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Race Demon
Birthplace Innistrad
Lifetime Unknown-4557 A.R.

Griselbrand was one of the demonic masters of Liliana Vess. He granted her the power over death.[1]


He lived on Innistrad. He fought the archangel Avacyn and the two of them clashed, with Avacyn gaining the upper hand. He was imprisoned in the Helvault, an artifact of immense power, made of pure silver, but Griselbrand, in a last-ditch effort to obtain revenge, threw his spear at Avacyn, taking her with him.

Liliana Vess visited Innistrad in the hopes of destroying Griselbrand, with whom she had made a demonic pact that would result in her soul's enslavement. To this end, she opened the Helvault by forcing an ultimatum on Thalia, its guardian. Immediately after his release, Griselbrand used his freedom as an opportunity to escape Avacyn. However, Liliana tracked Griselbrand down, slaughtering both angels and demons alike, and finally cornered him. Desperate, Griselbrand bribed Liliana with promises of power, but she saw through his lies and used the Chain Veil to kill him permanently.[2]

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Griselbrand has become a powehouse in every format it has been legal.

It has affected Commander, Legacy and Modern. Usually present in Reanimator decks, its draw-7 ability has become the center piece in decks like Tin Fins (a Storm-Reanimator strategy from Legacy) and Instant Reanimator (a deck that intends to keep looping the draw-7 ability to win).

As of 2022, all Legacy Reanimator decks tend to run at least 1 copy of Griselbrand.


  • In "The Saint, the Geist, and the Angel", the narrator states that Innistrad demons are made of pure black mana, which allows them to regenerate after death.[3] However, Griselbrand's death appears to have been permanent. It is unclear if the Chain Veil's power deprives demons of their immortality or if this was just a writing inconsistency.
  • The in-game community often gives nicknames to Griselbrand or Griselbrand-decks making playful jokes with its name. Some examples are: Griseldaddy, Griselboss, Griselcannon, Griselshoot.

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  1. Flavor text for Griselbrand (Secret Lair)
  2. Doug Beyer (April 09, 2012). "Angel's Rise and Demon's Release". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Doug Beyer (September 14, 2011). "The Saint, the Geist, and the Angel". Wizards of the Coast.