Phyrexian Swarmlord

Phyrexian Swarmlord

Creature — Insect Horror

Infect At the beginning of your upkeep, put a 1/1 green Insect creature token with infect onto the battlefield for each poison counter your opponents have.

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

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Phyrexian Swarmlord Discussion

carpecanum on

1 week ago

The more I see this card the more I believe it's going to be a $20 card in a year or two. Chatterfang is crazy. You could go with zombies (straight black) or Populate or damn near anything you wanted.

Stoneforge Masterwork or Blanchwood Armor + Lush Growth = Commander damage win

Love the infinite squirrel combo with Ivy Lane Denizen and Scurry Oak you have there

Presence of Gond might be worthwhile here. I already plan to combo it with Lurking Roper and Essence Warden

Phyrexian Swarmlord maybe

Mortlocke on New hubs to be added

3 weeks ago

Hello legendofa,

I propose a new hub to be added: Phyrexian. During Modern Horizons 2, 225 creatures were retconned into having the Phyrexian creature subtype to join Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider . Additionally, there were a smattering of Enchantments, Artifacts and etc that ether have the Phyrexian subtype or create creature tokens that do. Thanks to this retcon I now have a deck that has a Phyrexian tribal theme. For your reference, below is a full list of spells that were affected by WotC's Phyrexian errata.


toxicliam on Midrange Infect | Modern

1 month ago

Thanks for your suggestions! I somehow missed Phyrexian Swarmlord when I was looking at topend threats, and it's extremely interesting. I think I might add it as a on-off, reason being that I really like Phyrexian Hydra because of all the ways we can it unblockable. Thats the reason I took the hydra over Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon Skittles as well- we don't need to pay the extra mana for evasion since we have so many ways to do it ourself, so better to spend the mana on raw P/T. Thanks for the suggestion of Viridian Corrupter , that'll do nicely in the side (:. If you have any other suggestions for sideboard I'd be glad to hear them, I'm pretty out of date with new sets and the current modern meta.

zapyourtumor on Midrange Infect | Modern

1 month ago

I know Phyrexian Swarmlord is 6 cmc, but I think it might be better than Phyrexian Hydra . It synergizes great with both of Hand of the Praetors 's abilities and also works well with Driven / Despair .

Also there's Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon , the cool infect creature no one uses outside of EDH. This might be the one good modern deck for it.

I also see you don't have a sideboard yet. Viridian Corrupter should be good there.


4 months ago

Ohran Frostfang should not be cut, and because it’s an enabler which allows more flexibility in the creature slots which I think is absolutely nessessary consodering he does really have haste enables (look in Surrak, the Hunt Caller ) I don’t really find the saturation of “death touch creatures a reason not to rely more on the enablers. They’re better for the deck and more efficient in every way the TRYING to get through with 1/1s practically. Truthfully you should probably focus on token produces, such as Living Hive , or Phyrexian Swarmlord

MLS91 on Vorinclex, Counters & Superfriends

4 months ago

Woodfall Primus to combo with Renata, Called to the Hunt

Undergrowth Champion because he is also very VERY resilient in this deck

Dense Foliage is great protection for your creatures, but you'd have to see if this card has will interfere with any creatures that "move" or have "graft" like abilities, be aware that this card is symmetrical with the whole board however and not just your side, in that case i'd recommend Asceticism

cards like Phyrexian Swarmlord , Spinebiter , and Putrefax sound right up your alley.

to help your creatures get through as well, consider Bellowing Tanglewurm

RambIe on Pure Poison *Primer*

5 months ago

my opinion in an aggro deck is if your going to pay 4 or more cmc it needs to be a card that will dramatically impact the game
if i am reading correctly the question is Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider vs Phyrexian Swarmlord for the 6 cmc slot
as is now i would say Phyrexian Swarmlord
Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider would need other cards to interact with to have a dramatic impact on the game, as Phyrexian Swarmlord can have a major impact all by itself
however if you include more infect, proliferate or walkers (as RNR_Gaming said) the interaction demand for Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider would increase and it would become the better choice

Mortlocke on The Song of Phyresis

6 months ago

Zephel693, thank you for the very nice compliment. I remember when New Phyrexia had first dropped and I had a playset of Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon because for some reason I thought I wanted to play standard. But I lost interest, sold the Skittles and didn't revisit Infect until I managed to get my hands on a Atraxa pre-con a year later after they were all bought up. I honestly can't recall another Commander pre-con being nearly as popular as Atraxa. Moving on to your question about Doubling Season - i've definitely considered it but quickly determined it not being optimal for Infect. Why?

  1. The first half of the card (If an effect would create one or more tokens under your control, it creates twice that many of those tokens instead) is completely irrelevant to the deck unless i'm running Phyrexian Swarmlord. I did give swarmlord a shot, but I quickly found the constraints for it's token spwaning to be too restrictive to be considered useful - it's just a "win more" card in my opinion.

  2. The 2nd half of the card (If an effect would put one or more counters on a permanent you control, it puts twice that many of those counters on that permanent instead.) isn't worth the CMC. While +1/+1, and Fading counters are definitely part of the sub-theme of this deck to have to pay to get to double the number of counters I get to put on a permanent is far too taxing and slow.

I say that the doubling season (but for infect) was officially spoiled in Kaldheim - yes, i'm talking about Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider or as I like to refer to him (and hopefully everyone else will) - smallclex. He doubles the number of poison counters placed on opponents and doubles the combat damage output from infect creatures. If smallclex were to receive infect (ala Tainted Strike) one swing of combat damage from him would be lethal. The fact that smallclex can slow or deny the progression of loyalty counters on enemy planeswalkers (while doubling yours) is simply icing on the cake. Yes, the denial of counters could be problematic when facing creatures with Undying effects - but I think the pros outweigh the cons.

To summarize - Doubling Season is not good for Infect decks as it only has a marginal boon for the wincon - getting poison counters on players. Doubling Season is more suited to Superfriends or Atraxa builds that have +1/+1 counters and tokens as the primary themes.

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