Death's Shadow remains a constant feature of the Modern metagame due to its flexibility and high card quality. However, there are hurdles to cross when it comes to piloting the strategy as it rewards taking risks.

Taking risks in Magic: The Gathering is a complicated and often under-used skill. Playing Death's Shadow can be a brutal learning experience. Do you go for the win with Temur Battle Rage and lose to a Lightning Helix? Do you play a Tarmogoyf on turn two, or do you wait a turn so you can protect it with Stubborn Denial?

These questions are hard to answer, and understanding when to play safe is what separates the best from the rest. Thankfully, these skills grow over time and will transfer into other strategies, as understanding risks and resources is what makes you a better player overall. Today I'm looking at the more successful takes on the archetype, Jund and Four-Color Death's Shadow.

Before I begin, I recommend reading my other two Death's Shadow articles to gauge an idea of building the archetype on a budget. It's not as straightforward given the archetype uses particular tools which can be expensive given their application in the format. Once again, this article is aimed at players who are committed to playing the strategy long-term.

Both Jund and Four-Color Death's Shadow are seeing regular success given the attrition tools on offer. Four-Color Death's Shadow is the best option at present as it has high threat density, and Stubborn Denial is in a fantastic position right now. Both variants have gone up in strength thanks to a card from Ikoria: Lurrus of the Dream-Den.

Lurrus of the Dream-Den is now a staple in both Jund and Four-Color Death's Shadow despite the recent errata on the companion mechanic. Lurrus combats the issue Death's Shadow struggles most with, which is recouping resources. Often Death's Shadow can struggle with constant discard and removal, and Lurrus allows these to become two-for-ones in your favor. Rebuying Mishra's Bauble, Death's Shadow and Tarmogoyfis a great way to promote a late-game approach.

Death's Shadow lists often vary on whether Lurrus of the Dream-Den should be a companion or not, and ultimately that is up to you. Some players prefer to pay six mana to guarantee access to the creature, and some prefer to draw it naturally to cast it for three mana.

Budget Jund Death's Shadow

Let's begin with Jund Death's Shadow, which offers a couple of different variations depending on your play style. Jund Death's Shadow is the aggressive variant on the archetype which employs Soul-Scar Mage, Mutagenic Growth and Become Immense. Akin to Infect, it's the better-suited version of Death's Shadow at present, as it can prey on slower archetypes as Modern is falling into an aggressive rhythm.

However, for this article, I have opted on a more traditional variant of Jund Death's Shadow, which is better in an unknown metagame as it offers a higher card quality. Similar to Grixis Death's Shadow last week, the price of entry is steep given it requires specific tools to function. Despite this, there is some wiggle room to work with.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Jund Death's Shadow (Budget) by Emmmzyne

'Jund Death's Shadow (Budget)' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Cards

Collective Brutality

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $4.19

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Escalate—Discard a card. (Pay this cost for each mode chosen beyond the first.)
Choose one or more —
• Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose an instant or sorcery card from it. That player discards that card.
• Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.
• Target opponent loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

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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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Nihil Spellbomb

Color Identity:B

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{T}, Sacrifice Nihil Spellbomb: Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.
When Nihil Spellbomb is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may pay {B}. If you do, draw a card.

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Lurrus of the Dream-Den

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $11.51

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Companion — Each permanent card in your starting deck has mana value 2 or less. (If this card is your chosen companion, you may put it into your hand from outside the game for {3} any time you could cast a sorcery.)
Lifelink
During each of your turns, you may cast one permanent spell with mana value 2 or less from your graveyard.

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Damping Sphere

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If a land is tapped for two or more mana, it produces {C} instead of any other type and amount.
Each spell a player casts costs {1} more to cast for each other spell that player has cast this turn.

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Grim Flayer

Color Identity:B,G

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Trample
Whenever Grim Flayer deals combat damage to a player, look at the top three cards of your library. Put any number of them into your graveyard and the rest back on top of your library in any order.
Delirium — Grim Flayer gets +2/+2 as long as there are four or more card types among cards in your graveyard.

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Ghor-Clan Rampager

Color Identity:G,R

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Trample
Bloodrush — {R}{G}, Discard Ghor-Clan Rampager: Target attacking creature gets +4/+4 and gains trample until end of turn.

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Thoughtseize

Color Identity:B

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card. You lose 2 life.

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Ashiok, Dream Render

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $1.62

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Spells and abilities your opponents control can't cause their controller to search their library.
−1: Target player mills four cards. Then exile each opponent's graveyard.

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Street Wraith

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.62

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Swampwalk (This creature can't be blocked as long as defending player controls a Swamp.)
Cycling—Pay 2 life. (Pay 2 life, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Inquisition of Kozilek

Color Identity:B

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it with mana value 3 or less. That player discards that card.

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Bloodstained Mire

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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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Murderous Rider // Swift End

Color Identity:B

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Death's Shadow

Color Identity:B

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Death's Shadow gets -X/-X, where X is your life total.

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Temur Battle Rage

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.14

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Target creature gains double strike until end of turn.
Ferocious — That creature also gains trample until end of turn if you control a creature with power 4 or greater.

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Plague Engineer

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $4.41

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Deathtouch
As Plague Engineer enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Creatures of the chosen type your opponents control get -1/-1.

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Fatal Push

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.98

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Destroy target creature if it has mana value 2 or less.
Revolt — Destroy that creature if it has mana value 4 or less instead if a permanent you controlled left the battlefield this turn.

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Choke

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $3.39

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Islands don't untap during their controllers' untap steps.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.06

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Mishra's Bauble

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{T}, Sacrifice Mishra's Bauble: Look at the top card of target player's library. Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.

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Dismember

Color Identity:B

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Target creature gets -5/-5 until end of turn.

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Overgrown Tomb

Color Identity:B,G

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

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Stomping Ground

Color Identity:G,R

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

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Blood Crypt

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $21.54

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

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Nurturing Peatland

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $10.48

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

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Putrid Leech

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.13

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Pay 2 life: Putrid Leech gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Activate only once each turn.

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Cling to Dust

Color Identity:B

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Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, you gain 3 life. Otherwise, you draw a card.
Escape—{3}{B}, Exile five other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.16

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Eliminate

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.23

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Destroy target creature or planeswalker with mana value 3 or less.

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Kolaghan's Command

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $9.42

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Choose two —
• Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
• Target player discards a card.
• Destroy target artifact.
• Kolaghan's Command deals 2 damage to any target.

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Hex Parasite

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.09

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{X}{B/P}: Remove up to X counters from target permanent. For each counter removed this way, Hex Parasite gets +1/+0 until end of turn. ({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)

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Unearth

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.19

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Return target creature card with mana value 3 or less from your graveyard to the battlefield.
Cycling {2} ({2}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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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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Traverse the Ulvenwald

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.43

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Search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.
Delirium — If there are four or more card types among cards in your graveyard, instead search your library for a creature or land card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.

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If you have Mono-Black Death's Shadow and want to expand into Jund, here's how to do it.

Maindeck

Lands

Spells

Creatures

Sideboard

To make this budget, I'm using Polluted Delta and Wooded Foothills as placeholders for the expensive Verdant Catacombs. Like in previous Death's Shadow builds, you can get away with using a different fetch as long as you understand what you can fetch. For example, Polluted Delta can grab Swamp, Overgrown Tomb and Blood Crypt, but not Stomping Ground. Like Scalding Tarn in Grixis Death's Shadow, Verdant Catacombs is preferable, but not at its current price. I recommend waiting until it drops in price.

It's worth mentioning this again, but I highly recommend starting with the shock and fetch lands. This will improve filtering and mana consistency and pull your life total down for Death's Shadow. Next, pick up Temur Battle Rage and Traverse the Ulvenwald to improve your core game plan.

As I've mentioned in previous articles, Putrid Leech is likely the closest impression we will see of Tarmogoyf in a budget landscape. Often Putrid Leech can attack for 4 on turn three which is akin to Tarmogoyf. However, the benefit of paying 2 life is important as it grows your Death's Shadow. While a little mana-demanding compared to Tarmogoyf, Putrid Leech is a great alternative on a budget, and I'm a big fan.

Semi-Optimal Jund Death's Shadow

Once you have the budget build completed, you can upgrade into a refined land base and powerful sideboard options.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Semi-Optimal Jund Death's Shadow by Emmmzyne

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Cards

Hex Parasite

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.09

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{X}{B/P}: Remove up to X counters from target permanent. For each counter removed this way, Hex Parasite gets +1/+0 until end of turn. ({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)

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Ghor-Clan Rampager

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $0.09

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Trample
Bloodrush — {R}{G}, Discard Ghor-Clan Rampager: Target attacking creature gets +4/+4 and gains trample until end of turn.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.06

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Dismember

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.97

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Target creature gets -5/-5 until end of turn.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.16

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Grim Flayer

Color Identity:B,G

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Trample
Whenever Grim Flayer deals combat damage to a player, look at the top three cards of your library. Put any number of them into your graveyard and the rest back on top of your library in any order.
Delirium — Grim Flayer gets +2/+2 as long as there are four or more card types among cards 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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Assassin's Trophy

Color Identity:B,G

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

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Choke

Color Identity:G

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Islands don't untap during their controllers' untap steps.

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Nihil Spellbomb

Color Identity:B

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{T}, Sacrifice Nihil Spellbomb: Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.
When Nihil Spellbomb is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may pay {B}. If you do, draw a card.

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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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Temur Battle Rage

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.14

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Target creature gains double strike until end of turn.
Ferocious — That creature also gains trample until end of turn if you control a creature with power 4 or greater.

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Overgrown Tomb

Color Identity:B,G

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

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Stomping Ground

Color Identity:G,R

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

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Fatal Push

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.98

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Destroy target creature if it has mana value 2 or less.
Revolt — Destroy that creature if it has mana value 4 or less instead if a permanent you controlled left the battlefield this turn.

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Abrupt Decay

Color Identity:B,G

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This spell can't be countered.
Destroy target nonland permanent with mana value 3 or less.

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Collective Brutality

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $4.19

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Escalate—Discard a card. (Pay this cost for each mode chosen beyond the first.)
Choose one or more —
• Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose an instant or sorcery card from it. That player discards that card.
• Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.
• Target opponent loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

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Thoughtseize

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $15.44

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card. You lose 2 life.

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Death's Shadow

Color Identity:B

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Death's Shadow gets -X/-X, where X is your life total.

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Inquisition of Kozilek

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $4.55

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it with mana value 3 or less. That player discards that card.

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Cling to Dust

Color Identity:B

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Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, you gain 3 life. Otherwise, you draw a card.
Escape—{3}{B}, Exile five other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)

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Blood Crypt

Color Identity:B,R

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

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Street Wraith

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.62

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Swampwalk (This creature can't be blocked as long as defending player controls a Swamp.)
Cycling—Pay 2 life. (Pay 2 life, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Traverse the Ulvenwald

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.43

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Search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.
Delirium — If there are four or more card types among cards in your graveyard, instead search your library for a creature or land card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.

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Plague Engineer

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $4.41

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Deathtouch
As Plague Engineer enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Creatures of the chosen type your opponents control get -1/-1.

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Veil of Summer

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $9.98

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Draw a card if an opponent has cast a blue or black spell this turn. Spells you control can't be countered this turn. You and permanents you control gain hexproof from blue and from black until end of turn. (You and they can't be the targets of blue or black spells or abilities your opponents control.)

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Kolaghan's Command

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $9.42

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Choose two —
• Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
• Target player discards a card.
• Destroy target artifact.
• Kolaghan's Command deals 2 damage to any target.

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Nurturing Peatland

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $10.48

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

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Damping Sphere

Market Price: $2.16

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If a land is tapped for two or more mana, it produces {C} instead of any other type and amount.
Each spell a player casts costs {1} more to cast for each other spell that player has cast this turn.

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Mishra's Bauble

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{T}, Sacrifice Mishra's Bauble: Look at the top card of target player's library. Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.

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Ashiok, Dream Render

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $1.62

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Spells and abilities your opponents control can't cause their controller to search their library.
−1: Target player mills four cards. Then exile each opponent's graveyard.

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Putrid Leech

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.13

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Pay 2 life: Putrid Leech gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Activate only once each turn.

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Lurrus of the Dream-Den

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $11.51

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Companion — Each permanent card in your starting deck has mana value 2 or less. (If this card is your chosen companion, you may put it into your hand from outside the game for {3} any time you could cast a sorcery.)
Lifelink
During each of your turns, you may cast one permanent spell with mana value 2 or less from your graveyard.

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Bloodstained Mire

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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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The upgrades are as follows:

Maindeck

Sideboard

These changes are small, but have concrete benefits. Upping your fetch land count will guarantee these in your opener, and Abrupt Decay is a clean answer to cheap threats. The sideboard can vary depending on your metagame, but Veil of Summer and Assassin's Trophy are great generic answers to the format. I'd recommend picking up Veil of Summer soon as it's an uncommon that sees a lot of play in Eternal formats. It's unlikely to see play or be reprinted in Standard, and will see constant Eternal play which will encourage value.

Optimal Jund Death's Shadow

Lastly, optimizing Jund Death's Shadow requires investing in Tarmogoyf and potentially Wrenn and Six.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Jund Death's Shadow (Optimal) by Emmmzyne

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Event:

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Modern

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Cards

Tarmogoyf

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $24.25

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Tarmogoyf's power is equal to the number of card types among cards in all graveyards and its toughness is equal to that number plus 1.

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Plague Engineer

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $4.41

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Deathtouch
As Plague Engineer enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Creatures of the chosen type your opponents control get -1/-1.

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Assassin's Trophy

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $17.33

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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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Temur Battle Rage

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.14

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Target creature gains double strike until end of turn.
Ferocious — That creature also gains trample until end of turn if you control a creature with power 4 or greater.

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Bloodstained Mire

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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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Grim Flayer

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $3.71

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Trample
Whenever Grim Flayer deals combat damage to a player, look at the top three cards of your library. Put any number of them into your graveyard and the rest back on top of your library in any order.
Delirium — Grim Flayer gets +2/+2 as long as there are four or more card types among cards in your graveyard.

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Death's Shadow

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $5.60

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Death's Shadow gets -X/-X, where X is your life total.

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Nihil Spellbomb

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.46

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{T}, Sacrifice Nihil Spellbomb: Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.
When Nihil Spellbomb is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may pay {B}. If you do, draw a card.

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Traverse the Ulvenwald

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.43

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Search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.
Delirium — If there are four or more card types among cards in your graveyard, instead search your library for a creature or land card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.

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Abrupt Decay

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $5.89

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This spell can't be countered.
Destroy target nonland permanent with mana value 3 or less.

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Blood Crypt

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $21.54

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

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Kolaghan's Command

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $9.42

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Choose two —
• Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
• Target player discards a card.
• Destroy target artifact.
• Kolaghan's Command deals 2 damage to any target.

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Inquisition of Kozilek

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $4.55

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it with mana value 3 or less. That player discards that card.

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Thoughtseize

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $15.44

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card. You lose 2 life.

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Cling to Dust

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.30

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Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, you gain 3 life. Otherwise, you draw a card.
Escape—{3}{B}, Exile five other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.16

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.06

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Overgrown Tomb

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $12.57

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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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Dismember

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.97

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Target creature gets -5/-5 until end of turn.

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Fatal Push

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.98

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Destroy target creature if it has mana value 2 or less.
Revolt — Destroy that creature if it has mana value 4 or less instead if a permanent you controlled left the battlefield this turn.

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Ashiok, Dream Render

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $1.62

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Spells and abilities your opponents control can't cause their controller to search their library.
−1: Target player mills four cards. Then exile each opponent's graveyard.

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Nurturing Peatland

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $10.48

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

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Lurrus of the Dream-Den

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $11.51

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Companion — Each permanent card in your starting deck has mana value 2 or less. (If this card is your chosen companion, you may put it into your hand from outside the game for {3} any time you could cast a sorcery.)
Lifelink
During each of your turns, you may cast one permanent spell with mana value 2 or less from your graveyard.

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Veil of Summer

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $9.98

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Draw a card if an opponent has cast a blue or black spell this turn. Spells you control can't be countered this turn. You and permanents you control gain hexproof from blue and from black until end of turn. (You and they can't be the targets of blue or black spells or abilities your opponents control.)

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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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Street Wraith

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.62

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Swampwalk (This creature can't be blocked as long as defending player controls a Swamp.)
Cycling—Pay 2 life. (Pay 2 life, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Wrenn and Six

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $64.31

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+1: Return up to one target land card from your graveyard to your hand.
−1: Wrenn and Six deals 1 damage to any target.
−7: You get an emblem with "Instant and sorcery cards in your graveyard have retrace." (You may cast instant and sorcery cards from your graveyard by discarding a land card in addition to paying their other costs.)

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Ghor-Clan Rampager

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $0.09

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Trample
Bloodrush — {R}{G}, Discard Ghor-Clan Rampager: Target attacking creature gets +4/+4 and gains trample until end of turn.

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Stomping Ground

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $9.86

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

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Mishra's Bauble

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{T}, Sacrifice Mishra's Bauble: Look at the top card of target player's library. Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.

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Collective Brutality

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $4.19

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Escalate—Discard a card. (Pay this cost for each mode chosen beyond the first.)
Choose one or more —
• Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose an instant or sorcery card from it. That player discards that card.
• Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.
• Target opponent loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

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Hex Parasite

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.09

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{X}{B/P}: Remove up to X counters from target permanent. For each counter removed this way, Hex Parasite gets +1/+0 until end of turn. ({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)

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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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Choke

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $3.39

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Islands don't untap during their controllers' untap steps.

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Maindeck

Sideboard

Tarmogoyf are the key pickups to optimize this build. However, you can run a few extra Grim Flayer if you don't want to invest in the set of Tarmogoyf straight away. Wrenn and Six is an option worth considering given the planeswalker can rebuy your lands and remove threats. Understandably, Wrenn and Six is an expensive card at present, it but complements the Lurrus of the Dream-Den game plan.

If you already have Golgari Rock or Jund in Modern, building Jund Death's Shadow is a fantastic approach to get more mileage from your cards. Realistically, you only need to pick up Death's Shadow, Mishra's Bauble, Lurrus of the Dream-Den and Street Wraith, and you are good to go.

Budget Four-Color Death's Shadow

If you want to go greedy, then Four-Color Death's Shadow is strongly favored at the moment. I recommend building this once you have Jund Death's Shadow built as it's easier to splash the fourth color if you have the optimal mana base already.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Four-Color Death's Shadow (Budget) by Emmmzyne

'Four-Color Death's Shadow (Budget)' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Rank:

Modern

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Cards

Fatal Push

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.98

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Destroy target creature if it has mana value 2 or less.
Revolt — Destroy that creature if it has mana value 4 or less instead if a permanent you controlled left the battlefield this turn.

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Kolaghan's Command

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $9.42

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Choose two —
• Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
• Target player discards a card.
• Destroy target artifact.
• Kolaghan's Command deals 2 damage to any target.

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Autumnal Gloom // Ancient of the Equinox

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.11

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{B}: Mill a card.
Delirium — At the beginning of your end step, if there are four or more card types among cards in your graveyard, transform Autumnal Gloom.

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Mishra's Bauble

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{T}, Sacrifice Mishra's Bauble: Look at the top card of target player's library. Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.

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Putrid Leech

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.13

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Pay 2 life: Putrid Leech gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Activate only once each turn.

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Death's Shadow

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $5.60

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Death's Shadow gets -X/-X, where X is your life total.

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Nurturing Peatland

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $10.48

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

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Ghor-Clan Rampager

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $0.09

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Trample
Bloodrush — {R}{G}, Discard Ghor-Clan Rampager: Target attacking creature gets +4/+4 and gains trample until end of turn.

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Plague Engineer

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $4.41

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Deathtouch
As Plague Engineer enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Creatures of the chosen type your opponents control get -1/-1.

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Overgrown Tomb

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $12.57

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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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Go for the Throat

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.21

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Destroy target nonartifact creature.

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Thoughtseize

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $15.44

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card. You lose 2 life.

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Inquisition of Kozilek

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $4.55

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it with mana value 3 or less. That player discards that card.

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Lurrus of the Dream-Den

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $11.51

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Companion — Each permanent card in your starting deck has mana value 2 or less. (If this card is your chosen companion, you may put it into your hand from outside the game for {3} any time you could cast a sorcery.)
Lifelink
During each of your turns, you may cast one permanent spell with mana value 2 or less from your graveyard.

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Traverse the Ulvenwald

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.43

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Search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.
Delirium — If there are four or more card types among cards in your graveyard, instead search your library for a creature or land card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.06

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Breeding Pool

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $22.42

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

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Watery Grave

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $12.30

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

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Stubborn Denial

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.93

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Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {1}.
Ferocious — If you control a creature with power 4 or greater, counter that spell instead.

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Tale's End

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $2.76

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Counter target activated ability, triggered ability, or legendary spell.

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Street Wraith

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.62

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Swampwalk (This creature can't be blocked as long as defending player controls a Swamp.)
Cycling—Pay 2 life. (Pay 2 life, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Temur Battle Rage

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.14

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Target creature gains double strike until end of turn.
Ferocious — That creature also gains trample until end of turn if you control a creature with power 4 or greater.

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Eliminate

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.23

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Destroy target creature or planeswalker with mana value 3 or less.

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Stomping Ground

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $9.86

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

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Nihil Spellbomb

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.46

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{T}, Sacrifice Nihil Spellbomb: Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.
When Nihil Spellbomb is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may pay {B}. If you do, draw a card.

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Cling to Dust

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.30

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Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, you gain 3 life. Otherwise, you draw a card.
Escape—{3}{B}, Exile five other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)

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Tarfire

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.18

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Tarfire deals 2 damage to any target.

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Dismember

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.97

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Target creature gets -5/-5 until end of turn.

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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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Lazotep Plating

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.44

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Amass 1. (Put a +1/+1 counter on an Army you control. If you don't control one, create a 0/0 black Zombie Army creature token first.)
You and permanents you control gain hexproof until end of turn. (You and they can't be the targets of spells or abilities your opponents control.)

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Blood Crypt

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $21.54

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

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Polluted Delta

Market Price: $36.83

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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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Bloodstained Mire

Market Price: $32.69

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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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Aether Gust

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.77

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Choose target spell or permanent that's red or green. Its owner puts it on the top or bottom of their library.

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If you already have budget Jund Death's Shadow and want to upgrade into Four-Color, then I would upgrade as follows:

Maindeck

Sideboard

Mostly, the upgrades are adding blue for Stubborn Denial and various sideboard options. As you already have Polluted Delta and Bloodstained Mire, grabbing Watery Grave and Breeding Pool should not be an issue. Fortunately, the blue splash is incredibly affordable as it's mostly commons and uncommons. Aether Gust and Tale's End are proactive answers to the format, and Autumnal Gloom is a fantastic graveyard enabler and win condition against control archetypes.

Snapcaster Mage does not usually feature in Four-Color Death's Shadow, but sometimes a one-off can crop up in lists. Usually, Snapcaster Mage is for Grixis Death's Shadow which is more tempo-orientated compared to other variants.

Optimal Four-Color Death's Shadow

Like Jund Death's Shadow, the optimization involves additional fetches and Tarmogoyf.

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Cards

Tarmogoyf

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $24.25

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Tarmogoyf's power is equal to the number of card types among cards in all graveyards and its toughness is equal to that number plus 1.

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Autumnal Gloom // Ancient of the Equinox

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.11

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{B}: Mill a card.
Delirium — At the beginning of your end step, if there are four or more card types among cards in your graveyard, transform Autumnal Gloom.

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Ghor-Clan Rampager

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $0.09

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Trample
Bloodrush — {R}{G}, Discard Ghor-Clan Rampager: Target attacking creature gets +4/+4 and gains trample until end of turn.

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Mishra's Bauble

Market Price: $5.55

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{T}, Sacrifice Mishra's Bauble: Look at the top card of target player's library. Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.

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Go for the Throat

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.21

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Destroy target nonartifact creature.

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Tale's End

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $2.76

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Counter target activated ability, triggered ability, or legendary spell.

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Tarfire

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.18

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Tarfire deals 2 damage to any target.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.06

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Stomping Ground

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $9.86

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

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Watery Grave

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $12.30

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

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Breeding Pool

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $22.42

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

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Dismember

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.97

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Target creature gets -5/-5 until end of turn.

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Thoughtseize

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $15.44

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card. You lose 2 life.

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Street Wraith

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.62

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Swampwalk (This creature can't be blocked as long as defending player controls a Swamp.)
Cycling—Pay 2 life. (Pay 2 life, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Lazotep Plating

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.44

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Amass 1. (Put a +1/+1 counter on an Army you control. If you don't control one, create a 0/0 black Zombie Army creature token first.)
You and permanents you control gain hexproof until end of turn. (You and they can't be the targets of spells or abilities your opponents control.)

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Overgrown Tomb

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $12.57

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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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Inquisition of Kozilek

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $4.55

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it with mana value 3 or less. That player discards that card.

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Cling to Dust

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.30

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Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, you gain 3 life. Otherwise, you draw a card.
Escape—{3}{B}, Exile five other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)

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Temur Battle Rage

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.14

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Target creature gains double strike until end of turn.
Ferocious — That creature also gains trample until end of turn if you control a creature with power 4 or greater.

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Aether Gust

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.77

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Choose target spell or permanent that's red or green. Its owner puts it on the top or bottom of their library.

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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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Blood Crypt

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $21.54

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

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Stubborn Denial

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.93

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Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {1}.
Ferocious — If you control a creature with power 4 or greater, counter that spell instead.

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Death's Shadow

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $5.60

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Death's Shadow gets -X/-X, where X is your life total.

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Traverse the Ulvenwald

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.43

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Search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.
Delirium — If there are four or more card types among cards in your graveyard, instead search your library for a creature or land card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.

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Bloodstained Mire

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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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Eliminate

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.23

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Destroy target creature or planeswalker with mana value 3 or less.

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Plague Engineer

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $4.41

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Deathtouch
As Plague Engineer enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Creatures of the chosen type your opponents control get -1/-1.

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Fatal Push

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.98

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Destroy target creature if it has mana value 2 or less.
Revolt — Destroy that creature if it has mana value 4 or less instead if a permanent you controlled left the battlefield this turn.

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Lurrus of the Dream-Den

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $11.51

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Companion — Each permanent card in your starting deck has mana value 2 or less. (If this card is your chosen companion, you may put it into your hand from outside the game for {3} any time you could cast a sorcery.)
Lifelink
During each of your turns, you may cast one permanent spell with mana value 2 or less from your graveyard.

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Kolaghan's Command

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $9.42

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Choose two —
• Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
• Target player discards a card.
• Destroy target artifact.
• Kolaghan's Command deals 2 damage to any target.

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Polluted Delta

Market Price: $36.83

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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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Nihil Spellbomb

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.46

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{T}, Sacrifice Nihil Spellbomb: Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.
When Nihil Spellbomb is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may pay {B}. If you do, draw a card.

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Maindeck


Again, you can run Verdant Catacombs if you want, but it's not needed as Bloodstained Mire, Polluted Delta and Wooded Foothills do the job fine. Lastly, if you want to add more threats to the sideboard, then Liliana, the Last Hope and Bitterblossom are excellent options.

Planeswalkers are not as common in Death's Shadow these days, but Liliana, the Last Hope is a great way to fill the graveyard and return creatures to your hand. Bitterblossom generates regular threats at the expense of one life on your turn, which supports the life-loss theme. However, you have to be smart when to play Bitterblossom as the life loss is not optional.

And there we have it, a complete budget guide to Death's Shadow. One of the archetype's strengths is that it's incredibly flexible, so you can change it up as you see fit. Death's Shadow will remain a staple of the format in years to come, so it's a safe investment going forward.