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Blight Pile Defenders Pauper EDH

“To wallow at the fringes, a powerless upstart.”

Art:Blight Pile by Olivier Bernard

While Blight Pile has a lot of the elements of a typical mono-black deck the emphasis on defenders makes it a little bit different and a lot more fun! While the emphasis on Defenders is different it makes this deck very unique! It is very easy to deal a ton of damage with Blight Pile and close out games with relative ease! Another big benefit of the defender package is that we are pretty good in combat, we are not great against flyers but are very strong against ground creatures and overall aggressive strategies! Without further adieu lets get it!

The Deck:

Blight Pile Defenders!

Commander (1)
Blight Pile

Creatures (30)
Shield Sphere
Barrier of Bones
Excavated Wall
Steel Wall
Blood Seeker
Coastal Bulwark
Consulate Skygate
Crashing Drawbridge
Creeping Bloodsucker
Gleaming Barrier
Wall of Corpses
Cemetery Gate
Corpse Blockade
Gibbering Barricade
Guardians of Meletis
Hired Torturer
Moaning Wall
One-Eyed Scarecrow
Phyrexian Rager
Reinforced Bulwark
Skyclave Sentinel
Wall of Shadows
Wall of Spears
Falkenrath Noble
Ogre Jailbreaker
Primal Clay
Shield-Wall Sentinel
Wall of Distortion
Gray Merchant of Asphodel
Roving Keep

Spells (25)
Bubbling Muck
Feign Death
Glyph of Doom
Undying Malice
Battle-Rage Blessing
Cast Down
Dash Hopes
Doom Blade
Feed the Swarm
Grasp of Darkness
Night’s Whisper
Offer Immortality
Return from Extinction
Victim of Night
Crypt Incursion
Gruesome Fate
Painful Lesson
Pharika’s Libation
Blood Tithe
Eyeblight Massacre
Snuff Out

Artifacts (3)
Echo Circlet
Metalspinner’s Puzzleknot
Bonder’s Ornament

Enchantments (6)
Kaya’s Ghostform
Vampiric Link
Eternal Thirst
Ill-Gotten Inheritance
Lands (35)
Barren Moor
Basilisk Gate
Bojuka Bog
Desert of the Glorified
Mortuary Mire
Polluted Mire
28 Swamp
Witch’s Cottage

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Why Blight Pile?

The main reason that we chose Blight Pile is they are a perfect commander for a deck full to the brim of defenders! They are our main damage source and it can get really wicked when we add lifegain with cards like Vampiric Link and Phyresis as these can help us a ton and just straight up end games! Blight Pile can come down early and pretty much every turn start dealing a decent amount of damage to all of our opponents! We have many ways to protect the blight pile and keep the damage going!

Deck Overview:

This section contains information about cards in the deck and how they function within the deck!


Most of our creature package as you would expect consists of a bunch of defenders that are really cool like Gibbering Barricade which is a great way to draw some cards! Barrier of Bones is a great card that can come down on turn 1 and surveil which is something we will never say no to! Blood Seeker is a great card that we can use that punishes aggressive and token strategies! Creeping Bloodsucker is a great way to gain some life and continue draining down our opponents! Gray Merchant of Asphodel is a great card that allows us to super drain our opponents and put pressure on our opponents! Hired Torturer is a cool card that ups the count on Blight Pile and can be a great mana sink for some extra damage!


One of the weirdest and most interesting cards in our deck is Glyph of Doom which is a great way to kill the creature that attacked us, a really interesting card to use when we don’t have a stats advantage. Dash Hopes is a really cool counterspell, while most players will pay the life it doesn’t really matter to us as it continues the life drain!

Cast Down, Doom Blade and Murder are just some of our removal package and are great ways to take care of our opponents creatures! Feign Death and Undying Malice and Battle-Rage Blessing are all great ways to protect Blight Pile and make sure we can drain our opponents every turn!


Blood Tithe is a really cool sorcery that effectively acts as a Crypt Ghast for a turn! Blood Tithe is a great card for only 3B and helps to continue the drain! Gruesome Fate is a card that is effectively a one time activation of Blight Pile’s ability. Eyeblight Massacre. Night's Whisper and Painful Lesson are both great ways for us to draw cards! Recover, Return from Extinction and Unearth are all great cards that are part of our recursion package and are great ways to refill our hand and get key creatures back!


Since we are in mono-black we don’t draw a ton of cards but cards like Metalspinner's Puzzleknot is a great artifact that lets us get two cards. Another great artifact that helps us draw cards is Bonder's Ornament which can often draw 2-3 cards depending on if our opponents are running it! Echo Circlet is a great card to put on one of our defenders with big toughness!


Since our commander is a big focus of our deck they naturally receive the brunt of our opponents interaction and creature hate, because of that we can utilize cards like Kaya's Ghostform which is a great way to bring Blight Pile back after a death. Vampiric Link, Eternal Thirst and Phyresis are enchantments that let us gain a ton of life and in the case of Phyresis straight up kill all of our opponents! Ill-Gotten Inheritance is a great card that gives us some life back and helps to continue the draining of our opponents! The last enchantment in our deck is the Pauper EDH classic in Oubliette which is a great piece of removal!

Land Base:

Our land base is pretty simple since we are in mono-black but as always when I build pauper decks I have included the cycling lands like Barren Moor, Polluted Mire and Desert of the Glorified. Mortuary Mire and Witch's Cottage are both great ways to recur some creatures that died and can be great for some of our key creatures!

Strengths of the Deck:

  • Our damage / main win condition affects each of our opponents
  • Decent interaction package
  • Great at blocking and strong against aggressive strategies

Weaknesses of the Deck:

  • Deck is weak without Blight Pile
  • Weak to creature hate
  • Not a ton of ways to draw cards

Deck Stats:

Sample Hands:

Main Win Conditions:

Our main win condition is activating Blight Piles ability and dealing damage to our opponents, this is typically the main we win especially when combined with cards like Phyresis which with 10 defenders on the board we can easily kill every opponent! We do not have any infinite loops or combos in the deck!


In conclusion Blight Pile is the super fun commander of a very interesting take on the mono-black archetype! While defenders aren’t typically that powerful and we are overall not very offensive Blight Pile allows us to do a ton of damage to our opponents and end games pretty quickly! Hope you enjoyed this article, don’t forget you can always request a commander or deck idea on our twitter or our discord! Thanks for reading to the end!