Phyresis

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper Duel Commander Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Phyresis

Enchantment — Aura

Enchant creature

Enchanted creature has infect. (It deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)

TheOfficialCreator on Have you ever discovered a …

3 days ago

I've had that happen a few times with custom cards, but in my Chromium deck Tallowisp was often one of the best keys to victory.

In Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider, Nissa, Who Shakes the World was insanely good.

Dimir Infiltrator in a The Mimeoplasm deck allows you to grab Phyresis, then all you need to do is get a big creature into the graveyard (like The Tarrasque), then play Mimmy and make a big unblockable creature, then give it infect. Very good.

And finally, I discovered the Jace, Wielder of Mysteries/Mirror of Fate combo on my own, before I went online.

TheOfficialCreator on Anybody have a card that …

4 days ago

My surprising cards were the Transmute cards from the old Ravnica sets (e.g. Dimir Infiltrator). In my Toluz deck they're obviously all-stars but as utility spells and budget tutors they really shine.

Dimir Infiltrator specifically worked incredibly well in my Chromium as it could fetch (or trigger) Tallowisp, Thassa's Oracle, or Phyresis, and more. It could also be an unblockable creature to Voltron in case of emergency.

Mortlocke on The Song of Phyresis

1 month ago

Sterling0528, it's funny that you mentioned Might of Old Krosa - the earlier iteration of this deck was very much like your Atraxa Infect deck. Did you also run Become Immense, Rancor, and Stonewood Invocation? I had a similar win rate to yours - my game plan was just "make infect creatures go brrrrr". I assure you it took a lot of trial and error to make this list to what it is today, thanks for the compliment. The deck has come far, but it's not quite "compleat" yet - I really hope Wizards beefs up Infect with some new creatures that are just absurd.

I really do enjoy scriptures but our discussion has made me revisit it. Also, when I did run Toxic Deluge in an earlier iteration Jin-Gitaxias, Progress Tyrant did not exist. Both spells have their strengths, but stand alone Deluge stands to be a bit stronger. I can also potentially "save" more of my own board state if I can get enough +1/+1 counters on creatures. I did use Phyresis in this deck and never found it a worthwhile inclusion - the -1/-1 counters for just infect is just sub-par. I keep an original print Grafted Exoskeleton in foil in my no-trade binder just in case I get the itch to experiment with it again but that itch hasn't come. I honestly think the future (aka WOTC) will provide the solutions I seek for this deck. My vision for Atraxa is so close I can feel it. With the recent narrative of the game shifting to Phyrexians it's only a matter of time.

Do you think Sheoldred will make a return as a new card? What do you think Elesh Norn's new card would do?

Sterling0528 on The Song of Phyresis

1 month ago

Thank you for the detailed response! I used to have an Atraxa infect deck that also aimed to be maximally ideal within the infect gameplan. I lost the list a long time ago, but it utilized a lot of combat spells like Berserk, Might of Old Krosa, etc. to try to eliminate people as fast as possible. It didn't have a very good win rate, and I think your list is much better!

Scriptures is great if you're gameplan centers on one creature, but I think you need Atraxa and at least 1 creature with infect to start taking people out. You could consider adding Phyresis and/or Grafted Exoskeleton to make Atraxa both your source of infect and proliferation, which makes Scriptures much better. Both also allow you to give your praetors infect if needed. Since you're introducing a new source of infect, you could probably cut Priests of Norn for one. Otherwise, I can't think of anything that could need replacing. Love the list!

WhatInTheWhoNow on low-cost, extra annoying, tutor your heart out!

2 months ago

DreadKhan

Thank you for the suggestions! I've been thinking a bit about how more often than not there is little need for buffs outside of the most powerful bunch; Phyresis, All That Glitters, Ethereal Armor, and/or Battle Mastery are usually enough considering the middle two will continue to buff Zur while tutoring for other things. Originally the idea was that I should cast buffs on Zur while I use him to tutor for more important things in the meantime, but I always find myself going for one of the buffs listed previously. With all that said, you're right. There is no need to include cards simply because they can be tutored with Zur, and it's better just to include better cards instead. It would be better to ramp in the meantime, let Zur handle refilling our hand, and take our time with buffing him.

The previous point also stands for Nighthowler. As you said, he is a fantastic option if necessary and he is certainly not wasted space if we draw him anyway.

Thanks for bringing Court of Cunning to my attention. I think it is a perfect card for this deck since it acts as draw and annoys our opponents with mill. Could be a blast sitting back and waiting for everyone to helplessly mill out.

With all that said, I'll go ahead and add those cards. Thanks for the suggestions!

LunchBox1211 on All That Glistens

5 months ago

Just out of curiosity, why run the 1-of Glistening Oil, and not just run 3 Phyresis? Is it because of things like Meddling Mage?

seshiro_of_the_orochi on Hungry Spider *INFECT*

6 months ago

Thantis is one of my favourite decks, and I really like your general idea. In case you want to have a look at what I'm doing with Thantis (although it's a very different approach to what you're doing) here's a link: Warweaver's Chant

There are some problems I see with your list: Eight overall sources of ramp and card draw combined is way too few for any kind of deck. Thantis being a notoriously grindy commander only adds to that. Thus, having at least about 10 cards for each category is very important. Also, due to Thantis grindy nature, her biggest enemies are graveyard decks, as these can easily outvalue her. Enough gravehate is useful for that. As you have a very specific theme that you're aiming for, just pick the ones that fit your theme.

Regarding your theme: Phyresis, Glistening Oil, Tainted Strike and Triumph of the Hordes are additional ways to give Mama spider infect, even though Triumph is expensive.

plakjekaas on Should Poison Counters Be Removable?

9 months ago

Infect is terrifying because it's so much easier to count to 10 instead of 20/40. It has been powerful and overly present in Modern, In constructed 1v1 where there's only one player whose interaction you need to stop. I think it stopped being very relevant around the time Fatal Push was printed?

Anyway, in commander you still need to survive the interaction of three other players, and have to count to 10 two more times after you've killed an opponent and established yourself as someone dangerous who needs to be dealt with. Outside of Skittles (Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon) who insinuates his game plan before the game even started and is therefor not that dangerous and easy to anticipate, and maybe Atraxa, Praetors' Voice who can do cute things like proliferate the counters for inevitabe kills, there's barely any valid infect commander strategies, outside of oneshotting people with one-time effects like Triumph of the Hordes or Tainted Strike.

The only infect card I play is Inkmoth Nexus in my equipment deck, because that's a scary land with an easy-equipped Colossus Hammer. Any card that would remove infect counters, would come too late for any opponent that I infected. That's probably why people don't see the need for a Vampire Hexmage for players.

Antidotes do exist in real life, but this is not just any infection we're dealing with. This is Phyresis, a magical infection to remove organical impurities and leave nothing but the perfect life form. It's a lot more potent than penicillin ;-)

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