Phyrexian Altar

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Sacrifice a creature: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

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Phyrexian Altar Discussion

TheDarkSlayer21 on Marchesa

1 day ago

Ok, there are typically two ways of making a Marchesa deck. The first way is to put in a lot of creatures that can get +1/+1 counters easily (Cards like: Anthroplasm, Aetherborn Marauder, Butcher Ghoul, Carrion Feeder or Unleash/Modular cards). The problem is, these cards hardly do anything other than putting counters on themselves. Their pretty much duds. So to make up for this, people will put in good sac outlets, (Cards like: Mind Slash, Phyrexian Altar, Ashnod's Altar, Altar of Dementia, Attrition, etc.) This type of deck gets its engine running STRICTLY from it's sac outlets, (NOT FROM ITS CREATURES) and because of this, it is a bit more reliant on its commander.

The second type of deck is my preferred method of playstyle. Whereby, the deck is not RELYING on its sac outlets, (although it does have a few) but rather on the ETB/graveyard triggers of creatures (Cards like: Mulldrifter and Harvester of Souls). With this type of deck, you're also not fully relying on your commander. Marchesa is just a perk. If you don't have her out, you can still play your creatures and benefit from them.

Also keep in mind, that it isn't too hard getting +1/+1 counters on your creatures just using the dethrone ability itself. I find that most, if not all the time, you will NOT be at the highest life total; especially if you have Necropotence, Ancient Tomb, Unspeakable Symbol, shock lands, fetch lands, and pain lands in the deck.

This is the Marchesa deck that I personally made. You're welcome to look at it for suggestions.


Maleficent

Commander / EDH TheDarkSlayer21

SCORE: 12 | 16 COMMENTS | 7164 VIEWS | IN 16 FOLDERS


Some cards that I would highly recommend putting in the deck are:
- Sneak Attack
- Rune-Scarred Demon
- Demonic Tutor
- Necropotence
- Consecrated Sphinx
- Diabolic Intent
- Mind Slash
- Thalakos Deceiver
- Phyrexian Tower
- Scourge of the Throne
NOTE: If you do decide to have this deck be a bit more ETB heavy, Deadeye Navigator and Rite of Replication are good cards to help abuse the ETB triggers.

DarkJunderMaster on Meren of Clan Nel Toth

1 day ago

There are many goodies missing from your deck my friend. You have not enough sac outlets. There are so many good ones that you can acquire thay are dirt cheap. Altar of Dementia + Devoted Druid + Quillspike gets you an infinite mill combo. Use Reanimate or another animation spell to get Quillspike back and do it again. This could also be an infinite damage combo. Phyrexian Altar is also a card you should includ. Viscera Seer I am glad to see it is in the deck because you get so much value with this card. You sac a creature to the Seer, you get to scry and ger an experience counter for Meren of Clan Nel Toth. Feel free to check out either of my two Meren builds. Both in the folder love for the golgari

Azdranax on * needs help Mikaeus EDH*

3 days ago

Here are several suggestions, both zombie specific and Mikaeus specific: Balthor the Defiled to reanimate all of your dead zombies; Liliana, Death's Majesty to make them, reanimate them, and/or board wipe everything but them; Triskelion to create an endless undying loop to combo kill your opponents; Door of Destinies for zombie mass pump; Stoneforge Masterwork for zombie solo pump; Gravecrawler and Phyrexian Altar with Vengeful Dead in play creates an endless sacrifice loop to drain all your opponents (maybe even add Blood Artist or Bontu's Monument for an additional combo opportunity); Death Baron because larger zombies with deathtouch are better; and Dread Summons for a load of zombie tokens to overrun your opponents. That should be a good start.

eulogy on Let It All Bleed Out by Rob Zombie

4 days ago

Just put Laboratory Maniac into your deck. If you play the sac Gravecrawler + Secrets of the Dead combo (e.g. with Phyrexian Altar), you win the game by milling yourself. You will definitely draw your Laboratory Maniac.

akumawerewolf on Hapatra, Vizier of Infections

6 days ago

I've seen a lot of people try putting in Melira, Sylvok Outcast into the deck, and personally I'm really not much of a fan of it. It stops a lot of extra triggers from Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons, Nest of Scarabs, Flourishing Defenses, and even Blowfly Infestation (When your tokens die to -1/-1 counters).

If you want her in there for some infinite combo shenanigan with creatures with persist, then you could always instead add in Phyrexian Altar instead. This allows you to infinitely sacrifice a creature with persist, have it come back with the -1/-1 counter, then remove it with Quillspike. Or, you could also add Mikaeus, the Unhallowed to make it come back with both a -1/-1 counter and a +1/+1 counter, which cancel out, and your creatures will rarely die with +1/+1 counters on them.

Rikente on Alesha, Who Luls at Death

1 week ago

Thank you so much for your feedback UnleashedHavok and for reading through my primer! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I appreciate the link to the Marchesa list, it seems pretty cool. If I ever take my lady Alesha apart (unlikely!) I will probably end up building a similar list to this one.

So with regards to your first question, I make a ton of questionable decisions when I build decks. My meta isn't super competitive so I can usually get away with running a few goofy cards. Squee originally was one of those decisions, but he has put in so much work that now he's one of my favorite cards to see. He makes Alesha unblockable every turn with Key to the City, returns key creatures with Tortured Existence, and provides one-sided advantage with Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip. It's a very innocuous card that provides a ton of value if left unchecked.

Grim Haruspex is another all-star. With Karmic Guide, Reveillark, and a sacrifice outlet, you draw your entire deck, but infinite combos are boring. More interesting are protracted synergies like Grim Haruspex + Golgari Thug + Phyrexian Altar. With both creatures on the field, you sacrifice Golgari Thug and put a different creature from your graveyard on top of your library, then replace the draw trigger with dredge. This puts the Thug into your hand and effectively mills you by three. Now you have one mana floating due to the Phyrexian Altar, so you only need one more to recast the Golgari Thug and do it all again. This lets you mill cards until you run out of mana or find a creature that you want to actually draw/reanimate, which is incredibly powerful. On top of this interaction, creatures die all the time in this deck and we are more than happy to draw for their trouble.

Your assessment on Sunforger is spot on. The effect is incredibly powerful but costs way too much mana. As I mentioned before, my meta isn't too competitive, so I don't feel bad running a fun card like this. It's been on the chopping block before and will probably be removed soon, but for now I'm content leaving it.

That's enough about my deck though. I've been looking through yours and I have a few questions for you. How have Doomed Necromancer, Feldon of the Third Path, Gray Merchant of Asphodel, and Stingscourger worked for you? I've considered all of these cards in the past but have yet to take them out for a spin. As a fellow Alesha player, have you considered Thalia, Guardian of Thraben or Grenzo, Dungeon Warden? If so I'd love to hear your take on them!

Thanks again for looking through my list, I hope I provided some useful insight :)

TheDarkSlayer21 on Marchesa's tom foolery

1 week ago

OK, , , there are typically two ways of making a Marchesa deck. The first way is to put in a lot of creatures that can get +1/+1 counters easily (Cards like: Anthroplasm, Aetherborn Marauder, Butcher Ghoul, Carrion Feeder or Unleash/Modular cards). The problem is, these cards hardly do anything other than putting counters on themselves. Their pretty much duds. So to make up for this, people will put in good sac outlets, (Cards like: Mind Slash, Phyrexian Altar, Ashnod's Altar, Altar of Dementia, Attrition, etc.) This type of deck gets its engine running STRICTLY from it's sac outlets, (NOT FROM ITS CREATURES) and because of this, it is a bit more reliant on its commander.

The second type of deck is my preferred method of playstyle. Whereby, the deck is not RELYING on its sac outlets, (although it does have a few) but rather on the ETB/graveyard triggers of creatures (Cards like: Mulldrifter and Harvester of Souls). With this type of deck, you're also not fully relying on your commander. Marchesa is just a perk. If you don't have her out, you can still play your creatures and benefit from them.

Also keep in mind, that it isn't too hard getting +1/+1 counters on your creatures just using the dethrone ability itself. I find that most, if not all the time, you will NOT be at the highest life total; especially if you have Necropotence, Ancient Tomb, Unspeakable Symbol, shock lands, fetch lands, and pain lands in the deck.

This is the Marchesa deck that I personally made. You're welcome to look at it for suggestions.


Maleficent

Commander / EDH TheDarkSlayer21

SCORE: 12 | 16 COMMENTS | 7164 VIEWS | IN 16 FOLDERS


Some cards that I would highly recommend putting in the deck are:
- Thraximundar
- Sneak Attack
- Rune-Scarred Demon
- Glen Elendra Archmage
- Demonic Tutor
- Necropotence
- Consecrated Sphinx
- Diabolic Intent
- Mind Slash
- Thalakos Deceiver
- Cyclonic Rift
NOTE: If you do decide to have this deck be a bit more ETB heavy, Deadeye Navigator and Rite of Replication are good cards to help abuse the ETB triggers.

I hope this helps. Good luck.

TheRedGoat on Tymmy's Fabulous F***House (Staxdos)

1 week ago

That I know of? Let's see:

Phyrexian Altar and Gravecrawler plus anything that triggers on a creature cast/death. Blood Artist seems best here.

Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and Triskelion you've probably heard of, but what about instead of the artifact you use Murderous Redcap and a sac outlet? It would need to be a mana less one mind you to go infinite, but they still do kill the table right then and there. Goblin Bombardment maybe?

Another combo set that I know of wouldn't really be a B/R one per say but Ashnod's Altar and Nim Deathmantle can go infinite when fed the right creatures (of which Rakdos colors easily provides). I wouldn't really recommend using this one though as it would require a very different creature base then what you've got here. Things like Grave Titan or Beetleback Chief.

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