Plague Engineer


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

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Set Rarity
Modern Horizons (MH1) Rare

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Plague Engineer

Creature — Carrier


As Plague Engineer enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.

Creatures of the chosen type your opponents control get -1/-1,

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Plague Engineer Discussion

nUKe13 on nUKe13 Mardu Pyromancer

1 week ago

I have been AFK testing this new variant of Mardu Pyromancer and I think I have the ratios and inclusions that bring back that old familiar feeling of Mardu Pyromancer! I want to address some of the previous comments that I have now archived. Everything here on is brand spanking new!

JacenSolo29 I want to address some of the suggestions you made. As you can see, I actually did include one of them, so thank you for the suggestion! Kaya's Guile is a magnificent midrange/control inclusion that just fits perfectly in the sideboard against grave decks (few and far between, but still existent) and against burn for the life gain, edict/sacrifice effect, and chump blocking token. I usually bring it in in place of Kolaghan's Command or Bedlam Reveler for extra sustain. Honestly, a perfect inclusion for Mardu Pyromancer that just screams: "I do Orzhov things"! As for Monastery Mentor , it is always on my radar. I want it to work, but it just seems like an extra Young Pyromancer and always feels a turn late. I want to keep working on it, but it just doesn't fit, especially with being a splash color in the overall theme of the deck, it needs more testing.

YamishiTheWickedOne I want to try to address all your previous comments, that are under the first "update" tab. First, Seasoned Pyromancer is straight GAS. Literally, the nuts and the perfect breath of life that the deck needed to remain competitive. It's so good, that I've even seen it in Jund and Grixis Control decks as a sideboard option for card draw. Honestly, we need the full 4 copies and I would never EVER side out any of them!

YamishiTheWickedOne I tried Dreadhorde Arcanist , and it works well if you max out on every 1 cmc drop, like Inquisition of Kozilek , Thoughtseize , Fatal Push , and Path to Exile . However, since Faithless Looting got the ban axe, we need Ransack the Lab for card draw and it is 2 cmc and doesn't fit well with Dreadhorde Arcanist . It's an honest maybeboard card, but with the current build, it doesn't work.

YamishiTheWickedOne Blood Moon delays the inevitable against big mana decks. We need proactive choices that don't stall, like Fulminator Mage , Molten Rain , or Pillage . I've opted for Pillage so as to also kick some artifact behind, like Tron's plethora of artifacts and the occasional Affinity, since we can also destroy their manlands. Also, having sorcery spells help for all our creatures to trigger some type of additional VALUE advantage, minus Hazoret the Fervent .

YamishiTheWickedOne as for Yawgmoth, Thran Physician ... I don't like it, personally... it feels very "win-more" and doesn't work with the consistent in all the cmc of the cards. Besides, Plague Engineer literally takes a Phyrexian dump all over Human and other tribal decks. Yawgmoth, Thran Physician might need more testing, but I have not been excited to play him on turn 4 compared to other cards and combinations. Maybe one day he will be "emergency ban worthy" (really funny reference since I also was a Yugioh player before MtG), but as for now, he's "meh".

Thank you all for being so interested in the build and keeping the comment section alive and thriving! I appreciate the support and the enthusiasm! Here's to the future of Mardu Pyromancer!

rockleemyhero on Legacy Snakes

2 weeks ago

i don't think you have enough ways to survive against unfair decks in legacy, namely RB reanimator, post, storm, dredge, bomberman, etc. I would recommend Surgical Extraction (or faerie macabre if on a budget). If anything, relic isn't great in legacy and I'd swap it for Tormod's Crypt . I don't think force of vigor has a ton of targets in legacy that your deck specifically needs to hit, I'd replace them with force of negations. I think the new counter blue spell, Mystical Dispute could be a great consideration to fight fair blue decks. Your deck folds pretty hard to Plague Engineer so keep your eye out for those. You may want to consider copying some tech from legacy merfolk and adapting Chalice of the Void . Unfortunately its a nonbo for a bit of your deck but I think it outweighs the benefit of having a different axis to really hate out a lot of legacy decks. It may be a good consideration for the sb. Best of luck!


2 weeks ago

Hey thanks for the feedback. I'd definitely say that your list seems more correct. One of the big reasons I dont play Blood Moon is because of my manlands. With that said, Fulminator Mage doesnt just shut decks down like Blood Moon does, so its probably more correct to play moon anyways.

In my opinion choosing to run moon or not to run moon is a judgement call. Even with hazoret, I am not sure if there are enough midrange creatures that you can play for offense and defence, so lands is the route I went. That being said, I should definitely add in hazoret to my list because it does solve the problem I just mentioned. Also, after seeing your list, I definitely think I should be running Dreadbore and at least one more Plague Engineer .

On Ghitu Encampment , its honestly a bit of a pet card. While it cant finish games as reliably as Lavaclaw Reaches , there is a lot of value in first strike. I have used it a number of times with lightning bolt to kill a Gurmag Angler . That being said, its not the best at finishing games without the help of Mutavault or another creature, but thats why its in my deck at least.

Finally, I had another thought on your list, I was wondering what the reasoning was behind play Slaughter Games it seems bad to flip with Dark Confidant , and it seems like a worse Surgical Extraction that cant be flashed back. Just wondering what its there for over another surgical. Are there any cards that you dont think you can get with it?

Anyways thats all I got to say, thanks.

hungry000 on Squirrel Evolution

2 weeks ago

I figured Fiend Hunter could replace Plague Engineer in the main because it's got more relevance in a broader range of matchups. Like, the second Engineer against Jund is gonna be a near-dead card while the Fiend Hunter that would be in its place wouldn't be.

hungry000 on Squirrel Evolution

2 weeks ago

How about a Fiend Hunter in the main (probably in place of a Plague Engineer ) for some tutorable removal? You can do the permanent exile trick with Ephemerate , too. I would also recommend playing a few one-of creatures in the sb, like Thrun, the Last Troll , Collector Ouphe , Thragtusk , Acidic Slime , etc etc.

clayperce on How good is infect?

3 weeks ago

Infect was my first Modern deck and I really enjoy the gameplay. But as others have said, it's not in a great place in the current meta.

Short story is when Walking Ballista (currently the #5 most-played maindeck card in Modern), Plague Engineer (#4 sideboard card), and Wrenn and Six (#28 mainboard) are good, Infect is going to have a hard time of it. The meta shifts (sometime a LOT) over time though, so please take those numbers as a snapshot rather than "absolute truth" .

Proxy cards for sure though and get in some games with friends or in pick-up games at your LGS for sure. I like MTGpress but there are a bunch of fine choices. There's just really no way to know if a deck is right for you without getting in some reps with it. You can also rent cards for MTGO (I like Cardhoarder) or play on one of the free services ... it's a great way to try out a bunch of different decks.

Good luck (and good skill) with whatever you select!

Emzed on Food Chain Prossh

1 month ago

Well the question is which relevant creatures does Shriekmaw fail to kill? Off the top of my head, Phyrexian Revoker and maybe Plague Engineer ?

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