Smallpox

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Legality

Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed 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
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Smallpox

Sorcery

Each player loses 1 life, discards a card, sacrifices a creature, then sacrifices a land.

Dead_Blue_ on 12-Rack Ribeye

2 months ago

If you’re running Smallpox then 21 lands probably isn’t enough.

I also think Go Blank is worth MBing in today’s meta

DreadKhan on Indestructible Visions

2 months ago

Master of Etherium is a nice good generic Affinity card, as are Thoughtcast and Thought Monitor. Over Buried Ruin you might look at Treasure Vault, it's an artifact land that can make a bunch of artifacts for something like Nettlecyst or Cranial Plating.

I assume the Sol Rings are for THG, because I'm very sure it's banned in Legacy for being completely busted. There really isn't anything else as good you can substitute other than Ancient Tomb, which can kill you, but people definitely run for it's power. There are also Springleaf Drum and Moonsnare Prototype, which can ramp turn 1.

Not sure if it's truly relevant other than as bad 3 mana ramp, but Mirrormade exists. It's harder to cast than Copy Enchantment, but it can copy an Artifact if you want, which is pretty good value sometimes, copying a Land is funny.

In the event of a mirror match, you might like having access to Ravenform to remove opposing bodies that are indestructible or regenerate, it can also hit pesky artifacts, probably worth a look at for a sideboard.

This is going to sound a bit crazy, but you should consider Vault Skirge in here, making a 5/5 flying lifelink is very good vs some decks, and it also plays nice with Cranial Plating. I usually just cast it for the 2 life on turn 1 and try to get a Cranial Plating on it ASAP in my Affinity deck, it has won me plenty of tough games.

I wonder if the Blinkmoth Urns are too slow? I guess THG they make more sense, but if you want to play 1v1 Legacy, you should keep in mind how fast decks tend to be, as this deck packs essentially nothing to spoke an opponent's wheel. I'm not sure you could really fit in counters, but they are great in Legacy if your not going all-in on speed. Of particular interest, cheap/low mana counters can let you protect your indestructible creatures from Exile effects like Swords to Plowshares or edicts like Innocent Blood or Smallpox, these kinds of effects definitely see play in Legacy. I guess in THG you might have a partner packing the protection? I think you either want more creatures or some protection for your bodies. Some counters that are popular include Spell Pierce, Dispel, Swan Song and Flusterstorm, as well as free ones like Force of Will obviously. Good old Counterspell sounds good in theory, but it can be impossible to hold up UU to protect stuff, because getting out a 5/5 is time sensitive, too late and it won't be big enough, too early and the control player can just remove/counter your stuff and win later on.

Cool deck idea!

Dead_Blue_ on Smallpox Party Funtimes

3 months ago

Turn 2 Pox into a turn 3 Lilly would be an amazing play but the stars would really have to align with Urborg & Flagstones lining up for it

The thing is you’ll do stuff like discard your Bloodghast to Lilly then bring it back for free with a land drop and still have mana open the same way you would with Smallpox but there will be many games where a turn 2 Smallpox is not an optimal play, often it’ll be a turn 4 play. And speaking from experience most decks can recover against a pox but Lilly single handed can take over, whatever they draw they discard, whatever they play you negative 2. It creates an unwinnable scenario for a lot of decks. It would go great with the Lingering Souls beat down

Mousemke on Persistant Archon

3 months ago

Skysurfer while true, it doesn't work toward getting things into the grave. Now, if it went to the grave instead of the bottom of library, it would be amazing. Founding the Third Path is the only way it would be cast from the grave and between Persist Unmarked Grave and Smallpox there are already plenty of targets

wallisface on Smallpox Party Funtimes

3 months ago

Dead_Blue_:

  • i used to run 24 lands and have actually gone down to 23. I can run a much lower land-count due to the abundance of Cling to Dust. My games are faaar more likely to end up with me being mana-flooded rather than mana-screwed.

  • Liliana of the Veil would be a really bad choice for this deck, as we don’t care about our opponents hand - we’re targeting their lands so that they can’t cast stuff. Lili would only serve to let them pitch stuff they wouldn’t be able to cast anyway, while also not presenting any kind of threat. Bloodghast is much stroner in that it creates card advantage via Smallpox… and even if it does get exiled it’s still usually no big deal.

  • Bitterblossom could be a consideration, though the deck can often go pretty-low on lfe before securing a win, so is probably more risk than its worth. Sword of Fire and Ice doesn’t feel particularly useful here at all tbh, we’re tying to keep the opponent oppressed, so by the time we could play it we’re prolly already in a winning position

Dead_Blue_ on Smallpox Party Funtimes

3 months ago

Consider going up to 25 lands, as a long time Pox player, Smallpox loves to be a double edged sword. I also suggest Liliana of the Veil and a more resilient threat than Bloodghast, there’s just too much Solitude & Relic of Progenitus in the meta right now. I’ve used Bitterblossom in the past but honestly I don’t know if that’s currently the right call, maybe Sword of Fire and Ice

Dead_Blue_ on Mono Black Pox Control

3 months ago

Here was my list… Of Plague & Persecution -R.I.P.-

Abyssal Persecutor is an extremely fast beat stick, and you simply use removal like Liliana of the Veil’s -2 or Smallpox once the opponent is at zero life to win

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