Phyrexian Crusader


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Set Rarity
Mirrodin Besieged Rare
Mirrodin Besieged: Phyrexia 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

mtgApprentice21 on Atraxa, Voice of Infect

1 hour ago

You've already got Grafted Exoskeleton, so why not throw in Mycosynth Lattice and Bosh, Iron Golem. All permanents become artifacts once the lattice is dropped, so equip the exoskeleton to Bosh and you can just start throwing things at people for 8 infect damage. He's a nice "beatstick" with trample too, but the lattice will enable you to use his activated ability. Funny, stupid, AND degenerate. What do you think?

Also, Phyrexian Crusader is pro white/red, not pro white/green, but it's still funny.

However, why have Odric, Lunarch Marshal, when you could run Akroma's Memorial, which is way more fun!

Finally, you could run Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth and Liliana of the Dark Realms. Lili can solve color problems, and, if her ultimate goes off, Urborg makes each of your lands able to produce . Urborg also makes Sheoldred, Whispering One engage her swampwalk against everyone, which can also be really funny.

I assume you're already aware that Sheoldred and Sidisi, Undead Vizier means having a reusable tutor. It's a pretty neat combo that I've actually seen before.

LekTek on Phyrexian Perfection

1 week ago

Thormonger, yep Phyrexian Crusader is my favourite spell in the deck! You can feel the hesitation from White and Red deck players every time he comes out :)

ghoul_Legion, yeh I've been looking at Mutagenic Growth and it's a great suggestion. It's a good spell and it's on my mind, but I can't see a place for it at the moment. I'm a bigger fan of Blossoming Defense as its hexproof fits in with the deck's control theme. I'm also wary of spending life as there's a lot of Burn around and that's already a difficult match-up for Infect.

Thormonger on Phyrexian Perfection

1 week ago

Looks like fun, I like the switch up from the traditional infect list. Phyrexian Crusader is a beast.+1

OriginLeon on Budget Boros Damage Mirror

1 week ago

Yesterday I had a match against a kind of budget mono-black of a friend. He ran 4 Phyrexian Crusader on the main board. Had a lot of removals and stuff, but I could be able to take my stand long enough to have a shot at winning, if it wasn't for the Phyrexian Crusader. Pyroclasm couldn't do anything against them, and i couldn't block. Can you guys give some ideas for sideboarding against protection from color??! Preferably within CMC 3 or less.

Sargeras on Last Hope

2 weeks ago

I have to agree with nastalgia here, this deck needs action or it will just get run over in the current metagame. If you want to make this deck truly competitive, you'll need to make some changes.

  1. Having tried to brew a Blue-black Zombies build myself, I can tell you that the blue splash really isn't worth it unless you are running Prized Amalgam and cards like Thought Scour for card draw and access to more resources. The only other reason I'd see a reason for splashing blue is to run something like Echoing Truth to remove an Ensnaring Bridge or something of the like. I personally think that a mono-black Zombie build would be far more successful and consistent, but that's up to you.

  2. Every black decks needs some form of discard to survive in the current modern meta, the best options for this are Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek, although there are budget versions like Wrench Mind and Distress which may work in certain metas, but they are not the same and should be treated like they are on the same power level.

  3. While Grimgrin, Corpse-Born, Cemetery Recruitment,Skirsdag High Priest, and Dark Salvation are cute cards that have some synergy with the cards you play, they are all too slow, as Modern's turn 4 kill rate is exceptional, and you will be dead long before these cards will have any effect on the game.

  4. Black has an incredible amount of outstanding removal options, and Bone Splinters is not one of them, and the reasoning is simple. Over half the decks in format, (from Infect to Titanshift) can kill you on their turn, whether it's by an Inkmoth Nexus or Primeval Titan and sorcery speed removal can't target them. Some of the best options for this are Go for the Throat, Victim of Night, and Fatal Push, as these cards can kill the majority of creatures and manlands that are floating around the modern format.

  5. Black has some outstanding Zombie cards that you could be playing, cards like Geralf's Messenger, Cemetery Reaper, Death Baron, Lord of the Undead, Lifebane Zombie, Cryptbreaker and Phyrexian Crusader.

  6. I'd try to make room for Collective Brutality, this card is outstanding against many of the decks that mono-black is not good against, such as burn.

TheDeckMaker2300 on Rise of the Praetors

2 weeks ago

nice deck.

although I know there's a lot of enchantment stuff of infect but i would atleast consider a couple more infect creatures like

not all of them in this list these are just the most reconmended ones

and not that this is a good idea but maybe the chanceller cycle as well for flavor?- Chancellor of the Annex- Chancellor of the Spires- Chancellor of the Dross- Chancellor of the Tangle

Sargeras on

2 weeks ago

First off, do you want this to be a competitive modern deck? Because if you do the suggestions below will be very relevent.

  1. Since you are not going the typical route of Blue-Green infect like most modern players, you are going to have to find new ways to protect your creatures, and you can do this in many ways, first of all, you are going to want good discard, Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek are the best cards in modern to achieve this affect, (Apostle's Blessing is also an idea) You will probably need a full playset of both discard spells to really be successful.

  2. Since you are not nearly as fast as the blue-green infect builds, creatures your opponents have will actually become relevant, I'd highly suggest dropping all 3 mana kill spells in favor of increasing the count of Go for the Throat, Doom Blade, Bile Blight, Dismember or my personal favorite, Victim of Night, since there aren't way to many vampires, zombies, or werewolves about.

  3. The creatures can definitely see some upgrades, you already have Plague Stinger which is great as a 4-of, but the cards you really need to be playing are Phyrexian Crusader and Phyrexian Vatmother, as they are huge powerhouses when on the battlefield. Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon can also be an outstanding finisher.

  4. Since you are so high on the spell count, one of the cards that has seen play in mono-black infect is Runechanter's Pike since your spell count is so high. Sword of Vengeance is also an idea (since it gives trample and whatnot)

  5. Drop Rogue's Passage, Pendelhaven, and maybe Cathedral of War for either more swamps or add some Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth to make those lands actually useful for you.

  6. Obviously this deck needs a sideboard, you have some great options Duress, Drown in Sorrow, Tormod's Crypt, Pithing Needle, Bile Blight, Grafdigger's Cage, Surgical Extraction, Extirpate, Spellskite, Dismember, etc.

  7. If you want any more feedback, make sure to ask me @ TeamSDBags

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