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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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Contamination occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Black: 0.26%

Golgari: 0.1%

Contamination Discussion

Moixa137 on Sidisi's Sacrificial Toolbox

5 days ago

My primary win con is probably going to be Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + Triskelion as I can assemble it easily with Buried Alive + Victimize and it can win right away.

Secondary win con is any of my Ashnod's Altar + Nim Deathmantle combos. They take longer to set up, and they don't win right away as the tokens don't have haste; however, I thought it would be a fun combo to try out. That said..additional protection / recursion may necessary if I continue with this combo.

Aetherflux Reservoir + Bolas's Citadel + Sensei's Divining Top. Haven't played with this combo to much yet, but so far top and citadel offer great utility even if I don't assemble all 3 pieces of the win con (Further testing in the works.)

As far as artifact / enchantment removal I currently have Karn Liberated, Ratchet Bomb, and Pharika's Libation. Im considering adding Oblivion Stone or Nevinyrral's Disk. I may play Ugin, the Spirit Dragon if/when I get my hands on one.

I've been considering the Contamination + Bitterblossom lock. It'll depend on how my group reacts to playing against stax.

Profet93 on Sidisi's Sacrificial Toolbox

5 days ago

Q1: What is your primary wincondition? How do you intend on assembling and protecting your wincondition?

Q2: Second and/or third wincondition with the same 2 above questions?

Once you answer those questions, I can better help you.

Re: Artifact and Enchantment Removal......

Nevinyrral's Disk, Oblivion Stone, Ugin, the Spirit Dragon, All Is Dust Blast Zone and many many more. I'm also FADED AF right now so I hope these ideas make sense....

Have you considered adding in some stax? You could do Bitterblossom and Contamination? Or just Infernal Darkness? Also having a token subtheme would help give the deck some direction and put black sacrifice effects to better use. This just seems like a goodstuff deck. What direction do you want this to go in?

RiotRunner789 on “The Year 2020” (COVID-19 THEMED)

3 weeks ago

You should consider Pox, Smallpox, Contamination, and Plague of Vermin.

Land wise, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth is a flavor text win.

LordTsukune on Full Auto Golden Gun w/ Infinite Ammo

3 weeks ago

This looks fun and its budget frendly but have you heard of Contamination?, or Bubbling Muck or Rain of Filth to help with your Xspells

SpoopieGhost on UB Zombies (Need Suggestions!)

1 month ago

Eldrazi Monument looks busted as hell I love it! I actually have Liliana, Death's Majesty and Midnight Reaper coming in the mail for this deck. I might consider Smokestack and Contamination, but this deck can be rather slow at times since it's definitely a snowball effect. I'm a little worried it would take longer to become an actual threat. I've been on the fence about God-Eternal Bontu all week. I like her a lot and she's a Zombie so she will get buffed by all the lords, but again the sacrificing permanents is what worries me. If there's a way I can pump out Zombies even faster I think this are all a must in.

Wittyinator on UB Zombies (Need Suggestions!)

1 month ago

Cards like Smokestack, Contamination and Eldrazi Monument have performed extremely well in my mono-black Ghoulcaller Gisa deck, though I understand they're not everyone's play style.

I'd include cards like Midnight Reaper & God-Eternal Bontu for more card draw, perhaps, and they double as zombies too.

Liliana, Death's Majesty can be a game winner as well, if you can protect her a couple turns, the one-sided wrath is great.

TheGodofNight on Bad Medicine

1 month ago


I actually just removed Charcoal Diamond in favor of Contamination, when editing, I mixed up the two and removed Jet Medallion instead. I have corrected this and it is back in the list. Thanks.

dingusdingo on "fair" win conditions in casual ...

1 month ago

To make fun casual decks

  • Win from combat or damage
  • Include winning cards that give time to your opponents, like Felidar Sovereign which gives them a full rotation to deal with the card.
  • Winning on turn 10 or later

To make higher power decks

  • Establish board presence and squeeze opponents out then combat damage
  • Include combo cards that can win immediately
  • Threaten oppressive board state or winning combo around turn 6 or 7

To make competitive decks

  • Create a toxic lockout board state if you wish to win via combat damage
  • Include efficient two card combos, preferably with protection available
  • Aim to lock the board or land winning combo on turn 3 or 4.

The greatest metric is on what turn you can reliably win with your deck. These are also helpful because they tell you by what turn your deck should have interaction available for an opponent's combo

As far as cards like Contamination, its just like Armageddon or Blood Moon or Wrath of God. Wipes and permanent lock out type cards DO exist and will see play. You can take reasonable steps to improve your deck while mitigating the impact of these cards by diversifying permanent types. The full suite of Talismans and Signets is inexpensive to purchase, and provides protection against land hate while also accelerating and color fixing, I would run these in a 3 color casual deck even without an opponent having a Contamination. You can also diversify into creature based mana like the Elves.

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