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You can't activate the graverobbers ability without a target (a card in an opponents graveyard) and the ability will fizzle if the target isn't legal upon resolution. The graverobber will then check if it was there is any cards in that same graveyard, if there isn't any then you will flip the card.

That also means that the graverobber doesn't check as statebased action if there is an opponents graveyard that is empty.

So to put it simple: The graverobber will only flip if it exiles the last card in a graveyard.

I was unsure myself, that is why i did the research. But i still like the card, it reminds me about kamigawa and my rat deck^^
Posted By: theis999 (11/28/2010 1:04:58 PM)


Schlappi's right. This card might as well have a bullseye painted on it. Love it on those rare occasions that it lives long enough to do its job, though. Use Terror to put his best creatures in the graveyard, then pop em right back out. Provided you can get the mana, of course.
Posted By: Draugnor (9/8/2009 6:16:28 AM)


Big problem is that his flipped toughness is still only 2.
Posted By: Tanaka348 (11/27/2009 10:22:44 PM)


He only cost 2 CMC and his ability also only costs 2 CMC; you can get him out and flip him in the early game!
Posted By: AXER (12/18/2009 2:25:56 AM)


Ravenous Rats into this guy, then Cabal Coffers for mana...I've won many a game with this little guy. In fact, I put a Gaea's Cradle into my mono-black rat deck just to fuel him...
Posted By: izzet_guild_mage (1/12/2010 11:25:43 AM)


A great concept, especially pre-level up. However the ability to kill this thing with something as mundane as Shock before and after it flips is . . . disturbing.
Posted By: DacenOctavio (12/12/2010 1:04:02 AM)


Is this guy a valid general for edh? II mean you won't be playing him as a legend...
Probably best in multiplayer anyway were someone's sure to have a vacant graveyard and someone else is sure to have one full of goodies.
Posted By: TPmanW (12/12/2010 4:04:47 PM)


i wonder how 3 manas and an empty graveyard make you able to flip it turn 1?
Posted By: Croquette (2/16/2011 11:21:31 AM)


a five-stars-for-fun card.
Posted By: Kryptnyt (3/7/2011 10:54:18 PM)


@TPManW: I'm assuming you mean "you wouldn't be playing him as a Commander," as he doesn't stop being a legend when you play him in EDH/Commander. Yes, he's legal. Simply put, if he's not on the Banned list, and I just checked http://mtgcommander.net/rules.php so I know he isn't, then of course you can play him, even as your Commander if you really wanted to.

I'll probably put him in a WBR deck along with Geth, Lord of the Vault, Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni, and Scythe of the Wretched for his synergy with Tariel, Reckoner of Souls, even if he might never get flipped. Then again, even if he doesn't get flipped, he can remove the more fodder creatures just like Cemetery Reaper and and Withered Wretch, helping to assure that whatever Tariel randomly pulls you, it's at least one card more likely to be something useful.
Posted By: sarroth (6/12/2011 6:17:39 AM)