Virulent Plague

Legality

Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Dragons of Tarkir (DTK) Uncommon

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Virulent Plague

Enchantment

Creature tokens get -2/-2.

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Virulent Plague Discussion

CharonSquared on Need help with a Transformative ...

2 days ago

Usually, the main purpose of a transformational sideboard is to change your deck's gameplan so that your opponent's answers are less effective. For example, if you run a storm deck, your opponents will likely sideboard out most of their removal. If you sideboard into Splinter Twin + Pestermite, you have a decent chance of comboing off unopposed because they don't have their kill spells. The problem with the plan you're suggesting is that it is too similar to your original deck; when your opponent sees a bunch of planeswalkers and tokens, they'll take out spot removal and bring in Illness in the Ranks/Virulent Plague and flexible removal such as Oblivion Ring, Detention Sphere, and Maelstrom Pulse. So they'll still be well prepared against a more traditional WB Tokens deck.

Gamernatic on What dies if a 1/1 ...

1 month ago

My friend has a commander deck that makes a bunch of 1/1 tokens. He also runs Obelisk of Urd, which gives them all +2/+2. I have Virulent Plague, giving those same tokens -2/-2. I know his preexisting tokens will survive, but when another token enters the battlefield, will it die first or get buffed first?

Isaiah13 on Meren's Macabre Masquerade

1 month ago

Definitely throw in Golgari Grave-Troll for his dredge ability and his ability to get huge which in turn allows you to find Golgari Lich Lord and use his ability to sac grave troll to make the opponent lose a massive amount of life and get him in the graveyard again to rinse and repeat. I would also recommend token killers as that is what can defeat meren, such cards as Virulent Plague and Archfiend of Depravity. And if you have Dictate of Erebos you might want to consider Grave Pact and Butcher of Malakir . Just some suggestions (: You can look at my deck if you want anymore.

APPLE01DOJ on 8-Rack

2 months ago

Mana looks good, SB could use some work.

Maybe...

Illness in the Ranks or Virulent Plague for tokens

Memoricide or Torpor Orb for combo?

Grafdigger's Cage for COCO decks

Sudden Spoiling for Bogles & Zoo

Contaminated Ground for Eldrazi, Merfolk, & Tron.

Pithing Needle for planeswalkers and fetches

Demon's Horn for Burn & Mirrors

Ensnaring Bridge for all creature decks

cosmcbun on GLORIOUS SWISS VICTORY

2 months ago

I might suggest Virulent Plague for the Xathrid combo, or just as a general illness in the ranks substitute. Great deck!

TheVectornaut on Need suggestions for abusing Revel ...

3 months ago

I saw an mtgGoldfish brewing video that talked about using Illness in the Ranks and Virulent Plague to kill off tokens from Hunted Phantasm and Hunted Dragon or even Hunted Horror under the right circumstances. You get overstatted creatures to apply pressure or control the board while your opponent's compensation is transmogrified into bonus treasure.

Imp_Storm on Pain Has An Element Of Blank

3 months ago

DrkNinja there really isn't a good way that i have found. that being said learn to play around it. Trespasser's Curse opened a few new turn orders for my deck. You could also look at running Virulent Plague, more expensive but has the same effect. bumps your count of illness to 5 effectively.

NoSoyYucateco that is exactly what i swapped it with.

Sweech on Salt Sisters (Now with 80% more sodium)

3 months ago

I really like the look and idea behind this deck and am interested in trying it out for myself.

My initial thoughts are this:

Yahenni, Undying Partisan combos quite well with all the opponents dying tokens to make a hasty, beefy, indestructible possible wincon. The sac outlet also plays quite well with Blood Artist.

Have you thought about cutting out the Soul Sisters elements of this deck and considered going for a full out damage idea instead? Opting for a full 4 of Blood Artist (which I consider to be one of the most powerful creatures) and Blood Seeker (or something else). Would also go with my earlier Yahenni suggestion to get more aggressive.

I would also consider cutting blue. Swan Song is decent, but replaceable and the biggest reason to play blue is Hunted Phantasm which is the strongest of the "hunted" cards - as it can rumble for unblockable damage and 5 1/1 tokens combos with the rest of the deck nicely. That said I'd consider opting for Hunted Horror or Hunted Troll (if you went green instead of blue). The Hunted Horror only makes 2 3/3s which is the weakest token production, but a 7/7 trampler could be better for just simply racing your opponent for damage which is what I think this deck has the better potential to actually do. Making this deck more closely resemble RDWs with Hunted Horror acting almost as a Ball Lightning type creature.

I know I'm advocating cutting blue to make the deck run smoother, but as someone already suggested Commune with the Gods would go really well in this deck as your best cards happen to be creatures and enchantments that all combo with one another. If blue was kept instead of green Forbidden Alchemy essentially would do the same job. If either of these were used Return to the Ranks could be an option as it fits the CMC especially if you were using Hunted Horrors. Or even run both Hunteds.

Conversely you could also consider cutting white strangely enough. I already think cutting the Soul sisters is a good idea as they aren't quite as good in a deck not dedicated to life gain. Ghostly Prison is also cuttable/replaceable and I don't think 4 are necessary anyway. That said I really like what Suture Priest does in this deck and she alone somewhat makes me want to keep white. Essence Warden could be used as well if you still desire the effect but want to go more B/G.

Other cards I thought of:Bile Blight, Zulaport Cutthroat, Collective Brutality, Zealous Persecution, Virulent Plague, Bloodcrazed Paladin (similar to Yaheni), Ruin Raider, Toshiro Umezawa - Not for this deck, but one with more instants especially Mercy Killing and Forbidden Alchemycould be interesting.

Sorry for the long comment, but I really like the deck and the idea and think there's a lot of ways you could go with it - hence all my suggestions! Especially adding Yahenni, Undying Partisan who I think would do a lot in a deck like this.

Happy brewing! :)

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