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.
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|Urza's Saga (USG)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Contamination occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.01%
1 week ago
No problem, I personally think all the Vraska are bad for commander and for meren specifically. I call vraska the good old bait planeswalker. A lot of people who make their first golgari commander deck think Vraska is good but then after playing it just never works as well as you want it too.
I used to run dictate of erebos and grave pact but my deck ended up getting enough tutors and reanimate abilties that plaguecrafter and mindless excutioner was good enough to get rid of a lot of creatures. Things like carrier thrall are nice but the issue is you rather actually have sac outlets that do stuff for you or mana dorks because they are a faster way to get mana. Because having something that can turn into a sac outlet and get ya mana can be a bit too slow for meren.
If you want more control consider Contamination. If you want a cool big creature It That Betrays is a nice one, I usually get it out t4 with pattern of rebirth and a sac outlet. turning carrion feeder into a big baddy is really nice.
If you want your deck to become really strong, how I designed mine was mainly a lot of tutors and sac outlets to then pretty much get a combo to win or to get one of my big value creatures and beat people to death to win. then I have some small creatures for removal like rec sage and plaguecrafter. You pretty much want sac outlets, tutors, reanimation, etb or leave the battlefield ability creatures, value creatures, and a win con. whats really nice about meren is that you don't need a lot because if people get rid of your stuff you just bring it back. Meren is the most resilient deck out there. Your three biggest weakness will be Torpor Orb, Stranglehold, and Rest in Peace. the best way to counter all three of those is Caustic Caterpillar so if you know your opponent has one of those always get one in hand in case of emergency.
Im glad I could help, don't forget to check my deck to see some cards I didnt mention and if ya got any more questions feel free to ask.
1 week ago
Spidersilk Armor ended up being awesome so far. Very happy with the addition.
I am really not a fan of Song of the Dryads. I don't like how slow it is. I'm also not convinced there's too many commanders that get hit hard by it in our meta (apart from my own, obviously).
Krosan Grip is too much mana. I'm not TOO worried about my removal getting countered currently, or at least not worried enough to slide in K Grip.
I've considered Static Orb and friends before. I've just never really wanted to make this into a primarily-stax deck.
1 week ago
Contamination reads if a land is tapped for mana, then it creates black instead. But if you have no creatures, then it doesn't tap for mana, hence no black replacement effect, unless I misread it?
True, you are definitely more green heavy and contamination would hurt you. Have you considered a Winter Orb/Static Orb, leaning on winter. With winter, mana dorks, rocks, carpet and cradle, you can break parity, or do you think this would fall under the same category of contamination's anti-synergy?
Manglehorn, while limited to artifacts, can help slow down artifact combo and is another source of interaction.
Song of the Dryads - Permanent removal/mess with commanders, particullary black and red who have difficultly removing enchantments.
Krosan Grip - (Almost) uninterruptible removal, or is the 3 mana too steep giving you already run nature's claim?
Spidersilk armor - How has that addition been for you?
1 week ago
FunkiestBunch and OptimalGreen: Yeah, this set didn't give me much for Hapatra :( These days, the only new things that get added here are powerful draw sources, tutors, and (in the right block) -1 counter sources. With that said, Nylea's Intervention was an upgrade over Sylvan Scrying as a way to tutor Gaea's Cradle (since it can potentially grab me one or two other utility lands, or deal with fliers in a pinch).
Regarding Contamination, I've... considered it forever. I don't run many artifacts, but in theory my mana dorks should let me still have access to green. The bigger issue is that this deck is primarily green, especially in its wincons -- I have trouble winning with only black, and it cuts off my biggest mana generator (Gaea's Cradle). Though amusingly, it would make Cradle tap for B even when I control no creatures XD
I've considered Liliana, Dreadhorde General for a while. I love her as a card, and her ult is backbreaking, but Eldrazi Monument has proven to be pretty great. It permits an infinite combo with Yawgmoth, and makes me dodge most board wipes (ie, the easiest way to shut me down). Plus it's one of my three major ways to deal with fliers, and it's also one of my all-time favorite cards. Driven / Despair continues to be a disappointment every time I slot it back in, because of its one-shot nature. I just never seem to get it at the right time to really profit, even though on paper it looks amazing.
I'm running a good amount of interaction here -- I'm running 13 cards that I would consider to be a form of interaction, of which 9 are instant speed removal or protection. I'd never turn down more, of course, but what other interaction are you thinking?
1 week ago
How has nylea's intervention been for you, is it mostly used as a tutor or flying killer? I remember you said you have had issues with fliers so I'm curious how it's been playing out so far.
Why not just add a Contamination which is almost always relevant, can be used as blue counterbait, and more? Is it due to the anti-synergy with cradle?
If not contamination due to the anti-synergy, why not driven/despair or Lili General?
How has Eldrazi Monument been for you? Seems kind of win-more ish as it only helps you when you have established a board presence (which to be fair, isn't hard at all in your deck). It is 5 mana though and I feel adding interaction or more card draw might be more beneficial? Unless Yawgmoth is all the interaction you need
2 weeks ago
I’m going to go out on a limb and say Contamination. I know its not banned in any format, but if it were legal in Modern or Standard I definitely think it would get the ban-hammer. And yes, I know that can be said for lots of other legacy cards, but Contamination is probably the most playgroup banned EDH card I have seen so far. While mana rocks have improved a lot like the expansion of talismans, Arcane Signet, and Arcum's Astrolabe, the card Contamination can still be as harsh as Iona, Shield of Emeria against mono-color EDH decks. And think about it, in practically all 60 card formats this card is effectively a lock your opponent out of the game for three mana card. While it wasn’t nearly as busted when it first came out we’ve had cards like Bitterblossom, Reassembling Skeleton, Bloodghast, and Dreadhorde Invasion get printed which has made its drawback laughable. While I’m all for good two card combos, this one just drags out the game instead of auto-winning, and its incredibly easy to pull off the lock by turn 3 without ramp. My argument is this is a card that is just cruel and its busted just like these other cards, especially the fact it can corrupt your mana to the point you can’t even cast your enchantment removal cards anymore. That’s just top grade evil that cards like Blood Moon and Back to Basics can’t even compete with and those cards are hated enough as it is.
3 weeks ago
jconeil1988 good point! I'll probably not run the Foundry/Sword combo in this deck due to this actually. The individual pieces don't warrant inclusion on their own, and I want my commander out as long as possible.
Also, I played my Alela deck for the first time last night!
I played Grand Abolisher, Grand Architect, and Swiftfoot Boots and passed the turn with Urza, Lord High Artificer and Tribute Mage in hand. Next turn I played Tribute Mage, searched for and cast Pili-Pala. Equipped Swiftfoot Boots to give Pili-Pala haste, and made Pili-Pala blue with Grand Architect. Then I made infinite mana, cast Urza, and exiled my entire deck except 3 cards. For free, compliments of Urza's ability, I cast Grim Guardian and then Enchanted Evening, and I cast the rest of my permanent cards exiled with Urza's ability, and played a land to kill everyone else off with Constellation triggers.
Lastly, I also have a small CMC 3 or less enchantments package to tutor with Zur the Enchanter, and will be adding Contamination + Dreadhorde Invasion to combo with the mana rocks already included for the Isochron + Dramatic Reversal.
I thought my lack of focus on either artifacts or enchantments would hurt the deck, but it seems the multiple-prong attack is tough to deal with, and the ability to win out of nowhere all of the sudden is pretty good. Tossing out faerie tokens is a potential aggro win-con and a byproduct of the other strong combos I guess?
I can post a list if anyone would like to brew and compare decklists!
1 month ago
Lol — yeah, Contamination would be brutal. You may want to consider cards like Talisman of Progress , Dimir Signet etc. to help improve your ramp. In general I think 3-mana mana-rocks are overrated, since a 2-drop rock will let you cast your general turn 3.
You might also want to consider Copy Artifact , if you have the budget for it. I’ve been very impressed with it.