Illness in the Ranks


Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Gatecrash (GTC) Uncommon

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Illness in the Ranks


Creature tokens get -1/-1.

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Illness in the Ranks Discussion

ClockworkSwordfish on Creature Punishment

2 days ago

Why not run Illness in the Ranks and/or Virulent Plague to make sure those pesky creature tokens don't overrun you? You could also run Mercy Killing as a handy kill spell.

DemonicDuck on Orzhov peace keeping

3 weeks ago

I'm liking the suggestions so far and I would like to address a few things.

1.This deck is supposed to be a political grouphug deck with a bit of groupslug to keep things under control. More groupslug suggestions will definitely be helpful.

2.I'm keeping Crypt Champion since the deck is somewhat grouphug and brings back creatures to the battlefield rather than to the hand. Like a worse version of Exhume. Thankfully there are enough creatures with mana cost less than 3 (including daxos) to justify keeping it in. With this in mind, I should probably add Relic of Progenitus since the opponent can choose creatures.

3.I forgot to add Tainted AEther and Last Laugh, thank you for brining those up.

4.I don't think I have enough damage sources to justify Death Pits of Rath. Similar issue with Waste Not.

5.Since aggro could be an issue, Black Sun's Zenith, Illness in the Ranks, and Virulent Plague will probably have to go into the deck.

And finally, 6. I'm trying to add a mini theme of enchanting my opponents creatures to encourage them to swing at other opponents. Harming your arms dealer isn't always the best idea after all. :)

Dustinsanity on Zur's Approach

1 month ago

Because Academy Rector, I've thought about running Mimic Vat. I really appreciate your feedback. I know it's missing Enlightened Tutor but that's coming in the mail. I've toyed with a Suture Priest + Dovescape combo, but in testing, Suture Priest was too lackluster as an include. Since I had no synergy with Dovescape, I took it out. I thought of pairing Dovescape with Illness in the Ranks but I'm not sure how I feel about it overall. It's a nice Oketra the True and Elspeth, Sun's Champion deterrent, but that's about it. Sage's Row Denizen paired with Dovescape sounds interesting. I'm trying to pick up an Enchanted Evening for reasons. It probably won't stay the same, but I like how it runs as is.

sylvannos on Legacy Playables in Commander 2017

1 month ago

I'm actually liking some of the new cards in the upcoming Commander release. I figured we could use a thread to discuss what cards are playable in the new set and people's thoughts on them from a non-EDH perspective.

Some of my thoughts so far:

Teferi's Protection

This seems solid in Ad Nauseam, but I'm not experienced with the deck to know whether this is better than any of the other Angel's Grace cards. The nice thing is you can respond to a Doomsday or Ad Nauseam as usual, but you're not stuck at 1 life. You can also use it defensively to phase out your permanents to protect yourself from Wasteland.

You can also use the protection on yourself so you can dodge cards like Hymn to Tourach.

Curse of Opulence

I might play around with this in Goblins. Getting Lotus Petals each turn seems strong in conjunction with Aether Vial. Might also try some kind of weird R/x Prison deck with Mishra's Factory beatdowns.

Mirror of the Forebearers

The mana costs on this are lower than Mirage Mirror. An activation cost of seems solid when you want to create multiple Goblin Piledrivers, hatebears, or Priest of Titania. The downside is that it can only be used on tribal cards and you need to have a creature in play worth copying.

Alms Collector

"That's a nice Brainstorm you have there. It would sure be a shame if you were to get Notion Thief'd by Death and Taxes..."

Hungry Lynx

Not sure if this will find a home in any Legacy decks, moreso that it's kind of a cute beatstick. I was thinking Maverick may have a slot for it, since there's some synergy with Qasali Pridemage. You could also make some weird Illness in the Ranks deck. Hunted Troll , Hunted Phantasm , and Forbidden Orchid would be the other cards, but this doesn't seem like a viable strategy in Legacy to me.

Oddly, it might be better in a BUG Fish shell in Vintage. Combined with Null Rods, Trygon Predator, etc., you get mainboard hate against Oath of Druids and Monastery Mentor.

Stalking Leonin

Another piece of removal for Hatebear strategies. I like this guy, especially since it gets rid of the creature permanently and you don't have to do weird Flickerwisp + Fiend Hunter things. The only downside is you can't deal with a creature before it attacks, specifically Emrakul, the Aeons Torn in the Show and Tell matchup. Still, I'm 99% positive this guy finds itself taking over slots in D&T.

Any other cards people are thinking about playing in their Eternal non-EDH decks? As far as I know, the full card spoiler hasn't been released anywhere, so there will likely be other new playables or staples coming out. I don't think we're going to see anything on the level as True-Name Nemesis, but some of these come close.

TuckerMTG on Unlimited Elves?

2 months ago

It wouldn't make unlimited elves. Flourishing Defenses says only makes elves when a -1-1 counter is placed on a creature. Illness in the Ranks gives token creatures -1-1 but doesn't put -1-1 counters on them.

N4kk1 on U/R Budget Pyromancer

2 months ago

This deck doesn't have any card advantage, so when you once empty you'r hand you can't refill and that is why this won't work. Bedlam Reveler is good refill effect and when you cast it, it usually costs 2-3mana which is pretty good for 3/4 Prowess and draw 3 cards.

Surrakar Spellblade Isn't good refill in Modern as it dies to everything and every deck plays a ton of removal AND it has to hit players

Reach Through Mists Just why, if you would have something to splice i would understand. You can use this slot a lot better

Also maybe Kiln Fiend so you can kill opponent much faster.

Illness in the Ranks Likes this deck also, remember to have sideboard response to that.

Gidgetimer on Illness in the Ranks effecting ...

2 months ago

Please link all cards in your question using double brackets

Warstorm Surge

Illness in the Ranks

Illness in the Ranks is a static ability and applies to all creatures on the battlefield at all times. As such they enter as 0/0 and trigger Warstorm Surge for 0.

Chino90 on Trespassing Phantasm

2 months ago

I figured it might as well serve that purpose. But I dont think they are worth a saving spell, since they are so cheap and you have so many of them.

Mercy killing can use green already, the forbidden orchards give you any color, and maybe 2x breeding pools will be enough to mana fix.

With green, another interesting option is Hunted Troll. Although it doesnt synergize with CoCo.

Other options that come to mind are:

-Swan Song (with Illness in the Ranks on play, a 1/1 flyer isnt much trouble)

As it is, your deck works really smoothly. I got a lot of T5 kills when playtesting it. So all my suggestions are not aimed at improving it, but rather give you other alternatives or approaches to toy around, just for the fun of it.

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