Phyrexian Crusader


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

cadet500 on G/B Infect

4 days ago

You might be better off running blue and black. Phyrexian Crusader is too slow for modern infect decks, but I have seen Sultai infect that splashes blue and black only for Blighted Agent and Plague Stinger as well as Thoughtseize (or in this case, Inquisition of Kozilek) usually in the sideboard. I'd recommend looking up Ari Lax's infect deck from Pro Tour Return to Ravnica.

NieJacek on Sultai Infect (Modern B/U/G 2017)

1 week ago

That's an easy one:

Phyrexian Crusader vs Plague Stinger moden comparision

  • stinger has lower cost, you can drop it 1 turn sooner
  • stinger has flying so it cant be blocked by 90% creatures
  • crusader cant be blocked by 40% of creatures
  • crusader cant be hit with Lightning Bolt, Lightning Helix, Path to Exile, but:
  • both die to Fatal Push and Dismember
  • crusader requires two black mana, which is harder for sultai

Heretic_Dragoon on Sultai Infect (Modern B/U/G 2017)

1 week ago

Dumb question, but why no Phyrexian Crusader?

APPLE01DOJ on Modern Black Devotion

3 weeks ago

I'd cut 2x Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx for 2x Polluted Delta. The Shrine was great in standard but it'll constantly interfere with your double, triple, quadruple casting costs.

-1-2 Thoughtseize/Inquisition of Kozilek. 6 Discard spells feels right currently. I would rather have Fatal Push #4 than Thoughtseize #8

Relentless Dead is too slow on too small of a body in modern. I could see keeping 1, but personally I would rather run 2x Bile Blight and 1 Tasigur, the Golden Fang/Gurmag Angler/Bontu the Glorified/Erebos, God of the Dead/Kolaghan's Command instead.

Profane Command is a waste of sideboard space. I really don't think Tragic Slip warrants additional space either. If it's within your budget I would suggest 1x Sword of Fire and Ice or 1x Sword of Light and Shadow.

Crumble to Dust, Blood Moon, Fulminator Mage, Deathmark, Demon's Horn, Lifebane Zombie, Damnation, Phyrexian Crusader, Phyrexian Arena, Pithing Needle, Boil, Flashfires, Terminate/Dreadbore (in place of Go for the Throat) are all viable options as well.

Karzalar on Army of the Spoop *Needs Help*

4 weeks ago

Okay, let's get started, then.

Two possible strategies here to build on, on what you said. Keep in mind that if you want to play around with Regenerate, you HAVE to have some mana open... and it won't help you against sacrifice/exile.

Reanimator : Getting your creatures in the graveyard, then reanimating them via effects like Exhume. You can play a bit of the long game with this.

Infect : Go for the fast kill with 10 poison counters (Infect) via cards like Phyrexian Crusader.

SKUFFLEZ on No Friends? No Problem ($20 Infect\Wither)

1 month ago

@pints34 another user asked a similar question above. I'd replace 4x Septic Rats for 4x Phyrexian Crusader; in my opinion the protection and first strike outweigh the potential -1/-1 in stats when attacking. Some would say Ichor Rats, but I find the guaranteed poison counter upon entering the battlefield too good to pass up (due to proliferate).

As for Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon, replacing a Plague Stinger is probably the safest choice. You could replace a Kulrath Knight since it has the same converted mana cost and wouldn't affect the curve, but it's also one of the keys to locking your opponent out of the game. Ultimately the choice is yours.

@PickleNutz Happy you enjoyed piloting the deck, I find it shines the brightest in multiplayer formats. I want to note that I haven't scrapped or lowered the potency of my U\G infect deck, I simply play other decks against them like D&D: Dragons and Druids & GW Tron: Wrath of the Titans.

sylvannos on 4 and 5 drop mono ...

1 month ago

Herald of Leshrac is heavy on mana but is some super-secret tech that dunks on midrange and control decks. Grave Titan is also above the curve you were asking for, but it's worth mentioning because of how powerful it is.

I agree with others on Abyssal Persecutor. It's probably the best budget beatstick in mono-black in Modern. Desecration Demon isn't really viable in metagames with Lingering Souls.

The other thing to think about are the larger infect creatures, which are Phyrexian Crusader, Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon, Phyrexian Juggernaut, and Phyrexian Vatmother. You lose the ability to win via normal damage and life loss, but you gain creatures that are really efficient for their mana cost.

Distended Mindbender and Abundant Maw are also reasonable when combined with things like Solemn Simulacrum. Speaking of Eldrazi, don't forget the plethora of colorless creatures that you can jam into your mono-black deck. That includes stuff like Wurmcoil Engine, Duplicant, Grid Monitor, Silent Arbiter, Scuttling Doom Engine, and Steel Hellkite.

Lastly, there's Demigod of Revenge. You can combine them with Smallpox and other such discard outlets for maximum value. Nothing like dumping 15 power into play on turn 5!

McKnuty on Modern Sultai Control

1 month ago

Phyrexian Crusader just overperformed in testing. Together with Jace, Architect of Thought held off two Eternal Scourge getting looped with Relic of Progenitus from a skred deck then Jace ultimate FTW. Fends off Raging Ravine, Nahiri, the Harbinger, cuts through Lingering Souls tokens. Aside from Lightning Bolt & Path to Exile , dodges Terminate, Slaughter Pact, Doom Blade Victim of Night, Anger of the Gods... Gives you an out if opponent gets infinite life. Play 2 copies main or 4 sideboard. Not trying to win fast just buying time. My list: Modern VlaDimir Control

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