Tainted Pact

Tainted Pact

Instant

Remove the top card of your library from the game. You may put that card into your hand unless it has the same name as another card removed this way. Repeat this process until you put a card into your hand or you remove two cards with the same name, whichever comes first.

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Format Legality
Leviathan Legal
Unformat Legal
Limited Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Casual Legal
Vintage Legal
Highlander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal

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Tainted Pact Discussion

Cornelius_1216 on Aminatou: Social Distancing 101

6 days ago

Why do you run Teferi, Time Raveler? It means that only you have the option to interact with your opponents, and you are only running three counterspells. Also, why only run three counterspells? Why Counterspell over Mana Drain? Competitive decks, even stax-focused ones, generally should run more than three. Negate, Spell Pierce, Flusterstorm, Fierce Guardianship, Delay, and Force of Negation are all common good ones. Why are you running Windfall but not/instead of Timetwister? I don't see your deck caring about its graveyard. Since you have a subtheme of wheels, why not run Smothering Tithe and Alms Collector? Or Whispering Madness for extra density? Furthermore, you deck needs a real, tangible, hard win condition. Simply locking your opponents is not enough to win at a competitive table. Why not include Demonic Consultation and/or Tainted Pact and Thassa's Oracle and/or Jace, Wielder of Mysteries? Solid wincon that doesn't require long games to win, but works just fine in them.

goldlion Wishclaw Talisman is probably in there because of its interaction with Aminatou. -1 Aminatou targeting Talisman, activate Talisman in response, then Aminatou's flicker resolves. Unlimited tutors that cost {1} apiece. Avarice Totem is bad.

jaymc1130 on New EDH player please Help!

3 weeks ago

Sounds like a fairly standard Consultation line, or maybe a Doomsday set up.

Usually these wins revolve around cards like Demonic Consultation, Tainted Pact, Doomsday, Thassa's Oracle, Jace, Wielder of Mysteries, and Laboratory Maniac.

There are a number of ways to punish this line of play that are very effective.

Angel's Grace will prevent him from winning and he won't be able to interact with Angel's Grace when it's cast. This will, at a minimum, give your group a turn cycle to come up with an answer to his board state, or result in him killing himself outright if he used Thassa's Oracle.

Trickbind works similarly, it's got split second so it can't be interacted with on the stack, and it counters the triggered ability of Oracle or the activated ability of Jace, but doesn't really affect Lab Man. Again, with Oracle he just dies on his next turn, but with Jace this option buys the table a turn cycle to find a way to kill the Jace.

Mental Misstep is an excellent answer to Demonic Consultation.

Dispel is a good way to interact with both of the Forbidden Tutors (Demonic Consultation and Tainted Pact). Many other counterspells are also excellent in this role. The key is being prepared for him to attempt his line of play and then busting out the countermagic you were saving for that situation.

Spell Snare hits both Oracle and Tainted Pact.

Geier Reach Sanitarium can be used to force him to draw with an Oracle etb trigger on the stack, but is less useful against Lab Man and Jace. Any spell that can force him to draw at instant speed while an Oracle trigger is on the stack will cause him to lose as well.

Torpor Orb, Hushbringer, and Hushwing Gryff are cards that prevent creature ETB triggers and can be good answers to the Oracle.

Any form of instant speed creature removal is an excellent way to answer Lab Man while he has a draw trigger on the stack that would draw on his empty library and win the game. Lab Man will die, he will draw, then he will die.

Despark, Assassin's Trophy and other instant speed universal removal can be an excellent answer to Jace's draw ability trigger. Jace will die, he will draw, then he will die.

Meddling Mage and other cards that prevent him from playing important pieces of his line of play are also good solutions but can be vulnerable to removal.

ChrisNicolella on $500 Budgeted Alela

3 weeks ago

The video didn’t work on mobile. Are there any other win conditions aside from Demonic Consultation or Tainted Pact and Thassa's Oracle?

Queen_Lulu on Search Your Feelings

3 weeks ago

The combo this deck is aiming for has changed. Thassa's Oracle is used in place of Lab Man because even if it's removed, you still win the game from its ability going on the stack. Doomsday is also not used much anymore because Demonic Consultation and Tainted Pact win you the game faster and with fewer cards and less mana. I like this deck a lot but (no disrespect to you I'm just trying to help) I feel it good be better. If you're looking for an example of what I'm talking about, please check out my Dralnu deck.

SynergyBuild on Staples of the Format

1 month ago

Key Cantrips:

Ponder, Preordain, Brainstorm, Gitaxian Probe

Key Draw:

Mystic Remora, Rhystic Study, Sylvan Library, Dark Confidant, Ad Nauseam, Mindblade Render, Oakhame Adversary, Waste Not, Notion Thief, Sensei's Divining Top

Key Wheels:

Wheel of Fortune, Windfall, Timetwister, Dark Deal

Key Tutors:

Enlightened Tutor, Mystical Tutor, Vampiric Tutor, Demonic Tutor, Gamble, Worldly Tutor, Lim-Dul's Vault, Eladamri's Call

Key Recursion:

Yawgmoth's Will, Underworld Breach, Noxious Grasp, Reap, Eternal Witness

Key Mana Rocks:

Mana Crypt, Sol Ring, Mox Diamond, Chrome Mox, Lotus Petal, Mox Opal, Mox Amber, Mana Vault, Grim Monolith, Basalt Monolith, Arcane Signet, Fellwar Stone, the Signets and Talismans, Mind Stone, and Thought Vessel

Key Mana Dorks:

Deathrite Shaman, Birds of Paradise, Noble Hierarch, Avacyn's Pilgrim, Elves of Deep Shadow, Elvish Mystic, Llanowar Elves, Fyndhorn Elves, Arbor Elf, Boreal Druid, Bloom Tender, Priest of Titania, Faeburrow Elder

Key Mana Ramp (Other):

Dockside Extortionist, Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy, Smothering Tithe, Carpet of Flowers, Curse of Opulence, Derevi, Empyrial Tactician, Wild Growth, Dark Ritual, Cabal Ritual

Key Stax/Hate:

Collector Ouphe, Notion Thief, Ashiok, Dream Render, Narset, Parter of Veils, Null Rod, Linvala, Keeper of Silence, Cursed Totem, Grafdigger's Cage, Chains of Mephistopheles, Rest in Peace, Aven Mindcensor, Drannith Magistrate

Key Blue Countermagic:

Swan Song, Spell Pierce, Flusterstorm, Miscast, Dispel, Force of Will, Force of Negation, Mental Misstep, Fierce Guardianship, Pact of Negation, Mana Drain, Dovin's Veto, Drown in the Loch, Counterspell

Key Non-Blue Countermagic:

Silence, Veil of Summer, Autumn's Veil, Red Elemental Blast, Pyroblast, Deflecting Swat

Key Removal:

Chain of Vapor, Swords to Plowshares, Nature's Claim, Dismember, Fatal Push, Vandalblast, Winds of Abandon, Cyclonic Rift, Gilded Drake, Oko, Thief of Crowns, Legacy's Allure, Abrade, Abrupt Decay, Assassin's Trophy, Drown in the Loch, By Force, Shattering Spree, Natural State

Key Wincons:

Demonic Consultation, Tainted Pact, Thassa's Oracle, Jace, Wielder of Mysteries

Lands are Fetches, Horizon Duals, Og Duals, Shocks, Pain lands, sometimes triomes, sometimes the castles. Command Tower, City of Brass, Mana Confluence, Exotic Orchard, Forbidden Orchard, Gemstone Caverns, Gemstone Mine, Ancient Tomb, Gaea's Cradle, Wirewood Lodge, Mystic Sanctuary

SynergyBuild on Blooming Onion - The Best Deck in EDH [Primer]

1 month ago

DeinoStinkus While for cEDH, I don't see us needing Beseech the Queen, as we aren't running tutoring that expensive, and I'd probably slot in an Enlightened Tutor for a Mystic Remora, Mana Crypt, Training Grounds, or Squandered Resources first, and Uro is much better where the 3 life and 6/6 beat stick is a relevant clock and threats, here I think Mystical Dispute is still a wonderful card for this strategy.

I considered it mainboard, as well as a few other 1 mana counterspells, specifically Autumn's Veil, Dispel, and a few personal favorites like Divert. The card is fantastic, but remember that it won't kill any consult players, as you actually are supposed to cast Thassa's Oracle first, wait for it to resolve, then respond to it's ETB effect with the Demonic Consultation/Tainted Pact effect. Doing it this was gets around dying to a counterspell, and is why it's such a popular method.

Just a warning for if you try this, it probably can stop them, if they cant counter back or pay 3 mana, but can't kill them is all!

SynergyBuild on Iron man EDH (new fornat)

1 month ago

Trying to solve the format:


Okay, so, the plan is simple, work our way up from Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder to Thrasios, Triton Hero and Tymna the Weaver Consultation Bloom (Green-Bloom Consult TnT).

Now, why Yidris? Yes, Atraxa, Praetors' Voice is in the right colors, however it is much more expensive to switch from these decklists in that way. Neither Tymna nor Thrasios is in the Atraxa Precon (As seen on Atraxa Precon (Reference)), and Yidris has Thrasios, Triton Hero (Yidris Precon), and when it comes down to it, most importantly are the sultai colors of the pairing, so the manabase isn't incredibly difficult to swap, etc.

Now down to the deck's evolution. While starting with Yidris for it's value is smart, moving quickly over to change out for a Thrasios, Triton Hero/Vial Smasher the Fierce once you make a few dollars, adding in the main engines that drive this archetype. Thassa's Oracle isn't incredibly expensive, however Demonic Consultation/Tainted Pact are certainly not cheap anymore. This means that the best wincons are going to be more controling, and I recommend moving to Vial Smasher as a main wincon.

Keen Sense and Curiosity effects are honestly not a huge investment, and can add a lot of consistency and ability to turn the list into a Curious Control style deck very fast. That can be cheap switches, like Notion Thief, Dig Through Time, and Treasure Cruise to add additional damage and value throughout the game, and just adding some extra cheap countermagic and mana dorks to get them out early and the deck looks really efficient.

Remember, this list already has good synergies for this strategy. Obviously ramp + Thrasios is busted, that's why Thrasios, Triton Hero is so expensive. Just tossing in Vial Smasher as a backup wincon to any number of decent budget threats, some cheap board wipes (think Languish) and some effective removal and the list hits really hard as a strong control deck, easily able to win some games for that cash prize. Being a strongly upgradeable deck, one that gets incredibly powerful on a budget if you have the precon, and also being great out of the box is why this strategy is so good.

Remember for those that wanted Atraxa, or the 5c Dragon deck and wanted to upgrade those to the higher tiers for their manabase, they have to cut tons of dragon and +1/+1 synergies over time, while this deck ran cards like Windfall and Decimate and Burgeoning and signets, Fellwar Stone, Commander's Sphere, etc. Our deck just ran the good cards irrespective of strategy, letting us change out individual cards rather than the whole deck.

Now upgrading the manabase, individual cards, turning more into a curious control deck, perfectly balance in the competitive scenes, hopefully smoking the competition in the early-mid tiers of this format, moving to the Oracle/Consult lines, and tuning will get you far, but make sure you know when enough is enough, as this plateaus with enough money pretty fast, don't go out of your way to get shocks and even mid budget cards (5+ dollars or maybe even less) that can't be used for the Tymna the Weaver side of things. Start looking to upgrade the ramp, interaction, etc. and look to save up store credit to get Tymna the Weaver.

Perhaps prepare by getting manabase that works for both, think fetches at a certain point where either decklist has a use for it, as you upgrade to the best deck of the format, this will be a budgeted version obviously, but even a City of Brass is a great card that just does work for either deck. Getting cheap enablers like Avacyn's Pilgrim, Drannith Magistrate, Aven Mindcensor to replace the Keen Sense style effects from Vial Smasher aren't too expensive, so make sure you are ready to swap cards as you swap commanders. Now work on a bit of manabase fixing and the deck is really ready.

The decklists below look to show where to take the Vial Smasher and Tymna variants on a budget, both based off of some of the cards it would have been expected to have gotten! I personally went for the Dramatic Reversal/Isochron Scepter plan first while testing, as it wasn't overly expensive, and adding in a ton of dorks and rocks for the list was both cheaper than many people might expect, and really really useful when wanting to both have a strong lategame (Thrasios is busted) and also allows for the backup wincon backdooring Thrasios into a Jace/Oracle win!


Iron Man - Mid-Season Curious Control

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Taking the above decklist, refining it for Tymna the Weaver and reposting a similar list and we have the following below:


Iron Man - Mid-Season TnT

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Now, not only are both of these good budget cEDH decks, but they are specifically in the mindset of this format, being the optimal upgrade path to a cEDH list from this mindset, and being the most competitive upgrade path possible, hopefully dominating the format.

Now obviously some people will enjoy the Iso-Rev combo, may move to Power Artifact style stuff after a few hundred wins, whatever floats your boat. I already own duals from store credit in EDH games I run cEDH decks in sanctioned by the store, so it is possible, just depending on the length of the season. Again, my store has a system where each player pays 5 dollars, and gets a 5 dollar coin, they can play in one of two types of pods, one where each player keeps the coin, or the other where people give it to the winner. Under this system, with a $20 allowance per win, assuming 1 win per week you get to build up these lists in roughly 8 weeks based on my estimates.

Make sure to use heavily played cards, discount codes, etc. to get it done even faster! Also, look into other upgrade paths to solve this format, while I tested every list and saw what was closest to the top tier, there may be much more efficient lists early on, so try to get a system to beat this one!


Thank you RNR_Gaming for this challenge, it was super fun to try to solve, and I look forward to perhaps testing my theory in person and crushing everyone xD

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