The Great Machine of Evolution

The Machine Orthodoxy's truth is as follows:

"The last of the Not-Whole shall be discovered, though our eyeholes wince at their hideousness. Their bodies shall be absorbed and their imperfection shall be purged. The Machine Orthodoxy shall engorge the Not-Whole and their deficient isolation shall be obliterated in the Unity. Only then shall the last wounds in the Circle be healed. Only then shall this world compleat itself."

—Izathel, High Chancellor

Your opponents are the true manifestation of the Not-Whole: they are the weak and misguided who desperately cling to their heretical imperfection - denying the truth of Compleation. If you wish to spread the glory of Phyrexia, and help purge the weakness out of your opponents then this is the deck and more importantly - Commander for you. Atraxa is a force to be reckoned with - possessing enough keywords to overshadow most creatures, but her true strength lies in her last keyword: Proliferate. This ability plays into the central themes of the deck which incorporates counters to bolster  Flip the power of your own forces or weaken those of your opponents. The inclusion of a Stax (See Deck:$T4KS) sub-theme utilities enchantments and artifacts with Fading counters to help control the battlefield and speed of play while your main wincon - Infect brings your opponents closer to the truth of sublime Compleation.

This deck has Johnny and Vorthos influences that blend with it's strategies and sub-themes. The deck's primary themes are Proliferate and Infect (more on that later). The inclusion of the Praetors are mostly for flavor (as each had an active hand in Atraxa's creation) but are also part of the sub-theme/strategy of creating a "Soft Lock" (See Slang: Lockdown) on my opponent's boardstate - limiting their options while allowing Phyrexia to progress unimpeded. Counters simply compliment Proliferate, and aid in turning small creatures into monstrous ones.

Infect is the primary wincon of this deck, which typically functions like a slow acting Thallium poison - damage to your opponents may seem small at first but will quickly add up. It's likely your opponents will have decks that focus on dealing 40 points of damage, or 21 points of Commander damage to their opponent to achieve their wincon - you are only counting to 10 - per opponent(See rule 104.3d). Infect damage cannot be healed or transferred - Phyrexia's touch is nearly impossible to remove. While you have to deal far less damage to your opponents, your damage is unique, and rarely can anyone else can contribute to it. More often than not, you'll be the only infect deck at the table, which will isolate you.

To measure the deck's power level, I use the chart referenced in the video How to Power up your Commander deck by The Command Zone. From that video, I would guess that this deck fits well within the Focused category. It's meant to face upgraded Casual decks, Optimized decks, but will get absolutely destroyed by cEDH decks, and tear Jank decks to pieces too quickly. Also, I definitely advise you to watch the video referenced above - it's really good for helping you to communicate to other players what kind of deck you are working with.

There are no infinite combos in this deck. Instead, it functions with alot of interactions that build off of each other using Proliferate as the primary enabler.

A word of advice to potential players of this deck, and to all my fellow Infect players: Your attitude at the table matters - it's likely that you will be perceived as a thirsty Spike who is more concerned with wanting to win than actually playing Magic. Your opponents will likely focus on you early game, and target your boardstate heavily. Don't let that deter you, instead understand that you are playing Archenemy without all of the silly cards to help you (see Sliver Hate). Own the fact that you are Phyrexia incarnate, here to bring your opponents to compleation - have fun with that idea and embrace it. I try and manifest this idea by turning my game into something of a performance where I gleefully remind players that they are "One step closer to Phyrexia, and one step closer to compleation." with every proliferation of poison counters.

The most important aspect of playing infect is the social interaction you have with your opponents. If your attitude is negative - if you feel upset and frustrated because you got ganged up on then that feeling will dominate your experience for the game - which isn't fun. Don't fall into that trap , embrace all that attention and focus your opponents are giving you, because you are Phyrexia - you are the Villain that makes everyone else collectively crap their pants at the mere mentioning of your name. It's only natural that they come after you, and that's okay. Make sure you're having fun, because if not...what's the point in playing?

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So about a month back I reached out to my good pal Gattison to write a song for this deck - I've just wanted to add some more fun flavor to the deck page and had a blast coming up with some fun Phyrexian inspired lyrics for the deck. I guess i'm showing my age a bit with the reference for the song, but the idea was to get something fun and silly and twist it to fit the purposes of spreading the greatness of Phyrexia. Think of this song as The Lego Movie's Everything is Awesome theme song...but for Phyrexia. Set to the tune of The Banana Split's Opening Theme Song I present to you:

Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la (x4)

One infect, two infect, three infect, four

We are soon to be compleat and entirely pure

Come along and confess your love for Phyrexia too

Better say it quick, or Atraxa will come for you

Makin’ up a mess of fun (x2) Lots of fun for everyone

Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la (x4)

Five infect, six infect, seven infect, eight

Phyrexia's love grows with proliferate

Corrupting Karn's mind while forging a Mirrodin reborn:

Jin-Gitaxis , Vorinclex , Sheoldred and Elesh Norn

We even got Karn's Bastion (x2) We proliferate everyone!

Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la (x4)

Nine infect, ten infect, proliferate more:

Everyone's compleat, cuz' the Colossus made sure

Hey there all Phyrexians, come along and see

Just how many heretics we can make compleat

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