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From First to Worst with Phyrexia - Billy Moreau (2/6/2011)

To Draft the Phyrexian Faction or the Mirrodin Faction? That is the question. And the answer I have may not be one you all will agree with. I believe the Phyrexian Faction is the best choice and I can back that with winning today's Pre Release. I chose to pick the Phyrexian Faction after looking at the spoiler and seeing which cards were in which Faction.

The cards that caught my attention in the Phyrexian Faction were:

Phyrexian Rebirth
Phyrexian Rebirth
Phyrexian RebirthSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
15
Artist:
Scott Chou
Text:
Destroy all creatures, then put an X/X colorless Horror artifact creature token onto the battlefield, where X is the number of creatures destroyed this way.
- who doesn't like a wrath of god that leaves you with a potentially large creature?
Corrupted Conscience
Corrupted Conscience
Corrupted ConscienceSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
22
Artist:
Jason Chan
Text:
Enchant creature You control enchanted creature. Enchanted creature has infect. (It deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)
- A control magic with infect as an added bonus!
Vedalken Anatomist
Vedalken Anatomist
Vedalken AnatomistSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vedalken Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
36
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
{2}{U}, {T}: Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature. You may tap or untap that creature.
- kill off small creatures or slowly whittle down larger ones while tapping them down!
Black Sun's Zenith
Black Sun's Zenith
Black Sun's ZenithSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
39
Artist:
Daniel Ljunggren
Text:
Put X -1/-1 counters on each creature. Shuffle Black Sun's Zenith into its owner's library.
- This card is worth all the marbles! With this in your deck nothing should live and you should be able to hold off any deck.
Gruesome Encore
Gruesome Encore
Gruesome EncoreSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
44
Artist:
Adrian Smith
Text:
Put target creature card from an opponent's graveyard onto the battlefield under your control. It gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step. If that creature would leave the battlefield, exile it instead of putting it anywhere else.
- Reanimate
Reanimate
ReanimateSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Robert Bliss
Text:
Put target creature card from any graveyard into play under your control. Lose life equal to that creature's total casting cost.
your opponent's best creature in the graveyard, attack, and then remove it at the end of the turn.
Spread the Sickness
Spread the Sickness
Spread the SicknessSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Jaime Jones
Text:
Destroy target creature, then proliferate. (You choose any number of permanents and/or players with counters on them, then give each another counter of a kind already there.)
- I really like this card. Destroy their best creature and then proliferate!
Blight
Blight
BlightSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
If target land becomes tapped, destroy it at end of turn.
d2lkb3c=- This card is far superior to Giant Spider
Giant Spider
Giant SpiderSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Does not fly, but can block flying creatures.
!
Green Sun's Zenith
Green Sun's Zenith
Green Sun's ZenithSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
81
Artist:
David Rapoza
Text:
Search your library for a green creature card with converted mana cost X or less, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library. Shuffle Green Sun's Zenith into its owner's library.
- a card that lets you search for a creature, put it into play then shuffles back in so you can draw it again to be played!
Pistus Strike
Pistus Strike
Pistus StrikeSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
86
Artist:
Jaime Jones
Text:
Destroy target creature with flying. Its controller gets a poison counter.
- Green removal that also gives your opponent a poison counter at instant speed.
Viridian Corrupter
Viridian Corrupter
Viridian CorrupterSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.) When Viridian Corrupter enters the battlefield, destroy target artifact.
- soooooooo much better than Viridian Shaman
Viridian Shaman
Viridian ShamanSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
139
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Viridian Shaman comes into play, destroy target artifact.
in my opinion. Destroy their artifact and has infect!
Glissa, the Traitor
Glissa, the Traitor
Glissa, the TraitorSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Elf
Rarity:
M
Number:
96
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
First strike, deathtouch Whenever a creature an opponent controls is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may return target artifact card from your graveyard to your hand.
- Prerelease promo for the Phyrexian Faction and also very powerful if you have some good artifacts.

I always tried to stay away from Infect while drafting Scar
Scar
ScarSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
194
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
s of Mirrodin so it seems odd that I would gravitate towards it in this set. I love cards that shuffle back into your library. Creature removal that does so really attracts my attention. Black Sun's Zenith
Black Sun's Zenith
Black Sun's ZenithSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
39
Artist:
Daniel Ljunggren
Text:
Put X -1/-1 counters on each creature. Shuffle Black Sun's Zenith into its owner's library.
is UNBELIEVABLE! I just wish the Blue Sun's Zenith
Blue Sun's Zenith
Blue Sun's ZenithSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
20
Artist:
Izzy
Text:
Target player draws X cards. Shuffle Blue Sun's Zenith into its owner's library.
had been in this faction.

So, on day one of the Pre Release I decided to play Phyrexian.

Here was the deck I was given:

Spells (10):
1 Contagion Clasp
Contagion Clasp
Contagion ClaspSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
144
Artist:
Anthony Palumbo
Text:
When Contagion Clasp enters the battlefield, put a -1/-1 counter on target creature. {4}, {T}: Proliferate. (You choose any number of permanents and/or players with counters on them, then give each another counter of a kind already there.)

1 Contagion Engine
Contagion Engine
Contagion EngineSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
145
Artist:
Daarken
Text:
When Contagion Engine enters the battlefield, put a -1/-1 counter on each creature target player controls. {4}, {T}: Proliferate, then proliferate again. (You choose any number of permanents and/or players with counters on them, then give each another counter of a kind already there. Then do it again.)

1 Morbid Plunder
Morbid Plunder
Morbid PlunderSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
47
Artist:
Mike Bierek
Text:
Return up to two target creature cards from your graveyard to your hand.

2 Pistus Strike
Pistus Strike
Pistus StrikeSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
86
Artist:
Jaime Jones
Text:
Destroy target creature with flying. Its controller gets a poison counter.

2 Spread the Sickness
Spread the Sickness
Spread the SicknessSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Jaime Jones
Text:
Destroy target creature, then proliferate. (You choose any number of permanents and/or players with counters on them, then give each another counter of a kind already there.)

1 Tainted Strike
Tainted Strike
Tainted StrikeSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
80
Artist:
James Ryman
Text:
Target creature gets +1/+0 and gains infect until end of turn. (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)

1 Untamed Might
Untamed Might
Untamed MightSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
131
Artist:
Erica Yang
Text:
Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn.

1 Virulent Wound
Virulent Wound
Virulent WoundSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
57
Artist:
Whit Brachna
Text:
Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature. When that creature is put into a graveyard this turn, its controller gets a poison counter.


Creatures (13):
1 Blight
Blight
BlightSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
If target land becomes tapped, destroy it at end of turn.
IE1hbWJh
2 Blight
Blight
BlightSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
If target land becomes tapped, destroy it at end of turn.
d2lkb3c=
1 Massacre Wurm
Massacre Wurm
Massacre WurmSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
M
Number:
46
Artist:
Jason Chan
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
When Massacre Wurm enters the battlefield, creatures your opponents control get -2/-2 until end of turn. Whenever a creature an opponent controls is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, that player loses 2 life.

1 Phyrexian Hydra
Phyrexian Hydra
Phyrexian HydraSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hydra
Rarity:
R
Number:
85
Artist:
Mike Bierek
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.) If damage would be dealt to Phyrexian Hydra, prevent that damage. Put a -1/-1 counter on Phyrexian Hydra for each 1 damage prevented this way.

1 Phyrexian Juggernaut
Phyrexian Juggernaut
Phyrexian JuggernautSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Juggernaut
Rarity:
U
Number:
121
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.) Phyrexian Juggernaut attacks each turn if able.

1 Plague Myr
Plague Myr
Plague MyrSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
U
Number:
125
Artist:
Efrem Palacios
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.) {T}: Add {1} to your mana pool.

2 Plague Stinger
Plague Stinger
Plague StingerSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
75
Artist:
Ryan Pancoast
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)

1 Rot Wolf
Rot Wolf
Rot WolfSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wolf
Rarity:
C
Number:
90
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.) Whenever a creature dealt damage by Rot Wolf this turn is put into a graveyard, you may draw a card.

1 Septic Rats
Septic Rats
Septic RatsSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
U
Number:
55
Artist:
Cos Koniotis
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.) Whenever Septic Rats attacks, if defending player is poisoned, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

1 Tangle Angler
Tangle Angler
Tangle AnglerSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
U
Number:
128
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Power:
1
Toughness:
5
Text:
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.) {G}: Target creature blocks Tangle Angler this turn if able.

1 Viridian Emissary
Viridian Emissary
Viridian EmissarySet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Scout
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
Matt Stewart
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Viridian Emissary is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.


Land (17):
8 Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

9 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.


Other cards I had that were not played included:
1 Galvanic Blast
Galvanic Blast
Galvanic BlastSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
Marc Simonetti
Text:
Galvanic Blast deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Metalcraft — Galvanic Blast deals 4 damage to that creature or player instead if you control three or more artifacts.

1 Cerebral Eruption
Cerebral Eruption
Cerebral EruptionSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
86
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Target opponent reveals the top card of his or her library. Cerebral Eruption deals damage equal to the revealed card's converted mana cost to that player and each creature he or she controls. If a land card is revealed this way, return Cerebral Eruption to its owner's hand.

1 Oxidda Scrapmelter
Oxidda Scrapmelter
Oxidda ScrapmelterSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
101
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Oxidda Scrapmelter enters the battlefield, destroy target artifact.

1 Arrest
Arrest
ArrestSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
4
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Enchanted creature can't attack or block, and its activated abilities can't be played.

1 Myrsmith
Myrsmith
MyrsmithSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Artificer
Rarity:
U
Number:
16
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever you cast an artifact spell, you may pay {1}. If you do, put a 1/1 colorless Myr artifact creature token onto the battlefield.

1 Choking Fumes
Choking Fumes
Choking FumesSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
4
Artist:
Scott Chou
Text:
Put a -1/-1 counter on each attacking creature.


There was nothing to make me want to really splash in a third color. The Phyrexian cards I had were helped out immensely by the Scar
Scar
ScarSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
194
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
s cards I drafted: Contagion Clasp
Contagion Clasp
Contagion ClaspSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
144
Artist:
Anthony Palumbo
Text:
When Contagion Clasp enters the battlefield, put a -1/-1 counter on target creature. {4}, {T}: Proliferate. (You choose any number of permanents and/or players with counters on them, then give each another counter of a kind already there.)
, Contagion Engine
Contagion Engine
Contagion EngineSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
145
Artist:
Daarken
Text:
When Contagion Engine enters the battlefield, put a -1/-1 counter on each creature target player controls. {4}, {T}: Proliferate, then proliferate again. (You choose any number of permanents and/or players with counters on them, then give each another counter of a kind already there. Then do it again.)
, and Plague Stinger
Plague Stinger
Plague StingerSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
75
Artist:
Ryan Pancoast
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)
s.

Our Prerelease had 62 players, of which over half played the Mirran Faction. I knew I didn't have much to worry about unless they had god decks.

Round 1 (0-0)
I played against someone playing Mirran. They were very uneventful games. In total I took 4 points of damage between both games from a late second game burn spell. I won with poison counters. My opponent was playing with Red Sun's Zenith
Red Sun's Zenith
Red Sun's ZenithSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
74
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Text:
Red Sun's Zenith deals X damage to target creature or player. If a creature dealt damage this way would be put into a graveyard this turn, exile it instead. Shuffle Red Sun's Zenith into its owner's library.
which can potentially can be devastating but in his deck he did not have enough removal to slow down all my poison creatures.

Round 2 (1-0)
He was also playing Phyrexian. This was a close match with me winning game one and him winning game two with an Untamed Might
Untamed Might
Untamed MightSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
131
Artist:
Erica Yang
Text:
Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn.
on his poison creature. I was holding my own Untamed Might
Untamed Might
Untamed MightSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
131
Artist:
Erica Yang
Text:
Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn.
ready to win next turn. Game three he knocks me down quick but not quick enough. I win with poison counters.

Round 3 (2-0)
Back to a Mirran deck. Games one and two are a split. Game three looks bad for me with his Battle Cry
Battle Cry
Battle CrySet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Untap all white creatures you control. Any creature that blocks this turn gets +0/+1 until end of turn.
creatures beating me down quick. He manages to knock me down to 2 before I play the Contagion Engine
Contagion Engine
Contagion EngineSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
145
Artist:
Daarken
Text:
When Contagion Engine enters the battlefield, put a -1/-1 counter on each creature target player controls. {4}, {T}: Proliferate, then proliferate again. (You choose any number of permanents and/or players with counters on them, then give each another counter of a kind already there. Then do it again.)
clearing his board. I start hitting him with poison creatures. He blocks with a few creatures before playing Sunblast Angel
Sunblast Angel
Sunblast AngelSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
22
Artist:
Jason Chan
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Sunblast Angel enters the battlefield, destroy all tapped creatures.
. I cast Pistus Strike
Pistus Strike
Pistus StrikeSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
86
Artist:
Jaime Jones
Text:
Destroy target creature with flying. Its controller gets a poison counter.
to destroy the Angel. I win the next turn. He reveals his next card: Vulshok Replica
Vulshok Replica
Vulshok ReplicaSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Berserker
Rarity:
C
Number:
221
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
{1}{R}, Sacrifice Vulshok Replica: Vulshok Replica deals 3 damage to target player.
.

Round 4 (3-0)
Mirran again. Again I win with poison actually dealing my first non poison damage of the tournament this round as well.

Round 5 (4-0)
Knowing that I am already in the prizes (top 16) I know that we only have 4 undefeated players and that if I win this round I will be able to split for 1st. My opponent is playing Phyrexian. In fact, all 4 undefeated players are playing Phyrexian. Hmmmmm......maybe there is a bit of unbalance in the Factions. Game 1 I win quick with Plague Stinger
Plague Stinger
Plague StingerSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
75
Artist:
Ryan Pancoast
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)
and Blight
Blight
BlightSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
If target land becomes tapped, destroy it at end of turn.
IE1hbWJh getting in for all 10 poison counters. Game two he draws every piece of removal he has and manages to beat me with Infect. Game three I get a turn two Plague Stinger
Plague Stinger
Plague StingerSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
75
Artist:
Ryan Pancoast
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)
, turn three Plague Stinger
Plague Stinger
Plague StingerSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
75
Artist:
Ryan Pancoast
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)
, Virulent Wound
Virulent Wound
Virulent WoundSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
57
Artist:
Whit Brachna
Text:
Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature. When that creature is put into a graveyard this turn, its controller gets a poison counter.
his Myr. Turn 4 Blight
Blight
BlightSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
If target land becomes tapped, destroy it at end of turn.
Widow. He could not handle all my infect creatures and he dies to infect.

Round 6 (5-0)
I know that Kyle and myself are the only undefeated players so we split for first knowing if we play one of will win 36 packs and the other may drop down to as few as 6 packs so by splitting we each get 27 packs. I take 27 Faction packs of the Phyrexian Faction.

Day two of the Prerelease was not as nice to me. I did not get any playable rares in my colors. Here was my deck for day two:

Spells (11):
1 Bladed Pinions
Bladed Pinions
Bladed PinionsSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
C
Number:
140
Artist:
Steve Argyle
Text:
Equipped creature has flying and first strike. Equip {2}

1 Grasp of Darkness
Grasp of Darkness
Grasp of DarknessSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
65
Artist:
Johann Bodin
Text:
Target creature gets -4/-4 until end of turn.

1 Infiltration Lens
Infiltration Lens
Infiltration LensSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
167
Artist:
Izzy
Text:
Whenever equipped creature becomes blocked by a creature, you may draw two cards. Equip {1}

2 Morbid Plunder
Morbid Plunder
Morbid PlunderSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
47
Artist:
Mike Bierek
Text:
Return up to two target creature cards from your graveyard to your hand.

1 Pistus Strike
Pistus Strike
Pistus StrikeSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
86
Artist:
Jaime Jones
Text:
Destroy target creature with flying. Its controller gets a poison counter.

1 Skinwing
Skinwing
SkinwingSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
133
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Text:
Living weapon (When this Equipment enters the battlefield, put a 0/0 black Germ creature token onto the battlefield, then attach this to it.) Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has flying. Equip {6}

1 Spread the Sickness
Spread the Sickness
Spread the SicknessSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Jaime Jones
Text:
Destroy target creature, then proliferate. (You choose any number of permanents and/or players with counters on them, then give each another counter of a kind already there.)

1 Strandwalker
Strandwalker
StrandwalkerSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
137
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Text:
Living weapon (When this Equipment enters the battlefield, put a 0/0 black Germ creature token onto the battlefield, then attach this to it.) Equipped creature gets +2/+4 and has reach. Equip {4}

1 Sylvok Lifestaff
Sylvok Lifestaff
Sylvok LifestaffSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
C
Number:
209
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/+0. Whenever equipped creature is put into a graveyard, you gain 3 life. Equip {1}

1 Untamed Might
Untamed Might
Untamed MightSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
131
Artist:
Erica Yang
Text:
Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn.


Creatures (13):
1 Blight
Blight
BlightSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
If target land becomes tapped, destroy it at end of turn.
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1 Core Prowler
Core Prowler
Core ProwlerSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
U
Number:
103
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.) When Core Prowler is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, proliferate. (You choose any number of permanents and/or players with counters on them, then give each another counter of a kind already there.)

1 Flensermite
Flensermite
FlensermiteSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Gremlin
Rarity:
C
Number:
41
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.) Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)

1 Flesh-Eater Imp
Flesh-Eater Imp
Flesh-Eater ImpSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
U
Number:
42
Artist:
Johann Bodin
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.) Sacrifice a creature: Flesh-Eater Imp gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

1 Leaden Myr
Leaden Myr
Leaden MyrSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
191
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

1 Plague Myr
Plague Myr
Plague MyrSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
U
Number:
125
Artist:
Efrem Palacios
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.) {T}: Add {1} to your mana pool.

1 Plague Stinger
Plague Stinger
Plague StingerSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
75
Artist:
Ryan Pancoast
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)

1 Scourge Servant
Scourge Servant
Scourge ServantSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Daarken
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)

1 Septic Rats
Septic Rats
Septic RatsSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
U
Number:
55
Artist:
Cos Koniotis
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.) Whenever Septic Rats attacks, if defending player is poisoned, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

1 Tangle Angler
Tangle Angler
Tangle AnglerSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
U
Number:
128
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Power:
1
Toughness:
5
Text:
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.) {G}: Target creature blocks Tangle Angler this turn if able.

1 Tel-Jilad Fallen
1 Viridian Corrupter
Viridian Corrupter
Viridian CorrupterSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.) When Viridian Corrupter enters the battlefield, destroy target artifact.

1 Viridian Emissary
Viridian Emissary
Viridian EmissarySet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Scout
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
Matt Stewart
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Viridian Emissary is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.



Land (16):
8 Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

8 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.


Other Rares I had in my pool included:
Creeping Corrosion
Creeping Corrosion
Creeping CorrosionSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
78
Artist:
Ryan Pancoast
Text:
Destroy all artifacts.

Decimator Web
Decimator Web
Decimator WebSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
105
Artist:
Daniel Ljunggren
Text:
{4}, {T}: Target opponent loses 2 life, gets a poison counter, then puts the top six cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.

Cerebral Eruption
Cerebral Eruption
Cerebral EruptionSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
86
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Target opponent reveals the top card of his or her library. Cerebral Eruption deals damage equal to the revealed card's converted mana cost to that player and each creature he or she controls. If a land card is revealed this way, return Cerebral Eruption to its owner's hand.

Distant Memories
Distant Memories
Distant MemoriesSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Text:
Search your library for a card, exile it, then shuffle your library. Any opponent may have you put that card into your hand. If no player does, you draw three cards.

Semblance Anvil
Semblance Anvil
Semblance AnvilSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
201
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
Imprint — When Semblance Anvil enters the battlefield, you may exile a nonland card from your hand. Spells you cast that share a card type with the exiled card cost {2} less to cast.

Ezuri, Renegade Leader
Ezuri, Renegade Leader
Ezuri, Renegade LeaderSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Warrior
Rarity:
R
Number:
119
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
{G}: Regenerate another target Elf. {2}{G}{G}{G}: Elf creatures you control get +3/+3 and gain trample until end of turn.


This deck did not fare so well going 1-3 drop. I could have played the last two rounds and possibly made top 16 at 3-3 but didn't want to try for it. Well hopefully I will have some good luck going into the Release tournament this Friday.

A few things I learned about the set:
1- Infect is really really good especially if you have a way to get your creatures back (Morbid Plunder
Morbid Plunder
Morbid PlunderSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
47
Artist:
Mike Bierek
Text:
Return up to two target creature cards from your graveyard to your hand.
, Gruesome Encore
Gruesome Encore
Gruesome EncoreSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
44
Artist:
Adrian Smith
Text:
Put target creature card from an opponent's graveyard onto the battlefield under your control. It gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step. If that creature would leave the battlefield, exile it instead of putting it anywhere else.
) or return them to your hands when they have counters of their own placed on them (Banishment Decree
Banishment Decree
Banishment DecreeSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
James Ryman
Text:
Put target artifact, creature, or enchantment on top of its owner's library.
, Quicksilver Geyser
Quicksilver Geyser
Quicksilver GeyserSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Erica Yang
Text:
Return up to two target nonland permanents to their owners' hands.
)
2- Mirran is not about Metalcraft at all. It is all about Battle Cry
Battle Cry
Battle CrySet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Untap all white creatures you control. Any creature that blocks this turn gets +0/+1 until end of turn.
. You get a few creatures with Battle Cry
Battle Cry
Battle CrySet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Untap all white creatures you control. Any creature that blocks this turn gets +0/+1 until end of turn.
out and your opponent will be packing his things in a hurry.
3- Living Weapons are nice!
4- The Zeniths while powerful are not overpowering in this set because there is not a lot of card draw to make them a threat.
5- The balance seems to be turned towards the Phyrexian side but I will try my luck at the Release tournament with Mirran.

Until next time....enjoy the best Phyrexia and Mirrodin have to offer!


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