Grim Rally

Grim Rally Card

Grim Rally is a 1 Mana Cost Rare Warlock Spell card from the Rastakhan's Rumble set!

Card Text

Destroy a friendly minion. Give your minions +1/+1.

Flavor Text

There’s no “Aiiiieeee” in “Team.”

Grim Rally Card Review

It’s a Mark of the Lotus with a huge downside – you need to kill one of your own minions (which would get buffed otherwise) in order to activate it. Yes, different classes and such, but I’d argue that Token Druid was even better at flooding the board than Zoo Warlock. But Mark of the Lotus was pretty broken, so I guess that they didn’t want to repeat it.

As for the downside, I’d say that it’s pretty punishing. The smallest minions you run in Zoo are 2/1’s, so if you sacrifice that, you get -2/-1 on the board. So if you buff even 4 other minions (which would be an above average scenario), that’s only +2/+3 on the board if you count the destroyed minion’s stats. Yes, there are some upsides to this situation, like having better trades, playing around Defile or making your board more resilient to AoE in general. But having a 5 minions board is not your average scenario, though. If you have let’s say 3 minions, then sacrificing one of them to give +1/+1 to the other two doesn’t seem like a great deal.

The card makes more sense in the Wild format I’d say, where we have cards like Forbidden RitualImp Gang Boss or Imp-losion – stuff that lets you summon a bunch of 1/1’s. Also, the card combos nicely with Nerubian Egg, activating it while buffing the rest of your board.

Maybe Zoo will decide to run Devilsaur Egg and this will be one of the ways to trigger it? That’s a possibility, because this would be a good play. But in something like the current Heal Zoo, I just can’t see this card working that well. It’s okay with 4 minions on board in total, good with 5 minions and great with 6 or more – but given that you often have only 2-3 minions on the board, this can be a dead card quite often.

I could see this being played in a really, and I mean really board-floody version of Zoo, but can the deck get much more board floody with the current cards than it is right now? It can try out stuff like Fiendish Circle, but we would need something akin to Forbidden Ritual to really make it work.

P.S. Not sure why people are talking about Cube Warlock, how does it belong to Cube? You’d rather gain 4 life than give +1/+1 to the other minions on your board (remember that the minions coming out of Cube won’t be buffed), because often there will be no other minions to buff at all.

Card rating: 4/10

32 Comments

  1. Go face never minions
    November 24, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    Ha ha remember mark of the lotus? this is essentially a worse version of it, HOWEVER it could be a better version if you use it in cube warlock where it will benefit from killing your own minions

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  2. TheThreather
    November 24, 2018 at 12:54 am

    It is a card with great value.

    It is an egg/cube activator but question is can you play it..

    I don’t think it is good enough for fit current zoo though as soulfire and soul infusion are both better.

    I think this card is 3/5, decent card but has no home atm.

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  3. MasterSace
    November 23, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    I believe card will be more likely to be seen in a token based warlock deck rather than the more generally expected zoo warlock. The current warlock kit seems to be able to put together a token deck that runs Keleseth/hand buff synergies, I would be really optimistic about the archetype if they release another aoe buff for warlock (or neutral), most hopefully one that’s around 3-4 mana.

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  4. Soup And Salad
    November 23, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Grim Rally is not a card Cube or Control Warlock would want to play alongside Dark Pact. If Discovering a Demon isn’t a good enough intensive for a second Lackey activator, a board buff won’t be either, especially one that won’t affect minions spawned off a Carnivorous Cube it killed.

    It might, might, find a place in Zoo Warlock, but in that deck, it’ll be a win more card far, far more often than a lose less card, something the deck doesn’t want. Comparing it to Soul Fire is fair I suppose, but Soul Fire will always be a source of four damage. Grim Rally can be a functional source of more, but after coming from a slow start or a off of a board clearing effect, it’ll be a source of zero extra damage. It can make your minions trade better, but the stats you need to give up to do so might be a big enough cost that it will only net you +1/+1 or +2/+2 total. As a finisher, swapping out something like The Soularium for Leeroy might be preferable generally since Leeroy will always add six damage to whatever out put your have rather than having to already have a very wide board.

    A few very specific things would need to happen to Zoo Warlock for this to see play at all, and none of those things will happen until after Keleseth leaves Standard.

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  5. CharlieWork
    November 23, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    Yeah, seems like a solid Zoolock finisher. (I haven’t played Cubelock in months so I won’t venture a guess there.) If Zoolock played any deathrattle cards, this would be better, but it plays the same role as Soulfire, as people said.

    I think it’s better than Soulfire for this application — you’re targeting a creature rather than risking a random card, and while the blanket +1/+1 is about equally good for face damage, it’s obviously better if you have to win a board battle or clear out taunt minions.

    You lose the reach compared to Soulfire, but the reach only matters if a) you’re already within 4 damage and b) even with the +1/+1, you can’t clear out opposing defenders. (I would say “within 8 damage,” but playing two Soulfires in a deck that’s designed to clear out its hand is obviously its own risk.) It doesn’t work as well if you don’t have multiple minions on the board already, but if that’s the case, you probably aren’t ready to finish, right?

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  6. Alex
    November 23, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    This is quite likely the most busted card of the set. 1 Mana spell AOE buff for warlock AND you add deathrattle synergy on top.

    This is zoolock’s wet dream.

    You read it here first.

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    • Truffles
      November 23, 2018 at 5:29 pm

      While yes I do see this card seeing play, you are making a big deal out of nothing. While zoolock does run a ton of aggro, this expansion has minimal to offer zoo. While you are buffing your cards, keep in mind zoo doesn’t like to sacrifice their creatures, other than the 2/1 heal 2. You’d need to remove 2 cards from an already busted deck in order to fit this in, and with other cards that are the staple of zoo being rotated out in a month, I don’t see this being much more than a 1 month everyone scared fest. Overall while it is a scary card at first, you need to remember that aoe clear is going to be massively present in this meta, so no worries there! 🙂 Running 2 copies is scary, but overall zoo has little deathrattles, due to wanting to keep minions ALIVE. Keep in mind you need to sacrifice a minion to make it good, it will be a +1/1 to 6 minions that could attack this turn at best and an OTK at worst.

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      • Jonnymeerkat
        November 23, 2018 at 6:13 pm

        Definitely agree with the counter-take; this is definitely not busted for Zoo.

        However, rotation isn’t until April 2019. I’ll never understand how so many people fail to understand this.

        ROTATIONS HAPPEN EVERY APRIL PEOPLE.

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        • Soup And Salad
          November 23, 2018 at 6:30 pm

          Most people are considering how these cards will impact the game on release, not so much when cards are taken out of Standard. When people do, it’s usually as a conciliatory remark.

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          • Anarchy
            November 24, 2018 at 6:02 am

            This is much better in wild with nerubian egg. In wild, there are more ways to create tokens and benefit from minion destruction, and keleseth is not in every wild zoo deck. The non prince demon versions are actually on the same power level and this might find a place in this kind of decks. Furthermore, it’s a great addition to a cubezoo deck, which is far from being a meta deck, but which is indeed competitive in wild where Voidcallers are still around.
            But it’s by no means busted

  7. MelaMalone
    November 23, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    No! Just no! We have too much enablers for aggro and Cubelock already! Take this card, lock it in a safe and throw it in the ocean where it never may resurface! This may look like a worse version of Mark of the Lotus, but Mark of the Lotus in a Warlock class is simply just toxic…

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  8. Jed
    November 23, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Die so we may live

    3.2/5

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  9. Sinssino
    November 23, 2018 at 11:53 am

    I feel like you’ll forgot cubelock was an a really good deck and this card helps the deck out a lot it kills your cube and then gives 1/1 so whatever you used cube on (best scenario is a doomguard but 2 4/10 voidcallers are amazing) and then whatever else on the field will also get the 1/1 bonus really good card imo

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    • Soup And Salad
      November 23, 2018 at 6:54 pm

      Killing a Cube with this would not result in buffed Doomgaurds or Voidlords. Its effect resolves before the deathrattle.

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  10. Ivan
    November 23, 2018 at 11:28 am

    Time for Cubelock again…

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    • Skyscale
      November 23, 2018 at 11:54 am

      Cubelocks can already destroy their own stuff. This is most definitely not a card for them

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    • Soup And Salad
      November 23, 2018 at 6:31 pm

      Why would Cube Warlock want to buff their board over gaining life of even discovering a demon?

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  11. Whym
    November 23, 2018 at 11:25 am

    basicaly another burst damage option for zoo, destroying your own 1/3 or 2/1 for what is likely about +3/+3 is a good deal, but this card relies on you allrealy having a dominant board. though it does seem that warlock is getting token cards like the new loa so this card may look even better in the future.
    3.5/5

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  12. Warptens
    November 23, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Mark of the lotus was seriously overpowered tho
    This can also be made an upside if you combine it with cards like lost spirit, devilsaur egg or voodoo doll.

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  13. Wow
    November 23, 2018 at 11:19 am

    If we use this on a cube that ate a doomguard would the doomgurds get the plus 1/1 or would the cube pop last?

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    • Warptens
      November 23, 2018 at 11:21 am

      They shouldn’t get the +1+1, which is sad

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      • Sinssino
        November 23, 2018 at 11:45 am

        I think it does give them the 1/1 becuase it says destroy the minion and then has a period and then give 1/1

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    • Soup And Salad
      November 23, 2018 at 6:33 pm

      The effect of Grim Rally would resolve before the Deathrattle of Carnivorous Cube, so using this to trigger the cube would not result in two 6/8 Doomgaurds or 4/10 Voidlords.

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  14. Solus
    November 23, 2018 at 10:58 am

    You guys are missing the potential of this card. Say you have 5 minions in play (a common occurance for zoolock). This is now an extra soulfire, provided you’re going face, which is what zoolock wants to do anyway, but instead of discarding a card you lose a minion. So the real question is, would zoo run 2 additional soulfires? I think so.

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    • Soup And Salad
      November 23, 2018 at 6:37 pm

      The problem with that is Soulfire will always deal four damage while this won’t always be able to be a Soul Fire. The Zoo Warlock might have had a great start or have a board of 3/3s and 4/4s when they top deck this. Plus, drawing this after a board wipe won’t do much. Zoo doesn’t really play any win more cards, which is what this will typically be, and there isn’t anything the deck would want to cut to gain access to it.

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  15. SimEgg
    November 23, 2018 at 10:35 am

    This is just a worse version of the druid spell ‘Mark of the lotus’ or am I wrong? This doesn’t look like a good card to me.

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    • Arcarii
      November 23, 2018 at 10:46 am

      Deathrattle synergies 🙂

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      • SimEgg
        November 23, 2018 at 11:52 am

        That is true but mostly just good with eggs. I’m not solde I think this require too much, deathrattle minions are not really played in zoolock. I think the heal package is better.

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        • ghgh55
          November 23, 2018 at 2:28 pm

          Mask of the Manari
          Carnivorous Cube
          Umbra
          Doomgaurd
          And this card can deal 29 damage in one turn, nothing to scoff at. (Up from 25 with Dark Pact).

          Still I’m not convinced it will make cube-lock competitive.

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          • SimEgg
            November 23, 2018 at 3:30 pm

            I think healing 4 is more often then not better then +1/+1 for that deck though.

  16. Halusky
    November 23, 2018 at 10:20 am

    token warlock? Synergies good with Hirek, but thats all. In control you dont want this and with zoo you rather want minions. Its ok card, tho, 3/5

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