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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|New Phyrexia (NPH)||Rare|
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Phyrexian Unlife occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.05%
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.01%
Phyrexian Unlife Discussion
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4 weeks ago
I run a similar style with my Derevi deck, though I use primarily enchantments instead of creatures for one simple reason - Creatures are usually easier to remove. But here's some cards that I'd recommend using if you're going for as much resource denial as possible:
Creatures: Seedborn Muse , Angus Mackenzie , Lavinia, Azorius Renegade , Sigarda, Host of Herons , Hokori, Dust Drinker , Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker , False Prophet , Baird, Steward of Argive , Gwafa Hazid, Profiteer , Melira, Sylvok Outcast I'd only recommend using Melira if you plan on having Phyrexian Unlife in the deck.
Enchantments: Pendrell Mists , Frozen AEther , Blind Obedience , Privileged Position , Greater Auramancy , Back to Basics , Land Equilibrium , Propaganda , War Tax , Collective Restraint , Teferi's Moat , Moat , Humility , Overwhelming Splendor , Leyline of Anticipation , Solemnity , Invoke Prejudice , Mana Reflection , Mechanized Production , Overburden , Rising Waters , Rule of Law , Wilderness Reclamation
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Cards to Add: Ensnaring Bridge Bottled Cloister Grand Abolisher Stony Silence Static Orb Hokori, Dust Drinker Torpor Orb Coalition Relic Scroll Rack Mind's Eye Crackdown Austere Command Terminus Worn Powerstone
2 months ago
Melira, Sylvok Outcast also combos for "unlimited life'' with Phyrexian Unlife and helps with cards such as infinite Murderous Redcap for a win con if you are already running Viscera Seer but you do have Vizier of Remedies so its just as good. you also have a lot of 2 mana cards so maybe Claim if you have to deal with red/black removal decks to get a critical piece back on the field.
3 months ago
From what I read in your description, your deck seems to be something closer to an Aggro-control style deck. Play a few creatures early and use spells to protect and pump them for consistent damage. An excerpt from the previously listed link further describes the Aggro-control deck as thus:
"Aggro-control decks are also known as "tempo" decks, though these terms are not interchangeable. Aggro-control is a game plan for an archetype, while tempo is a theoretical concept that addresses the pace of executing a strategy. If you have tempo over your opponent, you are further ahead in developing your strategy. Many aggro-control decks rely heavily on generating tempo. Many aggro decks contain control elements, such as removal and burn spells, yet this does not make them specifically aggro-control. Many times, these control cards are simply to remove blockers or to provide a source of mid-game card advantage. Conversely, control decks may contain aggressive elements as well yet not be considered aggro-control. For example, a control deck may sideboard in cheap, aggressive creatures to exploit a control opponent's early game weakness, especially if the opponent has inevitability. In this sense, the control deck has simply "gone aggro" or "become the beatdown".
That's just my interpretation of your deck though - please correct me if i'm wrong. Removing Ad Nauseam isn't a bad move. Since you're restricted to mono-black you can't combine it with the usual suspects (e.g. - Phyrexian Unlife , Teferi's Protection , Angel's Grace , or Gideon of the Trials ) to really capitalize on it's power. However, you do have one viable option to combine it with - Platinum Angel . But that would probably push you a bit too far outside of your original deck design to include it. I mean, it's also a great card to keep though as it can outright win you the game if and only if your deck is completely optimized to win once you've drawn roughly 15-20 cards.
Would I cut ad nauseum for Ole' SKittles ? Hmm. Tough call. I'd say it all depends on your playstyle. Skitts can win you the game if you have the right spells to support him, but it all depends on how your deck is optimized to win - can you consistently get a creature through and knock out opponents one by one or can you combo off more reliably to kill the whole table at once?
Also, I have another card suggestion - what're your thoughts on Hatred ? It goes well with your commander as it has Lifelink - so you can just pay the 19 Life to pump K'rrik to 21/21 after you swing in and no blocks declared. Just a thought. Lashwrithe was just a random thought - if you don't see yourself using it, no problem.