Phyresis

Phyresis

Enchantment — Aura

Enchant creature

Enchanted creature has infect. (It deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)

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Set Rarity
Mirrodin Besieged (MBS) Common
Mirrodin Besieged: Phyrexia (MBP) Common

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

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Phyresis Discussion

KibaAlpha on Nekusar Has Heelies

1 week ago

Why not include Glistening Oil to double down your odds of infect since you are already running Phyresis?

kimosabe on THE Praetor

1 week ago

Aside from very minor infect damage, and a few planes-walkers there is no need to proliferate. I highly suggest taking out some counterspells and a few removal spells. Add a lot more infect cards. Why? Because I count 6 ways to deal infect damage in your 100 card deck. Let's pretend your opponent has removal as well, and can deal with 6 threats; fairly easy task is it not? Suggestions: Blackcleave Goblin, Ichor Rats, Phyresis, Spinebiter, Phyrexian Swarmlord There are so many options. I highly suggest you build more ways to win in your deck. Good luck.

TheVectornaut on Searing Infection

1 month ago

Most of my experience with infect comes from playing simic, but I have played the mechanic in all 5 colors. In terms of power, green is the most effective color to play by a very VERY large margin. You get access to the best infect creature in Glistener Elf (along with the slower and safer option of Blight Mamba), you get trample sources to push through damage with Ichorclaw Myr such as Rancor, Predator's Strike, and Larger Than Life, you get protection bundled with buffs in the form of Vines of Vastwood, Ranger's Guile, and Blossoming Defense, and you get the largest pool of very strong power boosts in the form of Mutagenic Growth, Invigorate, Scale Up, Might of Old Krosa, Berserk, Become Immense, Groundswell, Phytoburst, Noble Hierarch, and Pendelhaven. Since infect is an all-or-nothing sort of archetype, even when running the less aggressive versions, the most important characteristics that you need are speed, protection, and evasion. Green offers two of those things in spades but can struggle with evasion. This is why blue is generally considered the next best color to run. You get the insane threat of Blighted Agent, unblockable buffs with Distortion Strike and Aqueous Form, and protection from spells via Spell Pierce, Dispel, Turn Aside, and the odd Spellskite. Black is the next best. Plague Stinger's flying isn't as good as the unblockable on a Blighted Agent but it's still very powerful evasion as illustrated by the ubiquity of Inkmoth Nexus in every non-budget infect list ever made. Black also nets useful control tools like Thoughtseize, Inquisition of Kozilek, Fatal Push, Dismember, and Assassin's Trophy. White was considered the worst infect color for a very long time since its best option (Apostle's Blessing) can be used in any deck, but the recent introduction of Giver of Runes has breathed some life back into the color. Additionally, I've seen a lot of equipment lists popping up that use Colossus Hammer, Kor Duelist, Sigarda's Aid, and Kor Outfitter to see some success. Unfortunately, that leaves red as the current worst color to run in infect. It has some decent buffs but they pale in comparison to green's offerings. The result is that most red infect decks rely on gimmicks like using Razor Swine's first strike to wither enemy creatures, generating infinite mana to pump into an unblocked Ogre Menial, or putting Phyresis on something like a Spikeshot Elder to bypass combat altogether. Your instant tricks definitely fall in this category. That's not necessarily a bad thing though. If your meta is casual enough, red should still work and it will be much more interesting to play with / fun to play against than a more traditional deck. How competitive you want to be is always up to you.

To answer your specific questions, I would probably start by cutting a few creatures. Most lists run about 12 infect sources (and that's including a playset of Inkmoth Nexus). With Hand of the Praetors on your top end, running 16-20 isn't that unreasonable, at least as long as all of them are good. Infect creatures usually become "bad" when they cost more than 2. That's why I wouldn't usually recommend running Ichor Rats or Septic Rats. Both Necropede and Plague Myr are perfectly acceptable inclusions with very similar power levels. They'll rarely be better than Plague Stinger or Ichorclaw Myr but that's okay if you just want more guys to play. As for Vector Asp, it's honestly a pretty bad choice in most circumstances. While you usually won't need to activate it more than 2 or 3 times to win the game, that mana would be better spent elsewhere, and it doesn't even trigger the Hand. However, given the choice of it and a 3-drop, I'd probably take the snake, especially since it would be your only proactive play on turn 1 (barring the inclusion of Glistener Elf or Inkmoths). Better though would just be to run neither and invest in more buff spells to assist in combat and trigger Livewire Lash. I do like the idea of those spells having cycling in theory, but in practice, the mana needed to cycle can short you of the resources needed to close out the game. Plus, cycling spells tend to cost more to account for the added ability. Cycling lands on the other hand should be fine as long as they come in untapped, although it looks like that only describes Ash Barrens and Blasted Landscape. Just like with creatures, I wouldn't run any spells that cost more than 2 unless they can win you the game like Soul's Fire can. This will also allow you to run 20 lands or fewer, opening up even more slots for gas. I apologize if I'm repeating myself about the low-cost-high-speed thing but that is basically the reason the infect mechanic exists. If you prefer a slow and more controlling style, Rakdos wither built around Necroskitter is a fun option that has some overlap with infect.

echo4lima on Sidar Kondo / Ravos Infect

1 month ago

Change Log: Pulled Phyresis and Contagious Nim. Added Demonic Tutor and Worldly Tutor. Phyresis was mainly there to give my commanders or support creatures infect, but being an aura makes it an easy first cut for adding tutors.

Caerwyn on Nekusar EDH Cards for Everyone

1 month ago

Cut Day's Undoing - due to its "end the turn" effect, you will not get any damage triggers from Nekusar.

Font of Mythos and Howling Mine are traps and should be cut. The incremental damage done by this additional draw generally will not make a difference in games (while their getting extra cards very well could), and these cards under-perform if you are not able to keep Nekusar on the field. Focus instead on running wheel effects for massive bursts of card draw.

The Rack does not really work well here (or in EDH generally)--the damage is small, might not happen due to the card draw you provide opponents, and only hits one opponent.

The Locust God is fairly strong with wheel effects, giving you an army of blockers or evasive, hasty attackers.

Phyresis and Glistening Oil make it a lot easier to finish off your opponents.

Mindcrank combos with Bloodchief Ascension to win you the game.

Consecrated Sphinx is exceptional with all the draw you give your opponents.

Cards like Lightning Greaves and Swiftfoot Boots are good for protecting your commander, which is particularly important when your entire deck is designed around keeping your commander's effect on the field.

Caerwyn on Nekusar the Nightmare

1 month ago

You should cut Day's Undoing--because it ends the turn, Nekusar's damage triggers will not occur.

I would also recommend cutting Dictate of Kruphix, Font of Mythos, Howling Mine, Seizan, Perverter of Truth, and Kami of the Crescent Moon. These incidental, small draw effects are more likely to help your opponents by giving them the answers they need than they are to win you the game given how little "damage" they deal (with most of them providing no damage without outside support).

Forced Fruition is particularly bad--in my experience, Forced Fruition generally means an opponent casts a spell, draws 7 cards, finds their removal/board wipe, casts removal/board wipe, draws another 7 cards and then happily combos off with Forced Fruition no longer being in the picture. Basically this reads "Any player may pay 14 life; if they do, they find all their combo pieces and win the game."

If you want to make this more competitive, consider Glistening Oil and Phyresis, as both can make Nekusar extremely lethal, particularly alongside wheels or Teferi's Puzzle Box.

Underworld Breach allows you to get double use out of your wheel effects.

Spiteful Visions damages you, but, since you'll be dealing extra damage just to opponents from your other cards, your opponents will still be drained a bit faster than you will.

Hope some of this helps!

Caerwyn on Brain Getting Too Big

1 month ago

I do not like Howling Mine type effects in Nekusar. Nekusar wins through wheeling and other massive draw effects for huge amounts of burn (or infect if you want to make the deck more lethal). The additional 1 or so damage Howling Mine, Kami of the Crescent Moon, Dictate of Kruphix, Font of Mythos, etc. cause is generally insignificant in terms of securing your own victory. What they mostly do is make it easier for your opponents to draw into the cards they need to stop your strategy before you kill them off.

The worst offender of the lot is Forced Fruition. While this seems like a massive burn spell, unless you are running infect, it usually reads "Deal 14 damage to your opponent. They draw 7 cards, find their removal to kill Nekusar, then draw 7 more cards to ensure their victory."

Instead, here are some options:

Phyresis and Glistening Oil allow you to win fairly quickly.

Curiosity and Helm of the Ghastlord are strong on Nekusar and create an draw/damage loop if on Niv-Mizzet. Ghastlord on Nekusar also locks your opponents out of playing non-instant spells.

Winds of Change and Windfall are two more wheels you could be running.

More instant-speed removal and some counterspells would probably help.

Caerwyn on Nekusar - USA: VOTE THIS NOVEMBER!

1 month ago

+1 for the Les Mis reference.

I would recommend cutting Howling Mine, Dictate of Kruphix, Master of the Feast, Forced Fruition, and Temple Bell. They all seem like they are good cards, but, in reality, they are traps. Nekusar's biggest problem is he fills your opponents' hands with the cards they need to stop you--these cards generally give your opponents more resources without significantly advancing your gameplan. The extra damage per turn if you have Nekusar or damage-dealers on the field is generally irrelevant, and they are outright liabilities if you do not have Nekusar fielded.

Instead consider running some of the following:

Curiosity is strong when enchanting Nekusar, and creates a draw/damage loop if you enchant Niv-Mizzet.

Helm of the Ghastlord likewise loops with Niv-Mizzet. When enchanting Nekusar and a wheel, it locks your opponents out of casting anything other than instant-speed spells.

Glistening Oil and Phyresis will allow you to get kills with Nekusar after 10 damage.

A few more instant-speed kill spells would also be a good idea.

DeinoStinkus - Day's Undoing is not a good card in Nekusar - its end the turn effect means you do not get any of Nekusar's damage triggers off the cards they draw.

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