Phyrexian Delver


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

Penthoplayer on Make Zendikar Great Again

2 weeks 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)

3 weeks 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

NarejED on [List - Multiplayer] EDH Generals by Tier

4 weeks ago

@kyuuri117: Sedris is a surprisingly strong reanimator commander. Grixis is a solid color identity for the strategy, giving access to a ton of useful tools like Buried Alive, as well as Splinter Twin combo. One of his most common lines of play is Buried Alive for Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, Deceiver Exarch, and Phyrexian Delver, then winning the following turn with any single reanimate effect. He doesn't get much attention due to The Mimeoplasm being an overall better reanimator deck, but Sedris is definitely a threat at more competitive tables when built correctly.

Teneb is a slightly weaker Karador, Ghost Chieftain. That's the most succinct way to describe his position.

Niv-Mizzet is roughly on the same level as Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord. Both are difficult to cast, and have abilities that are normally useless, but can ping the table to death when paired with single cards (Phyrexian Devourer for Jarad, Curiosity and 3 other cards for Niv).

I could see Daretti and Jhoira moving down though.

PartialPride on Budget Grenzo, Dungeon Warden

1 month ago

12/12/16Picked up some new cards:

Void > Chaos Warp This just obviously needed to be in the deck I needed some form of enchantment removal and Void just wasn't cutting it.

Ingot Chewer > Tuktuk Scrapper Although I can't evoke it for , it is easier to hit off Grenzo, Dungeon Warden because it only has 2 power, it's ETB is a may ability meaning I don't have to accidentally destroy my own artifact, it deals damage plus there is 1 other ally and 3 shapeshifters who can also trigger his ability.

Mindmoil > Possibility Storm Mindmoil seems nice in theory but it's expensive to cast and doesn't really do too much as I'm not often casting stuff out of my hand. Possibility Storm is my protection against board wipes. It also benefits me as I frequently have high casting cost creatures I can 'cascade' or, more commonly, am just activating Grenzo instead of casting cards from my hand.

Flameshadow Conjuring > Trading Post Flameshadow never really did much for me, it was basically a second, more expensive, copy of Panharmonicon. Trading Post on the other hand has so much utility in one card. Most importantly it can get my artifacts back from the graveyard but also is a sac outlet, discard enabler, and draws me cards. What's not to love?

Dread Return > Phyrexian Delver Not only did I never want to cast Dread Return, I never had the creatures to flash it back. Delver allows me to cast him with Grenzo which is much more desirable.

Fanatic of Mogis > Crypt Ghast Fanatic was one of only two cards which had power 4 or greater (the other being Flayer of the Hatebound). While Flayer is obviously very powerful in this deck, fanatic was just a weak Gray Merchant of Asphodel. Crypt ghast is a all star here. Hitting him on endstep and untapping to double is amazing, the extort may be relevant too.

Noosegraf Mob > Caged Sun The problem with Noosegraf was that it always felt bad casting him for as there was so much more I could be doing with that mana, if I had that much at all. What's the solution to that? Mana doublers seems good. I know this is a two coloured deck so it's not as good, but the +1/+1 counters on my creatures (especially Grenzo, Dungeon Warden are quite powerful too. I'm liking this inclusion so far.

Mountain > Drownyard Temple Given adding Crucible of Worlds would literally double the cost of the deck, this is my budget alternative. I haven't really found myself to be colour screwed so going down a mountain for something I can recur if it gets hit by Grenzo seems worthwhile.

Epochrasite > Godo, Bandit Warlord Epochrasite certainly was cute and I really liked him, unfortunately being a vanilla 4/4 at best is kind of weak. Godo, on the other hand is unreal. He can be hit by Grenzo, and tutors for an equipment fetching me Illusionist's Bracers or Cloak and Dagger both of which make the deck work a lot smoother. The extra combat phase also plays hilariously with our 3 shapeshifters, essentially giving them double strike or vigilance. I plan to eventually add Darksteel Plate in this deck which will probably the primary target.

Cards I'm still looking to add if I can find them cheap:

Darksteel Plate - Having to recast Grenzo is a pain, hopefully this remedies that

Braid of Fire - To replace Thran Turbine as an obviously better upkeep mana producer

Living Death - 1 part board wipe, one part come back mechanism. Count me in

Solemn Simulacrum - ramp, card draw, 2 power need I say more?

Phyrexian_plague_rider459 on Ayli's good stuff

1 month ago

Dark imposter ancient craving and one sorin for Phyrexian Delver+Boon Reflection+Path to Exile

Squirrel_of_War on Recurring Nightmare Incarnate

2 months ago

Another suggestion I have as I look through in more detail is replace Hell's Caretaker with Phyrexian Delver because you can recur the Delver where as Caretaker can only be activated during your upkeep AND he has to stick around a full turn first. When I had him in my deck he would get killed before I'd ever get to use him. EVERY. TIME. A card I'm not using but have been mulling over for a while now is Phyrexian Rager good sac fodder that can keep drawing you cards with sweet art. Elvish Visionary probably is better for the slot but the art isn't as cool. XD Attrition would be a good add too.

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