Tend the Pests

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Brawl Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Planechase Legal
Pre-release Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Standard Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Tend the Pests


As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice a creature.

Create X 1/1 black and green Pest creature tokens with "When this creature dies (is put into the graveyard from the battlefield, tokens are put into the graveyard before they cease to exist), you gain 1 life," where X is the sacrificed creature's power.

carpecanum on Webs From All the Spiders…

5 months ago

Without a ton of tokens I'm not sure cards like Blood Artist and Zulaport Cutthroat will really help a lot. If you want to focus more on tokens maybe get Tend the Pests, Second Harvest, Chatterfang, Squirrel General etc.

If you want a couple burly spiders Chameleon Colossus and Changeling Titan are useful.

I think you should get a few (or a lot) of cards like Rabid Bite that allow Shelob to just murder somebody and make a token. There are several (Instants and Sorceries, mostly green) and they tend to have a CMC low enough to fit inside a Isochron Scepter and so would all but one of the Instants you already have. I see your two artifact pingers there, those are a great start. Arcane Lighthouse would help with spells that target like that. A lot of creatures have abilities that will carry over in Artifact form and I really like some of the possibilities there.

You don't seem shy about money so maybe Heroic Intervention and, cheaper, Wrap in Vigor, to survive a board wipe intact.

daxton001 on kresh the best

8 months ago

Yargle and Multani Zopandrel, Drivnod, Fleshbag Marauder if you can give him trample or another creature trample ram through, Mandate of Abaddon Merciless executioner Lagomos ziatora, reyhan last of abzan, stalking vengeance, viscera seer mycoloth dragon brood mother, butcher of malakir, OG sheoldred lightning skelemental, harvester of souls, yahenni, braids arisen nightmare, meren, sprouting thrynax, sek'kuar, korvold, blood artist,

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Max_Hammer on Aren't You Getting a Little Briared?

1 year ago

Thanks for the suggestions, carpecanum!

I could take out those more expensive lands, but in all honesty, I don't really have the need for anything else more expensive yet. The dual colors + speed helps bring out Skullz on turn one every game, although, slow lands can just be played turn 1. The only expensive lands are actually kinda worth it here are Nurturing Peatland and Fabled Passage, so I'll probably end up taking out the others in exchange for something a little pricier.

I did add in Tend the Pests and Fractal Harness because yes please. I tried to add in Bone Sabres, but the six mana was just too much to ever be appealing when actually playing, so I'l have to see how five mana for significantly more value works out.

carpecanum on Aren't You Getting a Little Briared?

1 year ago

Rite of Consumption, Tend the Pests, Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord, Feed the Pack

Tend the Pests especially because its an instant that can react to an opponents removal.

If you need to bring the price down you have a couple $5 lands that could be replaced easily. Basics or even cheap guildgates work in a two color deck.

Fractal Harness to add counters.

MountainMan817 on Pile O' Bugs

1 year ago

elyria Thanks for the suggestions; There isn't much space away from the Insect theme to get into pests, so Beledros and Tend the Pests are out. Titan for the same reason. I have Bane of the Living as my "board wipe" and I don't have much to ramp into with the mana. Massacre is a good alternate wincon; but pricey.

elyria on Pile O' Bugs

1 year ago

Beledros Witherbloom will create pests for you each upkeep. Culling Ritual is a great token board wipe, with the bonus of extra mana. Daemogoth Titan can make you a boatload of pests when paired with Tend the Pests. The Meathook Massacre can also provide you with an alternate wincon.

UglyManG on

2 years ago

I would honestly drop any one of the colors and just focus it more. Life gain is solid with any pairing and all 3 pairings have an effective way to utilize it. WG and focus more on cards that gain counters from lifegain like Celestial Unicorn and Hallowed Priest. BG with a card like Dina, Soul Steeper and Tend the Pests with the inkeeper and sacrifice something like Daemogoth Titan. WB with razelfark's suggestions and I would add Cleric Class to either of the white combos.

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