Atraxa, Praetors' Voice Commander Deck Tech | Spreading Contagion and Poisonous Power

Queer Phyrexia • March 22, 2024

In the vast cosmos of Magic: The Gathering, there exists a commander who resonates with the essence of power and evolution: Atraxa, Praetors' Voice. In the swirling mists of Phyrexia, where metal meets flesh and corruption knows no bounds, Atraxa emerges as a beacon of dominance. But what if we delve deeper into the mechanical heart of Phyrexia?

What if we assemble a legion of Phyrexian denizens under her banner using the power of proliferate to unleash a contagion of toxic and poison counters upon our foes? Enter the realm of Atraxa Phyrexian Kindred, where every proliferate is a step closer to complete domination.

Why Atraxa, Praetors' Voice?

Atraxa stands as a testament to the ingenuity and ambition of Phyrexia's Praetors, particularly her creator, Elesh Norn. Crafted with precision and purpose, Atraxa embodies the ideal fusion of flesh and machine, a pinnacle of Phyrexian evolution. But who is Atraxa, and why did Elesh Norn invest such effort in her creation?

Born from the twisted laboratories of Phyrexia, Atraxa was meticulously designed to serve as a beacon of Phyrexian dominance. With her unique blend of biological adaptability and mechanical prowess, she embodies the essence of Phyrexian perfection. Her creation was not merely a feat of engineering but a strategic move by Elesh Norn to solidify Phyrexia's grip on the multiverse.

As the chosen emissary of Phyrexia's Praetors, Atraxa embodies their vision of a perfected universe, where flesh is subjugated to the will of the machine. Her existence serves as a reminder of Phyrexia's unwavering commitment to its ideology: the relentless pursuit of perfection through conquest and assimilation. In the hands of Atraxa, the Phyrexian onslaught knows no bounds, and her legacy as the Herald of Phyrexia is destined to echo across the planes for eons to come.

Atraxa's Core Strategy: Contagion and Proliferation

At the heart of this deck lies the strategy of contagion and proliferation. Cards like Contagion Engine and Inexorable Tide serve as engines for spreading contagion, proliferating counters, and weakening opponents' defenses. With Atraxa's innate proliferate ability, each turn becomes a step closer to overwhelming your foes with Phyrexian influence.

Spreading Poison: Synergies in Corruption

Atraxa's Phyrexian onslaught isn't just about overwhelming opponents with brute force; it's about insidiously spreading poison to corrode their defenses from within. Several cards in the deck are dedicated to this task, applying poison counters to opponents and leveraging proliferate effects to amplify their lethality.

Cards like Prologue to Phyresis, Infectious Inquiry, and Vraska's Fall not only enable us to spread the Infection but also generate value by drawing us cards and disrupting our opponents' board. These synergies are invaluable to the strategy of our Phyrexian invasion.

But it's not just our spells that carry out our nefarious plan. Our creatures bolster similar benefits to our battle plan. Vishgraz, the Doomhive grows larger as our corruption takes hold. Ixhel, Scion of Atraxa poaches resources from our opponents once they've been corrupted (or gained 3 poison counters), and Contaminant Grafter draws us cards and grants additional land drops once that threshold is met, all while proliferating when one of our Phyrexians deals combat damage to a player.

Amplifying Influence: Proliferation

Several cards in the deck are dedicated to proliferating, each contributing to the relentless march of Phyrexian domination. These cards, such as Inexorable Tide, Contagion Engine, and Thrummingbird, are not just tools; they're the architects of our triumph.

Inexorable Tide

Inexorable Tide stands as a beacon of proliferation, rewarding our spellcasting endeavors with additional proliferate triggers. With each spell cast, the tide of Phyrexian influence swells, spreading oil across the battlefield at an alarming rate.

Contagion Engine

Contagion Engine embodies the essence of Phyrexian engineering, proliferating both -1/-1 and poison counters with ruthless efficiency. This artifact serves as a force multiplier, accelerating the decay of our opponents' creatures while bolstering our own forces.


Thrummingbird, seemingly innocuous at first glance, serves as a vital cog in the proliferation engine. With its ability to proliferate whenever it deals combat damage to a player, Thrummingbird ensures a steady stream of proliferate triggers, steadily advancing our agenda of Phyrexian expansion.

But it's not just these cards that contribute to our proliferation strategy. Our commander, Atraxa, Praetors' Voice, embodies the very essence of proliferation, ensuring that each turn brings us closer to total domination.

With these proliferate effects at our disposal, our Phyrexian onslaught becomes an unstoppable force, spreading devastation and corruption across the battlefield with each passing moment. The relentless march of Phyrexia knows no bounds, and with proliferation as our weapon, victory is inevitable.


Atraxa's Phyrexian Onslaught is not merely a deck; it's a declaration of Phyrexian supremacy. With Atraxa at the helm and a legion of Phyrexian horrors at your command, you will spread contagion and poisonous power across the battlefield, leaving your opponents in ruin. Embrace the whispers of Phyrexia, proliferate with purpose, and let the Phyrexian onslaught commence, for in the end, resistance is futile, and Phyrexian perfection shall reign supreme.

The Deck:

Spreading Contagion and Poisonous Power

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Commander (1)
Creatures (26)
Artifacts (9)
Enchantments (5)
Instants (10)
Sorceries (14)
Lands (33)
Planeswalkers (2)

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