Smallpox

Legality

Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Modern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Nissa vs. Ob Nixilis Uncommon
Conspiracy Uncommon
2012 Core Set Uncommon
Time Spiral Uncommon

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Smallpox

Sorcery

Each player loses 1 life, discards a card, sacrifices a creature, then sacrifices a land.

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Smallpox Discussion

Duchys on Budget Mono-black control

4 days ago

Thanks for help Sargeras,

  1. Smallpox feels good so I'll add like 2x copies in the deck.

  2. Tombstalker I don't feel like my graveyard is going to be full enough to support 2x Murderous Cut and Tombstalker but I'll keep him in mind if I find myself with a full graveyard after I buy the parts for the deck.

  3. I'm definitely adding Gifted Aetherborn.

  4. I will go for one of Abyssal Persecutor instead of Dismember since i wanna stay in the budget and the removal I currently have is probably too much.

  5. Lashwrithe is definitely going to be in the deck, maybe cutting Murder

Thanks again for your help.

Polupus on Weenie_Roaster9000

4 days ago

thank you for the Waste Not suggestion!

I finally tried it out in my pox deck and it changes everything! The trigger happens after Smallpox resolves, so it totally changes the math, going from a 3 for 2/3 exchange into 3 for 1/2. So good! I want to run multiples!

Sargeras on Budget Mono-black control

4 days ago

Gotta support fellow black players, so +1. Here are my suggestions.

  1. Since your playgroup is mostly casual players, I'm guessing most of the decks are likely creature based ones, which makes cards like Smallpox very effective and dealing with any early game creatures your opponents might have. If you do go the pox route, Tombstalker could be in your future.

  2. If you want some good creatures, Gifted Aetherborn is definitely good as more nighthawks are always great. Abyssal Persecutor would be perfect for this deck since you run so much removal. Also, Lashwrithe on cards like Vampire Nighthawk can end games very quickly.

  3. I'd cut some of the expensive kill spells and up the land count, as cards like Doom Blade, Go for the Throat, Vendetta, all work very well.

  4. Honestly, especially in casual metas, decks like this are often very destructive, cutting expensive kill spells for cheaper cmc ones will likely be enough for you to stop what your opponent is doing and kill them.

Polupus on Liliana's Torture Dungeon

1 week ago

Nice description! +1

My only criticism is you might need more creature removal, but I don't know. I haven't tried Waste Not. Does it give you enough zombies to protect yourself? My experience with this kind of deck is that without Ensnaring Bridge in the main, we need a hefty amount of ways to deal with creatures.There is some anti synergy between Waste Not and Ensnaring Bridge since the opponent can just discard noncreature spells to force you to draw and then get in while defenses are down. I can see infect taking advantage of this strategy since they just need to get 1 card in your hand, attack, then pump them up.

The sanitarium is a nice touch with Waste Not as is Dark Deal, but I think Dark Deal would quickly turn into a dead card against decks that dump their hand in the first 2 turns like burn and affinity. But those decks are also helping out your racks, so I guess you'd have flexibility for sideboarding them out in those matchups.

Lantern of Insight might help you out when the opponent is empty handed and you are looking for the most opportune time to activate the sanitarium, but it seems kind of gimmicky and better suited to some kind of discard heavy lantern control deck.

How is 21 lands working for you with Smallpox? I run 24 and I still sometimes feel like going to 25.

I was thinking that if I was going to run Waste Not I would pair it with more land destruction to stuff up their hands when they can't play what they need to, giving the enchantment more value, but that would make your main wincons less effective and shift the deck to a more resource denial build.

Weenie_Roaster9000 on Faux Pox

1 week ago

first off, awesome deck. Painful Quandary looks high for running multiple Smallpox, but I agree, it is very fun. Waste Not is awesome for discard decks in my opinion, it's like gambling. check out my pox deck, I'd love your input. Liliana's Torture Dungeon. I like the use of Syphon Life, maybe I'll throw it in. Good work +1

DolanDark on Sticks n' Stones - Modern

1 week ago

solarPULSAR I considered that, but that would make me commit to a full Blood Artist + Zulaport Cutthroat deck, and that isn't my goal. I have Smallpox in there for creature removal, since i don't mind losing a creature. If i did want to take that route though the deck would be completely different with inclusions of Mortician Beetle and possibly Quest for the Gravelord in there.

APPLE01DOJ on How The Devil Plays MTG: The Mono-Black Primer

2 weeks ago

I've been playing mono black and g/b in modern for about 4 years. Despite anything you say or possible could fact is mono black Control, Midrange, Aggro, Devotion is not a competitive deck in modern. There is only 2 viable black decks in the format, Eldrazitron and 8Rack everything else is casual. So you need not bring that nonsense of casual or competitive into discussion.

Now I sympathize with you, when I started playing I said I want to be that person who makes mono black competitive. I've built about every mono black deck there is, from Aether Vialing Death's Shadow, to Rite of Consumptioning, Abyssal Persecutor, from Deathrite Shaman 8Rack to Tasigur, the Golden Fang, Painful Truths Smallpox and even Obliterator Devotion. My first deck was ramping Crypt Ghast into Sheoldred, Whispering One and honestly that deck has a better track record then most of the stuff listed above. The fact of the matter is that without access to artifact and enchantment mono black no matter how it's built will not be competitive.

Now you say Phyrexian Arena is what enables mono black to grind out games, no it's not. Dark Confidant is the card that does.

You say Fatal Push struggles against decks with three drops. No it doesn't. You just need to build your deck with more fetches. And before you argue about cost or anything like that, we're talking "competitive" remember? Basically the only thing that Fatal Push struggles against is Gurmag Angler and Primeval Titan. Victim of Night can't hit Gurmag Angler either for that matter.

Now I'm not saying Phyrexian Arena or Victim of Night are bad cards, they're both great. I'm saying Phyrexian Arena shouldn't be a 3 of in any "competitive" build. You're not going to cast it over Liliana of the Veil turn 3 and multiple copies will clog your hand while you find an opportunity to cast it. I'm not saying Victim of Night isn't worth running. I'm saying Fatal Push is the best removal mono black has. It's easy to trigger without a significant drawback with the same cost and more reach than Lightning Bolt.

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