Gnaw to the Bone


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Innistrad (ISD) Common

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Gnaw to the Bone


You gain 2 life for each creature card in your graveyard.

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Gnaw to the Bone Discussion

MrAsian on Splinterfright's stroll through the boneyard

2 weeks ago

Ghoultree is basically a bigger, better Nemesis of Mortals. I honestly don't see why you wouldn't run it. In a deck like this, you would want at least 12-16 cards that would shove cards into your graveyard, like Mulch, Grisly Salvage, and Satyr Wayfinder. This way, you can drop down a Ghoultree or a powerful Splinterfright much earlier on in the game.

I'm not quite sure why you removed Gnaw to the Bone. It's really a game changer in creature-heavy, self-mill decks.

Kessig Cagebreakers is a great win-con.

rupertmarquez on Sultai Grave-lands

2 weeks ago

QuantumSkies and generalrenard: First of all, thanks a lot for the feedback! Now, to address the Life from the Loam discussion. I have some issues with how the deck might execute with that card in, because the deck already has a lot of ways to put things into the graveyard and even now I find myself putting my entire deck in the graveyard by turns 5-7, so I want to stay away from more cards that mill the deck anymore. Also, I want to keep the creature count high for cards like Splinterfright, Gnaw to the Bone and Sidisi, Brood Tyrant. The Gitrog Monster is a super huge card advantage engine in this deck all by itself, so even though I know how powerful Tireless Tracker can be in this deck, again, I can find myself with a lot of things to do with my mana after getting a Nyx Weaver or a Splinterfright going for a turn or two. Regarding Crucible of Worlds, I will certainly put it in the deck. The only reason it wasn't included in the first place was budget considerations, but I will try to acquire it. As for the Fetid Pools, I just think that I want my manabase as smooth as possible without breaking the bank, so after some testing, I found that I don't want taplands in the deck, other than the tri lands (necessary evil) and the Evolving Wilds for the obvious synergy.

DragonBlitz31 on *Hypnotoad* EDH

1 month ago

jeacaveo & mrfab13 I am making edits right now. The ooze line, HD specifically, screwed up the manabase. I have too many lands entering the battlefield tapped and producing colorless. In testing, I hit Gitrog TURN 6 most of the time. That's why Gnaw to the Bone, Devoted Druid, Quillspike, and Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord are coming out.

jeacaveo on *Hypnotoad* EDH

1 month ago

Pretty spicy stuff!

I love Cascading Cataracts to filter, never thought of that.

On the Ooze combo, have you considered a haste enabler to avoid waiting a whole turn cycle to activate it for infinite green? There's a few of them, but one should be enough: Blighted Bat, Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon, Thornling.

Also, why all the life gain Zuran Orb/Gnaw to the Bone?

Imp's Mischief seems amazing! I need to try that out!

CaptDan on Sultai Cycling Song (Pauper)

1 month ago

Yes, Infect is a real pain!

I could just learn to live with milling sometime Songs of the Damned. There is 4 in the deck, so it should not be that much of a problem. Milling away Gnaw to the Bone is not a problem, as it can be cast again from the graveyard for good value.

I need to try Commune with the Gods to see if this speed up the gameplan. I'll keep you informed!

CaptDan on Sultai Cycling Song (Pauper)

1 month ago

Hello! The problem for me with Commune with the Gods and other cards that put cards in the graveyard is that I can't deal with milling away combo pieces. That is why I prefer cycling through the deck with cycle.

I feel Gnaw to the Bone is a must in this deck. Often, I can get myself to 50+ lifes. That way, the game is out of reach of many deck (burn notably). And, the life gain is essential if I want to survive my own Pestilence and Crypt Rats.

Yes, often I play a minor Songs of the Damned early in the game to put some blocker up if needed, to gain more life, to cycle faster, etc. You should try this deck online. I assure you that there are so many interesting plays to discover with it!

Thank you for your comment!

Entomo on Sultai Cycling Song (Pauper)

1 month ago

I like it. maxxing out the lowest cost cycling cards is essential, Street Wraith is perfect.
I'm almost not sure if the deck needs green the way you have it now the greens is a big cycler, and a really really good lifegain spell, but Gnaw to the Bone might not be worth green? It seems like a bigger spell like something with cmc 5-7 with a really dominating effect might be the way to go.
When I goldfished the deck I quickly got 3 creatures into the graveyard and had 2 Songs of the Damned in hand and a Gnaw to the Bone. Gaining 12 life or more over 2 turns could indeed be what keeps you alive (actually I play infect), but maybe just using Songs of the Damned like a Dark Ritual in situations where your not ready to go super big to ramp up to 5-7 might be better? Than we could play something like idk Dinrova Horror or Mulldrifter. Also if we do play green what about something like Commune with the Gods to put more creatures in the yard while finding Crypt Rats?

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