Choking Sands

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Vintage Masters (VMA) Common
Mirage (MIR) Common

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Choking Sands

Sorcery

Destroy target non-Swamp land. If that land was nonbasic, Choking Sands deals 2 damage to the land's controller.

Choking Sands Discussion

Flooremoji on Mono Black land destroy deck

9 months ago

Pox maybe? Choking Sands and more LD is always nice. Maybe Dakmor Salvage and some boardwipes.

SynergyBuild on how much impact do people ...

10 months ago

Blue-Black or Mono-Black, with some in Jeskai, Rakdos, Grixis, and Izzet

Really, blue has some reasonably good card draw, specifically Augur of Bolas, Mulldrifter, Preordain, Ponder, and interaction in the form of Counterspell and the occasional Deprive. Otherwise, they don't have a great set of wincons, sweepers, or removal, so they need another color to get those.

In comparison, black has Gurmag Angler, a great wincon, and the best removal in the forms of Evincar's Justice, Echoing Decay, Shrivel, Pestilence, Cuombajj Witches, Disfigure, Chainer's Edict, Oubliette, Doom Blade, they have lifegain, discard like Duress, Distress, Chittering Rats, card draw like Phyrexian Rager, Thorn of the Black Rose, Sign in Blood, and mono-colored payoffs like Gray Merchant of Asphodel and Tendrils of Corruption. There are even more great control cards from hate like Nihil Spellbomb, efficient spells like Cartouche of Ambition that just do a lot, land destruction like Choking Sands, more discard that is splashable like Addle, and the other following cards:

Diabolic Edict, Wrench Mind, Raven's Crime, Innocent Blood (for creatureless lists), Dead Weight, Crypt Incursion, Complete Disregard, Nausea, Reaping the Graves, Undying Evil, Read the Bones, Divest, Rancid Earth, Icequake, Dusk Legion Zealot, Okiba-Gang Shinobi, Tragic Slip, Crypt Rats, Stinkweed Imp

That isn't to say a good mix of both isn't the best option, it probably is. You lose the mono-black payoffs, but get Probe, Forbidden Alchemy, Soul Manipulation. Really though, black is more useful than blue.

Archangel227 on A Slow, Painful Death

1 year ago

I mean you just replace Sinkhole with Icequake or Choking Sands and bam

Daggerfella on Unsure on Upgrade, mono black ...

1 year ago

Not entirely sure how to upgrade this deck: Mono Black Pauper Zombies

I am thinking of mostly changing the sideboard by removing the 2x Cuombajj Witches with 2x Tortured Existence and replacing the Sylvok Lifestaff with a Infernal Caretaker.

In longer games im thinking of sideboarding the Cemetery Recruitment for the Infernal Caretaker

Not sure what else to replace, maybe the Sign in Blood with 1x Cemetery Recruitment and 1x Gnawing Zombie, maybe put in some Tattered Mummy in somewhere

Each of these that were at 1 in the main board are all cards id consider sideboarding out depending on the situation Duress, Tortured Existence, Choking Sands... etc

What are your thoughts on this? Are their cards that would be good in this that I havent considered?

Please send me any suggestions as this is my oldest pauper deck i own and probably the weakest one i own.

greySynapse on wurm land destruction

1 year ago

Adding onto additional swamps giving access to land destruction like Icequake there's also, all of which are Mono-Black Land Destruction pauper staple cards:

Novablast Wurm is super tough to get out onto the battlefield no matter what corners you cut with ramp. I actually suggest trying just Green/Black and not worrying about White so much. I'd also suggest some dual lands to smooth out the mana needed for spells:

Some other Wurms worth considering are:

With the Wurm theme less feels like more. I don't think Greater Sandwurm is particularly mean or scary or overly useful (since you can play a cheap green tutor rather than the 2 mana cycle cost to help thin your deck).

If there's ever a time you feel like splurging, Wurmcoil Engine is hands down my favorite Wurm card and probably one of, if not my favorite Artifact Creature in Magic. Super scary and good at all points of the game.

Hope some of this was useful!

Caerwyn on Will WotC Keep Life Loss ...

1 year ago

Yes--I think black having its own distinct feel and mechanic is important. I do not foresee Wizards abandoning life loss as a fundamental component of Black's identity.

Also, I take issue with your statement of "dealt damage in the past, but always when draining life": Artifact Possession, Choking Sands, Corpse Lunge, Curse Artifact, Curse of Thirst, Cursed Land, Dakmor Plague, Dead Reckoning, Desolation, Dry Spell, Evincar's Justice, Famine, Festering Evil (I think this is sufficient to prove my point, but I'm only at the letter F and there would be a lot more to copy and paste).

EDedan on Yay! Pauper has rats!!!!

1 year ago

maybe Victim of Night & Choking Sands for the sideboard?

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