Rot from Within is one of two Magic: The Gathering New Phyrexia Event decks that will be available on June 10, 2011. At a MSRP of $24.99, these decks feature a full rank of 60 cards and a 15 card sideboard, are ready to play out of the box, and are designed to be perfect to introduce a player to the casual-competitive nature of Friday Night Magic.
Rot from Within and other Event Decks are also very serviceable at kitchen table combat.
Previewed today by Monty Ashley over at the official Magic Arcana, Rot from Within is an incredibly aggressive “all-in” infect deck that can kill very quickly and from out of nowhere.
Let’s take a look at the Rot from Within decklist and see how it stacks up to scrutiny.
Rot from Within isn’t as “neat” of a package as its New Phyrexia partner piece, War of Attrition. It’s a really simple concept – put guys out and attack, then buff them for instant wins via infect. If your initial poison salvo fails to seal the deal, use your Contagion Clasp(s), Putrefax, or Carrion Calls for surprise finishers.
There’s a fairly solid but eclectic selection of rares showcased in Rot from Within – Inkmoth Nexus, Putrefax, Green Sun’s Zenith, Obstinate Baloth, and a Melira, Sylvok Outcast.
The Overgrown Battlements seem strikingly out of place here, as the only purpose they serve is to ramp up to one of your two Putrefax. Remove them as soon as possible. It’s probably also in your best interests to get the three Contagion Clasps out of the board and stick them right in the maindeck.
Feel free to remove the 1x Blight Mamba as well.
All out infect is fun to play and will simply destroy opponent’s when it works, and you’ve got some tools to fall back on in Rot from Within just in case things don’t go according to plan. It’s a good introductory package to get your infect deck rolling, as you’ll be able to keep many of the key cards the same.
That said, it’s difficult to get behind any Event Deck that hides 3 of the 6 rares in the sideboard and comes with questionable choices like the set of Overgrown Battlements and random one-of snakes.
If you’re only able to pick up one of the New Phyrexia Event Decks, you’re probably going to want to pick up War of Attrition instead, as you can build the bulk of what really matters in Rot from Within from commons.