Tortured Existence

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker 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.

Tortured Existence Discussion

Hellizha on Syr Konrad, The Grimest Shifter

4 weeks ago

Hi harlw, Thank you for your comments!

I feel like playing a card like Tortured Existence is like putting a big aim over your head. Let me explain.

For this card to be worth it, you actually need a setup. Ideally, you need Syr Konrad, the Grim on the field as well as one creature in the graveyard and one in your hand (must not be an eldrazi) AND also black mana. If you play the Tortured Existence let say on turn 4 and then the commander on turn 5, so you are only starting to have value from it on turn 6. Also note that your opponent will realise the combo and they will to destroy it before you do anything with it.

I think the best value for that card is to sneak it into the late game, when Syr Konrad, the Grim is already on the field and your opponents lost most of their life, then you play it and ping to kill the table.

I am not actually playing that card because I think its too slow and specific to be good but maybe I should consider it more. Let me think what you think of it. Cheer!

harlw on Syr Konrad, The Grimest Shifter

4 weeks ago

Tortured Existence Seems pretty good, two pings for one & repeatable. Could also be tremendously helpful in dumping expensive creatures early to recur playable ones. Thoughts?

multimedia on What is dead may never die

1 month ago

Tortured Existence and Altar of Dementia are other ways to trigger Syr Konrad multiple times per activation.

VeggiesaurusRex on Aztec Death Whistle (Songs of the Damned Combo)

4 months ago

Thank you for the suggestions, Altoman. Here's why I'm not currently running either of those cards:

Stinkweed Imp - In order to effectively use dredge, I would need an easy and repeatable way to get the dredger back into my graveyard. Tortured Existence could work, but it's very mana hungry and would require the addition of six or more lands and ways to quickly find TortEx. At that point, you wouldn't have enough creatures to effectively utilize Songs of the Damned and would be better off playing a traditional TortEx deck.

Reclaim - its effect isn't necessary, especially since I've dropped Satyr Wayfinder and Grisly Salvage . Milling critical copies of Songs won't happen unless you find two or more on a single casting of Ransack the Lab .

VeggiesaurusRex on Aztec Death Whistle (Songs of the Damned Combo)

4 months ago

Thank you for the suggestions, Altoman. Here's why I'm not currently running either of those cards:

Stinkweed Imp - In order to effectively use dredge, I would need an easy and repeatable way to get the dredger back into my graveyard. Tortured Existence could work, but it's very mana hungry and would require the addition of six or more lands and ways to quickly find TortEx. At that point, you wouldn't have enough creatures to effectively utilize Songs of the Damned and would be better off playing a traditional TortEx deck.

Reclaim - its effect isn't necessary, especially since I've dropped Satyr Wayfinder and Grisly Salvage . Milling critical copies of Songs won't happen unless you find two or more on a single casting of Ransack the Lab .

Mathmagician on Dredge Tokens [Naya Dredge]

4 months ago

I like myself some good graveyard strategy. Notably, Battle Screech saw a reprint in Modern Horizon and is really down in price. The color choice is nice since it doesnt play Tortured Existence which may be overplayed. Mulch is nice but Winding Way is strictly better, giving you some way to filter if needed. This deck benefits from the London mulligan as it is easier to get the Faithless Looting but maybe there is an argument to be had for other enablers. Maybe things like Satyr Wayfinder or Grapple with the Past . Maybe there is some fun to be had with Song of Blood and unearth/embalm creatures.

All in all still a nice idea and I am looking forward to seeing how this goes :)

imoutogetyou on That Girl Is Poison - budget Hapatra

5 months ago

You are running Tortured Existence without Archfiend of Ifnir ? Worth looking into, if you want to add the cycling lands too.

StopShot on Pauper - Mardu Enchantress - ...

6 months ago



I want to build a competitive or semi-competitive pauper deck that utilizes the colors red-white-black. () Budget is not an issue. My meta mainly consists of heavy control that builds up on card advantage over time. (Mono-Black Devotion and Izzet Draw & Ping are the decks I'd like a fair shot at beating.)

My deck's main purpose is to use and re-use cheap removal spells while also producing durable chump-blockers. I've yet to build this deck, but I wanted to throw the idea out to people to get some second opinions before committing to assembling it. I'd like to know 4 things:

1.) Is the manabase appropriately optimized for this deck?

2.) Is there any cards I missed that should definitely be in this deck?

3.) What aspects about this deck might need further improvements? (Ex: Needs an earlier boardstate, needs more win-conditions, needs a better removal package, needs life gain, etc.)

4.) I've thought about making room to add Tortured Existence and Grave Scrabbler into the deck for greater card recursion, but I'm not sure if that would dilute too much away from my deck's strategy. Thoughts?

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