Tortured Existence

Tortured Existence


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

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Set Rarity
Stronghold (STH) Common

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Format Legality
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Vintage Legal
Limited Legal
Duel Commander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Leviathan Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Legacy Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Highlander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Tortured Existence Discussion

Spell_Slam on Dead Dog

1 week ago

Hi DoktaDakka and thanks! This is definitely one of my favourite decks as well. Many people underestimate how powerful this deck can be.

I think that with Wild Mongrel, Vampire Hounds and Tortured Existence I have enough discard effects that I don't need Putrid Imp. The imp is good when you want to discard something important on Turn 1 or 2, but aside from Basking Rootwalla there's nothing really worth discarding that early in the game. It's an okay option for Exhume decks, but otherwise we're all set with our discard engine.

In terms of Hooting Mandrills, I honestly have never tried them. The deck can always use more cheap beaters, but what would you replace them with? Crypt Rats maybe?

As for TE targets, you'll still find them mostly in the sideboard. Caustic Caterpillar, Spore Frog, Thrull Surgeon, Faerie Macabre and more Crypt Rats are meant to shore up any weaknesses while synergizing well with TE. What other Toolbox cards am I missing? Maybe I could find space for them somewhere.

Thanks again for the comment!

Asgeren on Volrath - There's no School, like Old School.

2 weeks ago

I can now say there's no problem with Tortured Existence and Necropotence at the same time. Tortured Existence just becomes superfluous, and having only spent one mana on it, it's no biggie. Plus if Necropotence gets removed (which there's a big chance of) it comes back online.

passimo on Hunting Dogs

1 month ago

I actually think a Tortured Existence here would help you greatly! In my opinion it's far better than Undertaker because it can be used more than once in the same turn, and costs less. Also, it's true that it does only work on creatures, but you have 28 in the deck so it shouldn't be a problem. Anyway, the dogs are awesome.

Spell_Slam on Hunting Dogs

1 month ago

This type of deck is actually an old archetype called "Dead Dog", developed in the mid 2000s. It's a great deck!

There are a few important pieces I think you should consider:

Tortured Existence is usually associated with control decks, but it is extremely useful here to recur dogs or important pieces. It also works well with Madness creatures.

Arrogant Wurm. A 3-mana instant speed 4/4 with trample is amazing.

Golgari Brownscale is a great way to beat Burn decks. Recurring them for 2 life is great, but they get even better with Tortured Existence. It also gives you a guaranteed creature every turn for your dogs.

Crypt Rats is a good way to finish off an opponent or clear the way for your dogs.

Check out my deck and videos attached here: Dead Dog by Spell Slam

Metroid_Hybrid on You ever win under the …

1 month ago

Yeah, somereally goofy cards are REALLY GOOD with Konrad.. Tortured Existence anyone? My list: Ladies & Gentlemen, Mister Konrad Twitty..

The Minotaur tribal was nothing to sneeze at. The Muldrotha player & I switched decks, and the Minotaur Tribal ran us over mostly due to the Braids letting him drop a Bolas's Citadel for free turn-4, play a bunch of stuff off of the Citadel, including a Terminate to Braids so no one else can profit.. lol

MrKillStar on Volrath - There's no School, like Old School.

1 month ago

One thing I forgot to mention... Tortured Existence doesnt like Necropotence that much, thats why I had to cut Necropotence from my deck.. but I guess it should be fine here, drawing a ton of cards with it anyway, then swing for lethal. But just in case, watchout for that... And pretty much with any discard card in a deck with Necropotence, unless you dont care about your own graveyard. :D
But again, really amazing "themed" deck!

MrKillStar on Ayara First of Undead

1 month ago

Forever Young/Gravepurge are both great ways to reanimate any creatures from your graveyard with Bolas's Citadel (even triggering Syr Konrad's ability.
Tortured Existence is in my opinion much better than Phyrexian Reclamation in reanimator orientated decks and is "cheaper" to use. I use it in my Syr Konrad's For the Void as part of the engine, together with Desecrated Tomb (which also makes BLACK tokens for Ayara) + Phyrexian Altar to go infinite.
Songs of the Damned, Crypt of Agadeem, Everglades - are all nice and cheap ramp cards for mono black decks.

Overall, the decklist looks pretty good! :)

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