Shrieking Affliction


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander 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

hwagner on Look Ma, No Hands!!!

9 hours ago

You're on the right track! There is actually a tier 3 competitive archetype in modern called "8 Rack". You use discard spells combined with The Rack and Shrieking Affliction to kill your opponents.

Here is a full non-budget decklist.

Here is a budgeted version, but still very powerful and fun! Budget decklist.

Hope this helps!

Enganeer on Unity

5 days ago

If you have space for Ray of Revelation in your side, then you should run Back to Nature, no question. 3 mana screw your opponent hard vs 2 mana utter blowout. Unless you need to be able to cast it if forced to discard (I suppose if 8-rack's Shrieking Affliction really scares you).

Bezter on Combo? Where We're Going, We Don't Need Combo

1 week ago

Liliana's Caress could be good, get the most value from the discards. Shrieking Affliction is a bit hard to get off but possibly worth it.

Strionic Resonator would definitely be worth it. Copy the discard trigger from Nath, make someone discard two cards or have two people discard a card. You get 2 Elf tokens either way!

dvdn1997 on Where'd Your Hand Go?

1 month ago

It would make your wincondition alot more consistent for sure, because relying on creature to deal lethal damage is hard to maintain while clearing their hand. This way you can just smash down a The Rack or Shrieking Affliction and you just have to worry about their hand size. Now you can go either creatureless or keep Pack Rat and Nyxathid because both are pretty solid option to help speed the clock that The Rack puts on them. You might also want to consider cutting Surgical Extraction for something that discard a little more reliable like Wrench Mind

thomas2377 on Where'd Your Hand Go?

1 month ago

So then pull the Augur of Skulls, reduce the Ravenous Rats to 2, increase Dismember to 4, remove Disfigure completely while upping Shrieking Affliction to 4 and adding in 4 of The Rack? Hmmm....I like that a lot actually. Thanks!

AwesomeDoofus on Delusional Agony

1 month ago

Far out Mandalorian! Thank you so much! This is a huge help, I was struggling but with this i should be able to get this deck flowing magnificently. I was kind of just expecting a sentence or two of advice and a few card recommendations but you really put in to help me get this deck running. Cheers!

Some of the cards you mentioned I already have (such as Mutilate, Grey Merchant of Asphodel, Duress, and Nightmares pouring out of my ears) but I dis-included them here just because I was using this list to decide what cards to buy.

Some others like Liliana's Caress, Hymn to Tourach, and Shrieking Affliction (I do have one of these but wanted more), I kept out either because the seller didn't have them or I left out to cut costs a bit. (Liliana's Caress is $8 ea! Why I went for Raiders' Wake instead, though it's CMC is higher)

And then there's those cards like Zombie Infestation, The Rack, Waste Not (far out that card is good) and Faith of the Devoted that I somehow never found when researching discard cards and now I feel I must hunt down these cards right away.

I also now totally see what you mean with Brain in a Jar, Tempt with Immortality, and Blood Tribute. Especially Tempt with Immortality I never even realised I was giving their discards back facepalm. Though I've already ordered those cards they'll fit fine in other decks I own so no issue being rid of them.

I was also wondering what's your opinion on adding some cards I already own such as Consume the Meek, Pestilence Demon (Mono-black can work wonders with him, tho it can also obviously be a detriment), Liliana's Reaver, Jar of Eyeballs, Wight of Precinct Six, and Crypt Incursion. Although Crypt Incursion could result in lofty amount of life, it also kind of ruins the synergy of cards like Guiltfeeder but in the other hand denies possibilities of opponent's getting their cards back and could even make Tempt with Immortality more viable.

Another thing I was worried about was that besides Creeping Dread I don't have much consistent opponent discard sources. I did originally consider Cao Cao, Lord of Wei but my seller didn't have it and I do prefer to avoid spending $5 on one card (there are exceptions of course). Other than that I just thought of adding more discard spells like more Mind Shatters, and now, adding a few Unnerves. I do own heaps of Mind Rots but they down seem very CMC efficient. Also adding some of these cards (which I plan to do) will return my issue of deck size. What do you think I could replace? What's worth keeping? What doesn't contribute enough to warrant keeping?

Sorry I feel like I almost just wrote an essay question for you to answer, but I feel as though you probably enjoy this stuff ;P

Again, thanks soo much for your assistance, this is the first deck I've made that I'm trying to make perfect so I really appreciate the help in getting it there. Cheers!!

Mandalorian on Delusional Agony

1 month ago

No worries AwesomeDoofus!

Usually when I see decks that are struggling to get their decks down to 60 cards I always look to the top of the curve. You have three 7CMC spells and two 8CMC spells. While these spells tend to be very powerful in most cases, they are also very difficult to cast outside of have Magus of the Coffers or Crypt Ghast out (which is slim since they are only 2 cards out of a whole deck). If you trim the fat off the top end of the deck you can then reliably go down some number of lands as well. Since you still have numerous five and six drops I would probably stick around 25 lands. -5 lands and -5 spells at the top of the curve means you only have to cut 3 more cards to get to 60! If I simply had to choose the 3 cards to come out I think it would be Tempt with Immortality to keep your opponents off the big creatures you made them discard, Blood Tribute because its a bit expensive for the effect, and Brain in a Jar because I'm not sure you have enough instants/sorceries for it to be efficient. I think you will find that after cutting some top end stuff and lowing the land count, your deck will feel a lot more smooth, less clunky, and efficient.

It looks like not only are you interested in making your opponent discard cards, but you have some synergies here for self discard. These cards also synergize well with that-

Faith of the Devoted

Horror of the Broken Lands

Zombie Infestation

Urborg Syphon-Mage

Asylum Visitor

Call the Bloodline

Pack Rat

Now inevitably your opponents will be very low on cards. To get more reward for them discarding and to punish them for having few cards in hand you can play these-

Waste Not

The Rack ex. opponent has 2 cards in hand, 3-2= take 1 damage. No card in hand, 3-0= take 3 damage

Black Vise

Shrieking Affliction

Liliana's Caress



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