On May 25, 2021, the stars aligned and Magic Rules Manager Jess Dunks tweeted out that Grist, the Hunger Tide could be your commander.

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Commander players rejoiced, for the unthinkable was now possible. Grist, the Hunger Tide is the only non-commander planeswalker that can be your commander. How is this possible? Well, Grist is a 1/1 Insect creature when it isn't on the battlefield, therefore making it a creature in the command zone. This little loophole is the perfect spawning bed for the creativity Commander is known for.

Before we dive into this week's brew, I want us to break down what little we know Grist, the Hunger Tide. Grist is a Golgari Planeswalker made up entirely of bugs. Their origin is unknown as well as their plane. All we can glean is from their two differing depictions on their card. From what we can see, Grist can change forms (from human bones to the bones of some unknown creature). They attack and absorb their prey into them. They are without a doubt one of Magic's most macabre and horrifying Planeswalkers ever designed. I love it.

The hunger tide sweeps across the land, calling us forth from slumber. A great noise shall rise from the earth as many mouths cry out for sustenance. Countless wings will darken the skies and famine's teeth shall strip the flesh from the bones of the world. Let all this and more come to pass, that our children may partake of the endless feast.

—The Song of Grist

While we know very little about Grist, the Hunger Tide lore, their abilities can provide insight. With Grist we can generate tokens and mill (consistently, depending on what we mill), destroy a creature or planeswalker, and make each opponent lose life. Grist's grim appearance and interesting abilities instantly drew me in. They are definitely not the strongest Golgari commander, but they are the most interesting and unique. I knew that I had to build them.

So sit back, pop open a can of Raid, and let's get to brewin'!

Diggin' Some Graves

Grist, the Hunger Tide +1 can be incredibly powerful if we mill the right creature type. If an Insect hits our graveyard, then we repeat the process and add a loyalty counter to them. This build up is important because of Grist's -5. This is where our win condition resides. However, we don't want to play Grist too early (after all, planeswalkers are very fragile). We need other ways to fill our graveyard, ways that aren't contingent on us milling Insects.

We run so many of these it's ridiculous. Creatures like Stitcher's Supplier, Gorging Vulture, Satyr Wayfinder, and Glowspore Shaman give us one instance of mill upon entering the battlefield. While they aren't necessarily the strongest creatures, they can easily be recurred later for an encore.

Next we have our more repeatable sources of mill. This makes up the majority of our list. These include pieces like Hermit Druid, Skull Prophet, Nyx Weaver, Undercity Informer, and Doom Whisperer. The more consistent our milling is, the more damage we can eventually deal with Grist, the Hunger Tide. Creatures are the bread and butter of our deck, so the more we run that have these abilities, the better.

While our list is incredibly creature-heavy, we still need noncreature spells to even things out. Though very few, each piece helps us mill more and more.

Grisly Salvage and Grapple with the Past are non-repeatable forms of mill that allow us to fish for a card either from the top of our library or in our graveyard. They creep us slowly towards our goal like an inchworm.

Our next way to get cards into our graveyard is Altar of Dementia. I'd never thought to use this card for self-mill until chat pointed out how potent it could be when paired with cards like Lord of Extinction, Golgari Grave-Troll, and Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord. The bigger the sacrificed creature, the more we mill!

Our final form of self mill is Deadbridge Chant. This piece is a bit weird because it overlaps with our recursion package. I personally adore this card because we are able to mill 10 for just six mana with the added bonus of getting cards back for free. The best part is if they're creatures, they return to the battlefield. Getting Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis back with this enchantment just feels like the ultimate meme play that we simply MUST run.

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Makin' Some Friends

Grist, the Hunger Tide is able to make Insect tokens whenever we mill, and even more whenever we mill Insect creatures. However, these little buggers aren't the only tokens we make.

For example, Kessig Cagebreakers makes Wolf tokens equal to the number of creatures in our graveyard every time it attacks! Along a similar vein, Izoni, Thousand-Eyed does the same thing except only when she enters the battlefield. Sorceries like Spider Spawning and Worm Harvest allow us to make many tokens with the opportunity to recast it from the yard. These mass token generators can come in handy when trying to defend Grist, the Hunger Tide from many, many eventual attacks.

Our final form of token interaction comes from Doubling Season. This card is beyond bonkers with Grist, the Hunger Tide because it not only doubles the tokens they make but their loyalty counters as well. This synergy is what takes Grist to the next level. Higher loyalty counters and bodies for blocking turns Grist from a novelty to a credible commander.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Gristle & Grime by Chase Carroll

'Gristle & Grime' - 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

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Cards

Polluted Delta

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Polluted Delta: Search your library for an Island or Swamp card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis

Color Identity:B,G

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You can't spend mana to cast this spell.
Convoke, delve (Each creature you tap while casting this spell pays for {1} or one mana of that creature's color. Each card you exile from your graveyard pays for {1}.)
You may cast Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis from your graveyard.
Trample

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Verdant Catacombs

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Verdant Catacombs: Search your library for a Swamp or Forest card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Vault of Whispers

Color Identity:B

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(Vault of Whispers isn't a spell.)
{T}: Add {B}.

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Dakmor Salvage

Color Identity:B

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Dakmor Salvage enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {B}.
Dredge 2 (If you would draw a card, you may mill two cards instead. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand.)

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Life from the Loam

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $13.02

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Return up to three target land cards from your graveyard to your hand.
Dredge 3 (If you would draw a card, you may mill three cards instead. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand.)

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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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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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Bayou

Color Identity:B,G

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({T}: Add {B} or {G}.)

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Izoni, Thousand-Eyed

Color Identity:B,G

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Undergrowth — When Izoni, Thousand-Eyed enters the battlefield, create a 1/1 black and green Insect creature token for each creature card in your graveyard.
{B}{G}, Sacrifice another creature: You gain 1 life and draw a card.

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Woodland Chasm

Color Identity:B,G

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({T}: Add {B} or {G}.)
Woodland Chasm enters the battlefield tapped.

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Eternal Witness

Color Identity:G

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When Eternal Witness enters the battlefield, you may return target card from your graveyard to your hand.

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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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Golgari Grave-Troll

Color Identity:G

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Golgari Grave-Troll enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it for each creature card in your graveyard.
{1}, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Golgari Grave-Troll: Regenerate Golgari Grave-Troll.
Dredge 6 (If you would draw a card, you may mill six cards instead. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand.)

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Tree of Tales

Color Identity:G

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(Tree of Tales isn't a spell.)
{T}: Add {G}.

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Kokusho, the Evening Star

Color Identity:B

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Flying
When Kokusho, the Evening Star dies, each opponent loses 5 life. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.

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Twilight's Call

Color Identity:B

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You may cast Twilight's Call as though it had flash if you pay {2} more to cast it. (You may cast it any time you could cast an instant.)
Each player returns all creature cards from their graveyard to the battlefield.

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Marsh Flats

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Marsh Flats: Search your library for a Plains or Swamp card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Animate Dead

Color Identity:B

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Enchant creature card in a graveyard
When Animate Dead enters the battlefield, if it's on the battlefield, it loses "enchant creature card in a graveyard" and gains "enchant creature put onto the battlefield with Animate Dead." Return enchanted creature card to the battlefield under your control and attach Animate Dead to it. When Animate Dead leaves the battlefield, that creature's controller sacrifices it.
Enchanted creature gets -1/-0.

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Spider Spawning

Color Identity:B,G

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Create a 1/2 green Spider creature token with reach for each creature card in your graveyard.
Flashback {6}{B} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Worm Harvest

Color Identity:B,G

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Create a 1/1 black and green Worm creature token for each land card in your graveyard.
Retrace (You may cast this card from your graveyard by discarding a land card in addition to paying its other costs.)

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Merciless Executioner

Color Identity:B

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When Merciless Executioner enters the battlefield, each player sacrifices a creature.

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Field of the Dead

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Field of the Dead enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {C}.
Whenever Field of the Dead or another land enters the battlefield under your control, if you control seven or more lands with different names, create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.

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Satyr Wayfinder

Color Identity:G

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When Satyr Wayfinder enters the battlefield, reveal the top four cards of your library. You may put a land card from among them into your hand. Put the rest into your graveyard.

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Cabal Coffers

Color Identity:B

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{2}, {T}: Add {B} for each Swamp you control.

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Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

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Each land is a Swamp in addition to its other land types.

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Tranquil Thicket

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.14

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Tranquil Thicket enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {G}.
Cycling {G} ({G}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Plaguecrafter

Color Identity:B

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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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Exotic Orchard

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{T}: Add one mana of any color that a land an opponent controls could produce.

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Maskwood Nexus

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Creatures you control are every creature type. The same is true for creature spells you control and creature cards you own that aren't on the battlefield.
{3}, {T}: Create a 2/2 blue Shapeshifter creature token with changeling. (It is every creature type.)

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Kessig Cagebreakers

Color Identity:G

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Whenever Kessig Cagebreakers attacks, create a 2/2 green Wolf creature token that's tapped and attacking for each creature card in your graveyard.

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Wooded Foothills

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Wooded Foothills: Search your library for a Mountain or Forest card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Grapple with the Past

Color Identity:G

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Mill three cards, then you may return a creature or land card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Regrowth

Color Identity:G

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Return target card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Haunted Crossroads

Color Identity:B

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{B}: Put target creature card from your graveyard on top of your library.

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Undercity Informer

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.36

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{1}, Sacrifice a creature: Target player reveals cards from the top of their library until they reveal a land card, then puts those cards into their graveyard.

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Ashnod's Altar

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

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Overgrown Tomb

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $13.90

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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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Misty Rainforest

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Misty Rainforest: Search your library for a Forest or Island card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Fleshbag Marauder

Color Identity:B

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When Fleshbag Marauder enters the battlefield, each player sacrifices a creature.

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Prismatic Vista

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Prismatic Vista: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.07

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Darkbore Pathway // Slitherbore Pathway

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $5.81

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{T}: Add {B}.

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Assassin's Trophy

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $14.66

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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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Forge of Heroes

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Choose target commander that entered the battlefield this turn. Put a +1/+1 counter on it if it's a creature and a loyalty counter on it if it's a planeswalker.

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Yawgmoth, Thran Physician

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $20.51

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Protection from Humans
Pay 1 life, Sacrifice another creature: Put a -1/-1 counter on up to one target creature and draw a card.
{B}{B}, Discard a card: Proliferate. (Choose any number of permanents and/or players, then give each another counter of each kind already there.)

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Barren Moor

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.19

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Barren Moor enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {B}.
Cycling {B} ({B}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Mana Confluence

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add one mana of any color.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.04

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Undergrowth Stadium

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $6.38

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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

Market Price: $69.56

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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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Sakura-Tribe Elder

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.13

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Sacrifice Sakura-Tribe Elder: Search your library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Windswept Heath

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Windswept Heath: Search your library for a Forest or Plains card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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City of Brass

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Whenever City of Brass becomes tapped, it deals 1 damage to you.
{T}: Add one mana of any color.

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Ramunap Excavator

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $2.70

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You may play lands from your graveyard.

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Reassembling Skeleton

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.20

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{1}{B}: Return Reassembling Skeleton from your graveyard to the battlefield tapped.

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Lord of Extinction

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $8.27

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Lord of Extinction's power and toughness are each equal to the number of cards in all graveyards.

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Bloodstained Mire

Market Price: $33.71

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Bloodstained Mire: Search your library for a Swamp or Mountain card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $27.73

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Trample, haste
If you would put one or more counters on a permanent or player, put twice that many of each of those kinds of counters on that permanent or player instead.
If an opponent would put one or more counters on a permanent or player, they put half that many of each of those kinds of counters on that permanent or player instead, rounded down.

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Command Tower

Market Price: $0.27

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

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Fauna Shaman

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $11.90

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{G}, {T}, Discard a creature card: Search your library for a creature card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.

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Phyrexian Tower

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $17.67

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

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Millikin

Market Price: $0.08

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{T}, Mill a card: Add {C}. (To mill a card, put the top card of your library into your graveyard.)

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Mausoleum Secrets

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.21

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Undergrowth — Search your library for a black card with mana value less than or equal to the number of creature cards in your graveyard, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.

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Entomb

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $24.66

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

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Conspiracy

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $5.33

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As Conspiracy enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Creatures you control are the chosen type. The same is true for creature spells you control and creature cards you own that aren't on the battlefield.

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Nyx Weaver

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.21

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Reach
At the beginning of your upkeep, mill two cards.
{1}{B}{G}, Exile Nyx Weaver: Return target card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Ashes of the Fallen

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As Ashes of the Fallen enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Each creature card in your graveyard has the chosen creature type in addition to its other types.

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Caustic Caterpillar

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.51

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{1}{G}, Sacrifice Caustic Caterpillar: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Skull Prophet

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.26

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{T}: Add {B} or {G}.
{T}: Mill two cards.

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Liliana, Death's Majesty

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $5.32

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+1: Create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token. Mill two cards.
−3: Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. That creature is a black Zombie in addition to its other colors and types.
−7: Destroy all non-Zombie creatures.

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Crucible of Worlds

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You may play lands from your graveyard.

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Hermit Druid

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $13.75

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{G}, {T}: Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a basic land card. Put that card into your hand and all other cards revealed this way into your graveyard.

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Grisly Salvage

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.23

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Reveal the top five cards of your library. You may put a creature or land card from among them into your hand. Put the rest into your graveyard.

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Elves of Deep Shadow

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $2.14

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{T}: Add {B}. Elves of Deep Shadow deals 1 damage to you.

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Dictate of Erebos

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $12.72

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

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Maelstrom Pulse

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $1.65

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

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Bala Ged Recovery // Bala Ged Sanctuary

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $3.61

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Return target card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Demon's Disciple

Color Identity:B

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

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Glowspore Shaman

Color Identity:B,G

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When Glowspore Shaman enters the battlefield, mill three cards. You may put a land card from your graveyard on top of your library.

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Gravepurge

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.14

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Put any number of target creature cards from your graveyard on top of your library.
Draw a card.

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Shriekmaw

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.22

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Fear (This creature can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.)
When Shriekmaw enters the battlefield, destroy target nonartifact, nonblack creature.
Evoke {1}{B} (You may cast this spell for its evoke cost. If you do, it's sacrificed when it enters the battlefield.)

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Blex, Vexing Pest // Search for Blex

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $1.22

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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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Grist, the Hunger Tide

Color Identity:B,G

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As long as Grist, the Hunger Tide isn't on the battlefield, it's a 1/1 Insect creature in addition to its other types.
+1: Create a 1/1 black and green Insect creature token, then mill a card. If an Insect card was milled this way, put a loyalty counter on Grist and repeat this process.
−2: You may sacrifice a creature. When you do, destroy target creature or planeswalker.
−5: Each opponent loses life equal to the number of creature cards in your graveyard.

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Llanowar Wastes

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.55

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {B} or {G}. Llanowar Wastes deals 1 damage to you.

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Stitcher's Supplier

Color Identity:B

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When Stitcher's Supplier enters the battlefield or dies, mill three cards.

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Forever Young

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.05

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Put any number of target creature cards from your graveyard on top of your library.
Draw a card.

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Deadbridge Chant

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.49

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When Deadbridge Chant enters the battlefield, mill ten cards.
At the beginning of your upkeep, choose a card at random in your graveyard. If it's a creature card, put it onto the battlefield. Otherwise, put it into your hand.

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Underrealm Lich

Color Identity:B,G

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If you would draw a card, instead look at the top three cards of your library, then put one into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.
Pay 4 life: Underrealm Lich gains indestructible until end of turn. Tap it.

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Gorging Vulture

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.04

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Flying
When Gorging Vulture enters the battlefield, mill four cards. You gain 1 life for each creature card put into your graveyard this way.

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Living Death

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $8.19

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Each player exiles all creature cards from their graveyard, then sacrifices all creatures they control, then puts all cards they exiled this way onto the battlefield.

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Doom Whisperer

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $5.57

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Flying, trample
Pay 2 life: Surveil 2. (Look at the top two cards of your library, then put any number of them into your graveyard and the rest on top of your library in any order.)

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Woodland Cemetery

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $5.78

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Woodland Cemetery enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp or a Forest.
{T}: Add {B} or {G}.

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Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord

Color Identity:B,G

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Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord gets +1/+1 for each creature card in your graveyard.
{1}{B}{G}, Sacrifice another creature: Each opponent loses life equal to the sacrificed creature's power.
Sacrifice a Swamp and a Forest: Return Jarad from your graveyard to your hand.

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Stinkweed Imp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.62

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Flying
Whenever Stinkweed Imp deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature.
Dredge 5 (If you would draw a card, you may mill five cards instead. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand.)

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Altar of Dementia

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Sacrifice a creature: Target player mills cards equal to the sacrificed creature's power.

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I Want You Back

Graveyard decks have always made me nervous. I never really trusted something that could fail to a Bojuka Bog, and yet here I am.

One major reason for my apprehension in building and playing graveyard decks is the fact that I am scared of not being able to get cards back from my graveyard. I want to be able to play spells, not throw them away. While this is an obviously crude assessment, we do have some ways for us to get our things back from the bleakest of deaths.

We've already talked about Deadbridge Chant, but what other enchantments do we have that help us? Well for starters we have Haunted Crossroads. I love this piece because all we have to do is pay one mana to put creature cards back on top of our library. It's repeatable too! Of course we're going to lose some lands in the process of us milling, so Crucible of Worlds, Life from the Loam, and Ramunap Excavator are a must.

Then of course we run single instances of recursion such as Forever Young, Regrowth, Bala Ged Recovery, Gravepurge, and Living Death. While each of these vary slightly, they allow us to get what we sacrificed back which definitely puts me at ease as a player.

The Tribal Package

Let's be honest, the idea of tribal Insects in this deck is pretty attractive. We've already talked about some of the synergies that Golgari has regarding Insects. Now while there are exactly 181 Incect creature cards in Magic, this doesn't necessarily mean playing them is the optimal move……

However, what if I told you that we can make every creature in the deck an Insect without changing anything about our list? Enter in our tribal package.

We run three cards to achieve the optimal Grist, the Hunger Tide deck: Maskwood Nexus, Conspiracy, and Ashes of the Fallen. Each of these cards allow us to make the creatures in our deck and/or graveyard a creature type of our choice. This optimizes Grist's +1 loyalty ability, maximizing our tokens, graveyard size, and our loyalty counters all at the same time.

Is it a bit redundant? Yes. Do we like redundancy in this series? You already know the answer.

* * *

This is my first ever graveyard deck, and I couldn't think of a better legendary to lead it than Grist, the Hunger Tide. I think this Planeswalker is one of Magic's most interesting made in years. From the macabre art that speaks to my horror movie-loving tendencies to the straight forward damage, Grist checks all my boxes.

I am loving the avenues that Wizards of the Coast has been exploring regarding play design. It makes me truly happy to see every new and wild concept come to life and be loved by players like me. This deck is a far cry from anything I've ever built before, and I absolutely am so glad I took this step out of my comfort zone. Grist, the Hunger Tide is definitely a deck that you will see on my streams and in person very very soon.