Modern Infect Combo deck

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Infect is a combo deck for the Modern format. The deck is original to Modern and has no predecessors in previous formats due to it combining tools from blocks spread across the entire spectrum of Modern legal sets.

Description[edit | edit source]

It uses small and cheap creatures with Infect and powers them up with Blazing Shoal discarding a card like Reaper King or Progenitus to give the creature 11 power and win with a single swing due to Poison. To ensure a kill, it uses tutoring cards such as Plunge into Darkness or Spoils of the Vault, or to a lesser extent Summoner's Pact, as well as protection cards which are 0-1 mana in cost like Pact of Negation, Slaughter Pact, Gitaxian Probe and Inquisition of Kozilek.

The deck can kill as early as the second turn but is also risky to play as Spoils of the Vault can randomly kill the player on its own, and failure to successfully connect with the Shoaled creature will often result in game loss from failing to pay for a Pact card at the next upkeep. Slower variants, however, also exist.

Variations[edit | edit source]

At Pro Tour Philadelphia 2011, Samuel Black piloted a version to a top 8 finish, that replaces the risky black tutoring with more consistent blue card-selecters as well as some cheap blue control effects, sacrificing speed for consistency.

Reception[edit | edit source]

Due to the lethality of this deck, Blazing Shoal was banned from the Modern format.[1]

Infect Combo by Martin Juza at Pro Tour Philadelphia 2011  
4 Glistener Elf
4 Inkmoth Nexus
1 Vector Asp
4 Blazing Shoal
4 Progenitus
4 Reaper King

4 Plunge into Darkness
4 Spoils of the Vault

4 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Pact of Negation
4 Slaughter Pact
4 Verdant Catacombs
4 Gemstone Mine
4 Llanowar Wastes
1 Overgrown Tomb
1 Forest
1 Swamp
Mono-Blue Infect by Samuel Black at Pro Tour Philadelphia 2011  
8 Island
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Tolaria West
1 Watery Grave

Card Search and Utility
4 Peer Through Depths
4 Ponder
4 Preordain
1 Summoner's Pact
2 Gitaxian Probe
3 Disrupting Shoal
4 Muddle the Mixture
1 Pact of Negation
1 Snapback
4 Spell Pierce
4 Inkmoth Nexus
4 Blighted Agent
1 Progenitus
4 Blazing Shoal
4 Dragonstorm
2 Deprive
1 Dismember
1 Echoing Truth
2 Jace Beleren
1 Slaughter Pact
4 Spellskite
1 Trickbind
3 Vendilion Clique

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wizards of the Coast. (September 20, 2011.) "September 20 2011 DCI Banned & Restricted List Announcement", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.

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