Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Deck Building: Blue/Black Controlling Infection

I bought the Deadspread deck when it came out for Scars of Mirrodin, mainly because I thought that Carnifex Demon was pretty cool looking. The deck left something to be desired, mainly because I was more interested in poison rather than proliferating -1/-1 counters on everyone. I decided to break it up and use some of my extra cards to change it over to infect. It's a work in progress, but I have a nice shell for what I want to do. I probably won't be able to drop in anything expensive like a Jace 2.0 or a 1.0, or even a Skittles. I'm going to try and get some Phyrexian Crusaders though because they're just too good. Maybe some vatmothers as well. I'm open to other suggestions, as blue isn't really one of the colors that I'm familiar with.

Here's the deck list. It's not standard at all, by the way. It's kind of standard, but I didn't have a ton of counterspells from standard that I liked so I went out of the block a bit. Also, I didn't have enough for 4x a lot of stuff. Hopefully I can round some of the selections out more.

Island x10
Swamp x10

Spells:
Negate x1
Rune Snag x1
Mana Leak x2
Steady Progress x2
Grasp of Darkness x1
Doom Blade x2
Distortion Strike x2
Corrupted Conscience x1
Virulent Wound x2

Creatures:
Skinrender x2
Neurok Invisimancer x2
Plague Stinger x2
Silver Myr x2
Leaden Myr x1
Plague Myr x1
Phyrexian Juggernaut x2
Core Prowler x2
Thrummingbird x3
Vector Asp x2
Necropede x1
Carnifex Demon x1
Septic Rats x2
Contagion Clasp x2
Contagion Engine x1

As you can see, the deck has a bit of an identity crisis. I blame it on not having better infect options free from other decks. I might cut the mana myrs, at least the non-infect ones to get some more land and infect creatures out there. Maybe Ichor Rats so I can get a poison counter on to proliferate. Skinrenders are nice but if I can get some Crusaders, I'm cutting them in favor of the knight. I'm not sold on the contagion engine either. Six mana is a lot for it and clasp comes down earlier and I can activate it twice by the time I drop the engine, though the double proliferate on the engine is nice.

What say you?

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