Bitter Ordeal


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

sonnet666 on Savra Apostle Storm

2 days ago

Well for starters you can cut Bitter Ordeal and Zulaport Cutthroat since those were only in there for the Hapetra/Blowfly combo. You're not likely to be able to kill your opponents with them just by sacing Apostles.

I'd put Gravepurge back in, and also Skullclamp as it's a good way to turn your creatures into cards.

I think you could safely cut 2 or 3 Apostles to free up space, and I'm noticing that it's typically better in playtests to grab Harvester of Souls with the Apostles than Rune-Scarred Demon. Maybe Rune-Scarred Demon could be cut?

I'd try to include more tutors with the space. Sylvan Tutor and Summoner's Pact are extra ways to grab Vizier of the Menagerie, and maybe Eldritch Evolution on a 1-drop to grab Grim Haruspex?

sonnet666 on Counter stacks

1 week ago

You realize that without a finisher like Bitter Ordeal or Blood Artist the Hapetra Blowfly combo doesn't actually do anything, right?

GeneralTzu on Nekusar, The Dominant (COMPETITIVE EDH)

3 weeks ago

Entrei Awesome, just upvoted ;)

Definitely different approaches. I dig yours! Also.. never even knew of Bitter Ordeal seems nasty after a wipe.. especially knowing how much tutoring there is in my group. I'd love to run that.

Rez09 on Bontu

1 month ago

MRDOOM3, thanks for the suggestions! :D Let's take a look at these suggestions with mah nub eyes. >: D

Plunge into Darkness seems like it will let me sac a ton of creatures in one sweep and will trigger Defiant Bloodlord and Sanguine Bond when doing so, which could be a surprise blowout when done at the right time, being six damage per sac with both on the field, and its other effect works well with Bontu's constant scrying. It can be copied with Isochron Scepter and reused as well. Excellent suggestion, I probably would have passed this over without a second thought! :D

Urborg Justice I had on my list of cards earlier, but I ended up cutting it for Dictate of Erebos, as that has a better multiplayer version of the effect and lasts for more than one turn, although Urborg Justice does imprint on Isochron Scepter for multiple uses. Is there another unique interaction I'm missing here that could push it ahead?

Eliminate the Competition seems like a combination of Urborg Justice and Plunge into Darkness, with the former's effect and the latter's ability to let me mass sac creatures. :o It is a bit pricey and I can't imprint it, but it might work as a mini-boardwipe and has excellent synergy with Overseer of the Damned, making a token to replace each spent one! :D Not sure what I'd replace, though. Hrmmmm : '

Bitter Ordeal looks like another card I'd have passed right over at first glance, but it looks awesome now! :D I was having problems dealing with an indestructible artifact deck last night, but if I can just exile key pieces from a deck before they come into play that gets around the problem completely! Guaranteed for, at the very least, my sideboard. :D Thank you again! \ O /

Out of curiosity, is there a monoblack card I could combo this with that would somehow allow me to play the cards I pull from my opponents library before they exile? :o

Reprocess is another multi-sac outlet for card draw that would let me bounce Spine of Ish Sah, which could be super useful as I only recall one other way I have to return that at the moment. I have been looking at other options for card draw to replace Sign in Blood and Cemetery Recruitment (though I might still keep the latter for recursion purposes) as well, and this could fit here, though I'll have to analyze it a bit further against Graveborn Muse, Necropotence, and Yawgmoth's Bargain, which were three of my recent additions into the category.

Thanks again for the additions (and making trimming this even harder!) ;p

gdm1989 on Toxic Relationship: Hapatra EDH

1 month ago

So I tried this out on paper but I added Mana Crypt, Volrath's Stronghold, Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon and Phyrexian Tower instead which have been useful to me but I might remove the crypt and the dragon and add Bitter Ordeal a shame Blightsteel Colossus isnt useful in this due to high mana cost. However Kamahl, Fist of Krosa is the real deal in this deck try it out :)

MrKrabs on Breya EDH

1 month ago

Even if you're not going the combo route, Sculpting Steel and Phyrexian Metamorph seem like excellent inclusions. If you feel like leveraging the combo, Bitter Ordeal and your already included Disciple of the Vault do the job nicely.

Soldcastro on Bring out your unDead

1 month ago

I think you should use Coat of Arms, it's like a Craterhoof Behemoth to your tribe.
Also, use Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth to get your creatures unblockable with Zombie Master and Phyrexian Altar+Gravecrawler nets you infinite triggers of ETB and ETG, then your Diregraf Colossus will make infinite tokens or you can cast Bitter Ordeal and Exile everyone's decks.

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