Tainted Strike


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Pauper Legal

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Scars of Mirrodin Common

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Tainted Strike


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.)

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Tainted Strike Discussion

frogkill45 on BluBur

22 hours ago

One thing I did a while back with nivix cyclops and kiln fiend was splashed black for a Playset of Tainted Strike but you would need fetches to color fix. It gets around life gain decks. Leyline of Punishment is also good.

W/B spirits or was it just tokens? That can be a hard match. Echoing Truth can help wipe all the tokens and you need gy hate to stop Lingering Souls from coming back. The anthems would be hard to remove so you need to try to counter those.

Junk/abzan is always a hard match, but that's why it's expensive. One thing that hurts them the most is messing with their lands. Blood Moon or Spreading Seas / Sea's Claim might be useful. Keeping them off colors and bolting dorks slows them down quite a bit. The cards to punish this deck aren't really in your colors. The discard is what hurts the most. Leyline of Sanctity is the best but since it's not color viable for you Nephalia Academy might be a better budget choice.

Just tossing out some ideas. It's hard to sideboard for every deck in modern so sometimes it feels like a game of rock paper scissors. You can't beat rock with scissors but paper will always lose.

Best I've ever done with my version of this was 2nd place and I also lost to junk. I had Gitaxian Probe and Mutagenic Growth with just some unblockable spells on a fiend or cyclops. Spell heart was in there for a while till I played Wee Dragonauts in its place. Keep trying to make it better and the more you play the better your match ups will be.

griffstick on Kaervek the Merciless, BITCH!

1 day ago

@shadowkass exactly why I don't want to do death by a thousand needles. I really would rather do 10 damage to all opponents at once then over the span of the game. Which is why I want to make this a more creature centric deck. Plus there are a few players that would like a free sacrifice outlet.

@NewHorizons in my original idea about building this deck it involved wither and infect. That all changed. I don't want people to attack me out of the game turn 1 cause they know I run infect. But Tainted Strike just might be worth it.

NewHorizons on Kaervek the Merciless, BITCH!

1 day ago

Glistening Oil and Tainted Strike seem food if you're willing to play infect. Goes great woth skittles and big dumb monsters like Malignus.

WargRave on $50 Zurgo Helmsmasher

2 days ago

xrex479 Thanks for the suggestions, Not of This World would surely lead to some hilarious reactions. That's a card that wasn't on my radar at all, great suggestion. Maybe I should swap it for a board wipe?

Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion is cool too. I just don't know about spending five mana for it since the deck has a lot of equip costs to pay. Rogue's Passage has the exact same issue of course, but its effect is a bit more unique in the deck. Zurgo is somewhat likely to already have double strike.

I made a few changes to get below $50. First, Boros Charm -> Double Cleave. This is a sad one since the indestructible mode of Boros Charm would be great in this deck, but sacrifices must be made.

Second, Bojuka Bog -> Swamp. To try to increase my grave hate in compensation, I switched Nihil Spellbomb for Rakdos Charm since Sunforger & Open the Armory can get it. I also swapped the bad topdeck of Blood-Chin Rager for Diabolic Tutor to get game winners like Tainted Strike or Obliterate. Lastly, I want to try Inquisitor's Flail in place of Fireshrieker since Fireshrieker is redundant with a second double strike source.

n0bunga on [List - Multiplayer] EDH Generals by Tier

3 days ago

Oh I knew full well what you meant with unpredictability used as a way to describe how the deck plays out - that's why I made note of decks using multiple strategies and how they fall victim to being less focused than decks with singular strategies.

As for making the most of a Nekusar deck, he was one of my first generals outside of Precon decks. And I tend to maintain the belief that a general and their deck ought to utilize their ability/strengths, otherwise you'd be just using the colours and have Nekusar as a mere shell.

That being said I've seen people incorporate 5c shells with Nekusar in the 99 as a hidden general. They're neat in their access to all colours. With Nekusar specifically, focus on his strengths. He's built primarily for Wheeling opponents. While wheeling doesn't equate to combat damage, Nekusar Infect is perhaps the most consistent and competitive way to win. gives you access to Molten Psyche, Reforge the Soul, Winds of Change, Fork and Wheel of Fortune; gives you Windfall, Timetwister Wheel and Deal, Twincast Jace, Memory Adept. gives you Megrim, Liliana's Caress, Waste Not, Chains of Mephistopheles, painful quandry and access to Tainted Strike, Glistening Oil and Phyresis. Hybrid colours in this Shard give you access to Whispering Madness, Notion Thief, Phyrexian Tyranny, etc.

Aggressively abusing what your general does, in my eyes, yields the best results of that general. Nekusar is designed to punish your opponents for drawing. A quick, and relatively cheap combo with Nekusar on board is Fork + Winds of Change + Tainted Strike; for you can kill an entire board with lethal infect.

arik30000 on Doctors hate her

3 days ago

Why do you dont play Gravepact/Dictate of Erebos in this deck anymore? Woulnt it be really strong with all the sac outlets? And what about Tainted Strike?

Abhinav7354 on Nekusar EDH

1 week ago

If you can manage to wheel enough per turn, Tainted Strike on your commander can kill off the entire board.

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