Creature — Beast
Infect You may have Spinebiter assign its combat damage as though it weren't blocked.
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|New Phyrexia (NPH)||Uncommon|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Spinebiter occurrence in decks from the last year
1 month ago
Aside from very minor infect damage, and a few planes-walkers there is no need to proliferate. I highly suggest taking out some counterspells and a few removal spells. Add a lot more infect cards. Why? Because I count 6 ways to deal infect damage in your 100 card deck. Let's pretend your opponent has removal as well, and can deal with 6 threats; fairly easy task is it not? Suggestions: Blackcleave Goblin, Ichor Rats, Phyresis, Spinebiter, Phyrexian Swarmlord There are so many options. I highly suggest you build more ways to win in your deck. Good luck.
7 months ago
that makes sense and is generally true but with infect you won't have enough creatures or board presence to keep it competitive in the late game unless you get lucky with near perfect draws. If you want to add in a few late game cards, you could splash black to throw in a Spinebiter Phyrexian Swarmlord or Phyrexian Juggernaut, and add a few more blight mambas plus a Plague Stinger to get you to the late game, but you would have to sacrifice a few buff cards. this would give you a late game threat but you would be less likely to get an early win. In my opinion not the best tradeoff for infect, a shell that succeeds by being fast.
7 months ago
Unlife, makes sense. The mana sources might be a bit conservative for an aggro deck, and I probably don't have much room for self-mill. I think that this deck might rely a little more on Otrimi than the typical Mutate deck, ironically enough, though. A 6/6 Trampling body for 4 mana is about the best Mutate outcome for an Infect deck. It's kinda weird, because I've been listening to set reviews and whatnot, but while Parcelbeast and Sea-Dasher Octopus might be some of the best options in a non-Infect deck, mutating either on top of a Cystbearer is a worse end result for the deck's strategy than something derpy like a Cavern Whisperer. I feel really weird thinking of Flensermite being better than Blighted Agent or Spinebiter on account of the same reasoning.
1 year ago
I know, I know, I hate to recommend it...
But with that being said, it looks like you're playing a lot of proliferate and big creatures with trample, so I'd recommend some infection. You don't have to change too much of the deck, but a few cards here and there can be the difference between doing a lot of damage to someone and killing them outright.
Phyrexian Swarmlord . He has infect, he makes mini-infectors for every poison counter out there. It's great. You can even use your commander to buff up the small ones so that you don't have to swing with Swarmlord himself!
Triumph of the Hordes . This card can cause you to kill everyone out of nowhere. Swing in at everyone for a lot of damage, they'll usually block enough to live assuming regular damage. This card makes it a lot harder for your opponents to do that.
Melira, Sylvok Outcast . This card gives all your creatures infect. It can also counter other infect players. Just a good creature overall that will demand removal over your commander.
If you're not looking to use infect to win, then I'd still recommend a few cards that are cheap:
Jiang Yanggu, Wildcrafter . This gives all your creatures with +1 counters the ability to create mana. Free ramp!
Leyline of Anticipation . Casting at instant speed is very powerful. It reduces the amount of time between attacking and letting your opponents interact with your board.
Last but not least! Rashmi, Eternities Crafter . Just a good value card that can help you to draw an extra card each turn or even cast something big!
I hope these suggestions help, and good luck with your deck!
1 year ago
uh maybe not, Altered Ego , Carnifex Demon , Fathom Mage , Herald of Secret Streams , Pollenbright Druid , Spinebiter , Thornling , Jiang Yanggu, Wildcrafter , Contagion Clasp , Helm of the Host , Carnifex Demon , Merfolk Skydiver , Aqueous Form , Path of Discovery , Champion of Lambholt , Hand of the Praetors , Bow of Nylea , Path of Discovery ,
1 year ago
kdplumb thanks for the interest and the questions(i will get to an actual better description of this deck one day, i promise). first suggestion with the deck is upgrade the land base, it is pretty budgety, otherwise to answer your question: I designed this deck to be stronger against a full table than 1v1(no glistener elf and fast wimpy infecters, lil more resilient powerful critters) : with that being said, at 1v1 this deck can be a beast, i have played against dedicated 1v1 builds (notably a dark depths/thespian stage marit lage deck, and yes as gross as it sounds) i believe i lost that match turn 5 but my opponent went first and i would have infected him out on my turn 5). against multiple opponents you draw a bit of hate (atraxa seems to do that all by herself) if they know the deck or realize they are getting infected be prepared, however that is the reason we add propaganda/ghostly prison and blind obedience and maze effects, we just need to hold off our opponents long enough to explode with proliferation. Duelist's Heritage to kill enemy with other enemy's creatures out of no where is an over performer, Transmogrifying Wand is awesome, constantly asking people "you want an ox", Viral Drake can just win the game. Ichor Rats Spinebiter are probably tied for most out of nowhere.
1 year ago
KayneMarco is that because he basically tutors for ezuri at any time?
ZendikariWol I absolutely agree with your feelings toward infect as a strategy. That being said I do have a soft spot for a bit of infect in some of my decks, whether it be Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon or Putrefax. I absolutely love your Buttermilk Pancakes build though. I did change out most of the infect-y creatures in favor of a a build like yours, but I'm leaving in a couple like Plague Myr, Spinebiter, and Triumph of the Hordes. Aluren was there to combo with Shrieking Drake for infinite counters on Ezuri. How many cards with triggered abilities would warrant the inclusion of Panharmonicon?