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You don't lose the game for having 0 or less life.
As long as your life total is 0 or less, all damage is dealt to you as though its source had infect. (Damage is dealt in the form of poison counters.)
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Phyrexian Unlife Discussion
2 days ago
Skuloth what is your opinion on Mystic Remora? I'm kinda surprised it isn't on your list. Also I see Phyrexian Unlife isn't in your list. Is that because it doesn't do anything without Ad Naus and because it is vulnerable to instant speed removal? Also curious what you think about Future Sight. It's 5 mana which I really dislike but it does let you draw your deck with Helm of Awakening and Divining Top which are already in the deck.
1 week ago
Ad Nauseam works by playing ramp spells Lotus Bloom Pentad Prism in order to get to 5 mana to cast the Ad Naus - once they cast, they retain priority to cast Angel's Grace effectively drawing their entire deck - they exile Simian Spirit Guide to get enough mana to cast Lightning Storm - hold priority - target you - and exile lands to kill you. If they have a Phyrexian Unlife in play they don't have to have the angel's grace. They also play with Pact of Negation too.
Alternatively - they can also play a Laboratory Maniac and then one of their many cantrips like a Serum Visions to win the game, after an ad naus resolves and there are no more cards in their library.
The deck is one of the better competitive combo decks in the format now, however it isn't in the top tier of frequently played decks, but it has enough representation that you'd want some game against it.
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1 week ago
APPLE01DOJ Thanks! Apparently I haven't had enough coffee this morning 90% of the cards listed on sb wasn't meant for sideboard. They were cards for my maybe board.I liked Banishing Light and Phyrexian Unlife. But I am very interested in your suggestions and I have most of those cards already so sb will be updated later. You're awesome!!
4 weeks ago
And if you would like toss out Valor Made Real and one Sanguine Bond you only need 3 (its a 5cmc what would you do with that the first 4 turns?) and put in 3 Phyrexian Unlife. You can then have multiple win cons
Get a Immolating Souleater out with a phyrexian unlife you can pay 40 life and give him +20/0 then use one of your children or tainted sigil and gain it back and if you have a Rhox Faithmender out you gain 80 life and now your sitting at 60 life.
1 month ago
yeah the lands i didnt bother to worry about but after i proxy it out and test it ill refine it and then add the lands. i feel like its more of a glass cannon than anything. i happened to discover Phyrexian Unlife and i immediately wanted to throw a deck together around it and Melira, Sylvok Outcast so thats what you see here but thanks for the suggestions!
1 month ago
Angel's Trumpet is an oldie but goodie.
1 month ago
Hey Rarian, thanks for the support, Shimmer Zur is clearly the best Zur :D
I should probably get around to updating the description for the CMC counts, card explanations and such.
Phyrexian Unlife went because it was always a dead card in hand and IMO a terrible Zur target. It limits you to an Ad Naus on your turn only, and if you have the mana to cast both Unlife and AD Naus in the same turn you would get better results from Ad Naus, play fast mana/rituals, tutor for Yawg Win, recast rituals, recast tutor for AG, win with AG/Ad Naus, or just Ad Naus into DD.
Unlife is also a pretty bad Zur target in that either Necro is the main line, or you are under heavy stax and you need removal. You'd pretty much never play Zur with an Ad Naus in your hand anyway so the only good time to have it would be if you naturally drew Ad Maus the turn Zur can attack. I don't think I've ever wanted to tutor for this card or to see it in hand, so it was cut.
Etherium Sculptor (and also Cyclonic rift) were cut because I stopped playing Zur in my normal staxy meta and started playing it more with ShaperSavant and CEDH friends. That table has pretty much no stax and is all fast combo so those 2 pieces of anti-stax went out for tutors and ramp.
I've been testing Isochron Scepter and just cut it 5 days ago, it's cool but it is just win more unfortunately. I wish I could keep it in cause it gives you even more T1 win possibilities (with Senseis trigger stacking to draw the deck)
Unfortunately youre right, Paradox Engine is too much of a win more card for this deck. I did make this Thrasios Kydele Test for it though, with an infinite mana sink in the command zone it's SUUUPER broken and wins on the spot.