Viral Drake

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
New Phyrexia (NPH) Uncommon

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Viral Drake

Creature — Drake

Flying

Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)

: Proliferate. (You choose any number of permanents and/or players with counters on them, then give each another counter of a kind already there.)

Viral Drake Discussion

KayneMarco on Walkers of Wind's Fury

20 hours ago

A few proliferate cards such as:

would also add faster ways to get to all the ults.

Strangelove on Marchesa, the Black Rose EDH

2 weeks ago

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Don't forget Thraximundar and Warstorm Surge ...

Here are some houses:

Bloodtracker ... must have imo

Herald of Secret Streams ... where'd this go?

Dack's Duplicate ... +1/+1 clone

Spark Double ... +1/+1 clone

Viscera Seer ... tier 1 version of Carrion Feeder

Mulldrifter ... if is too much then play this

Treasonous Ogre ... seems good

Harvester of Souls ... + Damnation ?

Reef Worm ... endless worms

Spawning Pit ... you can sacrifice the Spawn tokens to recoup 1/2 the value if they're wiped

Drana, Liberator of Malakir ... yes... anything that lets you ignore the throne is amazing

Yahenni, Undying Partisan ... it never leaves the board so expect 10+/10+

Toothy, Imaginary Friend ... yes

Midnight Reaper ... yes

Burnished Hart ... do not underestimate this

Goblin Bombardment ... yes

You could also try playing some big beefs that are wipe oriented like...

Ogre Slumlord

Overseer of the Damned

Ob Nixilis, Unshackled

Revel in Riches

If you count Merciless Executioner , Innocent Blood , etc, with wipes like Damnation , etc, you have 12 wipes and 5 removal... which is probably too much control.

To play aggressively, Marchesa needs evasive creatures with double strike ...or maybe even...

Core Prowler ... maybe

Flesh-Eater Imp ... I have one, you should try it out

Grafted Exoskeleton ... sacrifice might be nice

Viral Drake ... proliferating your +1/+1 counters would be pretty sweet

...Keep in mind Infect replaces damage so either make it a core theme or only play the ones that can get to 10 Infect quickly.

Demons would also be pretty sweet:

Archfiend of Depravity ... wipe

Defiler of Souls ... make them sacrifice

Demon of Wailing Agonies ... make them sacrifice

Havoc Demon ... wipe

Indulgent Tormentor ... another Bloodgift Demon

Kothophed, Soul Hoarder ... draw to get off the throne?

Krav, the Unredeemed ... seems good

Lord of the Void ... betrayal

Malfegor ... wipe?

Rakdos, the Showstopper ... wipe

Ravenous Demon  Flip... sacrifice Marchesa or take the 9 to get off the throne?

Reaper from the Abyss ... removal

Rune-Scarred Demon ... tutor

Silent-Blade Oni ... betrayal

Liliana's Contract ... hilarous

Optimator on Nikki Borgees

3 weeks ago

"One-card wincons" to consider: Insurrection , Expropriate , Painful Quandary , Rise of the Dark Realms , Revel in Riches , Cut / Ribbons . Perhaps Clone Legion , Rite of Replication , Mogis, God of Slaughter , Hour of Promise , Blatant Thievery , Grave Betrayal , or Mind's Dilation .

The Chain Veil , Inexorable Tide , Contagion Clasp , and Contagion Engine maybe?

One thing to think about is getting Nicol Bolas flipped and maybe joined by the other planeswalkers and casting Obliterate , Jokulhaups , Devastation , or Decree of Annihilation . Almost guaranteed ultimates. Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God would be the best--proxy for now and include in first build?

Possible upgrades:

Boardwipes: Toxic Deluge , Black Sun's Zenith , Hour of Devastation , Decree of Pain , Curse of the Swine , In Garruk's Wake , Deadly Tempest , Evacuation , Nevinyrral's Disk , Last One Standing , Perilous Vault , Oblivion Stone , Kindred Dominance , Necromantic Selection , Subterranean Tremors

Removal: Capsize , Bedevil , Hero's Downfall , Chaos Warp , Kolaghan's Command , Reality Shift , Pongify , Rapid Hybridization , Vraska's Contempt , Rakdos Charm , Price of Fame , In Bolas's Clutches , Plaguecrafter , Merciless Executioner , Fleshbag Marauder , Unstable Obelisk , Vandalblast , By Force , Shatterstorm , Hostage Taker , Yawgmoth's Vile Offering , Settle the Score , Dark Impostor , Hour of Glory , Sever the Bloodline , Silence the Believers , Spread the Sickness , Slave of Bolas , Electrodominance

Draw: (I would add Erebos once you're home) Patient Rebuilding , Phyrexian Arena , Greed , Arguel's Blood Fast  Flip, Notion Thief , Windfall , Mystical Tutor , Blue Sun's Zenith , Pull from Tomorrow , Stroke of Genius , Braingeyser , Mind Spring , Expansion / Explosion , Invoke the Firemind , Deliver Unto Evil , Augur of Bolas , Painful Truths , Fevered Visions , Search for Azcanta  Flip, Fact or Fiction , Dig Through Time , Treasure Cruise , Tidings , Thassa, God of the Sea , Day's Undoing , Reforge the Soul , Standstill , Deep Analysis , Necrologia , Steady Progress , Tezzeret's Gambit , Oath of Jace

Random utility: Ophiomancer , Metallurgic Summonings , As Fortold, Pendrell Mists , No Mercy , Stranglehold , Fated Return , Dark Intimations , Spellseeker , Sire Of Insanity , Thief of Sanity , Spark Double , Primal Amulet  Flip, Dragon's Hoard , Mystic Retrieval , Shreds of Sanity , Spelltwine , Ashiok, Dream Render , Torpor Orb , Baleful Strix , Darksteel Myr , Solemn Simulacrum , Wayfarer's Bauble , Vedalken Orrery , Saheeli, Sublime Artificer , Will Kenrith , Mana Geyser , Gem of Becoming , Thran Dynamo , Narset, Parter of Veils , Keranos, God of Storms , Thrilling Encore , Star Compass , Coldsteel Heart , Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs , Ensnaring Bridge , Crawlspace , Expedition Map , Burnished Hart , Torment of Scarabs , Cruel Reality , Mnemonic Betrayal , Yawgmoth's Will , Bloodchief Ascension , Nightscape Familiar , Gonti, Lord of Luxury , Thaumatic Compass  Flip, Dreadhorde Invasion , Fraying Omnipotence , Thrummingbird , Viral Drake , Past in Flames , Mizzix's Mastery , Omniscience , Tainted AEther , Aid the Fallen , Deepglow Skate , Flux Channeler , Rings of Brighthearth , Silent Arbiter , Meekstone , Mudslide , Astral Cornucopia , Everflowing Chalice , Lethal Vapors , Sunbird's Invocation , Stolen Strategy , Maze of Ith , Spreading Plague , Merchant Scroll , Polluted Bonds , Black Market , Grave Upheaval , Memory Plunder , Pain Magnification

Beaters: Dragonlord Silumgar , The Scorpion God , The Locust God , The Scarab God , God-Eternal Kefnet , God-Eternal Bontu , Darksteel Colossus , Colossus of Akros , Visara the Dreadful , Tsabo Tavoc , Avatar of Woe , Balefire Dragon , Nicol Bolas , Hellkite Tyrant , Bladewing the Risen , Grave Titan , Inferno Titan , Steel Hellkite , Vampire Nighthawk , Torrential Gearhulk , Noxious Gearhulk , Combustible Gearhulk , Dominus of Fealty , Roil Elemental , Tidespout Tyrant , Kokusho, the Evening Star , Keiga, the Tide Star , Ryusei, the Falling Star , Wrexial, the Risen Deep , Etali, Primal Storm , Nezahal, Primal Tide , Tetzimoc, Primal Death , Dread , The Haunt of Hightower , Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind , Razaketh, the Foulblooded , Enigma Drake , Crackling Drake , Archfiend of Depravity , Sheoldred, Whispering One , Thing in the Ice  Flip, Niv-Mizzet, Parun , Sepulchral Primordial , Molten Primordial , Diluvian Primordial , Ob Nixilis, Unshackled , Sire of Stagnation , Utvara Hellkite

keevel on U/W infect/control

1 month ago

When you want to mix control and an aggro strategy your best bet is what we call a Tempo deck. You want to slow down your opponent a littlen while speeding yourself up. Otherwise you find yourself slowing yourself down, to also slow them down Law-Rune Enforcer is a good example of you slowing yourself down as much as it slows the opponent, whereas Dovin, Hand of Control supports your tempo advantage.

I like the white splash for Giver of Runes and being in WU would allow you cool stuff like Teferi, Time Raveler (also a tremendous tempo play), it is missing too much of it's aggro side.

It wants Scale Up (note: the creature keeps infect, just gets better stats), it wants Glistener Elf , it wants to protect it's threats with Blossoming Defense . It wants Green. It wants Might of Old Krosa , it wants Mutagenic Growth (even if you do not add green.

Take out the stuff that does not actually help your control or your aggro and are just cute tricks: Grateful Apparition , Law-Rune Enforcer , Priests of Norn , Viral Drake and focus on making cheap threats, making them big fast, getting them through and protecting them.

austintayshus on NARSET INFECT

1 month ago

If you want to make this an infect deck, you will certainly need more infect. Sadly, some of the best infect cards are in and .

In , you have access to: Blightsteel Colossus Blighted Agent Ichorclaw Myr Viral Drake Inkmoth Nexus Phyrexian Juggernaut Ogre Menial Plague Myr

Hope this helps!

mfogle on The Phyrexian Undead

2 months ago

As far as proliferating goes, Thrummingbird can do some legwork in building you up, though it doesn't fall in your zombie theme, though The Scarab God could fix that, along with any other non-zombies like Viral Drake . And on that note, The Scorpion God could give you some solid draw and aid removal since you're already spreading -1/-1's with infect. Don't know if those fall too far out of theme for you (I appreciate thematic decks), but could be solid choices.

DemonDragonJ on War of the Spark: Spoilers ...

3 months ago

Rescuer sphinx really should have had flash, to make it more useful.

Grateful apparition is strictly better than Thrummingbird , because its ability triggers when it deals damage to both creatures and planeswalkers, and, having said that, this is one of the first times that there has been a creature with an ability that triggers upon dealing combat damage to a planeswalker, so I wonder if that ability shall become more common.

Merfolk skydiver is an interesting comparison to Viral Drake ; on one hand, it has a lower initial cost and also provides counters for its own proliferate ability, but, on the other hand, its activated ability is more expensive, and, for that reason, I shall remain with viral drake, because I shall be using the activated ability far more often than I shall be initially casting it. If only its ability had cost , which would have been perfectly reasonable, then I definitely would have put it in my Atraxa EDH deck.

On that subject, courage in crisis would have been a perfect replacement for Grim Affliction in my Atraxa EDH deck, since that deck has a much greater focus on +1/+1 counters than it does on -1/-1 counters, except that it is a sorcery, not an instant, so I shall remain with the card that I currently have, since instant speed is simply too great of an advantage to surrender.

Heartfire is more expensive than is Goblin Grenade and deals less damage, but it is an instant and also is much more flexible in what can be sacrificed to it, so I feel that it is better overall.

At last, there is a card of Massacre Girl! I am partially excited about that, but I must admit that I also am slightly disappointed, but that likely was inevitable, given how great her fame and hype has become since she first was mentioned. First, as a member of the Rakdos guild, she should be black and red, not mono-black. Second, I feel that she should have had either deathtouch, given her fondness for killing, or flash, to help make her enters-the-battlefield ability more devastating.

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