Illness in the Ranks

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Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Modern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Gatecrash Uncommon

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Illness in the Ranks

Enchantment

Creature tokens get -1/-1.

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Illness in the Ranks Discussion

APPLE01DOJ on Is there any possibility this ...

3 days ago

You have to ask yourself, what matches are cards like Thought Scour going to improve??? None? Okay, it's not worth the SB space. The SB should not be deck extensions but cards that improve your match ups against things your weak against. In your case Control of both flavors. I'd also imagine your Burn match is pretty tough.

So for decks like BG/x I would recommend Suppression Field, Bile Blight/Marrow Shards, and stronger grave hate like Leyline of the Void or Rest in Peace. Leyline of Sanctity and Pithing Needle are also valid choices.

As far as traditional control goes, you're really in a bad position. The best SB cards against it are in green (Choke, Thrun, the Last Troll) and the manland game plan isn't particularly viable for you either. Lastly your threat density isn't enough to not have to worry about counters. Hopefully someone else can offer up a viable option for you.

Burn is an easy fix. Dragon's Claw.

A few other cards I would suggest to consider are Anguished Unmaking as a 1 of, Illness in the Ranks, more copies of Stony Silence, and possibly Hurkyl's Recall (can be great vs Affinity but also Infect).

As far as Eldrazi goes. Fulminator Mage and Damnation are good but I feel like your deck can't support those cards. Pithing Needle hits quite a bit of things in their deck (including Oblivion Stone).

subrosian on Thraximundar's Zombie Sack Race

2 weeks ago

Hey, thanks for the upvote and comment twolinecinephile! To be honest this list is a little out of date. I actually have added Gisa and Geralf (and funnily enough I was thinking about switching to them as the Commander), and since cut Illness in the Ranks. My brother plays a Prossh, Skyraider of Kher deck and also a Boros Weenies deck, so it was pretty good most of the time, but it ended up being just a little too hateful and got worse when I added more token producers from the Shadows Over Innistrad block.

Yeah, Gravecrawler is pretty silly with Rooftop Storm and a sac outlet. Most of the time though at this point Rooftop Storm will get countered or removed before I can go off, so I don't feel too bad either. I'll be sure to update the list to my paper version when I get the chance.

twolinecinephile on Thraximundar's Zombie Sack Race

2 weeks ago

I like how this one looks! I'm working on a Gisa and Geralf decklist currently and was considering Thraximundar as my zombo commander instead, so this might help me decide. Speaking of G&G, why not include it? It makes for a great zombie engine in my opinion. I see you have both of their separate forms anyway. Not a ton of red included here, but I wasn't anticipating I'd have a lot either if I tried a Thraxy list. Seems to include some of the best that extra red pie has to offer a zombie deck anyway. The only criticism I have is why Illness in the Ranks? Does a friend have a nasty token deck or something? Seems like an odd inclusion to me otherwise, ha. I'd say Grave Titan is an easy "yes" for an inclusion. He's like a surrogate uncle of zombies, ha.

Your Gravecrawler + Rooftop Storm infinite combos are showing by the way ;) ha. I almost feel bad including them myself, but my reasoning to my friend was if a combo requires as many as 3 or 4 cards to work, it isn't really something to get salty about if I can pull it off, ha.

TheDuggernaught on Dirty Soul Sisters

1 month ago

Other B/W soul sisters lists that I've seen do well usually include Illness in the Ranks combined with Forbidden Orchard. Mercy Killing also becomes super good. I've also always seen them with Dark Confidant, and Archangel of Thune.

jparker-sartori21 on Hunted Sisters

1 month ago

@lagotripha-Thanks for the suggestion. I added Damping Matrix.

@Superabletie4-While it is important to get out an Illness in the Ranks ASAP Maelstrom Pulse can work in the meantime and the deck can control the game well while waiting for important cards. The ideal opening hand for casual play would be 1 illness, 3 Forbidden Orchard, 2 Blood Artist, and a Hunted Phantasm but for more competitive play you would want a Thoughtseize and maybe an Abrupt Decay.

nonjon on Fancy Pants - Pure (C/U)

1 month ago

(16) MODERN PURE decks as of 04/17/17


Delver and the Hasteful Eight (BLUE/RED)

10 spells, 20 land

Sideboard: Pyroclasm, Relic of Progenitus, Smash to Smithereens, Shrine of Burning Rage


Elves (GREEN/black)

10 spells, 20 land

Sideboard: Doom Blade, Elves of Deep Shadow, Putrefy, Naturalize


Veterans (WHITE commons only)

10 spells, 20 land

Sideboard: Journey to Nowhere, Kor Hookmaster, Kor Sanctifiers, Infantry Veteran


Soul Sisters (WHITE)

10 spells, 20 land

Sideboard: Harm's Way, Celestial Purge, Faith's Fetters, Armored Ascension


Goblin Tokens (RED)

10 spells, 20 land

Sideboard: Electrickery, Massive Raid, Destructive Tampering, Goblin Rally


Drain Inspector (BLACK)

9 spells, 24 land

Sideboard: Consume Spirit, Marsh Casualties, Shrieking Affliction, Mind Sludge


Trondrazi Fire (RED/GREEN)

9 spells, 24 land

Sideboard: Lightning Bolt, Shrapnel Blast, Darksteel Sentinel, Volcanic Geyser


Spellbombo (ESPER - WHITE/BLUE/BLACK)

10 spells, 20 land

Sideboard: Disciple of the Vault, Restoration Specialist, Nihil Spellbomb, Sunbeam Spellbomb


Bogle Battle Rattle (GREEN/RED)

10 spells, 20 land

Sideboard: Giant Growth, Electrickery, Destructive Revelry, Fling


Faeries (BLUE/BLACK)

10 spells, 20 land

Sideboard: Doom Blade, Agony Warp, Negate, Faerie Harbinger


Mill-town (BLUE/BLACK)

9 spells, 24 land

Sideboard: Balustrade Spy, Far / Away, Psychic Spiral, Illness in the Ranks


Lingering Tokens (WHITE/black)

10 spells, 20 land

Sideboard: Doom Blade, Rootborn Defenses, Marsh Casualties, Phantom General


Warriors (WHITE/BLACK)

10 spells, 20 land

Sideboard: Rush of Battle, Timely Hordemate, Grasp of Darkness, Raiders' Spoils


Viralbots (BLUE)

10 spells, 20 land

Sideboard: AEtherize, Corpse Cur, Rapid Hybridization, Corrupted Conscience


Dorkless Burn (RED/white)

10 spells, 20 land

All do damage to the face, a bit more than half can aim for creatures too.

Sideboard: Pyroclasm, Searing Blood, Smash to Smithereens, Journey to Nowhere


Fancy Pants (WHITE/blue)

10 spells, 20 land

Sideboard: Auramancer, Recumbent Bliss, Eel Umbra, Ordeal of Heliod


(16) MODERN PURE decks as of 04/17/17


nonjon on Fancy Pants - Pure (C/U)

1 month ago

(16) MODERN PURE decks as of 04/17/17


Delver and the Hasteful Eight (BLUE/RED)

10 spells, 20 land

Sideboard: Pyroclasm, Relic of Progenitus, Smash to Smithereens, Shrine of Burning Rage


Elves (GREEN/black)

10 spells, 20 land

Sideboard: Doom Blade, Elves of Deep Shadow, Putrefy, Naturalize


Veterans (WHITE commons only)

10 spells, 20 land

Sideboard: Journey to Nowhere, Kor Hookmaster, Kor Sanctifiers, Infantry Veteran


Soul Sisters (WHITE)

10 spells, 20 land

Sideboard: Harm's Way, Celestial Purge, Armored Ascension, Faith's Fetters


Goblin Tokens (RED)

10 spells, 20 land

Sideboard: Electrickery, Massive Raid, Destructive Tampering, Goblin Rally


Drain Inspector (BLACK)

9 spells, 24 land

Sideboard: Consume Spirit, Marsh Casualties, Shrieking Affliction, Grasp of Darkness


Trondrazi Fire (RED/GREEN)

9 spells, 24 land

Sideboard: Lightning Bolt, Shrapnel Blast, Darksteel Sentinel, Volcanic Geyser


Spellbombo (ESPER - WHITE/BLUE/BLACK)

10 spells, 20 land

Sideboard: Disciple of the Vault, Restoration Specialist, Nihil Spellbomb, Sunbeam Spellbomb


Bogle Battle Rattle (GREEN/RED)

10 spells, 20 land

Sideboard: Giant Growth, Electrickery, Destructive Revelry, Fling


Faeries (BLUE/BLACK)

10 spells, 20 land

Sideboard: Doom Blade, Agony Warp, Negate, Faerie Harbinger


Mill-town (BLUE/BLACK)

9 spells, 24 land

Sideboard: Balustrade Spy, Far / Away, Psychic Spiral, Illness in the Ranks


Lingering Tokens (WHITE/black)

10 spells, 20 land

Sideboard: Doom Blade, Rootborn Defenses, Timely Reinforcements, Phantom General


Warriors (WHITE/BLACK)

10 spells, 20 land

Sideboard: Rush of Battle, Timely Hordemate, Grasp of Darkness, Raiders' Spoils


Viralbots (BLUE)

10 spells, 20 land

Sideboard: AEtherize, Corpse Cur, Rapid Hybridization, Corrupted Conscience


Dorkless Burn (RED/white)

10 spells, 20 land

All do damage to the face, a bit more than half can aim for creatures too.

Sideboard: Pyroclasm, Searing Blood, Smash to Smithereens, Journey to Nowhere


Fancy Pants (WHITE/blue)

10 spells, 20 land

Sideboard: Auramancer, Recumbent Bliss, Eel Umbra, Ordeal of Heliod


(16) MODERN PURE decks as of 04/17/17


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