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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.
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1 day ago
@brianguy132: Treachery is a card I really love in here. First it’s an enchantment and doesn’t count for the 1 creature each turn since that space is often needed to control the board. Beyond that it is a free control magic, it even nets you mana with a cradle or bounceland. I tested Gilded Drake in the deck and it’s a card I would love to add. But that’s not possible in my meta since it does backfire way to often. A lot of people in my meta play cards like Animate Dead, Necromancy, Mimic Vat, Reanimate, Sepulchral Primordial and others cards like that. So they can easily steal my muldrotha and it’s hard for me to get it back. I don’t like the idea of giving my opponents the tools to beat my commander. But if you play in a meta with fewer of this cards, Gilded Drake is a good choice.
For your idea about the chains: that card seems really nice in here. Sadly I don’t own a copy of it and it’s quite expensive for a card with such limited uses. Maybe I’ll be lucky some day and find someone to trade for it.
5 days ago
Hey, I'm digging what you are doing with Lazav. How has the infect package been working out for you? Also I read awhile ago people considering adding a stax package so the deck doesn't have to race against decks like hulk list and storm, any consideration for that (cards like Arcane Laboratory or Contamination locks maybe)?
6 days ago
Greater good and Hedron crab are way to good. I would say high market because it’s the sac outlet I like the least in the deck. It’s still good but not as good as phyrexian tower or the others.
If you’re interested in the deck I suggest making some proxies, playtesting it and then you see what to cut for Bazaar depending on your personal opinion about the other cards.
Im currently testing Pattern of Rebirth and might swap out Contamination for it. Contamination is stronger in most situations, but ultra mean. Pattern is just a lot of fun and not far behind in power level.
1 week ago
@Gorbak, I'm not a stax expert, I'm just relaying what cards I've encountered that have made things challenging for me. Usually your focus is to hit your opponents hands and resources as well as their board-state. Alesha likes playing a lot of cheap spells, so those limited land-wipe cards would probably hurt a lot on your opponents without hurting you. It's important to know what disadvantages your deck can get away with more than your opponents decks and then once you figure that out you try to exploit it as much as possible.
A lot of stax decks I go against will usually stick to a synergy that really goes out of control if left unchecked. Synergies like: Contamination + Bitterblossom. Smokestack + Assemble the Legion. Chains of Mephistopheles + Anvil of Bogardan. Winter Orb + Stoneshaker Shaman. Desecration Elemental + Assault Suit. Rule of Law + Knowledge Pool. Creating any of the following locks can lead to the table easily losing the game if not answered appropriately. Getting those nasty locks usually requires lots of tutor effects like Demonic Tutor to maintain consistency.
2 weeks ago
It's your turn and you control Contamination and Vedalken Shackles. An opponent controls a 1/1 token. It doesn't matter if the 1/1 was created by an opponent's Bitterblossom in this situation - that trigger doesn't come into play on your turn, it triggered on your opponent's turn (otherwise you wouldn't need to steal the token).
Contamination's triggered ability goes on the stack during your upkeep. You can respond to it by activating Vedalken Shackles to steal the token. You will control the token when Comtamination's trigger goes to resolve.
Instead, if you control both Bitterblossom and Contamination, you can stack the triggers such that Contamination is at the bottom of the stack, and Bitterblossom is at the top. Bitterblossom will resolve first, and so generate a token before Contamination requires a creature to sacrifice.
If instead, an opponent controlled a permanent with "EACH upkeep, create a 1/1 token" you could still do this. Opponents' triggers are put onto the stack after yours during your turn; they will resolve before yours. Thus the 1/1 will be created before your Contamination tries to resolve, during the round of priority before you go start to resolve it, you can activate the Vedalken Shackles to steal the token.
2 weeks ago
Patolea: I dunno, I feel like a field full of deathtouchers does a decent job protecting her, and that ult is sweet :D the minus seems so-so, but sometimes having extra options is really helpful.
Pikobyte: Hmmm. If you want to run without infinite combos, I'd remove Blowfly Infestation, Quillspike, Ivy Lane Denizen, and Mikaeus, the Unhallowed? You'd probably also want less tutors, then. Honestly, I don't think Hapatra is that good if you don't have infinite combos at least as a backup plan. Maybe try a slower, staxier build with Contamination, Smokestack, and some of the newer Golgari cards?
2 weeks ago
Hello! I have taken a look at both of these (and Winter Orb) in building this deck, the reason I’m not really feeling them doing that well is well, for Contamination it hurts me if im not running mono black, which i’m not. Second Smokestack almost made it to the deck, but I figured if the opponent manages to board wipe me, then Im gonna have to sacrifice permanents I don’t want to along with Smokestack, unless I keep it at a healthy 2 or 3 counters, but where’s the fun in that? I might stick it in the deck though, its combo with Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest is insane
Thanks for commenting!