What are poison counters?

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I looked in the keyword FAQ created by Zamm and didn't see the specific definition for poison counters.  I'm asking this because I saw something about poison counters on the spoiled cards from the Scars of Mirrodin set.  Thanks in advance.
They're a type of counters that players can get.  If a player has 10 or more poison counters, that player loses the game.

MTG Comprehensive Rules
704.5c If a player has ten or more poison counters, he or she loses the game

And some more info and references if needed:

104.3d If a player has ten or more poison counters, he or she loses the game the next time a player would receive priority. (This is a state-based action. See rule 704.)

121.1. A counter is a marker placed on an object or player that modifies its characteristics and/or interacts with a rule, ability, or effect. Counters are not objects and have no characteristics. Notably, a counter is not a token, and a token is not a counter. Counters with the same name or description are interchangeable.

121.1c. If a player has ten or more poison counters, he or she loses the game as a state-based action. See rule 704.
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To cover bases, previous cards have either referred to the "poisonous" mechanic (ie. Virulent Sliver), or have had triggered abilities that give poison counters (ie. Sabertooth Cobra). Both poisonous and the triggered abilities are very, very similar - the triggered ones can be slightly different though (such is the case with the sabertooth cobra), whereas the poisonous triggered ability just slaps the designated amount of counters on the player.

In Scars of Mirrodin, the mechanic that will be applying poison counters is "infect" (proliferate will also be able to increase the amount of poison counters on a player). When a creature with infect deals combat damage to a player, it won't reduce their life total - it will instead put that many poison counters on the player. This is a change from the previous poisonous mechanic where the creature would deal combat damage AND apply poison counter/s. So if Ichor Rats deals combat damage to a player on 20 life, that player will stay on 20 life, but will get 2 additional poison counters.

In any case, as has already been mentioned, one thing is staying exactly the same: a player with 10 poison counters loses the game. With the cards that have been spoiled already, expect this to be a very valid way to win games!
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In any case, as has already been mentioned, one thing is staying exactly the same: a player with 10 poison counters loses the game. With the cards that have been spoiled already, expect this to be a very valid way to win games!

And a very fast way with proliferate.

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Alright cool, thanks a lot guys.
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