Tuesday Night Takeover

Tormented Hero Lifeloss Heroic Pauper EDH

“I would bleed a river just to see your pretty face”

Art:Tormented Hero by Winona Nelson

Tormented Hero is a super sweet commander that we can get down very early and begin to setup a commander damage kill or damage through the heroic ability, this deck focuses on buffing up Tormented Hero and making them more evasive and setting up for an easy kill. Since we can cast Tormented Hero on turn 1 we can very easily start this very early. This deck is mono-black but really feels like an Izzet or blue cantrip style deck. Without Further Adieu Lets Get it!

The Deck:

Tormented Hero Lifeloss Heroic!

Commander (1)
Tormented Hero

Creatures (8)
Persistent Specimen
Baleful Eidolon
Nyxborn Eidolon
Marauding Blight-Priest
Cavern Lampad
Falkenrath Noble
Epicure of Blood
Underdark Explorer

Spells (37)
Alchemist’s Gift
Aphotic Wisps
Armor of Shadows
Ashnod’s Intervention
Coat with Venom
Feign Death
Lash of Thorns
Mirrodin Avenged
Professor’s Warning
Supernatural Stamina
Undying Malice
Vampire’s Bite
Village Rites
Virulent Swipe
Battle-Rage Blessing
Fake Your Own Death
Feed the Swarm
Oblivion’s Hunger
Sign in Blood
Steal Strength
Subtle Strike
Unexpected Fangs
Victim of Night
Without Weakness
Blood Pact
Dark Dabbling
Ichor Slick
Merciless Resolve
Read the Bones
Crushing Disappointment
Feed the Serpent

Artifacts (8)
Executioner’s Capsule
Leather Armor
Runed Stalactite
Sylvok Lifestaff
Arcane Signet
Charcoal Diamond
Wedding Invitation
Pristine Talisman

Enchantments (14)
Demonic Vigor
Kaya’s Ghostform
Molting Snakeskin
Predator’s Gambit
Unholy Strength
Vampiric Link
Infernal Scarring
Skeletal Grimace
Shade’s Form
Sleeper’s Guile
Dogged Pursuit
Ill-Gotten Inheritance
Twisted Embrace
Lands (32)
Barren Moor
Bojuka Bog
Command Tower
Desert of the Glorified
Evolving Wilds
Mortuary Mire
Polluted Mire
23 Swamp
The Dross Pits
Witch’s Cottage

Why Tormented Hero?

Tormented Hero is a really sweet mono-black commander that can come down really early, and with how we built our deck we can easily do a ton of damage and gain a ton of life from cantripping and killing our opponents with commander damage. Tormented Hero is also great since we can cast them every game on turn 1 and them entering the battlefield tapped on the first turn really doesn’t matter!

Deck Overview:

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


Our creature package is pretty small but has some great ways to trigger Tormented Hero like Baleful Eidolon and Cavern Lampad which are both ways to trigger Tormented Hero’s ability and get some permanent buffs on him.

We also have Persistent Specimen as a blocker that we can recur pretty much every turn this is great when combined with Falkenrath Noble! Marauding Blight-Priest is a great way to get more damage out of Tormented Heros trigger and is a great card that makes the game so much easier.


Since we want to trigger Tormented Hero as much as possible we have a bunch of ways to trigger Tormented Heros ability and start doing some damage, some of these cards include Alchemist's Gift, Aphotic Wisps and Armor of Shadows, all of these are just one mana ways to trigger Tormented Hero. Our deck is mostly comprised of these and many of them have very similar effects.

We have some instants that not only buff and protect Tormented Hero from death like Feign Death and Undying Malice. Dark Dabbling is another sweet card that allows us to regenerate Tormented Hero and get that Heroic trigger!

We also have a few instant speed ways to destroy creatures like Murder, Victim of Night and Feed the Swarm all of these are great pieces of single target removal that are pretty much always good.


We have much less sorceries than we do instants, the first two that we have both draw cards, in Sign in Blood and Read the Bones. We do go through cards very quickly so we will always appreciate having more cards in hand! Ichor Slick is a great way to deal with an opponents problematic creature or cycle it if we have no need for it. One of the few ways that we have to trigger Tormented Hero at sorcery speed is Nighthaze which triggers Tormented Hero and draws us a card, a real win-win card.


We mostly have mana rocks and ways to buff Tormented Hero in our artifact package, for mana we have Arcane Signet, Pristine Talisman and Charcoal Diamond these cards are just pretty much always good and help us cast more on our turn.

We also have some ways to buff up tormented hero like Sylvok Lifestaff which is a very easy to buff up Tormented Hero. Runed Stalactite is just like Sylvok Lifestaff since it is a cheap way to buff up Tormented Hero. Leather Armor is a great way to mildly protect Tormented Hero. The best artifact in our deck is Wedding Invitation not only do we get a card but we also get a way to one shot our opponents with commander damage when we get Tormented Hero big enough.


Most of our enchantments trigger Tormented Heros ability and give him a power / toughness benefit some of the best of these include Unholy Strength and Vampiric Link which are both really easy to cast great ways to trigger heroic and buff Tormented Hero.

We also have some enchantments that help protect tormented hero and help to make them more evasive like Predator's Gambit and Skeletal Grimace are both great ways to make Tormented Hero more protected / evasive and trigger heroic.

Land Base:

Our land base is pretty simple since we are in mono-black but we do have mono-black PDH staples like Bojuka Bog which is a great way for us to remove an opponents graveyard. We also have Barren Moor and Desert of the Glorified are both great cards if we get flooded, in our deck it is pretty easy to get flooded since we have a pretty low mana cost overall!

Strengths of the Deck:

  • Easy to get commander damage kills
  • Easy to slowly ping our opponents and get the win
  • Strong against aggressive strategies since we can easily gain life

Weaknesses of the Deck:

  • Without the right permanents / spells can be weak to single target hate
  • Main win condition is our commander can be bad in games where that is not possible
  • Weak to countermagic since we are very spell heavy with not a lot of ways to win on the stack

Deck Stats:

Sample Hands:

Main Win Conditions:

Our main win condition is either through commander damage or by pinging our opponents with the heroic trigger from tormented hero. With how the deck is comprised we can easily do a ton of damage and buff tormented hero very easily, since tormented hero’s ability targets each opponent we can very easily do 30 damage since we can get out tormented hero out turn 1. We typically do both so ease of combat / how big tormented hero is depends on what kill type that we go for!


In conclusion Tormented Hero is a mono-black PDH deck that does not play like it almost plays like an Izzet cantrips deck. We are able to do a ton of damage to our opponents per turn and with all of the buffs that not only trigger heroic we can also begin to setup for commander damage kills. This deck is a super sweet build and is a ton of fun to play!

Thanks for reading to the end!