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To answer the question, I scoured the internet, and i found this. (via the D&D wiki, which D&D is owned by WOTC)

Graveborn have escaped death. Once a race dies its corpse may become a graveborn. Some speculate that this is because the soul has not finished its life. Others say that it is a random occurrence. Graveborn have an unnerving presence about them that is as much a result of their cold flesh as their detached cunning and determination. They have a supernatural way with words and often get what they want, but, even so, they fear for their lives since once they only just escaped death.
Haunted continually by the whispers of those who died and were buried in their vicinity, some graveborn seek to escape the voices by venturing into the wilds as barbarians. Others try to drown them out with arcane music or the more preferable, though demanding, voice of a warlock patron. Since they harbor no memories of their former lives and find it difficult to retain even recent memories grave... (see all)
Posted By: WannabeJedi1337 (5/19/2012 1:09:24 AM)


Well, many people have tried to answer Mode's question as to the flavourful difference between a Graveborn and a Zombie. I think we should look to Balduvian Dead, as its the only of the card that mentions the Graveborn. And once we look there, the answer is obvious:

Graveborn can grow some manly beards.

Despite dead flesh and years of decay, Graveborn corpses can both grow and maintain full beards in perfect condition. Made from the manliest of bodies, Graveborn innately have a Red nature- no doubt red mana is flowing through their hair follicles to add to their rugged allure. This excess of testosterone makes the Graveborn more reckless (but stronger) than the traditional zombie, accounting for its 3/1 frame. They are the Isaiah Mustafa of the undead, as it were.

So to answer your question, I have no idea.
Posted By: DoctorKenneth (3/9/2011 5:28:50 PM)


My first deck, my first legend, and my first of a lot of things in Magic. played with a friend back in the good ol' days who had sick Myr tokens and who actually straight up gave me a Rakdos the Defiler deck. yeah...good times. I gave Rakdos back, because my 16 yr old sense of honor told me you can't just get a Rakdos the Defiler for free- now I'm diligently busting Dissension packs trying to earn it. Kind of want to kick my own ass.
Posted By: DarthParallax (11/8/2011 12:19:07 PM)


Aside from mentioned synergies this card offers such as devour effects, could anybody tell me the difference between a Graveborn and a Zombie creature, please? O.O
Posted By: Mode (8/9/2009 12:29:10 PM)


Why wasn't this guy the front-runner for the Graveborn box set?
Posted By: ronthepurplephantom (2/25/2012 11:39:11 AM)


FYI; the Graveborn type is referring to the card Balduvian Dead, back in the good ol' days when creature types were irrelevant and tokens all had unique creature types.
Posted By: HairlessThoctar (12/27/2009 6:43:05 PM)


@Mode: a zombie is the animated corpse of a living. A graveborn is something been born from a grave. The corpse might still in the grave. Maybe the graveborn consists of the rotting tissue and fluids soaked earth next to the corpse. :)

I like Sekkuar a lot. He is best when you have ways to give your creatures persist (such with cauldron of souls) and have ways to sacrifice them at instant speed, like to phyrexian plaguelord.
Posted By: majinara (2/12/2011 1:51:02 AM)


I don't see how Kresh overshadows this. They're just different. Very good EDH general right here.
Posted By: Bobth (9/20/2012 6:53:15 PM)


Perfect with Jund.
Posted By: febbstalicious42 (11/16/2008 8:01:23 AM)


I think the core difference between zombies and Graveborn really is the Red mana affiliation. Note how, while Balduvian Dead makes them, they themselves are zombies. It might also be possible that they're some hybrid between Zombie and Skeleton (a type I dearly love and regret seeing so poorly supported or remembered in comparison)
Posted By: Dr.Pingas (1/30/2012 5:27:53 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!