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Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon
Legendary Creature — Phyrexian Dragon Skeleton
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)
: Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon gains haste until end of turn.
: Regenerate Skithiryx.
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6 days ago
Sterling0528, thanks for commenting on the page and sharing your thoughts. My logic for running Phyrexian Scriptures is between flavor and having a proliferation target in addition to a semi-one sided boardwipe. But to answer your question there is only one choice for what card I select to replace it: Toxic Deluge. Getting around Indestructible, and not having to wait on the saga to get to II to get your wrath effect already make the previously mentioned a superior choice. Also, the life loss can be somewhat mitigated by Atraxa, Praetors' Voice under the right circumstances. You also reminded me that there was a reprint that has flavor text from Papa Yawgmoth, so I decided to swap in that instance of Toxic Deluge in for Phyrexian Scriptures as it maintains my flavor requirements.
There are however some honorable mentions I thought of in case Deluge isn't to your taste:
Culling Ritual in a more competitive meta can do wonders. I've seen this spell ramp a player in excess of 6 or 7 mana on a good turn. Depending on the shifts in my own meta I'm considering running this spell as well.
Black Sun's Zenith is a card I find genuinely interesting, one that I experimented with in an earlier iteration of the deck that I think deserves a revisit.
What I would replace Priests of Norn with? No idea. Honestly it's just a placeholder for a better infect creature who will hopefully be printed in the near future. I'm really holding my breath for a for a mono-white color shifted Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon like creature. Given that infect is parasitic, the slot needs to be reserved for an infect creature. On that same note both Grateful Apparition and Spike Weaver are slated to be replaced when better options are printed. My wishlist would be a monowhite creature with infect and proliferate, and another new infect creature that doubles as a stax piece that breaks parity through the proliferation of counters (like Tangle Wire on a body). One can dream though.
What other changes would you make with the deck? Thanks for commenting.
1 week ago
Thank you for your great feedback! It's always appreciated. I did consider Eerie Ultimatum when it was previewed during Ikoria spoiler season. I eventually decided to leave it out of the 99 due to its tricky mana cost in a 5-color deck and, more persuasively, the fact that a suite of mass recursion spells already existed in the deck, like Living Death, Patriarch's Bidding and Rise of the Dark Realms. These spells, of course, return creatures to the battlefield, which Eerie Ultimatum does as well. However, with just 12 other non-land, non-creature permanents in the current 99 of this build, Eerie Ultimatum did not seem valuable enough to squeeze into the deck, and that is considering the potential mana ramp of recurring multiple fetch lands to the battlefield as well (no landfall triggers).
Miirym, Sentinel Wyrm's inclusion into this deck is inevitable. The moment a copy of her becomes available she will become a part of this deck and make it so much stronger. The same can be said for Ancient Copper Dragon, Ancient Silver Dragon and Ancient Gold Dragon. Moltensteel Dragon's presence in this deck is to combo with Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon or Dragon Tyrant for the purposes of one-shotting an opponent, usually a control player or blue mage at the table. Panharmonicon is an interesting card to consider. By my count, in the current 99 of this build, there are four Dragons (Bladewing the Risen, Lathliss, Dragon Queen, Scourge of Valkas, Terror of the Peaks), three enchantments (Garruk's Uprising, Dragon Tempest, Temur Ascendancy) and one artifact (Dragon's Hoard) that could benefit from the inclusion of Panharmonicon. That is a total of eight cards from the 99 (8.08%). That does not seem like a high enough percentage of cards to reconcile adding Panharmonicon to the deck. Yarok, the Desecrated would not approve.
Thank you for your comments and your recommendations! I appreciate them and am looking forward to upgrading this deck with several new cards from Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate!
2 weeks ago
I’m using Vows and Impetus cards (Vow of Flight, Vow of Wildness, Shiny Impetus) in my deck. It doesn’t “kill” the target/owner but it does help him kill our opponents. Also found it to be extra fun since it sends everyone to panic especially if I manage to put said auras on creatures capable of 1-hit KOs like Shu Yun or Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon.
3 months ago
I am pretty new to working with Wilhelt, but I have made one of my own and was looking at what cards people put into theirs. I liked Grimoire of the Dead and Call to the Grave and may use them in my deck. I was wondering why you have some cards like Dread Shade or Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon. They are not zombies nor do they seem to synergize with your deck. Perhaps you could replace them with Gisa and Geralf,Ravenous Rotbelly or something else that synergizes with your deck. Lastly, I noticed you seen to have a decent amount of sacrifice in your deck have you considered adding cards like Dictate of Erebos, Ruthless Deathfang, or Butcher of Malakir. Hope things work out with your deck and that you have fun with it. Wilhelt has been a lot of fun for me so far and I hope you are having fun with it too.
3 months ago
Skeletons. There are too many options for Zombies, and the only in-tribe options for the better undead are Skeleton Ship, which is thematic but underpowered, Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon, which is better for infect, and Tinybones, Trinket Thief, which is better for discard. There's no card that can take advantage of the cheap regeneration that was a Skeleton specialty for so long, and they don't really have an identity right now aside from "subpar Zombies."
Assassins. Maybe a joint Rogue-Assassin commander would work. They're one of those tribes that shows up in a couple of sets each year and sit in utility/removal roles. I'm hoping for another legendary Assassin in Streets of New Capenna; most of the current ones are just variations of mass or repeatable creature kill. If it gives the tribe some more options and opportunities, even better.
Plants. My botanical training is crying at the lack of representation, cohesion, and taxonomical precision. If there can be a big block o' magic as the keystone for your army, why not a non-Treefolk plant on the scale of Pando or the Methuselah tree as a rallying point or icon?
Mercenaries. This is more of a flavor selection, but there aren't any legendary mercs, and it hits the notes for a "ragtag band of misfits and brigands" deck. Also, the Cateran ability provides a little bit of framework to build around and expand.
3 months ago
I was actually thinking the same. I wonder if they'll include phyrexian staples like Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon, Blightsteel Colossus, Phyrexian Obliterator, and the like in that possible Secret Lair. Monye-wise doesn't seem like the brightest choice for them, as these cards are expensive; but hey, they reprinted the Praetors! Maybe there's hope.
6 months ago
Taniwha makes a mean blue control deck when you can leverage a Sunder or Worldslayer without having to worry about your own lands. I don't know if it's old, but I love playing the first legendary creature I ever owned, Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon.
7 months ago
I think Olivia, Crimson Bride has the potential for competitive 1v1 if you pack some serous rocks, and optimized level in pod games
good rakdos functions that would support her
Etb Creatures like: Rune-Scarred Demon & Terror of the Peaks
Extra ETB: Molten Echoes & Mirror March
Direct Damage:Flayer of the Hatebound & Syr Konrad, the Grim
Dredge: Shenanigans & Necroplasm
Extra card: Sin Prodder & Dark Confidant
Recursion: Charmbreaker Devils & Sheoldred, Whispering One
Extra Combat: Port Razer & Breath of Fury
Load GY: Burning-Rune Demon & Shifting Shadow
Infect: Ogre Menial & Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon
Big Ouch: Ebonblade Reaper & Malignus