Virulent Wound


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

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Set Rarity
Mirrodin Besieged (MBS) Common
Mirrodin Besieged: Phyrexia (MBP) Common

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Virulent Wound


Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature. When that creature is put into the graveyard from the battlefield this turn, its controller gets a poison counter.

Virulent Wound Discussion

SamsWrath on The Scorpion God "Non Budget"

9 months ago

A few creatures you might want to consider:

And a few other spells:

greatdevourer on This Machine Kills Tyrants

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:
Contagious Nim
Ichorclaw Myr
Mycosynth Fiend
Phyrexian Digester
Relic Putrescence - screw your mana rock.
Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon
Whispering Specter

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.
Glistening Oil
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.

Crow_Storm on No Friends? No Problem (Budget Infect\Wither)

1 year ago

I would suggest these revisions to the mainboard: +4 Phyrexian Crusader -4 Scar

-2 Swamp +2 Memorial to Folly

-4 Swamp +4 Inkmoth Nexus (I know this is a budget deck, but I believe this will receive a reprint soon, and while 1-2 copies is expensive, it won't break the wallet)

-2 Septic Rats +2 Ichorclaw Myr

-2 Blowfly Infestation +2 Nest of Scarabs

+1 Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon -1 Virulent Wound

Entomo on Pauper Sultai Infect

1 year ago

Dam son, I love Steady Progress I didn't even think about trying to add more infect counters by adding blank counters to the players infect count. You could also use Virulent Wound to add a few extra counters.
I'd also agree on cutting Strider Harness. It seems kinda janky and too slow. I can see how it can help power out an extra 2 points of infect off a speedy evasive creature tho. There is also Viridian Longbow, it's just about as slow, but only adds a single counter per shot.
You should check out my infect build I think you'd like some or all of what I've got going on

$50 Maverick Infect

Pauper* Entomo


Also do you know of any other cards like Steady Progress that might work well? Maybe we could brew a kinda controlling grindy poison counter deck that doesn't even run any creatures?

BenJAMandm on Infected Swamp

1 year ago

Now debiting if I should keep it at 64 or if I can take the Virulent Wound and 2 lands or 2 of something to make it down to 60. I don't think 64 will make a big difference but in a deck that needs a specific set of cards to win its very iffy.

GiantMonsterGames on Mono-Black Infect Deck

1 year ago

The deck looks interesting. Have never seen a mono-black infect deck. That being said I think the needs some more Infect cards to make it work on that front. Most infect decks aim to ambush the opponent into loosing.

You may want to look at what cards you need to play x4 of and push them up. Right now you have a lot of x2 and x3 meaning the deck will not be as constant.

Cards I do not like in the build:

Crumbling Ashes Dose not do enough, you will find it to be too slow.

Virulent Wound This card needs to kill the creature the turn you play it in order to give the player a poison token. WAY to inconstant.

Shimian Specter Looks out of plays. I know you are using it to control your opponent but it is slow and I think you can replace it with better Infect or better hand removal cards.

Hope this quick review helps.

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