Pitch Dredge

Pitch Dredge is an aggro/combo deck which utilizes Serum Powder to find Bazaar of Baghdad to mill its own deck with dredgers such as Golgari Grave-Troll. Once this is accomplished, graveyard creatures and spells such as Narcomoeba, Cabal Therapy, and Bridge from Below are used to disrupt and kill the opponent. In the ‘Pitch’ variant of Dredge, manaless disruption such as Force of Will is used to supplement this graveyard plan.

Why play Pitch Dredge?
The deck is extremely consistent (Serum Powder will give you an opening hand with Bazaar of Baghdad well over 90% of the time), kills quickly, and has abundant powerful disruption to slow down the opponent or to ensure a quick kill. Additionally, the deck is able to operate without utilizing the stack, which allows it to beat most countermagic (such as opposing Force of Will) and most mana restriction (such as Sphere of Resistance) fairly easily.

Why WOULDN'T you play Pitch Dredge?
All variants of Dredge including Pitch Dredge can struggle against graveyard hate cards such as Grafdigger’s Cage and Leyline of the Void. Vintage sideboards frequently feature 4-8 graveyard hate cards intended specifically for Dredge decks, so you can count on needing to address graveyard hate in almost every match.
Additionally, Pitch Dredge typically eschews speed elements present in other variations of Dredge such as Fatestitcher. This can result in weaker matchups in cases where you need to race but your disruption doesn’t buy you additional time to do so. The primary example of this is other Dredge variants themselves, which tend to have a strong matchup against Pitch Dredge.

Notable Cards

Graveyard Material
The main dredgers to consider are Golgari Grave-Troll, Stinkweed Imp, and Golgari Thug. Additionally, you can consider Life from the Loam (to recur specialty lands), Dakmor Salvage (to recur Bloodghast), or even cards like Darkblast.
Graveyard creatures frequently seen include Narcomoeba, Ichorid, Bloodghast, and Prized Amalgam.
The main graveyard spells are Cabal Therapy and Dread Return, with a haste creature like Flame-Kin Zealot or a board control creature like Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite as the most common reanimation targets. However, almost any creature may be run as a reanimation target.

Typically the Pitch Dredge lists include a blue package of Force of Will (which must “pitch” a blue card), Mindbreak Trap, and Mental Misstep. However, any manaless disruption can be run and Leyline of the Void, Chalice of the Void, and other options such as Unmask are frequently seen.

Sideboard Strategies
The main driver of variation in Dredge is sideboard strategy. Like Fatestitcher Dredge, Pitch Dredge can and often does include some amount of hate removal such as Nature’s Claim, Ingot Chewer, and Chain of Vapor.
Another common sideboarding strategy is to avoid the opposing hate and implement some sort of non-graveyard plan for postboard games. The most successful transformation is Dark Depths with Thespian’s Stage.
Finally, Pitch lists expect to derive some of their post-board wins from their maindeck counter suite. This may take the form of defending some non-graveyard threat such as Hollow One, or simply countering the opponent’s hate and winning with the graveyard plan.

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