Illness in the Ranks


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
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

phc on No tokens for you

1 month ago

mattc1uk Illness in the Ranks and Virulent Plague do not target the creature.

Kelvin-escesare on Blood Brothers **Budget**

1 month ago

I'm confused by the logic of trading Hunted Phantasm for Rakdos Charm. Phantasm is by far the most powerful card in the deck, and the only reason to play it, because it deals 5/brother plus 4 each turn unblockably. Compared to Horror, who deals 2/brother + 1 each turn at most if they double block, Phantasm seems juuust a bit better. I certainly would love to add red, because Lightning Bolt is the best possible removal spell for an aggressive deck, but it feels like this deck is already losing too much life. Cutting white is another option, but then we lose Suture Priest and Ghostly Prison making us even slower and more fragile. Maybe adding red is the only option.

Trying to kill the tokens you're giving them one-by-one with Porphyry Nodes sounds extremely underpowered. Illness in the Ranks would be better. Though I think Ghostly Prison is best because it's actually already a good card.

IAmTheWraith on The Deckwatch [Home Base]

2 months ago

Ok, so here's my dilemma:

I started to build my FCIzoni deck, but I found myself putting in a lot of the same cards in it that I had in #4000 Tokens :). So, I could use some opinions here, should I just combine the two decks?

As I thought about it, Illness in the Ranks would just let me win with Izoni, Thousand-Eyed as long as I have a Blood Artist/Zulaport Cutthroat/Poison-Tip Archer in play. Thoughts? Do I just drop the FC plan entirely?

Thanks for any and all input!

wonderboyrox on YOU get a car! And YOU get a car!

3 months ago

Raptor980, Hey thanks for the reply. Hate to break it you, but if I am reading your proposed infinite combo correctly, it actually wouldn't work the way you're thinking it does. Nest of Scarabs only triggers from -1/-1 "counters" being placed on a creature. Illness in the Ranks gives all creature tokens -1/-1, this is different than giving creatures a "-1/-1 counter".

Raptor980 on YOU get a car! And YOU get a car!

3 months ago

Nest of Scarabs actually provides an infinite combo with Illness in the Ranks and Blood Artist. I'm running that in a variation of this deck I'm building.

mmcgeach on Control Zur

3 months ago

@AquaticAce26, yeah, Luminarch Ascension is a fine win con - it definitely has synergy with the deck and the plan. The win cons in the deck can be a little fragile - like if you have Rest in Peace and someone destroys your Helm of Obedience, you have to shift to the other win. So in that sense, a third one-card win con is ok. On the other hand, having a very few dead cards for combo slots or wincons is one of the strengths of the deck. You could drop the voltron cards (Empyrial Armor and Cartouche of Ambition) and add Luminarch Ascension and maybe Replenish, if you want to stay at 2 wincons. Or you can just add it and go up to 3.

I'd probably try another board wipe against those decks instead of Illness in the Ranks. Massacre or Yahenni's Expertise. They're both vulnerable from their creature mana. I'd probably want to play another GY hoser, maybe leyline or Planar Void, which should help against blood pod and tasigur. Yeah.

I hear you on card prices... even 2 years ago Tabernacle was 400$. Should have bought a playset then. :/

joecool1299 on Toshiro's Murder

3 months ago

Always nice to see another Toshiro deck. Budget too!

I really really, really don’t like Cremate in this style of deck. I get the idea, it’s kinda like Think Twice but it’s not really worth it. Commander cards really need to do something and Cremate doesn’t do enough. If you want better card draw, Dark Bargain and Moonlight Bargain is much better. If you want graveyard hate Suffer the Past and Crypt Incursion are good in this deck.

Terror is cute but how about Cast Down, Ghastly Demise, or Vendetta?

Grave Betrayal is cute but it’s really expensive.

Chainer, Dementia Master is awesome. Some board states become auto wins with Chainer in play and if you really need a creature back, you can kill it easily.

I will throw out Illness in the Ranks seems loose. It really only works if you get both it and Orchard in play and that seems a bit magical Christmas land-y. I personally wouldn’t play it but that’s just me.

Oh! Isolated Watchtower and Arcane Lighthouse. Virtually No downside and gives you an out to hexproof creatures.

AquaticAce26 on Control Zur

3 months ago

mmcgeach - I wanted to get your opinion of Luminarch Ascension. I was considering adding it as a tertiary win-con behind R.I.P/Helm and commander damage. I was figuring with the high density of board wipes (Toxic Deluge, Massacre, Supreme Verdict and Cyclonic Rift) and Solitary Confinement you could easily protect it.

My meta currently consists of Food Chain Prossh, Paradox Sisay, Blood Pod and Tasigur Control. I was also considering adding Illness in the Ranks to keep the Food Chain Prossh and Blood Pod decks in check. If only I picked up The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale twenty years ago. Oh well, highsight is 20/20.

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