Illness in the Ranks


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker 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.

Illness in the Ranks Discussion

hungry000 on Did You... Get That Thing I Sent You?

1 month ago

I would play snow basics and Dead of Winter to keep yourself from dying to Humans and stuff. Golgari Charm loses its usefulness once you have an Illness in the Ranks down while Dead of Winter basically does the same thing but can also keep you from dying against faster decks, of which there are a lot of in modern. Another option is Maelstrom Pulse , which can hit a bunch of tokens at once and is a good spot removal spell; basically, it'll be better for your deck in general if you play spells that also have use outside of getting rid of tokens.

I also suggest you upgrade the rest of your removal suite; Putrefy --> Maelstrom Pulse , Assassin's Trophy , or Fatal Push , Disallow --> Mana Leak . You probably put Disallow in for the possibility of countering one of your creatures' token etb triggers, but the feasibility of you getting to 6 or 7 mana to do so in the same turn is very low, so you're only ever gonna be using it to counter spells and Mana Leak is a better at doing that. Alternatively, you could play 1 cmc discard spells ( Inquisition of Kozilek / Thoughtseize ) in place of Disallow , both of which are more useful than counterspells in a deck that isn't committed to control (i.e. this one).

Caerwyn on grixis control

3 months ago

My mistake on posting on the older version of the deck--I went through your profile and must have clicked the old one by accident.

I think everything I said on the other thread still applies, with the reminder that the advice was based upon you keeping four colours. Rather than repost that advice, I'll focus on providing new feedback here.

You don't need Thought Scour in the sideboard. Mill doesn't advance your gamestate and is an insignificant detriment to any opponent not abusing things like Miracles or other topdeck strategies.

I did not think of it earlier since it is banned in Modern, but, as you're in casual, you're free to run Gitaxian Probe . This is a fantastic card for Thing in the Ice  Flip decks--it draws you a card for free and removes a counter from Thing (2 life is insignificant; you'll almost always cast it for the life, not for mana).

I'd still cut all your planeswalkers. They just don't seem to do enough to justify their inclusion and work against Thing in the Ice  Flip.

I'm not sure you really need Jadelight Ranger and Merfolk Branchwalker either. Neither do much to advance your victory, other than take up card slots that could be used for reducing Thing in the Ice  Flip's counters. Remember-- Thing in the Ice  Flip is a wrath effect on its own; so the more spells you can pump out, the more likely it is you can use it to destroy their board.

Fatal Push and Inquisition of Kozilek are both solid black cards you could add.

If you happen to have any of them, you could sideboard an Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre , Kozilek, Butcher of Truth , or Emrakul, the Aeons Torn . All three are a major pain for people playing Mill.

Illness in the Ranks could be a decent sideboard option against the token deck.

Pyroclasm is a pretty easy-to-cast spell that should hit most wizards and tokens, but leave your creatures alive.

Your mana base is quite untenable--it's hard enough to manage two colours with just basics; you won't conceivably be able to manage four with just basics.

lagotripha on BW Token Prison

4 months ago

I wouldn't feel comfortable running Intangible Virtue unless I was seeing a lot of Illness in the Ranks . Even then you could probably run Anguished Unmaking /o-ring in those slots with little fuss. I'd also give some thought to a 1-of Blood Baron of Vizkopa in the side. He's not as 'immune to everything' as hexproof often offers, but he dodges the vast majority of removal and hand disruption in the modern format, easily slipping into the old 'serra angel' control slot.

Kjartan on

6 months ago

Ponder and Gitaxian Probe are currently banned in the modern format.

Also have you considered Illness in the Ranks or maybe even Panharmonicon ? :)

YaBoyEvit on 4-Color Orchard

6 months ago

ClockworkSwordfish I actually had 2 main board copies of hunted troll in a previous version of this deck, I felt that it was sub par compared to the power of hunted phantasm. Hunted Troll is 1 more mana, produces 1 less token, and while it is an 8/4 it doesn't have trample, so if we aren't killing the tokens we're giving our opponent with Illness in the Ranks the hunted troll will be chump blocked until we win with etb effects like suture priest and trespassers curse anyway.

arthursteel on Dragons have fallen. Need deck ...

6 months ago

if u have black in your deck i recomend Illness in the Ranks or Virulent Plague and if there is blue Leyline of Singularity

DrkNinja on

6 months ago

I don't think Ethereal Absolution is good at all... It's an expensive Glorious Anthem + Illness in the Ranks , because no one really cares about that activated ability... ESPECIALLY not in a walker deck that has cards like Elspeth, Sun's Champion that can put 3 dudes out quickly.

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