It can be tough to get infect to work in EDH. Infect creatures are generally tiny and fragile, and die to a slight gust of wind. They’re quickly outmatched on a Commander table, generally speaking – but if you can get them to connect, they only need to hit for 10 to knock someone out of the game! Unlike with life totals, which are doubled in Commander, the rules surrounding poison counters remain the same.
There aren’t great options for an infect commander across multiple colors, but there is one card that goes extraordinarily well with infect creatures: Brokkos, Apex of Forever. Being able to mutate this onto a small infect creature and make it a monstrous 6/6 trampler will mean you’ve got a very nasty threat immediately, and there are plenty of other mutate cards to beef up other infect creatures as well, as this list by GoldLeader001 shows us!
Brokkos Infect by GoldLeader001
The core of this deck seems to be the results of a “t:creature o:infect id:UGB” search on Scryfall, with everything from Glistener Elf right up to Phyrexian Swarmlord. More or less every single infect creature playable in the Sultai colors are in this deck – the good, the bad and the ugly. And, to be honest, it’s mostly the bad and the ugly. Flesh-Eater Imp and Spinebiters aren’t winning either beauty contests or Most Powerful Card awards.
Still, they provide bodies for mutate creatures to power them up, and with stuff like Sawtusk Demolisher, Otrimi, the Ever-Playful and – importantly – the evasive Dreamtail Heron, these seemingly underpowered infect creatures will be quickly transformed into very respectable threats. Add Hand of the Praetors to power up the team as a lord as well as fire off a few poison counters, and maybe your opponents won’t be as safe as they think!
If you don’t have an infect creature out, no worries! There are plenty of ways to give a regular creature infect. Tainted Strike, Phyresis, Grafted Exoskeleton… I mean, you can even give your opponents’ creatures infect as you steal them with Corrupted Conscience. There’s also a minor proliferate theme running through the deck, with options large and small: from the repeatable Inexorable Tide to the less ambitious but still very useful Smell Fear.
I don’t think this deck has been ruthlessly optimized or anything – just look at the mana base – but there’s an idea here that I think is very cool, and it would be a fun challenge to see how to increase the power level of this deck and attack tables from an altogether different angle. I think I’d add more proliferate cards, and probably look to cut some of the more random cards like Ashiok, Nightmare Muse and Quandrix Command.
Unless someone brought some incredible tech and is playing Leeches, most EDH players aren’t well-set up to deal with someone proliferating poison counters all over the table, and it could be you with a Brokkos deck like this!