Polluted Bonds

Polluted Bonds


Whenever a land enters the battlefield under an opponent's control, that player loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

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Shadowmoor (SHM) Rare

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Format Legality
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Vintage Legal
Limited Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Modern Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Block Constructed Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Legacy Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Highlander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Polluted Bonds Discussion

Bafanuga on Suspended in This Disaster

2 weeks ago

I recently threw a Polluted Bonds in my yarok deck due to the high amount of Mana ramp in the format. You'd be really surprised at how much work it puts in.

Swim_ish on Yarok ETB

1 month ago

If you have Risen Reef, Zendikar's Roil is a must include for a potentially infinite and always hilarious combo! Take out Brainstorm, that card is stupidly overrated unless your deck focuses on topdecking, otherwise it practically does nothing. I'd also recommend throwing in some landfall cards with the amount of ways you have to get lands onto the battlefield. Try out Tatyova, Benthic Druid, Ob Nixilis, the Fallen, Avenger of Zendikar, and Roil Elemental. I'd also recommended taking out Ponder based off the same reasoning of brainstorm, Steel Hellkite because it's usually not going to get through is too slow with much better targeted removal available to you, Briarhorn because I have no idea why it is in your deck, AEtherize because it is too dependent on the situation (go for Cyclonic Rift which just got the reprint), Barrin, Tolarian Archmage because the theme of your deck isn't bouncing and there are better removal spells out there, Gitaxian Probe because it just shouldn't be in this deck, Thought Scour due to the same reasoning of brainstorm and ponder, and Gray Merchant of Asphodel because your devotion to black doesn't seem like it would be that high to me. Here is a list of some better removal spells to consider, keeping the double etb triggers in mind: Ravenous Chupacabra, Reclamation Sage, Beast Within, Assassin's Trophy, Shadowborn Demon, Agent of Treachery

Also, I'd highly recommend more ramp in the form of the talismans/signets just so the deck can run more soothly, especially with your higher mana curve.

Some final considerations: Sire of Stagnation, Polluted Bonds, Archaeomancer

Peoyogon on Edgar Markov drains your life

2 months ago

I really like that you are taking a different direction with Markov than most people! I have a couple cards I thought might be interesting to consider...

For general lifegain goodies, I really like Rhox Faithmender. It breaks away from vampire tribal but it might give your life-matters theme great support!

Here are a handful of syphon effects that you might want to consider as well: Exsanguinate, Subversion, Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose, Polluted Bonds, Kalastria Highborn, Indulging Patrician, Foul-Tongue Shriek, Epicure of Blood, and Cliffhaven Vampire.

Finally, if you want another way to turn all that life into fire-power, Aetherflux Reservoir can be a great way to blowup your opponents' face :)

UniCloyps on Karlov of the Ghost Council

2 months ago

Cool deck, I think as far as spot removal goes your pretty good, plus your commander does a pretty good job at that. I usually run 4 or 5 board wipes, in EDH boards can easily get out of hand that need to be taken care of. I don't usually run too much graveyard hate, however a few cards cant hurt.

Other things. Personally I would run more ramp and draw, In EDH your in for the long run and its important to keep a full hand and have enough mana to play all the cards you want to play. I usually aim for close to ten of each In my decks, however it can vary from deck to deck.

If you want to try any other cards Greed is good, Black Market is fun but doesn't benefit from exiling idk, Sangromancer is nice and can gain you way too much life, Polluted Bonds can gain you some pretty consistent life and shut down land decks pretty hard, Whip of Erebos, Alhammarret's Archive.

Your decks pretty good as it is, don't let all my suggestions tell you otherwise. I hope you have a blast with EDH, it's my favorite format by a long shot, and I hope it becomes yours too :).

DeinoStinkus on Favorite Answers?

2 months ago

Jeez, I think Polluted Bonds is scarier than The Fallen.

Edit: okay, never mind. Decided to check and legit got jump scared. Barely read the text.

spoonieluv1023 on Favorite Answers?

2 months ago

One removal spell I've been adding into my decks more is Winds of Abandon. I know it's sorcery speed, but the versatility at hitting all creatures as well is just gravy. Pray I don't have Polluted Bonds on the battlefield when I do overload it.

lambbikini on Kambal EDH

3 months ago

I've had my own Kambal deck for years and he's a great commander for sitting back. You've definitely done your research for finding cards like Painful Quandary so good job on that front. You're also nowhere near as greedy as I am in terms of how much good removal you're running which is a definite positive

As for a few recommendations:

  • You seem to be fairly creature focused so I would definitely be running Rune-Tail, Kitsune Ascendant / Rune-Tail's Essence That card can be pretty brutal even with minimal creatures
  • Doom Whisperer is a great way to dig into your deck to look for an answer and it generally doesn't hurt too much since you will have built up so much extra life
  • If you want to take advantage of lots of small lifegain triggers I would suggest Alhammarret's Archive and/or Rhox Faithmender
  • Another effect similar to Painful Quandary is Polluted Bonds sometimes it can be a dud draw in the late game but if you're ever against a lands deck or happen to get it early it can be pretty fun

The most recent addition I've made myself is Righteous Aura. It's simple and it's cheap (both to cast and to buy) but I've been really happy with it so far. I'm never sad to see this. Kambal himself shuts down spell decks and you can often stock up on enough life to stop token decks but I've Kambal to be particularly vulnerable to voltron decks. This can completely mitigate that concern

My final suggestion is the only one that I would say you need to do and that is to bring your own life counter for everyone at the table. If you're playing a deck like this often everyone else will start tuning out the little triggers that you have and by keeping track of it yourself you can ensure that you don't miss any. Have fun and enjoy playing with my favourite commander :)

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