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
3 days 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.
1 week 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.
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.
2 weeks 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
2 weeks ago
Phyrexian Crusader is a 3 mana progenitus against a lot of the field.
2 weeks ago
You should look for more infect type to make it more streamlined look for alternate win cons like self mill and commander damage.
Next approach i would recommend is infect a cheap and efficient way to close a game out fast
And if neither of these take you fancy look into commander damage routes using dredge cards to fill your graveyard fast.
3 weeks ago
Also would recommend signets instead of keyrunes and a couple boardwipes! :D
3 weeks ago
1 month ago
I was thinking about making the same sort of deck! How about some more persist (Glen Elendra Archmage, River Kelpie, Kitchen Finks, Twilight Shepherd) with Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and/or Hex Parasite? Also infect (Phyrexian Crusader) makes for a good wincondition and gives blockers -1/-1 counters. For mana I like Astral Cornucopia for this commander.