Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful 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
Urza's Saga (USG) Rare

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At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice Contamination unless you sacrifice a creature.

If a land is tapped for mana, it produces (Black) instead of any other type and amount.

Contamination Discussion

LVL_666 on Is Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon ...

3 days ago

what about combining Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon with Lashwrithe ? That would make him considerably scarier - or combine him with cards like Bitterblossom + Contamination ? I think that'd make him plenty scary.

WUBRG97 on Black Hole Son [[Primer]]

1 week ago

Can one get some more info on the include of Contamination ?

The cost of sacrificing a creature seems high in a deck with only 10 creatures and no token making. Although Gravecrawler and reanimation somewhat minimizes this complication, is it working out.

From the perspective of a non cEDH meta, but rather an optimized one, is Contamination worth an include in that type of build?

Also, are there any cards that you are considering but are not running or haven't mentioned in the primer?

Metroid_Hybrid on Ayara of the one night stand

1 week ago

I like the idea of a quasi- Zulaport Cutthroat in the Command zone..

Ayara synergizes with the passive token generators used in the classic Contamination -lock ( Bitterblossom , Dreadhorde Invasion , Ophiomancer , etc.), even if you don’t run the dreaded Contamination itself..

Also, I see your Greaves, but a pair of Swiftfoot Boots is usually a good idea too..

Lastly, although the strategy of my deck is ultimately different, you should consider some of the Undying synergies in my deck (Undying Phyrexian Aristocracy) for some inspiration..

Profet93 on Xiahou-Dun's Black Soul

2 weeks ago

Imp's Mischief - Counters counterspells, redirects removal and extra turns. People rarely see it coming. Using hatred sucks because it is additional cost to cast is life, so you can have imp's mischief as a backup to removal. Same with insidious dreams.... this deck seems very very weak to blue. Have you considered perhaps the double edged sword Defense Grid ? Or hell, since you don't care about losing life, become the blue player with Withering Boon ! Show them what a Goku shooting a kamehaha can do!

Contamination - Synergy with bitterblossom, counterspell bait, brtual.

Rings of Brighthearth - Synergy with your commander, top, aetherflux....karn, ayara, razaketh, fetches,

No Reliquary Tower for necro?

Cavern of Souls - For blue! Same with Boseiju, Who Shelters All . Volrath's Stronghold should be highly considered as well to avoid commander tax and get back important pieces.


This is a combo deck so Karn Liberated at 7 for removal of 1 card seems weak. Would add in Blast Zone , Karn, the Great Creator , or Ugin, the Spirit Dragon .

Lotus Petal - Seems better in decks like locust g-d with built in card advantage to mitigate the card loss. You don't have much card draw in the deck so a few timely pieces of removal and you're gone.

Feedlord117 on Syr Konrad, The Infinite cEDH

2 weeks ago

bradtheimpaler13 i use Contamination to disrupt the opponents mana before i go for a win or to try to stall a turn. the closest thing monoblack has to a silence effect.

bradtheimpaler13 on Syr Konrad, The Infinite cEDH

2 weeks ago

Do you run enough creatures to justify Contamination ?? Just curious.. I love that card but I'm not sure its working for you.

SynergyBuild on Mono black aggro DONE OUR WAY

3 weeks ago

Contamination feels at home if we had Ophiomancer and Bitterblossom effects, but then I feel that Rankle, Master of Pranks is also a requirment, making us more of a normal black-stax build rather than a stax-aggro. I will look for other ways of improving that style and perhaps it is the best method!

griffstick on Mono black aggro DONE OUR WAY

3 weeks ago

What do you think about Contamination

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Contamination occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Black: 0.26%

Golgari: 0.1%