Tainted Pact


Format Legality
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
Odyssey (ODY) Rare

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Tainted Pact


Remove the top card of your library from the game. You may put that card into your hand unless it has the same name as another card removed this way. Repeat this process until you put a card into your hand or you remove two cards with the same name, whichever comes first.

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Tainted Pact Discussion

SynergyBuild on Razin' minds, takin' names (competitive primer)

1 day ago

Hey shadowmage, goblinguiderevealpls probably plays with friends, I don't think they would be if they were called terrible because some random person on the internet told them to?

On another note, I really like the list here, the extra turn thing surprised me, but if it works, it works! I'll toss you a +1 for the unique take!

Spellseeker didn't make your cut? I saw it in the maybeboard, but since I didn't see you run it, I assume you have some reasons for that, I'd love to hear them!

Other than that, I see you don't run Laboratory Maniac (but have it in the sideboard), yet run Tainted Pact in the main deck, I know it works as a tutor, but you know, Laboratory Maniac + Tainted Pact/Demonic Consultation is a lot of fun. I see you run Entomb to dig out Kozilek, Butcher of Truth to reshuffle your yard in, which is clever, but running a reanimation package with Reanimate/Animate Dead/Buried Alive might not be the worst idea, considering how well I have found Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur to be with the discard synergies you run.

SynergyBuild on Breed Lethality 2018

6 days ago

How much money would you be willing to spend on this deck? I could work with any budget, whether just adding a few cards to draw, or switching up the manabase, or add some wincondtions!

Brainstorm, Windfall, Impulse are all great options when it comes to budget card draw, seeing play in the most competitive of decks, while not being very expensive.

Elvish Mystic, Llanowar Elves, Fyndhorn Elves, Avacyn's Pilgrim, Elves of Deep Shadow, and Boreal Druid are great ways to ramp early and hard, before a Rampant Growth-type effect would be useful.

Flash-Protean Hulk combo (fetching the following:), Cephalid Illusionist-Nomads en-Kor combo, and Hermit Druid (with no basic lands) all allow you to dump your library into your graveyard.

This will return Narcomoeba, and allow you to bring back a Fatestitcher or Bloodghast if needed. If you have 3 creatures now, cast Dread Return from the graveyard, and bring back Laboratory Maniac, then flashback Deep Analysis to win the game.

These 3 combos win the game on the spot, and all of them only take up 11 cards total.

I will let you know, Laboratory Maniac + Demonic Consultation is what I would consider one of the cheapest and most powerful combos for EDH (use Demonic Consultation naming a card outside of you deck, and exile it all, but do this on your upkeep so you win the game on your draw step). Tainted Pact can also work if you only run one of each card. (you can run 2 basics of each type if you run a snow-covered varient like Snow-Covered Plains alongside a normal one.)

Doctor_Derpin on Food Chain Prossh

4 weeks ago


Burning-Tree Emissary does net you 3 mana the turn that you play it if you have food chain and that is pretty strong, but all of the dorks that you played on the turns leading up to that turn are also 2-3 mana depending on if they're untapped at the time and they're more generally useful than the emissary, which is a dead card if you aren't currently going off. Plus, if you're worried about being able to get to your Prossh mana, I'd use a Squee, the Immortal or an Eternal Scourge first because they make infinite mana and can be cast after being exiled by a Demonic Consultation or Tainted Pact.

enpc on The General Idea

1 month ago

Thanks, it's nice to put my spin on FCT.

Shapesharer looks cool, I've added it to the maybeboard. I've also added Tainted Pact to the maybeabaord for now, however I was actually thinking of dropping Misthollow Griffin since I have a bunch of not Food Chain lines and Griffin is the most expensive to cast. It's the same reason I'm not running Hagra Diabolist. But again, I'd be keen to get your thoughts.

Lilbrudder on Kraum's MANly Combo

1 month ago

Swan Song and Winds of Rebuke are essentially win conditions once we have double scepter so those are good to do right out of the gate.

Brainstorm, Opt, Tainted Pact and Impulse are similarly useful as they can draw our deck. Pact also has the upside of getting labman so you can win on the next pact activation.

With that being said, Mana Drain is pretty sweet to imprint and Silence locking a table once a turn cycle certainly has merit. One sort of cool thing is that scepter combo is not necessary to win so we can expose scepter to removal by using it for value. Ultimately your pod matchup will determine which instant is most useful (vamp tutor, abrade etc), but I would prioritize a card that can win the game for us once we drop copy artifact exiling reversal.

IAmTheWraith on Prossh Blistering Combo

2 months ago

Daedalus19876: I like your suggestions, and all of them will be going in. I do have a comment to leave you with about Tainted Pact, even though it is getting slotted in.

So, with so much going on in this deck, my biggest failure would be to not have any of the combos left to execute, which puts me in a losing situation. Most FC decks are vulnerable to this, as with most Hermit Druid decks. People learn to respond to the combo, because once it gets going they know it is too late to act anymore. This is why Ive added so many other ways to win. Tainted Pact lets me search up my strongest and most consistent wincon, but at a cost of most likely exiling the rest of them. As I said before, I am putting it in the deck, but I am also going to be monitoring its performance very closely.

Anyways, with that rant out of the way, thanks man for the wonderful suggestions!

Daedalus19876 on Prossh Blistering Combo

2 months ago

I'd go with City of Solitude, Defense Grid, and Tainted Pact over Autumn's Veil, Ricochet Trap, and Asceticism (though you'd have to change your Snow-Covered Forest to a regular Forest to make Tainted Pact work).

Preemptive protection and another tutor will help you more than conditional responses, in my experience - plus, Tainted Pacting for Food Chain often puts Squee or Eternal Scourge in exile automatically, making it "tutor" for both at once.

PartialPride on Competitive Food Chain Prossh

2 months ago

HaveANuke I only run 4 basics so Earthcraft/Squirrel Nest won't be reliable enough unfortunately

WestonPerini The snow basics are there for Tainted Pact. Essentially a Snow-Covered Forest is a separate entity from a basic Forest so it allows my deck to have 0 duplicates and still run 4 basics, that way Tainted Pact won't stop my search because I've flipped two basic forests.

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