Circle of Affliction


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

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Set Rarity
Planar Chaos (PLC) Uncommon

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Circle of Affliction


As Circle of Affliction enters the battlefield, choose a color.

Whenever a source of the chosen color deals damage to you, you may pay (1). If you do, target player loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

Circle of Affliction Discussion

[email protected]_only on Mogis Trigger

2 years ago

alright, so I did some more digging - I've been kicking around a similar deck idea for a while. here's some of the stuff you might be interested in:

Pain for everyone:

Citadel of Pain, Copper Tablet, Power Surge (read the errata for this one, it makes more sense, Shadows of the Past, Pyrohemia, Pestilence, Dark Suspicions (or Bulwark, depending. kinda mutually exclusive), Rivalry, Skullcage, Wheel of Torture, Iron Maiden and Circle of Affliction

No creatures for You!

Death Pits of Rath (which couples well with Pyrohemia and Pestilence from earlier), along with Circle of Flame, Heat Stroke, Magmatic Core, Mudslide, Wave of Terror, War's Toll, Storage Matrix, and Noetic Scales.

Punishment and protection

Pia's Revolution, War's Toll, Bitter Feud (kinda a furnace of wrath - but only for those two against each other), Defense Grid.

probably some stuff in here you considered already, just figured I'd sift through this stuff and see if anything was to your liking

Darth_Savage on HELP black extortion

2 years ago

Some thoughts:

  1. This deck wants Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, possibly also Crypt of Agadeem and Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx.

  2. Sorin Markov is a better fit than Sorin, Grim Nemesis.

  3. Hero's Downfall or Victim of Night are better removal than Murder.

  4. Card draw Night's Whisper, Read the Bones, Dusk Urchins or Scarscale Ritual would work, though Phyrexian Arena is the classic.

  5. Some disruption Smallpox, Dash Hopes and of course Duress or Inquisition of Kozilek.

  6. Plain straight card suggestion; if you don't wan't to use extort itself Zulaport Cutthroat and Blood Artist are taxing effects. Circle of Affliction is like extort but on an enchantment and Smolder Initiate is useful when playing against black.

Lastly, consistency. By this I mean your deck has a lot of variance due to the fact you don't have 4x of the cards you cast. Your mana curve is off, too many 3 drops, not enough value from your higher cost cards (4+ cmc) and not enough land.

Epyon3247 on

2 years ago

it actually looks great Circle of Affliction is pretty awesome I'm not sure what you would take out to sub it for, plus you'd need something like Skybind to bounce it around. Dictate of Erebos seems a little out of place since this isn't sack mill in any way, even though it is a great way to keep people from hating on you too much Exquisite Blood Sanguine Bond in conjunction with Tainted Remedy is pretty broken, seems like a good fit. there's a lot of destroy target creature cards, maybe try to exile a little more, maybe even put in a Deicide because god cards are pretty prevalent. because it gets around indestructible effects cards like, Curse of the Cabal or even better Utter End I like the deck the way it is in many respects so nice job either way! :)

lagotripha on Denyx Felyschief

3 years ago

I like the idea behind this deck- It wouldn't work in my current metagame, but here are my suggestions- A playset of Terramorphic Expanse, Evolving Wilds, Esper Panorama and Arcane Sanctum- it worked well enough in the alara block to stabilize my manabase so it should work here, and be cheap.You may also want to look atBlind Obedience, Ghostly Prison, Sanctimony Boon Reflection Hissing Miasma, Luminarch Ascension, Nyx-Fleece Ram, Phyrexian Arena Sunspring Expedition, Underworld Connections, Angelic Accord and Circle of Affliction.Have fun, and good luck with the brew!

ClockworkSwordfish on

3 years ago

I don't think you need a full set of both Unholy Strength and Predator's Gambit - especially not with Gnarled Scarhide around! I suggest getting some more non-creature ways of hurting your opponent - Circle of Affliction or Palace Siege could work.

Also, Daxos's Torment can kill people fast.

Polupus on Faux Pox

3 years ago

Me too.

Yeah I was saying that if I had 2 Circle of Affliction out the ability would trigger 2x for the 1 bolt, but that is only if I'm lucky and draw that many.

Tempo is another concern I have. Both of these spells aren't the best plays on T2 or T3 for this deck if your goal is to keep the board clear. Which pushes them out to T4 or T5. Almost wondering if I should look for more kill spells to fill the 3 slots.

Polupus on Faux Pox

3 years ago

Yes I see your point. In that situation I would hopefully have a kill spell in hand before the combo went off.

But for argument's sake...


The more interesting thing to me is the stack order. Hissing Miasma resolves before damage is done to me but Circle of Affliction resolves after. So even if I had infinite mana in that situation the miasma would kill my opponent before he kills me.

I like that.

It's also more versatile when going up against multi color decks. It works better with Spawning Pool as I block taking no damage while they lose 1, whereas I would have to let them through to get Circle of Affliction to activate.Also I wouldn't have to worry about tapping out so much if they had a creature left on the board.


Circle of Affliction handles burn decks better. Though the argument can be made that burn spells are much more efficient than the circle can handle. 1 bolt takes 2 mana to push it in my favor if I am lucky and get 2/3 on the board. And izzet burn can be a problem if they have the card draw to escape Painful Quandary. But with miasma I would have to side it out for discard anyway in that scenario.

Let's think of a much more common scenario:

  • an opponent has three 2/1 creatures on the field and attacks with all three.

Circle of Affliction:

I tap a swamp for each, and the result is my opponent loses 3 life and I lose 3 life. Even.

Hissing Miasma:

I have open mana to kill at least 1 and at most all 3 or block 1 with Spawning Pool. My opponent loses 3 life and I lose between 0 and 6 life, depending on my hand (early game good, late game bad).

The miasma would put more responsibility on my other cards to mitigate damage from creatures and this deck doesn't win very quickly, so it would become increasingly important as their creatures got more powerful that I would have the card to answer them on each draw.

Circle would save me the trouble of having to spend cards to answer creatures with power less than the number of circles on the field.

Tough call.

I'll try it out and get back to you.

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