Contaminated Ground


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Pauper Legal

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Set Rarity
Gatecrash Common
Rise of the Eldrazi Common

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Contaminated Ground

Enchantment — Aura

Enchant land

Enchanted land is a Swamp.

Whenever enchanted land becomes tapped, its controller loses 2 life.

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Contaminated Ground Discussion

iAzire on i want to make a ...

1 week ago

I'm not sure about creatures but Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth is my obvious first thought. Blanket of Night is a cheap Enchantment that has the same effect. I will remind you, redundancy is important. You don't want to lose your ability to Swampwalk because your opponent removes Urborg.

Contaminated Ground, Evil Presence, and Tainted Well all provide Swampwalk but only for one opponent each. Leshrac's Rite gives one of your creatures Swampwalk.

Korlash, Heir to Blackblade is a "Swamps Matter" Commander, although I'm not sure how good he will perform. Zombie Master can be ran to give him Swampwalk as well. Squelching Leeches and Nightmare are both creatures that benefit from a lot of Swamps.

Personally I run a Ghoulcaller Gisa deck that is Zombie Tribal. The Tribal theme is primary, while Swampwalk is just a hopeful Win Condition.

I figure you also want as much land ramp as you can get, especially if you are running Korlash as your Commander. Black has some issues with this but Liliana of the Dark Realms is good. I can't think of much else outside of Burnished Hart and Expedition Map.

You will definitely want to run Cabal Coffers, I suggest using all Snow-Covered Swamp and Extraplanar Lens to double the mana from each of your Basics, while not giving your opponents any benefit. Crypt Ghast and Magus of the Coffers are also good. Lastly, Lashwrithe and Nightmare Lash are both awesome.

Firebones675 on FUCK MONSTER

2 weeks ago

Cool, I have a few more suggestions. While your commander does benefit from milling your opponent, you can usually play without it. I'd try to add a few ways to make sure you can get your attack to connect. My favorite card to to this with is Aqueous Form. With island walk/swamp walk you can do this by changing your opponents land types Contaminated Ground, Evil Presence, Sea's Claim, Spreading Seas, and Tainted Well all will allow him to swing in unblocked.all while screwing over your opponents mana base. Another card that I love but is underrated is Grinning Totem. Even if you don't see anything you want to cast now, you can always just take a juicy instant or sorcery to steal later. Memory Plunder is also a fun one if you can get your hands on a copy. If you want more ideas or need help finding cuts to make room for them in your deck let me know and I can try to help.

gabrielguieiro on Burn the Land and the Hand

1 month ago

Upvoted! I like land-handling decks.

If you allow me, I'd like to give some suggestions. I run a pauper land-screw deck (Swampwalk..but I dont have any sw....WTF? - but using swampwalk creatures as wincon). I learned that Evil Presence and Contaminated Ground are the cheapest/faster ways to turn an opponent's lands into something useless - except when it's a monoblack.

Well, backing to your deck, I think its a little slow. How it has been in real tests? Seems the deck slow (effectively) the opponent for....6 tiny creatures and 3 bolts. I'd replace Ravenous Rats for something with the discard effect too but thats also offer you a wincon as Okiba-Gang Shinobi or similar.

legendofa on Red Black Land Destruction

2 months ago

There's Evil Presence and the more sadistic Contaminated Ground.

Firetau7 on I stepped in something

3 months ago

May I recommend Contaminated Ground

Jerioke on Swampwalk pauper

3 months ago

I came hunting for a deck like this, because I found a ton of swampwalk cards in cardhoarder's mtgo free cards-list. The only card I was unable to grab for free was the Victim of Night. I chose to replace it with Bone Splinters. After play-testing in one best-of-three game... I can say that I like the tech. I went 2-1. The game I lost, was lost due to their removing the Contaminated Ground from its enchanted land and I did not get another one in hand that game.

Polupus on 13 is the number of life

4 months ago

Pooling Venom and Contaminated Ground don't work so well with Triskaidekaphobia as once you get the opponent at 13, they can just tap one of their enchanted lands and drop below. Sure you can then use the tree, but they can always respond and there's so much creature removal out there that it's not guaranteed that you'll have that option.

You're better off just swinging with your fairie tokens to bring their life down.

You might want to add more disruption like Thoughtseize or Oblivion Ring or some instant speed removal to handle opponent's game plan.

If you're looking for more life total manipulation cards try going with Syphon Life or Sleeper Agent or Leechridden Swamp or Blood Artist.

Happy brewing!

gabrielguieiro on Swampwalk..but I dont have any sw....WTF?

5 months ago

Shadow_Tack, I used to use Dirtwater Wraith instead of, but Cyclopean Giant worked better. It could appear, at first sight, a bad choice. But, besides of being a 4-4 (not so bad in pauper), many times the opponent don't want to block/remove it because of the side effect (transform a land into swamp permanently). Usually the lands are already affected by Evil Presence or Contaminated Ground and there are one or two usable lands - or worst when it's dual or more colored deck. But i can consider options, of course! What would you suggest?

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