Harsh Sustenance

Harsh Sustenance


Harsh Sustenance deals X damage to target creature or player and you gain X life, where X is the number of creatures you control.

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Harsh Sustenance Discussion

Zackary on B/W Pauper Soul Sisters Lifegain

1 year ago

i would take out Lone Missionary for Veteran Armorer or Lumithread Field to protect your creatures form Electrickery . Cut a Mourning Thrull , a Soul Warden OR a Soul's Attendant and a Plains for 3x Night's Whisper , you are going to need the card draw. Replace the Castigate with Harsh Sustenance or Unmake.


Take out Shadowfeed and put in Beckon Apparition , i think it will synergies with with the soul sisters and Edge of the Divinity by giving you a white/black creature token. take out Nihil Spellbomb for Relic of Progenitus , trade out the Swamp in the sideboard for a Bojuka Bog or 2x by taking out 1x Bonesplitter . Replace the Castigate and Disenchant with 3x Standard Bearer.


Crimson Acolyte , Obsidian Acolyte , Prismatic Strands , Battle Screech , Rune of Protection: Red , Rune of Protection: Green , Epicure of Blood , Oblivion Ring

sorry about the last post with no hyperlinks to the card names. i am new

Snips500 on Zombie Attack!

1 year ago

Hi, great deck! I have a few suggestions if you don't mind. First, I would cut Harsh Sustenance. Its an alright card but Gray Merchant of Asphodel is just straight up better and right on curve for you. Sustenance makes you splash white which slows your deck down with the fetches and the possibility of not getting double black when you need it. Also, early it's likely a dead card where you would rather be drawing zombies. Gary on the other hand is another zombie that could actually do more damage than sustenance. So I would suggest going to 3-4 Garys and gutting all of the Sustenance, plains, and Barrens and go to just 20 black sources. That will make some space for more Garys and maybe some Sign in Blood which is a pretty important draw spell in the deck.

Next, I would suggest adding Cast Down. It is hands down the best spot removal in all of pauper. Hits everything at instant speed for only 2 mana.

Viscera Seer- while not a zombie she is a very good sac outlet to help you dig through your deck.

Butcher Ghoul- great card, it can be sacrificed twice, is just a good blocker and is hard to kill.

Carnophage- just a thought, its probably not something you want to add because it seems like this deck is more midrange instead of agro but an interesting card non the less.

Bone Picker- another interesting card that could work with your aristocrats theme but not a zombie so it also might not be the best.

multimedia on Honour from the Grave

1 year ago

Hey, nice budget version.

You forgot Sol Ring? Ruinous Ultimatum wrecks all your opponents; leaving you untouched to attack. It's the most powerful Mardu spell currently in Commander. Mask of Memory is another way to discard Knights for Haakon or it's another way to get Haakon into your graveyard. Murderous Rider's adventure is an upgrade for a instant removal spell and then it's a Knight.

Exotic Orchard, Caves of Koilos, Battlefield Forge are budget land upgrades. Savai Triome is a Tri land Plains that Knight of the White Orchid can search for. When playing Sunforger than Mistveil Plains is worth adding because it's a way to repeatedly cast the same instant with Sunforger and it's also a Plains that Orchid can search for.

Changes to consider:

mufasamike on Ajani's gang

1 year ago

Props for throwing Harsh Sustenance in there. I’m curious as to how it does. I’ve never run it in my Warrior Horde deck but I might just give it a shot.

Spark74 on Zombie Attack!

2 years ago

Okay, it is actually pretty cool brew. Actually, my own BW Weenie deck runs on a similar engine - Harsh Sustenance . I would suggest splashing white for it. Next. Nameless Inversion is pretty ... pointless here? It is just card that you can use more than once, because technically it is a Zombie Instant, so you can return it to your hand. But well... Cards like Doom Blade and Diabolic Edict are much better than Nameless Inversion . Also, I would recommend some sort of graveyard hate, maybe even mainboard Bojuka Bog or sideboard Nihil Spellbomb . And also, try moving Gurmag Angler to a mainboard, because he is both a zombie and a beefy boy that would annoy your opponents just by being a big threat

eyes2sky on Cleric Pauper

2 years ago

drakendark Lookin good...I think you will like Harsh Sustenance , it will win you some games. As far as side board, decks like this are very prone to heavy burn... Electrickery is a staple in Pauper and could ruin you day. My side-board choices for decks like this usually involve lots of protection, for example: Circle of Protection: Red , Apostle's Blessing , Prismatic Strands and Hallow are a few examples that I use. PS Dawn Charm is a good choice also, very versatile card!

eyes2sky on Cleric Pauper

2 years ago

Pauper clerics...so many ways to go with this build. I really like that you went with a high creature count and the addition of zombies and rebels is cool to. I think you might want a full playset of some of the key pieces especially Suture Priest . I think 4x Harsh Sustenance over Rite of Consumption is a better choice here due to that high creature count which also means Soul Warden should be here as well. Some draw would be good also...something like Night's Whisper ?

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