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
Duel Decks: Nissa vs. Ob Nixilis (DDR) Uncommon
Conspiracy (CNS) Uncommon
2012 Core Set (M12) Uncommon
Time Spiral (TSP) Uncommon

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

Smallpox Discussion

Polupus on Thoughts on Smallpox in Modern

2 days ago

I like Smallpox but it works better in decks that don’t win with creatures or have more grave synergy or aren’t trying to cast things with more than 2 colors.

The deck you listed it going in isn’t a particularly good home for it without rethinking the entire deck.

Smallpox is a card that you need to build around since you will run the risk of mana screwing yourself even in monoblack decks and when your primary way to win is creature based you are putting yourself in an awkward spot.

PlatinumOne on Thoughts on Smallpox in Modern

2 days ago

i personally am not a fan of symmetrical effects, but especially not Smallpox . the opponent will just sacrifice their weakest creature, and discard their least useful card.

Icbrgr on Thoughts on Smallpox in Modern

2 days ago

Any thoughts on a 2-2 split of Smallpox & Terminate ?

Icbrgr on Thoughts on Smallpox in Modern

3 days ago

I am running a Grixis Deaths Shadow variant and I am curious to know what people think about running Smallpox in a meta full of Tarmogoyf , Gurmag Angler and Snapcaster Mage .

My deck list has a higher mana count than typical grixis deaths shadow builds as well as benefiting from the self inflicted pain given by smallpox.... however I have concerns that maybe I would be helping a lot of common decks out there rather than hindering as planned.

Should I run something else like Night's Whisper or Terminate ?

Grixis Midrange: Silent Creeper

Modern Icbrgr


saturn999 on Fun: Mono Black Devotion

2 weeks ago

the deck is fine. Smallpox works against devotion strategy so that's a no go with our deck. Fatal Push is good but if price is an issue Victim of Night is great. Cast Down is nice as well. Liliana of the Veil is cool I run her in my deck but she can be meta dependent regardless of what people say. sometimes i'd rather drop a creature or do something else so I side her out. Thoughtseize is nice but Duress is fine and Inquisition of Kozilek is cheap now so you could add those instead. id move 2x Geth's Verdict to the side for emrakul or hexproof creature decks. Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx is ok but sometimes you draw it and it sucks. you're better off running just one. if you're not running x spells or drawing a ton of creature cards that you want to empty from your hand it's pointless to run more than one. I will say a 1x Bojuka Bog can come in clutch especially in the game one against dredge or izzet phoenix. I'm not saying the previous suggestions are bad or wrong, this is just my experience playing with my version of devotion in my meta. also, 1x Ratchet Bomb , 2x Pithing Needle 2x Relic of Progenitus in your side plus 2x Geth's Verdict . maybe 2x Drown in Sorrow 1x Whip of Erebos 2x Damping Sphere then whatever else your meta dictates? Mind you, those are just suggestions. put what you like and have fun! +1

Caaarrlll on WB 8-Rack

2 weeks ago

Chasmolinker Path to Exile doesn't mix well with the resource denial Smallpox strategy. Allowing your opponent to regain the mana you've taken away from them could become more detrimental than intended.

MosaicDryhop The second I find myself with spare money to drop on a set of Leylines or one or two copies of Surgical Extraction I'd love to have them. Nihil Spellbomb is just a budget alternative. I could easily add a third or maybe some number of Extirpate because I can definitely see your point.

Flooremoji I have a love/hate relationship with it. I'll text with it a bit more extensively as a proxy and if I see positive results I'll pick some up.

Thank you all for your input!

xyr0s on B/W Smallpox modern

2 weeks ago

Perhaps there could be space for one or two Hidden Stockpile ? It goes well with a grindy style of play, and it goes really well with Smallpox .

triproberts12 on Mono black Korlash

1 month ago

I would shy away from Smallpox , since it deprives you of a Swamp. I would go for Syphon Mind , instead. I've never been unhappy to draw it.

For the zombie theme, Grave Crawler will also be better for you in this deck than Reassembling Skeleton . You could also include Cover of Darkness and Kindred Dominance . Undead Warchief will help you recast your commander when he is inevitably removed, and powers up your deck, to boot.

As for other removal, Something like Festergloom is going to be low-impact, so you'd be better off running Decree of Pain . Hero's Downfall is an easy upgrade to Murder , and Bojuka Bog and Nihil Spellbomb are easily better than Tormod's Crypt and Vile Rebirth . Gate to Phyrexia is a good card to include in mono-black, especially with the ability to churn out 2/2 zombies.

As for lands, I'm sure you've already considered it, but you've still got room in the budget for Cabal Coffers . It's never going to be a bad investment with the growing popularity of Commander. I would also go for Shizo, Death's Storehouse . It will be better than Rogue's Passage . You should seriously consider how many non-swamps you want, too, with your commander. What do you have that is going to draw you over seven cards to make use of Reliquary Tower ? Temple of the False God is awful. If you have an opening hand of two swamps and Temple, what do you do if you don't draw a third land? Also, if you're running tutors for your Cabal Stronghold , as often as not, you're going to lose that extra mana by having one less swamp out, anyway. Evolving Wilds and Terramorphic Expanse aren't doing you any favors. The deck thinning is negligible in a 99-card deck, and your commander has built-in flood protection.

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Smallpox occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Black: 0.07%

Golgari: 0.07%


All decks: 0.07%

Black: 1.19%


All decks: 0.12%

Black: 2.13%