Bitter Ordeal


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Future Sight Rare

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Bitter Ordeal


Search target player's library for a card and remove that card from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.

Gravestorm (When you play this spell, copy it for each permanent put into a graveyard this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)

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Bitter Ordeal Discussion

Osbert on Breya, Ghost in the Shell

5 days ago

Kai-Erik, in your current decklist the Bomberman combo or Gemstone Array would solely exist just for the infinite mana possibilities (I guess the array could save you some mana to overlap to another turn), but I don't see how your deck can utilize infinite colourless mana other than infinite thopters from Thopter Foundry, then translating to infinite damage using Breya. If you used Blue Sun's Zenith instead of Sphinx's Revelation, you could use the infinite colourless to mill another player out.

If you want to justify the Bomberman combo, you could always add the spellbombs which are great utility, Pithing Needle, and all of them would be tutored with Trinket Mage, and Auriok Salvagers could just bring them back to hand. Lion's Eye Diamond is much more of a niche card, other than the combo, it's a 0 drop artifact to be eaten by Breya. But these cards are similar to Bitter Ordeal or Disciple of the Vault, where they do very little unless you already have the combo going.

I do think the above would be stronger than the Saheeli Rai + Felidar Guardian combo, as both of those cards alone have very low impact individually. Auriok Salvagers at least have limited tool boxing capability.

JaronTheBaron on Sharuum and the Funky Robot

1 week ago

Cyclonic Rift Is a staple in any blue deck

If you want to go more combo focused
I see this a lot with Sharuum the Hegemon decks.
The combo of Sharuum the Hegemon, Sculpting Steel or Phyrexian Metamorph to get infinite enter the battlefield/die. So you playing Sharumm, target Sculpting Steel or Phyrexian Metamorph, which copies Sharumm, since the Legendary rule takes effect you sacrifice the original, then the token triggers bringing back the original, then you sac the token, and you just repeat that. Then you cast Bitter Ordeal or have Marionette Master on board.

Also Thopter Assembly + Time Sieve for infinite turns.
Ashnod's Altar + Sword of the Meek + Thopter Foundry is infinite 1/1's and life.

Cordyceps0 on Mill Grill's

2 weeks ago

Bitter Ordeal! God I want that card. What's the most you've had it resolve for?I run looots of creatures in my Graveyard Factory, 31 not including Phenax and always wishing I could fit more. It's self-mill, so perhaps slightly different principals, but I don't run any mill spells as they're just once, while creatures are "forever." Traumatize does look beautiful, tho.

How consistent is your mana? I'd imagine with as many counterspells as you have it's nice to have some extra lands untapped. One way to cheat in ramp in non-Green decks is lots of artifact mana. Sol Ring, Talisman of Dominance, a signet... I personally like Mistvein Borderpost for the devotion and flexible cost. Any of these bump you ahead a turn on mana, crucial in the early game.

dlamars on Life is Milling Me

3 weeks ago


Hey, thanks for the compliment. I'm not super familiar with duel commander since I always play with 3 to 4 people so I'm not really sure how to help. I know Sol Ring and Entomb are banned, you could also potentially lose Leyline of the Void and Mist of Stagnation since it's more for controlling 3 other players. Losing Tendrils of Agony might be OK too since there is Bitter Ordeal to fill the same role for one less. I'd consider adding more counter magic such as Disallow, maybe some removal such as Hero's Downfall, a couple more zombies like Gempalm Polluter and some transmute such as Dimir Machinations since it most likely won't be countered and the 3 cmc spot has a lot of combo pieces.

I hope that helps, sorry again for not knowing much about 1v1 these days.

lagotripha on Sacontrol

3 weeks ago

In a tron heavy meta, Ghost Quarter makes an impact. Damping Matrix works pretty well too. All told sideboard looks good-

On the eldritch evolution note Kitchen Finks is a staple for a reason, and running some chord and Melira, Sylvok Outcast makes it a silly combo deck. Otherwise, I'd be splashing green for Collected Company and graveyard shenanigans. Seeing that meta, test sideboard Mimic Vat. It interrupts persist with an exile trigger on your opponent's turn (they can still combo in theirs) and if you can kill a big creature from regular tron it stalls the game neatly, dodging all is dust. YMMV against weirder tron setups. If you're more of a traditionalist Shadow of Doubt completely stops Expedition Map, Chord of Calling etc to help prevent setup. Bitter Ordeal is your ideal anti combo tool here- if you're prepared to ditch that gravecrawler and seer early you can remove a player's tron, or just a bunch of differently named key cards. If you do go G/B infinite sacrifice combo, it lets you exile a players' library. Sadistic Sacrament does work, but many other options have the 'nonland' listing.

Evil Presence is a great choice- Contaminated Ground can be a few more copies if you want to go all in on that.

This does play a little against your gameplan though as most of it doesn't come with attached bodies, so you should watch out for that tempo loss. I'd probably run whip SB against a less combo-y meta, to swap with bitterblossom or creatures. You aren't running Gray Merchant of Asphodel to nuke an opponent and swing back the life totals, and aren't losing too much life to anything bar bitterblossom, so its pretty much a per matchup basis.

Pheardemons on The Etherium's Power is Unstoppable

1 month ago

ComboCrazy while I understand I am missing some of the main combos of artifacts. This deck is a combo deck.

Auriok Salvagers and Lion's Eye Diamond creates infinite mana which means I can use breya's bolt ability infinitely.

Doomsday puts the following cards in my deck in the following order from the top: Thought Scour, Worldgorger Dragon, any card, Animate Dead (or any varient), the lastly any card. When I draw Thought Scour I target myself. Worldgorger Dragon and the next card are milled and I draw Animate Dead. I then do the infinite mana combo, which will Flicker breya and in response just keep bolting people before Worldgorger Dragon's ability resolves.

Sharuum the Hegemon combos with Phyrexian Metamorph. Sharuum is on the battlefield, then I play Phyrexian Metamorph copying Sharuum. The legend rule applies and the original sharuum is put into the graveyard. Phyrexian Metamorph triggers returning the original Sharuum. Legend rule applies again and this time get rid of the Metamorph. This is infinitely returning cards from the graveyard so Bitter Ordeal takes everyone out as could Disciple of the Vault. If Reckless Fireweaver is on the battlefield then it damages each opponent to death.

Notion Thief and wheel effects.

This deck is a combo deck, just maybe not combos that you knew about. I have left out some "main" combos of artifacts, but the reasoning is I decided to make this deck somewhat competitive.

zephramtripp on Black Mill, is it possible?

1 month ago

I think red mill is actually more viable with Wheel of Fortune effects and the like. I know that in OG Conspiracy limited, you could have a nasty red mill from Barbed Shocker.

On the other hand, the best black mill is probably through the Gravestorm of Bitter Ordeal.

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