Tainted AEther


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Seventh Edition (7ED) Rare
Urza's Saga (USG) Rare

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Tainted AEther


Whenever a creature enters the battlefield, its controller sacrifices a creature or land.

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Tainted AEther Discussion

cdyrdr on Oloro's Insufferable Pillow Fort

1 week ago

After thinking it over I've decided to make a few more changes to the deck. I've moved Solemnity, Phyrexian Unlife, Tainted AEther and Opalescence into the main board and added Decree of Silence and Enchanted Evening. I've moved Invoke Prejudice, Teferi's Moat, War Tax and Athreos, God of Passage to the maybeboard and removed Stasis Snare and Archetype of Courage completely. I really like the combos Solemnity has with Phyrexian Unlife and Decree of Silence and I've tried to go for some land destruction with Tainted AEther and the Enchanted Evening and Opalescence Combo.

Gleeock on Pattern Recognition #59 - Slivers

2 weeks ago

They were always especially problematic for me as I don't usually run black primary.

That being said I hilariously shut slivers down in EDH twice now. Once playing Tainted AEther and again playing Lethal Vapors - some exceptions to the rule that often turns "win by committee" into a complete glass jaw strategy. Maybe a couple more enchantments of that nature would balance slivers in the future.

sonnet666 on competitive mikaeus

1 month ago

Ok, so lets talk about main game plan before we start nitpicking particular cards.

I've never tried to build Mikaeus myself, but from what I know about combo decks there are three categories of pieces that make the deck work: 1) Creatures that can re-undie with Mike's ability; 2) Sac outlets to feed them to; and 3) Death triggers that can create a win condition.

From the looks of this deck, what you tried to do was to load up on as many of each these as you could to get the best chance of drawing into the ones you need. Here's what you have of each category:

  1. Walking Ballista, Triskelion, Crystalline Crawler, Chainbreaker, Spincrusher, Banewhip Punisher, Wingrattle Scarecrow, Tatterkite, Plague Belcher, Skinrender, Lingering Tormentor, Pith Driller, Soulstinger, Cinderhaze Wretch, and Carnifex Demon. 15 Total

  2. Altar of Dementia, Blasting Station, Phyrexian Altar, Ashnod's Altar, Viscera Seer, Yahenni, Undying Partisan, Bloodthrone Vampire, Carrion Feeder, Spawning Pit, and Tainted AEther. 10 Total

  3. Zulaport Cutthroat, Blood Artist, Altar of the Brood, Grim Haruspex. 4 Total

So, all in all, 29 of your deckslots are focused on nothing except your main win condition. That's a lot of bloat for a deck that needs to ramp at least to 6, and should be packing disruption aimed at its opponents on top of that. Considering you're in the color with the best unconditional tutoring, I think you can get away with cutting a lot of those redundant combo pieces, and right now the first category is what you have the most of. I'd say anything that doesn't reduce the need for additional pieces or generate infinite mana is worth cutting.

I'd cut all of the following:

For more tutors, draw, and ramp. (That would also lower your curve to where Ad Nauseam is viable.) Leave Banewhip Punisher, Chainbreaker, and Spincrusher since they're the cheapest, and Banewhip Punisher is semi-decent removal.

I also recommend Skullclamp in terms of draw, as it goes very well with the reccruing creatures and sac outlets. You could also consider a bit of a reanimator strategy to get your combo pieces, since black can tutor to the graveyard.

chadsansing on pay up

1 month ago

So spicy. I want to run Tainted AEther + Mycoloth + Zulaport Cutthroat now.

I wonder if you might test with karlov as your commander and more enablers for his counters (e.g. Nyx-Fleece Ram, Wall of Reverence, Serra Ascendant, Archangel of Thune). Its exile effect is pretty great at keeping threates off the board early until you can set up for the win.

Happy brewing!

StonedJesus on Will Fatal Push depreciate?

1 month ago

Ha! I gotta Cultivate my own though, the last stuff I had had some Tainted AEther in it, gave me a scary Brainstorm.

StonedJesus on The Mogis That Cares

2 months ago

Nice start, if you want more fun and games, try putting in some mass-removal like Damnation, Decree of Pain, Crux of Fate, and stuff like that. Also, if you want even more slowing-stuff, take out the land-removal and put in some more Stax cards like Smokestack, Tangle Wire, Omen Machine, Possessed Portal, and stuff. As far as spot removal, I'd advise putting in some stuff like Innocent Blood, Dismember, Geth's Verdict, Unlicensed Disintegration, Profane Command, Torment of Hailfire, Doomsday, Infernal Tribute, Kolaghan's Command, Necropotence, Tainted AEther, Void, Charmbreaker Devils, and you see I gave up on whatever I was saying and just started listing good cards. Anyway, good luck. You might want more creatures.

Roco on Thraximundar Zombie

2 months ago

Another awesomely brutal card is Tainted AEther

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