Enchantment — Aura
Enchanted land is a Swamp.
Whenever enchanted land becomes tapped, its controller loses 2 life.
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Contaminated Ground Discussion
1 week ago
I can tell you've been doing this foe a while. :) All updated, but I kept two Contaminated Ground for multicolor decks, and threw everything I want close at hand in the sideboard. Flows much better now, thanks!
1 week ago
If I found myself against another LD deck, I'd swap 3 cards for Trace of Abundance, which I'd throw on Urborg and 2 bi-color lands. That way, Urborg would be safe and I could produce up to 7 mana in a turn (if I drop a land), which could generate a 4/4 swampwalking Quag Vampires or an 8/3 Dirtwater Wraith for a turn, either of which would be adequate for finishing. The cards I'd take out vary, depending on what my foe uses. If they use no nonbasic land, I'd pull Molten Rain. If they use shit like Electrickery, I'd pull some 1-toughness critters. If theirs is an otherwise ideal match-up (meaning that none of my cards are rendered useless), I'd probably ditch Roiling Terrain and/or Contaminated Ground, as the former has a high CMC and the latter is easy enough to avoid.
1 week ago
You are right, LittleLeaf, five sweepers plus targeted removal is overkill. I will need to thin them out somewhat. I'll see what I can figure out. My problem is that I love all of my different sweepers so much, haha.
BlatantLizard, I tried all of the charms in my early days. I literally played two of each in the mainboard. Unfortunately, I found myself never choosing any option but draw/discard on Izzet Charm and destroy two power or less creature on Dimir Charm. Because of this, I figured that Terminate was better than Dimir Charm, and that Dig Through Time, Jace, Architect of Thought, Remand, and Electrolyze were all together better than Izzet Charm.
Quicken is a decent card, although I will be extremely hard-pressed to find room for it. Thanks for the suggestion, I will see what I can do!
1 week ago
I like your deck, and especially in the face of the budget you cited. I feel that you should find a way to crowbar in some Mana Leaks; 3 or 4. It's phenomenal. I would cut some number of the Countersqualls in favor of Mana Leak, maybe some others. Pyroclasm? 5 sweepers in the mainboard seems excessive, especially with the point removal also factored in. Think of it this way; those sweepers are unimpressive against many decks (in the general meta; I don't know your local meta exactly), but you play more sideboarded games than you ever play Game 1s. You can safely move one or two of those to the side, and cut a Countersquall or two, in favor of 3x Leak. The leaks are good against the same decks that the sweepers are anyway; this is because they are good against all decks, with exceptions like Tron. I really can't stress the importance of this card enough, and while I apologize if I am insistent on this point, I think it's the best thing you can do here.
I love the 3x Jace, Architect of Thought. It is a tempo and mana investment, but protects itself fairly well, and periodically draws you the best 1 or 2 of 3 cards; totally in favor of this slot! A+
My only recommendations for straight cuts would be 3x Contaminated Ground in the sideboard and 2x Rakdos Charm in the main. Rakdos Charm doesn't do anything in some matchups, and, like I said, you play more sideboarded games than Game 1s. I would heartily suggest moving the copies to the sideboard; I love them there. I feel, however, that the maindeck is not a suitable home for them. (Maybe Mana Leak fits there!) Contaminated Ground, while spicy, seems weak to me. Replacing two of them with the shifted Rakdos Charms leaves you with another spot open for targeted hate or a slightly different threat. I've toyed with Olivia Voldaren before; give her a go, if possible!
In total though, I love what you're doing here. Grixis solidarity, eh? +1 from me, keep up the good work!
2 weeks ago
Well first of all, irishsk8er69, thank you for taking the time to write your suggestions.
Thank you again for taking the time to comment. I hope that I don't seem ungrateful because of my responses and that we can continue our discussion soon!
3 weeks ago
Also, if I'm playing land denial (between Pox and Contaminated Ground) is Path counterproductive?
3 weeks ago
Some other suggestions (I'll try to keep things as budget as possible, and I assume you want to go with a zombie theme here):
Empty the Pits is really only good in Standard. There are so many better cards you can use in EDH that don't involve exiling cards from your graveyard (which you should be protecting in a zombie deck--more on that in a minute.) Army of the Damned comes to mind.
Gravecrawler runs around 5 bucks but he is a pretty much a must in any zombie deck. There are so many wonderful things you can do with this little guy. Combo him with Altar of the Brood to mill cards from your opponent's decks (best done in conjunction with Mindcrank) and then snatch other people's creatures with Beacon of Unrest or Rise of the Dark Realms. Slap a Skullclamp on him to draw two cards. He's a friendly little fella that puts in a lot of work.
Dictate of Erebos and Butcher of Malakir, as well as the more expensive Grave Pact, would have great synergy here. Everytime Gisa sacrifices, everybody else does too! And speaking of sacrifice, Sadistic Hypnotist is great for making everyone else dump what's in their hands and into their graveyards (which can then be yours using the reanimate cards I mentioned earlier.)
Cemetery Reaper can help turn your little zombies into bigger ones, along with more expensive zombie buffers like Lord of the Undead and Death Baron. If those are out of your budget, Obelisk of Urd and Hall of Triumph are great too.
Then, you've got to get a way of getting all those zombies to actually hurt your opponents, since they are easily blocked. My favorite way of doing this is using Filth and Zombie Master in combination with cards that give your opponents swamps, such as Zombie Trailblazer, Cyclopean Giant, and Contaminated Ground, or if you've got the money to spend, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth. You can easily get Filth into your graveyard with Buried Alive (also good for Gravecrawler), or by sacrificing him with Gisa.
Lastly, it's always a good idea in EDH to be able to get back some of the cards you lose, and in zombie decks, it is especially important that your graveyard not be exiled with something like Bojuka Bog. The best cards for protecting your graveyard and getting those cards back in your deck are Feldon's Cane, Elixir of Immortality, and Cranial Archive, all of which are super cheap cards.
I hope this was helpful. I'm a big mono-black fan and zombie decks are my specialty!
|Avg. draft pick||6.1|
|Avg. cube pick||8.05|
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Printings View all
|Rise of the Eldrazi||Common|
- Chronic Flooding + Contaminated Ground
- Contaminated Ground + Zombie Master
- Contaminated Ground + Pooling Venom
- Contaminated Bond + Contaminated Ground
- Contaminated Ground + Stab Wound
- Contaminated Ground + Pestermite
- Contaminated Ground + Sheoldred, Whispering One
- Contaminated Ground + Grim Guardian
- Contaminated Ground + Psychic Venom
- Contaminated Ground + Dream's Grip