Grotesque Mutation


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Heirloom Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Battlebond (BBD) Common
Shadows over Innistrad (SOI) Common

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Grotesque Mutation


Target creature gets +3/+1 and gains lifelink until end of turn. (Damage dealt by the creature also causes its controller to gain that much life.)

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Grotesque Mutation Discussion

DrK4ZE on The Plague

10 months ago

You could improve it a lot just by optimizing the cards you have. For example, all your hand disruption cards can be replaced with a combination of Thoughtseize, Inquisition of Kozilek, or even Collective Brutality. Researching, and finding the best version of each card can go a long way to improving any deck. Unfortunately, better cards tend to be more expensive, but if you can afford it you'll notice the difference.

Also, in an infect deck you typically want fewer creatures, more pump spells. So I'd cut Contagious Nim, and Bontu's Monument in favor of more removal/pump/hand disruption spells.

Finally, as a general deck building rule for beginners: to start a deck out pick 9 cards that you'd like to base the deck around. Run 4 of each, + 24 lands and BAM deck. From there you can shuffle things around a bit (fewer high drops more low drops/more lands or less lands/Varying your removal). This helps trim the fat, creates a consistent deck, and gives you a nice starting point.


Do your research, test it out, keep what works toss what doesn't. Always glad to see new players. Best of luck!

baby_tussler on Tiny Infection

11 months ago

Piracy Charm or Grotesque Mutation might be good if you want some pump spells

musicman3310 on The Plague

11 months ago

Maybe play Unnatural Endurance, Supernatural Stamina, and Grotesque Mutation for those infect deck beef ups while keeping your stuff and you alive.

Harbynger on Hobbez9186

11 months ago

So I finished my first pass at this. It's a little slow to start, but Kari Zev's Expertise will be really interesting with Grotesque Mutation to try and get some life gain early on. Once you get to 6 mana, things get wild!

Oloro_Magic on Dark Devotion

1 year ago

In mono black is Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth really worth it without Cabal Coffers? Also, I would recommend Gatekeeper of Malakir he provides some versatile removal.

I think the lifegain plan can be dropped, Gifted Aetherborn is a great card and should stay but Divinity of Pride and Grotesque Mutation can be dropped to address a big need of yours: card draw. I would recommend budget Bob, Asylum Visitor.

LeaPlath on Dark Devotion

1 year ago

OK, so, there are more efficient ways to build the creature devotion.

Bloodghast is easier to recurr than traitor, and you can play fetches easily. Gatekeeper of Malakir is actually pretty solid given a lot of the DS decks want to play 1 creature and protect it, and this kills that creature and blocks. Relentless Dead recurrs itselfs, Merchant and Messenger which is hot. Geralf's Messenger is generically good devotion. Phyrexian Obliterator is a bit iffy, I don't like it all that much but it sees play as a 2 of. Gray Merchant of Asphodel should be a 4 of all the time to be quite honest. You want to see multiples and play on curve.

Liliana of the Veil & Liliana, the Last Hope are also awesome, but I would go for like a 1/2 split veil to last hope, as last hope does more in this sort of deck.

Fatal Push exists, add in the fetchlands for Bloodghast and everything in the format dies. Maybe some Dismember to, or if you add in some Tombs, Abrupt Decay.

Despise isn't run in modern because it just isn't that good, being conditional where as Thoughtseize is unconditional and IoK hits 90% of the targets in the format.

Grave Pact may give 3 devotion, but it doesn't do anything really. They just play around it. The decks that care about this can sacrifice their mana dorks, and the other decks have Path to Exile and similar.

Grotesque Mutation is just bad. Hero's Downfall is probably better as Never in your sideboard.

You saids Vesuva works well with Nykthos, how do you mean?

4x Fulminator Mage are must haves for the sideboard.

RUST-O on No Friends? No Problem (Budget Infect\Wither)

1 year ago

I have always been a fan of Grotesque Mutation. Underrated pump spell in mono black. And as budget as it gets.

Seems like if could do some work here.

Cool deck. +1

Argy on Black-Green Pummeler

1 year ago

For Attune with Aether:

-1 Forest
-1 Hissing Quagmire
-2 Swamp

+4 Attune with Aether

I disagree with taking out Creatures for Nissa, as they are the chief way you get . You are also now going to have more Instants, so less chance of Creatures.

I would do this:

-1 Blossoming Defense
-2 Grotesque Mutation

+3 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar

If you find the you miss Grotesque Mutation you can slot it back in for something else, however most games should be finished before you need likelink.

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