Polluted Delta

Polluted Delta


: Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Polluted Delta: Search your library for an Island or Swamp card and put it onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library.

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Set Rarity
Zendikar Expeditions (EXP) Mythic Rare
Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Rare
Onslaught (ONS) Rare
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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Polluted Delta occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.7%

UB (Dimir): 48.17%


All decks: 2.37%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.21%

Blue: 0.28%

UB (Dimir): 1.64%

Golgari: 0.3%

Rakdos: 0.17%

GU (Simic): 0.66%

WUB (Esper): 1.28%

UBR (Grixis): 1.28%

BUG (Sultai): 1.54%

Polluted Delta Discussion

gato91 on Dimir Mill

1 day ago

Maybe you can try Polluted Delta over Fabled Passage.

Also you can consider using Field of Ruin because it’s useful against troublesome lands (including Tron) and have synergy with Archive Trap.

SideBae on That's a big nope

3 days ago

One card that I always thought was pretty good with Aminatou, the Fateshifter is Counterbalance. Since you can shift the top card of your deck without revealing it, you can stack a 1 or 2 on top and nail an opponent for no cards. It also makes Sensei's Divining Top really good.

Gilded Drake is absurd with your general. Because of her wording, you can flicker permanents you own even if you don't control them -- so the minus becomes "steal target creature." It is $170. So either be rich or play with proxies... I love proxies, and I think they're unduly rejected in EDH.

Preordain is good in addition to your Ponder and Brainstorm. Brainstorm is best with more free shuffle effects than you currently have... They usually come from fetches like Polluted Delta, but those lands can be expensive. Slow fetches like Bad River also work, and things like Evolving Wilds and Terramorphic Expanse are also good.

You have two Arcane Signets. Unless the rules have changed, that's not allowed...

Control decks -- which I think this is -- tend to like wipes. I think Toxic Deluge is really good, since it gets around cards like Gaddock Teeg. Damnation and/or Wrath of God are also good.

You could also do with more two-mana mana-rocks; three-mana rocks, like Commander's Sphere, are significantly slower and come down turn three, competing with your commander. I suggest cards like Talisman of Dominance, Talisman of Hierarchy, Talisman of Progress, Fellwar Stone, Mind Stone, Everflowing Chalice, Azorius Signet, Dimir Signet, Orzhov Signet, Thought Vessel...

I also think you have better options than Defense Grid, since Defense Grid is symmetric and hoses your counters, too. Teferi, Time Raveler comes to mind.

Narset, Parter of Veils is also really good, especially if you can pair her with something like Windfall.

Finally, Omen of the Sea seems like it could be good to flicker, though playtesting would be needed.

Right. I hope this helps!

dingusdingo on Lands choice

4 days ago

Check out https://mtg.gamepedia.com/Nonbasic_land as it lists all the non-basic lands for each color specifically. Some analysis of my own though:

Fetch lands

Polluted Delta and friends. Extremely useful for guaranteeing color access. The shuffle effect can generate extra value when you know what the top card is (especially Sensei's Divining Top and Brainstorm, but really any scry/reveal effect) by shuffling away cards you don't want. Generates huge color access when paired with Shocklands. The "pay 1 life" clause does add up, especially against decks like burn. Reusable from plenty of cards, and it also slightly thins the deck. Hosed by a few random effects like Aven Mindcensor or Leonin Arbiter that stop searches. Also hosed by Thalia, Heretic Cathar (and Root Maze if legacy/vintage) due to having two lands enter tapped instead of just one. A staple of any 2+ color deck, the positives far outweigh any negatives.

Shock lands

Overgrown Tomb and friends. Used in conjunction with fetchlands to guarantee color access. The 2 life to shock hurts, especially when fetched to make it 3. You can always crack fetches to grab shocks at the end of turn before yours, to have the shock enter tapped to save the 2 life. This allows you to keep mana open for instant speed response if you need it, while getting the reduced enter tapped cost if you don't need to respond to something. You generally want 1x of each shock for color access, and I personally think a 2:1 ratio is good for fetches:shocks. I will often start with 8:4 fetches:shocks for 2 or 3 color decks, and adjust as necessary from there.

Fast lands

Spirebluff Canal and friends. A nice dual land without land types that can guarantee color access fast and early. You generally should run 2-3 of these in a deck. Take note that you can play them untapped as the first, second, or third land. You like to see 1 or maybe 2 of these in a game, but don't like to draw them later. If drawn later in the game, entering tapped usually isn't nearly as big of a deal if the land entered tapped on turn 1/2/3. Extremely useful against decks like Burn or most aggro decks that seek to pressure your life total fast and early.

Check lands

Dragonskull Summit My favorite lands to use in conjunction with a fetch/shock package. They work extremely well with fetches and shocks, but do note that they will always enter tapped if it is your first land. A nice card to run, relatively efficient $$$-wise, but it doesn't play well with other non-basics such as the fastlands. These lands will also raise the percent of hands you need to mulligan with, as some otherwise playable 2 land hands will always make the checkland enter tapped (like if the other land is a fastland or other land without a basic type). Very efficient in 2 color decks, extremely efficient in 1 color dominant decks with a splash of another color for one card or sideboard reasons.

Filter lands

Cascade Bluffs and friends. Useful when you have extremely color heavy cards such as Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker or other 3+ colored mana requirements. Hosed out by Damping Sphere. Worth noting that this will never make colored mana on turn 1, which slightly raises the amount of hands you will have to mulligan. A fine option for most decks, especially if you pulled one from a pack and have it available. You will see the most benefit from these in 3+ color decks.

Reveal lands

Port Town and friends. Similar to check lands, but they perform slightly differently. They can enter untapped on turn 1, which is a massive gain, but enter tapped if drawn later on after you've played your lands out from your hand. Doesn't work well with other non-basic lands outside of fetch/shocks. I personally skip these in favor of check lands, but if you notice too many turn 1 plays being broken by check lands, this may be the solution.

Battle lands

Prairie Stream and friends. Also known as tango lands. Useful in 2 color decks where you will see more basics. Can't recommend them too highly there either, but that is where can possibly see play. These have basic land types, so they can be grabbed with fetchlands, useful as an EOT play so you can untap with them normally. Really not very useful, hard to have them enter untapped. Still significantly better than almost every land that 100% enters tapped though, as it sometimes enters untapped and is fetchable.

Pain Lands

Always enters untapped, always guarantees color access. You can navigate around the 1 life on later turns by using it for instead of a color. Useful in decks that must have color access. A good budget replacement if you can't afford a fetch/shock mana base. This land will suffer against burn.

Horizon Lands

There are only 6 of these, all enemy colored except for Horizon Canopy, but spicy tech for sure. Useful in a deck like Burn that depletes its hand, or decks that use Life from the Loam to get repeat draws from the horizon lands.

Balaam__ on Dimir Mill

1 week ago

Nice build, looks pretty effective. I’d definitely swap out Choked Estuary for Watery Grave or Polluted Delta, or ideally Underground Sea (although that’s prohibitively expensive).

Balaam__ on blue black zombie token

1 week ago

Nice build. Mana base could be immediately and dramatically improved, but at a relatively high cost. Add Watery Gravex4 and Polluted Deltax4, removing 8 basic lands. Now you’re far more likely to hit the exact land drop you need on the turn you need it, all while thinning your deck in the process for more productive subsequent draws.

Anointed Procession is epic in token decks, but would require splashing white and some mana adjustments. Endless Ranks of the Dead fits the theme and is black, but not sure how it would fit in with your mana curve.

TypicalTimmy on What cards deserve to be ...

1 week ago

I firmly believe that there are cards that absolutely should be banned, if they directly cause a player to be unable to play by virtue of it alone. For example, Iona, Shield of Emeria is justly and rightfully banned as, if you sit down at a table with a mono-green player and you choose green, you've now told that player to go eat a big salty bag of poo. Nobody wants to eat salty poo. Get out of here with that nonsense.

Other cards, such as Griselbrand, I think should be unbanned. Look, you have 40 life. If you want to spend 7 of it on card advantage... hey by all means go right ahead. I can spend 7 life on Necropotence and get just as many. Grissly is easier to remove. Yes, sure I know he has lifelink... but also consider that if you are cocky enough to run him as your Commander, you're looking at 8 mana to bring out, and 10 once he is killed. That is some serious raw dedication and, again, the ire of the table will course-correct for this. Again, I can spend all of my life on Vilis, Broker of Blood for card advantage. Hell, I personally think Vilis is even WORSE. Lands such as Prismatic Vista and Verdant Catacombs now do the following:

  • You played a land for the turn, keeping you on curve
  • You tutored a card from your library, shifting the odds and percentages in your favor as you now have fewer "duds" to draw into
  • You just drew a card... for sac'ing a land to tutor the Swamp

Okay sure, 1 card is whatever. Until you build a deck that runs...

There is also Westvale Abbey  Flip but this doesn't produce mana or tutor lands, however it does put bodies on the field.

Not to mention 3x cards just because you lost a flip to Mana Crypt.

In my opinion, Vilis, Broker of Blood is far more broken than Griselbrand. However, neither of these are oppressive.

Iona, Shield of Emeria unquestionably is, because you're not going to look around the table and go "Hmm... nobody is playing red... I guess I'll pick that color.", no you will look around the table and go "Well, two opponents are using blue... BLUE!"

BMHKain on Help Needed for Pramikon, Sky ...

2 weeks ago


Oh, hello! Sorry I didn't comment earlier. Well, thanks. I suppose the Defender Tribe idea was the better one all this time? I was looking for some more diversity on the effects, but maybe I was wrong after this. Appreciate the advice though! Oddly, I'm not restricted to "Off-Color" stuff also; but a WIP Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge deck of mine doesn't focus of cheap to cast Instants or Sorceries; just the very best in her colors that although Expensive to Hardcast, really are incredible in this case.

But, yeah. You definitely are onto something, but I'll need to revise some of my Older Stuff for recent memory (Core Set 2021/JUMPSTART) for now.

Oh, & almost forgot about the Budget of mine. Get ready. Even though I do make some exceptions to the rule, Original Dual Lands are usually off the table. Fetchlands like Scalding Tarn Are extremely price hungry, but Khans of Tarkir Fetchland Reprints are just fine. Gaea's Cradle was used several times, but I'm not putting another in a future deck list again. Nearly anything not reprinted from Portal as a Whole, Legends, even Arabian Nights are all out; Why would I fork over $1000+ on anything?

What I'm trying to convey is that the budget isn't exactly upon the deck as a whole, but on the individual cards. Usually ~$100 is the average threshold each. Hope this helps. :)

Oh, & one last thing before I have to put the rails back on topic. Besides Dragon Tribal, Auras, or even Equipment, how would you build a Palladia-Mors, the Ruiner deck? I'll get this back on topic after.

& thanks for the advice, Sultai_Sir! I'll see what I can do about it. :)

haxonek on Brudiclad's Badassery

2 weeks ago

What is the advantage of playing Arid Mesa or Polluted Delta in a deck that's blue/red? All I can imagine it doing is reducing the ratio of land to spells, but even then it's still dealing a damage to you.

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