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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Planechase Legal
Premodern Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal



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.

DreadKhan on $outh $ide $uicide

2 days ago

Not sure it's a realistic add, but Chains of Mephistopheles is pretty hilarious with Oppression out, but if I was only going to run one I think I'd run Chains, it's very good at shrinking people's hands, and it's easier to recover from Oppression than Chains. Black effects that put a card directly into hand dodge this conveniently.

With Platinum Emperion out it'd be sweet to resolve an Ad Nauseam, it's not a 'pay life' effect so it works without life being lost, unlike Peer Into the Abyss this would let you 'draw' as many cards as you want and stop at any time. Obviously terrible if you don't have something like Emperion out, but it's an idea if you want some really crazy games.

It's a total pile of jank usually, but since you only run 1 non-Swamp, have you thought about throwing in Cabal Stronghold, as a 2nd Coffers?

I was hoping there was some reasonable way I could suggest Contamination, but other than as a one turn cycle mana denial effect it didn't seem to work, but I remembered Infernal Darkness also exists! Hopefully you can wait until you have a big mana effect out before casting it, but your deck seems very able to generate large volumes of mana needed to support Cumulative Upkeep for awhile, and most non-Black decks won't be doing very much with only B mana from lands.

Not sure how many I missed Profet93, but the Exquisite Blood combos seem to be a big thing in here. Obviously there is also creature damage, but there might not be enough support to pull that off. This seems like a deck that would get great mileage out of Exsanguinate and Torment of Hailfire, but with this many tutors and that much mana as is he should be able to assemble his combo quickly enough to be a valid deck. The Commander seems to be one of the oldest legal Mono-Black options, with the others in it's set being notoriously bad cards, Baron Sengir is probably the most playable of the Black Legends other than Ihsan. I always liked his Lord Soth vibe, especially since there was a couple books featuring Lord Soth in Ravenloft, where he got tangled up in his own demi-plane by crossing the Big Bad Vampire, Strahd.

griffstick on infinite rats

1 week ago

Cards that make it hard or impossible to play the game. It makes for a frustrating game cards like Stasis Blood Moon and Static Orb are stax so is Contamination, all three of these cards (and there are many many more cards like these) all of these cards make the game hard or impossible to play... so if you add a card like Contamination and your opponents can't play because they are not playing in black. They will feel like they should do the same to you. And then they will also play cards like these. That is a "stax and tax war" amungst your friends.

Tax are cards that make it cost more to do things in the game. Cards Like Thalia, Guardian of Thraben and Trinisphere and Grand Arbiter Augustin IV are tax effects.

griffstick on infinite rats

2 weeks ago

Careful with Contamination if your bring this card into your playgroup you will start a "tax and stax war" amunst your friends. I think No Mercy is the better choice just in fair fun of it.

legendofa on infinite rats

2 weeks ago

If your budget can handle it, and it seems like it can attack this point, either Contamination or No Mercy for some hard control.

debuf on infinite rats

2 weeks ago

but either way, his commander now is Atarka, don't know which of the two. the heck do I replace for Oubliette? and besides, even if I do get it out, he has card(s) that can remove anything on the board. the only way I can think of disabling his deck is with Contamination.

legendofa on infinite rats

2 weeks ago

is kind of weak in direct stat buff enchantments and removal enchantments. For another couple of big budget defensive/control options, Contamination and No Mercy can shut down nonblack and aggressive decks, respectively.

There's only like four cards total that can bring back a card that an opponent exiled, and none of them really help you: Karn, the Great Creator, Pull from Eternity, Riftsweeper, and Coax from the Blind Eternities. There might be a couple more I'm missing, but it's very shallow space. The exile zone was designed to be the perma-dead zone.

legendofa on Help me Build the ultimate …

3 weeks ago

I'm assuming budget is not a significant issue here, going off the array of tutors and fetchlands.

Feed the Swarm could be a reasonable sideboard card, or even mainboard if you know Blood Moon and Circles of Protection will be regular threats.

Contamination + a token generator like Jadar, Ghoulcaller of Nephalia or Ophiomancer is a good stall setup as you pull your combo together, and has potential as a counter-Blood Moon, but it eats up a lot of card slots. This can also help against Edicts, giving you more options to sacrifice.

Revenge of Ravens is a little mana-heavy, but will shut down any number of 1/X attackers. No Mercy is equally mana-heavy, but will shut down most attackers.

Spellskite can redirect targeted effects to itself, protecting your Marit Lage from those. There's not much mono-black can do against mass exile like Farewell or Settle the Wreckage, so those would be a good target for a late Thoughtseize.

lhetrick13 on Aristocrats deck needs help

3 weeks ago

Mattio38 - Two great sac outlets you might consider are Contamination and Attrition. I noticed you do seem to have a Treasure Token subtheme going on so Contamination will likely impact your opponents more than you and potentially complete lock them out if they are not running any . Attrition is great as is helps ensure that your opponents' board state is never to large are most aristocrat decks are built around creating lots of little things and sacrificing them for a net benefit so having the largest/biggest board state is not likely unless you interact often with your opponent. Butcher of Malakir provides a similar role but looks like would not be the most useful in your deck.

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