No matter how many pump spells you cast on your Glistener Elf that is blocked by an opposing Glistener Elf, the single -1/-1 counter that goes on your Elf will still kill it at end of turn. This was an important inclusion in a field full of Splinter Twin combo. Inkmoth keeps card advantage. Evasion and resilience is a perfect combination for this combo deck. You could try some colorless nonbasic lands like [[Sea Gate Wreckage ]], [[Contested War Zone ]] or just play basic lands. Whatever, card advantage is still equal, ceteris paribus. For this same reason, if you have a Lightning Bolt or Lightning Helix and they just tapped out to play their Plague Stinger, go ahead and use it main phase without trying to get extra value. Blighted Agent was excellent in the UG versions, but Plague Stinger does a great impersonation. Even with a 5-point burn spell, if they have 2 pump spells to give it +8/+8, you’re taking 9 poison. This is effectively a 1-mana Vindicate against powerful decks like Infect or Lantern Control, can take out Spellskites, and can disable a variety of decks such as BW tokens. They doombladed? Are there any sideboard options you’ve found particularly effective? Cool, so that's 5 damage in one shot. I just can't seem to justify it as it costs quite a bit of mana to actually get the 1/1 flying anywhere near managable. A flying trample infector that is fetched by primeval titan as an alternate win. It also can kill all the non-Crusader creatures through a +4 toughness pump spell, which is amazing. In matchups without blockers, it is the first pump spell to get the cut, as trample won’t be relevant (and if they have removal and kill your targeted creature in response, you won’t get the Rancor back). Play against it a few times and you'll understand how devastating it is to deal with possible creatures killing you with trample damage AND inkmoth threatening to one-shot you with poison trample. Nihil Spellbomb is more limited, but it’s also much cheaper and can replace itself. Inkmoth Nexus may be the most important card to the deck. As far as the Infect mirror, be aware that the pump spells don’t actually matter when creatures are blocking in combat. You are far more likely to get blown out against a deck playing Vines of Vastwood and Groundswell. If it’s not, the replacement interaction/disruption will be guaranteed to have some number of weak matchups as well. Welcome, Guest! With Dismember, you’re taking 5 less infect damage, so you can really go for extra value. Yu-Gi-Oh! The card is cute, and effective against Burn—especially on an Eidolon of the Great Revel, but it’s not very powerful. - The way I see it, is that you make your 1/1 flying with infect and then add trample and +X with the kessig wolf run. The number of removal spells that can actually interact with the Crusader is very limited. First strike means that the Crusader actually has a reasonable chance to brawl through a creature as large as Tarmogoyf, but even if he can’t, a single pump spell should change that and keep the Crusader around for another attack next turn. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. After sideboard, you’re looking to plug a few small holes, but there won’t be many. There is that rare case some guy has a flying on board to block. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. [Sign Up], All original content herein is Copyright 2020 TCGplayer, Inc.® is a trademark of TCGplayer, Inc. No portion of this website may be used without expressed written consent. Become Immense is the newest addition to the deck, and it’s incredible. It's because it's a land, and therefore uncounterable, and can be tutored by Primeval Titan. It all comes down to making your deck a more efficient, well oiled machine. Guardian Idol. It also costs you zero life, granting more time to put together the full combo to win. Ramping into Arcum by turn 3 to go off on turn 4 is super important in this deck’s consistency. Anyone care to help me out understanding it a bit more? I pulled one of these and I have two kessig wolf runs sitting around and I saw that Wolf Run decks pretty much always have these. The addition of Dryad Arbor as a way to help fight through Liliana of the Veil is nice in a deck with so many green fetchlands. Here are some sample lists for your viewing pleasure. The Gatormage, aka Magic Pro Chris Fennell, put this deck back on the map last month. This can actually target your opponent’s creatures—not an interaction that comes up very much, but you’ll be happy you know about it when your opponent tries to go all-in to modular with an Arcbound Ravager or using a Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker (now that Splinter Twin is banned), if it saves you from losing the game. it's not called "wolf run ramp" for nothing. The creature interactions aren’t really a huge deal in Constructed Magic, but only needing to get through for 10 vs. 20 is made a world easier when there are some amazing pump spells available. Your life total rarely matters, so every copy of Thoughtseize is going to be excellent. Dismember is the best removal spell against BG Infect because life rarely matters, colorless is easiest to cast, and it can take down Phyrexian Crusader. Inkmoth Nexus may be the most important card to the deck. Against decks with a lot of removal, you’ll need to try more unconventional cards. He designed some of the best Constructed decks on the Pro Tour before the advent of the internet, and helped propel team ChannelFireball to continued success for years. EFro also co-hosts Constructed Resources with Marshall Sutcliffe. Infect is interesting because it is a very fast combo deck at its core. Might of Old Krosa asks nothing more than that you use it as a sorcery to get the full +4 power for 1 mana. Fennell managed to take down the first monthly MOCS tournament, qualifying him for the bigger Magic Online Event next month. Sound off in the comments! Burn can be a tough matchup for Infect as they present a fast clock and have tons of removal for the Infect creatures, but Leyline really slows them down even if they have answers in their deck. The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. That is an incredibly fast clock. It's still a land. [Login] The suite of pump spells is going to vary from deck to deck, but there are some highlights. Spells like Remand are not exciting at all against Infect. Yes, they can get rid of your inkmoth and (provided you don't have any other infect) that five damage did nothing. So I guess there are no exactly same replacement. Join us discussing news, tournaments, gameplay, deckbuilding, strategy, lore, fan art, cosplay, and more. It's still a land. But there are other counters such as a burn to the moth or a doom blade. It doesn’t protect any creatures in the deck from a Lightning Bolt, however, so that is a pretty big loss of utility. I don't know what percentage of games are won by infect vs. regular damage but there's no reason not to include inkmoth. While certainly weaker to fliers, and namely Lingering Souls, most creatures can’t interact with this guy.