We all knew this was going to happen eventually. I mean, come on… my Twitter feed is full of them!

PESTS Y'ALL! THEY'RE TOO GOSH DARN CUTE NOT TO WRITE ABOUT! Now, they aren't exactly the strongest creature type in Magic. There's very little support for a true Pest tribal deck in Commander, even with the release of Blex, Vexing Pest. That immediately took him out of the running, however, I still wanted to do something with these cute little Witherbloom weirdos.

Thankfully there are a lot of commanders that dropped during preview season that have to do with Pests. I put up a poll on Twitter, and Beledros Witherbloom won by a landslide. I was surprised because that means this is the second week where I will be building a deck around one of the Strixhaven Elder Dragons (which really takes me back to the format's original name, "Elder Dragon Highlander").

When Beledros Witherbloom was first previewed, ideas began to explode online. Big mana creatures, land shenanigans, and more! However, I wanted to fiddle with Pests, specifically focusing on their ability to gain us 1 life whenever they die. This got me thinking: why not make a themed aristocrats deck? I am a strong believer that one can brew and play a flavorful deck without sacrificing functionality. With Beledros Witherbloom, our goal is to create a swarm of pests and immediately kill them. Maybe there's a combo here or there… we'll see.

Token Generators

While Beledros makes tokens during each upkeep, we still need other consistent forms of token generation. Of course we are running Pest Summoning, a lower powered spell that crates Pests, because of the flavor. I'M LIKE GORDAN RAMSEY IN THIS DECK Y'ALL! Speaking of flavor, we have to run Valentin, Dean of the Vein. This legendary Witherbloom dean allows us to make Pest tokens if we pay 2 when one of our opponents' creatures would die.

Related to putting things into the graveyard, we also run Ophiomancer, a token generator that allows us to create combat bargaining chips if we don't control a Snake. Sure, they are definitely fodder, but they are powerful fodder! We also have deathtouch token generation in the form of Ogre Slumlord, which makes Rat tokens whenever nontoken creatures die.

Another form of token generation is Tendershoot Dryad. Much like our commander, this Dryad allows us to create tokens on each upkeep while simultaneously buffing them! This works out wonderfully if we decide to take our deck down a more combat-focused road than our passive aristocrat theme.

Of course we run some of the riskier token cards like Mycoloth, which requires great sacrifice, and Scute Swarm, which can make you a strong target for opponents (thanks, Arena)!

However, we aren't done just yet. We are in Witherbloom, meaning we have access to one of Magic's strongest token colors: green. This allows us to play token doublers, and with Pests being such a new and weak archetype, we need all the help we can get.

Slotted into this deck are Parallel Lives and Doubling Season. These two enchantments allow us to double the amount of tokens we make (and possibly +1/+1 counters, depending on which enchantment is out). We also run one of my favorite token spells, Second Harvest. Normally I am against spells that allow us only once instance of something, be it token generation, ramp, etc. However, Second Harvest essentially doubles our attackers, blockers, and fodder for sac outlets, making it a necessary addition to this list.

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Sac Outlets

So we have our Pests, but how do we make them die? Yes, we can block with them, but opposing creatures might have flying or trample. We need ways to kill our Pests on our own terms. This is where our sacrifice outlets come in. Of course we run standard sac outlets like Phyrexian Altar, Ashnod's Altar, and High Market. But we need more! I always like to say that redundancy is key to a solid Commander deck. So… let's be redundant!

Viscera Seer is a wonderful sac outlet in this deck that allows us to scry. Card advantage is almost always the reason someone wins in Commander, so it never hurts for us to know exactly what we will draw into next.

Speaking of card advantage, Skullclamp is a personal favorite of mine that allows us to kill our Pests or other small tokens. The bonus is that we can draw cards off of them. While this isn't an "official" sac outlet, I still like to use it as such!

Next we have Attrition. I love this card because it depicts one of the coolest Star Wars bounty hunters ever, and because it's a way for us to kill two birds with one stone. Removal is as easy as squashing a bug!

Are we hurting for lands? Need that third Forest to pay for that Craterhoof Behemoth? Well then Perilous Forays has us covered! For just one mana and the cost of a Pest's life, we are able to tutor for a land card with a basic land type and immediately play it. Sure, it's tapped, but we can do this as many times as we have creatures and mana. Oh, I love being in green.

These last few cards aren't "official" sac outlets, however, they allow us to wipe out our Pests whenever we want, so I'm including them in this section. Let's start with Pestilence.

To me this is one of the funniest pieces of tech in this entire deck. Our Pests (without Blex, Vexing Pest out) have base power and toughness 1/1. If we want to trigger one of our combos (more on that later) or simply trigger a massive amount of aristocrat pings, all we have to do is pay one black mana and all of our Pests will immediately die. One mana for the world's funniest one-sided board wipe seems like a must-have in my opinion!

Speaking of hilarious one-sided ways to kill off our pests, we need to talk about Maelstrom Pulse and Killing Wave. Did you know that you can legally cast Killing Wave for 0 and just state that you don't want to pay the 0? WELL YOU CAN! This is a one-mana way for us to sacrifice all the tokens we want and pay 0 for the rest of our creatures we want to keep (like our aristocrats and commander). Sometimes the ways rules are in Magic are both hilarious and beneficial.

Lastly, we have Maelstrom Pulse. I like this piece because it is a three-mana, one-sided board wipe for our Pests. Since the tokens all share the same name, we can rest assured knowing that they will all die and trigger something truly glorious.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Pestocrats by Chase Carroll

'Pestocrats' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Chase Carroll

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Commander

Market Price: $710.18

Cards

Mycoloth

Color Identity:G

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Devour 2 (As this enters the battlefield, you may sacrifice any number of creatures. This creature enters the battlefield with twice that many +1/+1 counters on it.)
At the beginning of your upkeep, create a 1/1 green Saproling creature token for each +1/+1 counter on Mycoloth.

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Massacre Girl

Color Identity:B

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Menace
When Massacre Girl enters the battlefield, each other creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn. Whenever a creature dies this turn, each creature other than Massacre Girl gets -1/-1 until end of turn.

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Nurturing Peatland

Color Identity:B,G

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {B} or {G}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Nurturing Peatland: Draw a card.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Miren, the Moaning Well

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{T}: Add {C}.
{3}, {T}, Sacrifice a creature: You gain life equal to the sacrificed creature's toughness.

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Darkbore Pathway // Slitherbore Pathway

Color Identity:B,G

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{T}: Add {B}.

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Mortality Spear

Color Identity:B,G

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This spell costs {2} less to cast if you gained life this turn.
Destroy target nonland permanent.

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Beast Within

Color Identity:G

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Destroy target permanent. Its controller creates a 3/3 green Beast creature token.

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Deathreap Ritual

Color Identity:B,G

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Morbid — At the beginning of each end step, if a creature died this turn, you may draw a card.

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Viscera Seer

Color Identity:B

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Sacrifice a creature: Scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)

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Demonic Tutor

Color Identity:B

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Search your library for a card, put that card into your hand, then shuffle.

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Scute Swarm

Color Identity:G

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Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, create a 1/1 green Insect creature token. If you control six or more lands, create a token that's a copy of Scute Swarm instead.

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Talisman of Resilience

Color Identity:B,G

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {B} or {G}. Talisman of Resilience deals 1 damage to you.

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Golgari Charm

Color Identity:B,G

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Choose one —
• All creatures get -1/-1 until end of turn.
• Destroy target enchantment.
• Regenerate each creature you control.

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Pestilence

Color Identity:B

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At the beginning of the end step, if no creatures are on the battlefield, sacrifice Pestilence.
{B}: Pestilence deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.

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Cultivate

Color Identity:G

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Search your library for up to two basic land cards, reveal those cards, put one onto the battlefield tapped and the other into your hand, then shuffle.

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Temple of Malady

Color Identity:B,G

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Temple of Malady enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Malady enters the battlefield, scry 1.
{T}: Add {B} or {G}.

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Blex, Vexing Pest // Search for Blex

Color Identity:B,G

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Other Pests, Bats, Insects, Snakes, and Spiders you control get +1/+1.
When Blex, Vexing Pest dies, you gain 4 life.

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Ophiomancer

Color Identity:B

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At the beginning of each upkeep, if you control no Snakes, create a 1/1 black Snake creature token with deathtouch.

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Diabolic Intent

Color Identity:B

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice a creature.
Search your library for a card, put that card into your hand, then shuffle.

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Krosan Grip

Color Identity:G

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Split second (As long as this spell is on the stack, players can't cast spells or activate abilities that aren't mana abilities.)
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Sol Ring

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

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Tainted Wood

Color Identity:B,G

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {B} or {G}. Activate only if you control a Swamp.

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Attrition

Color Identity:B

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{B}, Sacrifice a creature: Destroy target nonblack creature.

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Ayara, First of Locthwain

Color Identity:B

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Whenever Ayara, First of Locthwain or another black creature enters the battlefield under your control, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.
{T}, Sacrifice another black creature: Draw a card.

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Overgrown Tomb

Color Identity:B,G

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({T}: Add {B} or {G}.)
As Overgrown Tomb enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Blighted Woodland

Color Identity:G

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{T}: Add {C}.
{3}{G}, {T}, Sacrifice Blighted Woodland: Search your library for up to two basic land cards, put them onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Kodama's Reach

Color Identity:G

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Search your library for up to two basic land cards, reveal those cards, put one onto the battlefield tapped and the other into your hand, then shuffle.

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Spawning Pit

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Sacrifice a creature: Put a charge counter on Spawning Pit.
{1}, Remove two charge counters from Spawning Pit: Create a 2/2 colorless Spawn artifact creature token.

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Dark Prophecy

Color Identity:B

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Whenever a creature you control dies, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.

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Arcane Signet

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{T}: Add one mana of any color in your commander's color identity.

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Perilous Forays

Color Identity:G

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{1}, Sacrifice a creature: Search your library for a land card with a basic land type, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Westvale Abbey // Ormendahl, Profane Prince

Color Identity:B

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{T}: Add {C}.
{5}, {T}, Pay 1 life: Create a 1/1 white and black Human Cleric creature token.
{5}, {T}, Sacrifice five creatures: Transform Westvale Abbey, then untap it.

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Command Tower

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{T}: Add one mana of any color in your commander's color identity.

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Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose

Color Identity:B

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Whenever you gain life, target opponent loses that much life.
{3}{B}{B}: Creatures you control gain lifelink until end of turn.

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Cryptolith Rite

Color Identity:G

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Creatures you control have "{T}: Add one mana of any color."

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Black Market

Color Identity:B

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Whenever a creature dies, put a charge counter on Black Market.
At the beginning of your precombat main phase, add {B} for each charge counter on Black Market.

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Killing Wave

Color Identity:B

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For each creature, its controller sacrifices it unless they pay X life.

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Grim Backwoods

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.22

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}{B}{G}, {T}, Sacrifice a creature: Draw a card.

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Ashnod's Altar

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Sacrifice a creature: Add {C}{C}.

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Pest Summoning

Color Identity:B,G

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Create two 1/1 black and green Pest creature tokens with "When this creature dies, you gain 1 life."

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Beledros Witherbloom

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $11.84

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Flying
At the beginning of each upkeep, create a 1/1 black and green Pest creature token with "When this creature dies, you gain 1 life."
Pay 10 life: Untap all lands you control. Activate only once each turn.

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Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest

Color Identity:B,G

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Flying
Whenever a player sacrifices another permanent, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control.

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Toxic Deluge

Color Identity:B

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, pay X life.
All creatures get -X/-X until end of turn.

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Pernicious Deed

Color Identity:B,G

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{X}, Sacrifice Pernicious Deed: Destroy each artifact, creature, and enchantment with mana value X or less.

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Ogre Slumlord

Color Identity:B

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Whenever another nontoken creature dies, you may create a 1/1 black Rat creature token.
Rats you control have deathtouch.

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Sanguine Bond

Color Identity:B

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Whenever you gain life, target opponent loses that much life.

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Bastion of Remembrance

Color Identity:B

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When Bastion of Remembrance enters the battlefield, create a 1/1 white Human Soldier creature token.
Whenever a creature you control dies, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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Myriad Landscape

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Myriad Landscape enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Myriad Landscape: Search your library for up to two basic land cards that share a land type, put them onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Parallel Lives

Color Identity:G

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If an effect would create one or more tokens under your control, it creates twice that many of those tokens instead.

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Craterhoof Behemoth

Color Identity:G

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Haste
When Craterhoof Behemoth enters the battlefield, creatures you control gain trample and get +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the number of creatures you control.

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Phyrexian Tower

Color Identity:B

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Sacrifice a creature: Add {B}{B}.

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Grismold, the Dreadsower

Color Identity:B,G

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Trample
At the beginning of your end step, each player creates a 1/1 green Plant creature token.
Whenever a creature token dies, put a +1/+1 counter on Grismold, the Dreadsower.

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Phyrexian Altar

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Sacrifice a creature: Add one mana of any color.

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High Market

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Sacrifice a creature: You gain 1 life.

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Blood Artist

Color Identity:B

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Whenever Blood Artist or another creature dies, target player loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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Syr Konrad, the Grim

Color Identity:B

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Whenever another creature dies, or a creature card is put into a graveyard from anywhere other than the battlefield, or a creature card leaves your graveyard, Syr Konrad, the Grim deals 1 damage to each opponent.
{1}{B}: Each player mills a card.

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Assassin's Trophy

Color Identity:B,G

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Destroy target permanent an opponent controls. Its controller may search their library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Zulaport Cutthroat

Color Identity:B

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Whenever Zulaport Cutthroat or another creature you control dies, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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Poison-Tip Archer

Color Identity:B,G

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Reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.)
Deathtouch (Any amount of damage this deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.)
Whenever another creature dies, each opponent loses 1 life.

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Culling Ritual

Color Identity:B,G

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Destroy each nonland permanent with mana value 2 or less. Add {B} or {G} for each permanent destroyed this way.

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Liliana, Dreadhorde General

Color Identity:B

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Whenever a creature you control dies, draw a card.
+1: Create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.
−4: Each player sacrifices two creatures.
−9: Each opponent chooses a permanent they control of each permanent type and sacrifices the rest.

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God-Eternal Bontu

Color Identity:B

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Menace
When God-Eternal Bontu enters the battlefield, sacrifice any number of other permanents, then draw that many cards.
When God-Eternal Bontu dies or is put into exile from the battlefield, you may put it into its owner's library third from the top.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Crux of Fate

Color Identity:B

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Choose one —
• Destroy all Dragon creatures.
• Destroy all non-Dragon creatures.

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Bloodspore Thrinax

Color Identity:G

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Devour 1 (As this enters the battlefield, you may sacrifice any number of creatures. This creature enters the battlefield with that many +1/+1 counters on it.)
Each other creature you control enters the battlefield with an additional X +1/+1 counters on it, where X is the number of +1/+1 counters on Bloodspore Thrinax.

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Awakening Zone

Color Identity:G

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At the beginning of your upkeep, you may create a 0/1 colorless Eldrazi Spawn creature token. It has "Sacrifice this creature: Add {C}."

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Skullclamp

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Equipped creature gets +1/-1.
Whenever equipped creature dies, draw two cards.
Equip {1}

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Bojuka Bog

Color Identity:B

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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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Grave Pact

Color Identity:B

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Whenever a creature you control dies, each other player sacrifices a creature.

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Undergrowth Stadium

Color Identity:B,G

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Undergrowth Stadium enters the battlefield tapped unless you have two or more opponents.
{T}: Add {B} or {G}.

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Doubling Season

Color Identity:G

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If an effect would create one or more tokens under your control, it creates twice that many of those tokens instead.
If an effect would put one or more counters on a permanent you control, it puts twice that many of those counters on that permanent instead.

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Valentin, Dean of the Vein // Lisette, Dean of the Root

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.65

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Menace, lifelink
If a nontoken creature an opponent controls would die, exile it instead. When you do, you may pay {2}. If you do, create a 1/1 black and green Pest creature token with "When this creature dies, you gain 1 life."

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Maelstrom Pulse

Color Identity:B,G

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Destroy target nonland permanent and all other permanents with the same name as that permanent.

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Dictate of Erebos

Color Identity:B

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Flash
Whenever a creature you control dies, each opponent sacrifices a creature.

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Second Harvest

Color Identity:G

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For each token you control, create a token that's a copy of that permanent.

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Exquisite Blood

Color Identity:B

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Whenever an opponent loses life, you gain that much life.

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Priest of Forgotten Gods

Color Identity:B

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{T}, Sacrifice two other creatures: Any number of target players each lose 2 life and sacrifice a creature. You add {B}{B} and draw a card.

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Dina, Soul Steeper

Color Identity:B,G

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Whenever you gain life, each opponent loses 1 life.
{1}, Sacrifice another creature: Dina, Soul Steeper gets +X/+0 until end of turn, where X is the sacrificed creature's power.

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Tendershoot Dryad

Color Identity:G

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Ascend (If you control ten or more permanents, you get the city's blessing for the rest of the game.)
At the beginning of each upkeep, create a 1/1 green Saproling creature token.
Saprolings you control get +2/+2 as long as you have the city's blessing.

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Aristocrats

Our Pests only gain us life. They die for a good cause, but they don't hurt our opponents as we need them to. This is where our aristocrats come in.

Aristocrats are creatures that give us value off of our creatures dying. Typically they gain us 1 life and make our opponents lose 1 life. Let's start out with the bougiest aristocrat of them all: Ayara, First of Locthwain. She triggers whenever a black creature enters or leaves the battlefield, making her a perfect fit for our Pests that are both black and green!

Because we are in black and green, we have to run Poison-Tip Archer. He's the perfect way to piece together a full aristocrat when our Pests die. Our Pests gain us life and he makes our opponents lose life. Seems like a win-win, right?

Lastly, we have a half-aristocrat: Dina, Soul Steeper. Instead of triggering when a creature we control dies, she triggers whenever we gain life. Since we will be having other aristocrats out and our Pests gain us life when they die anyway, she seems like the perfect addition to this deck! Plus, how cool would it be to use her as a sac outlet and then swing big?!

Combos

I've included two killer combos in this deck to help us win due to the weaker nature of Pests. While it would be fun to win off of aristocrat pings alone, we need some weight behind our swings.

Since we are playing a life loss and life gain deck, I have included the infamous Exquisite Blood/Sanguine Bond combo. This combo is a beautiful domino effect—when we have both of these enchantments out, all we need to do is have one Pest die. That life gained turns into life loss for opponents, and the enchantments essentially ricochet off one another like a game of Pong!

Our next combo is a bit different. For this combo we will need a Spawning Pit, Doubling Season, and Ashnod's Altar. When we have Doubling Season out, our creatures and counters are doubled. Whenever we sacrifice a creature to the Altar, we get two colorless mana, and two counters onto the Pit. We can then use one of that mana to remove two counters to create two more tokens. The cycle then repeats, generating infinite colorless mana, and infinite death triggers of our Pests or even our Spawns! This could also technically be referred to as infinite token generation, however, we aren't able to keep these creatures, as we need them to be sacrificed to the pit where they came from! How cool is that?!

Ever since I saw the art for Pest Summoning, I fell in love with the weird, round little monsters. I very rarely play black in commander, and I have slowly begun to phase out green from my other decks as well. Despite this, I knew I had to build my weird take on Witherbloom.

Looking at this week's list, I can confirm that it is not of the highest power level. However, I want to say that not all decks in Commander have to be higher power to be good, playable, or even enjoyable. As a professional brewer, it is always worth it to build something weird and flavorful. It just takes a stroke of inspiration (or even something weird and cute) to brew something that sparks joy! Happy brewing, friends!