Phyrexian Delver

Phyrexian Delver

Creature — Zombie

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

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Set Rarity
Commander 2018 (C18) Rare
Commander 2013 (C13) Rare
Invasion (INV) Rare

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Legality

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

Phyrexian Delver occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

Black: 0.16%

Golgari: 0.14%

Phyrexian Delver Discussion

X-Factor11105 on I Am Fire, I Am Death

1 day ago

I hope you're still working on this deck! I'd love to know if you've made any updates since October.

A few ideas:

origamifan on Muldrotha EDH

1 week ago

The shell looks good. :)

Can you please specify what your win-con is? Since you are running Protean Hulk and Flash you should have some sort of combo here. E.g. Phyrexian Delver + Viscera Seer, fetching Hulk and sac for Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and Walking Ballista. In general if you want to be competative you need some sort of way to close the game instantly.

You can also consider running Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur instead of/on top of Nezahal, Primal Tide.

Gravebreaker Lamia is fun, but I think it is too slow if you want to build a competative deck. You can consider Buried Alive and Life from the Loam + Barren Moor, Lonely Sandbar and Tranquil Thicket if you want a long game grindy draw engine.

triproberts12 on Hogaak Persist Combo

1 week ago

Isn't this backwards of how these leagues normally work? I thought the winner is the only one that doesn't get the budget bump, so the most powerful deck doesn't snowball.

Anyway, Mindwrack Harpy is the most pushed intro deck card I've ever seen. That's my first add.

I also like putting in more creatures with ETB effects. It's kind of awkward that you'll want to tap mana dorks for Hogaak. Glowspore Shaman, Golgari Thug, Crow of Dark Tidings, Gamekeeper, and Mire Triton can all help get Hogaak out by turn 3 if you have a good turn 1 play.

There are a lot of good gold cards in BG graeyard stuff, too: If you have anyone that's relying on indestructibility, Drown in Filth is a good budget option to feed your graveyard. If you're built around Hogaak, I'd think it should regularly be a hard removal spell with upside. Nyx Weaver is just a great card in any graveyard deck, and cheap, too. Jarad's Orders is a good double-tutor. Underrealm Lich is worth the $2, in my opinion. I would also ask yourself whether Eternal Witness is $3.50 better than Acolyte of Affliction/Golgari Findbroker/Treasured Find. Storrev, Devkarin Lich didn't get much fanfare, but the power and price tag are there.

Animist's Awakening is good value at just over $1. World Shaper and Splendid Reclamation are a little more expensive, but higher impact than other $4-5 cards I see in the list. Lower on the ramp ladder, note that Harrow and Springbloom Druid put a land in the yard. Funeral Rites isn't a bad draw spell for this deck. Same for Winding Way, Gather the Pack and Relentless Pursuit. Syphon Mind doesn't have much to do with the theme, but I start with it in most of my black value decks. Dark Deal could be very good, especially if your draw power is maximized and you can use your yard as a second hand. Greenwarden of Murasa is just a powerful card. Same for Phyrexian Delver.

Some other general budget cards for considering: Ransack the Lab, Corpse Churn, Dead Reckoning, Grapple with the Past, Hatchery Spider, Millikin, Mindwrack Demon, Once and Future, Splinterfright, The Mending of Dominaria, Skullwinder, Blood for Bones, and Vigor Mortis.

DrValium on Dungeon Warden of Omens

2 weeks ago

Certainly, in the deck I run, I pair it with this like Epitaph Golem and Phyrexian Delver. Plus, because it is a mana ability (when it becomes relevant) it gets around split-second. May I also suggest Pawn of Ulamog, sac engine and Workhorse and Epitaph Golem for infinite mana and death triggers (if it is relevant).

Davinoth on Korvold's Frenzy [Sac/Reanimator EDH]

3 weeks ago

     Great suggestions RyProv!

     Phyrexian Delver is super cool, but I think in the interest of reducing mana costs I'm looking more at Stitch Together. I actually forgot about this card, but it would fit quite well. Thank you!

     Nim Deathmantle has been in and out a few times, but I always find I have other things I want to do instead, I dunno.. playstyle conflict, I guess? Haha

RyProv on Korvold's Frenzy [Sac/Reanimator EDH]

3 weeks ago

Have you considered Phyrexian Delver over Zombify? I guess its the same CMC dilemma as Beacon of Unrest, but you can sac the delver (and even recur it). I usually get pretty good multiple use out of it even with the life cost. I would still consider a Stitch Together or Nim Deathmantle over Zombify. (which nim has the nasty potential of going infinite with Ashnod's Altar)

multimedia on Jund Combo

4 weeks ago

Hey, nice concept for a Jund deck.

Protean Hulk and Phyrexian Delver / Body Snatcher can be enablers to tutor for and put the entire Redcap combo onto the battlefield. Hulk can't tutor for all the cards with one dying trigger, but it can with two dying triggers which is what Delver/Snatcher gives you. The first time Hulk dies tutor for Delver + Seer. Delver reanimates Hulk and then Seer sacs Hulk letting you tutor for Redcap + Melira/Mimic. Seer can now infinite sac Redcap.

Snatcher can replace Delver and that's significant because Snatcher is only four mana meaning you can add Sylvan Safekeeper to the Hulk pile to protect the combo. Seer can sac Snatcher which reanimates Hulk. Outside of the combo Snatcher can be an enabler to get Hulk into your graveyard since you can discard Hulk when Snatcher ETB.


Putrid Goblin is the new two drop persist creature from Modern Horizons. It's a Goblin so it has great synergy with the rest of the combos and enablers. Putrid Goblin + Melira/Mimic + Skirk/Seer/Feeder + Blood Artist . This entire combo can also be assembled by Hulk with two Hulk triggers using Delver/Snatcher. The first time Hulk dies tutor for Snatcher + Seer + Safekeeper. Sac Snatcher with Seer reanimate Hulk and then Seer sacs Hulk letting you tutor for Putrid + Melira/Mimic + Artist. Seer can now infinite sac Putrid and Artist is the win condition.

Artist can be a win condition with Redcap + Melira/Mimic/Grumgully replacing the damage that Redcap does to opponents. With Artist Redcap doesn't need a sac outlet to infinite combo with because Redcap when it ETB can do damage to itself killing itself which triggers persist and Artist. First time Redcap ETB have it kill itself which triggers it dying. It will then ETB again and have it kill itself again. With Mimic and Grumgully you can stack the ETB triggers so that Redcap gets a +1/+1 counter removing the -1/-1 counter before it does the damage to itself.


Shattergang Brothers are good with Hulk because it can be a consistent sac outlet when Hulk is reanimated or cast. If playing Hulk you'll want to add a small reanimation/enablers package. Getting Hulk into your graveyard is not difficult when playing black. Entomb , Buried Alive , Jarad's Orders to tutor for it and put it into your graveyard. Reanimate , Animate Dead , Wake the Dead or Apprentice Necromancer to reanimate it.

Necromancer and Wake are unique with Hulk because they can reanimate at instant speed and then EOT sac Hulk, you can infinite combo during your opponents turn. Wake for three mana can reanimate Hulk to block and then EOT sac Hulk. Wake is powerful with Buried and the three card combo. Buried can tutor for and put into your graveyard two different three card combos with Redcap: Recap + Melira/Mimic/Gumgully + creature sac outlet or Recap + Melira/Mimic/Gumgully + Artist putting them into your graveyard. Then with Wake for five mana you can reanimate the three card combo.

Good luck with your deck.

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