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Creature — Elf Shaman
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)
When Viridian Corrupter enters the battlefield, destroy target artifact.
Viridian Corrupter Discussion
2 months ago
Infect might also be disgusting in this deck:
Viridian Corrupter , Glistener Elf , Triumph of the Hordes
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx , Wirewood Lodge , Tectonic Edge Mosswort Bridge , Myriad Landscape
2 months ago
Another cheap card you may consider for sideboard against artifact decks is Viridian Corrupter . It's pretty cheap, and it's not terrible for removing some things from the board. It's also another creature to attack with and for the opponent to deal with.
3 months ago
To start, I think you are running too many creatures with infect. Infect works best when you can drop a creature on turn 1, pump and swing for large amounts of damage turn 2, then finish them off on turns 3 and 4. Generally, competitive decks run around twelve creatures - 4x Glistener Elf , then run Blue, not Black, for the unblockable Blighted Agent and combination pump/ramp creature Noble Hierarch .
The rest of your deck should be focused on pump spells. Here are some great options:
- Increase to 4x Mutagenic Growth
- Run 4x Scale Up - note that scale up does not modify abilities, so you can swing with a 6/4 with infect on turn 2.
- Blossoming Defense and Vines of Vastwood both are great cards for pumping your creatures and keeping them safe from enemy kill spells.
- Might of Old Krosa gives your creature +4/+4, a huge boost for 1 mana.
- Groundswell is fairly easy to enable, so it also gives +4/+4.
- One or two copies of Become Immense , which you can delve your previously-cast pump spells for cost reduction.
For removal, you can use Assassin's Trophy and Dismember , both of which are great spells. I would mostly sideboard these options--you want to come out swinging early and fast on game one, and any non-pump-spell is going to slow you down.
Some more sideboard options: Perhaps some artifact removal ( Viridian Corrupter is removal on a body; Nature's Claim is a one-mana removal spell); and anti-Dredge hate ( Grafdigger's Cage and Ravenous Trap ).
3 months ago
Reclamation Sage will ETB to destroy and trigger ezuri.
Viridian Corrupter will do the same and have infect.
Deadeye Navigator will let you repeat ETB effects.
Peregrine Drake will go infinite with deadeye navigator making mana and it triggers ezuri.
Sylvan Safekeeper will help protect your important creatures.
Heroic Intervention will help protect everything.
Sage of Hours combos with ezuri for infinite turns once you have 5 experience.
Tuskguard Captain will give all your buffed creatures trample and trigger ezuri.
Edric, Spymaster of Trest gets you cards and convinces opponents to hit other players.
Alchemist's Refuge let's you flash cards on other turns and it's a land.
Triumph of the Hordes would be a one shot kill card in the deck as it would give all your creatures infect and a buff.
Kamahl, Fist of Krosa is overrun on a creature.
I'd consider cutting: Arbor Collossus and Elder Druid
4 months ago
You can always run disruption to slow your opponents down so your deck has more time to set up a win condition. Hall of Gemstone and Contamination mess with multicoloured decks and with a good set of mana dorks you won't be nearly as affected. Both of these enchantments also prevent interaction from your opponent on your turn disabling counter spells and other instant speed removal.
If aggro is more prevalent in your meta run some more fogs other than the fog-frog. Spike Weaver and Arachnogenesis are some serious powerhouses that can prevent combat and give you a board to work with.
The biggest leg up most decks have over Meren is the constant use of artifacts, so disrupt them. Bane of Progress is the quick and easy hail Mary for this problem but often can be stopped by Torpor orb so I would suggest including some of the following: Caustic Caterpillar , Thrashing Brontodon , Abrupt Decay , Collector Ouphe (I really like this one), Manglehorn , Return to Nature , Root Maze , Viridian Corrupter .
Meren is my GF's favourite deck so I see the damn thing ALL THE TIME. The deck's biggest weakness is the fact that most of the deck is at sorcery speed so there are some cards to include to make it a whole lot faster. Vivien, Champion of the Wilds , Vedalken Orrery , and Yeva, Nature's Herald make most of your deck instant speed which is HUGE, essentially granting psuedo haste and protection from sorcery speed board wipes. Speaking of which...
Where are your board wipes? I know Damnation and Toxic Deluge are expensive but there are some fantastic creatures that acts as wipes as well. Demon of Dark Schemes , Massacre Wurm , and Night Incarnate are small board wipes on bodies that you can abuse.
5 months ago
SpiralWolfos Thanks for the suggestions! I actually have 3 Viridian Corrupter 's in the sideboard irl but I forgot to change the decklist. As for the lands I agree and think Botanical Sanctum would be perfect for a budget version of this deck but I don't think this tuned version has a spot for them unless I cut the forest.
5 months ago
Botanical Sanctum could be ran over City of Brass or whatever other land you feel is least useful to try and lower your budget by a bit while still having untapped / lands. I'd also recommend putting in some form of artifact or enchantment removal into your deck so that you can get rid of cards like Chalice of the Void that would keep you from playing your cards. Maybe something like Return to Nature or Viridian Corrupter over Necropede since it doesn't seem like it's doing a whole lot.
5 months ago
Sorry for the text wall...
I've run Infect in these colors since Modern was invented and I can offer some advice based on that experience. I've been quite successful with it, including a PPTQ a few years back, but ymmv.
First, Manamorphose is a trap. I understand the appeal since you aren't running Hierarchs, but you'll find it almost never good enough. Casting it blind to dig for an answer is a bag of bad feels. Of all my advice, however, this is the biggest grain of salt. It's a good card in a vaccuum and you should run it if it feels right. Jut remember, it's not a "free" spell.
Instead, run Simian Spirit Guide . It let's you play Agent and Myr on T1, activate Inkmoth, cast your red spells, and keep up Apostle's Blessing while tapped out. You also get to cut to 19 landspretty safely (Unless I'm wrong. I play Hierarhs,so it's hard to figure. The correct number might be 20-21). If you're going all-in on the combo, I can't recommend SSG enough.
Apostle's Blessing is a main board must if you're running SSG,and also probably if you're not. It pushes through damage, can be cast off Inkmoth, and can get you past giant robots with piles of +1/+1 counters. It's criminally undervalued in the current top lists, in my opinion, but I'm not a pro, so....
Temur Battle Rage isn't necessary. You're only ever using doublstrike to win the game, so instant speed isn't important. Plus, your 3 Strobe and 2 Scale Up are the perfect amount of "I win right now" effects. Cast the Sorcery first and proceed to win.
You run 4 copies of Mutagenic Growth if you're leaning on T2-3 wins. Period. Every saved mana puts the math more in your favor. If you're worried about your life total, this is probably not the right deck anyway.
Rancor is funny, in that it's ONLY ever good to push damage through. I play exactly one, preferring 2-3 copies of Ghor-Clan Rampager along side it. Bloodrush can't usually be countered, and the ability to just cast a 4/4 And beat down in a grindy game is more relevant than you think. It also helps with you Sideboard. More on that later.
So here's what I might do to your main deck:
- -1 Rancor
- -4 Temur Battle Rage
- -2 Manamorphose
-3 lands (probably Island, Mountain, and a Forest)
- +3 Simian Spirit Guide
- +2 Mutagenic Growth
- +3 Apostle's Blessing
- (Or 2 Blessing and keep a Manamorphose )
Now let's talk sideboard:
Force of Vigor is a key upgrade to Infect SBs. Clean up multiple Eidolon of the Great Revel without taking damage. Blow up Chalice of the Void with impunity. Blood Moon / Blood Sun is no longer so bad. This spell was printed for Infect.
You need counterspells to beat counterspells. Your pump spells counter almost everything else. Spell Snare is far too narrow. If you're casting Blue Counters, it should be Spell Pierce , but maybe Guttural Response is your best bet since since keeping up Blue Mana is hard without Hierarchs. It's also casts with SSG and pitches to FoV above, which is convenient.
With your configuration, and assuming some of the MD change suggested above, I would run the following board in an unknown meta:
Viridian Corrupter occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.01%