Viral Drake


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
New Phyrexia Uncommon

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Viral Drake

Creature — Drake


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.)

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Viral Drake Discussion

generalrenard on Scry About It (Planeswalker EDH)

1 week ago

Inexorable Tide, Contagion Engine, or Viral Drake for Nissa? I would run Viral Drake because Nissa can cheat it out, so the only problem would be what to take out. Maybe Avenger of Zendikar as it is very slow? For Inexorable Tide its not a creature so no cheating it out, and you cheat out creatures with Nissa, Steward of Elements, and play cards with Future Sight and Vizier of the Menagerie style cards, so maybe? Since you need to tap for it, you can really use Contagion Engine one per turn, but it will put two loyalty counters on Nissa, and I don't know if it is that dramatic of an effect. Overall great deck, great idea I hope you have fun with it. +1 Upvote

WiltLeafElves on ValleyGirl Atraxa

1 month ago

There is literally no point in wasting a Bojuka Bog on a deck who only used their graveyard for one thing and doesn't touch it ever again

harmonize is probably going to be faster, but it clogs up my already clogged up curve. On turn 4, instead of drawing more cards (which can be done later), I should be advancing my board state.

Cruise can be cast very late for 1 mana, drawing 3 cards, and leaving you the rest of your mana to cast them, as well as activating abilities such as on Ghave, Guru of Spores, Viral Drake, or Contagion Engine. Not spending 4 mana and instead spending 1 mana to draw 3 cards leaves me more mana to do more things.

sarkhanisverybroken: inspiring call is still better :)

TheSurgeon on Modern Mill

1 month ago

I find that I'm waiting to draw land after turn 2, so I can use most of my spells.

Mill is tricky, you can't use creatures and turbo mill. It just doesn't work fast enough.Mill (in any capacity) needs time. You need to make that time.

Your cmc is rather high for a modern mill, but I see what you are trying to do with the creatures and the sword. Not an original idea, but I find this build intriguing. You should take out the instant mill spells:
Compelling Argument for Thought Scour cause it does both for less.
2x Traumatize for 2x more Shriekhorn
2x Mind Funeral for 2x Turn Aside to keep your artifacts and creatures safe.
You'll ever get to play a Grisly Spectacle or Dreadwaters effectively. How about Mindcrank to turn that combat damage you're dealing into more mill power?
Scrapskin Drake and Viral Drake for Invisible Stalker.

It's a start. Playtest and see if the suggestions don't improve the deck's speed a little.

Luck to ya!

Ulberth on Atraxa Control

1 month ago

Previous version

Land (30)
1xAcademy Ruins
1xAncient Den
1xBojuka Bog
1xCommand Tower
1xFlooded Strand
1xInkmoth Nexus
1xMarsh Flats
1xMisty Rainforest
1xMurmuring Bosk
1xPolluted Delta
1xSeat of the Synod
1xStrip Mine
1xTree of Tales
1xTropical Island
1xUnderground Sea
1xUrborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1xVault of Whispers
1xVerdant Catacombs
1xWooded Foothills

Instant (11)
1xAnguished Unmaking
1xCyclonic Rift
1xEnlightened Tutor
1xMystical Tutor
1xPath to Exile
1xPistus Strike
1xSwords to Plowshares
1xTainted Strike
1xUtter End
1xVampiric Tutor
1xVirulent Wound

Sorcery (8)
1xAustere Command
1xDemonic Tutor
1xLife from the Loam
1xMerciless Eviction
1xSeasons Past
1xYawgmoth's Will

Creature (24)
1xBlighted Agent
1xClever Impersonator
1xCore Prowler
1xCorpse Cur
1xCrystalline Crawler
1xEternal Witness
1xGilded Drake
1xGrand Architect
1xGyre Sage
1xHand of the Praetors
1xIchor Rats
1xMaulfist Revolutionary
1xNoble Hierarch
1xPhyrexian Crusader
1xScavenging Ooze
1xSkithiryx, the Blight Dragon
1xSnapcaster Mage
1xTorrential Gearhulk
1xTreasure Mage
1xTrinket Mage
1xTrophy Mage
1xViral Drake

Artifact (19)
1xAstral Cornucopia
1xCauldron of Souls
1xChromatic Lantern
1xContagion Engine
1xCrucible of Worlds
1xDecimator Web
1xEverflowing Chalice
1xExpedition Map
1xGrafted Exoskeleton
1xInspiring Statuary
1xLightning Greaves
1xMana Crypt
1xMana Vault
1xParadox Engine
1xSol Ring
1xSwiftfoot Boots
1xThrone of Geth
1xTormod's Crypt
1xVoltaic Key

Enchantment (7)
1xCorrupted Conscience
1xGlistening Oil
1xMirari's Wake
1xPrismatic Omen
1xPrivileged Position
1xSylvan Library

KnightSolaire on Stupid, Stupid Combo

1 month ago

I feel like using Inexorable Tide would be much better than using 4 Viral Drake Which against any deck with Detention Sphere or Oblivion Ring is pretty much ruined, where instead of paying 2-4 mana you get proliferate just for casting anything. I feel like in this deck most control or green based decks have things that can very easily remove your advantages/multiple copy cards. Also I feel like this deck could use counters and draw power.

Capt_telnet on Fringe Commander

1 month ago

I have Viral Drake, I don't really want to take infect any farther in the deck though. People really hate it, and it makes you a huge target. Thanks for the suggestion though.

DemonDragonJ on Ideas for an Atraxa Deck

2 months ago

I am planning to build an EDH deck with Atraxa, Praetors' Voice as the general, and I know that she is an immensely popular EDH general, but I still wish to make a deck with her, because angels are one of my favorite creature types in this game and Phyrexia is one of my favorite factions in this game.

The idea that I have for my deck will, naturally, be to use Atraxas ability to place additional counters on my permanents: specifically, +1/+1 counters on my creatures and loyalty counters on my planeswalkers.

First, for other proliferation cards beyond Atraxa, I am planning to use Contagion Clasp, Contagion Engine , Fuel for the Cause , Inexorable Tide, Spread the Sickness , Steady Progress , Thrummingbird , and Viral Drake; I will not use Volt Charge, because my deck will not support the color red, Core Prowler , because it simply is too weak, and neither Plaguemaw Beast nor Throne of Geth , because my deck will not be generating large quantities to tokens to sacrifice to the abilities of those permanents. I am currently uncertain about Grim Affliction and Tezzeret's Gambit, so I shall await feedback from other users here regarding those cards.

Second, I will need a method for placing +1/+1 counters on my creatures initially, before I can multiply them, so I am planning to use the following cards to achieve that goal: Archangel of Thune, Ghave, Guru of Spores , Daghatar the Adamant , Kalonian Hydra, Forgotten Ancient, and Echoes of the Kin Tree . If anyone has any suggestions for further cards, I will greatly appreciate them.

Third, for planeswalkers, I will be seeking to use planesawalkers with powerful ultimate abilities, preferably those that grant emblems, and some of the planeswalkers whom I am considering are Tamiyo, Field Researcher , Ajani Steadfast, Ajani Unyielding, Narset Transcendent , Elspeth, Knight-Errant, Elspeth Tirel, and at least one version of Sorin. It is not a high priority, but I would like to ensure that all colors are represented equally, or nearly equally, among planeswalkers in my deck.

Fourth, I have a number of wild cards, cards that do not contribute to the overall theme of the deck but are still very nice to use. Thus far, every EDH deck of mine has both a Gilded Lotus and a Thran Dynamo, but, with a deck that uses the proliferate mechanic, perhaps I could use Astral Cornucopia and Everflowing Chalice in their places, since I will be able to increase the number of counters on them. I believe that every green EDH should contain a Seedborn Muse, so mine shall, as well, especially because she will work well with contagion clasp and contagion engine. I have a Mirari's Wake and Privileged Position in each of my green/white EDH decks and a True Conviction in every white deck, so this one shall, as well. Would Lux Cannon work in this deck? I am considering it, but wish for feedback before I actually purchase it. Also, a deck such as this should definitely have Doubling Season, but that card is currently very expensive, so I shall need to wait either for it to be reprinted or for me to have a great amount of surplus money to spend.

What does everyone else say about this? What ideas can you offer me for an EDH deck centered around Atraxa?

KIngWiggins on Rainbow Superfriends Suggestions

2 months ago

I am making 5 color superfriends right now. Some of the top other cards, depending on preference and play style:
The Chain Veil
Doubling Season is insane
Oath of Nissa

Mana fixing is huge, so on top of oath, cards like Chromatic Lantern, Prismatic Omen, etc.

I also use proliferation so Atraxa, Praetors' Voice, Contagion Engine and Contagion Clasp, Inexorable Tide, Viral Drake, Gilder Bairn.

Extra turns is another common option.

It really all depends on how you want to play.

If you go boardwipe route, you can always use Sliver Hivelord as the commander as well.

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