Shrieking Affliction


Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Return to Ravnica (RTR) Uncommon

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Shrieking Affliction


At the beginning of each opponent's upkeep, if that player has one or fewer cards in hand, he or she loses 3 life.

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Shrieking Affliction Discussion

majin_shinsa on 8 rack

1 week ago

Alt win condition:

4x Mutavault

4x Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth (so that you can tap mutavaults and fetches for mana)

Main win condition:

4x The Rack

4x Shrieking Affliction

Getting rid of the afflictions is a terrible idea. You need all 8 rack effects to win the game and Quest for the Nihil Stone is a terrible top deck. If they know you have that, they will not keep anything in hand to let you trigger it. Also, why Liliana Vess over the best version of Liliana? She can discard, kill things and her ultimate is a game swinger so you should run 4x if possible. I agree with Fatal Push and removing the -x/-x spells. Bontu's Last Reckoning is a great sweeper and fits in our curve of under 3. If you want to run smallpox, up the land count to at least 23. Fetches allow you to get revolt when needed but give you the option for the white splash sideboard if you choose to later (its what I run).

Here is my deck that I have been tuning for a few months now and has a 55%(+/-) win rate on MTGO comp leagues and PPTQs: 8Rack If you need anymore help I am glad to give it and we also have a discord dedicated to 8 rack and tuning your individual deck for your meta.

wonderboyrox on 8 rack

1 week ago

Okay, constructive criticism incoming:

After looking through your decklist, you have a pretty solid theme going on here. It's a take on a classic that has been around for a while. Unfortunately, with how low cost your discard spells are, and with no draw power in the deck and very few creatures, you'll be top decking in no time, leaving your end-game to chance.

Obviously your creature base is nearly non-existent. That's not always a bad thing, but in your case I think it is.. for two reasons. One, I don't know about you.. but when running decks like this I prefer to have a backup plan (an alt win con, if you will) for killing my opponent. And two, creatures will protect you from fast decks early game. A deck like this will have nearly no chance to win against Elves, Goblins, or the like.. due to speed and no creatures on the board to protect you.

Here is what I would do:

-4 Duress (The card is too limiting, especially after the first few turns have passed)

+4 Funeral Charm (Giving you access to the only instant speed discard spell in Modern, also, gives you a few other options.)

-2 Drown in Sorrow (Too slow, imo. Also could hurt a couple changes I am suggesting to the deck)

-2 Languish (Similar reasons as listed above)

+4 Fatal Push (Faster, and doesn't hurt your own creature base)

-4 Smallpox (Great card, but hurts you as much as it does your opponent. You don't want to be top decking sooner than you have to be.)

+4 Blackmail (Faster, also gives you potential access to discarding some of their manabase. Alternatively, you could run 4 Distress if you'd rather not give your opponent any control here.)

-4 Buried Ruin (With how much devotion your deck is giving to early game black, you can't afford to chance colorless mana early game. Also, this distracts from your overall goal. If they get rid of one of your The Racks, no sweat, that's what alt win cons are for.

-1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth (No reason to run this and potentially give some advantage to your opponent when you're mono black as it is.)

+3 Swamp (Slightly fixing your mana base)

-3 Ensnaring Bridge (Doesn't flow as well as I'd like.)

+4 Master of the Feast (Gives you access to an alt win con, with built in evasion AND forces your opponent to draw, giving you access to more cards you can force him/her to discard.

-3 Nyxathid (Nice card, but with no evasion, weak to chump blockers)

+4 Hypnotic Specter (Built in evasion, fits the theme better giving you access to discard on a stick. Also gives added bonus of possibly hitting your opponents lands. Alternatively, Guul Draz Specter could fit this slot as well.)

-4 Shrieking Affliction (Good card, but...)

+4 Quest for the Nihil Stone ( slightly better, imo. Alternatively, you could run Liliana's Caress here.)

-1 Liliana of the Veil (Good card, but she hurts your hand, too)

+1 Liliana Vess (Fits your theme, gives you access to yet another win con, doesn't hurt your hand, gives you access to a tutor on a stick, and this would allow you to have both Liliana's on the field simultaneously.)

And of course, lastly.. you could throw in some Polluted Deltas or some Bloodstained Mires in place of some swamps for deck thinning, and would also fit well into having Fatal Push in the deck.

Overall this would give you a lower mana curve, in turn making your deck faster. It would give you access to alternate win conditions that still fit your theme. Would give you access to a few more creatures, giving you more early game protection. Would give you instant-speed discard. And would give you the ability in certain situations to affect your opponents mana base. I know these are a LOT of changes I am suggesting, but, even taking a few of them could help you out a lot.

Let me know what you think and if you end up using any of the suggestions!

gdm1989 on yer a wizard, zombie

1 week ago

ANd I bring more gifts for you to look at I used to run a discard deck back when I was into modern:P The Rack, Shrieking Affliction, Fate Unraveler Insidious Dreams, Archfiend of Ifnir, Magus of the Jar, Nin, the Pain Artist, Blue Sun's Zenith, Geth's Grimoire (If I was into izzet I would run this)

Now this may cost you a pretty penny but The Locust God

goblinguiderevealpls on

2 weeks ago

Bitter Ordeal has insane potential here

Fatal Push is an obvious answer to include to slay creature based combos like elfball or merfolk, Damnation is also good for this, its also arguably the best card in black modern

Hedron Crab mills faster and better than Dakra Mystic and can activate the turn its played and can easily be abused for mill via stuff like Ghost Quarter, Polluted Delta or Evolving Wilds

Leyline of the Void and Crypt Incursion make good sideboard cards in case your milling a dredge deck or another graveyard heavy deck that could take advantage, alternatively theres Relic of Progenitus if you want draw

Liliana's Caress and Shrieking Affliction capitalize on discard, and to truly gimp combo you're going to need some form of countermagic as a lot of modern combos are instant speed, so permission is key if you're running dimir, such as Countersquall, Pact of Negation or Cryptic Command

also, Brainstorm effects help you draw into what you need, and plenty are available and legal, such as Sleight of Hand, Serum Visions and Opt

Polupus on Sealed Fate

3 weeks ago

Hi I'm brewing around Shared Fate as well.

I've been looking at cards like Set Adrift to remove fate after the libraries have been emptied for a mill win, or things like Bribery & Mimeofacture that can't be used against me.

Terminus & Condemn are also good removal options so that your opponent's deck has plenty of creatures left in it to kill them with.

Idyllic Tutor can be used by the opponent to fetch something like Shrieking Affliction or Purphoros, God of the Forge. If you're running black Brainspoil is the better option.

Let me know what you discover! Happy brewing!

solarPULSAR on MB Discard Control

3 weeks ago

Heres a bunch of cards that should help you out - nothing extremely expensive.

Raven's Crime, The Rack, Shrieking Affliction, Stupor, Smallpox, Funeral Charm, Nezumi Shortfang

Snap157 on Rack em up boys!

1 month ago

Hymn to Tourach is better than Mind Rot

Raven's Crime is powerful with Dakmor Salvage

Take out basilica

I would add 2 Hypnotic Specter and take out 2 Abyssal Specter.

Take out 2 Megrim add in 2 Liliana's Caress.

Temple Bell works against you, I would put in The Rack.

Blackmail, Thoughtseize, Duress, and even Despise work well here.

If you have the cash, Liliana of the Veil is played a lot in this kind of deck, but Necrogen Mists also works quite well.

Sangromancer is nice, but lifegain doesn't win games. I would add in Phyrexian Obliterator or Shrieking Affliction. Hope this helps!

tjenks0023 on Rack em up boys!

1 month ago

Thanks for your input N4kk1 The Rack and Shrieking Affliction both look like they will add some more punch. I did find that once my opponent didnt have any cards left they were hard to knock down. Wrench Mind I think will also fit in nicely.

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