Abrupt Decay

Abrupt Decay


This spell can't be countered.

Destroy target nonland permanent with converted mana cost 3 or less.

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Set Rarity
Guilds of Ravnica: Guild Kit (GK1) Rare
Modern Masters 2017 Edition (MM3) Rare
Return to Ravnica (RTR) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Standard Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
Historic Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Abrupt Decay occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.2%

Golgari: 2.48%


All decks: 0.51%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.05%

Golgari: 0.48%

BUG (Sultai): 0.66%

Abrupt Decay Discussion

the__odysseus on Illuna Consultation [WIP]

1 day ago

I'd consider Green Sun's Zenith to fetch Dryad Arbor. You don't have any of the important card advantage engines currently (e.g. Mystic Remora, Ad Nauseam, Necropotence, Rhystic Study), so I'd really advise capitalizing on your opponent's big effects with Narset's Reversal. Dwarven Mine ought to be in the deck, it offers another way to make a creature at little cost to your deckbuilding choices. I'm personally I huge fan on Stifle. I'd for sure cut the three mana ramp spells like Cultivate, but add Nature's Lore, Search for Tomorrow, and Three Visits if you can afford it. I'd cut the Flame Sweep for Pyroclasm, and add in Subterranean Tremors. The way i see it, your combo needs a lot of mana. The way you do that without artifact ramp is that you play a control game so you can get to the lands you need. I'd add Portent and Serum Visions, and cut Summer Bloom. Frantic Search is bad. I really like Extract here. What about Khalni Garden? I like Unsubstantiate, as it can interact with Abrupt Decay. I'd cut the token makers if you can, mostly relying on fetches to go get Dryad Arbor or Dwarven Mine. You can play 9 fetches, that should get you there, in addition to Nature's Lore and Farseek being able to find them. I know you're starved for tutors but Long-Term Plans is way too slow. Focus more on cantrips and countermagic. Chain of Vapor is super strong. Swan Song is a good counterspell. You can also counter your own spell for the token! Gitaxian Probe deserves a slot. Nature's Claim and Natural State are excellent interaction. Pyroblast often functiond as a slightly worse Dispel. Lastly, By Force is excellent. All in all, your concept is SUPER SWEET, it just needs some fine-tuning.

masedawg on UW Land Tax Reform

4 days ago

Thank you so much for your input psionictemplar!

  1. What is the purpose of the Scroll Rack? Is it to trade lands you get from land tax into other cards? - Exactly. Pull out lands, trade lands and unneeded cards to dig further into the deck. Thins out the deck too, and both cards in the combo are Enlightened Tutor targets. 4 Land tax is a must I think; you want a T1 tax, and tutor for rack if you need, then rack away the extra taxes. 3 Scroll Rack is what most tax/rack decks play; I don't want 2 in my opening hand, but I'd rather not have to tutor for it every game.

  2. Does only having 8 basic lands do enough for land tax? - It's admittedly an odd land base, but T1 tax and T2 rack while being able to counter at least 1 of your opponents spells is actually a fairly reliable opening. Moxes help, and Chrome Mox is part of the reason for 4 Detention Sphere (D-sphere a great card for this deck: exile it w/ chrome mox for UW, E-tutor target for emergency spot removal of all permanents with same name that I can't counter, and is blue for FOW and Force of Negation). I have 23 mana sources (16 lands + 7 mox), and remember with land tax you're literally pulling lands out the deck every turn, every game. As a result you don't want your deck stuffed with lands, but the trick here is having enough W for tax/e-tutor turn 1. Of the 23 mana sources, a maximum of 14 are UW (including chrome mox exiling a d-sphere), so it's a delicate balance that works ok now and I'm still tooling with it. Also, great recommendation with Hall of Heliod's Generosity! Bringing back Solitary Confinement is super valuable, but I have to see if it's worth the risk of only having colorless mana. I included 2 Solitary's so if 1 gets blown up hopefully I can tutor for the other.

  3. I'm also wondering about the inclusion of Genju of the Falls and the detention sphere's - LOL so am I. D-sphere as I explained earlier I think is crucial for this deck, but Genju is just a fun addition I've kicked around (acts as a pseudo Delver of Secrets  Flip, blue fodder for FOW is very important, the deck is full of islands, and it goes back to my hand! This is big because if Island gets destroyed, that provides synergy with Land Tax and helps refill my hand for counters and better scroll racks). I think sometimes the deck might stall waiting for Jace/ Luminarch Ascension, and if Luminarch gets blown up while I have solitary out, the opponent only attacks Jace if he's out too. Genju gives me a pocket Delver I can swing with if I'm stuck with Solitary and nothing else. It's likely not the best but it's a funny play I'm messing with, and other recommendations would be helpful. Standstill is a good rec, and I actually had Counterbalance in here originally and may put it back.

Basically I'm pretending that Abrupt Decay doesn't exist... that card gives me nightmares. Otherwise I think this deck can at least be somewhat competitive with a bit more refinement, and thanks for helping!

Cravv on The Mimeoplasm [Competitive] EDH

1 week ago

You play only 2 fetches and 0 dual lands. You have no use for Chromatic Lantern or Thran Dynamo. Change them to Mana Crypt and Mana Vault. Also Woodfall Primus, Steel Hellkite, Solemn Simulacrum and Yavimaya Elder are not doing much. Putrefax, Phyrexian Dreadnought, Frantic Search, Fathom Mage, Entomb, Reanimate, Abrupt Decay, Assassin's Trophy are missing. You have only TWO instant speed removal and only one counterpell and you call this competetive?

NeonEndymion on [PRIMER] How to Chain Ur-Dragon

1 week ago


For me, I feel like dragons aside, we have 10x flex slots that are more/less meta dependent, split among permission, reanimation, and single-target removal. Could be a good starting point for tweaks to address meta issues:

permission: Stubborn Denial Swan Song

reanimation: Animate Dead Reanimate

draw/filter: Faithless Looting Chart a Course

targeted removal: Nature's Claim Swords to Plowshares Abrupt Decay Assassin's Trophy

Dubstep4lyfe on Meren would like to bring a friend

1 week ago

Hey man! Love grave decks and I'm glad people are still excited about them too! Your list looks pretty interesting, and if you wou like here's my advice: 1. I do not know what budget limitations you are under, so I'll sort my advice by price :) 2. I also do not know the mindset of your playgroup, so if anything I suggest seems too rude, unfun, or not accepted in your group, you make the judgement call and could totally just not run it. It's suggestions, not an order :) 3. Under 5$ includes: Blood Pet, Slaughter Pact, Pox, Arbor Elf, Elves of Deep Shadow, Final Parting, Commander's Sphere or Darksteel Ingot, Stitch Together, and Manglehorn. 4. 5-10$ Includes: Sidisi, Undead Vizier, Abrupt Decay, Entomb, Lightning Greaves, and Birthing Pod. 5. >10$ Includes: Grave Pact, Razaketh, the Foulblooded, and Mana Vault 6. The most exspensive commander staple since force of will and the og duals, it's Mana Crypt!! 7. Potential cards you could take out for these in my opinion: Triumph of the Hordes, Blighted Woodland, Catacomb Sifter, Thoughtpicker Witch, Elixir of Immortality, Caustic Tar, Moldervine Reclamation, Swiftfoot Boots, the guildgate, and Arguel's Blood Fast  Flip 8. Again, these are just my suggestions and you may do with them what you will, just thought I'd share because I love this archetype and want to see others enjoy it to their fullest. :)

Mortlocke on I will have just a sliver of that rainbow cake.

1 week ago

I'm not trying to push your deck in a more competetive direction, only a more consistent one. I'm trying to get into your headspace when it comes to deck modifications as I think you have a great start for a Sliver Tribal build. The only issue is that your deck needs tweaking to promote synergy between the 99 and your General. I'm glad you're taking my advice with some of the previous card suggestions, but from now on I think you should be focusing on interaction, ramp, and top-deck manipulation. Those are themes your deck needs to be more inclusive on to be more successful - not necessarily more competetive. Here are some more suggestions for cuts:

Also, how do you feel about your landbase? I have some budget suggestions I'm getting together for you that are friendly to the wallet, but at the same time can give you something to save up for and look forward to. I'll likely post that sometime tonight or tomorrow.

TWCE on Lavinia Omen Pool *Primer*

1 week ago

Trying this deck out as a FC player - can't First Sliver just cascade into an Abrupt Decay for Lavinia first and then go off?

CharonSquared on How Can I Get Leyline ...

2 weeks ago

Oh yeah, didn't even notice the land count. So yeah, I'd cut four lands as well to add 4x Abrupt Decay and/or some hand disruption.

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