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

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

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.

sylvannos on 4 and 5 drop mono ...

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.

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

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

McKnuty on Modern Sultai Control

2 weeks ago

Phyrexian Crusader is a 3 mana progenitus against a lot of the field.

BlackGuildKnight on Ooze my Splooge; The EDH Returns

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.

Mill Show

Next approach i would recommend is infect a cheap and efficient way to close a game out fast

Infect Show

And if neither of these take you fancy look into commander damage routes using dredge cards to fill your graveyard fast.

Chasmolinker on Sith Empire

3 weeks ago

I like this. I'm assuming you board in Phyrexian Crusader for Bloodghast or Bloodsoaked Champion when you bring in Grafdigger's Cage?
I also have a Mono Black Devotion deck

roelvanesch on Atraxa, Black sun's voice

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.

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