Phyrexian Delver

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Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal

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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

LeaPlath on Your Foreseen Fate

2 weeks ago

The lack of Lightning Greaves or Swiftfoot Boots (probably Swiftfoot) is defo an issue here IMO.

I also question some rather eh effects in this deck like Bitterblossom because even with Cathar it isn't doing huge amounts in this sort of deck, Village Bell-Ringer, Cloudshift on its own, Heartstone only effects 2 of your creatures, Stoneforge Mystic fetches combo pieces, but if you are in black, I do feel you have better tutor options in black. I also don't think Liliana of the Veil is so hot in this sort of deck. The group slug just makes you a target without her pay off being great. Dark Realms, Vess, The Last Hope and New Lili are all better in my opinion for multiplayer EDH. Better options would be Kaya, Ghost Assassin who fits and adds to your flicker theme and group slugs in a way that benefits you. Cao Cao, Lord of Wei is just punishment for one player, which is kinda eh at best. If you want that effect, and a sacrifice outlet, try Sadistic Hypnotist. I also think Ghostly Prison is a bit of a trap card, because you want to play it early, but early people aren't attacking you and late game when it matters they will just kill it.

Other cards to consider are Phyrexian Delver for a back up reanimator effect, Phyrexian Gargantua because it fits the theme and gives more draw, Bone Shredder a nice piece of flickerable removal. Palace Jailer changes the nature of the game by adding The Monarch to the game. But it is a nice flickerable O Ring, that can draw you cards and gives you an interesting level of political control. I would also up your levels of removal. This has 4 pieces of removal that is easy to cast. The rest requires flicker shenanigans, reanimator and late game stuff to be good. A simple Disenchant and Utter End would really help.

Basalt Monolith in place of one of the manarocks, because of its combo with Rings of Brighthearth.

jonnyalcatraz on Grave Digging

4 weeks ago

I would replace Geralf's Masterpiece for Advanced Stitchwing just cause hes easier to get back is still a flier and doesnt get smaller. Monastery Siege for Ancient Excavation so you can draw a bunch and discard a bunch, this helps with your commander getting some Z's in the grave. I'd also replace Victimize and Buried Alive with Whispering Madness and Day's Undoing. Dark Salvation for Necromantic Selection with all the new wheel affects you should be able to grab something good and its another board wipe. Maalfeld Twins for Overseer of the Damned just because hes super impactfu, a flier makes Z's and kills something when it comes out. Scourge of Nel Toth for Call to the Grave cause sacrifice is really good especially against voltron commander damage decks. Raving Dead for Phyrexian Delver. Wight of Precinct Six for Shepherd of Rot. Entomb for Graf Harvest purely for the menace, butyou could use the other abilitly in a pinch if your commander gets killed to much. Necrogen Mists for Windfall, again just so you get card draw and are still forcing people to discard. Epiphany at the Drownyard for Grave Pact. and to be sure you can get your value from cards like this id nix Nim Deathmantle for Ashnod's Altar. Geralf's Messenger is slow and 2 life wont do too much so id put in Nantuko Husk or Corpse Blockade for more sac outlets.

Austin_Smith_of_Cards on Corroding Roots

1 month ago

Overgrown Tomb, Woodland Cemetery, Golgari Guildgate, Llanowar Wastes, and Jungle Hollow are all strong B/G lands to help smoothen out your mana base.

Eternal Witness is a strong EDH card already, but since you're particularly focused around the graveyard I suggest it even more.

Buried Alive immediately pitches three creature cards into your graveyard for reanimation later and so that Jarad gets a +3/+3 buff.

Golgari Grave-Troll fits the theme of dumping cards in your graveyard and getting better for the number of creatures in it.

Acidic Slime is a powerfully destructive creature that blows up a difficult permanent and then sticks around as an annoying deathtouch blocker.

Living Death can be a win condition/boardwipe combination if you've successfully stockpiled your graveyard over the course of the game.

Mikaeus, the Unhallowed allows for double sacrificing (and with a persist creature, infinite sacrificing), and is a strong lord overall.

Sidisi, Undead Vizier goes along with the sacrificing theme and is a tutor on a stick. Tutoring is essential in EDH.

Life from the Loam is a premiere dredge card that recurs back all those lands that would be lost.

Deathrite Shaman continues to be an excellent card that is basically the Golgari version of Grim Lavamancer, except it is also a mana elf and lifegain.

Phyrexian Delver is your budget Reanimate on a stick. Strong and effective for its cost.

Phyrexian Arena is a crazy draw engine that gives SO much back in value over the course of a game, and with a negligible downside with a starting 40 life total.

Firebones675 on Sidisi, Brood Tyrant Dredge Deck

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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.

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