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
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Tortured Existence occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.0%

Tortured Existence Discussion

Bababad on Ayli, Frooty Loops (Primer)

1 week ago

Sorry for late reply, haven't logged in in quite awhile AbsoluteIridium

Intrepid Hero, Royal Assassin, Doomed Artisan, Mirror Entity, Magister of Worth, Mangara of Corondor, Lumbering Battlement, Gray Merchant of Asphodel, and Tortured Existence can carry their own on a budget. after those swaps i guess you would have to hone your curve and add some big cheap curve toppers or focus on middle range value.

Hope this helped!

we are currently converting this build to a Ghave, Guru of Spores sun titan shell due to alot of added support in the recent sets

Boza on The Best Black Common

2 weeks ago

If Pauper is any consideration, the best common is Gurmag Angler, closely followed by Chainer's Edict. 1 mana 5/5s are the best! Pestilence and Dark Ritual are not good in the format are played in fringe decks.

My personal favorite black common is Tortured Existence.

KittenPetter on Meren's Sacrificial Army of Pestilence and Death

2 weeks ago

Vash13 thanks for the suggestions! I was thinking about Tortured Existence for my deck and you convinced me! Took out Creakwood Liege. I agree that Fiend Artisan is a great idea! Next paycheck maybe! Haha, I want to get it foil if I can. Greater Good seems like a great idea but I worry with my whinny deck it might not be worth it. Great suggestions dude!

Vash13 on Meren's Sacrificial Army of Pestilence and Death

2 weeks ago

Hey cool deck, Meren of Clan Nel Toth would be a good card in here as well as an alternative commander, a card you might enjoy as well in here is Greater Good very unassuming draw engine that let's you manipulate your grave, for straight grave and hand manipulation Tortured Existence is great to get key pieces where you want them. Of course Necropotence is always an amazing card for obvious reasons. And lastly the newest fun looking card in golgari I havnt got my hands on yet Fiend Artisan, looks very cool kind of a Fauna Shaman meets Golgari Grave-Troll for two golgari mana I'll take it, it looks like solid fun, well good luck, and a +1 from me for sure.


1 month ago

Mesmeric Orb might be good, Entomb is definitely missing here.

Mortify should be a Generous Gift and Utter End could be Mythos of Nethroi

Gravebreaker Lamia and Fauna Shaman and Corpse Connoisseur seem good to choose what goes in the yard when you need it. i like Tortured Existence to trade dudes in hand for dudes in yard. Stitcher's Supplier can help feed the yard and is great to clamp. Golgari Thug has been doing a lot of work for me lately

i would consider Abrupt Decay and Assassin's Trophy if you could get them

bushido_man96 on Kathril Test

1 month ago

I think you could benefit from cards like Jarad's Orders and Final Parting, which will get something useful into the bin, and something useful into your hand.

Cards like Tortured Existence can help you get some keyword creatures out of your hand and into the graveyard in exchange for something you want on the battlefield. Bog Witch would ramp you and pitch a keyword creature. Evolutionary Leap would be another sac outlet that would let you get early use out of some creatures on the board, and then sac them to get them into the bin, while letting you search up another useful creature to recycle.

It looks to me like you could benefit from a reanimation package, too, but that would be personal preference.

I like the looks of this one.

Boza on Build around cards

1 month ago

Tortured Existence is the ultimate pauper build-around card. You can build any colors of deck around it.

Barring the established decks, there are tons of fun to be had:

Pestilence is very fun to build around.

Briarhorn + Mortician Beetle.

heck, I have even made a deck around Erratic Explosion.

Keep Watch + Rites of Initiation + tokens.

Madness decks with something like Arrogant Wurm.

LastEdegy on Jarad vod Savo

2 months ago

Thanks guys for the upvotes!

@dogBITE17 - yeah, that card is niche.. However, i think I'd rather have a removal on a creature than an instant/sorcery that is efficient to kill commanders most of the time..

@fruittart88 - I thought about that card before, but I usually end up having that card in my hand, not being able to respond to graveyard hate spells from my opponents. The only time I have been able to use that in response to something is when Loaming Shaman is in my graveyard and I have Tortured Existence in my battlefield, and I discard a creature to place the Loaming Shaman to my field, which is very uncommon to happen.. But thanks for the suggestion!

@rasiti - ahh! I see what you mean.. Plus it's cheaper too.. Thanks!

@gaglink - I think Grisly Salvage and Grapple with the Past is better, since they are instants.. But I could add that should I need another similar effect to the other two spells.. Thanks!

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