Phyrexian Delver

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Format Legality
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2013 Rare
Invasion Rare

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Phyrexian Delver

Creature — Zombie

When Phyrexian Delver enters the battlefield, return target creature card from your graveyard to play. You lose life equal to that card's converted mana cost.

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Phyrexian Delver Discussion

Firebones675 on Sidisi, Brood Tyrant Dredge Deck

4 days ago

Looks pretty good! Here are a couple suggestions.

ramp/color fixing:

Sol Ring in particular is insanely powerful as being able to cast 4mana spells turn 2 puts you pretty far ahead. Ramp in general also halps cast your top end. Chromatic Lantern makes sure you have al three colors.

Board wipes: Sometimes the game gets out of hand and you just need a reset button to take care of the scary things your opponents are doing. If damnation is out of your budget, Crux of Fate is a fine substitute but i'd add in atleast a few of those effects. Living Death is also good in graveyard decks.

Removal: I can guarantee that most opponents are going to be playing creatures you don't want to stick around. I'd put in a few more spells to pick off a specific creature. On the same note, i'd run a few more cards that can deal with non creature spells. Beast Within is good as it hits almost anything you need it to.

Reanimate effects: Right now reanimate is your only reanimate spell that happens immediately. Here are a few others: Victimize, Phyrexian Delver, Animate Dead, Necromancy, Dread Return

Infinite loops:

Not sure how you feel about infinite combos but personally i like to have a couple. The Gitrog Monster already in the deck goes infinite with Dakmor Salvage (discard salvage to having above 7 cards in hand, gitrog trigggers, you choose to dredge instead of drawing, now you have 8 cards in hand so you discard due to hand size again..... works even better if you have Laboratory Maniac but it still allows you to put as much of your library into your graveyard as you want.

Deadeye Navigator is a good card by itself (really gross if you pair it with Acidic Slime). If you pair it with Peregrine Drake you get infinite mana. Infinite mana+Tasigur, the Golden Fang means you get every single nonland card in your library in your hand by activating an infinite amount of times. if one of those cards is Blue Sun's Zenith....

Oh i'd also try to get a copy of Genesis

Sorry, this ended up being longer than i expected but I hope it helps!

Lilbrudder on What a Filthy Job

1 week ago

Since you are playing a midrange reanimator combo style SBT I would suggest Kiora's Follower and Birthing Pod. Pod puts things in your graveyard, which is good while grabbing another good card and putting it into play. Follower is just a good value creature that also gets even more value of out of pod and it does fun things with bloom tender, which should get you to T&N much faster. In my experience, it is very easy to set up the deadeye navigator and mike and trike combos with pod. Also getting access to undead sidisi and peregrine drake by podding SBT is very good. You could also add Body Double or Phyrexian Delver for a toolbox effect.

For SBT, Drift of Phantasms is strictly better than Perplex. Being able to tutor for both halves of FC combo with worldly tutor or fauna shaman is very good.

Why no Jin-Gitaxis, Core Augur?

Jace, Vryn's Prodigy  Flip checks a ton of boxes for SBT.

Here is a list of situational/low impact cards I dont think you will miss: Nyx Weaver Death Baron, Trickbind, Kessig Cagebreakers.

I think you have more than enough win conditions so the extra aggro options feel like overkill. Trickbind may be a meta call, but Swan Song is usually better imo. Nyx weaver is much weaker than baby jace imo.

stereonoise on WIP - Whispers of the Dead

3 weeks ago

Some suggestions i've thought of are:

CREATURES~~~~

Phyrexian Delver - It's a zombies that brings back other creatures from your graveyard. super helpful to get that party pumping.(not sure if it comes in foil or not)

Geralf's Masterpiece - Flying zombie that can be a good discard outlet and easy to recur.

Coffin Queen - The queen of resurrection, she's a zombie herself and can easily bring back anyones creatures.(not sure if it comes in foil or not)

Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip - This is the liliana you wanna play. When another creature dies you get a zombie and her planewalker abilities -X bring back a creature with cmc X and -8 you get an emblem where a creature dies it comes back to your battlefield

Liliana's Reaver - This guy is a must be blocked card, but what's that? deathtouch. Too block or not too block that's the deicision everyone around you will have to fear. If not they'll have to lose a card and you get a zombie buddy.

Diregraf Colossus - Cast a zombie? why not another zombie! This guy makes all your zombies come with a friend. and if you top deck with half your library in the bin he'll be big to boot.

Kozilek, Butcher of Truth - Anti selfmill. He's probably the best to include since emrakul is banned and ulamog is soso. Makes you shuffle your graveyard back into your library.

LANDS~~~~~So we'll go for the easy ones: Drowned Catacomb, Woodland Cemetery and Hinterland Harbor. You can also have Sunken Hollow which has swamp/island subtype so it's fetchable and relatively easy to enter untapped. Unfortunately you can't get the U/G or G/B version because they don't exist (yet). There's also Choked Estuary for a dual land to easily enter untapped.

CARD SELECTION~~~~~~

Top cards i could find for card selection are Tracker's Instincts and Forbidden Alchemy, these are good because you can flashback them if you need. Some other good ones I found are Grapple with the Past and Grisly Salvage which are instants and Mulch which is sorcery.

CUTS~~~~~~~~~

Top cuts i can see of my own opinion, you can disagree if you want.

1.Perpetual Timepiece or Elixir of Immortality - Elixir is probably the better thing to cut. IF YOU CUT YOU CAN ADD EITHER KOZILEK OR Laboratory Maniac.

2.Deathrite Shaman - Just doesn't seem too great to me in commander. Also not a zombie

3.Yavimaya Elder - not a zombie.

4.Army of the Damned - too costly.

5.Magus of the Will - He seems very costly, 3 mana to exile himself and then you gotta pay more mana to cast more things. If you're getting a lot of mana you can do some cool things.

6.Stitcher Geralf - relies a lot on the opponents having strong creatures and actually hitting them reliably. (Not a foil)

7.Undead Warchief - this dude is a 4cmc 1/1. his abilities are nice but damn is he weak as soggy bread.

Beezy on Karador, Ghost Chieftain: The Primer!

1 month ago

A recent update to the deck:

-1 Smothering Abomination -1 Phyrexian Delver -1 Austere Command -1 Homeward Path -1 Plains

+1 Perpetual Timepiece +1 Animate Dead +1 Renegade Rallier +1 Strip Mine +1 Wooded Foothills

I have been wanting to lower the curve of this deck for a while, and I think this will certainly help. I'm quite a huge fan of Perpetual Timepiece, and it has been really great in testing with such a unique effect. Renegade Rallier is an insane upgrade for the deck, and I like him better than Phyrexian Delver since he is Green Sun fetchable, costs less, and can bring back lands or Animate Dead, as well as a fallen Sol Ring or Survival of the Fittest. Animate Dead comes in to make Rallier even better, and it has been on the cusp of coming in before this. I'll see how it performs and if it deserves a permanent spot in the deck. Austere Command may not be necessary, so I'm seeing how the deck does without it for now.

Penthoplayer on Make Zendikar Great Again

1 month ago

Graveyard recursion could be good. After all, it's another form of flickering. Karmic Guide is probably the best one, followed by Phyrexian Delver.

Brighton-Morrs on Gonti, Lord of Your Bank Account (finished)

1 month ago

Kilrane Mimic Vat is there to trigger any ETB/Death effect (with a sac outlet) in the deck over and over again, it's got some pretty nice value.

In my games the thing eats a removal, or it eventually wins the game. As long as you can exile a card that has a decent effect (which is a large percentage of my creatures), 3 mana instant speed recursion for a creature is real nice.

Examples: Big Game Hunter, Phyrexian Delver, Fleshbag Marauder

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