Smallpox

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker 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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Smallpox

Sorcery

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

Smallpox Discussion

Icbrgr on Regenerate vs. protection vs. ....

1 month ago

Oh Regenerate ... the mechanic that was supposed to be evergreen but created way too much confusion and therefore done away with... its really effective though and typically is repeatable but I think is outclassed by indestructible.

Fog is probably the worst choice because its limited to combat damage and the creature will still die to basically all removal.

Indestructibility makes for a much tougher/creature to be killed/dealt with with essentially only being able to die via being forced to be sacrificed from somthing like Smallpox or exiled from somthing like Path to Exile or wither/-1/-1 effects like Mutilate .

Protection from somthing like Progenitus is incredible for a lot of things especially when it comes to removal/evasion... but if you are looking to attack and the opponent cant block you...it may not be what you want...but after blockers are declared and instant speed protection... eh if you can pull it off go for it.

lagotripha on Mono-Black Devotion

1 month ago

Hi, I've run mono black decks in modern for a long while- there are a few great budget lists out there, but there are a few 'key styles' to be aware of. There are more than a few lists out on the site.

Style 1 - Mono black devotion, the most expensive, competitive version. You use Geralf's Messenger and Phyrexian Obliterator with gary to nuke your opponent. Go look up primers, and see what the recent tournament results are if this appeals.

Style two - Tribal. Cordial Vampire and Indulgent Aristocrat let you run a swarm of low-cost lifelink vampires, giving you great burn and creatures matchups in exchange for weakness to combo/control. A good disruption package will offset most problems. Similarly, there is a value zombies list out there built around Relentless Dead .

Style three 'the rack'. Competitive variants can get expensive, but things like Delirium Skeins are cheap and effective- discard rarely works badly with Shrieking Affliction .

Style four 'value res'. Unearth , whip, draw/discard, cards that make value when they hit the battlefield. Its a little easily disrupted by the current meta, and usually just plays as a budget devotion deck. There are a few janky cards that pretend to be Smallpox and work well in this list.

Past that, there are the hybrid weird stuff decks and offbeat combos Sanguine Bond / Exquisite Blood , Korlash, Heir to Blackblade / Lashwrithe etc. All of them work if you just keep an eye on hand disruption and play to the local meta, but won't hold up in tournament land. If you are looking to spend money, focus on key 1 or 2 mana cards- Collective Brutality , Fatal Push , Thoughtseize , Inquisition of Kozilek etc.

If I can offer advice- if there looks to be a pioneer playerbase shaping up, look to play in that format. It should be cheap as cards rotate out of standard, and is far less likely to mandate insanely expensive cards. In a few weeks the most opressive combos will be banned (and likely things like Thoughtseize and oko). Since the most recently printed creatures are strongest, while mostly older spells are strongest, lean into that with card selection.

match_lighter on 10-Rack

1 month ago

I particularly like Liliana of the Veil in The Rack decks as well as Thoughtseize which is in most cases better than Specter's Shriek . For protection against creature based decks a few Ensnaring Bridge could be used(which have really nice Invention art) as well as a copy of Damnation . Your mana base could also be improved Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth allows for the play of a couple of colorless lands like Mutavault or Dunes of the Dead (which works great with Smallpox ). I hope you will consider these changes which will greatly improve your pile of cards.

felipe3142 on Póques

1 month ago

Hey, Titus7007. Thanks for the suggestion, but I think can't rely on enchantments to beef up my creatures on this deck.

Firstly there are only the two Nether Spirit s, so the chances of me drawing one of them together with an enchantment are too low.

Then there is the high risk of them not sticking around on the board for too long. I often need them to block, and, if not, they end up falling for my own spells anyways ( Innocent Blood / Smallpox ). And that's fine, because they are designed for that. So should be any enchantment I'd (n)ever put on the deck, such as Brilliant Halo , which returns to your hand when the creature dies.

SideBae on A Treasonous, Toxic Temptress Treasures Trinkets!

1 month ago
  1. I agree with the previous comment: Llanowar Elves , Elves of Deep Shadow , Deathrite Shaman , Elvish Mystic , Fyndhorn Elves , Birds of Paradise and Arbor Elf are all good enough to run. I suggest running at least four of them, if not more.

  2. Outside your enchantments, you seem rather light on card-draw. Including the Diabolic Intent from the Maybeboard would begin to solve this problem, as would running other tutors like Demonic Tutor , Diabolic Tutor , Dark Petition , etc. Other ways you can combat this are by running things like Night's Whisper , Sign in Blood and Sylvan Library . Thought that last one is expensive nowadays, you can combo it with Underrealm Lich and get three cards a turn (the replacement effect means you never actually 'draw' a card).

  3. Veil of Summer is an excellent second-order counter to include in a green deck.

  4. You may have luck with Pox / Smallpox killing your opponents' creatures. As far as I can tell, Smallpox is a lot better in that it doesn't decimate you the way Pox does (thus it's easier to build around), but Pox can be funny, too. Innocent Blood is similar.

  5. Nature's Claim is a very efficient piece of spot removal you may want to run in addition to your Krosan Grip .

  6. Depending on whether you want to be a dork (and how blue-heavy your meta is), consider Choke . Carpet of Flowers and Tsunami are similar.

  7. Windgrace's Judgment and Casualties of War are good multi-for-ones.

Good luck!

SideBae on Low att. discard

2 months ago

So two cards I think you should put in right away are Geth's Grimoire and Words of Waste . Paired, they're busted -- but individually they're good, too.

Smallpox and Pox are some pretty brutal spells to resolve. I've always been partial to Smallpox , simply because it's easier to build around, but Pox proper can be pretty good too.

Liliana of the Veil is amazing, though unfortunately she is a lot of money. Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip is a more affordable alternative -- and if you can flip her fast and consistently, she's arguably just as good. Liliana Vess is also good, but I think she's significantly worse than the aforementioned. If you run some Lilies, Liliana's Triumph becomes even more powerful.

Considering how much of your creatures are under three power, you might want to consider Meekstone if your meta is into the whole attacking thing.

Raven's Crime interacts pretty well with Null Profusion .

Night of Souls' Betrayal seems like it'd be super dorky in this deck. Your x/1s (like Dusk Legion Zealot ) would die and come back every turn so long as your general is down, so you'd get their triggers on every end step. This will require a lot of build-around, but keep it in mind because it's kinda super powerful.

Bottomless Pit and Necrogen Mists are good permanent-based sources of discard. Oppression is also pretty dumb.

Icbrgr on Cat Oven **Spicy Eldraine Modern Pox Brew**

2 months ago

Very cool! I dont often see other modern/mono black pox brews.

I honestly like your list but figure that I would share some tools I use in my own non-black pox brew to see what you think.... Gods' Eye, Gate to the Reikai is pretty potent that has amazing synergies with Smallpox / Crucible of Worlds / Bloodghast ... I always love to have the chump blocks anyway.... my other honorable mention is Death's Shadow with any black deck with self mutilation... pretty good to pair him with Profane Command or Night's Whisper / Sign in Blood ... the recursion/evasion is neat with command but the draw 2 sorcery cards just really work well for me with or without Death's Shadow ... neat deck +1

Icbrgr on Turn YOURSELF into a Planeswalker!!

2 months ago

Icbrgr, The Tryhard

Legendary planswalker Icbrgr

+1 each player draws a card then discards a card and loses 1 life.

-2 Target opponent loses 3 life and discards a card.

-5 Target creature gains flying and trample until end of turn and another creature gets -5/-5 and loses all abilities until end of turn.

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I just like grixis colors and concepts but I also enjoy playing with creatures.... Sedraxis Specter and Blightning and Smallpox are where I drew my inspiration.

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Smallpox occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.06%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%