Gate to Phyrexia

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Masters Edition IV (ME4) Uncommon
Antiquities (ATQ) Uncommon

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Gate to Phyrexia

Enchantment

Sacrifice a creature: Destroy target artifact. Activate this ability only during your upkeep and only once each turn.

Gate to Phyrexia Discussion

Apothesis on Yawg Daddy **PRIMER** [Heavily Play Tested]

3 weeks ago

I have found Necropotence to pretty much be a dead card. I'm not excited to draw it and I end up using it as discard fodder or for Chrome Mox . Replaced with Gate to Phyrexia , which should preform quite well.

TheMasterlives on Dr. Yawgmoth Will See You Now

1 month ago

I mean the big wincons would be infect either by cheating out Blightsteel Colossus or proliferating one of the other sources. Or you could ult any of the Lilis. Otherwise I kind of was going for an Arisocrats good stuff deck with a Phyrexian theme where possible, which explains some inclusions like Gate to Phyrexia .

You get some decent token generation with things like Bitterblossom , Ophiomancer or Weaponcraft Enthusiast . Having these tokens helps since I went low on the land count accidentally, so you can sac them to your Phyrexian Tower or Ashnod's Altar . Other ways of getting mana include Astral Cornucopia and Bottomless Vault both of which take advantage of Yawgmoth's proliferate to get you more mana.

Some cards like Phyrexian Dreadnought and Phyrexian Soulgorger are more for flavor, but also can provide some sac outlets to get off death triggers. So despite the price of some of the cards it's likely not ideal, but in my playtests so far it's been pretty fun.

SideBae on Tymaret, the Duke of Death

1 month ago

So the first card that comes to mind is Mindslicer . In Rakdos decks, you can typically tune your 99 to make you the king of top-decks; this is part of the reason reanimating Sire Of Insanity is such a brutal play in decks like Xantcha, Sleeper Agent .

You're likely to be sacrificing a whole butt-ton of creatures. I advise ways to exploit your guys dying: Dictate of Erebos or Grave Pact come readily to mind. Skullclamp is pretty busted if you're going to be sacrificing creatures anyways, and its especially good seeing as you're running Gravecrawler already.

Zombies is one of the oldest archetypes, and thus it has access to a LOT of tribal effects. Cemetery Reaper , Death Baron , Zombie Master , Undead Warchief , Lord of the Accursed and Lord of the Undead are all good ways to pump your team and/or give them extra abilities. (Depending on the meta, you may want to run Bad Moon as well.) Call to the Grave is really good if you can tune the deck to have 2 or fewer non-zombie creatures. Dark Salvation and Liliana's Mastery are both viable cards in this deck. Graveborn Muse is another good card draw engine next to Phyrexian Arena , which I see you're already running. Unholy Grotto gives you a measure of recursion over your zombies. Noxious Ghoul also comes to mind, as does Withered Wretch as a form of one-sided graveyard hate.

One common issue I've seen in a lot of EDH decks is the prevalence of 1-for-1 instant and sorceries. In a majority of EDH games, you're going to have 2-3 opponents, rather than just one; this means you are facing roughly 2-3 times as many cards as you yourself have access to. Cards like Dreadbore and Terminate are good in 1-on-1 formats like Modern, but in EDH I have frequently found them to just not be good enough. I advise you run cards like Fire Covenant , Ashes to Ashes , Volcanic Fallout or Toxic Deluge instead. These have the potential to take out several creatures at the cost of one card, leaving you up that many cards over your opponents.

On a related note, since most games of EDH are decided by card advantage, anything you can do to draw cards will always be welcome. Ambition's Cost , Night's Whisper and the like are good ways to refill your hand. Wheel of Fortune is another good card, but it's about $100 now, so... consider carefully. Light Up the Stage is another one to consider. While Rakdos is good at topdecking, managing to draw extra cards means it is more likely to hit.

Black has access to many great tutor effects. You may want to consider running Demonic Tutor and Vampiric Tutor if you're able to get ahold of the cards. Gamble is a good red tutor.

Looting effects tend to be very good in zombie decks, which have access to graveyard recursion. Faithless Looting is essentially card advantage in your deck, because you can discard things like Gravecrawler at no cost. Similarly, I advise running a bigger reanimation package (supplementing your Animate Dead ) to get back fatties your opponents may have killed or you may have discarded. Reanimate , and Necromancy are good cards -- if you want to get spicy, Dance of the Dead is a card most people have never played against before, mostly because it isn't nearly as good as the other three. But I figured I'd mention it. Also, a bigger reanimation package means things like Entomb or Buried Alive become exponentially better.

With regard to planeswalkers, Liliana, Death's Majesty is a good card for any zombie deck.

With regard to your lands: I don't think Blighted Fen is very good, and Temple of the False God should be replaced with Ancient Tomb if at all possible. If you want good utility lands that can kill pesky creatures, I advise Blast Zone . If you are able, I advise running Bloodstained Mire and/or the off-color fetches in order to grab your Blood Crypt or Smoldering Marsh . These fetches are in effect extra dual lands.

If you have a lot of recursion, which I see you do in things like Phyrexian Reclamation , you may have luck with pox-style cards. Pox is one of the most brutal cards to resolve in EDH, and Smallpox and Innocent Blood also can be played to great effect. Note that these get around hexproof, shroud and indestructible.

Depending on how hateful your meta is, you may want to consider some pretty mean red cards. Changing your land base slightly will give you access to Blood Moon , Magus of the Moon and Ruination , while Price of Glory will make people think twice about casting counter-magic. If your meta is as blue-heavy as mine, Pyroblast and Red Elemental Blast are also fine considerations. If you end up running a lot of lord effects, you may want to consider Pyroclasm or Anger of the Gods , as your guys won't die if they're big enough. Possibility Storm is a good way to disrupt combo players -- I should know, as I play Storm in cEDH.

Because black has literally only one card designed to destroy artifacts ( Gate to Phyrexia ), red is a welcome addition to the team. By Force is a favorite of mine, but Shattering Spree , Vandalblast and Shatterstorm are also good ideas.

Rocks are great in EDH, especially if they're only 1 or 2 mana. I advise Talisman of Indulgence to replace Rakdos Locket and Mind Stone to replace Commander's Sphere . Coldsteel Heart is good as well, though it enters tapped, just like Charcoal Diamond and Fire Diamond . Thought Vessel is also worth considering.

Good luck with deck building!

MediSyntax on RazaBridge Combo

2 months ago

I have had Gate to Phyrexia in and out of the deck numerous times. In a meta where Grafdigger’s Cage was a problem, I would keep it formly in the deck.

As well, the new WAR card Blast Zone is a powerful piece for this deck having a shot to answer anything.

Blakkhand on all black good stuff

2 months ago

I might try including Gate to Phyrexia . It takes care of a permanent type that black would otherwise have a hard time accessing while also having some small synergy with your commander (and it's just techy).

HashMasta on Naked Lunch

3 months ago

Sheoldred, Whispering One Mikaeus, the Unhallowed

I feel like those need to be auto includes in any reanimator deck that runs black.

And if you wanna deal with artifacts, Karn Liberated Unstable Obelisk Gate to Phyrexia are great ideas

Also you may know about Triskelion and Mikaeus, the Unhallowed infinite combo

qwikster on May All My Problems Wither Away [Conquest]

4 months ago

DrukenReaps That's true. I agree that it's at least 5 snakes, if not more if Ammit Eternal survives by my turn, making it possibly a few more, compared to the guaranteed 3 from Shambling Swarm . I would say that at least Shambling allows for removal for a X/1, X/2, X/3 on the board, AND, making 3 snakes. But I will admit that it's a top pick for cutting. Especially when I found out Desolation exists, heh. Possibly Gate to Phyrexia if I come across a lot of artifacts.

NoOneOfConsequence on The Recursion Nightmare

5 months ago

CyborgAeon This isn't my competitive Shirei build, this is the one I actually own in Paper. I'm not going to drop hundreds more dollars on a Tabby and a Chains and a Mox Diamond and so on.

Canal Dredger isn't the kind of recursion we actually want. Just because he technically works with Shirei doesn't automatically make him good--tutoring for things he gets back is cute, but I cut Elixir of Immortality and Feldon's Cane for the very same reasons.

Yes, I have considered Coretapper , but this deck actually no longer has any combo wincons--the biggest 'combo' in this deck is making a billion mana with Coffers and Market and casting Exsanguinate or Torment of Hailfire .

I've actually previously run Blood Pet , but, trust me, he's a little underwhelming. One extra mana often isn't crazy, and he doesn't actually help me ramp into Shirei if I want to keep using him--that's why I'm only playing so much ramp, my curve actually tops out at Shirei.

I will consider Mox Amber and Toxic Deluge , but I need things that help me ramp into Shirei, and I already have a fairly diverse removal suite (albeit one that isn't quite as cheap as deluge). I could maybe cut Gate to Phyrexia or Pawn of Ulamog for them, but in this more casual version ($1000 decks are totally casual), I like having an artifact removal option, and Pawn is further mana insanity.

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