Creature — Zombie Knight
First strike, protection from red and from white
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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Phyrexian Crusader Discussion
19 hours ago
One card that I would seriously recommend running is Dark Ritual because since you are playing mono black it is free mana which can do a lot for you since most of your spells have a low cmc. Also it allows you to T1 a Phyrexian Crusader which is some scary shit.
3 days ago
I think it's safe to presume that you should focus on the zombie tribe, in which case you should be more consistent with your most important cards, meaning, 4 of each and all zombies. First of all your Zombie Lords, Cemetery Reaper and Lord of the Undead are indeed zombie lords, but Lord of The Undead is significantly better, run 4 of him, and add another Death Baron to make all your Zombies extremely dangerous to your opponent. A decent 2 cmc creature would be Relentless Dead or Wight of Precinct Six if you are running a lot of removal. Relentless dead together with Lord of The Undead will allow you to constantly bring back your Zombies, endless creature cycling is a win. A card for your sideboard against annoying lifegain decks could be Phyrexian Crusader, his protection from white and red makes it hard to remove him. Lose all creatures that cost more then 3 mana, in modern that's too slow. I suppose you can keep Liliana's Reaver, but maybe consider an Undead Warchief instead. You should lose Demonic Pact and Killing Wave. They will literally lose you the game more often then for your opponent. Duress should be a mainboard card for you. And you should have more of Liliana's Caress. Same for your sideboard in general, you should make it more consistent.
1 week ago
So your deck is very casual. I can see why Fatal Push wouldn't be utilized by your list. That being said, your deck won't go very far in the competitive scene.
So these will obviously be better for different decks but best wincons in black are Abyssal Persecutor, Gray Merchant of Asphodel, Death's Shadow, Nyxathid, Gurmag Angler/Tasigur, the Golden Fang, Phyrexian Crusader, The Rack, and Phyrexian Obliterator.
1 week ago
As I also play Mono-black devotion. I gotta say I do like this deck (+1), so I only have a few suggestions.
Since you are running a bunch of fetch lands, I'd try to experiment with putting some Overgrown Tombs into the deck, this would allow you to play Back to Nature and/or Maelstrom Pulse and cards like in the sideboard to help out against decks like Ad Nausseum, I haven't played much against the deck, but I feel getting rid of Leyline of Sanctity and Phyrexian Unlife is very relevent.
Regardless whether or not you try out number 1, I'd suggest putting in either Damnation or Mutilate into the sideboard as at least a one-of, as decks like Elves and Affinity can kill you really quickly, and with a bunch of creatures that can't block, you might not be able to live long enough to slam Obliterator.
I'm unsure about Bloodsoaked Champion as it is exactly what it is, a bad bloodghast. I'm amazed that you didn't put Gifted Aetherborn into the main, imo it should replace champion, as anybody who says "it's bad, cuz it dies to bolt" has never played mono-black competitively, as Vampire Nighthawk is one of the best cards in mono black decks, and Gifted is just -1 cmc for cutting Flying, which just makes better on curve imo.
Has Nykthos been successful for you? Arena can be sweet with Obliterator out, just doesn't work without an Urborg. I'd probably up the amount of Urborgs to 2, as you don't want to get stuck with a colorless mana source.
(Meta Dependent) Have you tried out Fulminator Mage? It works great against most decks in the format, but is only relevent against decks like Tron or Scaepshift. Phyrexian Crusader can also be a roadblack against decks like Burn. Liliana, the Last Hope is super sweet as a one or two of (in the main, usually replaces 1 for 1 with veil), as she can take apart decks that play Lingering Souls, Young Pyromancer, etc. She can also dig you into more bloodghasts.
3 weeks ago
I am glad you like the deck. I don't currently own all the cards so I have only been able to goldfish the deck. I love Life from the Loam and Smallpox, and with the release of Fatal Push and with less dredge in the format due to the banning I expect less graveyard hate, so I am hoping this new brew might work.
I think it needs a little bit more work, as it is now it can lock your opponent out of the early game with Smallpox and discard, but it lacks threats to close out the game and the damage from Bob really adds up over time and this deck got no lifegain. I think Bob will get cut along with 1 Tasigur to make room for Haakon, Stromgald Scourge and Phyrexian Crusader. This will allow for more cards to be discarded to Smallpox with out losing any real value as you can recast them from the graveyard. I might add blue as this will allow me to flashback Smallpox with Snapcaster Mage and will also open the door for Trade Routes and Academy Ruins.
3 weeks ago
Also, I would remove the Plague Stingers for more board control to help your odds in the mid to late game (beyond turns 1-3). With Inkmoth Nexus and Phyrexian Crusader you have your evasive and very capable beaters to win you the longer games, just need more targeted removal to help you win the race when it comes to that. Bile Blight is good against tokens and some other wide strategies, Hero's Downfall can help with creatures or pesky planeswalkers, and Victim of Night can do work for you in the MB also.
3 weeks ago
It is nice to see a decent answer to Phyrexian Crusader that guy practicality has hexproof. No bolt, path, helix, doom blade, victim of night, anger of the gods. It's ridiculous. The only removal spell that sees a lot of Modern play that can hit crusader is Collective Brutality
3 weeks ago
Hope that helps!