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.

Clockwise from top-left: Priest of Norn, by Igor Kieryluk; Blightsteel Colossus, by Chris Rahn; Etched Monstrosity, by Steve Belledin; Ichorclaw Myr, by Eric Deschamps

Clockwise from top-left: Priest of Norn, by Igor Kieryluk; Blightsteel Colossus, by Chris Rahn; Etched Monstrosity, by Steve Belledin; Ichorclaw Myr, by Eric Deschamps

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, 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 or Tweet me a decklist (@setheweinstein).

2 Responses to “Constructing Flavor: Nikko Resendiz’ Journey to New Phyrexia”
  1. senior coqueonface says:

    this has to be the worst deck ever created

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