Whispers of the Muse: Fangs’s Phyrexian Poison (SOM)
Happy New Year to everyone, and to kick off the cleanr slate each year brings we have a new Whispers of the Muse. If you’re a new reader to Ertai’s Lament, Whispers is a deckbuilding advice column for folks who are looking to base their decks off of a precon. What makes the column so fun is that the answers don’t come from one place, but rather throughout the readership of the site. Call it “the wisdom of the masses,” call it “crowdsourcing,” it’s a great opportunity for folks to put their minds together and come up with a winning deck!
Today’s feature comes to us today by way of Fangs, who has already done some extensive tinkering with Scars of Mirrodin’s infect-filled Phyrexian Poison. Although we’ve run both a Whispers and a Meddling based on that deck before, you’ll find Fangs has a very different vision of where he’d like his deck to go. Here’s what he has to say.
Hello good people at Ertai’s Lament! I need help with a rather peculiar Infect deck I plan to make.
After some extensive searching, it seemed almost everybody that ran Infect, ran Hyper Aggro decks with 95% of the same cards in almost every deck, dependent on the color(s) used. Sure, I could jump on the bandwagon and be like everybody else, but that’s not how I roll, so I decided I wanted to do something fairly unique with the deck, something not too many people would think to go, and that’s a “Decay” deck. Gradually eating away my opponents defenses so my Infected legion can make a beeline to my opponents life with ease.
Here’s what I’ve concocted:
I realize the deck has had a drastic facelift compared to the original product, but I like seeing the deck in a new light (and I hope you do too of course) and it shows how far you can really take them. Now without getting too wordy or in depth, the basic strategy is to rot away anything that touches my opponents board leaving my creatures free to spread their disease. Using Prey Upon+Withstand Death with that of Rot Wolf during main phase 1 to clear potential 2/2 blockers and also get a card, giving me more options for the actual combat phase AND 1 less threat to deal with.
It also gives me the ability to downsize any bigger creatures, making them lose at least -4/-4. Melira protects my Hydra from itself, and protects my own creatures from Black Sun’s Zenith’s effect. This type of strategic play of knowing when to use what fits my style much more then a one trick pony like a Hyper Infect deck with nothing but buffs.
I’m basically looking for feedback on the deck, and suggestions on if there’s better cards to use for my strategy as I’m not familiar with anything but M12 core set. I want to make the deck as competitive as possible, but still be very fun to play. I’ve been thinking of dropping 2x Curse of Death’s Hold and upping Black Sun’s Zenith to 4x instead of 3 because, even though the Curse is a permanent, it cost 5CMC to drop, while Zenith can be cheap if need be, and it goes back into my deck for use later (Though I’m not guaranteed to draw it).
Should I go ahead with that plan? I’ve also thought of swapping the Hydra for Putrefax for more speed, using Prey Upon on Putrefax after I attack with it to clear any remaining enemies before hitting Self Destruct. Then again, the Hydra is a 7/7 and stays on the battlefield. I want to keep deck playable in Standard format and would like to keep it a B/G deck.
My budget for the deck is $30, at least for now as I don’t have 90% of the cards yet (I plan to buy them after getting some more opinions on it if it’s worth the investment) and don’t want to spend too much. Things to get later on would be 4x Woodland Cemetery, swapping out 4x Swamp. Creating a sideboard is also something I’ll do later, if I can get suggestions on that too that would be great!
So what do you think? Does Fangs have the kernel of a solid, working infect deck here with this novel approach to the mechanic? Any cards you think he might benefit from that he’s not included in his list? Anything he is including that might be cut for something better? As always, we look forward to the feedback in the comments!