Phyrexian Crusader


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander 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.)

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Phyrexian Crusader Discussion

SKUFFLEZ on No Friends? No Problem (Budget Infect\Wither)

5 days ago

Sorry about the rather late reply, but here it goes!

@lukas96 I just want to point out that the Midnight Banshee + Kulrath Knight lock out combo is one of the win cons in this deck; assuming you're facing non-black decks. Also this deck is meant to be a foundation to build off of, you make the changes you believe are required for your playgroup; even if that means messing with the mana base!

@DemonicExecuter This question is always hard, and tends to be heavily affected by your playgroup. If your playgroup doesn't abuse flying creatures, you could probably get away with replacing 2-4x Plague Stinger for 2-4x Ichorclaw Myr; otherwise I wouldn't bother with Ichorclaw Myr. On the other side, replacing the 4x Septic Rats for 4x Phyrexian Crusader should be a safe bet in all situations (same CMC, same stats, better effects). Finding the proper card to replace with Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon is kind of tricky, but I'd say 1x Kulrath Knight. I honestly would say as awesome as it sounds, a 2BB Black Sun's Zenith would eliminate 14 out of the 22 creatures in this deck (if un-buffed by Hand of the Praetors); not to say it couldn't work, but you'd have to build with it in mind.

@ShadowFire1 this question really boils down to Contagion Engine vs Contagion Clasp - I'd say the clasp wins out simply because it's faster and doesn't have the potential of clogging your hand as much in the early stages; its a 2 mana Scar that will later be used to proliferate. The 4 extra mana on the engine changes the targeted -1/-1 to apply to all of a target player's creatures, which just feels more clunky than helpful imo.

saturn999 on Zombie Devotion(updated)

1 week ago

how about Phyrexian Crusader in the side when you play against red or white? that was how i had my devotion deck before i decided to go back to the more traditional route. right on for going more original with yours! +1 also if you can find a place for an Inquisitor's Flail to arm your crusader with, your opponents are screwed!

Styrupp on Control mono black devotion

2 weeks ago

Zettsuu: consider moving Extirpate to sideboard, can be a dead card in many matches.

Hard to find good mono black creatures thats cheap. but you could consider Gifted Aetherborn and Tombstalker could be fun in casual games. Korlash, Heir to Blackblade are really good in a mono black swamp deck but cost a little more.

Phyrexian Crusader could be a fun card in sideboard vs burn and control.

xyr0s on Looking for cards to help ...

3 weeks ago

Since you're not really using the best parts of green for infect (fast creatures, buff spells), maybe you should consider black instead?

Ichor Rats to get the poisoning started, even without attacking, use Tezzeret's Gambit for card draw and proliferation, Viral Drake, Phyrexian Crusader and Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon as finishers. The rest of the deck stuffed with black and blue control cards.

DemonicExecuter on No Friends? No Problem (Budget Infect\Wither)

1 month ago

So if I wanted to add 4x Ichorclaw Myr, 4x Phyrexian Crusader, 1x Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon and 1x Black Sun's Zenith. What cards would be the best option to switch out?

BodhiQL on Frankenstein's Monster- Modern Infect (Primer)

1 month ago

The problem with Hero's Downfall is that it uses both Overgrown Tombs. This is why I am considering taking out the Phyrexian Crusader because the Overgrown Tombs are my only black sources. If Jace becomes as much of a problem as I think he will, I may consider some sideboard removal. In the current state, Spell Pierce takes care of him pretty good, but I may need more. The one thing i'm seeing is that for him to be good, my opponent has to play him asap, so if they tap out on turn 4 to cast him and I have two creatures or an Inkmoth Nexus I win. As with Bloodbraid Elf, a revolted Fatal Push takes her out, as well as whatever she brings in if its a creature. The only way to find out the best things to do is to test so I'll probably get into that this week. What I'll most likely do is search around for some decks that make use of the unbans, proxy them up, and playtest with a friend. Then I can find weak points and come up with solutions. Any ideas on what kinds of decks do you think these unbans will spawn or improve?

cak01vej on Silas and Sidar gives

1 month ago

Why no Phyrexian Crusader? He's immune to both Path to Exile and Lightning Bolt, has first strike, and is still protected by your commander, so he's also difficuilt to block.

I would also suggest Grafted Exoskeleton since it's an awesome equipment, and a few of your creatures (such as your commanders) doesn't have infect.

ToolmasterOfBrainerd on The Plague

1 month ago

The BG infect lists I've seen before typically play Phyrexian Crusader, as it dodges Path to Exile and Lightning Bolt and is hard to kill with Fatal Push. It also needs to be blocked by 4 toughness or higher because it reduces their power before they deal damage. Any reason it's not included at the moment?

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