Structural Distortion


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Heirloom Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Casual Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Shadows over Innistrad (SOI) Common

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Structural Distortion


Exile target artifact or land. Structural Distortion deals 2 damage to that permanent's controller.

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Structural Distortion Discussion

hookedonkronix on Daretti's Dragons

2 months ago

Hey, thanks for checking out my deck. I had been thinking about including Blood Moon in this list since it relies so much on stalling out my opponents. But I didn't fit it in with the other land removal that I had in there. Ruination is more to my liking as a sorcery but land removal can be pretty frustrating to play against, so I hadn't made it a focus of the control aspect. Fissure Vent, Volcanic Offering and Structural Distortion all have alternate targets or do more than just land removal providing a bit of utility.

As far as Cathartic Reunion and Tormenting Voice go, I found a spot for both of them in there. This deck is reliant on early game card advantage.

TakeInventory on Alchemist Lab

6 months ago

I get what your deck is trying to do, and I like it, but Spark of Creativity (while it is another 1 mana cantrip) is a terrible potential removal spell. It can only do up to 2 damage in this deck. You're better off with another real burn card (like Burn from Within, Hungry Flames, Structural Distortion) or a better cantrip (like Tormenting Voice or Cathartic Reunion)

However, there's a neat little trick you can do. Splash green for Cryptolith Rite, and while you have a single Thermo-Alchemist that can tap, all of your 1-mana cantrips are FREE, including Spark and whatever cantrip it peels off the top of your library. If you go that way, consider throwing in a Perpetual Timepiece to do a bit of extra damage in case they gain life or something.

ROUROU on Standard Land destruction

9 months ago

BFG i have TONS of artifact removal. Today i placed first at my LGS . Crumble to Dust is a SICK card to play against the multi colored decks. Also, Creeping Mold, Structural Distortion, Violent Impact are a nice "fuck you" to Aetherworks Marvel. As for ulamog, the dec in stone, are the best answer XD

landofMordor on The Braids of War!

10 months ago

lol I get the struggle on flavor versus castability. Good luck with that one.

So, regenerate technically means "the next time this creature would be destroyed, instead remove all damage from it and tap it. Remove it from combat". A sacrificed creature isn't "destroyed", so you can't actually regenerate it to save it from being sacrificed. That's why I disliked Deathdealer. I can see your point on the Reaper, too. If you're wanting card advantage, Harvester of Souls may be good? A little mana-expensive, but effective, since he triggers on opposing creatures too.

Hold off on Nissa for now -- she is from BFZ, so she'll rotate out soon. BFZ is currently the oldest set in Standard.

I love the Tracker. Yes, it is fragile, but it'll either soak up spot removal that could have been used to kill Kresh (a little misdirection is always good) or it's a constant value and removal engine. It's a card that says "waste resources removing me, or start losing". Contagion Engine is bad news, but you're in the colors to support tons of artifact hate -- Vandalblast and Structural Distortion in particular. Green also has a TON of stuff, none of which I can currently remember...but Amonkhet, the new set, will have lots of artifact hate on the cheap.

Kumano and Kalitas depend on your meta, probably. If you've got weenies or grave recursion running around your meta, Kumano can be good, but the 2 mana for 1 damage is poor unless you're planning on using Kumano mostly in combat. Kalitas is excellent, but he's a high-value mana intensive target. If he's getting exiled right when you play him, or if you can't consistently activate his ability, then I'd say he's not worth it. (Kuon is the same way -- unless you can consistently cast him whenever you want in a 3-color deck, he might be a bit risky.)

Hope this helps! Best of luck!

landofMordor on Griselbrand U/B/R (Grixis) Reanimation

10 months ago

I'd recommend Structural Distortion over Crumble to Dust, since you get some extra functionality there. Otherwise, sweet deck! I've been working on a similar build, so it was helpful to see your list.

aholder7 on LD Deck

11 months ago

I personally prefer it Sideboarded for control match ups because against other decks it's basically a worse Structural Distortion. However I think that it's better than Reclaiming Vines since the deck already has 4 Creeping Mold

aholder7 on LD Deck

11 months ago

General Notes:

i dont think you need blue here. milling doesnt do anything for you (even if you mill a land that doesnt change the fact that the top card of their deck could be another one). and while making things cheaper is better, if you play 3 drop land destruction (which you should play as much of as possible) then playing a 2 drop that reduces cost doesn't really make things come down faster. And the thing is unless you're casting more than one land destruction spell per turn its probably better for it to be a mana dork (a 1 drop preferably. theres no particular reason for you to use 2 drop dorks). or to replace them with mana rocks that are much harder to remove.

Now lets look at green. what does green give you that red does not have.

mana dorks. good beat sticks. and enchantment hate. if you have green in the deck, make sure you are getting all the benefit you can from it. if you're not then you may as well play mono red (possible, i made a mono red land destruction deck a while ago just to prove you could).

1 ofs are inconsistent. if you put a card in your deck you need to understand how often you want to see it. if you put 4 in, you are generally saying you want to see it every game and in general as much as possible. as a 3 of, you are saying you do not need to see it every game, but you still want to see it most games or its great to have but doesn't do as well in multiples. 2 of means you dont want to see it in most games or you really don't want to see it in multiples. 1 ofs are usually used as 5 ofs or as tool box cards. what i mean is that if i really want to play as many Terminates as i can i will play 4, but i may still want more so i play Dreadbore which is worse, but is basically my 5th Terminate. A tool box card is mostly for decks that can search for cards with things like Chord of Calling or Trinket Mage etc that can search the entire deck for the 1 of that you put in there for just this case. your deck doesn't search so right now most of your 1 ofs are inconsistent. for example why would i play 1 Lightning Bolt, 1 Shock, 1 Harnessed Lightning and 1 Lightning Strike, when i can just play 4 Lightning Bolt.

so lets walk through the deck piece by piece.


Baral, Chief of Compliance: not a bad card, but you don't play very many counters (1) and as i mentioned above it's not much better than Arbor Elf in this deck. especially since most of your instants can't actually benefit from his effect.

Goblin Arsonist: I assume that this card is in here to help protect you early game by disuading enemies from attacking. This card isn't that great at that, and most 1 drops in red really wont be. rather than try and but down a turn 1 wall, you may want to focus on making yourself quicker. so something like Arbor Elf or something similiar might benefit you more.

Minister of Inquiries: as i mentioned above this card does not furthur your goals. the best part about this card is that it gives you energy for something useful like Aether Hub but if you drop blue, then you don't need Aether Hub.

Servant of the Conduit: there are enough 1 drop mana dorks that you don't need to play this 2 drop mana dork. especially since it has limited uses.

Thragtusk: this is actually a really solid card. it gives you a good body with some life so that it has imediate impact, which is important for a 5 drop in modern. the fact that it also has residual value even when removed is what really makes this card great. my only worry is that with 22 lands you might run into problems casting it, but if you add any number of mana dorks this problem should resolve itself.

World Breaker: too expensive. you play 22 lands and this card is 7 mana. even with mana dorks this is too much risk for not enough reward.


Appetite for the Unnatural: try Natural State instead.

Lightning Bolt: probably one of the best red cards printed.

Negate: you don't need blue. even if you do stay blue, either put in more counters or take this one out. you don't want just 1 counter.

Shock: you may want something like Pyroclasm to clear the board of several small units.


Creeping Mold: i'd rather just have another Structural Distortion over this, but if you are seeing lots of enchantments and artifact, then this card is ok.

Crumble to Dust: this is actually one of the better 4 drop land destruction spells, as it can destroy land on their field and some in their deck making them less likely to draw more. (this is different than milling which may or may not alter the ration of lands to non-lands in the deck)

Reclaiming Vines: see reclaiming mold. also see Roiling Terrain.

Stone Rain: Bread of the deck. does exactly what you want to do.

Molten Rain: bread, meet butter.

Structural Distortion: mini Roiling Terrain most of the time, but it does let you exile land which can get the occasional Darksteel Citadel. if you end up putting Roiling Terrain in the deck, you may want to replace this with Poison the Well.

n(not in your deck currently) Boom: this card is fantastic. but usually only if you play it alongside fetches (Wooded Foothills) or Darksteel Citadel. otherwise its just ok.


Aether Hub: if you switch to a 2 color deck you can take this out.

Blighted Cataract: regardless of if you stick with blue or not you should take this out.

Botanical Sanctum: obciously if you drop blue you drop this.

Cinder Glade: you actually will probably want to drop this regardless of what you do to your deck. you are on a tight clock. you cannot afford not to have your mana when you need it, and unless you always have 2 basics on the field when you play it, then it's too dangerous to play. you'd rather hurt yourself with something like Karplusan Forest.

Forest: basics are cool.

Game Trail gets better once you drop blue. also gets better if you add any number of Stomping Ground.

Island: this card makes people concede in legacy.

Mountain: glory be to red and all the pain it will cause.

Spirebluff Canal: you drop this if you frop blue.

Ghost Quarter is also an option. it doesn't put them a land down, but once you get enough land that you don't need all of it, you can effectively sac this one to make your opponent downgrade one of their lands or just to remove one from your opponents deck to make it less likely for them to draw more. also works well with Boom.

if you couldn't tell i really think you should drop blue.

hopefully this is somewhat helpful to you. as a tip you should probably add a budget tag since you are looking to keep this under $150.

best of luck with your deck.

usurphling on Land Destruction

1 year ago

Ok so I reworked your deck and you're right, Attune with Aether is good here for it gives you a guaranteed land drop and it will lessen your bad draws by shuffling your library. I also replaced your planeswalkers by having 2x Chandra, Torch of Defiance and 1x Arlinn Kord  Flip. I think arlinn kord is nice here for it gives your big bodies vigilance and haste...and also it gives you a blocker and later on you give your big guys trample.

With regards to land destruction spells, I will keep 3x Crumble to Dust (most of the decks right now have non basic lands), 4x Reclaiming Vines and 4x Structural Distortion because they're flexible.

You should update your list here so that your viewers can playtest it and further help you out improve your deck. Let me know if you have more questions.

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