Bitter Ordeal


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

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Set Rarity
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

Spoosky on Toxic Relationship: Hapatra EDH

3 days ago

mmm, Ring of Xathrid -> i prefer hexproof boots ot Bitter OrdealCrumbling Ashes -> dont say "you may" is a double edge card.Deadbridge Chant -> is a good card, nothing to say, but in multiplayer you can find tons of removal and is too slow, for this i prefer Necrotic OozeFecundity -> i love this card, but is a enabler for all enemies, i play omnath and i like it.

Spoosky on Toxic Relationship: Hapatra EDH

3 days ago

Bitter Ordeal with infinite death triggers ?

Workman4137 on Meren and friends

1 week ago

Ok, there are some cards in the deck that are very unmerenlike. Gonti, Lord of Luxury Varolz, the Scar-Stripped, Bitter Ordeal, Riftsweeper Abyssal Persecutor Aerie Ouphes Carrion Feeder and others of the like. Some of these are just bad in a reanimator deck.

Also, you have good board wipes but nothing helps out a board wipe like an All Is Dust. Combo that with an It That Betrays and all sorts of Grave Pact like effects and you get everyone's board! Easy peasy, lemon squeezey.

Peisistratos on The Aggro Mill *Modern*

1 week ago

Bitter Ordeal doesn't work the way you suggest: it says 'permanent', not 'permanent card', and permanents have to be on the battlefield to be such. You can read about the difference here:

In your deck you can trigger gravestorm only cracking your own fetchlands or waiting for the opponent to destroy one of your permanents.

Also, check out my Mill deck for confrontation. I find some of your choices to be out of place.

KylerStar on What is the purpose of ...

1 week ago

Mirror Gallery can also be used to counter Decks. I personally run a Sharuum the Hegemon deck. This deck wins by having something like Altar of the Brood on the board, then copying her, which creates a loop of sacrificing her and recurring her back. Thus milling every players deck. This can also be use to throw infinite damage or remove everyone's library's from the game with Bitter Ordeal. This interaction relies heavily on the Legend Rule and is much harder to pull off without it.

Squirrel_of_War on Heartless Havengul

2 weeks ago

I could have sworn I read something about it but I guess I was mistaken. The combo I keep finding is actually just 2 Myr Retrievers in an infinite ETB loop and then people either mill with Altar of the Brood, Grapeshot to death, or exile opponents library with Bitter Ordeal for the win.

sonnet666 on [List - Multiplayer] EDH Generals by Tier

2 weeks ago

Oketra is T4 IMO. Also an infinite mana sink, and she makes tokens you can turn into value even if they're overpriced. Better than Hazoret in any case.

We also got this bad boy today:

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He makes me kinda sad, because I think he might actually make a good minotaur tribal commander... in like, ten years from now. At this moment there are only about 14 minotaurs that I would even consider putting in an EDH deck, and that's being super generous. His discard effect also isn't really potent enough to build around when Black already has critical mass of enchantments that do the same thing at the same mana cost.

I'm going to say T4 for him as well. He has some upsides, and he'll scale up well if Wizards keeps supporting minotaurs as a tribe.

HarroHunter, That list looks super solid actually. Lots of paths to victory, and it's pretty consistent with all the tutors. However, my only problem with it is this:

Besides Blowfly Infestation, what parts of the deck have anything to do with Hapatra?

I know a lot of the cEDH brews aren't that commander centric, but usually they intend to use their commander somehow. Hapatra can't even go infinite with Blowfly Infestation if you can't put a -1/-1 counter on something, and with no other cards that even mention -1/-1 counters in your 99, you have to wait until your next combat to go off using that combo. Even if it's your back-up plan, you should devote a little more deckspace to making it function.

It seems like what you've done here is make a super solid G/B Shadowborn Apostle list, which, while still being super solid, doesn't really have much to do with Hapatra. What distinguishes this from any other G/B decklist? Because honestly, right now I want to take this list, throw out Hapatra and Blowfly, and just run Savra, Queen of the Golgari for the potential board wipe or Pharika, God of Affliction for dedicated grave-hate in the command zone. (You should totally take that as a compliment though, because they both suck.)

Also, your description says, "or draw my deck with any of the cards listed above like Fecundity." Keep in mind that the Blowfly combo won't draw your deck with either Grim Haruspex or Harvester of Souls, because the snakes that are dying are token creatures. Right now your only way to win if you go with the Blowfly combo is to have access to either Bitter Ordeal or Fecundity, which is a bit low for wincons, even with all the tutors.

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