Phyrexian Arena


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

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Set Rarity
Conspiracy: Take the Crown (CN2) Rare
Commander 2015 (C15) Rare
Duel Decks: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition (DDE) Rare
Planechase (HOP) Rare
Ninth Edition (9ED) Rare
Ninth Edition Foreign Black Border (9EDFBB) Rare
Eighth Edition (8ED) Rare
Apocalypse (APC) Rare

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Phyrexian Arena


At the beginning of your upkeep, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.

Phyrexian Arena Discussion

SirHerpaderp on Athreos, God of Passage

2 days ago

idiot_taco first of all: ltb and etb are short terms for leave the battlefield and enter the battlefield and involve permanents that have an effect when they enter or leave the battlefield/die.

Jumping straight to your 2. Comment: I believe the Citanul Flute is a bit slow + you are quite heavy on tutors already. You could swap some of them for straight draw. Necropotence , Phyrexian Arena or even Dark Prophecy (if you plan to go with a sacrifice-heavy strategy).

Out of all the decks I've seen, I've liked this approach the most. Maybe it'll help you a bit: (hope the link from the competition is allowed here)

rdean14 on Card creation challenge

2 days ago


White gets draw from some incidental spells like Wall of Omens , from specific requirements, like Aura/Enchantment, Equipment/Artifacts, Sram, Senior Edificer , Puresteel Paladin , Mesa Enchantress , Kor Spiritdancer , Dawn of Hope , but also has just plain hate, like Spirit of the Labyrinth and Alms Collector .

Blue obviously has just plain card draw.

Black pays life for cards Underworld Connections , Blood Scrivener , Necropotence , Phyrexian Arena , Sign in Blood , Live Fast , Read the Bones , or Cruel Bargain . You can also Sacrifice Creatures for Cards.

Red gets cards for limited time, Experimental Frenzy , or it comes with Discard Wheel of Fortune Faithless Looting , or Burning Inquiry .

Green is already flush with cards similar to yours, Primordial Sage , Soul of the Harvest , Selvala, Heart of the Wilds for example.

RoaringBunny on Gyrus -1/-1

5 days ago

I do not have much experience with -1/-1 counters in EDH. I have tried to build a deck based around them a few times but was never satisfied with the results. I am primarily going to focus on improving the decks other components. Judging by some of the card selections I am going to assume this is somewhat budgeted and will try to keep that in mind with the suggestions.

Jund provides access to some really good removal that I think you should consider: Terminate , Bedevil , Abrupt Decay , Assassin's Trophy , Windgrace's Judgment , Maelstrom Pulse , etc.

Pernicious Deed and Blasphemous Act are pretty reliable board wipes.

If you want to speed things up you could try increasing your artifact ramp. I am a big fan of 2 cmc rocks, you are already running the signets but there is also Talisman of Indulgence , Talisman of Impulse , and Fellwar Stone not mentions a slew of rock that make colorless mana. There is also an unexplained absence of Sol Ring ...

If you find yourself with lots of mana and nothing to use it for Fevered Convulsions is thematic.

Phyrexian Arena is a card I staple into every black deck.

Heroic Intervention is another card I try fit into every deck possible.

Mikaeus, the Unhallowed combos very well with -1/-1 counters in general and especially with persist creatures but he is pricey.

Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon and all his infect friends deal damage the same way wither creatures do but kill opponents more quickly. Skithiryx is expensive but most other infect creatures are not if you want to consider an infect sub-theme.

Hard for me to tell without playing the deck the only cycle abilities I see are on your lands, does that allow you to get enough value out of Archfiend of Ifnir ?

You should try to get as many shocks and fetches as you can to improve consistency.

Hope this is helpful.

llHESHLORDll on To Suffer Fools is to Exist

1 week ago

saturn999 Good advice. I dropped the Dread Shade s to the maybeboard, and added another Phyrexian Arena . I dropped the Relentless Dead down to one though, and put in 3 Bloodghast s. The synergy with Lili is way too good, i'll have to play it to see which is better. Maybe I ought to do a 2/2 split. Thanks for the wall of text btw!

Lanzo493 on Scarab God's Boneyard Fun

1 week ago

I love zombies. Here’s some more budget friendly options for zombie tribal. Diregraf Captain , Diregraf Colossus , Undead Warchief , Lord of the Accursed , Cryptbreaker (great for card draw), Death Baron , and Shepherd of Rot .

As for graveyard interaction, your commander already does really good. So does Gravecrawler with any sacrifice outlet. Ashnod's Altar is great. You also have access to Buried Alive .

Now for draw. The good ones are Rhystic Study and Phyrexian Arena . Other ones include Arcanis the Omnipotent , Cryptbreaker , Concentrate , Brainstorm and the other cantrips.

JoeNathan37 on Edgar Vampires

1 week ago

It’s been a while since I’ve done this so forgive me if I mess up the formatting or something.

The first (and probably most important) thing I’d recommend is more consistent card draw. Necropotence is good, although the triple black can sometimes be tough to get, but aside from that all you’ve got is Underworld Connections and a few Read the Bones -esque cards. Personally I prefer Phyrexian Arena over UC because it’s basically the same thing except you essentially have to pay 1 mana for UC, although it also gives you the option of timing. Up to you. Anyway, in my experience RtB type single use effects, while good, aren’t quite enough. Twilight Prophet is a strong one that fits perfectly; he’s actually a Vampire and his trigger would set off your Sanguine Bond / Exquisite Blood combo. I also run Greed as a great mana sink for any excess mana.

A pseudo-card draw type effect you might want is Herald's Horn . It is very good here; it makes vampires cheaper and it can get you more card draw; both good things.

I also would recommend you look into replacing Door of Destinies . Sure it can really do work in the right circumstance, but if you draw it late it does essentially nothing. Shared Animosity could be a good replacement.

I could go on and on about ideas for upgrades for your deck but personally I enjoy doing that myself, so I’ll stop here. This has been plenty long enough. I’ll leave a link to my deck so you can check it out if you’re interested; I took mine down a more aggro/token route rather than the SB/EB combo but still you may find something helpful there.

AkrosTheClear on Enchantment Recursion

1 week ago

One of my favorite things to do in EDH is slam big powerful enchantments onto the battlefield, some of my favorites being Grave Pact , Smothering Tithe , Eye of the Storm , and Phyrexian Arena . The problem is that enchantment removal is cheap and plentiful while enchantment recursion is, well... not. Am I wrong when I say that there is a woeful lack of enchantment recursion in MTG in general? Other than general recursion like Eternal Witness and Regrowth there are only 3 cards I know of that relate specifically to enchantments: Tragic Poet , Replenish , and Open the Vaults (which affects everyone, so screw that).

So my question is are there any enchantment recursion cards I missed? Or does Wizards just need to make a new archetype of card?

Thank you for any and all input.

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Phyrexian Arena occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.04%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.15%

Black: 1.0%

Golgari: 0.39%

W/B (Orzhov): 0.98%

Rakdos: 0.79%

W/U/B (Esper): 0.67%

RBW (Mardu): 1.01%