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Tap, Sacrifice Tainted Sigil: You gain life equal to the total life lost by all players this turn. (Damage causes loss of life.)
Tainted Sigil Discussion
4 weeks ago
Oh, now I understand why you have some expansive cards like Three Visits ! You play online! Of all the players that I asked if I could search in my sideboard with Mastermind's Acquisition , all said «yes», but I never actually tutored outside a deck's library. I asked to see what kind of players they were and it was also to do some politics (to make them wonder what I'd tutor and «get in their head») lol. I asked a judge for the «layers» and was told those rules are in the section 613 of the comprehensive rules. I went only for the part intriguing us. From what I understood, you do have to check the order of the cards when their continuous effects contradict each other. They call that the «timestamp order», but if 2 layers enter at the same time, «dependancy» is checked. Usually the last effect «wins».
You could add some wheel effects in your game to make it harder for your opponents to find responses once you have set a winning combo. Many are in the chaos list I posted, like Teferi's Puzzle Box .
Since a couple of your cards change life, I would have suggested to add Platinum Emperion , but you wrote that you are avoiding pillowforting in this deck. It could be something to tutor with Living Wish , Death Wish (and regain the life lost with Tainted Sigil or Children of Korlis ) or Mastermind's Acquisition in your sideboard if you're in deep shit? haha
1 month ago
Hi friend. I run a version of this deck with Selenia, Dark Angel and have really considered Licia for red.
There is an upcoming combo in this wheelhouse you may be interested in. Start with a Bolas's Citadel in play. Then Cast Doomsday . The cards you will pick (hopefully there are still in you deck) are Aetherflux Reservoir , Children of Korlis , Tainted Sigil , a land, and Beacon of Immortality .
Depending on your life total after halving it you may want more 1 drops than anything. But the plan is to make it so Beacon of Immortality is the only card in your library and you keep casting it off the top. You gain infinite life. Aetherflux Reservoir , Sanguine Bond , or Vizkopa Guildmage finish off your opponents.
I know this is a lot of cards you are not currently running. Just wanted you to have all the tools you might need.
2 months ago
Though you seem to have got my meaning already, I'll put this here for clarity:
Even though you "have" 20 life to start, you can lose more than you have. If you bid, say, 120 life and win, you will lose 120 life, going to -100. Sacrificing Children of Korlis will cause you to gain 120 life (since that's how much you lost this turn, barring other effects), going back to 20.
Sacrificing two Children of Korlis would work. Tainted Sigil would have to be combined with something else to get more than 120 (other players would have to lose life for you to go above that amount).
Sanguine Bond sounds like ridiculous fun, and is perfect for the "I lose 5000 life but don't lose because of this card here. Oh, by the way, you're all dead."
2 months ago
@emask Just to add a final point of clarification, because I feel the subject isn't fully cleared. So to recap - you cast Angel's Grace or Phyrexian Unlife and now can't lose the game. Then as you are at 40 life cast Pain's Reward and bid a million life, which resolves and your life goes to minus 999 960 life. Saccing Children of Korlis now will gain you million life and set you back to 40 life, which was your life total before the bid. So the only way to achieve the million life dream is to add additional effect into this equation which is what I originally suggested.
Lets come back to the example - your life total is minus 999 960 life and you cast Oketra's Last Mercy or Resolute Archangel so set your life to back 40 which also gains you a million life, which is important if Sanguine Bond is present. And now finally you sacrifice Children of Korlis , which makes you gain a million more life and make your life total 1 000 040.
P.S. For extra umph activating Tainted Sigil , after you have gained a million life with Children of Korlis and killed someone with Sanguine Bond will net you 2 million life and then make someone lose 2 million life as well. Some might call it overkill, I call it style points ;)
2 months ago
Kogarashi Click! Totally just worked in my mind. The part you said about life going back up from zero is where I was stuck. You're totally right, it would go up from whatever negative it was at, then into the positives.
2 months ago
You can't do anything without mana. I would take out cards for 3 more lands and 2 more ramp. Unless you already own it i would take out the most expensive cards because this is a high dollar deck and it really doesn't need to be.
If you want to yell stuff at the table I will GIVE you a cheap card today at Heroes. Do a Yugi-oh impression, stand up and say "You've activated my TRAP CARD". Needlebite Trap . 7 CMC but you can cast it for 1.
If you can tutor for anything you almost can't find a better combo than Tree of Perdition , graveyard recursion and your boss saccing the tree to gain life equal to whatever your target used to have. Diabolic Tutor should be here just because this deck has like 5 combo pieces it could look for.
4 months ago
Indeed having non creature life gain is very important. I run Ivory Tower , Blind Obedience and Tainted Sigil on that front. I could stand to maybe add in a couple of more non creature cards that gain life but my experience has been quite positive with this deck in my playgroup.
This deck normally wins by playing a huge red X-spell like Molten Disaster or by draining the table with Exquisite Blood and Vizkopa Guildmage (they go infinite together killing the table but are also legit win cons in a multitude of other scenarios). Chandra's Ignition can also easily win the game with our commander or Evra, Halcyon Witness .
4 months ago
Alright, so gaining a ridiculous amount of life is cool and all, but I think you need more to do with it. For instance, things like Phyrexian Processor , Vona, Butcher of Magan , Toxic Deluge , and Hatred . I see you have Aetherflux Reservoir , so with all that you could also add in Tainted Sigil and gain back everything you and others lost.
And on another note, dont forget about Exsanguinate .
Sorry I can't help on the what to remove... terrible at that. But hope I've helped in some small way at least.
Tainted Sigil occurrence in decks from the last year
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All decks: 0.0%