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

zephyr_chang on Mono-Black Midrange Mowdown!

23 minutes ago

Mono colour decks always lend themselves well to a devotion theme. You have enough black mana symbols to make Gray Merchant of Asphodel a good curve topper. If you go devotion, you can play some copies of Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx. If you want to maximise Zombie shenanigans, you can cut Bloodghast for Gravecrawler (an equally resilient threat), play some Relentless Dead to set up a recursion engine with Merchant, Geralf's Messenger, and Phyrexian Crusader.

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

1 week ago

SKUFFLEZ If I have 4x Phyrexian Crusader what would you replace? This would just be for casual games.

Mairon_Bauglir on Vortex of the Undead

1 week ago

Noogin, I have considered Geralf's Messenger, however as much as i like him, he doesn't work in this deck very well due to whenever I used to have Phyrexian Crusader and he made it too clunky so I needed more 1-2 mana drops, but if I can in future, I will totally add him in, because who doesn't like a 3/2 that then comes back stronger and then can be easily brought back with either Lord of the Undead or Relentless Dead? Thanks for the suggestion though! Glad you like the deck.

KailDaemon on Atraxa, Voice of Infect

2 weeks ago

Revision: Reanimate in and Flesh-Eater Imp out

Yes thats not much of a revision. But even though most of these seem weak, i can make great use of them.

Glistener Elf - great early game and sac-able later to a Plaguemaw Beast

Blighted Agent - infect and unblockable, great early game, sac-able later to the beast

Core Prowler - decent cmc, has infect, and when it dies i proliferate. Its mostly here just to die. And when the clock is 10 instead of 40...its very scary to be at 9 and this thing being on the board, or 8 with Atraxa on board, or 7 with a beast on board

Hand of the Praetors - probably one of my weaker infect cards as a body. But one of my strongest as utility. Infect anthem and when i cast a spell with infect someone is getting closer to death (great synergy with all the infect cards that are just "thrown in here")

Ichor Rats - ETB and everyone gets a poison counter, all thats left is to proliferate them

Phyrexian Crusader - 2/2 with infect, first strike and pro green/white? For 3 cmc...stupid

Phyrexian Swarmlord - 2nd most expensive cmc infect card in the deck at 6 cmc, but makes me an army of chumps with infect that i can either swing with or sac to the beast for more tokens later should the swarmlord live. Yes its the slowest infect card but its also value and a hatebear that draws attention away from other things

Plaguemaw Beast - fantastic card in this deck. Sac a dude, tap and proliferate? Value

Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon - because Skittles

Viral Drake - has infect, evasion, and i dump mana into it as many times as i can to kill someone

Viridian Corrupter - ETB spot removal: primary use. The bonus is the infect so not really here for its power as an attacker but can be sac'd later for a proliferate

Blightsteel Colossus - easy to tutor for, never hits grave, big and scary. Because Blightsteel

This is only the creatures. I have a varitey of means to give infect to any creature i wish to have it and ways to protect and recur my little army of vileness that its like having multiple copies of them all in th deck.

As i continue to playtest revisions will be made to further enchance the idea, but as of right now this deck isnt optimized for any one thing. Just an infect goodstuff deck thats great for anyone to just pick up and play

Moonbar on I wish that the meta was brains...

2 weeks ago

lithium142, I agree that AEther Vial makes the deck better. I mean, it already plays a lot like Merfolk, so it would make sense. Lotleth Troll could work, but I'm not sure that I want it to fit in there, I agree. Most of your suggestions are on point, I have just been on mobile so I wasn't able to edit the deck. In terms of Diregraf Ghouls, I could do it, but I really want to leave Gary in the deck as a two-of. It is such a bomb when he is dropped with devotion on the field. Phyrexian Crusader could work also. Let me test with it.

EpicFreddi, I really like Phyrexian Obliterator, but he is not a zombie so I don't think I want to run him.

lithium142 on I wish that the meta was brains...

2 weeks ago

AEther Vial indisputably would make this deck faster, and more resilient to control. If you can plump up the cash, you wont regret it (and on a financial standpoint, you could wait and hope for a reprint in the upcoming modern masters set. if it does, you get it way cheaper, if it doesn't, then buy it after and i promise you, you can sell it later to get 100% of your money back, and probably even turn a profit. that card only seems to go up in value. just be smart about selling it before it gets reprinted in an MM set

if you are to splash green, i dont think Lotleth Troll and Putrid Leech is what you're after. Abrupt Decay would instantly replace a lot of your current removal (and as it is, i think you should be running 3 Dismember instead of Victim of Night. but you'd want things to make you more aggressive, not slower. that said, I dont think you need anything more than Collected Company and Abrupt Decay from your green splash. if you wanted to get away from zombies a little, then you could add Strangleroot Geist, but i dont think youd get value from anything else.

Last, I think you should lower your curve a little and lose the Undead Warchiefs and Gray Merchant of Asphodels and add 4 Diregraf Ghouls. I also think losing 2 Death Barons and adding 2 Phyrexian Crusaders in the mainboard would make your board presence a lot scarier.

MRDOOM3 on Modern Infect-Budget

4 weeks ago

First things first, are you aiming to extend the length of the game, or are you trying to make it an aggro deck? If you want it to be more aggro, I would make the colors of the deck green, since that color has all the buff spells. You can see my Infect deck here. Best case scenario, you can win by Turn 2. If you want it to be more midrange-y, you can run Phyrexian Crusader, Reaper of Sheoldred, Skinrender, Whispering Specter, Hand of the Praetors, etc. For more unblockable stuff, you can try out Ruthless Invasion.

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