Harsh Sustenance

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern 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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Set Rarity
Fate Reforged (FRF) Common

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Harsh Sustenance

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Harsh Sustenance deals X damage to target creature or player and you gain X life, where X is the number of creatures you control.

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Harsh Sustenance Discussion

hfrulani on Orzhov Vamps: +1 life for me, -1 life for you

1 month ago

First of all, thanks for commenting, ZolvaNation.

About Blood-Cursed Knight: although I only have 2 enchantments in the deck, I usually get to play them, so it could be a good addition! Probably I would take out Inspiring Cleric...I just play them because a friend has a white enchantment/heroic deck and always gets protection against B, so I use them to have a way of blocking his creatures.

Now about Harsh Sustenance: I need to try it, but I believe it would work better in a vampire token deck, which naturally will have more creatures in the field.

Saljen on Sliver Me Timbers Xerxes

4 months ago

Here's some land recommendations, because playing 5 colors is hard without the right lands:

Ancient Ziggurat, Command Tower, Crystal Quarry, Frontier Bivouac (run all 10 of the tri-colored tap lands, they're cheap and good), Mystic Monastery, Nomad Outpost, Opulent Palace, Rupture Spire, Sandsteppe Citadel, Savage Lands, Seaside Citadel, Shimmering Grotto, Sliver Hive, Transguild Promenade.

You should drop all your basic lands down to 1 of each type. Running 5x Vivid lands and 10x Tri-color lands, and 1 of each basic land takes up 20 land slots. The rest should be land that some how taps for all colors.

I run a pretty low budget Slivers list, with Hivelord as the commander as well. Here's some cards that could up the power level of your deck without crazy monetary investment:

Primal Rage and Shared Triumph offer buffs to all of your Slivers. Spirit of Resistance makes you invincible if you have Sliver Hivelord in play. Unearth is a solid way to return some of your best Slivers to play after removal. Harsh Sustenance is solid removal with the added benefit of life gain. Obelisk of Urd is a good way to pump up your Slivers. Domri Rade is a planeswalker that works really well with Slivers. Gives you consistent removal as well as draw. The ultimate makes it real difficult to lose games.

PedroMarcello on Calvatia Gigantea Iudicii

4 months ago

I can't belive i'm atually seen a pauper Saproling deck without Sprout Swarm.

I don't really understand why the Velis Veil theme when your cards really don't benefit from the tribal side unless you actually want to sacrifice your engines after pumping them, which feels very bad, honestly.
This deck really wants to go Abzan, you will find better non-tribal spells to finish off your opponent and have an easier manabase. Harsh Sustenance, Foul-Tongue Shriek, Charge, Swarm Surge (kinda flavorful) and Borrowed Grace are great go wide spells in those colors.

Vitaspore Thallid is also pauper legal so it could be an option. Thallid Shell-Dweller could be used in sideboard hold agressive decks.

TypicalTimmy on Casual Dirty combo

5 months ago

I currently run an Orzhov Ally deck (No decklist on site; Thrown together by odds and ends at home) that seeks to bring out guys like Kalastria Healer + Zulaport Cutthroat + Cliffhaven Vampire.

The Allies that spread player's life totals farther and father apart. I combo this with things like Harsh Sustenance for more potency.

Then, I pay into Killing Wave and take the massive hit to my life total and keep all my guys and watch my opponent's struggle to decide what they want to keep. They usually end up sac'ing the majority of their weaker guys, which leaves them more or less defenseless for a full-swing win.

Alternatively, I choose to pay no life and sac my entire boardstate, letting Zula bring me to victory.


I've also got a Rakdos Minotaur deck that combo's Felhide Petrifier with Anaba Shaman. That's hilariously potent. What's worse is when Felhide partners up with a fully level'd Lord of Shatterskull Pass.

colton815 on B/W Soul sisters

5 months ago

Stephencliffe: Harsh Sustenance and Foul-Tongue Shriek are absolutely NOT terrible.

Gattison on Music: The Gathering

6 months ago

Five-Color Rain (Pop)

The following is a parody of "Rock That Body," by the Black Eyed Peas.


I wanna elf right now
I wa--I wanna elf right now
I wa--I wanna elf right now
Now, now, elf right now.
I wa--I wanna elf right now
I wa--I wanna elf right now
I wa--I wanna elf right nooowww

I want more lands, I want more lands and more life
I wanna drop, I wanna drop a body
I wanna swing, I wanna swing friggin' wide
Up in ya face and then drop another body.

Block that body
Come on, come on, block that body (Block that body)
Block that body
Come on, come on, block--that--body
(repeat)

Look at all these--creatures I got
Scryin' land to--the bottom from top
Synergize with just one drops
Mono- got the board on lock. (Board on lock)
Swing and watch--you'd have to have like a million blockers
Faces be boomin'--and lifegain lots
It's a good game if you scoop or not
Elves are like rabbits they just don't stop. (Porkin' lots)

When you swingin' at elves just stop
Think, do you have enough to block
'Cause elves be droppin' around the clock
Go to combat and then tap them all.
If you swing back I cast a Fog
Rancor on Elvish Vanguard
No one boardwipes elves for long! (Elves are bomb!)

Androgynous man-ladies
Elves are androgynous man-ladies
Elves are androgynous man-ladies
Elves are all androgynous man-ladies

Yeah, they could be big-butts
1/2s, they got junk in trunks
They could be vanilla types
Chumps with no abilities.
Short stacks, elf tribal
I just like to synergize
Triggers outta sight
Trigger--triggers outta sight.

She don't mulligan
Or miss land-drops
And in her mainboard
She got eight dorks.
She like trample, she love tokens
Timberwatch Elf, the shit is broken
She like counters, and the mid-range
She like the late-game, and f***in' lifegain.

Don't get mad at me, elves are just stupid
Don't get mad at me... (bro, bro, bro, bro)

I want more lands, I want more lands and more life
I wanna drop, I wanna drop a body
I wanna swing, I wanna swing friggin' wide
Up in ya face and then drop another body.

(and so on...)

The following is a parody of "Papa Don't Preach," by Madonna.

Pauper, is something I know I can playset
And I almost always play budget
But you should know by now
I'm not a Timmy
I started brewing with mono-
Then I splashed for the Deacon Vile
I may be Orzhov now
But I know what I'm playin'

The tribe you never heard about
Until Pauper came around
This was a great playtest
Now let's play for ante (please)


Pauper don't preach, cast a Suture Priest
Pauper don't preach, Mana Tithe is weak
I made up my mind, I'm tapping my cleric (mmm)
I'm gonna' tap my cleric (mmmmm)

He or she's going to swing at me
We both have a decent battlefield
Maybe they'll be alright
Maybe I'll sacrifice

But my opponent won't give it up
Playing too many clerics for you to touch
What you need right now is some Harsh Sustenance (for )


Pauper don't preach, cast a Suture Priest
Pauper don't preach, Blessing's almost free
I made up my mind, I'm tapping my cleric (uh)
I'm gonna' tap my cleric (ooh, oh)

Johnny, Johnny if you could only see
Just how much I can do with cleric synergy
You'd give up your goblins right now
'Cause clerics are fun, clerics are fun (so please)


Pauper don't preach, cast a Suture Priest
Pauper don't preach, Charming Misery
I made up my mind, I'm swingin' with clerics (uh)
I'm gonna' swing out, dammit (ooh, oh)

Pauper don't preach, cast a Suture Priest
Pauper don't preach, Mana Tithe is weak

Pauper don't preach, ooh
Pauper don't preach, I'm gonna cast a cleric (ooh)
Pauper don't preach, don't you stop playing me, Timmy
Pauper don't preach, I know I'm winning with clerics

_The following is a parody of "Papparazi," by Lady Gaga

We play the game
We're walkin' the planes
Got my playmat, it's true
Kitchen table with you
It's so magical
Professional or casual

Backpacks and sleeves
Delver of Secrets  Flip
Put my die to 20
The Professor suggests
Use Scryfall because
Gatherer is not the best
('Cause you know that, Baby, I)

I'm the biggest Tim
Goblin Grenade until you stop me
Paper, pauper, W.o.t.C.
Banlists are for online only
So you know I'll play
Paper, pauper, W.o.t.C.
I promise I'll play nice
Well, at least unless you unify
MTGO format
With all of the printed product
Paper, pauper, W.o.t.C.

I'll be your foe
Then friend you on TO
Sinkholes and Fireballs
Sing a Hymn to Tourach
In between the games
Soda, candy and my vape

Mono- burn
Mono- Elves of course
Mono- control
Mono- whatever, Mono- weenies
Five-color Affinity
('Cause you know that, Baby, I)

I got basic lands
Invigorate until you stop me
Paper, pauper, W.o.t.C.
Banlists are for online only
So you know I'll play
Paper, pauper, W.o.t.C.
I got all this power that I don't
Know to handle responsibly, so
I make a broken deck
I chose from all the printed product
Paper, pauper, W.o.t.C.

That's good
(We're playin' at a side-event)
Cast, cast
(Oops, Empty the Warrens)
Don't stop
(For anyone)
We're common, but we still have fun!

I'm Magic's biggest fan
But I will Rally until you stop me
Paper, pauper, W.o.t.C.
Banlists are for online only
So you know I'll play
Paper, pauper, W.o.t.C.
I promise I'll play nice
If you would only help us all play right
Maybe you'll make paper
Helping us to unite online
and Paper, pauper, W.o.t.C.

Flight of the Planeswalker

The following is a parody of "Ghostbusters," by Ray Parker Jr.

If there's something jank, at your LGS
Who ya' gonna cast? Ghostbuster!
If they're playin' dredge, or aristocrat decks
Who ya' gonna cast? Ghostbuster!

I ain't afraid to play ghosts
I ain't afraid to play ghosts

If all your cards, are leavin' your graveyard
Who ya' gonna blame? Ghostbuster!
Eldrazi Monument, Promise & Sun Titan
Goin' infinite! Ghostbuster!

I ain't afraid to play ghosts
I ain't afraid to play ghosts

Who ya' gonna cast? Ghostbuster!

On the play or draw, by turn three or four
Just cast, Ghostbuster!

I ain't afraid to play ghosts
(I kinda' like this girl)
I ain't afraid to play ghosts
(Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)

Who ya' gonna cast? Ghostbuster!

If you've got a game, at a, kitchen table
Then you better play, Ghostbuster!

(Let me tell you something, 1/1 Spirits make me feel good!)

I ain't afraid to play ghosts
I ain't afraid to play ghosts

Don't run outta cards, oh no! Ghostbuster!
When it comes to control, or decks that mess wit' my tempo
I wish you'd just leave alone, Ghostbuster!

Who ya' gonna cast? Ghostbuster! (x16)

Oldies

The following is a parody of "Crimson and Clover," by Tommy James & The Shondells.

(Go-o)
Now I cast a minotaur
And then I cast another
Mimics & bovines

(Dra-aw)
It's midnight in Zulaport
NEHEB's a worthy warrior
Mimics & bovines
Every Friday night

(Tap) (Throne of the God-Pharaoh)
My creatures are swingin' (Throne of the God-Pharaoh)
Triggerin' everything (Throne of the God-Pharaoh)
It's just a Standard beating (Throne of the God-Pharaoh)
Mimics & bovines (Throne of the God-Pharaoh)
Every Friday night

Mimics & bovines, every Friday night (x6)

Click here for the MUSIC VIDEO!!!

Landonius on Vegetables [Saprolings]

7 months ago

Austin_Smith_of_Cards Thanks for the +1!

I had considered Pallid Mycoderm early on and Im not completely sure why I decided to leave it out. Maybe I got scared away by the 4 CMC but yeah Mycoderm definitely has good utility in this deck, specifically late game. Do you have any suggestions for what to take out for maybe 2-3? Perhaps a pump spell or something because they are both technically finishers? Its worth a test.

A Lumithread effect would be good for the mainboard I guess I was just thinking that most decks I would be playing against dont mainboard sweepers like Electrickery or Holy Light. But its definitely worth consideration.

I did initially have Fists of Ironwood in the main but I eventually removed it because the token production was not repeatable. My reason for playing saprolings and not Abzan Tokens is because of the spells that can give me more saprolings every single turn. (things like Selesnya Evangel, Sprout Swarm, and the Thallids) The tribal synergies with Echoing Courage and Deathspore Thallid are the other reason. Maybe I was using it wrong. What would you suggest taking out for the play set?

As for Gruesome Fate, I dont know if it is much better than Harsh Sustenance. The only real difference is the in the casting cost. Other than that, Harsh Sustenance is instant speed, hits creatures, and gives life gain as well. Whereas, Gruesome Fate is sorcery-speed, only hits the opponent, and provides no life gain. Not worth the switch to me.

Thanks for the suggestions! Ill definitely be testing Pallid Mycoderm in the future. Let me know if you decide to test it yourself.

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