Waste Not


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Frontier Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander (2016 Edition) Rare
Magic 2015 Rare

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Waste Not


Whenever an opponent discards a creature card, create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.

Whenever an opponent discards a land card, add to your mana pool.

Whenever an opponent discards a noncreature, nonland card, draw a card.

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Waste Not Discussion

DraxDPX13 on Minotaur Madness

1 hour ago

Waste Not due the mass of discard to make the most out of the triggers.

n0bunga on [List - Multiplayer] EDH Generals by Tier

1 day ago

Oh I knew full well what you meant with unpredictability used as a way to describe how the deck plays out - that's why I made note of decks using multiple strategies and how they fall victim to being less focused than decks with singular strategies.

As for making the most of a Nekusar deck, he was one of my first generals outside of Precon decks. And I tend to maintain the belief that a general and their deck ought to utilize their ability/strengths, otherwise you'd be just using the colours and have Nekusar as a mere shell.

That being said I've seen people incorporate 5c shells with Nekusar in the 99 as a hidden general. They're neat in their access to all colours. With Nekusar specifically, focus on his strengths. He's built primarily for Wheeling opponents. While wheeling doesn't equate to combat damage, Nekusar Infect is perhaps the most consistent and competitive way to win. gives you access to Molten Psyche, Reforge the Soul, Winds of Change, Fork and Wheel of Fortune; gives you Windfall, Timetwister Wheel and Deal, Twincast Jace, Memory Adept. gives you Megrim, Liliana's Caress, Waste Not, Chains of Mephistopheles, painful quandry and access to Tainted Strike, Glistening Oil and Phyresis. Hybrid colours in this Shard give you access to Whispering Madness, Notion Thief, Phyrexian Tyranny, etc.

Aggressively abusing what your general does, in my eyes, yields the best results of that general. Nekusar is designed to punish your opponents for drawing. A quick, and relatively cheap combo with Nekusar on board is Fork + Winds of Change + Tainted Strike; for you can kill an entire board with lethal infect.

majin_shinsa on Mono 8- Rack

2 days ago

You know that you can cast Fatal Push starting on turn 1. Murderous Cut requires 4 cards in the graveyard plus a mana, which you most likely won't have when Tarmogoyf drops on turn 2. If you Small Pox before hand, you can then kill anything with a casting cost of 4. Night of Souls' Betrayal helps vs fairies and other weenies like tokens. I also run 2 Damnation in my sideboard. Geier Reach Sanitarium works with Waste Not. I also like Flaying Tendrils to deal with graveyard shenanigans.

majin_shinsa on Mono 8- Rack

2 days ago

I play a version of this with no creatures. I would cut the Bile Blight and Murderous Cut for the Fatal Push mainboard. It really helps with Tarmogoyf and Death's Shadow no matter how big they get. I also decided to run 4 Waste Not mainboard since I sometimes needed the extra zombies or card draw.

majin_shinsa on Mono-Black Madness Control

2 days ago

Maybe add some Waste Not to make your opponent really hate discarding. Maybe even swap the Necrogen Mists for Wrench Mind since you can target either person. Smallpox would work as control too by giving you another discard outlet plus control. Raven's Crime is fun since it can keep coming back wit extra lands

Icbrgr on Are You Alright? You Look SWAMPED!

2 days ago

Thanks a ton for your tips Xica! Very appreciated!

For the idea of behind this deck... Its a tall order i know... but im aiming to keep this deck under $100. It doesn't have to be SUPER COMPETITIVE but yeah i do want it to be able to pull off some wins yknow?

Yeah I definitely do want my opponent to discard and even though the price for Liliana of the Veil went down just one copy is like $20 more than the whole deck. I do have full playsets of Distress and Wrench Mind but im not exactly certain as to what slots I would replace with... like even if i invested in Thoughtseize and picked up Raven's Crime Im just not sure where I would put it/what i'd replace. Currently im thinking that the discard effects happen late game/via cleanup step for the opponent exceeding the maximum handsize and then Necrogen Mists for assistance. Currently as it stands your right i have no way to Blow up all the lands so perhaps i need to integrate more discard enablers.

As for Ensnaring Bridge. The idea seems good. its just too pricey for what im going for... 2 copies of it alone cost more that the entire deck by 20 bucks. Im HOPEING that I finally found a home for Waste Not and some vanilla 2/2 zombie tokens can help chump block with the aid of some spot removal. for a budget Damnation effect i do have a playset of Killing Wave and 2x Necroplasm but just not sure about them...

I love your explanation of Blood Moon... that seems like a very smart idea. But again just not budget friendly and im aiming for mono black... otherwise id try to exploit Liquimetal Coating and green Naturalize/Splinter effects... however; now that you point out the synergy between Ghost Quarter and Life from the Loam thats a lot more tempting now... curse this thin wallet of mine!

As far as scry/tutor is concerned... idk... i have 2x Liliana Vess she does both discard and tutor... any thoughts?

JararoNatsu on shadow spirits hand disrupt

3 days ago

You have a really steep mana curve going on here, and I worry that you'll have openings hands flooded with CMC 5+ cards and you won't be able to act.

Replace Cranial Extraction with Surgical Extraction or Extirpate. The extra 3 mana isn't needed to get the job done.

Abyssal Nocturnus, Farbog Revenant, and Highborn Ghoul are all examples of low-CMC creatures that are quite good. Consider dropping some of your CMC 5+ creatures for them.

Other cards to consider are Ordeal of Erebos, Hymn to Tourach, and maybe even Waste Not.

Matt_The_OGRE on Need Ideas for a 5-Color ...

6 days ago

5 color Waste Not. Plays lots of wheel effects, board wipes, counterspells, and graveyard recursion for spells. I find I usually win with Molten Psyche after everyone had drawn 80 cards or so.

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