Polluted Bonds

Legality

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

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Set Rarity
Shadowmoor (SHM) Rare

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Polluted Bonds

Enchantment

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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Polluted Bonds Discussion

MichaelAYoung91 on Lifegain in Tasigur Control

1 week ago

My favorites are Lifegift and Druidic Satchel . Looking at your deck I'm unsure what would be the best option but the odds are in your favor to ramp or gain life with Druidic Satchel

mmcgonig on Mogis Group Fun

2 weeks ago

Xantcha, Sleeper Agent fits so well into this theme, and has a lower CMC than a lot of the cards on this list, plus looks really fun to have go around the table. I hear she also makes a surprisingly good commander. I like her over the more expensive Crimson Honor Guard too. Furnace of Rath is functionally similar to Wound Reflection and cheaper to cast, just a thought.

Ankh of Mishra is incredibly punishing as well, I saw you have Polluted Bonds on the maybe list. Ankh is a lot less CMC and functionally does the same thing.

This deck seems rather cruel to your opponents but I guess that's the point of Rakdos ;) good luck!

Guffawkle on Big chair boi & his chair

1 month ago

Isochron Scepter seems out of place because you only have seven cards it works with. I think Worn Powerstone is too slow, instead I would run some talismans (Talisman of Progress). I would only keep Torpor Orb if you decide to make this deck more control heavy. An Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre to stop mill seems good in place of Commit. I would try to get nonbasic lands so you don't end up mana screwed. Shocks and fetches are ideal but if you don't want to spend that much, life-gain taplands and others should suffice.

Cards I like for this deck:

Austere Command, Vindicate, Killing Wave, Toxic Deluge, Karlov of the Ghost Council, Vona, Butcher of Magan, Kambal, Consul of Allocation, Souls of the Faultless, Drogskol Reaver, Tainted Sigil, Well of Lost Dreams, Venser's Journal, Polluted Bonds, Moat, Sphere of Safety, Bojuka Bog, Glacial Chasm

The deck looks good though, hope it really polishes up!

Steeb on Black/White

2 months ago

Yo breh, I looked through what you have and here are some suggestions

Cards to switch out

Leyline of Sanctity for Polluted Bonds

It's pretty rare that you'll be hit with a target player effect at our table, so this won't see much use. Good for a sideboard though in case you're up against a burn or mill deck.

Riot Control for Epicure of Blood

Dawn Charm is enough for a deck with as much protection from attacking as this deck, so you can drop Riot Control. Epicure of Blood is the second half of your instantly kill everyone in the game combo.

Cry of Contrition for Karlov of the Ghost Council

Cry of Contrition doesn't do much since it doesn't target a specific card. Karlov is just one mana cheaper, and with as much life gain as you will be getting, it's basically an endless source of exile effects and can double as a super strong attacker or blocker because it'll be gaining 6+ counters per round at a 3 person table.

Mindcrank for Orzhov Signet or Orzhov Cluestone or Thought Vessel

Mill won't be a win condition for this deck, and by the time you deal enough damage to effectively mill someone, you probably will have already killed them. Also you could use some more mana rocks in this deck in general.

Gerrard's Verdict for Karmic Justice

Angelic Accord for Luminarch Ascension

More reliable than Angelic Accord and can generate as many angels as you can pay for.

Obzedat, Ghost Council for Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts

Obzedat does what 90% of your deck does, only he comes with the drawback of not being able to block if you actually use his ability. Teysa shuts down creature swamp completely and gives you tokens to block with.

Land of your choice for Reliquary Tower

Lands of your choice for Terramorphic Expanse, Evolving Wilds, and Myriad Landscape

These don't seem great at first but it lets you get the lands that you want, while simultaneously reducing your land base and deck size after playing them which raises the probability of drawing the cards you want.

Suggestions

Grey Merchant of Asphodel

Rhox Faithmender

Soul's Attendant

Phyrexian Reclamation

Approach of the Second Sun (because it's an aesthetic win con)

Overwhelming Splendor if you want to be a real cunt

Crypt Ghast

The reason this isn't listed as a necessity is because I'm pretty sure you already are adding it. Seriously tho add it

Crypt Incursion

Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite

This straight up just prevents people from playing anything with toughness 2 or less and puts a gap of 4 between the power/toughness of your creatures and theirs, making all of your creatures viable attackers and blockers. Seriously this wins games

Boon Reflection

Sheoldred, the Whispering One

Kaya, Ghost Assassin

Maze of Ith

Older20 on Divine Decree

3 months ago

Haha fair enough. What about Polluted Bonds?

Jagd_Tallgeese on Marchesa's Fortress of Solitude

5 months ago

So....the deck up until now didn't have a way to punish other players for playing lands. However, with the addition of Polluted Bonds to replace Citadel Siege, that will no longer be an issue!

griffin_15 on Nicol Bolas, the Ravager

5 months ago

I would think about running Polluted Bonds. It's a really solid card. Everyone's going to need to play lands, and the two life doesn't seem like that big of a hit, so people are willing to take it. But, in a 4-player game, one round of single land drops will net you 6 life. However, it also works to deter Green Ramp and can become prohibitive as the game progresses longer, which this deck seems to want. It doesn't really fit the discard theme, but it works from more of a controlling aspect, which I feel Grixis is pretty good at. Additionally, while I know he's got a high price, Jace, the Mind Sculptor would be an interesting pair with Nicol Bolas, the Arisen. Both of their Ults basically say, "Target Player loses the Game in a few turns." Plus, he gives great card advantage, particularly with a discard deck.

Bigred9001 on Lord Windgrace

5 months ago

Retreat to Hagra and Retreat to Kazandu were considered but i couldn't find a spot for them. Polluted Bonds is reliant on my opponents so I'm on the fence about it. Collective Voyage only gets basics so not a huge boon for me. My basic count is fairly low because fetches are a huge part of the game plan.

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Polluted Bonds occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Black: 0.04%

Rakdos: 0.2%

W/B (Orzhov): 0.09%