Destroy target creature with flying. its controller gets a poison counter.
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|Mirrodin Besieged (MBS)||Common|
|Mirrodin Besieged: Phyrexia (MBP)||Common|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Pistus Strike Discussion
1 year ago
About your ramp: Farseek, Rampant Growth and Fellwar Stone are better than Obelisk of Bant and Obelisk of Esper, because they enable a turn 3 Atraxa if you drop them at turn 2. I would recommend cutting these cards to put the lands I suggested before: Festercreep, Bitter Ordeal, Retribution of the Ancients, Grim Affliction, Pistus Strike. You may consider Swords to Plowshares, Utter End. You can also check my Atraxa decklist. I organize it by role (draw, ramp, removal, win condition, etc) so I can figure out what I have and what I need. Have fun!
1 year ago
OK, consider the following changes. Obviously you'll need to consider the budget you want to keep with this deck. I'm looking at options to bring up the kill speed for this deck.
If you really want to hit hard and hit fast, then you need not worry about you own life total early in the game.
I know what you're going for in this deck and I think you should look at this dekc from a different perspective.
I'm not talking about play styles. I'm working with your aggressive beatdown style.
I'm talking about shifting strategies in mid-game.
In the early game you go all-out and hit as hard and fast as possible. Get the kill by turn 4 or 5.
Once you've taken out the primary threat, you shift strategies. Change your approach and work on recovery and defense, shift to a midrange gameplay.
Ditch that crappy Putrefax. The "sacrifice at the end step" is too much of a hinderance for 5 mana. It it were cheaper, maybe, but nope it is just crap.
I really like Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite but the mana cost is too high for the early game. Not sure on this one.
I also think you should reconsider keeping the Lost Leonin since he's cheap and hits the field early. He's also a great pump target.
Better infect creatures:
Relic Putrescence - screw your mana rock.
Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon
Pump for the kill:
Invigorate - Because we don't care what their life total is.
Tainted Strike - Surprise!
Snake Cult Initiation - 3 poison counters at once.
Giant Growth, Mutagenic Growth, Titanic Growth, Might of Old Krosa - The classic pump tactic.
Let's consider toolbox utility cards:
Azorius Guildmage - Because screw your activated ability. Counter a planeswalker ability and watch the looks on their face.
Simic Guildmage - Imagine moving the Rancor or Phyresis after blockers have been declared but before the damage phase.
Prowling Serpopard - Nope, I'm gonna get my creatures.
Melira, Sylvok Outcast - Make the game one-sided.
Lightning Greaves - An additional set of Swiftfoot Boots. Yeah, I know shroud means that you can't pump, but there are ways around that.
Unburial Rites - Here it comes again.
Virulent Wound - Poison and removal.
Pistus Strike - Poison and removal.
There are some -1/-1 counters decks based around Hapatra or Atraxa. Since the infect creatures deal combat damage as whither, we can use that to our advantage.
Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons - Put those -1 counters on opponent's creatures to work making tokens.
Phyrexian Hydra - This gets just stupid with Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons.
Lands you may have missed:
I know we've talked about this in the past, but I think you should really consider getting the shock lands. A quick check of the card prices on TCGPlayer puts the shocks at about @10-15 each. Totally worth it.
Gavony Township - Proliferate!
Vault of the Archangel - Need to stay in the game a bit longer.
Boseiju, Who Shelters All - Screw your counterspell.
1 year ago
Every commander deck should have Sol Ring. Strionic Resonator can copy Atraxas profligerate abilty, allowing you to do it twice per turn. Other suggestions I have are: Hardened Scales, Azor's Elocutors, Give / Take, Festering Mummy, Fuel for the Cause, Spread the Sickness, Blighted Agent, Core Prowler, Corrupted Conscience, Necropede, Pistus Strike, Plague Stinger, Tainted Strike, Viral Drake, Viridian Corrupter, Astral Cornucopia, Deepglow Skate, Banshee's Blade, Chimeric Mass, Darksteel Reactor, Grindclock, Lux Cannon, Umezawa's Jitte.
2 years ago
changes done are:
2 years ago
|Land (30) |
1xSeat of the Synod
1xTree of Tales
1xUrborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1xVault of Whispers
1xPath to Exile
1xSwords to Plowshares
1xLife from the Loam
1xHand of the Praetors
1xSkithiryx, the Blight Dragon
1xCauldron of Souls
1xCrucible of Worlds
1xThrone of Geth
2 years ago
Glistener Elf would be great in this deck. Also, if you are going to use any budget growth effects, I would recommend Giant Growth over Titanic Growth because paying a whole extra mana for only +1/+1 isn't really worth it. Pistus Strike may be just a little to narrow to be able to effectively use. The poison counter is nice, but if your opponent never has any flying creatures, the card is completely dead. Maybe something like Murder, Doomblade, or Ultimate Price might be better? Also, for lands, Evolving Wilds is cheap mana fixing, and since you don't usually have a turn one play anyway, is great to play turn one. It helps make sure you have the right colors and thins out your deck. Also, Become Immense is probably the best pump spell in the game, and maybe you can fit a copy or two in the list, especially if you use Evolving Wilds. Invigorate is also a very strong pump spell that is also budget. Since you use infect, them gaining life doesn't matter.
3 years ago
You could try Mortarpod for an easy way to deal infect damage.
Lands from the Vivid cycle (Vivid Marsh, Vivid Meadow, Vivid Creek and Vivid Grove) are an auto-include, but I'm sure you are aware of them. Other cheap lands: Mirrodin's Core, Calciform Pools, Dreadship Reef and Saltcrusted Steppe.
If you feel aggressive enough, Druids' Repository can also work.
Fertilid gives you easy, reusable ramp.
Opaline Bracers fits nicely in Atraxa's hands.
Pistus Strike might open the skyes for you.
3 years ago
I'd recommend Plummet over Wing Snare for a faster and cheaper kill for flyers. At the same cost as Wing Snare (but at faster speed), Pistus Strike kills a flyer and gives the opponent a poison counter, which is useful in some decks but less so here.