Tainted Isle

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Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Planechase Anthology (PCA) Uncommon
Planechase 2012 Edition (PC2) Uncommon
Torment (TOR) Uncommon

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Tainted Isle

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: Add or to your mana pool. Play this ability only if you control a Swamp.

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Tainted Isle Discussion

multimedia on The Zombeetles

2 weeks ago

Hey, welcome to TappedOut. Very nice build for your first Commander deck.

My suggestions are more two drop draw engines: Necromancer's Stockpile and Arguel's Blood Fast. These both have nice synergy with Scarab.

Zombies: Undead Warchief, Lich Lord of Unx and Shepherd of Rot.

Lands: Fetid Pools, Sunken Ruins and Tainted Isle.

Other spells: Mind Twist and Demonic Tutor.

Consider decreasing the avg. CMC of the deck to 3.0 to start; currently it's 3.9. Cutting a lot of higher casting cost cards will make Scarab more powerful because then you can have a better established battlefield of Zombies before you play him. Scarab is a very mana hungry Commander because he costs five to cast and then four to use his ability each time. Once he's in play your mana is really tied up, dedicated to using his four mana exile ability.

Cards to consider cutting:

Zombie tribal is fun, but you say that you're playing against seasoned competitive players with competitive decks then after a while playing against them with this deck think about how it can be more competitive. The most competitive ability of Scarab is not it's opponents life loss and scry ability equal to the number of Zombies, but it's ability to exile and make a 4/4 copy of a creature from any graveyard.

This exile works with any creature not just Zombies. You could instead of playing Zombies play a deck stuffed full of value creatures with great enter the battlefield (ETB) abilities because in theory you'll get to use these ETB abilities twice. The first time the creature enters play and then again when it's exiled and copied with Scarab.

Value creatures like weak fliers such as Baleful Strix, Mulldrifter, Vendilion Clique who then become 4/4s. Creatures who let you reuse a spell like Torrential Gearhulk and Snapcaster Mage. Others such as Champion of Wits, Hostage Taker and Gilded Drake or great finishers like Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur.

You can then support these creatures, Scarab and overall strategy with more control: draw, draw/discard, removal, counterspells and hand disruption.

Good luck with your deck.


Gleeock on Lazav

3 weeks ago
  • I have a couple of those included or on a very close side board/chopping block/shoe-in position.

  • I actually have Tainted Isle in the deck, just not added here I believe (but I will look into that)... On that same note River of Tears should be an auto-include. Phenax is cool... But I don't picture running enough creatureish toughness to care for him that much (I'll see how test plays go though). Mind Funeral is nifty... Although I like taking a shot at all targets at once... Though I have seen how effective: "mill until x lands are revealed", can be. Keening Stone could be a strong alternative finisher, and I do own one so it will probably make an appearance again. I like Notion Thief alot and along the same vein I also really like Sygg, River Cutthroat although I can see the potential for massive backfire with both :) I HATE cyclonic rift even though it destroys people, I will think of it since I can use it then one of my low-cost selective discard spells to discard something nifty.

  • That Which Was Taken is nice for indestructible + hexproof or just protecting my other paper-thin stuff... but may be too slow in comparison to a more wincon-style card at similar speed - al'a: Keening Stone. I like some of those other cut cards too darn much though.

hfvalenz on The Scarab God - EDH

1 month ago

What's with Rootwater Depths lol, haven't seen those lands since like ever. There are lots of newer better alternatives you know:

Also, you should consider Dreadship Reef instead or in addition to Mage-Ring Network

In order to get the most of Scarab, I think you should take these cards into account:

Have you thought about Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip? She flips quite easy and all her abilities as a planeswalker could be relevant in a Scarab deck.

SynergyBuild on Master Artificer

3 months ago

None of these cards are standard, but if you want to make this modern, switch the Sol Rings for Dimir Signets, and the Seat of the Synods / Vault of Whispers for Watery Graves and Polluted Deltas.

To boost the deck, take out all of the Vedalken Archmages and Disciple of the Vaults for Ornithopters/Memnites and some lands. Other good lands could be:

strembl7 on Oloro, ageless ascetic

4 months ago

Cut down to 37 lands:-1 Shambling Vent-1 Temple of the False God-1 Tainted Isle (often colorless - might as well run a good colorless land like Academy Ruins, or Volrath's Stronghold)+1 Exotic Orchard (might as well be an ABU dual)

Consider ditching the lands that look for 2 basics (such as Sunken Hollow) in favor of lands that look for basic land types (such as Isolated Chapel). You have so few basics to fuel them. You don't need fetch targets so badly that you need to run tapped lands. If you feel the need, the cycling lands are better in my opinion. They're not dead drops in the late game.

_Kane_ on

4 months ago

These are options from EDRec.com

Sidisi, Brood Tyrant - Tutors on a death touch beater.

Drowned Catacomb - Great land.

Havengul Lich

Living Death

Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

Mikaeus, the Unhallowed

Tainted Isle

Choked Estuary

Lich Lord of Unx

Forgotten Creation WOW, this card seems great for this deck.

Rhystic Study - Please don't.

CARD I AM NOT TOO FOND OF:

Stoneforge Masterwork - I think you would get more value from a Zombie Lord.

Profaner of the Dead - This card seems out of place. What are you looking for this card to do?

Smuggler's Copter - There are simple and better ways to filter/draw.

Bone Splinters - There is better spot removal. Never

Drunau Corpse Trawler - Lack luster.

Siren of the Silent Song - A potential cut.

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