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Creature — Zombie
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)
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Contagious Nim Discussion
DrK4ZE on The Plague
2 months ago
You could improve it a lot just by optimizing the cards you have. For example, all your hand disruption cards can be replaced with a combination of Thoughtseize, Inquisition of Kozilek, or even Collective Brutality. Researching, and finding the best version of each card can go a long way to improving any deck. Unfortunately, better cards tend to be more expensive, but if you can afford it you'll notice the difference.
Finally, as a general deck building rule for beginners: to start a deck out pick 9 cards that you'd like to base the deck around. Run 4 of each, + 24 lands and BAM deck. From there you can shuffle things around a bit (fewer high drops more low drops/more lands or less lands/Varying your removal). This helps trim the fat, creates a consistent deck, and gives you a nice starting point.
- Plague Stinger
- Unnatural Endurance
- Grotesque Mutation
- Victim of Night
- Molting Snakeskin
- Unholy Strength or Dark Favor
- 24 Swamp
Do your research, test it out, keep what works toss what doesn't. Always glad to see new players. Best of luck!
3 months ago
I think without a really strong target like Invisible Stalker or maybe a trick like Cinder Elemental, Tainted Strike will be worse than just playing a strong infect creature to begin with. If you run more Plague Stinger, Ichorclaw Myr, Flesh-Eater Imp, Hand of the Praetors, and swap Contagious Nim for Phyrexian Crusader or Razor Swine, you'll be more resistant to removal and won't have to spend cards just to gain infect. You can use that mana instead on cheap pump spells like Titan's Strength and Vampire's Bite. If you do stick with the Strike, I'd probably go all in on creatures that benefit from it. Vexing Devil, Goblin Guide, and Monastery Swiftspear would be the usual suspects, but I have always wanted to test out Immolating Souleater myself. Grafted Exoskeleton could probably be replaced by or supplemented with Phyresis to speed things up, and I'd also look at Rogue's Passage for Whispersilk Cloak redundancy if flying isn't strong enough evasion.
4 months ago
1White.Fox.Omega1 Yeah, traditional knowledge in EDH says that I should add more ramp. The one problem is that typical solution takes this deck towards a pretty standard midrange list, with lots of small bad creatures. (Because that's what all these infect guys are.) I'm trying to make an aggro deck work in EDH. For that reason I probaly need to add Contagious Nim Cystbearer to up my creature count.The problem with lowering my curve and cutting top-end cards means that my deck also gets worse in the long game.
I realize I'm contradicting myself here, that's what makes this deck so difficult to build. :P
10 months ago
Thanks man, Phyrexian Crusader blows those Contagious Nims out of the water. I added a good majority of the counter spells in my collection to my sideboard. Going to test it out with the counters in main before I officially move them over. Need to pick up some Crusaders soon :)
10 months ago
I would start by swapping the Contagious Nims out for Phyrexian Crusaders. I don't see double black being an issue with this build. Mathematically speaking you should have 2 black mana available on turn 3 most of the time and he can win games on his own. I also like Virulent Wound at least in the SB. Gives you a chance to handle most pesky 1 drops and mana dorks and gives a poison counter so you can start to proliferate on T2. It may not be a bad idea to consider some low cost counterspells also (I.e. Spell Snare, Spell Pierce, or even something like Remand to buy you time and draw a card.) Hope that helps. Just imagine having a Phyrexian Crusader in play and getting to drop your Quicksilver Gargantuan.
1 year ago
I run a mono-black zombie deck as well! Here's what I would suggest based on my own experience but take what I say with a grain of salt as I'm not sure how competitive you want to get of what your budget may be.
Gravecrawler is the quintessential zombie and should definitely be incorporated.
Cryptbreaker is nice for card draw, graveyard dumping, and token production.
I'm a big fan of Scourge of Nel Toth because zombie dragon!
Unholy Grotto is the Zombie land and certainly helps a bit.
While not a zombie, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet is a massive token producer with all of the wraths you run.
Geralf's Messenger is another really solid zombie that can stir up some trouble with a few reanimations.
I'm playing in a more competitive LGS so I've tossed in some other things you may not want if you're going for a casual deck. Cards like Contamination, Phyrexian Crusader, Contagious Nim, and Hand of the Praetors.