Tainted Strike

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Scars of Mirrodin (SOM) Common

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Tainted Strike

Instant

Target creature gets +1/+0 and gains infect until end of turn. (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and players in the form of poison counters.)

Tainted Strike Discussion

Last_Laugh on Atraxa, from Phyrexia with Love

5 days ago

You should consider Tainted Strike . Use it on an opponent's unblocked creature to murdelize a mofo.

Muglacious_NiceFaceToad on Cards that buff opponents creatures

2 weeks ago

Hello I am tuning my deck towards utilizing Backlash , Reflect Damage , Delirium , Mirror Strike , & Glarecaster . I am finding frequently that their creatures are not big enough and would like to find some cards to increase the power of my opponents creatures.

So far I have Hatred , Rush of Blood , Overblaze , and although Tainted Strike doesn't make them more powerful it can make them lethal for less. I was thinking Coat of Arms ?

I am avoiding the use of damage doublers as I have another deck which focuses on that. Overblaze is an exception.

Any help is appreciated, thanks in advance! (I am currently slogging through the gatherer)

LastEdegy on Willowmaker

3 weeks ago

@sigiledwatch - aside from a possible Zetalpa, Primal Dawn haste attack with Crashing Drawbridge , then Tainted Strike , it's pretty situational.. It might be better on token strategies.. Plus, it can't attack unless Assault Formation is in the battlefield, and i pay 1 green mana for it to attack.. but thanks for the suggestion!

Ironheart78 on We are Fun-Guys

3 weeks ago

how about Tainted Strike ? for an alternate win condition

DarkHero on Yawgmoth in my meta

4 weeks ago

As others have said, you should be in good shape. Mono Black can be very easy to run on budget, excellent at creature removal, and can find ways to out tempo ramp decks.

Victim of Night , Doom Blade , Go for the Throat , and Murder are all fantastic removal on a budget.

I wouldn't worry about blocking ramp as much as I would focus on creating it in your own way. Along the lines Dark Ritual or Artifacts. Cabal Stronghold is the budget alternative to Cabal Coffers . Crypt Ghast might be slightly out of budget, but does the job of Nirkana Revenant somewhat cheaper. I'm a huge fan of Life's Finale , which is criminally underplayed and pretty budget, especially in a meta that isn't in their own graveyards too much. It's always good to have a boardwipe or 2 on deck, but I find mono black can get quite a lot done with spot removal, and that is far easier on a budget. You already have Damnation when you need it. Black Sun's Zenith is also an option because you can proliferate the counters later. Lashwrithe and/or Nightmare Lash are good and not expensive. Disciple of the Vault is again criminally underplayed if you want to go that route. Get yourself some cheap tutors cause thats Black's go to. Diabolic Tutor , Scheming Symmetry , Beseech the Queen are the best budget options. Card draw is a must, and you get Sign in Blood , Read the Bones , and a host of other cheap draw spells to go along with you Phyrexian Arena .

And I hate to be that guy, but infect is pretty budget, on theme, and works wonders even if you just splash it as a win con. Tainted Strike Plague Myr Ichor Rats . You can then use your Commander to pay and discard a card a few times to win.

Black has a ton of options even on a budget. Just depends which way you want to go.

m_to_the_three on Secret Santa

1 month ago

I dig the deck a lot. I like playing golgari sac/yard so here is some budget cards(50 cent to 3 dollars) that I run in my Meren deck or my Vaevictis deck. All of these cards are really good and I feel can fit in the deck. So hopefully you can use them.

Budget Sac outlets: Carrion Feeder (50 cents), Viscera Seer (2.50),

Budget Tutors: Fierce Empath (50 cents), Woodland Bellower (3 dollars), Pattern of Rebirth (3 dollars)

Budget Manadorks/Ramp: Elves of Deep Shadow (50 cents), Primal Growth (50 cents)

Budget Removal: Reclamation Sage (40 cents), Terastodon (1 dollar), Nature's Claim(40 cents)

Budget Reanimation: Phyrexian Delver (1.50)

Budget Wincon: Tainted Strike (50 cents)

Budget Draw: Read the Bones (25 cents)

Honorable Mentions(These are good cards but I don't use in my decks but can work really well with yours) Innocent Blood (50 cents), Mortician Beetle (50 cents), Nest Invader (50 cents),

Strangelove on Mimeoplasm & Your Things

1 month ago

Yo I saw you were looking for help! I haven't built it yet, but here's my Mimeo Mill; It has a fat maybeboard. Here's every card I considered while building the deck.

(The goal was to make The Mimeoplasm as big as possible and then sacrifice it to Altar of Dementia ... relatively casual, but Mimeo can get pretty mean... especially with infect.)

Here's a great edh resource: Command Zone Deck Building Template

From your post, it sounds like you don't like Nekusar... but don't worry... nobody does! It's a burn deck and everyone at the table should target the player who's trying to slug everyone at once. It's a pretty weak strategy because it has poor politics and is easily disrupted. Remove Nekusar when he's about to cast a wheel and watch out for Tainted Strike .

Looking at your deck, a few things pop out right away: (1) You need more ramp, (2) better removal, (3) more draw. Focus on getting the engine turning before you're seduced by flashy plays that might work against you. If a card doesn't progress your game plan powerfully and quickly, cut it!!!

1) I count 5-6 ramp, but you want 10-12, all below 4 cmc. For a 5 drop commander you want about 46-47 mana sources. Good old Rampant Growth , Burnished Hart , etc, will serve you well.

2) You have a lot of clunky counterspells. Add in 3-4 board wipes, like Ixidron and Massacre Girl and swap niche and costly interaction for Beast Within , Naturalize , etc. Creatures like Ravenous Chupacabra are great too.

3) Draw!!! You can't play if you don't have cards. There are a lot of ways to draw 7+ cards a turn. Champion of Wits , Fathom Mage , and every version of Windfall ( Whispering Madness , Forgotten Creation ,etc) are killer in this deck.

My favorite card for this deck is Morality Shift . Its not the best, but its what I really want to do.

You absolutely need Mirror-Mad Phantasm . If you clone it with Mimeoplasm, you mill your whole library. Then cast a typical Laboratory Maniac for the win.

Apocalypse Demon is your budget Lord of Extinction .

Building on a budget is a rewarding challenge. Cut cards ruthlessly! Your commander already does what you want to do (...steal and play your opponent's creatures), so try to open up the deck and make it flow. Commander starts as a slow and clunky format, but its broken!

Good luck and +1

Vimozahr on Atraxa Infect

2 months ago

Hi firesparker, Infect is more difficult in Multiplayer Games. I played a Atraxa Build with Infect for 2 Mounths. Your biggest Problem are your Opponents and there know what you play.

I try to give your my suggestion.

Play more Creatures for Utility like Odric, Lunarch Marshal / Shalai, Voice of Plenty maybe its help when he enable flying/hexproof each other Creature and you.

Craterhoof Behemoth Value Finisher if you had this Budget.

Grafted Exoskeleton also good, but expensive (CMC)

Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon Must have.

Spike Weaver & Teferi's Protection good for your Protection.

Mostly important is your Manabase and Mana-Rocks.

You will play fast as possible. Cut Lands that enters tapped.

Use Rocks like Fellwar Stone , Arcane Signet also Creatures like Birds of Paradise , or Utopia Sprawl

Play Atraxa just you can protect her. Abuse her Lifelink every Combat and cut Cards like Fog ...

Your opponents do not want to attack you if Atraxa is online -> Deathtouch.

Cards like Spark Double or Altered Ego can be very good. Copy Atraxa for Poliferate or an Infect Creature.

You need Zendikar Resurgent ? I think no, also replace it with Mirari's Wake but its better to take more Ramp with Rocks.

Maybe you need more Carddraw, Topdeck-Control:

Brainstorm > Ponder

Consecrated Sphinx

Phyrexian Arena

Rhystic Study

Sensei's Divining Top

Sylvan Library

Windfall

Mirri's Guile

If you build more around +1/+1 Counters with Master Biomancer -> Herald of Secret Streams

BUT, i think your Build is also good with more focus on poliferate.

Greez Vimozahr

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Tainted Strike occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Black: 0.13%