Waste Not


Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2016 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

square711 on Lilianas discard punishment, need suggestions

5 hours ago

Your deck has the same problem as most mono-black Waste Not / Liliana's Caress decks: all your cards are focused on discard, your wincon depends on discard, yet you seem to forget that players start the game with only seven cards and use them up faster than they draw. And once your opponent is hellbent (i.e. has no cards in hand), your deck does absolutely nothing.

If you really want to win by Liliana's Caress/Waste Not effects instead of doing what competitive discard decks usually do (The Rack/Shrieking Affliction, which is a much better strategy btw), you should splash red and replace your creatures (which are all really weak and overcosted, even for a budget casual deck) with spells like Burning Inquiry and Sign in Blood, which refill your opponent's hand to make your discard spells useful again. Some creatures do that for you as well, such as Master of the Feast.

Mandalorian on Force draw & discard, punish

1 day ago

Magus of the Wheel is not Modern legal, to keep him in the deck you'll need to change the deck to Casual. Reforge the Soul however, is Modern legal.

This is a great payoff for forcing your opponent to draw and discard:

Waste Not + Dark Deal/Reforge the Soul/Burning Inquiry

Mandalorian on Cycle

2 days ago

If you just want cards from Hour and Amonkhet in your deck you should change the deck to Standard instead of Modern. While the deck will also be Modern legal, if it contains no Modern cards, could be misleading.

Cycle synergies from Hour and Amonkhet:

Drake Haven

Archfiend of Ifnir

Faith of the Devoted

Horror of the Broken Lands


Hieroglyphic Illumination

Shadow of the Grave

Pull from Tomorrow

Other discard synergies in Standard right now:

Call the Bloodline

Collective Brutality

Alms of the Vein

Fiery Temper

Collective Defiance

Tormenting Voice

Cathartic Reunion

Bloodhall Priest

Insolent Neonate

If you want to get into Modern with this strategy, these cards can be good:

Waste Not

Liliana of the Veil



Inquisition of Kozilek

Living End

Architects of Will

Barberini85 on Death by pain

2 days ago

venok I have thought about Palace Siege and after seen how effect Tainted Remedy is against my Pain & Life i think it might be a good idea, though very few players in the group i noramlly play with gain life in that high a quatity but i will keep it in mind and see how the decks i play against do with the life gain.

NV_1980 thank you for comment. its the type of comment i find usful as i stuggle to find cards to take out for the ones that have been sudjested. i definalty like the idea of Pariah's Shield. With Waste Not i can see where it has its uses but as im not primeraly making players discard cards i belive it will have a limited effect. Bloodchief Ascension on the other hand can be very effective early on thanks for the idea.

NV_1980 on Death by pain

2 days ago

I think Bloodchief Ascension and Waste Not could both be very powerful in this deck. I'd cut AEther Flash and Artificer's Hex for them. I'd add Pariah's Shield and replace Everlasting Torment with it. Attach it to your commander to make yourself completely immune from any damage.

TheRedGoat on Hurt - Nekusar Wheels

4 days ago

From personal experience, I can say that the Magus is only worth it if you try to run more creature support, and the same is likely true for Sigil of Sleep.

Personally I like to run Exquisite Blood and Sangromancer in multiplayer games to keep me alive longer. Or if I'm feeling a little crazy I'll play Crumbling Sanctuary.

For your competitive build I'd actually recommend taking out Otherworld Atlas for Words of Waste. The atlas can combo with Mind Over Matter, but that is likely going to be removed on the spot (and be more color intensive), where as Geth's Grimoire and Waste Not are more likely to stick around and synergize with the words of waste to me. It is a more mana intensive card, but the pay off is super worth it in regards to also bypassing some of your own hate effects like Spiteful Visions and Phyrexian Tyranny. Words of War and Words of Wind are the other parts of the cycle like this that you could run but those are less guaranteed to pay off in multiplayer.

I've also utilized Arcane Laboratory to great effect, but that one may be counter-intuitive to your competitive version of the deck.

Mandalorian on Death's Draw [budget]

4 days ago

I like fun win conditions like this. I think you best way to win with a deck like this is probably Waste Not. Your opponent is going to be discarding cards and when they do they will be giving you zombies, giving you mana to continue to cast spells, or filling your hand with more spells. I think a simple card like Lightning Bolt could really help finish opponents off or pick off their creatures.

Reforge the Soul

Dark Deal

Liliana's Caress

Stormbreath Dragon

Scion_of_Darkness on Draw Yourself a Card my Man

6 days ago

Dark Deal is a card that works with both Liliana's Caress and Waste Not. Also, Spiteful Visions hits you but speeds up the clock. Food for thought.

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