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Type: Static
Introduced: Scars of Mirrodin
Last Used: New Phyrexia
Reminder Text: Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)
Statistics: 61 cards
{B}30% {G}26% {W}8% {U}7% {R}7%
Artifact 21%, Land 1%
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Infect is a keyword ability that was introduced in Scars of Mirrodin.[1][2] It is centered in black and green with some artifacts having the keyword. It combines poisonous and wither abilities. In Mirrodin Besieged the mechanic was expanded to white.[3]

As with its related mechanic proliferate, infect is Phyrexian in theme. Each creature with infect, and all cards that gave infect and/or positively affected creatures with infect, were printed with the Phyrexian watermark.

Rules[edit | edit source]

From the Comprehensive Rules (Shadows over Innistrad (April 8, 2016))

702.89. Infect

  • 702.89a Infect is a static ability.
  • 702.89b Damage dealt to a player by a source with infect doesn’t cause that player to lose life. Rather, it causes the player to get that many poison counters. See rule 119.3.
  • 702.89c Damage dealt to a creature by a source with infect isn’t marked on that creature. Rather, it causes that many -1/-1 counters to be put on that creature. See rule 119.3.
  • 702.89d If a permanent leaves the battlefield before an effect causes it to deal damage, its last known information is used to determine whether it had infect.
  • 702.89e The infect rules function no matter what zone an object with infect deals damage from.
  • 702.89f Multiple instances of infect on the same object are redundant.

Rulings[edit | edit source]

  • Infect's effect applies to any damage, not just combat damage.
  • The -1/-1 counters remain on the creature indefinitely. They're not removed if the creature regenerates or the turn ends.
  • Damage from a source with infect is damage in all respects. If the source with infect also has lifelink, damage dealt by that source also causes its controller to gain that much life. Damage from a source with infect can be prevented or redirected. Abilities that trigger on damage being dealt will trigger if a source with infect deals damage, if appropriate.
  • If damage from a source with infect that would be dealt to a player is prevented, that player doesn't get poison counters. If damage from a source with infect that would be dealt to a creature is prevented, that creature doesn't get -1/-1 counters.
  • Damage from a source with infect affects planeswalkers normally.

Reminder text[edit | edit source]

The latest reminder text for Infect reads "This deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and players in the form of poison counters.".

Example[edit | edit source]

  • Scourge Servant - {4}{B}
    Creature — Zombie
    Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)

Cards that grant just Infect[edit | edit source]

Cards with Infect[edit | edit source]

Card Set Comment
Blackcleave Goblin Scars of Mirrodin
Blight Mamba Scars of Mirrodin
Blighted Agent New Phyrexia
Blightsteel Colossus Mirrodin Besieged
Blightwidow Mirrodin Besieged
Carrion Call Scars of Mirrodin Instant that produces tokens with infect
Chained Throatseeker New Phyrexia
Contagious Nim Scars of Mirrodin
Core Prowler Mirrodin Besieged
Corpse Cur Scars of Mirrodin
Cystbearer Scars of Mirrodin
Fallen Ferromancer New Phyrexia
Flensermite Mirrodin Besieged
Flesh-Eater Imp Mirrodin Besieged
Glistener Elf New Phyrexia The first one-drop with infect (natively)
Grafted Exoskeleton Scars of Mirrodin The first equipment to grant infect
Hand of the Praetors Scars of Mirrodin Infect Lord
Ichor Rats Scars of Mirrodin
Ichorclaw Myr Scars of Mirrodin
Inkmoth Nexus Mirrodin Besieged The first manland with infect
Lost Leonin New Phyrexia
Necropede Scars of Mirrodin
Ogre Menial New Phyrexia
Pestilent Souleater New Phyrexia Only gains infect from activated ability
Phyrexian Crusader Mirrodin Besieged The first creature with both first strike and infect
Phyrexian Digester Mirrodin Besieged
Phyrexian Hydra Mirrodin Besieged
Phyrexian Juggernaut Mirrodin Besieged
Phyrexian Swarmlord New Phyrexia
Phyrexian Vatmother Mirrodin Besieged
Plague Myr Mirrodin Besieged
Plague Stinger Scars of Mirrodin The first creature with flying and infect
Priests of Norn Mirrodin Besieged
Putrefax Scars of Mirrodin
Razor Swine New Phyrexia
Reaper of Sheoldred New Phyrexia
Rot Wolf Mirrodin Besieged
Scourge Servant Mirrodin Besieged
Septic Rats Mirrodin Besieged
Shriek Raptor New Phyrexia
Skithiryx, The Blight Dragon Scars of Mirrodin
Spinebiter New Phyrexia
Tainted Strike Scars of Mirrodin The first instant that grants infect
Tangle Angler Scars of Mirrodin
Tel-Jilad Fallen Scars of Mirrodin
Tine Shrike Mirrodin Besieged
Trigon of Infestation Scars of Mirrodin Artifact that produces tokens with infect
Vector Asp Scars of Mirrodin Only gains infect from activated ability
Viral Drake New Phyrexia
Viridian Betrayers New Phyrexia
Viridian Corrupter Mirrodin Besieged
Whispering Specter New Phyrexia

Trivia[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater. (September 06, 2010.) "Something Wicked This Way Comes, Part 1",, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Tom LaPille. (November 05, 2010.) "Infection Spreads",, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Rosewater. (January 24, 2011.) "Under Besiege, Part 2",, Wizards of the Coast.

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