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

roelvanesch on Atraxa, Black sun's voice

1 week 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.

Pheardemons on Who needs friends when you have infect?

2 weeks ago

In all honesty, if the deck is working for you then any more competitive advice probably won't matter, but I guess I can let you know a couple of the "staples."

Blue is usually the other color that most infect decks go to. It gives you counters, (Dispel and Spell Pierce are the usual ones as they easily counter the destruction spells), Blighted Agent, Slip Through Space or Distortion Strike, Twisted Image (which stops Spellskites), and while blue doesn't "give" Noble Hierarch it makes the mana dork that much more viable.

In comparison to some of the cards you have in your deck. Blighted Agent gets out one turn faster than Phyrexian Crusader, AND can't be blocked. Granted, is now affected by Lightning Bolt and Path to Exile, but you have protection in the forms of Apostle's Blessing, Blossoming Defense, and Vines of Vastwood to make those cards become wasted on the stack.

Counters and hand disruption can definitely be argued against each other. However, in most scenarios with infect, you don't want to be playing a Thoughtseize or Inquisition of Kozilek turn one, you want to be playing your creature so you can attack turn two. Also, a Noble Hierarch turn one means you could have Blighted Agent turn two WITH a protection spell. Also Noble Hierarch's exalted has mattered a lot more than I thought it would have.

I also see you have Wild Defiance in your maybeboard. It is such a great card! For 2 life, if you Mutagenic Growth a creatures, it gets +5/+5. That is an unbeatable combination. Not to mention all of your one mana spells now double. I understand that three mana may be a lot, but if you add in mana dorks it is much easier to cast. Probably not more than two though.

I am truly one to believe in playing with what you like more than net decking and playing with what everyone else is playing. However, if you want to get into more competitive circles then blue has its place there for a reason. Infect wants to win by turn 4 at the latest, yours seems like it could do that, but blue tends to give it more consistency.

Wakka6661 on Who needs friends when you have infect?

2 weeks ago

Honestly Ive been playing with it more after making a ton of revisions and its been doing create, I love the control that black gives me and Phyrexian Crusader has been doing wonders for me. I budget isnt to much of an issue

DanNag on U/B Budget Infect Control

2 weeks ago

I added 2 Night's Whisper, but if I had the money I'd go for Serum Visions.
Also, would Phyrexian Vatmother be a good replacement for Phyrexian Crusader if I wanted to go REAL cheap?

g0r3gr1nd3r on U/B Budget Infect Control

2 weeks ago

Phyrexian Crusader is the best Infect Creature in my humble opinion.

It dodges alot of removal like Lightning Bolt (Protection) and can block Creatures with 3 Power without dying (First Strike + Infect)

I'd definetly recommend running 4 Copies. You can take a look at my Infect Deck if you like:

Death Metal (Mono Black Discard/Infect)

cmsrDPM on Keyword Bingo

3 weeks ago

I like Mirran Crusader but maybe Phyrexian Crusader instead. It has protection from most of the removal colors in Modern, and first strike.

BrettonTheKid on Who needs friends when you have infect?

3 weeks ago

This deck is interesting an interesting take on infect, but I feel like it does not perform well enough, I mean you could use some of the control aspects in black to stall, but in the end you do not really have something to deal with let's say Crackling Doom or Deflecting Palm. Phyrexian Crusader is good and Skithiryx is amazing, however this deck just seems to be on the slower side for what am infect deck should be.

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