People have referred to this guy as "Pestilence
on legs". Or what that Pestilence Demon? Oh
well. Not only is it a large flying body, but it
can spread -1/-1 counters all across the board.
If you've got proliferate in your deck, you can
amplify the counters the Demon inflicts as well
as keep the Demon itself from ever running out
of counters. You may think it would be better to
rid the Demon of all its -1/-1 counters so it
can swing for its full 6 power and not worry
about opponents' proliferation killing it, but
as long as it has at least one, it can rain
sickness and death down on the field and stand
solitary to bash in your opponents! Of course,
if it does render itself the only creature on
the battlefield, and someone draws removal,
well, you can guess what'll happen.
Carnifex Demon looks an awful lot like an unused
design carried over from Shadowmoor. However, it
plays an awful lot like Ascendant Evincar or
Reiver Demon, allowing its controller to either
close out a game or even come from behind.
That's not even counting all the things you can
do if you find a way to put more counters on it
and keep reusing its ability (Biting Tether?),
and its effectiveness at slowing down a
Baneslayer Angel. Grave Titan may have all the
publicity right now, but Carnifex Demon has a
lot of potential.
Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Carnifex
Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is
a powerful demon from Scars of Mirrodin.
Carnifex Demon is a six drop that enters the
battlefield with two -1/-1 counters making it a
4/4. The upside to this is you can pay a single
black mana and remove a counter from the demon
and spread it around to every other creature. In
standard mono black already have superior
finishers in the form of Abyssal Persecutor and
Grave Titan so this card may not see a lot of
play although it players well with proliferate.
In extended the wither mechanic from Shadowmoor
and cards that support it exist, combine this
card with Scarscale Ritual and Necroskitter for
a lot of fun times. In eternal I doubt this card
could see competitive play compared to the pool
of cards available. In casual this card is great
it hoses tokens and can be combined with any
number of cards in Magic to potent effect, it
can sweep the board of smaller creatures and
weaken other creatures allowing the demon to
swoop in for the kill. In limited a bomb its an
evasive beater combined with creature removal
its worth splashing black to play and is a
powerhouse card. Overall a solid represeative of
the demon creature type and the Phyrexian
invasion of Mirrodin.
Today's card of the day is Carnifex Demon which
is a six mana 6/6 with Flying that starts with
two -1/-1 counters that can be removed to place
a -1/-1 on each other creature including your
own. This is an issue if you are
controlling the battlefield already which limits
the timing, but two copies in a Black or
Black/Blue control design can perpetually clear
the board which is a tempting gimmick.
Overall the potential is there, but the deck
needs to be designed in just the right way to
make the most of the concept.
In Limited this card works very well with
Proliferate and is a particularly good topdeck
as the potential drawback of impacting any of
your own creatures is minimized. Easily a
first choice in Booster and depending on your
pool a good starting point for Sealed as well.
Drafting copies of Fume Spitter and Skinrender
should become a priority as they can place their
counters on the Demon for more widespread usage.
For Multiplayer this works at a slightly higher
level as it can impact all of your opponents,
but unless the deck is working properly it may
make you a target of everyone else which is
rarely a good thing.