Mono Black Tergrid Discard

Tergrid, the God of Fright

The Kaldheim set introduced in February 2021 added some interesting cards to Magic: the Gathering, and one of them inspired me to create a deck. The deck turned out to be decent enough, fun to play and probably quite frustrating for opponents.

The key card here is Tergrid, God of Fright, one of the new modal dual-faced gods. One side of the card features the god, a legendary creature, and the other side is a related artifact. This is nice, because you can play both sides.

Tergrid‘s key feature is that whenever an opponent discards a permanent card or sacrifices a nontoken permanent, Tergrid lets you take that card and put it in play on your side. The rest is obvious: just load up the deck with all sorts of cards that make the opponent discared and sacrifice things.

Format: Standard (up to Kaldheim)

Deck list

Creatures and planeswalkers

4 Tergrid, God of Fright (KHM)
1 Demon of Loathing (ANB) – big muscle who makes opponent sacrifice creatures
2 Rankle, Master of Pranks (ELD) – both discard and sacrifice, might be good to have full four
2 Demon’s Disciple (ZNR) – quick sacrificer, possibly even for self sacrifice
2 Liliana’s Steward (M21) – cheap weenie with a discard ability
3 Acquisitions Expert (ZNR) – cheap discard
3 Elderfang Disciple (KHM) – cheap discard
1 Liliana, Waker of the Dead (M21) – has a discard ability, but maybe should just have Rankle instead


2 Tergrid’s Shadow (KHM) – expensive, but can be very effective, and foretell makes it easier
2 Pharika’s Libation (THB) – to get rid of enchantments
3 Soul Shatter (ZNR) – sacrifice creatures or planeswalkers, and the opponent doesn’t get to choose what is sacrificed
3 Duress (M21) – annoying little discard
2 Pelakka Predation (ZNR) – discard and land
4 Elspeth’s Nightmare (THB) – removal and discard
2 Mind Drain (ZNR) – discard
2 Skull Raid (KHM) – discard and card draw


4 Agadeem’s Awakening (ZNR) – creature revival
18 Swamp

Arena import

4 Tergrid, God of Fright (KHM) 112
18 Swamp (SLD) 105
2 Tergrid’s Shadow (KHM) 113
2 Pharika’s Libation (THB) 111
3 Soul Shatter (ZNR) 127
1 Demon of Loathing (ANB) 48
2 Rankle, Master of Pranks (ELD) 101
2 Demon’s Disciple (ZNR) 97
3 Duress (M21) 96
2 Liliana’s Steward (M21) 111
3 Acquisitions Expert (ZNR) 89
3 Elderfang Disciple (KHM) 93
2 Pelakka Predation (ZNR) 120
1 Liliana, Waker of the Dead (M21) 108
4 Elspeth’s Nightmare (THB) 91
2 Mind Drain (ZNR) 114
2 Skull Raid (KHM) 111
4 Agadeem’s Awakening (ZNR) 90

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