Phyrexian Altar


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful 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
Ultimate Masters (UMA) Rare
Invasion (INV) Rare

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Phyrexian Altar


Sacrifice a creature: Gain one mana of any colour.

Phyrexian Altar Discussion

VampiricTooter on Golgari Guild Kit Commanders?

6 hours ago

Merciless Executioner Plaguecrafter etc. Give you a double trigger and you can sacrifice them to their own ability Or sac a token and save them for blocking. Get a Blasting Station to add extra value damage Ashnod's Altar Phyrexian Altar probably a total of 6 to 8 sac outlets. Pitiless Plunderer for more mana. Green ramp spells, Blood Artist , Zulaport Cutthroat Vindictive Vampire Falkenrath Noble to drain and gain life. Whisper, Blood Liturgist and Hell's Caretaker are great sac/recursion. some creatures that etb and give you creatures tokens, such as Sengir Autocrat . Sanguine Bond if you want to further capitalize on the life gain. Torment of Hailfire to kick em while they are down. Smothering Abomination Sifter of Skulls Razaketh, the Foulblooded and that is mostly just the black part of the deck. The nice thing about Golgari is that there are a great deal of synergies between the legendary and dual coloured creatures to a point where a lot of them are playable in each other’s decks and when you sac a creature of both colours you receive both benefits from savra. A life gain sub theme or mass resurrection are both decent approaches. Buried Alive and Entomb are great! Well I’m sure that you probably were aware of most of these cards but hopefully these are useful to you. I will check back later to see who you chose as a commander. Cheers.

VampiricTooter on Citadel of Pain: Experimental Citadel/Oona cEDH

15 hours ago

I feel like Intruder Alarm and some mana dorks(myr?) might go visciously infinite with Oona. Not sure if that is competitive enough for you. Even if you had any combination of Phyrexian Altar or Ashnod's Altar with Pitiless Plunderer and Intruder Alarm some mana dorks and could generate tokens with oona you go infinite I think. Or something in that neighbourhood.

Olive_pdx on Balthor Ad Naus

3 days ago

Great build! I put together a Balthor the Defiled recently but in no way a cEDH, mostly based on lots of mana and Morality Shift to dump my library in the graveyard and activating Balthor the Defiled with Grey Merchant of Asphodel to finish things off. I think I'm gonna make use of the Nether Traitor + Pawn of Ulamog + Phyrexian Altar for mana and Praetor's Grasp + Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed to finish things off. I also will likely keep those tools for a soon-to-come WUBRG hidden Commander deck!

Last_Laugh on Ghave's Project

3 days ago

Ok, better late than never.

Illusionist's Bracers - Works like doubling season when equipped/used by Ghave. Utopia Mycon - budget option for Earthcraft and either/both are insane here.

I'd also work on replacing Diabolic Tutor with Diabolic Intent while it's still reasonably priced.

No idea on your budget, but here's a few more expensive options you should save up for if they aren't options now. Doubling Season , Phyrexian Altar , Enlightened Tutor , and Aura Shards . Replenish and Academy Rector too if you manage to find 'em. Sadly Ghave is an expensive deck to upgrade and make more competitive.

TheNocholas on Drana you Blooda

4 days ago

You have a good frame for your commander, but your mana curve is broken. Focus on the fact that you can use your commander's ability over and over. I would cut some of your higher end cmc goodstuff for cheap creatures and or token gen and put in sac outlets Ashnod's Altar and Phyrexian Altar would be good ways to get your commander through to the end game.

dhannum on Marath Dino + Token + Combo

4 days ago

Keen Sense -> Night Soil - It's draw, but generally I want to use my counters for making tokens, and I still have Snake Umbra in here. Night Soil is token creation and graveyard hate

Mountain -> Gavony Township - Just got my hands on one of these, I think it would be good in here

Phyrexian Altar -> Divine Visitation - I need the Altar in another deck and I just got a Divine Visitation so there you go

Doomdragon271 on Waste Not.Deck

5 days ago


Attrition Free sac outlets are better.

Buried Alive Significantly reduced need for creature tutors.

Chainer, Dementia Master Liliana is more focused towards the discard aspect I want.

Curse of Disturbance With fewer creatures comes less value out of this cycle of curses

Entomb Less need for creature tutors.

Fellwar Stone Lower curve means that I want to be using mana more efficiently, as opposed to tapping out on 2 to ramp.

Fleshbag Marauder Less powerful than Plaguecrafter

Gray Merchant of Asphodel less overall devotion with the reduced creature count

Lightning Greaves Fewer creatures to protect in this version

Scythe Specter Too slow for this type of effect, the idea is to get rid of all opponent's hands as fast as possible and to keep them empty.

Stitcher's Supplier Less graveyard focus now, I dont need the self mill as much.

Victimize There just aren't enough good targets for this spell to be useful.


1 x Swamp & Terrain Generator Upping the overall land count by 2

Liliana Vess More Discard, yay, also, more tutors.

Animate Dead the replacement for victimize, grabs one very important creature.

Altar of the Brood Part of an infinite combo with Gravecrawler

Razaketh, the Foulblooded More tutors!

Initiates of the Ebon Hand Part of another infinite combo with Gravecrawler + Reassembling Skeleton

Sensei's Divining Top Card selection is great.

Bad Moon , Still on the fence about this one, Bloodflow Connoisseur might be the pick here.

Phyrexian Altar More infinite combos with Gravecrawler

Phyrexian Arena More consistent card draw.

Vampiric Tutor And even more tutors.

liquid_water on Chumbawamba

6 days ago

Buried Alive , Dread Summons , Altar of Dementia , and Entomb could be good options to help fill graveyards with targets for Scarab or to help find cards that reanimate themselves, like Gravecrawler. Speaking of Gravecrawler, if you wanted an infinite combo, you could run Phyrexian Altar to combo with Gravecrawler and Diregraf Captain/Altar of the Brood/Plaguebelcher.

I'd probably cut Mastermind's Acquisition unless your playgroup is OK with you pulling in cards from outside of the game or a "wishboard".

I'd also cut Doom Blade for Fleshbag Marauder , to help you interact more against hexproof/indestructible creatures. Plus, it's a zombie. You might also want to run a bit more manarocks to ensure you can play your more expensive spells or get more Scarab activations per turn cycle.

Overall, the deck looks pretty good and I've been considering building Scarab for a while, and this is pretty similar to what I'd build.

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Phyrexian Altar occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.08%

Black: 0.39%

Red: 0.12%

Golgari: 0.19%

W/B (Orzhov): 0.66%

Rakdos: 0.17%