Contagion

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
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
Masters Edition (MED) Common
Deckmasters: Garfield vs. Finkel (DKM) Uncommon
Alliances (ALL) Uncommon

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Contagion

Instant

You may pay 1 life and remove a black card in your hand from the game rather than pay Contagion's mana cost.

Distribute two -2/-1 counters among one or two target creatures.

Contagion Discussion

SideBae on Vial Smashes Affinity

3 months ago

So my first thought is that you should run a LOT of instants, rather than just 2. Vial smasher can trigger on ANY turn, not just one, so running something like Dig Through Time would be... really good. Generally, you'll want these instants to draw you more cards, so Fact or Fiction and Glimmer of Genius are also fine choices. Cards with alternate casting costs also tend to have high CMCs: for example, Force of Will is a Lava Axe in this deck, as well as a counter spell. While Force may be a pricey card, other cards from the same cycle aren't. Contagion is well under a dollar, and can potentially also 2-for-1 with opposing creatures, while Pyrokinesis is even stronger. Misdirection and Commandeer also come to mind. If you want to get REAL spicy, Mind's Dilation is another good way to cast spell on your opponents' turns, but bear in mind this card tends to be killed pretty fast.

Flash creatures like Torrential Gearhulk also seem like pretty good ideas.

I suggest replacing Vedalken Orrery with Leyline of Anticipation . It's (very) slightly harder to remove an enchantment than an artifact, but more importantly if Leyline is in your opening 7, you avoid having to pay its cost. I can see a world where you play both, though.

I see you're running a few mana rocks, but I advise more. Two mana rocks tend to be far superior to 3 mana rocks, so Dimir Signet and Rakdos Signet are likely better than Thought Vessel or Worn Powerstone . Talisman of Dominance and Talisman of Indulgence also come to mind. Being in green means you have access to a whole host of dorks, like Llanowar Elves , Fyndhorn Elves , Arbor Elf , and Elves of Deep Shadow . These 1-drops may not look like much, but being able to accelerate you into quickly casting your general and then the following high-cost cards is a good thing. Orcish Lumberjack is a personal favorite in any red-green deck. However, if you choose to go via artifact ramp and not dork-ramp, this opens you to using effects like Pyroclasm or Volcanic Fallout to keep opponents' creatures in check. Ancient Tomb tends to be REAL nice for powering out turn-one 2-drop rocks. Depending on how blue-heavy your meta is, Carpet of Flowers can range from good to a straight-up powerhouse. If you take this part of my advice, your curve will drop significantly and you will be able to run 32-ish lands with no real problem.

You'll also probably want a good card-draw package, if you're planning to cast a lot of spells. Azra Oddsmaker is a goldmine if you have an open opponent to attack, and black has access to enchantments like Phyrexian Arena . Night's Whisper and Ambition's Cost are also good, and work well with Kydele.

Delve spells will act sort of like X-cost spells, but be easier to cast late-game and harder early-game. Empty the Pits may be interesting, but you should also consider Logic Knot , Treasure Cruise and Tasigur, the Golden Fang . Tasigur will give you an out later in the game for excess mana, and will allow you a level of recursion. In order to make these cards powerful, you need cards in the graveyard. For that, I recommend Faithless Looting , Jace, Vryn's Prodigy  Flip and Dack Fayden . While these last two are pricier cards, I think looting is the best here of the three, as you can cast it turn one to filter out a hand that may be too heavy in lands or spells. The flashback is also very significant. Jace is a powerful card in that he allows more card filtration on a permanent, and allows you to snap back a spell if you want. Dack Fayden is a boss in EDH, where stealing a Sol Ring is very common. So even if you don't need to filter your draws, stealing a rock should be an option about 98% of the time.

Speaking of card filtration, Ponder , Preordain and Brainstorm are all potent cards in any blue deck. While they may not work particularly well with Vial Smasher, they all work rather well with Kydele while also giving you a cantrip to cast turn 1. A lot of times, these are the cards that make a boarderline-keep hand into a keep hand for me, as they are extremely good at finding lands and/or spells as need be.

With Kydele, cards like Windfall , Wheel of Fortune and Winds of Change all become rituals in addition to their usual effects. Running Notion Thief in conjunction with these 'everyone draws' spells is... good. Similarly, targeting an opponent with Dack Fayden 's +1 while Notion Thief is on the field is a pretty good way to tip the card-advantage scales in your favor.

I like Whip of Erebos . You should consider running some Entomb or Buried Alive effects with it, as that would allow you to get some one-shots in with powerful creatures when hitting an opponent or just when entering the battlefield. Nicol Bolas and Massacre Wurm comes to mind.

Good luck with deck building!

Hissp on Commanders by Power Level [EDH Tier List]

4 months ago

Bazzul can you convert your Demonlord Belzenlok deck to tappedout?

Love the deck idea!!

Is there any reason not to run all the man-lands (so you can block 1/1s) as well as utility cards such as Massacre and Shriekmaw (which are in your Maybeboard) as well as Contagion , Nemesis Trap , Outbreak , Ravenous Trap , Price of Fame , Damnation , Bane of the Living , Haunted Cadaver , or Boompile ?

janci53 on Mono Black land destroy deck

8 months ago

HI all, I want to make nasty land denial mono black deck, where opponent will be locked to play spells.

  1. KEY CARDS - I like card combination Desolation+ Ankh of Mishra - every turn player taps mana - losts one, and new land costs him 2 life
  2. CASTING SPELLS - Desolation and Ankh hurts me too, so I wish to use alternative pay cards, Im thinking about: Contagion
    Unmask
    Snuff Out
    Spinning Darkness
    Nether Spirit

  3. MANA - because of Desolation hurts me too, Im thinking about mana generation:
    Blood Pet - mana which I can use later and it is not affected by Desolation
    Chrome Mox - Desolation doesnt affect it, I know Mox Diamond but its more expensive
    Dark Ritual - mana acceleration

    any artifacts which generate mana?

    Dunes of the Dead - create a creature when its destroyed with Desolation
    Peat Bog
    Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

  4. DAMAGE / LIFE LOSS - idea is limit the possibilities to cast spells of opponent and hurt him by Black Vise
    Black Vise
    Gurmag Angler - use delve to cast him as soon as possible, and to clean graveyard from creatures for Nether Spirit. I was thinking about Tombstalker because he is flyer, but Angler is mana-cheaper.

  5. DRAW - because I would like to play alternative cost cards I need to have many cards in hand. I was thinking about draw spells as Night's Whisper but I need every turn draw, no only once draw spell. So Im thinking about:
    Howling Mine
    Anvil of Bogardan - maybe its bettter than Howling Mine because it makes opponents hand with no limit which support Black Vise damage.

  6. LAND DAMAGE - I need to destroy opponents lands as much as possible to lock him to cast aby spell
    Wasteland
    Sinkhole
    Smallpox

    I know its messy right now and far from final deck but this is what I have right now. Problem is that I need mana to play key cards (Black Vise, Ankh, Desolation, Sinkhole) so I dont know how many lands to play.

    Please do you have any advice and improvements? Thank you very much for you time.

Caerwyn on Pestilence from the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse

9 months ago

How well has Contagion worked for you? It’s ability to cast for next to nothing is nice, but it doesn’t have that much synergy with the remainder of your cards.

I think you might want some more powerful kill targeted spells. 4/4 is a pretty standard stat spread, and your single target kill spells max at three -1/-1 counters. Weakening a creature is nice, but with combo or other debilitating abilities in play, you sometimes need to kill something outright. While you have a number of wrath’s you can use, you also have a large number of creatures, so stand to lose just as much as your opponents.

Fun Fact: In Revelation, the Four Horsemen are War, Famine, Death, and Conquest. Pestilence was a late addition to the set, dating to the early 20th century.

Sillyprawn on Shooooot Her! [Pauper EDH]

1 year ago

Contagion out as I only just realized it only has an uncommon and rare printing.

Diabolic Edict In.

Abysswalker- on 5 Digit Glissa

2 years ago

A few suggestions you may find useful:

Stalling with Contagion + Bitterblossom or Awakening Zone usually ends games or at least plants you firmly in the lead. Skullclamp is then an auto-include with these additions.

I see you have Forbidden Orchard with no Mindslaver? These two combo with Glissa for an infinite turn lock.

Executioner's Capsule seems unassuming but I've had VERY good experiences with it in past games.

Trading Post does everything we want. Provides bodies, draws cards, recurs artifacts. Great for keeping the stax engine going.

Inventors' Fair is very easy to turn on for the lifegain since we play so many artifacts and can tutor any of our stax goodies.

Guardian Beast might be of interest to you to protect your important artifacts from pesky spells.

You're welcome to take a look at my list if you need more ideas. Mine is less creature focused than yours but we have pretty similar game plans. Only Perfection is Acceptable

Good to see another Glissa player!

ICEMAN762004 on Hapatra and Contagion

2 years ago

How does the interaction work with Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons and Contagion since it is -2/-1 instead of the -1/-1 listed, does it not trigger?

Boza on Can counters cancel?

2 years ago

A permanent cannot have both -1/-1 and +1/+1 counters on it at the same time. Opposite counters cancel each other.

Note that very old cards like Contagion can give other type of counters and those will not cancel out, but that is a fringe case.

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