Phyrexian Unlife

Phyrexian Unlife


You don't lose the game for having 0 or less life.

As long as your life total is 0 or less, all damage is dealt to you as though its source had infect. (Damage is dealt in the form of poison counters.)

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Phyrexian Unlife Discussion

sulcatatortoise on Extra Turns... But not for me!

1 month ago

x12721 and ClockworkSwordfish, thank you veery much for the suggestions!


I have heavily considered this option, but ultimately decide against using it. The reason for this is that there is nothing preventing your opponent from also activating the Lethal Vapors ability in response to your own activations. Of course, you could activate the ability again and again, but as long as your opponent does the same thing, you will be forced to take another action. I wondered if both players activating Lethal Vapors could result in a draw, but the answer is no. A draw only occurs if you are stuck in an infinite sequence of mandatory events, such as triggered abilities multiplicatively triggering each other. If the seemingly endless sequence of you and your opponent activating lethal vapors after one another continues, then it is not a draw, and you must take an alternative action, rendering it useless.

Because of this, I decided not to include the vapors. And because of this, I cut Teferi's Protection as well. Chronatog and Magosi, the Waterveil can only be activated a limited amount of times per turn. Once you cast protection, your permanents phase out, so you can't infinitely activate their abilities, and it will only be a matter of time before you must take another turn.


These are definitely things I will test! I think Soul Echo and Diplomatic Immunity will find homes in the deck :) I think I'll be avoiding Delaying Shield, though, since having a full immunity without skipping turns kind of defeats the purpose of the deck. Otherwise, I'd just run the Solemnity and Phyrexian Unlife combo and actually play a more optimal deck. I really appreciate the suggestions though. I hadn't ever heard of these cards before your comment.

FartSeize on Favorite card art/favorite cards

5 months ago

Favorite Alt art on a card is for sure the full art variant of Oxidize. passimo! Big plus for bringing up Suture Priest! I feel the same way for Phyrexian Unlife and Shattered Angel, not to mention Chancellor of the Annex. New Phyrexia had excellent art direction.

trippy_mcfly on

5 months ago

DarianLoos Ah yes, I feel your pain. It is so hard to cut cards. I'll try to suggest a few that I think should go, since you really should make some more room for lands.

Thorn of Amethyst is going to slow you down almost as much as it will slow down your opponents. Investing two mana and a card into it is probably not worth it.

Phyrexian Unlife is pretty useless. If someone can get you down to 0 they can probably deal 10 more damage to you in that same turn. Think of decks that win with Craterhoof Behemoth swinging with 200+ trample damage or decks that have an infinite combo like Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Pestermite . Interestingly, though, Phyrexian Unlife + Solemnity is an awesome combo. Although probably not where you're going in this deck.

Approach of the Second Sun is too slow and vulnerable. Imagine investing a whole turn into it and then somebody just plays Counterspell.

Not quite sure what Elspeth, Sun's Champion is doing for you to be honest.

Chromatic Lantern is usually best in multi-color decks that need to fix their mana, but in a mono-white build it's not great. Certainly worse than Mox Opal or Mana Crypt.

This deck is coming together nicely! I'm happy to check out your other one. :)

Necramus on Hand of Sythis

6 months ago

xram666 thanks for the suggestions!

So, hear me out here; I don't run O-ring because I don't run any flicker effects. I have some identical removal enchants in the sideboard, but haven't found myself needing more removal, atm. I don't have a particularly good reason why I've selected the other two over Oblivion Ring, except the Banishing Light is foil. Lol. Sheltered Aerie - this effect I have in spades in my Arena Historic Brawl version of this deck. It's a pretty cool effect to have, but I'd cut them all day long for a 2 cost rock that produces both/either colors. The luxury of ramping on t2 is just too nice! Sphere of Safety I actually just cut. So, there's a high density of low-cost enchants specifically so that you can churn through the deck with any one of the enchantresses in the deck. Because of this, I'd rather be able to play 3-4 enchants a turn than a couple of fat ones. When I originally built the deck I had a lot of higher cost enchants in the build like Sphere of Safety, Elspeth Conquers Death, Phyrexian Unlife / Solemnity - cards and combos that took way more investment and it just didn't feel as smooth. I had originally run Ghostly Prison, as well, but found the effect to only be handy when I was already behind. On an average board, I didn't find myself missing that Prison style effect.

I'm glad you enjoyed the deck, though! I really appreciate the input!!

SynergyBuild on Solemnity replacement

6 months ago

I personally enjoy the follow, lesser known combos:

Living Plane or/and Humility + Night of Souls' Betrayal or if you are okay with an enchantment creature, Doomwake Giant

Solemnity + Decree of Silence is another solemnity equivalent to Phyrexian Unlife/Nine Lives

While it does involve a creature, it is an entirely enchantment-based: Second Chance + Shimmerwing Chimera/Riptide Chimera

While it's a three card combo for infinite (Paradox Haze being needed), doubling your turns is strong too, Starfield of Nyx+Second Chance works well.

Also if you need an enchantment way to get to that life total for the Second Chance combos, Necropotence is great, Greed is fine, and Form of the Dragon

Hermetic Study and equivalent variants on it have a ton of enchantment combos, but they mostly require some creature, to use Curiosity, Keen Sense, Ophidian Eye, Snake Umbra, and my favorite combes as Sigil of Sleep or Charisma, and you can use Pemmin's Aura/Freed from the Real.

Staples like Squirrel Nest/Bitterblossom variants with Contamination are easy to slap together as long as you don't mind the downside!

RyuSama420 on Need suggestions for a green …

6 months ago

you could use Worship and Serra the Benevolent to make yourself "unkillable", then you wouldn't have to use the Solemnity and Phyrexian Unlife combo. this would enable you to use various hydras again, which you could ramp into via Utopia Sprawl, Wolfwillow Haven, and Sanctum Weaver. or just cast a huge Banefire regardless of which "unkillable" method you choose.

RedPillRageMage on Need suggestions for a green …

6 months ago

the defense on these cards together is pretty tight and they are all cheap, I just need a way of hitting back or winning by alternative means

Aegis of the Gods Greater Auramancy Solemnity Phyrexian Unlife greater auramancy is surprisingly not legendary so if i have 2 of those out or that and a Sterling Grove then this combo forces the opponent into using enchantment sweepers, which most players are unlikely to run as a mainboard card.

RyuSama420 on Reflecting damage and Phyrexian Unlife

6 months ago

Phyrexian Unlife only affects damage that would be dealt “to you”.

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