Phyrexian Crusader


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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

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Phyrexian Crusader

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.)

Phyrexian Crusader Discussion

pr0mille on Budget Infect

2 months ago

Sculpted the deck a bit based on suggestions. Thanks btw. :) Still wondering about options for countering, creatures ( Blight Mamba , Phyrexian Crusader , Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon , Ichorclaw Myr , etc.), protecting the creatures ( Dive Down , Mizzium Skin , etc.), penetration ( Artful Dodge , etc.), boost ( Larger Than Life , Predator's Strike , more Vines of Vastwood , etc.), mana base, etc. Sideboard needs overhaul too. Phew!

pressh128 on BR INFECT

3 months ago

Phyrexian Crusader is pro white and red. You can nit pick its weaknesses, but overall seems good against removal. Just get a Cavern of Souls naming Zombos and you should be set.

DuTogira on Stoneforge Mystic: how to use ...

3 months ago

PlatinumOne what if you don't have Sigarda's Aid in play? None of the equipment carriers that you just mentioned, save for maybe puresteel, are good enough to warrant playing on their own. An equipment deck needs to use its equipment to help already good creatures hit an even higher ceiling. I'd argue that the only creatures that modern has that fit that bill are Mirran Crusader and Phyrexian Crusader , MAYBE with Puresteel Paladin (but he's far better in Cheerios where he can be a draw engine). Maybe Sram, Senior Edificer makes its way into modern equipment lists too... but I'm gonna hold onto my skepticism because I've gotten stuck in modern goldfish bowls a few too many times to jump into a new one so eagerly.

DuTogira on Stoneforge Mystic: how to use ...

3 months ago

Given how lackluster modern's "stick holders" are in general, I think SFM is either fetching up top-end equipment to close out games ( Batterskull specifically), OR specifically Sword of the Meek as a good tutor for that part of the thopter sword combo.
The swords of X and Y are good, but modern has too much good removal relative to the mana costs of the swords for me to believe they'll make a deck T1. Assassin's Trophy , Abrupt Decay , Cindervines , all creature removal in response to attempts to equip... I don't see the swords overcoming the huge tempo disadvantage that they represent when combined with the fact that you need to have a living, unequipped creature to equip them to. That's a huge ask in modern which STILL loses to a Reality Smasher .
I guess you could rock Mirran Crusader and Phyrexian Crusader with the swords and SFM, but at that point you're so all in on the equipment strategy that you're really playing B/W equipment midrange, and not any other strategy. I'm not sure that B/W equipment midrange is good enough to be a top tier deck. Don't get me wrong, it has all the potential (good removal from Path to Exile / Fatal Push , hand disruption from Black), but it lacks card draw, and that's a huge problem for a deck that's trying to put sticks on creatures. Your creatures start counting for 2 cards instead of 1, which makes a B/W midrange deck have to fight an uphill value battle against decks that will undoubtedly be faster.
Batterskull as a new control wincon is fine. Having 1-2 Vigilant, lifelinking beaters that can dodge relevant removal at instant speed is nuts for a control deck. Cheating those in for 2 at instant speed is definitely the nuts.
As far as thopter sword goes ( Sword of the Meek + Thopter Foundry )... The deck struggles to find its combo components in time, and being able to replace some of your Muddle the Mixture / Whir of Invention // Gifts Ungiven s (which are good cards but super slow tempo wise) with a body that blocks and tutors for just ? That sounds good, and might just be the push the deck needs to really hit the competitive scene.

Catpocolypse on BR INFECT

4 months ago

I can see what you are trying to do here, and looking through your description and comments I can see that you are trying to play a safer style of Infect.

Even with this in mind, Infect's main strength is still being on the the fastest decks in the game. I think that you are taking away from that innate strength. I think that you need to splash Green. I understand that this is something that you might want to do, but I think that it will make this deck able to compete with other decks to a higher degree. Getting access to common Infect cards like Glistener Elf and Mutagenic Growth is imperative to Infect as a deck. A t1 Glistener Elf is a really problem, whereas a t3 Phyrexian Crusader is kind of meh. It has infect, but by now you can deal with it pretty easily.

EasterEllis on Mono Black Devotion

4 months ago

I have to agree with you about Geralf's Messenger being clunky, actually. I've been playing a similar mono-black midrange list for about 6 months now and I too find that dropping him on turn 3 just doesn't cut it for most match-ups. I've tried combinations of Nyxathid , Nightveil Specter and even Phyrexian Crusader in his place and they generally have more of an impact when they hit the board. Nyxathid especially has caught a lot of people off-guard.

I really hope we can make a deck viable for Phyrexian Obliterator in the current meta, as he (she?) is probably my all-time favourite card!

God speed good sir.

HxC-Spazz on BR INFECT

4 months ago

Hi itachi45 !

First of all, thanks for your comment !

I've always liked Infect but never was a big fan of the usual aggro/combo variant. So i played a Mono Black style since a long time because i love Phyrexian Crusader and think it can be a very efficient win-con in Modern. B/G should be the way to go but i'm pretty sure a Rakdos variant could have decent results : casting Anger of the Gods when you have a Crusader on the board is pretty enjoyable and Blood Moon is still a thing in Modern.

I have only play-tested the deck on MTGO for now and made some choices :

I will still give a go to different things on MTGO and refine the deck to try to find the best options ! I usually play another deck in FNM but if my attempts are conclusives i will try it IRL ;)

(Sorry if my english isn't perfect, i'm french^^)

SirRaptorAttacks on Infect

6 months ago

Phyrexian Crusader is a very strong card, and probably worth running over Plague Stinger. I'd also cut Giant Growth, as it doesn't have great mana-to-power value compared to Groundswell and Krosa. Maybe considering running some efficient removal like Go for the Throat or Doom Blade? I might also swap out the Abrupt Decay for Fatal Push.

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