Pestilence

Pestilence

Enchantment

At the beginning of the end step, if no creatures are on the battlefield, sacrifice Pestilence.

: Pestilence deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.

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Set Rarity
Mystery Booster: Store Edition (MYSTOR) Common
Mystery Booster: Convention Edition (MYSCON) Common
Battle Royale Box Set (BRB) Uncommon
Classic Sixth Edition (6ED) Uncommon
Urza's Saga (USG) Common
Fifth Edition (5ED) Common
Fourth Edition (4ED) Common
4th Edition Foreign Black Border (4EDFBB) Common
Revised Edition (3ED) Common
Revised Foreign Black Border (3EDFBB) Common
Unlimited Edition (2ED) Common
Collector's Edition (CED) Common
International Collector's Edition (CEI) Common
Limited Edition Beta (LEB) Common
Limited Edition Alpha (LEA) Common

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Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Oldschool 93/94 Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Pestilence occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Rakdos: 0.23%

Pestilence Discussion

Jlai47 on Mono Black Pestilence Rats Pauper

1 day ago

Jlai47:

I built this deck around the power of Crypt Rats and Pestilence. Both are powerful board sweepers and can deal massive amounts of damage to your opponent. In this deck, you should be able to repeatedly use them to control the board and help kill your opponent.

Early in the game, you want to use your removal to control the board and build up your mana. If you need to, you can use Vampiric Link on an opponent's creature early as psuedo-removal since you will gain life for each damage the creature deals. Be careful because due to the wording of this card, if the creature's attack will take your life to zero, you will lose the game before you gain the life back. (When you get a chance to sweep the board with Crypt Rats or Pestilence, you will be able to permanently remove that creature anyway.)

Guardian Idol helps you ramp into your 4 casting cost spells on turn 3 or could let you play a Crypt Rats turn 3 with mana open to activate it for 1. When you play Pestilence with Guardian Idol in play, if your opponent kills the last creature in play to try to trigger the Pestilence end of turn sacrifice, you can use two mana to activate the Guardian Idol so you won't have to sacrifice Pestilence. Tendrils of Corruption and Corrupt can be used to kill creatures, but also will keep your life total healthy.

Pristine Talisman ramps your mana as well as repeatedly gains you life so you can stay ahead of the damage race since both of you will be taking damage from Crypt Rats and Pestilence. The mana from Pristine Talisman and Guardian Idol can help you pay for the colorless mana cost of Pestilence and Crypt Rats so you keep your black mana available for immediate activation. The mana ramp artifacts also help you cast your higher cost spells earlier, Guardian Idol activations, and help pay for the flashback cost of Chainer's Edict.

If have a hand full of spells but you are having trouble finding land early on, another way to build up your mana is to use the Swampcycle ability of Twisted Abomination to search your library for a Witch's Cottage, then use the Witch's Cottage to put Twisted Abomination back on top of your library to do it again next turn. This ensures you will hit your land drops every turn for several turns.

Although I mentioned using Vampiric Link as early removal, the better use of Vampiric Link is on either Twisted Abomination or Crypt Rats. Obviously, a 5/3 regenerator will be able to keep gaining you life even if they chump block. If you put the Vampiric Link on Crypt Rats, the point is not just to gain 1 life if it deals combat damage; if you activate its "X" ability to deal X damage to all creatures and players, you gain life for ALL damage that it dealt, including to itself. This combo can result in quite a lot of lifegain if there are multiple creatures in play! When the Crypt Rats dies, you can re-use it by using Witch's Cottage to put it on top of your library.

Having a Pestilence in play with a Thorn of the Black Rose or Twisted Abomination in play lets you activate the Pestilence for two damage a turn (both on your turn and your opponents turn). This lets you kill all of your opponent's X/2 creatures without losing your Pestilence. However, keep in mind Twisted Abomination can regenerate if you want to activate Pestilence more than two times a turn. If you are ahead in life or have one or more Pristine Talisman in play to keep your life healthy, these combos can end the game quickly.

Enjoy!

fatalzintomyum on Build around cards

2 days ago

Pestilence just happens to be one of m y favorite cards, Boza, so thank you for mentioning it. I must say that mono-white token decks around Raise the Alarm and other similar cards(Charge decks) are always fun.

Boza on Build around cards

2 days ago

Tortured Existence is the ultimate pauper build-around card. You can build any colors of deck around it.

Barring the established decks, there are tons of fun to be had:

Pestilence is very fun to build around.

Briarhorn + Mortician Beetle.

heck, I have even made a deck around Erratic Explosion.

Keep Watch + Rites of Initiation + tokens.

Madness decks with something like Arrogant Wurm.

smackjack on Atraxa "pandemic" themed deck

1 week ago

How does Spirit Link combo with Pestilence?

vasarto77 on Atraxa "pandemic" themed deck

1 week ago

I wanna make a Atraxa deck, but themed on the concept of all the cards "or as many cards as I can" that has the name of the card reference Disease, pandemics, quarantines, Lock downs etc. I think from another post I made before I got the idea to make a deck from this along with some other similar related posts I have a good start, but would also like to ask for suggestions for what might be good for not just this theme, but a good deck in general.

So far I have Atraxa, Praetors' Voice as my commander since I wanted to use both Soul Link and Pestilence as a combo in the deck which is why I changed my mind about doing a Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon deck since Atraxa would open up the white I needed for Spirit link and also gives me access to Green which is commanders second strongest color next to also giving me Blue.

Cards I have in mind so far are Pox Spread the Sickness Quarantine Field Contamination Blightsteel Colossus Blighted Agent as well as all the other best infect creatures out there I can find. Engineered Plague Plague Wind Small Pox as a maybe? Then of course staples like the mana rocks and lands I will need. And of course I am going to do a little proliferating as well.

DemonDragonJ on A covid-19 Secret Lair

1 week ago

I agree with maxon about wanting to have a positive theme for such a product, but I am very surprised that no one has yet mentioned Pestilence or Pestilence Demon.

m_to_the_three on

3 weeks ago

Demonic Hordes , Living Wall , Season of the Witch , and Pestilence are some creepy cards that might help with your deck horror theme

multimedia on Karlov "Aristocrat"

1 month ago

Hey, new Shadowspear is very good with Karlov. Lifelink so he can grow himself and trample to help to break through opponents ground defenses. Shielded by Faith can protect Karlov. Open the Armory is worth adding to tutor for one of these cards.

Sun Droplet is good with Karlov in multiplayer Commander since you can remove a counter from it during each opponents turn and your own. With more opponents more damage can be done to you. Caves of Koilos, Talisman of Hierarchy, Pestilence are cards that do damage to yourself which puts counters on Droplet.

Pestilence can be some major tech with Karlov since you control how much black mana thus damage you do with it. Life gain offsets the damage you do to yourself, it can kill your own creatures/opponents creature for the aristocrat strategy and Karlov can get huge which can keep him alive through the damage as well as keep a creature on the battlefield.

Ranger of Eos has many two creatures to tutor for especially Soul Warden/Soul's Attendant, important cards to have on the battlefield with Karlov. Heliod's Intervention is a powerful instant effect for white in Commander. Well of Lost Dreams repeatable draw when you gain life. Arguel's Blood Fast  Flip is a repeatable way to draw using life. These enchantments are nice have when you're gaining so much life.

Good luck with your deck.

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