After years of waiting, Wizards has finally done it. We finally have a card for Tourach in Modern Horizons 2.

Every Magic player is familiar with Hymn to Tourach in some shape form or fashion. Known for being insanely overpowered in Pauper, Hymn to Tourach was unfortunately banned and has slowly faded into obscurity… until now.

The Magic community exploded when Tourach, Dread Cantor was previewed. This cheap commander's ability is a beautiful callback to Hymn to Tourach, making our opponents discard cards from their hand. However, there is more to this Cleric than meets the eye. Tourach is pretty combat focused, gaining +1/+1 counters whenever opponents discard cards.

After a handful of playtests, it was easy to see how strong this commander is. At one point I was able to make an unblockable Tourach, Dread Cantor a 10/9 on turn five. That is a huge problem for our opponents to deal with. Let's get started.

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Discard Triggers

I contemplated adding a section to cover all the discard effects we run in this list, but I thought that would be a bit boring. Discard, dat card, they're all cards!

Chucking cards into graveyards can only get us so far. We need some extra umph in order to turn discard into a win condition. Abilities being triggered off of discard seems to be the exact umph we need.

One of the most talked about pieces from Modern Horizons 2 is Dauthi Voidwalker. This incredibly powerful creature, while not necessarily focusing on discard, allows us to play creatures that got sent to our opponents' graveyard—no matter how they got there. Along a similar vein, Tergrid, God of Fright allows us to put discarded permanent cards onto the battlefield under our control. Stealing cards from our opponents is incredibly optimal for us, allowing us to grow our ranks and maybe even play some much needed interaction that we don't necessarily have. Stealing a Doubling Season seems like the ultimate play for us.

Now that we've covered theft, our next discard bonuses are life gain/loss and card draw. Tinybones, Trinket Thief is the intersection of these two abilities. While we lose life off of Tinybones, we are able to exchange that for card advantage, which is everything in Commander. In order to help refuel our life total, Sangromancer has been slotted in. Whether creatures our opponents control die or they discard a card, we end up gaining 3 life, making the loss from Tinybones, Bloodgift Demon, and Phyrexian Arena a net 0!

While we've tackled life gain, we've really only just begun to scratch the surface of life loss. This is something discard decks are well known for. Some of our strongest pieces of tech fall into this category.

Starting off strong we have Fell Specter, Bloodchief Ascension, Liliana's Caress, Megrim, and Raiders' Wake. All of these pieces do the exact same thing: make our opponents lose 2 life when they discard a card. If y'all know me, then you know I love redundancy, and this kind of consistency is key to grinding our opponents down to a very nice and lethal life total for us to swing at.

Painful Quandry

Now, these cards aren't our sole way to deal damage. Quest for the Nihil Stone is a fun piece of tech because it ups the damage to 5, though opponents must have no cards in hand for this to be achievable. Pieces like Court of Ambition and Painful Quandary also deal damage to opponents, however, this is conditional. They can choose not to take the damage, however the cost is their cards, and if we have our other pieces of pain out, the damage is inevitable either way.

Our final pieces focus around card advantage… and ramp… and token generation. They do a lot of things!

Starting out small we have Geth's Grimoire. This artifact, while grim in appearance (pun intended) is great because this allows us to get some consistent card draw in a color where card draw is very conditional. With how many times we make our opponents discard, there isn't a doubt in my mind that we will have to go down to hand size at some point.

Our final piece of tomfoolery comes in the form of Waste Not. This is a discard deck staple, an absolute piece of badassery. You want mana? You got it! Card draw? No problem. Tokens? Say no more. It's no wonder that this card has continued on a steady price incline. It is a definite must for Tourach, Dread Cantor, Tergrid, God of Fright, even The Haunt of Hightower!

Voltron

Tourach, Dread Cantor absolutely loves combat. He's a fighter through and through. However, we can only pump him up so much through discarding. A +1/+1 counter for each card discarded is definitely powerful, but what if I told you we could make Tourach so big he would be a one-hit kill? When we introduce a Voltron package into the mix, this is easier than previously thought.

Our Voltron package is very small, revolving around four specific Equipment. Let's start out with one well loved by commander players: Blackblade Reforged.

Much like the other Equipment in the package, this sword buffs the equipped creature based on our lands… all of them. The equip cost for legendary creatures is extremely low, and the mana value is nothing to sneeze at.

Our final three Equipment, while similar to Blackblade Reforged, focus specifically on our Swamps.

Each of these buff Tourach, Dread Cantor by the number of Swamps we control. In this particular list, we run exactly 33 Swamps. Even one of these attached to Tourach can be devastating, but imagine all four of them. I will say that even if we have a 132/131 Tourach, Dread Cantor, we still need to make contact with opponents, and he doesn't have trample. This is where my final favorite piece comes into play.

Rogue's Passage is one of Commander's most underrated lands. With just the tapping of four mana, we can make Tourach, Dread Cantor unblockable, thus allowing the Dread Cantor to sing a song of death.

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Cards

Dead of Winter

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All nonsnow creatures get -X/-X until end of turn, where X is the number of snow permanents you control.

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Hero's Downfall

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Destroy target creature or planeswalker.

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Rotting Rats

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When Rotting Rats enters the battlefield, each player discards a card.
Unearth {1}{B} ({1}{B}: Return this card from your graveyard to the battlefield. It gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step or if it would leave the battlefield. Unearth only as a sorcery.)

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Sibsig Icebreakers

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When Sibsig Icebreakers enters the battlefield, each player discards a card.

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Burglar Rat

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When Burglar Rat enters the battlefield, each opponent discards a card.

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Snow-Covered Swamp

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Liliana's Caress

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Whenever an opponent discards a card, that player loses 2 life.

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Soul Shatter

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Each opponent sacrifices a creature or planeswalker with the highest mana value among creatures and planeswalkers they control.

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Bojuka Bog

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Bojuka Bog enters the battlefield tapped.
When Bojuka Bog enters the battlefield, exile target player's graveyard.
{T}: Add {B}.

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Bad Deal

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You draw two cards and each opponent discards two cards. Each player loses 2 life.

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Tourach, Dread Cantor

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Kicker {B}{B} (You may pay an additional {B}{B} as you cast this spell.)
Protection from white
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When Tourach enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, target opponent discards two cards at random.

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Syphon Mind

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Each other player discards a card. You draw a card for each card discarded this way.

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Blackblade Reforged

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Equipped creature gets +1/+1 for each land you control.
Equip legendary creature {3}
Equip {7}

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Waste Not

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Whenever an opponent discards a creature card, create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.
Whenever an opponent discards a land card, add {B}{B}.
Whenever an opponent discards a noncreature, nonland card, draw a card.

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Court of Ambition

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When Court of Ambition enters the battlefield, you become the monarch.
At the beginning of your upkeep, each opponent loses 3 life unless they discard a card. If you're the monarch, instead each opponent loses 6 life unless they discard two cards.

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Lashwrithe

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Living weapon (When this Equipment enters the battlefield, create a 0/0 black Phyrexian Germ creature token, then attach this to it.)
Equipped creature gets +1/+1 for each Swamp you control.
Equip {B/P}{B/P} ({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)

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Archfiend of Depravity

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Flying
At the beginning of each opponent's end step, that player chooses up to two creatures they control, then sacrifices the rest.

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Dauthi Embrace

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{B}{B}: Target creature gains shadow until end of turn. (It can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.)

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Mindslicer

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When Mindslicer dies, each player discards their hand.

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Elvish Doomsayer

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When Elvish Doomsayer dies, each opponent discards a card.

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Torment of Hailfire

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Repeat the following process X times. Each opponent loses 3 life unless that player sacrifices a nonland permanent or discards a card.

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Anvil of Bogardan

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Players have no maximum hand size.
At the beginning of each player's draw step, that player draws an additional card, then discards a card.

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Megrim

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Whenever an opponent discards a card, Megrim deals 2 damage to that player.

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Stronghold Rats

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Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.)
Whenever Stronghold Rats deals combat damage to a player, each player discards a card.

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Liliana's Specter

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Flying
When Liliana's Specter enters the battlefield, each opponent discards a card.

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Cabal Stronghold

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{T}: Add {C}.
{3}, {T}: Add {B} for each basic Swamp you control.

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Tergrid, God of Fright // Tergrid's Lantern

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Menace
Whenever an opponent sacrifices a nontoken permanent or discards a permanent card, you may put that card from a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control.

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Sadistic Hypnotist

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Sacrifice a creature: Target player discards two cards. Activate only as a sorcery.

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Feed the Swarm

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Destroy target creature or enchantment an opponent controls. You lose life equal to that permanent's mana value.

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Szat's Will

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Choose one. If you control a commander as you cast this spell, you may choose both.
• Each opponent sacrifices a creature they control with the greatest power.
• Exile all opponents' graveyards, then create X 0/1 black Thrull creature tokens, where X is the greatest power among creature cards exiled this way.

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Bloodchief Ascension

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At the beginning of each end step, if an opponent lost 2 or more life this turn, you may put a quest counter on Bloodchief Ascension. (Damage causes loss of life.)
Whenever a card is put into an opponent's graveyard from anywhere, if Bloodchief Ascension has three or more quest counters on it, you may have that player lose 2 life. If you do, you gain 2 life.

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Miasmic Mummy

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When Miasmic Mummy enters the battlefield, each player discards a card.

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Sangromancer

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Flying
Whenever a creature an opponent controls dies, you may gain 3 life.
Whenever an opponent discards a card, you may gain 3 life.

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Tinybones, Trinket Thief

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At the beginning of each end step, if an opponent discarded a card this turn, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.
{4}{B}{B}: Each opponent with no cards in hand loses 10 life.

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Sol Ring

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{T}: Add {C}{C}.

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Plaguecrafter

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When Plaguecrafter enters the battlefield, each player sacrifices a creature or planeswalker. Each player who can't discards a card.

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Geier Reach Sanitarium

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}: Each player draws a card, then discards a card.

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Geth's Grimoire

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Whenever an opponent discards a card, you may draw a card.

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Demon's Disciple

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When Demon's Disciple enters the battlefield, each player sacrifices a creature or planeswalker.

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The Haunt of Hightower

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Flying, lifelink
Whenever The Haunt of Hightower attacks, defending player discards a card.
Whenever a card is put into an opponent's graveyard from anywhere, put a +1/+1 counter on The Haunt of Hightower.

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Elderfang Disciple

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When Elderfang Disciple enters the battlefield, each opponent discards a card.

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Fell Specter

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Flying
When Fell Specter enters the battlefield, target opponent discards a card.
Whenever an opponent discards a card, that player loses 2 life.

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Quest for the Nihil Stone

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Whenever an opponent discards a card, you may put a quest counter on Quest for the Nihil Stone.
At the beginning of each opponent's upkeep, if that player has no cards in hand and Quest for the Nihil Stone has two or more quest counters on it, you may have that player lose 5 life.

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Dark Deal

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Each player discards all the cards in their hand, then draws that many cards minus one.

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Cackling Fiend

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When Cackling Fiend enters the battlefield, each opponent discards a card.

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Rogue's Passage

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{T}: Add {C}.
{4}, {T}: Target creature can't be blocked this turn.

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Liliana, Waker of the Dead

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+1: Each player discards a card. Each opponent who can't loses 3 life.
−3: Target creature gets -X/-X until end of turn, where X is the number of cards in your graveyard.
−7: You get an emblem with "At the beginning of combat on your turn, put target creature card from a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control. It gains haste."

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Crypt Ghast

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Extort (Whenever you cast a spell, you may pay {W/B}. If you do, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain that much life.)
Whenever you tap a Swamp for mana, add an additional {B}.

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Raiders' Wake

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Whenever an opponent discards a card, that player loses 2 life.
Raid — At the beginning of your end step, if you attacked this turn, target opponent discards a card.

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Liliana's Reaver

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Deathtouch
Whenever Liliana's Reaver deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card and you create a tapped 2/2 black Zombie creature token.

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Nightmare Lash

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Equipped creature gets +1/+1 for each Swamp you control.
Equip—Pay 3 life. (Pay 3 life: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card enters the battlefield unattached and stays on the battlefield if the creature leaves.)

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Bloodgift Demon

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Flying
At the beginning of your upkeep, target player draws a card and loses 1 life.

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Rise of the Dark Realms

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Put all creature cards from all graveyards onto the battlefield under your control.

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Painful Quandary

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Whenever an opponent casts a spell, that player loses 5 life unless they discard a card.

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Go for the Throat

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Destroy target nonartifact creature.

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Cast Down

Color Identity:B

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Destroy target nonlegendary creature.

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Dauthi Voidwalker

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $8.00

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Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.)
If a card would be put into an opponent's graveyard from anywhere, instead exile it with a void counter on it.
{T}, Sacrifice Dauthi Voidwalker: Choose an exiled card an opponent owns with a void counter on it. You may play it this turn without paying its mana cost.

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Vindictive Lich

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $6.29

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When Vindictive Lich dies, choose one or more. Each mode must target a different player.
• Target opponent sacrifices a creature.
• Target opponent discards two cards.
• Target opponent loses 5 life.

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Doom Blade

Color Identity:B

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Destroy target nonblack creature.

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Bottomless Pit

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.88

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At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player discards a card at random.

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Hypnotic Specter

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.62

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Flying
Whenever Hypnotic Specter deals damage to an opponent, that player discards a card at random.

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Words of Waste

Color Identity:B

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{1}: The next time you would draw a card this turn, each opponent discards a card instead.

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Hymn to Tourach

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.29

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Target player discards two cards at random.

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Rankle, Master of Pranks

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $3.98

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Flying, haste
Whenever Rankle, Master of Pranks deals combat damage to a player, choose any number —
• Each player discards a card.
• Each player loses 1 life and draws a card.
• Each player sacrifices a creature.

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Strata Scythe

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Imprint — When Strata Scythe enters the battlefield, search your library for a land card, exile it, then shuffle.
Equipped creature gets +1/+1 for each land on the battlefield with the same name as the exiled card.
Equip {3}

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Cunning Lethemancer

Color Identity:B

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At the beginning of your upkeep, each player discards a card.

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Damnation

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $26.74

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Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.

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Phyrexian Arena

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $13.56

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At the beginning of your upkeep, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.

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The Big Play

For me, big plays are metaphorical microphone drops that are essentially endgame. They make jaws drop, and opponents go "What the—?". I love these plays, and this particular brew has a huge one. Let's talk about Rise of the Dark Realms.

I have only ever seen this spell played once, and it was absolutely terrifying and amazing. Everything up to this point has been linear regarding discard. We have enchantments, creatures, instants and sorceries, and so much more that can make our opponents discard. This is all under the premise that we are making Tourach, Dread Cantor bigger for combat, which is true. However, this also feeds the graveyards. Each time we make an opponent discard, we slowly make their graveyard bigger. That's when we want to play Rise of the Dark Realms. The bigger the graveyard, the more we get. Every Elf, every Eldrazi, every weird piece of Golem tribal becomes ours.

This is a spell that ends games. Once the turn cycles around one more time, if a board wipe has not been played, the game will surely be over when it's time to go to combat.

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Seeing Tourach, Dread Cantor previewed in Modern Horizons 2 brought me so much joy as a deck builder. Flavor is at the forefront of my mind when building, and I love finally being able to put a face to the hymn. Discard has been done before, of course, but to be able to revisit such an age-old archetype in a new and weird way is what makes me enjoy being a professional deck builder.

So what's next? To me we have the big three: Ashnod, Tourach, and Tormod. Each of these legends have been mentioned in cards before without ever having a legendary creature of their own... until now. First came Tormod, the Desecrator in Commander Legends and now Tourach, Dread Cantor in Modern Horizons 2. It's only a matter of time before we finally get Ashnod to complete this flavorful triad (hint, hint WotC).