Gempalm Polluter


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Legions (LGN) Common

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Gempalm Polluter

Creature — Zombie

Cycling 2B (2B, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

When you cycle Gempalm Polluter, you may have target player lose 1 life for each Zombie on the battlefield.

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Gempalm Polluter Discussion

luther on Oloro zombies

3 days ago

For starters, never play any card that only gains you life once Chaplain's Blessing. Especially in commander.

Take a look at your non zombie creatures, and with each one ask yourself "what does this do for my zombies?" Ex. "What does Avacyn, Angel of Hope do for my zombies? She gives them indestructible!"

Finally, my actual suggestions for cards to put in. Cemetery Reaper, Rooftop Storm, Death Baron, Diregraf Captain, Gempalm Polluter, Ghoulraiser, Gravecrawler, Gravespawn Sovereign, Lich Lord of Unx, Lord of the Undead, Risen Executioner, Undead Warchief, Zombie Master, Ghoulcaller Gisa, Gisa and Geralf, The Scarab God, Anointed Procession, Call to the Grave, Dread Summons, Grave Titan, and Endless Ranks of the Dead

clayperce on 2 Questions - Help with ...

1 month ago

Regarding Planeswalkers:

Non-combat damage to a player can be redirected to one of their Planeswalkers. However, loss of life is not damage, so the effect of neither Gempalm Polluter nor Shepherd of Rot can be redirected.

The official rulings are ...

  • 118.2. Damage dealt to a player normally causes that player to lose that much life.
  • 306.7. If noncombat damage would be dealt to a player by a source controlled by an opponent, that opponent may have that source deal that damage to a planeswalker the first player controls instead.

Max121212 on 2 Questions - Help with ...

1 month ago

Can I use Gempalm Polluter to damage a planeswalker?It says "lose life".

What about Shepherd of Rot, how would that work?

How does the game work when affecting multiple things simultaneously.Say, Wrath of God or Patriarch's Bidding.

In what order do we resolve it all?

Thanks for your time :)

arcane_trouper on Scarab God and His Horde

1 month ago

Hooray! I have my own zombie list, but it's a bit of a different angle as my commander is Sidisi, Brood Tyrant. A couple things I might add would be Gempalm Polluter and Unholy Grotto. Also, Liliana, Death's Majesty has the potential to be a one-sided board wipe if she ults. Even if not, her other abilities are relevant.

SlavicGhaespar on Zombie Token

2 months ago

Gempalm Polluter can be pretty good in taking someone out of the game. Specially with Phyrexian Reclamation

SlavicGhaespar on Sidisi's recurring zombie milling horde

3 months ago

With high token count Gempalm Polluter is just awesome to finish out the game. Also, Phyrexian Metamorph is a great way to have some additional options.

multimedia on

3 months ago

Hey, welcome to TappedOut. Very nice build for your first Commander deck.

My suggestions are more two drop draw engines: Necromancer's Stockpile and Arguel's Blood Fast. These both have nice synergy with Scarab.

Zombies: Undead Warchief, Lich Lord of Unx and Shepherd of Rot.

Lands: Fetid Pools, Sunken Ruins and Tainted Isle.

Other spells: Mind Twist and Demonic Tutor.

Consider decreasing the avg. CMC of the deck to 3.0 to start; currently it's 3.9. Cutting a lot of higher casting cost cards will make Scarab more powerful because then you can have a better established battlefield of Zombies before you play him. Scarab is a very mana hungry Commander because he costs five to cast and then four to use his ability each time. Once he's in play your mana is really tied up, dedicated to using his four mana exile ability.

Cards to consider cutting:

Zombie tribal is fun, but you say that you're playing against seasoned competitive players with competitive decks then after a while playing against them with this deck think about how it can be more competitive. The most competitive ability of Scarab is not it's opponents life loss and scry ability equal to the number of Zombies, but it's ability to exile and make a 4/4 copy of a creature from any graveyard.

This exile works with any creature not just Zombies. You could instead of playing Zombies play a deck stuffed full of value creatures with great enter the battlefield (ETB) abilities because in theory you'll get to use these ETB abilities twice. The first time the creature enters play and then again when it's exiled and copied with Scarab.

Value creatures like weak fliers such as Baleful Strix, Mulldrifter, Vendilion Clique who then become 4/4s. Creatures who let you reuse a spell like Torrential Gearhulk and Snapcaster Mage. Others such as Champion of Wits, Hostage Taker and Gilded Drake or great finishers like Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur.

You can then support these creatures, Scarab and overall strategy with more control: draw, draw/discard, removal, counterspells and hand disruption.

Good luck with your deck.

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