Yesterday’s little ditty, Plague Stinger, covered infect and it’s teasing potential in a pauper cube. It wasn’t long before fellow cube enthusiast Jamil Usman shared his thoughts regarding infect:
What strange creature is being referred to here? Obviously it’s another Scars of Mirrodin common, Blight Mamba:
It costs the same – 1C, a colored and a colorless mana – as Plague Stinger but lacks the flying evasion. The difference, however, is more than made up with regeneration.
Why is regeneration so valuable here? There are a number of reasons to look at:
- Regeneration with infect makes it a problematic blocker against opponents
- And, for the same reason, it makes swinging into something bigger profitable
- Regeneration is often very relevant in Limited (see River Boa)
Blocking this guy is a difficult position to be in since you’re either slowly having your blocker ground out via -1/-1 counters, or you’re slowing accruing poison counters. And by “slowly” I mean “potentially explosively” thanks to the same green pump spells and equipment that makes Plague Stinger truly frighting. Even better, our dance partner here is in-color for said effects.
I truly can’t wait to see the rest of Scars of Mirrodin!