Phyrexian Delver


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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

Azdranax on I'm Not Dead Yet

23 hours ago

In order to remain tribal and improve your competitive performance, you'll want to look to add more combo pieces and reduce your average CMC pretty significantly. Your Maybe Board already has a few of the best options identified, in Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, Cabal Coffers and Phyrexian Delver. In addition to these, some creatures to improve the deck and add combo options would be Carrion Feeder, Vengeful Dead and Mikaeus, the Unhallowed. Add Phyrexian Altar, and you can create an infinite loop with Gravecrawler + Vengeful Dead or Diregraf Captain. Early game draw is also critical for consistency, so with the inclusion of blue, you'd be better off replacing high CMC (six mana or greater, even Delve spells) options of all types with spells like Preordain, Ponder, Serum Visions, Brainstorm, Mystic Remora and Rhystic Study, as these will be far more valuable and easily played whenever drawn. The Scarab God would also be an excellent fit for the deck, and additional tutors like Beseech the Queen and Demonic Tutor would also be great. Additional cheap self-mill options could also help - Glimpse the Unthinkable in early turns can often give you a massive advantage, and there are other similar options available that are more budget friendly. Obviously a lot of the noted options are not exactly budget friendly, so if that is a concern, focus on the less expensive options (both from an expense and CMC standpoint) first, and then collect the others as you can. Even without Mikaeus in the deck, something like Cauldron of Souls can get you double-ETBs with a sac outlet. With him, the combo potential is amazing. Hopefully this gives you some additional ideas to improve and speed up your deck. Best of luck with your build.

Babe3ruth on SBT Budget (Blue Green Black)

1 week ago

Lilbrudder First of all thanks for all the help! I only have 3 more questions:
1- Do you think that flash hulk is a good fit for the deck? I have 3 options: 1) The combo using Deathrite Shaman, Hermit Druid, and Mogis's Marauder to got to my original hermit druid combo (currently in the deck), 2) a combo using Phyrexian Delver, Viscera Seer, Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, and Walking Ballista, 3) to cut the flash hulk line entirely and add more cards that help me assemble my food chain combo or hermit druid combo.
2- Do you think that the addition of Necropotence is a bad fit for the deck due to the risk you run in drawing cards that you want to be in your graveyard and not being able to put them in your graveyard.
3- Do you think that ad nauseum is a good fit for the deck because of the relatively high cmc of the deck.Again, thank you for all of your help on this deck.

Kaleo42 on Alesha, who doesn't give a $%&#

2 weeks ago

-Banisher Priest doesn't do the cool loops like Fiend Hunter

-Wall of Blood cause why?

+Cartel Aristocrat sac outlet or Zulaport Cutthroat to double on Blood Artist

+Phyrexian Delver helps combo in the same way as Karmic Guide even if Alesha herself can't grab him.

sado on Sedris, the King of Completely Broken Combos

3 weeks ago

If you don't mind, I would suggest adding a Phyrexian Delver to the deck and adding a Pestermite and a Deceiver Exarch. Also, a potential Splinter Twin. The idea is that you are using two new 2 card combos to the deck that are hard to interact with because of how fast they potentially can go off.

Buried Alive Combo: If you Buried Alive you can put Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, Zealous Conscripts/Deceiver Exarch, and Phyrexian Delver into the graveyard and use a reanimation spell/a creature that reanimates or even Sedris, the Traitor King to bring back Phyrexian Delver, which brings back Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker which taps to clone Delver and the copy of Phyrexian Delver brings back Zealous Conscripts/Pestermite which untaps Kiki and then you go infinite and win. You lose life but win in the process.

Splinter Twin Combo:Pestermite/Deceiver Exarch/Zealous Conscripts+Splinter Twin="Infinite" creatures with haste. Pestermite/Deceiver Exarch cost less and have flash. This gives more opportunity to play on opponent's end step for a Kiki cast or a Splinter Twin enchant on of the two the next turn. Splinter Twin also works with Zealous Conscripts but costs 9 mana to pull off making it a harder combo to pull off.

Good luck out there fellow Sedris player

Azdranax on Meren, born on a bayou

1 month ago

Phyrexian Devourer to add to your necrotic ooze combos. Protean Hulk, Phyrexian Delver and Carrion Feeder for more win-con combos. Phyrexian Altar, Su-Chi, Grave Titan and Nim Deathmantle for more win-con combos. Good looking deck.

SteelSentry on Most Flavorful Phyrexian Cards?

1 month ago

Life's Finale, Phyrexian Rebirth, and Black Sun's Zenith are all good board wipes, the first one especially if you intend to run reanimation effects (like Reanimate or Phyrexian Delver, two other flavor cards). Engineered Plague is good if tribal is big in your meta, and Reprocess isn't bad either. Less played options that can be okay are Phyrexian Infiltrator and Phyrexian Etchings. Phyrexian Metamorph is an all-around good card. Phyrexian Totem is, frankly, a bad mana rock, but hey, it's Phyrexian. Torpor Orb is also Phyrexian, but I would not add it if it hoses you. Soul of New Phyrexia is pretty good in EDH.

ThallionDarkshine on Meren - I need HELP

2 months ago

I second the suggestions of Blood Artist and Nim Deathmantle. Deathmantle would let you loop lots of etb creatures, dealing tons of damage off of Gray Merchant of Asphodel or Kokusho, the Evening Star, and Blood Artist just gives a lot of chip damage throughout the game, as well as helping in combo kills.

Pathbreaker Ibex doesn't feel all that strong as a finisher, since I only see Avenger of Zendikar as a big token producer.

Having some of your important effects on creatures is really good with Meren to recur them. Viscera Seer and Carrion Feeder are some great cheap sacrifice outlets on a stick, and Phyrexian Delver is a great piece of recursion.

hoardofnotions on Un-FLICKING-believable!!!!!!!!!!

2 months ago

ScrOuch Thanks for leaving some feedback for me!

Good call on the Phyrexian Delver it's been really strong.

Body Snatcher isn't a great flicker target, though if i run more sac outlets it might be better.

Dictate of Erebos isn't quite budget enough for me, I really like that the entire deck is under $50. This way when folks see it play out i can tell them the idea and that the deck could be upgraded as well

Outpost Siege is right on theme though i'm not sure what to cut for it

I think Impact Tremors is possibly win more? I'm not heavy in tokens and if i'm combo'ing with Peregrine Drake i should be able to win another way.

Blood Artist doesn't trigger on flickers, but it is a good card and in multiplayer games creatures die and i'll get value. I think I want to commit to the theme of flicker over good stuff additions right now though

Goblin Bombardment and Ashnod's Altar are good though i'm not to sure they will be strong enough if i don't add the dictate. Also the commander isn't the focus of the deck so adding things just for him seems loose IMO

LVL_666 Thanks for all your suggestions! Lets dive in,

Rune-Scarred Demon is out of budget range. It's not that I don't have it, I do, I just want to run the entire deck under $50. So that means missing out on Dictate of Erebos and the demon but adding Dreamscape Artist and Sire of Stagnation

Noxious Gearhulk I think i want to add, even with the price tag$. All my creature kill now can't kill black creatures and I kinda want more life gain and this card works on both levels. What's better though, Noxious Gearhulk or Inferno Titan???

Vial Smasher the Fierce dosen't fit the theme and is almost a good stuff addition, so I'll pass for now.

Crater Hellion, Ratchet Bomb and Sever the Bloodline are sweet anti token measures, here is what i was thinking Devastation Tide. It deals with the tokens, enchantments, planswalkers, and other unbeatable positions I could find myself in. What do you think?

quitrage Thanks for the bringing some sweet ideas to the table

Dance of the Dead I want to add, though i'm not sure i can think of the cut for it, any thoughts?

Twilight's Call, Champion of Stray Souls and Diabolic Servitude I've played before and didn't really like them. Those were different decks though, so I'll keep them in mind while playing this one.

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