Atraxa marks the final victory in the Phyrexian conquest of Mirrodin

Once I saw this tagline in the Commander 2016 product lineup, I was hooked forever. Atraxa, Praetors' Voice was the first Commander deck I ever bought and built, and to this day she is still my favorite deck to play and general gold-standard against which I compare any and every card in new sets.

I've tried multiple different ways to play her, including pure +1/+1 Counters and the traditional Superfriends, and while they are powerful ways to build her, it never felt right. I've found that I'm much more of a Vorthos-style crafter, which focuses on the Story, Lore, and Background rather than purely 'Pick the Best Cards'. Mirrodin, the original, untainted plane, was the first plane I ever visited, and Darksteel was the first set I ever drafted and played, so I was especially drawn into her and the lore behind her. In the end, I decided to build a Vorthos/Lore-centric deck with her true roots in mind...


Atraxa, Praetors' Voice is a 4/4 Legendary Phyrexian Angel Horror with Flying, Vigilance, Deathtouch, Lifelink, and at the beginning of your end step, Proliferate. Seems simple, but she is versatile, can be played in a myriad of different ways, and is a solid beater on her own. We can see why she's one of the most popular commanders of all time. In this deck, she is a powerful threat, and once our opponents have been Infected, all she needs to do is sit back and let the glorious work commence until our opponents have been compleated.

"Once a Mirran angel who opposed Phyrexia's corruption, she was captured while single-handedly protecting a Mirran retreat. The praetor Elesh Norn honored the angel's tenacity with the blessed gift of Phyrexian compleation, inviting other praetors to contribute. Urabrask declined, but Jin-Gitaxias, Sheoldred, and Vorinclex all agreed to join Elesh Norn's efforts, and Atraxa was born—an awe-inspiring testament to Phyrexia's singular purpose."


  • "This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters." A static ability that works with both regular and non-combat damage. If an opponent is hit with an Infect creature, they will not lose life, but instead gain that many Poison Counters, and once you hit 10 Poison Counters, you lose the game (However, it still counts as damage dealt, so Lifelink, Toxic, and other triggered abilities like that will still happen).


  • "Toxic N: Players dealt combat damage by this creature also get N poison counter(s)." A new static ability from Phyrexia: All Will Be One that triggers only during combat. It isn't dependent on the Power of the creature like Infect is, but it instead will actually deal damage to a player/creature, and give a set number of Poison Counters.


  • "If an opponent has three or more Poison counters..." Another new ability from Phyrexia: All Will Be One, this gives us an additional benefit if an opponent has at least 3 Poison Counters. Some of these benefits will grow based on the number of opponents who have 3 or more Poison Counters too, like Ixhel, Scion of Atraxa.

Separate instances of Toxic can stack. Ixhel, Scion of Atraxa, who has Toxic 2, can receive Toxic 1 from Skrelv, Defector Mite. Then if Ixhel, Scion of Atraxa deals combat damage to a player, both Toxic 2 and Toxic 1 will trigger, giving that opponent 3 Poison Counters.

Toxic and Infect will also stack with each other. Blighted Agent has Infect and base power of 1, and if it gets Toxic 1, then when it attacks, it deals 1 'damage' to the opponent, but it is replaced with 1 Poison Counter, then Toxic 1 triggers, giving them an additional Poison Counter.

“Perfection is at hand. You have been freed of weakness and made compleat.” —Sheoldred, Whispering One

We've got a lot of the best Infect and Toxic creatures available to us in to help us spread the glory of New Phyrexia to our opponents.

  • Ajani, Sleeper Agent - This shocked me when he was first revealed! When was he turned into a sleeper? Presumably during the Dominaria United, but what if it was even earlier? The story implications are amazing, and it appears he is leading the assault on Theros during the Phyrexian Invasion of the multiverse. His -3 can distribute +1/+1 counters to our creatures, and his Ultimate gives us an emblem with "Whenever you cast a creature or planeswalker spell, target opponent gets two poison counters". Brutal!

  • Blighted Agent - Infect and Unblockable is the perfect combination of keywords for this deck. Drop this guy turn 1 or 2 and try to get everyone infected as quickly as possible.

  • Blightsteel Colossus - The big boy himself. Infect, Trample, and Indestructible work pretty well together, and if an opponent doesn't have any creatures, it can be a one-hit KO if it connects with an opponent. And if he ends up in our graveyard from anywhere, we shuffle him back into our deck, making exile the only way to deal with him.

  • Bloated Contaminator - Wow, this is an amazing addition to our arsenal. Has Toxic 1 and Trample, so it's likely that we will give our opponent at least 1 Poison counter, then we can proliferate if we connected with an opponent, which we can stack with it's Toxic 1 to effectively give an opponent 2 Poison Counters. Plus it's only for a 4/4 body, so with the right opening hand we could drop this turn one or two with ease.

  • Contaminant Grafter - Similar to Bloated Contaminator, it has Toxic and a Proliferate trigger on the damage. But if we have at least three poison counters on an opponent, we can also draw a card and put a land onto the battlefield.

  • Ichor Rats - Probably one of the best Infect creatures. Just play him out and everyone gets a Poison counter, then start Proliferating.

  • Ichorclaw Myr - A cheap little Infect creature. Quick to drop, quick to attack, and can trigger Hand of the Praetors to directly Infect someone.

  • Infectious Inquiry - For three mana, we draw two cards, lose two life (negligible with Atraxa, Praetors' Voice's Lifelink), and give our opponents a Poison counter.

  • Inkmoth Nexus - It's nice to have an Infect creature that isn't always a creature and can thus escape some forms of removal. Counters will remain on it even when not a creature, so it can be a surprise win if no one is paying attention to it, put a +1/+1 counter on it while as a creature, then slowly Proliferate it up and up, then attack when it's become really powerful.

  • Ixhel, Scion of Atraxa - Ixhel was created by Atraxa, Praetors' Voice to control New Phyrexia while she and Elesh Norn began their conquest of the multiverse. She has Flying and Toxic 2, making her a credible threat, and if an opponent is Corrupted, we can steal cards from that opponent and cast them later. In a pod of four, we could potentially be stealing three cards each turn to use against our opponents!

  • Myr Convert - Toxic and Colored ramp at the cost of 2 life is very Phyrexian. Part of a flavor and thematic pair with Plague Myr.

  • Phyrexian Crusader - First strike and Infect are a brutal combo, as this makes the chances of our Crusader dying in combat a little lower, and the protection from Red and White removal is excellent.

  • Plague Myr - Infect and Colorless Ramp? Sounds pretty good to me. Part of a flavor and thematic pair with Myr Convert.

  • Plague Stinger - Not quite as good as Unblockable, but an early Flier with Infect to give an opponent an early Poison counter is pretty good. Add some +1/+1 counters or one of our Swords to really boost the damage.

  • Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon - Flying, Infect, Possible Haste, and Regeneration on a 4/4 body? What's not to like? I wish there was more lore on Skithiryx, it seems like such a cool legendary creature. He was mentioned again in Phyrexia: All Will Be One's Skyscythe Engulfer, so at least the Blight Dragon lives on. Maybe he'll show up in March of the Machines?

  • Skrelv, Defector Mite - Another smash hit from Phyrexia: All Will Be One. Provides both offense and defense to a creature we control of our choice (aside from himself). Can be useful to make Atraxa, Praetors' Voice even more powerful with Toxic and (almost) Protection from a single color.

  • Tainted Strike - One of our surprise "I Win" cards. If one of our creatures is large enough or the opponents have multiple Poison counters already. And being able to apply it to an opponent's creature attacking someone else is an extra bonus

  • Tyrranax Rex - What a beater! Replacing Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger in this deck, this Phyrexian Dino can't be countered, has Ward 4, Trample, Haste, and Toxic 4! Unless our opponent is flush with extra mana and a good kill spell, we can drop this Dino and immediately start Corrupting our opponents.

  • Venerated Rotpriest - While Glistener Elf can be pumped with equipment and +1/+1 Counters and become a threat, I feel that this Rotpriest gives more defensive options which can be more useful if we were to draw it later in the game. We don't have too many spells that target our own creatures, but it does give our opponents pause before using single-target spells on our stuff, as they would get a Poison counter from that.

  • Viral Drake - We like this creature primarily due to his Proliferate ability, but a 1/4 Infect with Flying is nice in a vacuum and can be a decent blocker if necessary.

  • Vraska, Betrayal's Sting - Now this is a Poisonous Planeswalker! Vraska has always been one of my favorite Planeswalkers, and her complicated relationship with Jace was fun to watch unfold, especially on Ixalan. Now, she is a major threat, and also replacing Sheoldred, Whispering One, who conspired against Elesh Norn and Atraxa, Praetors' Voice! Her Ultimate says "If target player has fewer than nine poison counters, they get a number of poison counters equal to the difference"! With her Ultimate and a single Proliferation source on the field, that's an OHKO! Or if Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider is on the field, they could just instantly die!

  • White Sun's Twilight - We create number of Mite Tokens with Toxic 1. Great to pair with Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite if you didn't wipe the board first or play her afterward.

“Domination by the strongest—that is all that matters in the Tangle now.” — Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger

This deck has many infectious creatures ready to spread the glory of New Phyrexia. However, many of them are a little wimpy, so I have a +1/+1 counter support package built in to pump them up and make them bigger threats. These are best on creatures with Infect, since they scale better with greater Power, but boosting the strength of all our creatures and winning with combat damage is another way to win!

  • Ajani, Sleeper Agent - His -3 can distribute three +1/+1 counters on upt to three of our creatures and grants them Vigilance until end of turn.

  • Biophagus - One of our rare non-Phyrexian creatures! A good early-game ramper who can also make our creatures stronger when they enter the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter that Atraxa, Praetors' Voice can Proliferate.

  • Ezuri, Claw of Progress - Originally he was Ezuri, Renegade Leader, leading an elven resistance group on Mirrodin against the Phyrexians. However, he was eventually captured by the Blue-aligned Progress Engine led by Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur and compleated, becoming Ezuri, Claw of Progress. An auto-include from the lore and ability standpoint. With all the small Infect creatures we have, they will increase the Experience Counter, which will allow Ezuri to pump them all up with +1/+1 counters. And we can also Proliferate the Experience Counters, allowing for massive boosts at the beginning of combat.

  • Forgotten Ancient - Non-threatening creature that can come out early, then just sit and build up counters until we have enough to spread around to our creatures. Also, as a 0 Power creature, it triggers Ezuri, Claw of Progress to gain us an Experience Counter.

  • Llanowar Reborn - This land can give one of our creatures a boost when it enters the battlefield, but if we are able to Proliferate the +1/+1 counter on the land, we could potentially strengthen multiple creatures as they enter. Also, giving Atraxa, Praetors' Voice a +1/+1 counter when she enters, then immediately Proliferating it making her a 6/6 feels really good.

  • Ozolith, the Shattered Spire - For , we can tap this to put a +1/+1 Counter on a creature or artifact we control. And whenever one or more +1/+1 counters would be put on an artifact or creature we control, we put that many plus one +1/+1 counters are put on it instead, so it effectively taps to put two +1/+1 Counters on a creature or artifact. And when Atraxa, Praetors' Voice Proliferates at the end of turn, we can 'double' those counters again.

  • Sword of Truth and Justice - +1/+1 Counters and Proliferate? Yes, please.

  • Verdurous Gearhulk - A great follow-up to playing Atraxa, Praetors' Voice, making her and your board larger and being able to Proliferate those +1/+1 counters at the end of turn.

“Our glorious infection has taken hold.” —Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite

Proliferation is an essential aspect of this deck's plan. We need many ways to both spread the Phyrexian Oil amongst our foes and increase our own strength.

  • Atraxa, Praetors' Voice - Our Queen! She Proliferates at the end of each of our turns.

  • Bloated Contaminator - An excellent addition from Phyrexia: All Will Be One!. The Proliferation triggers when this creature deals combat damage to a player.

  • Brimaz, Blight of Oreskos - Whenever we cast a Phyrexian creature or an artifact creature, we Incubate X, where X is that creature's CMC. We only have a few non-Phyrexian, non-artifact creatures, so this should be giving us Incubate tokens with each creature we cast. And at the beginning of each end step, if a Phyrexian creature died under our control, we Proliferate.

  • Contagion Engine - We can pay and to Proliferate TWICE.

  • Contaminant Grafter - The Proliferation triggers when this creature deals combat damage to a player.

  • Sword of Truth and Justice - The Proliferation triggers when the equipped creature deals combat damage to a player. We also get a +1/+1 Counter before that, so we actually get two +1/+1 Counters on a creature.

  • Tezzeret's Gambit - Pay to Draw two cards and Proliferate.

  • Thrummingbird - The Proliferation triggers when this creature deals combat damage to a player.

  • Viral Drake - If we have mana to spare, we can pay to Proliferate.

  • Vraska, Betrayal's Sting - Her 0 ability draws us a card and Proliferates.

“It is not a goal, but a process—the process of creating the perfect Phyrexia.” — Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur

Obviously, with a four-color deck, we will need plenty of ways to fix our Mana and get access to .

  • Astral Cornucopia - Costs , and comes in with charge counters. We can then tap for colored mana. This usually starts as for any 1 color, but this can be Proliferated to generate even more mana throughout the game.

  • Biophagus - Taos to give us any color we want, and if it's used to cast a creature, it comes in with a +1/+1 Counter on it.

  • Everflowing Chalice - We can Tap it for equal to the number of counters on it. Usually starts as to cast and tap for , but it can be Proliferated to generate even more mana throughout the game.

  • Farseek, Nature's Lore, Three Visits - All our good two mana ramp spells that can help us color fix.

  • Mana Crypt / Sol Ring - Taps for Colorless Mana. Doesn't necessarily help us cast Atraxa, Praetors' Voice, but these can help us get ahead with other spells. And the loss of life from Mana Crypt can be offset by the Lifelink from Atraxa, Praetors' Voice.

  • Myr Convert and Plague Myr - Paying homage to the original plane of Mirrodin, we have two Myrs: One that can tap for Colorless, and one that can tap for Phyrexian mana. Both of these Myr have Infect/Toxic so they can also contribute to the goal of Poisoning our opponents!

  • Sword of Feast and Famine - When the equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, we can untap all our lands for our second main phase to cast more spells.

Creature/Permanent Removal

Player Removal

  • Hatred - Pricey spell, but has the potential to knock out an opponent. At Instant speed and for , we can pay life to give a creature +/+ until the end of turn. Dangerous if countered, because you will still lose that life.

  • Tainted Strike - If you (or an opponent) have a large enough creature that is unblocked, it's game over for someone.

  • Vraska, Betrayal's Sting - Her Ultimate says "If target player has fewer than nine poison counters, they get a number of poison counters equal to the difference"! Add a single Proliferation, and that kills someone.

Board Wipes

  • Black Sun's Zenith - We put -1/-1 Counters on all creatures. and a great Lore inclusion.

  • Contagion Engine - We put -1/-1 Counters on all creatures for one opponent, and can Proliferate twice on activation.

  • Cyclonic Rift - Bounce all non-land permanents that our opponent's control to their hands and swing out with our Infect creatures.

  • Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite - Reduce the strength of all our opponent's creatures while boosting our own.

  • Phyresis Outbreak - A Phyrexian version of Toxic Deluge! Each opponent gets a Poison counter, then each creature our opponents control get -X/-X, where X is the number of Poison Counters they have.

  • White Sun's Twilight - If we put at least 5 into the , we wipe the board, then create Mite Tokens.


  • Vampiric Tutor - At instant speed, we can grab any card we want and put it on top of our library. Best to play at the end step of the player right before you, to prevent as few interactions or shenanigans as possible. The life loss should be negligible.

  • Demonic Tutor - At Sorcery speed, we can grab any card and put it into your hand.

  • Grim Tutor - At Sorcery speed, we can grab any card and put it into your hand and lose 3 life. A little more pricey than Demonic Tutor, but redundancy in finding the right answer is never a bad thing.

  • Finale of Devastation - With Everflowing Chalice and Astral Cornucopia, it's easier to generate greater than and give everything a massive boost. Use this to go get a Blightsteel Colossus or Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon to close out the game.

Card Draw and Advantage

  • Infectious Inquiry - For three mana, we draw two cards, lose two life (negligible with Atraxa's Lifelink), and give our opponents a Poison counter.

  • Jin-Gitaxias, Progress Tyrant - Copies our first Instant, Sorcery, or Artifact spell once every turn. This can double our mana rocks, 2 mana ramp spells like Farseek, and other Instant/Sorcery card draw spells listed here.

  • Rhystic Study - Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur searched for knowledge from all places, even tapping into arcane and mystical sources. Why shouldn't we do the same? Can draw us cards early on when mana is scarce, and later on it can potentially drain mana from our opponents who don't want us drawing cards.

  • Sylvan Library - With Atraxa offsetting the life-loss, this could easily turn into 'Draw three cards each turn'. If not, it can help smooth out draws and prioritize drawing lands early on.

  • Tezzeret's Gambit - For basically and paying two life, we draw two cards and Proliferate.

  • Vraska, Betrayal's Sting - Her 0 ability draws us a card and Proliferates.

  • Phyrexian Reclamation - For two life and we can return any creature in our graveyard to our hand. Death never stopped the Phyrexians, so it won't stop us either.

  • Blightsteel Colossus - If this hits our graveyard from anywhere, it gets shuffled back into our deck, so unless it's Exiled, it's always a lurking threat.

  • Agadeem's Awakening   - This can either be a Swamp if we need the additional , or with enough mana it can bring back an army of creatures. With ramp rocks like Astral Cornucopia and Everflowing Chalice, it's not inconceivable to cast this high enough to bring back four or five creatures.

“See how gratefully this world accepts our blessings.” —Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur {Combinations and Synergies}

We have numerous interactions in the deck that work well in tandem or can outright kill an opponent.

Claws of Infection - Hatred + Atraxa, Praetors' Voice or any Infect creature.

  • When Atraxa, Praetors' Voice attacks, you can cast Hatred and pay the necessary life to pump her up to deal 21 Commander damage, then gain that life all back + 4 (or whatever Atraxa's Power is when attacking). Or if the creature has Infect, pump it up enought to deal 10 Poison counters worth of damage.

A Poisonous Dance - Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider + Vraska, Betrayal's Sting

  • If we cast Vraska, Betrayal's Sting with Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider on the field, she will come in with double the number of Loyalty counters on her. We can maintain priority and instantly -9 her to knock out a player.

  • If the target player has X poison counters, they get 2*(9-X) counters (or 18 - 2X counters), which would be enough to fully Infect the player unless they are already at 9 Poison counters, in which case, you can just 0 her to Proliferate and kill them that way too.

Planar Cleanse - White Sun's Twilight + Teferi's Protection

  • A mana-intensive combo, but if you cast White Sun's Twilight where is 5 or greater, then hold priority and cast Teferi's Protection, not only will you create 1/1 Mite tokens, all our other permanents will Phase out until our next turn, so we keep our board state and have more creatures with Toxic 1

Lineage of Corruption - Atraxa, Praetors' Voice + Ixhel, Scion of Atraxa

  • First, we play, attack with, and deal damage to an opponent with Ixhel, Scion of Atraxa to give then at least 2 Poison counters, then make sure that Atraxa, Praetors' Voice is on the field. We can stack our End of Turn triggers to Proliferate first, bringing the Poison counters up to three, then Ixhel, Scion of Atraxa's Corrupted will trigger, allowing us to Exile a card from the top of their library.

Crusade of Death - Phyrexian Crusader + Sword of Feast and Famine and/or Sword of Truth and Justice

  • By equipping our Knight with either or both of the swords will give him Protection from most, if not all colors, and a considerable buff in Power. This can quickly put an opponent on a 2-turn clock if Atraxa, Praetors' Voice to Proliferate the Poison between turns.

Scalpel of Jin-Gitaxias - Blighted Agent + Sword of Feast and Famine and/or Sword of Truth and Justice

  • With Blighted Agent's Unblockable ability, we can load it up with the Swords and swing away at our opponent's without fear of blocking damage. If equipped with Sword of Feast and Famine, we can effortlessly untap our lands to cast more spells. If equipped with Sword of Truth and Justice, We will have effectively given an opponent four Poison counters (Power 1 + Sword 2 + Proliferate 1). And with the right opening hand, this could happen as early as turn two or three.

“The Gitaxians whisper among themselves of other worlds. If they exist, we must bring Phyrexia’s magnificence to them.” - Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite

Thank you for taking a look at this deck. This deck has gone through a lot of transformations over the years, from +1/+1 Counters, Superfriends, and finally settling on a Hybrid +1/+1 Counters and Infect. If you have any suggestions or comments, I'd be happy to hear them.

I am kinda sad about how they took out Atraxa, Praetors' Voice. They just dropped a neighborhood on her! I'd almost be happier if there was some kind of epic duel between her and someone like Archangel Elspeth. But alas, Atraxa's Fall depicts the fate of arguably the most popular commander ever printed, and it was only a common! Definitely a little sour about that haha. I had hoped that she might have survived somehow to return later, but since Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines apparently meddled with the Glistening Oil to only respond to her, her death and the severing of the oil's connection makes Atraxa's return unlikely.

A great deal of inspiration for this deck came from Mortelock's The Song of Phyresis Atraxa build. Please check it out if you are interested in crafting another work of Phyrexian Wonder.


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