Commander 2021 introduces five new Commander decks based off the colleges of Strixhaven. Whether you are new to the Commander format or a senior Commander player looking for new decks to play, Commander 2021 has something for everyone! This week, we will be taking a look at each of the new Commander decks and showing you how you can upgrade the deck to get the most "oomph" out of each of them!

Throughout the week we've helped the professors at Strixhaven enhance their lesson plans and given you the tools to take on any opponents. Today, we are finishing up our series by stepping into the Sedgemoor Bog and offering aid to Professor Willowdusk!

Willowdusk, Essence Seer

Willowdusk, Essence Seer is a straightforward commander in that she is a three-mana 3/3 with no keywords. Her strength, however, is in her ability to teach and guide her students with her ability that puts +1/+1 counters onto a creature based on the amount of life you gained or lost this turn. With Willowdusk in play, we can use our life as a renewable resource that continually buffs our creatures while we drain away our opponents and leave them sinking in the bog!

Game Plan

Willowdusk is great for buffing our other creatures, but is unlikely to win the game herself. Since we have access to colors black and green, we can fill our deck with cards that gain us life or let us pay life for other resources so that our life total is always changing to get the most out of Willowdusk. We also want a lot of cards that drain our opponents' life totals so that it is easier to take out the table when we have built a strong enough board.

We will be weaponizing our life to defeat our opponents, so let's see what the Professor brought to class in the preconstructed deck list!

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Witherbloom Witchcraft by Wizards of the Coast

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Cards

Cultivate

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.45

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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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Gyome, Master Chef

Color Identity:B,G

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Trample
At the beginning of your end step, create a number of Food tokens equal to the number of nontoken creatures you had enter the battlefield under your control this turn.
{1}, Sacrifice a Food: Target creature gains indestructible until end of turn. Tap it.

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Yedora, Grave Gardener

Color Identity:G

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Whenever another nontoken creature you control dies, you may return it to the battlefield face down under its owner's control. It's a Forest land. (It has no other types or abilities.)

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Deadly Tempest

Color Identity:B

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Destroy all creatures. Each player loses life equal to the number of creatures they controlled that were destroyed this way.

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Gluttonous Troll

Color Identity:B,G

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Trample
When Gluttonous Troll enters the battlefield, create a number of Food tokens equal to the number of opponents you have. (Food tokens are artifacts with "{2}, {T}, Sacrifice this artifact: You gain 3 life.")
{1}{G}, Sacrifice another nonland permanent: Gluttonous Troll gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

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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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Sanguine Bond

Color Identity:B

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

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Nissa's Renewal

Color Identity:G

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Search your library for up to three basic land cards, put them onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle. You gain 7 life.

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Healing Technique

Color Identity:G

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Demonstrate (When you cast this spell, you may copy it. If you do, choose an opponent to also copy it. Players may choose new targets for their copies.)
Return target card from your graveyard to your hand. You gain life equal to that card's mana value. Exile Healing Technique.

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Essence Pulse

Color Identity:B

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You gain 2 life. Each creature gets -X/-X until end of turn, where X is the amount of life you gained this turn.

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Llanowar Wastes

Color Identity:B,G

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

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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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Temple of the False God

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{T}: Add {C}{C}. Activate only if you control five or more lands.

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Pulse of Murasa

Color Identity:G

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Return target creature or land card from a graveyard to its owner's hand. You gain 6 life.

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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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Ezzaroot Channeler

Color Identity:G

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Reach
Creature spells you cast cost {X} less to cast, where X is the amount of life you gained this turn.
{T}: You gain 2 life.

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Witch's Clinic

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}: Target commander gains lifelink until end of turn.

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Gaze of Granite

Color Identity:B,G

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Destroy each nonland permanent with mana value X or less.

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Epicure of Blood

Color Identity:B

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Whenever you gain life, each opponent loses 1 life.

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Jungle Hollow

Color Identity:B,G

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Jungle Hollow enters the battlefield tapped.
When Jungle Hollow enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.
{T}: Add {B} or {G}.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Ageless Entity

Color Identity:G

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Whenever you gain life, put that many +1/+1 counters on Ageless Entity.

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Blossoming Bogbeast

Color Identity:G

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Whenever Blossoming Bogbeast attacks, you gain 2 life. Then creatures you control gain trample and get +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the amount of life you gained this turn.

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Suffer the Past

Color Identity:B

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Exile X target cards from target player's graveyard. For each card exiled this way, that player loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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Ob Nixilis Reignited

Color Identity:B

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+1: You draw a card and you lose 1 life.
−3: Destroy target creature.
−8: Target opponent gets an emblem with "Whenever a player draws a card, you lose 2 life."

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Alhammarret's Archive

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If you would gain life, you gain twice that much life instead.
If you would draw a card except the first one you draw in each of your draw steps, draw two cards instead.

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Defiant Bloodlord

Color Identity:B

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

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Silversmote Ghoul

Color Identity:B

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At the beginning of your end step, if you gained 3 or more life this turn, return Silversmote Ghoul from your graveyard to the battlefield tapped.
{1}{B}, Sacrifice Silversmote Ghoul: Draw a card.

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Druidic Satchel

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{2}, {T}: Reveal the top card of your library. If it's a creature card, create a 1/1 green Saproling creature token. If it's a land card, put that card onto the battlefield under your control. If it's a noncreature, nonland card, you gain 2 life.

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Tivash, Gloom Summoner

Color Identity:B

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Lifelink
At the beginning of your end step, if you gained life this turn, you may pay X life, where X is the amount of life you gained this turn. If you do, create an X/X black Demon creature token with flying.

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Vampire Nighthawk

Color Identity:B

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Flying, deathtouch, lifelink

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Loxodon Warhammer

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Equipped creature gets +3/+0 and has trample and lifelink.
Equip {3}

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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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Paradise Plume

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As Paradise Plume enters the battlefield, choose a color.
Whenever a player casts a spell of the chosen color, you may gain 1 life.
{T}: Add one mana of the chosen color.

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Willowdusk, Essence Seer

Color Identity:B,G

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{1}, {T}: Choose another target creature. Put a number of +1/+1 counters on it equal to the amount of life you gained this turn or the amount of life you lost this turn, whichever is greater. Activate only as a sorcery.

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Honor Troll

Color Identity:G

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Vigilance
If you would gain life, you gain that much life plus 1 instead.
Honor Troll gets +2/+1 as long as you have 25 or more life.

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Veinwitch Coven

Color Identity:B

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Menace
Whenever you gain life, you may pay {B}. If you do, return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Noxious Gearhulk

Color Identity:B

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Menace
When Noxious Gearhulk enters the battlefield, you may destroy another target creature. If a creature is destroyed this way, you gain life equal to its toughness.

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Rampant Growth

Color Identity:G

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Search your library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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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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Marshland Bloodcaster

Color Identity:B

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Flying
{1}{B}, {T}: Rather than pay the mana cost of the next spell you cast this turn, you may pay life equal to that spell's mana value.

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Taste of Death

Color Identity:B

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Each player sacrifices three creatures. You create three Food tokens. (They're artifacts with "{2}, {T}, Sacrifice this artifact: You gain 3 life.")

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Golgari Rot Farm

Color Identity:B,G

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Golgari Rot Farm enters the battlefield tapped.
When Golgari Rot Farm enters the battlefield, return a land you control to its owner's hand.
{T}: Add {B}{G}.

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Well of Lost Dreams

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Whenever you gain life, you may pay {X}, where X is less than or equal to the amount of life you gained. If you do, draw X cards.

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Leyline Prowler

Color Identity:B,G

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Deathtouch, lifelink
{T}: Add one mana of any color.

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Radiant Fountain

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When Radiant Fountain enters the battlefield, you gain 2 life.
{T}: Add {C}.

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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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Sol Ring

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

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Ancient Craving

Color Identity:B

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You draw three cards and you lose 3 life.

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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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Reckless Spite

Color Identity:B

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Destroy two target nonblack creatures. You lose 5 life.

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Venser's Journal

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You have no maximum hand size.
At the beginning of your upkeep, you gain 1 life for each card in your hand.

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Trudge Garden

Color Identity:G

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Whenever you gain life, you may pay {2}. If you do, create a 4/4 green Fungus Beast creature token with trample.

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Greed

Color Identity:B

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{B}, Pay 2 life: Draw a card.

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Gingerbread Cabin

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)
Gingerbread Cabin enters the battlefield tapped unless you control three or more other Forests.
When Gingerbread Cabin enters the battlefield untapped, create a Food token. (It's an artifact with "{2}, {T}, Sacrifice this artifact: You gain 3 life.")

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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Feed the Swarm

Color Identity:B

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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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Study Hall

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}: Add one mana of any color. When you spend this mana to cast your commander, scry X, where X is the number of times it's been cast from the command zone this game.

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Pest Infestation

Color Identity:G

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Destroy up to X target artifacts and/or enchantments. Create twice X 1/1 black and green Pest creature tokens with "When this creature dies, you gain 1 life."

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Sproutback Trudge

Color Identity:G

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This spell costs {X} less to cast, where X is the amount of life you gained this turn.
Trample
At the beginning of your end step, if you gained life this turn, you may cast Sproutback Trudge from your graveyard.

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Sangromancer

Color Identity:B

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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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Revival Experiment

Color Identity:B,G

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For each permanent type, return up to one card of that type from your graveyard to the battlefield. You lose 3 life for each card returned this way. Exile Revival Experiment.

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Blight Mound

Color Identity:B

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Attacking Pests you control get +1/+0 and have menace.
Whenever a nontoken creature you control dies, create a 1/1 black and green Pest creature token with "When this creature dies, you gain 1 life."

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Sapling of Colfenor

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Indestructible
Whenever Sapling of Colfenor attacks, reveal the top card of your library. If it's a creature card, you gain life equal to that card's toughness, lose life equal to its power, then put it into your hand.

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Sun Droplet

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Whenever you're dealt damage, put that many charge counters on Sun Droplet.
At the beginning of each upkeep, you may remove a charge counter from Sun Droplet. If you do, you gain 1 life.

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Elixir of Immortality

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{2}, {T}: You gain 5 life. Shuffle Elixir of Immortality and your graveyard into their owner's library.

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Gift of Paradise

Color Identity:G

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Enchant land
When Gift of Paradise enters the battlefield, you gain 3 life.
Enchanted land has "{T}: Add two mana of any one color."

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Bloodthirsty Aerialist

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Flying
Whenever you gain life, put a +1/+1 counter on Bloodthirsty Aerialist.

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Witherbloom Campus

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Witherbloom Campus enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {B} or {G}.
{4}, {T}: Scry 1.

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Mortality Spear

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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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Verdant Sun's Avatar

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Whenever Verdant Sun's Avatar or another creature enters the battlefield under your control, you gain life equal to that creature's toughness.

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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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Sapseep Forest

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({T}: Add {G}.)
Sapseep Forest enters the battlefield tapped.
{G}, {T}: You gain 1 life. Activate only if you control two or more green permanents.

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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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Moldervine Reclamation

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

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Dina, Soul Steeper

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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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Damnable Pact

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Target player draws X cards and loses X life.

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Pristine Talisman

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{T}: Add {C}. You gain 1 life.

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Bloodtracker

Color Identity:B

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Flying
{B}, Pay 2 life: Put a +1/+1 counter on Bloodtracker.
When Bloodtracker leaves the battlefield, draw a card for each +1/+1 counter on it.

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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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Our starting decklist is full of cards that let us turn our life into a resource to further our game plan. Dina, Soul Steeper, Epicure of Blood, and Defiant Bloodlord alldrain our opponents whenever we gain life, while cards like Greed and Damnable Pact help us turn that additional life into card draw so we can keep our hand full. As a sub-theme, this deck can also create a lot of Food tokens that we can use when our drain cards are in play to have even more instant-speed life-draining fun!

Marshland Bloodcaster

Essence Pulse

For new cards, Witherbloom Witchcraft has a few incredibly potent creatures that will be popping up in decks for years to come, like Marshland Bloodcaster, which lets you pay life equal to the mana value of a spell to cast it, rather than paying the mana cost. Essence Pulse is a new board wipe similar to Toxic Deluge, but this one gives creatures -X/-X equal to the life you gained this turn which can be handy if you can find a way to gain life at the beginning of the turn.

Witch's Clinic

Surprisingly, one of the more interesting new cards in this deck is a colorless land, Witch's Clinic, which can give a commander lifelink for a turn at the cost of two mana. Giving another player's commander lifelink can be a great political move if you can save that player from death, and this card will definitely find a way into any deck led by a commander that can cause noncombat damage.

Gyome, Master Chef

When it comes to alternative commanders, this deck has a few options cooked up for you! Gyome, Master Chef is our new black-green commander that focuses on creating Food tokens and serving them up to your creatures to keep them fed (and indestructible). While you will typically use this ability to protect your own creatures, Gyome can feed any creature, so you can tap down your opponent's largest creatures before the combat phase or make a player open to attacks by sending their blockers to lunch!

Tivash, Gloom Summoner

Yedora, Grave Gardener

Tivash, Gloom Summoner is a warlock with the swagger and confidence of Wilfred Fizzlebang, though hopefully with greater skill at controlling the demons he summons. Finally, Yedora, Grave Gardener aims to let nothing go to waste by turning your creatures that die into Forests to fuel the next creature you play.

We've already got a lot of the cheaper cards we need to make a Drain-Train deck that can steamroll our opponents, but we can still make some changes to add more fuel to the engine!

Lands

To improve our land base, we will start with replacing the tap-lands with better versions, as well as adding a few lands that give us ways to interact with our life total during a turn.

The the preconstructed decklist includes a few lands with cool abilities but serious downsides. Sapseep Forest can be a cool trick in your first few games, but coming into play tapped can put you way behind in the long run.. The same can be said for cards like Jungle Hollow or Radiant Fountain that offer lifegain, which is core to our gameplan, but at a steep cost of setting us back a turn.

War Room

Instead of looking to gain life with our lands, we will be trying to go in the opposite direction with cards like War Room that let us pay life to draw additional cards. As Willowdusk does not have any natural forms of protection on her card, Sanctum of Eternity can help us dodge commander tax by bouncing her to our hand if our opponents try to destroy her.

Creatures

While we already have plenty of creatures that drain our opponents whenever we gain life, we'll be adding a few more ways to punish our opponents, as well as some popular creatures to help give us a little more flexibility.

Ikra Shidiqi, The Usurper

Accomplished Alchemist

Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose and Marauding Blight-Priest are obvious additions to a deck focused on life gain/drain, but Ikra Shidiqi, The Usurper is another card we're including that can gain us a ton of life when we're attacking with high-health creatures. To help deal with problematic planeswalkers we play Murderous Rider, who destroys a creature or planeswalker at the cost of 2 life, triggering Willowdusk, clearing a bit of the board, and giving us a creature with lifelink. To help us win the game with a few spells that will be introduced later, Accomplished Alchemist is a late-game mana dork that can generate a lot of mana when we're gaining a lot of life.

Valentin, Dean of the Vein

The final creature we're adding to the deck is a card I expect to see more of after players get used to Strixhaven: Valentin, Dean of the Vein. As part of the Dean cycle from Strixhaven, this card actually represents both deans of Witherbloom College: Valentin, Dean of the Vein and Lisette, Dean of the Root. When we have a life gain engine going and a board with a few creatures, Lisette can provide our entire board with +1/+1 counters and trample for just one mana. On the other side, if our opponents are planning on utilizing death triggers, Valentin can exile those creatures instead and give us a Pest token if we have the two mana to pay. This double-faced card offers a ton of versatility to any black-green deck and could potentially become a staple for the color identity in the future.

Noncreature Permanents

For noncreature spells, we need to add cards that protect Willowdusk so that she can stick around long enough for us to use her ability.

In order to get the most out of Willowdusk, we've added Lightning Greaves and Swiftfoot Boots to give her haste and a way to dodge removal. Whip of Erebos gives all of our creatures lifelink, so we can go wide, gain a ton of life, and trigger our effects that drain our opponent. (Each creature's lifelink is a different life gain trigger, so with enough creatures we can drain our opponents completely in a single turn!) For planeswalkers, we're bringing in Vraska, Golgari Queen and Nissa of Shadowed Boughs to offer repeatable card draw, removal, and Regrowth effects.

Instants and Sorceries

We've saved part of our budget to add in some of the more expensive cards that can help us end the game (and gain some life in the process)!

Tend the Pests

Agadeem's Awakening

Cards like Momentous Fall and Tend the Pests are perfect for when our opponents are trying to remove our creatures from the battlefield, as we can get more value out of sacrificing our creatures either through card draw and life gain or filling our board with Pest creatures. Our game plan is focused heavily on having a number of creature effects on board, so Agadeem's Awakening can return up to seven or eight creatures if the game has gone on long enough.

For win conditions, we will be playing one obvious powerhouse, Exsanguinate, and one of the very few green Earthquake effects in Squall Line. While manipulating our life total is easy for our deck, the cards that can cause us to gain or lose life while also offering additional value are key. In a lot of games, a late-game Exsanguinate will win us the game or put us into a position that makes it hard for us to lose when combined with any of our creatures that drain our opponents. Squall Line on the other hand, is an instant-speed card that deals damage to each creature with flying and each player. While it is typically used to remove boards full of flyers, the symmetrical life loss is the more important part of the card for our deck since we can always ensure that we have a higher life total than our opponents!

Now that we've gone through all the cards in our deck and made our replacements, let's take a look at our newly upgraded deck!

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Witherbloom Witchcraft - Upgraded by Zach Herwood-Mussen

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

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Commander

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Cards

Elixir of Immortality

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{2}, {T}: You gain 5 life. Shuffle Elixir of Immortality and your graveyard into their owner's library.

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Vampire Nighthawk

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Flying, deathtouch, lifelink

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Castle Locthwain

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Castle Locthwain enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp.
{T}: Add {B}.
{1}{B}{B}, {T}: Draw a card, then you lose life equal to the number of cards in your hand.

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Rampant Growth

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Search your library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Vraska, Golgari Queen

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+2: You may sacrifice another permanent. If you do, you gain 1 life and draw a card.
−3: Destroy target nonland permanent with mana value 3 or less.
−9: You get an emblem with "Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to a player, that player loses the game."

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Lightning Greaves

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Equipped creature has haste and shroud. (It can't be the target of spells or abilities.)
Equip {0}

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Darkbore Pathway // Slitherbore Pathway

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{T}: Add {B}.

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Mortality Spear

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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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Pest Infestation

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Destroy up to X target artifacts and/or enchantments. Create twice X 1/1 black and green Pest creature tokens with "When this creature dies, you gain 1 life."

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Damnable Pact

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Target player draws X cards and loses X life.

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Sol Ring

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

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Swamp

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Healing Technique

Color Identity:G

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Demonstrate (When you cast this spell, you may copy it. If you do, choose an opponent to also copy it. Players may choose new targets for their copies.)
Return target card from your graveyard to your hand. You gain life equal to that card's mana value. Exile Healing Technique.

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Gyome, Master Chef

Color Identity:B,G

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Trample
At the beginning of your end step, create a number of Food tokens equal to the number of nontoken creatures you had enter the battlefield under your control this turn.
{1}, Sacrifice a Food: Target creature gains indestructible until end of turn. Tap it.

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Murderous Rider // Swift End

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Heroic Intervention

Color Identity:G

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Permanents you control gain hexproof and indestructible until end of turn.

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Forest

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Nissa of Shadowed Boughs

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Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, put a loyalty counter on Nissa of Shadowed Boughs.
+1: Untap target land you control. You may have it become a 3/3 Elemental creature with haste and menace until end of turn. It's still a land.
−5: You may put a creature card with mana value less than or equal to the number of lands you control onto the battlefield from your hand or graveyard with two +1/+1 counters on it.

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Study Hall

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}: Add one mana of any color. When you spend this mana to cast your commander, scry X, where X is the number of times it's been cast from the command zone this game.

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Marshland Bloodcaster

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Flying
{1}{B}, {T}: Rather than pay the mana cost of the next spell you cast this turn, you may pay life equal to that spell's mana value.

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Essence Pulse

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You gain 2 life. Each creature gets -X/-X until end of turn, where X is the amount of life you gained this turn.

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Pristine Talisman

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{T}: Add {C}. You gain 1 life.

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Vraska's Contempt

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Exile target creature or planeswalker. You gain 2 life.

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Sanguine Bond

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

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Defiant Bloodlord

Color Identity:B

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

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Marauding Blight-Priest

Color Identity:B

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Whenever you gain life, each opponent loses 1 life.

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

Color Identity:B,G

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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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Sproutback Trudge

Color Identity:G

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This spell costs {X} less to cast, where X is the amount of life you gained this turn.
Trample
At the beginning of your end step, if you gained life this turn, you may cast Sproutback Trudge from your graveyard.

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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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Sapling of Colfenor

Color Identity:B,G

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Indestructible
Whenever Sapling of Colfenor attacks, reveal the top card of your library. If it's a creature card, you gain life equal to that card's toughness, lose life equal to its power, then put it into your hand.

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Tainted Wood

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

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Squall Line

Color Identity:G

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Squall Line deals X damage to each creature with flying and each player.

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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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Agadeem's Awakening // Agadeem, the Undercrypt

Color Identity:B

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Return from your graveyard to the battlefield any number of target creature cards that each have a different mana value X or less.

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Llanowar Wastes

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.57

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

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Eternal Witness

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $3.23

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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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Gingerbread Cabin

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.06

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({T}: Add {G}.)
Gingerbread Cabin enters the battlefield tapped unless you control three or more other Forests.
When Gingerbread Cabin enters the battlefield untapped, create a Food token. (It's an artifact with "{2}, {T}, Sacrifice this artifact: You gain 3 life.")

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Greed

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.12

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{B}, Pay 2 life: Draw a card.

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Blighted Woodland

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.22

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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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Suffer the Past

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.10

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Exile X target cards from target player's graveyard. For each card exiled this way, that player loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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Sanctum of Eternity

Market Price: $1.24

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}: Return target commander you own from the battlefield to your hand. Activate only during your turn.

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Trudge Garden

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.38

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Whenever you gain life, you may pay {2}. If you do, create a 4/4 green Fungus Beast creature token with trample.

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Momentous Fall

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.40

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice a creature.
You draw cards equal to the sacrificed creature's power, then you gain life equal to its toughness.

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Gaze of Granite

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.19

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Destroy each nonland permanent with mana value X or less.

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Loxodon Warhammer

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Equipped creature gets +3/+0 and has trample and lifelink.
Equip {3}

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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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Accomplished Alchemist

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.28

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{T}: Add one mana of any color.
{T}: Add X mana of any one color, where X is the amount of life you gained this turn.

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Tivash, Gloom Summoner

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.21

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Lifelink
At the beginning of your end step, if you gained life this turn, you may pay X life, where X is the amount of life you gained this turn. If you do, create an X/X black Demon creature token with flying.

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Pestilent Cauldron // Restorative Burst

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.12

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{T}, Discard a card: Create a 1/1 black and green Pest creature token with "When this creature dies, you gain 1 life."
{1}, {T}: Each opponent mills cards equal to the amount of life you gained this turn.
{4}, {T}: Exile four target cards from a single graveyard. Draw a card.

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Exsanguinate

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $8.60

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Each opponent loses X life. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.

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Paradise Plume

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As Paradise Plume enters the battlefield, choose a color.
Whenever a player casts a spell of the chosen color, you may gain 1 life.
{T}: Add one mana of the chosen color.

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Well of Lost Dreams

Market Price: $1.83

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Whenever you gain life, you may pay {X}, where X is less than or equal to the amount of life you gained. If you do, draw X cards.

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Witherbloom Campus

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.05

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Witherbloom Campus enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {B} or {G}.
{4}, {T}: Scry 1.

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Tend the Pests

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.23

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice a creature.
Create X 1/1 black and green Pest creature tokens with "When this creature dies, you gain 1 life," where X is the sacrificed creature's power.

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Blight Mound

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.79

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Attacking Pests you control get +1/+0 and have menace.
Whenever a nontoken creature you control dies, create a 1/1 black and green Pest creature token with "When this creature dies, you gain 1 life."

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Taste of Death

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.21

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Each player sacrifices three creatures. You create three Food tokens. (They're artifacts with "{2}, {T}, Sacrifice this artifact: You gain 3 life.")

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Evolution Sage

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.35

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Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, proliferate. (Choose any number of permanents and/or players, then give each another counter of each kind already there.)

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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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Undergrowth Stadium

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $6.77

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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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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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Dina, Soul Steeper

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.15

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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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Woodland Cemetery

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $4.82

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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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Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $3.35

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Menace
Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to a player, you gain life equal to that creature's toughness.
Partner (You can have two commanders if both have partner.)

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Twilight Mire

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $13.06

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{T}: Add {C}.
{B/G}, {T}: Add {B}{B}, {B}{G}, or {G}{G}.

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Whip of Erebos

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $6.80

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Creatures you control have lifelink.
{2}{B}{B}, {T}: Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. It gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step. If it would leave the battlefield, exile it instead of putting it anywhere else. Activate only as a sorcery.

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Silversmote Ghoul

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.18

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At the beginning of your end step, if you gained 3 or more life this turn, return Silversmote Ghoul from your graveyard to the battlefield tapped.
{1}{B}, Sacrifice Silversmote Ghoul: Draw a card.

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War Room

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{T}: Add {C}.
{3}, {T}, Pay life equal to the number of colors in your commanders' color identity: Draw a card.

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Veinwitch Coven

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.16

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Menace
Whenever you gain life, you may pay {B}. If you do, return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

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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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Epicure of Blood

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.08

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Whenever you gain life, each opponent loses 1 life.

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Leyline Prowler

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.14

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Deathtouch, lifelink
{T}: Add one mana of any color.

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Cultivate

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.45

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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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High Market

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

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Willowdusk, Essence Seer

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.35

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{1}, {T}: Choose another target creature. Put a number of +1/+1 counters on it equal to the amount of life you gained this turn or the amount of life you lost this turn, whichever is greater. Activate only as a sorcery.

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Ezzaroot Channeler

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.23

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Reach
Creature spells you cast cost {X} less to cast, where X is the amount of life you gained this turn.
{T}: You gain 2 life.

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Blossoming Bogbeast

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.75

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Whenever Blossoming Bogbeast attacks, you gain 2 life. Then creatures you control gain trample and get +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the amount of life you gained this turn.

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Noxious Gearhulk

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.21

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Menace
When Noxious Gearhulk enters the battlefield, you may destroy another target creature. If a creature is destroyed this way, you gain life equal to its toughness.

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Swiftfoot Boots

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Equipped creature has hexproof and haste.
Equip {1}

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Revival Experiment

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.18

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For each permanent type, return up to one card of that type from your graveyard to the battlefield. You lose 3 life for each card returned this way. Exile Revival Experiment.

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Witch's Clinic

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}: Target commander gains lifelink until end of turn.

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Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Witherbloom Witchcraft - Just the Upgrades by Zach Herwood-Mussen

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

Created By: Zach Herwood-Mussen

Event:

Rank:

Freeform (Casual)

Market Price: $115.33

Cards

Marauding Blight-Priest

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.25

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Whenever you gain life, each opponent loses 1 life.

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War Room

Market Price: $5.44

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{T}: Add {C}.
{3}, {T}, Pay life equal to the number of colors in your commanders' color identity: Draw a card.

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Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $3.35

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Menace
Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to a player, you gain life equal to that creature's toughness.
Partner (You can have two commanders if both have partner.)

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Nissa of Shadowed Boughs

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $1.40

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Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, put a loyalty counter on Nissa of Shadowed Boughs.
+1: Untap target land you control. You may have it become a 3/3 Elemental creature with haste and menace until end of turn. It's still a land.
−5: You may put a creature card with mana value less than or equal to the number of lands you control onto the battlefield from your hand or graveyard with two +1/+1 counters on it.

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Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $4.17

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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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Darkbore Pathway

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $9.18

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{T}: Add {B}.

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Castle Locthwain

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $4.01

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Castle Locthwain enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp.
{T}: Add {B}.
{1}{B}{B}, {T}: Draw a card, then you lose life equal to the number of cards in your hand.

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Whip of Erebos

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $6.80

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Creatures you control have lifelink.
{2}{B}{B}, {T}: Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. It gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step. If it would leave the battlefield, exile it instead of putting it anywhere else. Activate only as a sorcery.

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Undergrowth Stadium

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $6.77

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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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Valentin, Dean of the Vein

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.96

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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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Momentous Fall

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.40

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice a creature.
You draw cards equal to the sacrificed creature's power, then you gain life equal to its toughness.

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Twilight Mire

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $13.06

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{T}: Add {C}.
{B/G}, {T}: Add {B}{B}, {B}{G}, or {G}{G}.

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Squall Line

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.96

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Squall Line deals X damage to each creature with flying and each player.

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Vraska, Golgari Queen

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $3.53

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+2: You may sacrifice another permanent. If you do, you gain 1 life and draw a card.
−3: Destroy target nonland permanent with mana value 3 or less.
−9: You get an emblem with "Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to a player, that player loses the game."

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Accomplished Alchemist

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.28

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{T}: Add one mana of any color.
{T}: Add X mana of any one color, where X is the amount of life you gained this turn.

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Woodland Cemetery

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $4.82

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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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Swiftfoot Boots

Market Price: $1.61

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Equipped creature has hexproof and haste.
Equip {1}

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Vraska's Contempt

Color Identity:B

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Exile target creature or planeswalker. You gain 2 life.

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Lightning Greaves

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Equipped creature has haste and shroud. (It can't be the target of spells or abilities.)
Equip {0}

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Tend the Pests

Color Identity:B,G

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice a creature.
Create X 1/1 black and green Pest creature tokens with "When this creature dies, you gain 1 life," where X is the sacrificed creature's power.

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Evolution Sage

Color Identity:G

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Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, proliferate. (Choose any number of permanents and/or players, then give each another counter of each kind already there.)

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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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Sanctum of Eternity

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}: Return target commander you own from the battlefield to your hand. Activate only during your turn.

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Pestilent Cauldron

Color Identity:B,G

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{T}, Discard a card: Create a 1/1 black and green Pest creature token with "When this creature dies, you gain 1 life."
{1}, {T}: Each opponent mills cards equal to the amount of life you gained this turn.
{4}, {T}: Exile four target cards from a single graveyard. Draw a card.

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Exsanguinate

Color Identity:B

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Each opponent loses X life. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.

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Murderous Rider // Swift End

Color Identity:B

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Heroic Intervention

Color Identity:G

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Permanents you control gain hexproof and indestructible until end of turn.

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Agadeem's Awakening

Color Identity:B

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Return from your graveyard to the battlefield any number of target creature cards that each have a different mana value X or less.

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Our list is now full of cards that take advantage of our rapidly changing life total so we can have fun while our opponents slowly wither away against our draining onslaught! We managed to use up almost all of our budget with these upgrades, but there is still room to improve if you enjoy the deck. Cards like Exquisite Blood were too expensive for our version, but turn the deck into a combo-monstrosity if you can afford them.

Black-Green isn't a color combination known for making strong life-gain decks, but Witherbloom college is looking to change that with a number of new cards that give value based on how much life you gain in a turn. For players that like to be reactive or sit back and wait for opportunities in a game, Willowdusk, Essence Seer is a great commander that may not threaten the table when she is played, but offers a great value engine once you start to put the pieces together.

This concludes our series on upgrading the Commander 2021 preconstructed decks! No matter which Strixhaven College you choose to attend, I hope that you found some cards to help you in your studies. You can find me on Twitter @thezachkattack where I talk about all things Trading Card Game, including some of the cards we chose not to play in today's article!