Tainted Wood

Legality

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

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Set Rarity
Commander Anthology (CM1) None
Commander 2015 (C15) Uncommon
Duel Decks: Jace vs. Vraska (DDM) Uncommon
Torment (TOR) Uncommon

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Tainted Wood

Land

: Add to your mana pool.

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

Tainted Wood Discussion

Azeworai on Karador, ghosty boy

2 days ago

For the sake of formatting, I'm just going to make lists for what I would cut and add respectively, but it's really personal preference.

What I would consider banishing:

Tainted Wood - The deck doesn't have a lot of swamps.

One Plains - There doesn't seem to be too much white, so just cantrips or Cultivate for fixing is probably better.

Memorial to Unity - It enters tapped and only produces one colour, so there are other things your deck could do instead.

Viridian Zealot - a bit costly for what it does.

Vampire Hexmage - You don't seem to really abuse it, so it can be lacking.

Tribute to the Wild - It's kind of restrictive and doesn't always get rid of something relevant.

Merciless Eviction - Your deck doesn't really want to exile its own stuff, so other wraths that destroy instead are preferable.

Spore Frog and Kami of False Hope don't stack very well, so I'd remove one of them.

Vraska, Relic Seeker - This seems costly for what she does, but she has her moments.

Evolutionary Leap - It can be powerful, but all of your creatures seem huge and worth keeping around. It's best to run this with more fodder in the deck.

Tormod's Crypt - Depending on your meta, this can be quite potent, but I find that drawing a card with Nihil Spellbomb or recurring Remorseful Cleric can be better.

Whip of Erebos - This is up in the air. I don't enjoy the exile clause of this card, but it's instant-speed and efficient, whilst offering life-gain. Your choice.

Acidic Slime - It's an expensive effect, but a powerful one at that. You already have other five-drops in Sidisi, Undead Vizier and Thalia's Lancers so perhaps it's worth exclusion. Declaration in Stone - It's a bit restrictive for its cost and a sorcery, so I don't think it merits a deck slot.

What I would consider adding:

Grisly Salvage - Essentially takes a land slot with other worth in the later turns, stocking the graveyard.

Satyr Wayfinder - Can be fodder for your sacrifice shenanigans and a land for the early turns (hopefully).

Ransack the Lab - Fills the yard and draws a card. That rhymes, so it's fantastic. However, it only goes three cards deep, so it may be unreliable at finding a land. I'm yet to miss, but it's possible.

Altar of Dementia - This is just a ridiculous card that gives you options for the graveyard later and scales with your large creatures. Great defense, too, and a massive threat.

Lord of Extinction - It's big and mean, black and green. Some things are far too gigantic to ignore. In addition, with Altar of Dementia it can mill someone out.

Perpetual Timepiece - This is great for decks that are all-in on the graveyard plan, so maybe not. It doesn't draw cards, but it grants other routes.

Unburial Rites - If you mill it over, it's still castable. Even if, it gets two things back.

Dread Return - Efficient reanimation and the same from the graveyard.

Buried Ruin - Recursion in the land-base is always lovely.

Austere Command - I believe this to be better than Merciless Eviction in your deck due to destroying as opposed to exile.

Jarad's Orders - This can find utility creatures such as Anafenza, the Foremost or Spore Frog for when you really need them. It also works with the same toolbox shell as Birthing Pod .

Dragonlord Dromoka - It's a muscular Grand Abolisher . Not much more.

Ghostly Prison - With high-cost creatures, this can aid in surviving the early game.

Anguished Unmaking - This card almost always relevant, cheap, and instant-speed. It's a safe option that hits everything.

Necrotic Sliver - It is recurrable universal removal, so it could be rather effective.

Swords to Plowshares - One mana and an instant, it's far too potent. I'd add this.

Despark - This can be efficient, but restrictive. I've found success with it, but it comes down to preference.

Assassin's Trophy - If it's within budget, this is as good as it gets.

Vindicate - Hits it all and does it all.

Kodama's Reach - Another Cultivate . It's always fine.

Rampant Growth - Ramp and more ramp.

Wood Elves - Fodder and ramp.

Explosive Vegetation - Lots of ramp.

Paradise Druid - Fodder and ramp.

Lots of fodder, lots of ramp.

You can really customize your own removal, but you already have many ways to deal with creatures, so removal for other permanents is ideal.

That's what I have for you. Now wreck them all.

xaarvaxus on Dragons EDH

2 weeks ago

Some lands to consider to improve the mana base: Exotic Orchard , Sheltered Thicket for draw, Canyon Slough for draw, Jund Panorama and Tainted Wood / Tainted Peak should be reliable with the green ramp spells to fetch a basic swamp.

With your commander's triggered ability, you'll want to find ways to stack the top of your deck. Sadly, all of the best stuff to do this is very expensive. The only ones I could find that seem reasonably priced were Cream of the Crop and Haunted Crossroads .

Last One Standing is a cheap boardwipe that will usually get rid of the important stuff. Especially good if someone in your meta plays a tokens deck as it decreases the odds that the only creature standing is anything too troublesome.

Wasitora, Nekoru Queen is on theme and can be additional removal or token generation.

BlackSirius on Hapatra and Co.

4 weeks ago

Some good lands include Overgrown Tomb , Tainted Wood , and Twilight Mire . And if you got the $$$ Bayou . Other than that I really like the deck.

Cartrix on It's My Rite to Poke the Dinos

2 months ago

Llanowar Dead ! That's the one I was trying to think of. Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth is a good idea too. But it may not be necessary. Although, I can see it helping more if I lose the Tainted Wood and Woodland Cemetery in favor of 1 x Tomb and 7 x basics.

xaarvaxus on First Attempt at Commander

3 months ago

Doesn't look too bad to me, especially for a first try.

I think the deck still wants Sol Ring , despite it not having a sac ability or ETB effect. Sakura-Tribe Elder is another card that just does work for this deck.

You'll probably want a dredge effect or three as well, Dakmor Salvage , Golgari Thug , etc as they will really prime the graveyard for you. Life from the Loam would be amazing but am assuming your budget is modest.

Your land base is probably where you'll really want to improve, especially needing to add green sources so you see them early. The treasure tokens may help more often than I'm giving them credit for but eventually you'll probably still want to get Overgrown Tomb , Breeding Pool , Blooming Marsh , etc. Fetid Pools , Woodland Cemetery , Tainted Wood , Ash Barrens and Exotic Orchard should be relatively inexpensive and help smooth out your starts.

multimedia on Muldrotha the Gravetide

4 months ago

Hey, looks good, nice start, but consider expanding on the main strategy?

Cards within the deck's budget to consider adding:

Overall excellent cards with Muldrotha:

Remora is one of the best sources of no mana cost repeatable draw in multiplayer Commander and it's great with Muldrotha's ability to play an enchantment from your graveyard. Don't pay Remora's upkeep cost, it's destroyed and can then be played from the graveyard to give you potential draw during your opponents turns. Risen and Coiling are excellent value especially Risen since Muldrotha, Yarok, Mulldrifter and Shriekmaw are Elementals. Stormtamer and Archmage can protect Muldrotha from removal by sacing them; then able play one of them from your graveyard.

Sakura can sac itself to ramp; it's a staple green creature in Commander especially with Meren. Wonder can give Muldrotha flying making her an attacking threat to do Commander damage. Buried Alive , Fauna Shaman , etc. are good here to tutor for and get Wonder into your graveyard. Reborn has lots of utility especially when you can repeatedly play it because after the third chapter it's destroyed. The third chapter can reanimate a creature or Planeswalker from any graveyard.

Sac outlets/payoffs:

Land upgrades:


Cards to consider cutting:

  • Woodland Stream
  • Foul Orchard
  • Submerged Boneyard
  • Field of Ruin
  • Grave Betrayal
  • Font of Fertility
  • Pattern of Rebirth
  • Sylvan Caryatid
  • Manalith
  • Havengul Lich
  • Karametra's Acolyte
  • Kira, Great Glass-Spinner
  • Platinum Emperion
  • Savra, Queen of the Golgari
  • Torment of Hailfire
  • Overwhelming Forces
  • Dreamscape Artist

multimedia on meren

4 months ago

Hey, saw your forum topic asking for help.

Overall your deck looks really good, but consider more early game plays? Max out on mana dorks as they're excellent with Meren; able to ramp into her faster and then being sac fodder to get experience counters:

If adding more one drop green mana dorks then more Forests are wanted to consistently be able to play one turn one. Add more Forests or lands that can ETB untapped turn one to make green mana such as Llanowar Wastes or simply cut some Swamps for more Forests. My advice is have more Forests than Swamps if adding more one drop green mana dorks. Consider cutting just about all lands that ETB tapped? Replacing them with lands that don't ETB tapped or more basic lands.

Meren benefits from more self sacing creatures and sac outlets to get experience counters faster.

Buried Alive and Fauna Shaman are busted with Meren's ability to reanimate or recur a creature. Fauna is a repeatable effect to get a creature into your graveyard and tutor for another one. I see Razaketh here; great creature to tutor for with Buried or Fauna and then reanimate with it low mana cost reanimation: Renaimate, Apprentice Necromancer , Animate Dead , Victimize or Life / Death .

Other low mana cost cards to consider adding:

Lands within the deck's budget to consider adding:


Cards to consider cutting:

  • Crypt of Agadeem
  • Golgari Rot Farm
  • Grim Backwoods
  • Temple of the False God
  • Barren Moor
  • Bramble Sovereign
  • Butcher of Malakir
  • Golgari Findbroker
  • Izoni, Thousand-Eyed
  • Llanowar Dead
  • Mindwrack Demon
  • Savra, Queen of the Golgari
  • Torgaar, Famine Incarnate
  • Underrealm Lich
  • Kodama's Reach
  • Skyshroud Claim
  • Deadbridge Chant
  • Open the Graves
  • Panharmonicon
  • Ever After

If you like some of these suggestions then I offer more advice including explanations of why I'm suggesting to cut these cards, etc. Good luck with your deck.

multimedia on Muldrotha Zombie Tribal

5 months ago

Hey, nice start, well made first version.

I think it's a mistake to play more Forests and Islands than Swamps because you need Swamps more than any other lands to play Zombies. Consider less Forests, less Islands replacing with more Swamps and dual lands? Lands within the deck's budget to consider adding:

Undead Augur and Cryptbreaker are great tribal Zombie cards. I especially like the interaction of these Zombies with Gravecrawler . Cryptbreaker is an engine for Zombie tribal which is busted for a one drop. Carrion Feeder is another one drop Zombie who has good interaction with Gravecrawler and Augur. Plague Belcher has a good Zombie tribal ability. Wonder is powerful when you have discard outlets, good with Island dual lands (Watery, Breeding, Sunken and Fetid). Buried Alive can tutor for Gravecrawler and Wonder and put them into your graveyard. Having another way to tutor for Gravecrawler and other Zombies and get them into the graveyard is helpful to play them with Muldrotha. Deathrite Shaman is not a Zombie, but its a great versatile card in multiplayer Commander. Mystic Remora and Animate Dead are excellent cards to replay with Muldrotha.

Some cards that are within the deck's budget that are upgrades:


Cards to consider cutting:

  • 4x Forest
  • 4x Island
  • Rampant Growth
  • Murder
  • Razaketh's Rite
  • Diabolic Tutor
  • Gilded Lotus
  • Liliana, Untouched By Death
  • Risen Executioner
  • Soulless One
  • Curse of the Bloody Tome
  • Dread Summons
  • Graf Harvest
  • Kindred Dominance
  • Havengul Lich
  • Noosegraf Mob
  • Kodama's Reach

Consider cutting Ashnod's Altar , Altar of Dementia and Door of Destinies to clear enough price to add Phyrexian Altar ? Because of having Gravecrawler then Phyrexian Altar is a big upgrade since it can make colored mana which can combo with Gravecrawler and another Zombie. Good luck with your deck.

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Tainted Wood occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.04%

Golgari: 0.84%