uncomfortable to think about how long a shadow that card casts over all of Magic. Fortunately, it's much less overpowering than that Modern benchmark, but hitting for four damage on turn three is not entirely out of the question with this card, and turn four is even easier to achieve thanks to the Flayer's damage trigger. It can also be used as a combo card, setting up your graveyard for future plays with simple attacks, and that versatility means that we should definitely think of it as more than just another Tarmogoyf.
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5

James H.

Grim Flayer (1/3)


A 2/2 for 2 with trample is already a decent enough deal, but the real value of Grim Flayer is that it gets very easily to delirium; on dealing damage to a player, you get to filter through the top three cards of your library, which helps load the graveyard up even more to potentially turn on delirium by the next turn. And a 4/4 with trample for 2 mana is absurdly good in any format.


Grim Flayer isn’t flashy, but it’s absurdly powerful and crazily efficient, which gives him a home in Standard. It’s not as ideal in Modern or Legacy, given that its color requirements make it a harder sell and it's crowded out by more efficient creatures still (like Tarmogoyf), but this creature is quite nasty indeed.


Constructed: 4.25

Casual: 4

Limited: 5

Multiplayer: 3

Commander: 3

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