### Constructing Flavor: Nikko Resendiz’ Journey to New Phyrexia

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Mirrodin, we hardly knew ye. It seems like just yesterday that Glissa, Slobad, and Bosh were freeing you from the clutches of Memnarch, and now look at you! You’ve changed. And for people like Nikko Resendiz, change is good.

Nikko has constructed a *mother* of a deck that showcases the gruesome results of Mirrodin’s transformation into New Phyrexia. In Nikko’s quest to include as much New Phyrexian flavor has he could possibly squeeze in, he has constructed this 760-card beast that he has appropriately titled “Phyrexian Madness”.

Fire up your AutocardAnywhere extension; you’ll need it for this one.

**Nikko Resendiz’ Phyrexian Madness**

Artifact (152)2x Batterskull 2x Birthing Pod 2x Bonehoard 4x Chromatic Lantern 4x Chrome Mox 4x Coldsteel Heart 3x Contagion Clasp 2x Contagion Engine 2x Conversion Chamber 3x Culling Dais 4x Darksteel Ingot 3x Decimator Web 4x Everflowing Chalice 4x Fellwar Stone 2x Flayer Husk 4x Gemstone Array 2x Grafted Exoskeleton 2x Ichor Wellspring 2x Isolation Cell 4x Khalni Gem 2x Lashwrithe 4x Mana Cylix 3x Mana Prism 4x Manalith 3x Mirrorworks 2x Mortarpod 4x Mox Opal 2x Mycosynth Wellspring 2x Necropouncer 2x Norn’s Annex 2x Phyrexian Processor 3x Prismatic Lens 3x Pristine Talisman 4x Rage Extractor 4x Serum Powder 4x Shrine of Boundless Growth 2x Shrine of Burning Rage 2x Shrine of Limitless Power 3x Shrine of Loyal Legions 2x Shrine of Piercing Vision 2x Sickleslicer 4x Sisay’s Ring 2x Skinwing 4x Sol Grail 2x Spine of Ish Sah 3x Star Compass 2x Strandwalker 4x Thran Dynamo 2x Throne of Geth 2x Trigon of Corruption 2x Trigon of Infestation 4x Ur-Golem’s Eye 3x Worn Powerstone — Enchantment (23)3x Corrupted Conscience 1x Evil Presence 2x Exclusion Ritual 2x Forced Worship 2x Glistening Oil 2x Inexorable Tide 2x Numbing Dose 2x Parasitic Implant 2x Phyresis 2x Phyrexian Unlife 1x Psychic Surgery 2x Xenograft |
Creatures (190)1x Blackcleave Goblin 2x Blade Splicer 3x Blighted Agent 2x Blightsteel Colossus 2x Blind Zealot 2x Blinding Souleater 2x Blistergrub 2x Brutalizer Exarch 1x Carnifex Demon 2x Cathedral Membrane 2x Caustic Hound 1x Chained Throatseeker 1x Chancellor of the Annex 1x Chancellor of the Dross 1x Chancellor of the Forge 1x Chancellor of the Spires 1x Chancellor of the Tangle 3x Contagious Nim 1x Core Prowler 1x Corpse Cur 1x Corrupted Harvester 2x Cystbearer 2x Darkslick Drake 2x Deceiver Exarch 4x Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite 2x Entomber Exarch 2x Etched Monstrosity 2x Flensermite 2x Flesh-Eater Imp 2x Geth, Lord of the Vault 2x Gore Vassal 3x Hand of the Praetors 2x Ichorclaw Myr 3x Impaler Shrike 2x Inquisitor Exarch 2x Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur 2x Lost Leonin 2x Massacre Wurm 2x Master Splicer 2x Maul Splicer 2x Mycosynth Fiend 2x Necropede 2x Nested Ghoul 2x Perilous Myr 2x Pestilent Souleater 3x Phyrexian Crusader 2x Phyrexian Digester 2x Phyrexian Hydra 2x Phyrexian Ingester 2x Phyrexian Juggernaut 2x Phyrexian Metamorph 3x Phyrexian Obliterator 3x Phyrexian Rager 2x Phyrexian Revoker 2x Phyrexian Swarmlord 3x Pierce Strider 2x Plague Myr 2x Plague Stinger 2x Plaguemaw Beast 2x Porcelain Legionnaire 2x Priest of Urabrask 3x Priests of Norn 2x Psychosis Crawler 2x Putrefax 2x Razor Swine 3x Reaper of Sheoldred 2x Rot Wolf 2x Scourge Servant 2x Sensor Splicer 2x Septic Rats 2x Shattered Angel 4x Sheoldred, Whispering One 2x Shriek Raptor 2x Skinrender 3x Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon 2x Slag Fiend 2x Slash Panther 2x Spellskite 2x Spinebiter 2x Suture Priest 2x Thrummingbird 1x Tine Shrike 2x Tormentor Exarch 4x Urabrask the Hidden 1x Vault Skirge 2x Vedalken Anatomist 2x Vital Splicer 4x Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger 2x Whispering Specter 2x Wing Splicer 4x Wurmcoil Engine |
Instants (52)2x Act of Aggression 2x Apostle’s Blessing 2x Banishment Decree 2x Blue Sun’s Zenith 2x Carrion Call 2x Choking Fumes 3x Corrupted Resolve 4x Dismember 2x Due Respect 2x Fuel for the Cause 2x Geth’s Verdict 2x Grim Affliction 2x Gut Shot 1x Instill Infection 1x Leeching Bite 2x Marrow Shards 2x Mental Misstep 2x Psychic Barrier 2x Steady Progress 2x Tainted Strike 3x Vapor Snag 2x Virulent Wound 2x Volt Charge 2x War Report 2x White Sun’s Zenith — Sorceries (37)2x Black Sun’s Zenith 2x Caress of Phyrexia 1x Corrosive Gale 2x Distant Memories 2x Gitaxian Probe 2x Green Sun’s Zenith 2x Gruesome Encore 2x Horrifying Revelation 1x Mindculling 2x Mitotic Manipulation 2x Phyrexian Rebirth 2x Praetor’s Counsel 2x Praetor’s Grasp 2x Red Sun’s Zenith 3x Ruthless Invasion 2x Scrapyard Salvo 2x Spread the Sickness 2x Tezzeret’s Gambit 2x Triumph of the Hordes — Lands (304)3x Ancient Tomb 4x Buried Ruin 4x Cabal Coffers 4x Cloudpost 4x Crystal Vein 50x Forest 4x Gemstone Mine 4x Glimmerpost 4x Glimmervoid 3x Grand Coliseum 4x Inkmoth Nexus 50x Island 4x Mishra’s Workshop 50x Mountain 4x Phyrexia’s Core 50x Plains 50x Swamp 4x Temple of the False God 4x Vesuva — Planeswalkers (2)2x Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas |

“After reading some articles about the Phyrexians and New Phyrexia, I had the idea to create a huge amalgamation of all the cards relevant to the plane,” Nikko explained to me. “Little did I know that it would end up being a monstrous 760-card deck!”

“To start it off, I added the 5 faction leaders and the cards that directly reference them or are part of their faction. Then, I simply used Gatherer to look up all the cards with the Phyrexian watermark and went to town!” Careful eyes will also notice the inclusion of Phyrexian Processor, which stands out as the only old-school Phyrexian card. Nikko explains that since he’s only been playing Magic for half a year, “it’s the only one I knew of!”

Nikko tried to include at least two of every relevant card, “unless I thought they were pretty bad or they were unfair.” He pointed to Jin-Gitaxias in particular, claiming that he only appears twice because he’s more oppressive than the other Praetors, who all appear as full 4-ofs.

The deck as it stands focuses primarily around the Infect mechanic and the showcasing of the five New Phyrexian factions. “I’d have to say that I like Elesh Norn’s faction the most,” Nikko admits. “They have this religion called the Machine Orthodoxy with three different sects. The Porcelain Legion is my favorite of the three; the porcelain armor is creepy and disturbing, but beautiful at the same time.”

Speaking of disturbing, there are other aspects of New Phyrexia that have particular resonance for Nikko. “I definitely love the art. It really captures the feeling of various races being corrupted and altered to fit the Phyrexian vision. From Blackcleave Goblin to Ichorclaw Myr, seeing the races you know and love changed this way gives a dark and somber mood to the whole set.”

So how does it play? “It’s certainly playable, I’ve won quite a few times with it!” Nikko boasts. “Mana fixing is really important here. Set up an early defense, then get out as much mana-fixing and -producing stuff that you can! Being able to play all your cards is more important than getting in some hits in the early game, as this deck is an absolute monster late-game if you draw any of the numerous game-enders.”

If you’d like to talk to Nikko about his deck, or New Phyrexia in general, you can email him at nikkoresendiz@gmail.com, or send him a message on Reddit (/u/Failure117).

And as always, if you’ve got a flavorful deck you’d like to see feaured on Constructing Flavor, drop me a line at firesidemagic@gmail.com or Tweet me a decklist (@setheweinstein).

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**2 Responses to “Constructing Flavor: Nikko Resendiz’ Journey to New Phyrexia”**

this has to be the worst deck ever created

That’s just like… your opinion, man.