At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice Contamination unless you sacrifice a creature.

If a land is tapped for mana, it produces (Black) instead of any other type and amount.

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1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

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Contamination Discussion

WelshGuitarist on Vilis, Broker of Combo's

1 day ago

tiagompm Hi there! Thanks for the recommendations! I may try to acquire a spare Sensei's Divining Top and Contamination just to test them out, but because of Contamination 's second line of "normal type and amount" it makes me a bit wary as there are multiple ways to make my lands tap for more mana or lands that tap for more mana regardless. I feel this slowing of my own mana ramp may negatively impact my speed of the deck.

Also without either Bitterblossom or Dreadhorde Invasion , Contamination won't be as effective and could be a dead draw when another game piece would be more beneficial.

Sensei's Divining Top is definitely a good shout, I just need to acquire another haha.

tiagompm on Vilis, Broker of Combo's

1 day ago

Ho waith! You are MONO BLACK with Bitterblossom ?? Just put a Contamination to see the enemys burn in the hell! ;-)

Balaam__ on Modern Problems Require Modern Solutions

1 month ago

Thanks, wallisface, I appreciate the compliment.

So far I haven’t been back to my LGS to give this a test run as of yet. I did base this off an earlier Legacy format deck I had made (that one ran Contamination for a more consistent mana lockdown), and that deck fared well against a fast green stompy build and some mid range decks, but did quite poor against a blue tempo/bounce deck (faeries? I can’t recall). I don’t expect this one to pose any real competition, it’s more just to try something different once in awhile.

Profet93 on Death by the Damned

1 month ago

I love how you have army of the dammned. You should add a land or 2, cut the less impactful cards, and add more card draw + interaction, particularly against enchantments/artifacts as all you have is feed the swarm.

Perhaps an Oblivion Stone or Nev disk for interaction/wipes. Read the Bones and Syphon Mind for card draw. All these options are budget friendly yet impactful as well. Phyrexian Arena also puts in work.

If you wanna lose some friends, Contamination and Infernal Darkness put in work. Contamination symmetrically gets rid of large mana producing lands and can be fed with zombies. Infernal also puts in work if you wanted redundancy or simply a less $ card.

What is this deck's biggest weakness, aside from grave hate? Budget per card? Meta? Providing this info in the description will help me and others recommend cards

Prominence2Black on Disruptive Discard

2 months ago

Hey man, thanks for checking this out. I actually have Contamination on the way to Aus from the States and I think Bitterblossom would be a great inclusion, although pricey haha.

This deck as it's currently listed played a tad slow, and didn't quite provide answers to the questions that our playgroup's meta was asking. In saying that, with the right first hand draw being able to put Tinybones, Trinket Thief on the table with a discard engine like Bottomless Pit or Necrogen Mists by turn 2 provides a massive headstart in terms of card advantage as you're also removing opponent's cards increasing the card defecit.

The real value in the deck comes from the early oppressive plays like Oppression and painful quandry.

I'm reworking this as we speak so the updated list will be up soon. The creatures very seldom provided any real threat at the table and as such I am going to cull the number of inclusions. Your suggested Bitterblossom should balance this a little and will provide much needed chumps as aggressive plays from opponents with fliers whittle my life total down to a point where Ad Nauseam , Necropotence and Dark Confidant become pretty risky.

rlk999 on Disruptive Discard

2 months ago

Nice list! Really cool combos etc. 2 ideas if you’re interested in locking down the table (as long as your group doesn’t mind). Uba Mask is a great way to keep everyone hellbent, Possessed Portal as well but its a load of mana. Also, Contamination + Bitterblossom can be a game breaker. How has this deck worked out for you so far?

PikaPrince on Gravebloom

2 months ago

Thanks for your suggestions Epicurus! I did overlook Crop Rotation when I was building as I thought it wasn't worth wasting a permanent slot, but I think that I'll definitely give Elvish Reclaimer a try, as the effect is very powerful. Do you think a Dark Depths + Thespian's Stage Combo could be added?

I put in the infinite combo as I found that in my first iterations of this list I didn't have many win conditions, I also try to avoid them when possible.

My playgroup generally dislikes Storm Cauldron effects which is why I tried avoiding stuff like Contamination and Smokestack . Thanks for the suggestion though, first time seeing the card and I will definitely try it out sometime in a different deck :)

rdeller on Liliana, Defiant Discard

2 months ago

Contamination was something I had for a while, but cut since I don’t always have a steady enough stream of creatures to always fuel it, and often times people will just have artifact mana to get the colors they need.

Syphon Mind is just too much mana for such a small effect IMO. It’s not bad, but it’s not something I’d make a cut for.

Blast Zone is just a tad too slow for my liking

Feed the Swarm this is an instant include the moment I start seeing Rest in Peace & Leyline of the Void again

Oubliette it’s solid, and definitely worth considering if your facing problem commanders that you just need to remove for a while. Outside removing problem commanders it’s not great here as we want our opponents’ best creatures in the graveyard to reanimate ourselves.

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