Video Article: UB InfectBlade by Cyrus Bales with Jonathan Randle

Video Article: UW Control with Jonathan Randle


For this video I thought that I’d try something slightly different. I took Cyrus BalesPTQ winning deck, which had obviously done well domestically and was also a different deck to what we’ve been used to seeing. It looked good on paper and I was keen to try it out after I had done a fair bit of Block testing with a similar style list. I used Cyrus’ exact list with only one slight sideboard change (taking out a Brittle Effigy for a 4th Memoricide).

Tezzeret Infect by Cyrus Bales

4 Creeping Tar Pit
4 Darkslick Shores
4 Drowned Catacomb
4 Inkmoth Nexus
3 Island
6 Swamp

1 Brittle Effigy
4 Inquisiton Of Kozilek
1 Despise
4 Necropede
4 Plague Myr
3 Ratchet Bomb
3 Doom Blade
2 Jace Beleren
3 Sword Of Feast And Famine
4 Phyrexian Crusader
4 Tezzeret, Agent Of Bolas
2 Skithiryx, The Blight Dragon

3 Despise
3 Disfigure
1 Ratchet Bomb
1 Doom Blade
3 Negate
4 Memoricide

I think this deck actually has pretty decent matchups across the board. It’s discard and removal make it difficult to lose to Splinter Twin, it’s removal plus Ratchet Bombs give you good game vs aggro and the Swords and discard give you a good shot vs Valakut. CawBlade might be quite tough but again you have good weapons including your own Swords and Planeswalkers.

The deck can pack a powerful punch and Tezzeret can do some pretty sick things when either drawing you cards or giving an infect man a two hit clock. As you can see from the videos the deck can pursue several lines of play, both offensively and defensively air track tumbling.

Infect is a powerful strategy and when you use infect cards that can give you additional value then you start to gain a lot of hidden advantages. Plague Myr is great in a deck that can ramp in to Tezzeret, can carry a Sword, can be found by Tezz anyway, but once you see how strong he is when he can threaten lethal in two hits you can appreciate how much more powerful your two drop is than theirs. The synergy in this deck allows to compete with such powerhouses as Twin, Primeval Titan and Squadron Hawk. Phyrexian Crusader is an animal vs Mono Red and can give Cawblade some serious headaches.

In the videos themselves I would note that I don’t think my opponents played the most optimal lists. That being said the decks they were playing didnt need to be especially optimal (a Titan is a Titan). I thought I played okay, but I did forget about Spellskite‘s ability once or twice, for which there is no excuse so feel free to blast me in the comments. I was happy though to get a nice range of opponents; Valakut, UW and Tempered Steel. I made a mistake in game 2 vs Steel by not taking the enchantment with Inquisition, and had I done that I think that the game would have been very winnable inflatable horse.


Well, on to the vids…

Match 1 – Game 1.

Match 1 – Game 2.

Match 2 – Game 1.

Match 2 – Game 2.

Match 3 – Game 1.

Match 3 – Game 2.


If I were to make any changes I could suggest a few. I’m a huge fan of Preordain and would want to find somewhere to fit it in. I’m not convinced by the Dragon either, although he is very powerful. I like the Plague Myrs and Crusaders and they work very well with Sword so I would keep them. I don’t think I would sideboard another 3 Despise since those discard spells tend to actually get weaker the more you draw, as they are conditional and quite often you will just miss with them.

My changes would then be:

– 1 Brittle Effigy, -2 Skithiryrx, Blight Dragon, – 1 Despise
+ 4 Preordain

– 2 Despise
+ 2 Sword Of War And Peace

I would definitely recommend this deck and think it could be a surprise player in the format. It has reach, card advantage, tempo and control. All in all I wouldn’t underestimate my opponent who plays turn 2 Necropede (anymore).

Thanks for watching and thanks for sharing,



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