More Than One Way to Infect

Posted in Feature on May 7, 2014

By Adam Prosak

From Friday Night Magic to the Pro Tour, Adam Prosak loves all types of tournament Magic. Currently, Adam is working in R&D as a developer.

Infect decks have been a part of Modern since its inception. Sam Black used the currently banned Blazing Shoal to get a 10-power infect creature as early as the second turn to a semifinal appearance at Pro Tour Philadelphia. Ari Lax made a deep run at Pro Tour Return to Ravnica with a BUG version that used green pump spells to quickly assemble ten poison counters.

Phyrexian Crusader

Now, Waterd1 has found success with a slower, mono-black version of the deck, winning a Premier Event on Magic Online. Waterd1's deck features lots of black disruption in the form of discard and removal spells, relying on only a few threats to win the game. This allows Waterd1's deck to focus on the poison route, with strong creatures such as Phyrexian Crusader and Phyrexian Vatmother doing the dirty work. These creatures are immune to Lightning Bolt, which is hugely desirable given Lightning Bolt's popularity in Modern. These creatures also essentially get a double bonus from Runechanter's Pike.

One excellent card for this deck is Funeral Charm. It is a removal spell against decks that have a ton of creatures to kill, and it's a discard spell when you need lots of discard. Also, giving one of your infect creatures 2 extra power might often provide a lethal attack, and I'm sure Waterd1 used swampwalk at least once to make a creature unblockable. What a versatile card for a single mana!

Waterd1's Mono-Black Infect

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