Tortured Existence

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Stronghold (STH) Common

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Tortured Existence

Enchantment

(Black), Discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Tortured Existence Discussion

multimedia on Gyrus Hydra Tribal

1 day ago

Hey, consider a few more cards to make Gyrus's token ability better: Fauna Shaman , Buried Alive , Faithless Looting and Entomb ? All these cards are conveniently in last months Ultimate Masters. I choose these suggestions because they give you control over what creatures you put into your graveyard. Hydras with X in their mana cost are not good with Gyrus's token making ability because X will always be 0 when you make a token. Some of the best Hydras however don't have X in their casting cost: Kalonian Hydra, Hydra Omnivore and Hydra Broodmaster.

Consider Riftsweeper ? Rift has an ETB ability which moves an exiled face-up card (any creature you exile with Gyrus to make a token) and puts that card back into your library. This is where Fauna Shaman helps since she can then tutor for that creature you just put back into your library. Or she can tutor for Rift or Witness. Gyrus, Rift, Witness and Fauna can be an engine to repeatedly throughout the game make a token of a creature and put that creature from exile back into your library.

Consider Greater Good ? When you're playing creatures who can have a lot of power (Hydras) then Greater is fantastic repeatable draw/discard. Greater is also a sac/discard outlet to get a creature into your graveyard which improves Gyrus's token making ability. Consider Tortured Existence ? Existence lets you discard a creature without X in it's cost to them recur any other creature in your graveyard. This is good with X CMC Hydras and utility creatures such as Witness and Seeker; creatures you don't want to exile with Gyrus to repeatably use their ETB abilities. Greater and Existence can be an engine with X CMC Hydras to repeatedly draw a lot of cards and recur the Hydra to cast it again.

I have other suggestions, but I'll stop here.

Good luck with your deck.


CaptainBirdy42 on Vaevictis Jund'em out (no combo)

1 day ago

Hmm, yeah I really like Sire and Mindslicer. Usually I try to set up some recursion and then empty everyone's hand as soon as possible (especially if there is a lot of blue on the table). I guess thats also why I am short on carddraw, as filling my hand goes a bit against this strategy...

Squee is my pet card and he is sooo good with Survival of the Fittest and Tortured Existence that I dont want to loose him.

Hmm I never really considered to cut Genesis (guess its also a bit of a pet card), but it is indeed a bit slow. Maybe a Hour of Promise or Pir's Whim that can search out my Volrath's Stronghold is indeed better. Will also remove Nyx Weaver for Nature's Lore .

Thank you for all the input. I had short look at your decks and especially liked the Thantis deck. Looks like a lot of fun to play! Goblin Diplomats are such a great card! Will have a closer look and try to give some input, when I have more time.

bushido_man96 on Polishing Animar and Karador

6 days ago

For Karador: consider adding Fecundity, Viscera Seer, and Vampiric Rites for more card draw. I think Ramunap Excavator could go, because I don't see how it helps you all that much, but please explain to me if it does. I think you could cut Twilight Prophet, too. I can see how it would be useful, but all can see how it doesn't add much to what you want to do. You could maybe cut Animate Dead, Dread Return, and Unburial Rites as well. If you want to keep them, then I'd consider running more reanimate cards instead of just those three. Otherwise, just let Karador handle that part of the deck. Tortured Existence is another card to consider to help with Karador synergy.

For Animar: Consider more creature ramp, adding mana dorks like Llanowar Elves, Elvish Mystic, Fyndhorn Elves, etc to ramp out quicker. Zendikar Resurgent could be helpful, as well as Lifecrafter's Bestiary (for both decks). Also consider adding the Signets to help with mana ramp and fixing. I'd drop Hardened Scales. It would be a great card if you had a +1/+1 counter focus, but you don't appear to have that, so it must just be there for Animar, and you can't really tutor for it, and really isn't necessary for your deck to do what you want.

Hope that helps some.

goblinguiderevealpls on Creature that can reanimate others ...

2 weeks ago

you could try Tortured Existence as a way to discard creatures and Raise Dead other creatures...

there is Prized Amalgam but its kinda slow for the combo

mgc974 on Izoni, thousand-eyed aristocrats

2 weeks ago

Hello ! I made some tests with Izoni. It's very hard to fill up graveyard with creature. Even with Mesmeric Orb ad some Dredge creature. Creatures are only 1/3 of the deck. But with Panharmonicon, Temur Sabertooth, it's ok. Card like Growing Rites of Itlimoc  Flip is not very usefull in the deck i think without Izoni, or Avenger of Zendikar. And it's a little winmore. But i will try again a few times.

The deck needs Fauna Shaman and needs tutors in general.

Tortured Existence is a good adding too

Some of you have tested Izoni deck ? Does it work ? Canyou post your lists ?

TheErebos on Kaalia of the vast edh

2 weeks ago

Sorry to spam, but I forgot to mention one more card: if Tortured Existence is important for your build, you can also add Undertaker.

You can dump any card (not just a creature) for the same effect. It may not be easy to squeeze her in, because she's not any of desired races, but still - can be quite useful.

multimedia on Casual Golgari Commander

3 weeks ago

Hey, looks good, nice job adapting the Guild Kit into a Commander deck :)

There's a few cards here that can be upgraded with better budget cards:

  1. Regrowth > Recollect
  2. Farhaven Elf > District Guide: Farhaven puts a Basic Forest or Swamp directly into play not into your hand.
  3. Putrid Imp > Erstwhile Trooper
  4. Dread Return > Vigor Mortis: reanimation spell you can potentially use twice.
  5. Carrion Feeder > Golgari Rotwurm
  6. Viscera Seer > Drooling Groodion

Other budget cards to consider adding:

Cards to consider cutting:

  • Creeping Chill
  • Tranquility
  • Undercity Uprising
  • Status / Statue
  • Rolling Spoil
  • Vigorspore Wurm
  • Swarm Guildmage
  • Sisters of Stone Death
  • Rot Shambler
  • Rhizome Lurcher
  • Lhurgoyf
  • Slum Reaper
  • 1x Forest
  • 1x Swamp

Good luck with your deck.


TheErebos on Bloodbath

3 weeks ago

Ok, what I can say about stuff mentioned above:

  • Volrath's Dungeon is awesome, but...sadly someone's gonna pay 5 life right of the bat...

  • Tortured Existence: discarding creatures is not something we wanna do, right? Still - not bad.

  • Stromkirk Condemned - I was thinking about it. Can be useful..sometimes.

  • Land's Edge well... If I could target a creature instead of player will be good to add here.

  • Call the Bloodline I've added it here if you remember. Too bad that I can use it only once per turn.

I will ask my friend. He has bah-roken discard deck in modern. Maybe he has something to say about it. Will dig the gatherer too.

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