Vraska's Contempt

Legality

Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ixalan (XLN) Rare

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Vraska's Contempt

Instant

Exile target creature or planeswalker. You gain 2 life.

Vraska's Contempt Discussion

MurderForBrunch on Judith, Ravnican Blood Artist! Mardu Aristocrats

17 hours ago

Hi KingTood!

It might not look like it, but Pitiless Pontiff is one of the best cards in this deck. It essentially can block anything and survive as long as you have another creature, and against Stompy it was pretty damn good (not so much now, as Stompy is almost out of the meta).

Also it is quite good against Esper Control. These days they are playing Cry of the Carnarium more and more, but they still play a decent ammount of Kaya's Wrath , and the Pontiff is super resilient against that. It also allows you to blank a great deal of their life gain such as Vraska's Contempt , Moment of Craving or Enter the God-Eternals by sacrificing the target.

On the other hand, I did consider adding another God-Eternal Bontu . I'm not so sure about the Tithe Taker , my experience with it is that it's removed as soon as possible and the taxation effect didn't matter much. Finally the Butcher is quite good, but the 2-drop in this deck is super packed, I'm not sure is worth over something like Footlight Fiend . I think it's great in a Rakdos Aggro/Aristocrats, but this deck tries to be grindier and with a better late-game plan.

Thanks for the comment, I will definitely consider another Bontu! That card has been at least great when I played with it! :D

Daveslab2022 on Mardu Superfriends

23 hours ago

I really don’t feel that Dovin, Hand of Control is playable. I would prefer spot removal like Vraska's Contempt . He’s just so situational, and even when he’s doing what he’s supposed to be- he’s still not great. If you want a 3 drop walker in his place, I have found incredible success with Davriel, Rogue Shadowmage as he has single handedly won me the game against Control, slowed down Nexus enough for me to somehow beat their face in, and even strips aggro of a card or two before being taken down.

Funkydiscogod on how to deal with people ...

2 days ago

So, seeing your deck has got some good ramp, it looks like what you really need are big fatties that can survive an edict effect.

I have an unusual solution for you: Tatsumasa, the Dragon's Fang as a 5/5 flying dragon. It would be difficult, if not impossible for your opponent to deal with permanently: they would need to have Vraska's Contempt or Path to Exile for the dragon token (and even then, they have to hope you don't Plummet it in response). The 5/5 dragon can survive any number of sacrifice effects, as long as you have to get it back.

If they have artifact destruction, you activate the ability to get the dragon token in response to the spell, and this saves the sword. To bait them into using their removal on the sword, you just equip it to something.

Otherwise, cards that go wide, like Beacon of Creation , or Hooded Hydra would minimize the power of the sacrifice effects.

Boroswins on Sultai Flash

4 days ago

I love the deck. I playtested some, and came up with the following:

  1. The deck needs a way to protect Wilderness reclamation from enchantment removal. +3 Negate and -1 Status / Statue -1 Forced Landing -1 Vraska's Contempt in SB to account for it.
  2. The Vraska's Contempt is really important though, so I'd move the 1 copy to Main and maybe drop an Incubation / Incongruity .
  3. The Callous Dismissal played very well, and while I wasn't thrilled with it when I initially reviewed the decklist, I really like it after playing. The bounce is nice on the ooze if nothing else or to recharge a Vivien, and of course helps a lot before an attack.
  4. Frilled Mystic is great in any Wilderness Reclamation deck, since it Flashes even without Vivien and protects the Reclamation while still being a body. I'm not sure what to drop for it, maybe -1 Thief of Sanity and -1 Hostage Taker to get at least 2 of them in and see what you think of them. They have been a 4-of in every Bant Flash deck I have tested.

Overall I really like your theme on it. This is the first Sultai mix I've seen, and the removal is something the Bant mix really misses. Nice work.

Boroswins on [WAR] Cruel Grixis

4 days ago

I really like this deck. Some sideboard considerations: -2 Thief of Sanity and -1 Commence the Endgame for +3 Cry of the Carnarium . Cry is a really big help against Artistocrats decks, since all the death effects don't trigger. It is incidentally good against all the mono aggro decks.

-1 Ugin, the Ineffable and -1 Vraska's Contempt to finish out your set of Ritual of Soot . Selesnya Tokens is decimated by that card. Also, it is better against the Explore package if you run into it still, since the Wildgrowth Walker gets too big for Cry and Widespread Brutality .

I agree with FastIsFaster that the Sideboard is your toolbox. Your maindeck is already doing great. The +1s you have in SB aren't necessary if your maindeck is already winning, and you need to adjust if it is losing.

Wardino on Ghost Fish

6 days ago

Rather than completely ignoring planeswalkers, I think at least 1 copy of Vraska's Contempt could be pretty valuable. To help mill and gain counters, Ashiok, Dream Render would be greatly helpful as it not only mills 4 but additionally negates things like Vivien's Arkbow . Having Tormenting Voice could be pretty good to help with additional card advantage and provides more guarantee to the combo going off. It also seems you need to raise the amount of blue mana and lower your red mana.

bigsampz69 on Grixis 8-rack

6 days ago

In my opinion you dont have enough discard for this in the list. 8 discard spells is not gonna cut through the huge amount of card advantage that's in standard, let alone guaranteeing you even get it out. I dont count davriel as a direct discard spell because he's also your wincon and won't be able to minus on him every turn.

I'd look for slots for Vicious Rumors , Mind Rot , and consider Eldest Reborn and Vraska's Contempt .

I'd cut the Ritual of Soot , Angrath, the Flame-Chained , 1 Spark Double , Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip.

I'd also add 4 ElderSpell to the sideboard for the Niv's and Dovin.

In general I think these changes would make your mana more consistently black, give you more consistent discard, and kind of rein in the list to focus on 1 thing. The goal of 8-rack/Pox/etc is to literally have them on 0 cards by turn 3 or so.

Daveslab2022 on Life Leech

6 days ago

Hey, there! Welcome to MTG! It’s a super complex game that’s always evolving but it’s incredibly fun and we’re glad to have another player! Your deck looks incredibly solid, I just have to critique one small thing, that every player falls prey too when they first start. That critique is: life is a resource. It’s not important to have 100 life, all that matters is that you don’t have 0. Cards like Thoughtseize and Dark Confidant (my favorite card) are some of the most powerful in the game, even at the cost of your life. Use your life total as a resource. Cards like Ajani’s Welcome are super fun, because who doesn’t like gaining a bunch of life? However, those cards are traps. They’re not good. They have a neat effect, but you should play a cheap creature with lifelink, or a removal spell instead. Ajani’s Welcome will gain you maybe 5-10 life per game, but will cost you immensely when it’s turn 7-8 and you’re at 30 life, and you draw it. You’re going to wish it was anything else besides a land. Ajani's Pridemate and similar cards are also traps. You’ll spend so much time trying to build it up to a huge contender on the battlefield, just for it to die from a Mortify or a Cast Down . Open the Graves is strong when you have a huge board, but if on turn 5 you don’t have any creatures, again, you’ll be punished. I would recommend playing your own copies of Mortify, Cast Down, Vraska's Contempt , or Ixalan's Binding which are all super good in your colors.

Hope I helped! Sorry if I rambled. I’m around to answer any questions you have.

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Vraska's Contempt occurrence in decks from the last year

Standard:

All decks: 0.87%

Golgari: 4.34%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%