Languish

Legality

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

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Set Rarity
Magic Game Night (GNT) Rare
Commander Anthology 2018 (CM2) Rare
Commander 2016 (C16) Rare
Magic Origins (ORI) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Languish

Sorcery

All creatures get -4/-4 until end of turn.

Languish Discussion

SideBae on Hel devotional deck

5 days ago

Erebos, God of the Dead is a fun general -- good luck!

Most EDH games are decided by card advantage. You're typically facing down three opponents, meaning you're facing down about three times as many cards as you yourself can produce. Thus, anything that can recoup card advantage through mass draw or multi-for-ones is a good addition to a deck. With Erebos, I had a lot of luck with Words of Waste . This is an instant-speed discard effect (through Erebos' draw ability) and mana sink for the end of your opponents turns.

In a similar vein, cards like Smallpox are good for cleaning up the board from early threats, as well as setting back your opponents. I don't see it played that much, but I've had good success playing it myself. Pox is another option, but it is harder to minimize its damage to you as well.

Depending on your card pool, you may want to consider running Snow-Covered Swamp s instead of Swamp s. This allows you to run something like Dead of Winter instead of Languish ; it's more mana-efficient and tends to have a bigger effect.

Black doesn't have a lot of options in terms of mana-ramp. I see you've included Crypt Ghast and Cabal Stronghold (both powerful), but you should also consider artifact ramp. Sol Ring is an auto-include in almost every EDH deck, and cards like Charcoal Diamond , Coldsteel Heart , Mind Stone , Thought Vessel , Mana Vault , Mana Crypt (if you proxy or want to sell a kidney) and Everflowing Chalice are great as well.

One combo I had good luck with while playing Erebos was Raven's Crime with Null Profusion . This allows you to essentially cycle any dead lands you draw by casting Raven's Crime from the yard, while also making an opponent discard. In the discard vein, you seem to have some good discard pieces in your list already. Including Geth's Grimoire makes these into card advantage for you, and Waste Not is a great value engine. Syphon Mind is both a mass-discard spell and a mass-draw spell.

In your land-package, I think you should cut Leechridden Swamp . A majority of the time, losing one life isn't going to be significant; furthermore, entering tapped is a severe drawback. Running a normal or snow-covered Swamp is better.

A few of your creature inclusions are questionable. Gifted Aetherborn , Pawn of Ulamog and Basilica Screecher are not likely to have much of an effect on the board, and Brain Maggot or Kitesail Freebooter likely should be replaced with more global and/or recurring discard effects.

Night's Whisper is, most of the time, better than Sign in Blood as it is easier to cast and cannot be Redirect ed.

I feel that a lot of your spot removal consists of one-for-ones. Consume Spirit and Corrupt are good when there is only a single threat on the board, but are simply not good enough if two or more opponents are applying pressure at a given moment. Damnation and Toxic Deluge are the best black board-wipes, though they can be very expensive; I advise Nevinyrral's Disk or Perilous Vault as budget considerations. The life-gain effects of Consume Spirit and the like are probably not necessary when you're running Whip of Erebos and Pontiff of Blight .

Tutors are amazing in EDH. Demonic Tutor is the gold-standard, though it is expensive. Diabolic Tutor , which you run, is functionally identical to Mastermind's Acquisition in EDH -- you may want to consider running the latter for redundancy.

Cutting a Swamp for Reliquary Tower should be considered. This would let you drop Spellbook and free up a slot.

Because of the draw-power stapled on Erebos, you may want to consider running cards like Mindslicer . You'll recover much faster than your opponents, and with things like Waste Not or Geth's Grimoire on the field its a real powerhouse. This would require a sac-outlet; Phyrexian Tower is a good option here.

Good luck.

match_lighter on Hasta La Prismatic Vista

2 weeks ago

I too have found the problem of not having a board wipe for creature decks, and though it is four mana and not a guaranteed board wipe Languish has worked well for me, it also solves the problem of protection and indestructibility, all in one card! Languish may not be the best against big mana decks, but you could always try to go under them. Developing a sideboard that can switch Courser of Kruphix for a more aggressive creature is the way I would go. Another way to beat big mana decks would be to use a few Go for the Throat s and Maelstrom Pulse as it is currently on the cheap. The last way I can recommend is to maybe run one Ghost Quarter against Tron. Hope this helped, and good luck on budget Rock.

Senomar on Bolas Wills It

2 weeks ago

Hello my friend ! Really nice deck ! The only suggestion I would make is cutting Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker . The CCM is way to high and this card is 99% a dead card in hand in the format. Furthermore you already have quiet some kills in your deck (especially your commander).

You can cut it for Force of Will , Force of Negation , Negate or even the Snapcaster Mage you're talking about in the description :)

I'm not that sure about Languish too since it kills all the creatures you have in the deck and your commander. Fiery Confluence or Radiant Flames seems much appropriated if you want to keep the same amount of wrath.

Ral, Izzet Viceroy seems a bit slow for the format too, you named it, Liliana, the Last Hope would be better

Considering your game plan running 42 lands with Maze of Ith + Wasteland (2 stapples for control decks) could be great. It's a matter of taste :)

Counterspell in 3 colors is strong but not that good. Go for the Throat or Tainted Pact could be better. Once again it's a matter of taste !

I'm far from beeing a pro player so these are more an opinions rather than advices ! Have a nice day !

mortalrage on Child of Alara - Go Boom

4 weeks ago

If the strategy is to board-wipe repeatedly, I would have expected more board-wipes? I suppose I can see how bringing Child back from the graveyard repeatedly works, but I would think it would still be worth a couple more things like Nevinyrral's Disk or any of the white wipes. In case an opponent has indestructible things as well, maybe one or two exiling effects like Merciless Eviction or Urza's Ruinous Blast could be decent inclusions too? (I do see that Languish could already do some work in this category at least) Just my thoughts, I'm not too familiar with how this deck would play irl!

Ryanh12 on Mina and Denn's Landing Lands

1 month ago

McToters Plus, if they're cretures until my next turn, some dickbag can play a Massacre Wurm or Languish -type card and kill all of my lands. Not what I want to happen in a ramp deck! ;)

wallisface on Mill - Go for the lands

1 month ago

My own mill deck is currently running Echoing Truth and Damnation ... however Truth is quite situational and Damnation has gone insane in price (so unless you have some already..)

Good cheap killspells I can recommend would be Tyrant's Scorn , Victim of Night , and Languish . Languish is just a poor-mans Damnation, but i find some kind if board wipe pretty useful, and most of the time this should buy you and extra 2-3 turns. Victim of Night is strong, but the double-black can be pretty restricting, so Tyrant's Scorn might be a better option (or a mix of them both).

wallisface on Who wants do be a MILLionaire? (U/B Mill)

1 month ago

machamilton looking good dude! This should defo be able to win games.

I’d be tempted to put 2 Crypt Incursion mainboard (perhaps instead of opt)- being able to cast one late game when things are iffy pretty much always secures an instant win. There’s been too many times when i’ve gained 40+ life from this one card, buying at least 5 extra turns to ruin lives (aka instant game win). It’s also just nice to have a mainboard answer to someone fielding a creature that shuffles itself back into the deck (thus preventing a mill win).

When you get round to getting those extra Glimpses and Breakings, drop the Tome Scour from the deck entirely - 5 cards is too few a number to mill.

All that really needs work is the sideboard. Ditch the Mana Leak and Annul, because you have Dispel and this should be enough to get the job done. Ditch Night of Souls' Betrayal also because it’s not useful enough. Get some Languish in there for the creature matchups, and if you can some Extirpate to ruin combo and graveyard nonsense. But have a feel for what your local meta is and get the right hate pieces in accordingly

lagotripha on Advertise your MODERN deck!

1 month ago

KaiyanK Hi, I've played mono-black a whole bunch. Zombies is an interesting tribe with some cool options.

Right now you are setup as a slow aggro deck- the traditional fix to that is to become a fast aggro deck. You can pack a decent disruption package and zombie making enchantments to become more midrange so long as you pack card advantage tools. The important part is looking over your options and picking cards that work well together. I have a big list of mono black stuff I've made work in modern. Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox

Key options are;

Stitcher's Supplier +Graveyard shenanigans ( Haunted Dead etc)

Zombie Infestation +discard/graveyard shenanigans

Geralf's Messenger / Gray Merchant of Asphodel

Gurmag Angler best zombie in the format

Korlash, Heir to Blackblade powerful ramp w/ Lashwrithe

Mikaeus, the Unhallowed easy combo fuel, if you can reach six mana

Haakon, Stromgald Scourge & Bridge from Below powerful shenanigans.

Languish Budget damnation dodged by big creatures.

I'm testing a combo list Familiar Ground at the moment- its a hybrid umbral mantle izzet guildmage combo deck making use of Biomancer's Familiar as extra Training Grounds .

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Languish occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.02%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%