Phyrexian Delver

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

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Set Rarity
Commander 2018 (C18) Rare
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 the battlefield. You lose life equal to that card's converted mana cost.

Phyrexian Delver Discussion

Natalbee on And the Karador Jumped Over the Moon

1 week ago

Thanks for the help, GhostChieftain!

Dance of the Dead is on the "pricier" side, but you're right - a 2 mana enchantment that reanimates is too good to pass up, especially in this deck. I'll try and work it into the cost.

I've never played with sac outlets like Viscera Seer and Carrion Feeder ... do you think they're vital to a deck like this? What is their primary use case?

I'll look into adding some land auras. Do you think I should run those over cards like Rampant Growth and Cultivate ? And after looking at your list I'm considering these cards (around $1):

Greater Good (ok, it's more than $1 but it's too good)
Vryn Wingmare
Razaketh, the Foulblooded (I have an extra copy)
Qasali Pridemage
Phyrexian Revoker
Phyrexian Delver
Lotleth Troll
Caustic Caterpillar
Aven Mindcensor

Again, I appreciate the help!

multimedia on Kooopa Meren *Suggestions Appreciated*

1 week ago

Hey, consider more one drops?

Birds, Shadow, Llanowar and Mystic are one drop mana dorks; these are good with four drop Meren because they can help to ramp into her and then be used as sac fodder. Deathrite is a fantastic Golgari card in multiplayer Commander because there's four graveyards to choose from. Seer and Feeder are one drops, no mana cost, sac outlets who can also sac themselves. Having a sac outlet that's a creature has good interaction with Meren because she can recur or reanimate it. Entomb is a fast way at instant speed to tutor for and put any one card you want into your graveyard such as Tribe-Elder or Frog. Revival is excellent in 40 life Commander because it's a free spell, just 2 life, and since it's an instant you can put any one card from graveyard on top of your library to draw for your next turn which is helpful with noncreature cards. If you like some of these suggestions I offer help to make cuts.


You're already playing Mikaeus and Hulk and these two are the start of an infinite damage combo, Hulk is the enabler. If you add Walking Ballista , Viscera Seer and Phyrexian Delver this completes the combo. When you sac Hulk tutor for Delver and Seer. Delver reanimates Hulk for the cost of 7 life, sac reanimated Hulk with Seer tutoring for Mikaeus and Ballista. Ballista's CMC is 0 therefore you can get it along with Mikaeus because this equals 6 CMC of creatures. Mikaeus makes Ballista a 1/1 creature because he gives all nonHuman creatures +1/+1 and Ballista is not a Human. With Seer sac Ballista this triggers the undying of Mikaeus which then lets Ballista ETB with a +1/+1 counter. Remove the counter from Ballista targeting an opponent. Then sac Ballista again, triggering undying. As long as you remove the +1/+1 counter from Ballista before you sac it with Seer this creates the undying loop. Repeat infinite times until all your opponents are dead.

The great thing about this combo is it's made up of all creatures which Meren is able to recur or reanimate. With Meren on the battlefield before you do the combo it's then infinite experience counters because Ballista keeps dying. This is helpful if one of your opponents disrupts the combo breaking the loop. You don't need the exact Hulk line to do this combo, it's just an enabler who can tutor for all the pieces, but as long as your have Mikaeus, Seer or another sac outlet and Ballista on the battlefield at the same time the combo can happen. Riftsweeper is helpful in multiplayer Commander since exile is plentiful. Sweeper can remove a card from the exile zone and put it back into your library and Meren can recur or reanimate Sweeper.


Consider Zulaport Cutthroat and Blood Artist ? Zulaport is great in multiplayer Commander because it can hit all your opponents at the same time. This is very good with sac outlets and strategy of sacing your own creatures to get experience counters with Meren. The repeatable life gain from both of these cards is also very helpful. Artist is also very good in multiplayer Commander and is unique because he makes an opponent of your choice lose life whenever any creature dies, yours and opponents. With four players in a game he can make your opponents lose a lot of life.

Consider Ashnod's Altar and Greater Good ? More powerful sac outlets that give you excellent value when you sac a creature with them. Twilight Mire , City of Brass and Mana Confluence are other Golgari dual lands that can ETB untapped; upgrades to replace lands like Golgari Guildgate, Jungle Hollow, etc. Good luck with your deck.

rob_shifflett on Zombies

2 weeks ago

Your land count is pretty low compared to your average CMC. I suggest no less than 37 for non-competitive lists. Also, I would run some more rocks. Jet Medallion Charcoal Diamond Fellwar Stone for starters. Unstable Obelisk for the upside of getting rid of permanents that Black has trouble with.

Here are a few of my favorite zombies. Gravespawn Sovereign Helldozer Noosegraf Mob Dread Wight Grotesque Hybrid Phyrexian Delver and Undead Warchief

ZendikariWol on Kooopa Meren *Suggestions Appreciated*

4 weeks ago

Cut Suggestions:

Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip is something I experimented with, but in the end all I could ever really do was activate her +, which is pretty weak in this deck. But my meta is pretty hard on planeswalkers. Maybe yours is more lenient, idk.

Lord of Extinction is sorta just weak here. I mean it combos great with Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord , but how often are you going to christmas-dreamland into both of those two? And Nighthowler is kinda just a worse Lord of Extinction .

I have played Sheoldred, Whispering One before and, like all of the praetors, all she does is get you targeted to death- especially if you can recur her.

Smothering Abomination and Grim Haruspex WILL draw you to death in a deck like this (a deck where you have no real wincon other than Plaguecrafter away your opponents' boards and chip in).

Deadbridge Chant 's randomness makes it pretty bad. You're aiming to have like 10 or 15 cards in your grave by the time you play this, it makes that number 25. 1 in 25 is not very good. Like the card is a decent value engine, but it's not likely to get you what you're looking for.

You have a lot of cards that I looked at and though ... "but you can get a creature to do that." Krosan Grip , Green Sun's Zenith , Reanimate , Grave Pact ? All have creature alternatives.

Suggestions for Adds:

Acidic Slime : flexible removal

Diligent Farmhand : okay ramp (see also Dawntreader Elk )

Farhaven Elf : better ramp

Phyrexian Delver : nice recursion- Reanimate on a body

Thragtusk : a BIG pillow to lie back against- five life and two blockers!

Treasure Keeper : good value

Veteran Explorer : never hurts to have the table on your side

Vindictive Lich : hits each opponent where it hurts

Wall of Blossoms : big-butt creature and a draw

Wurmcoil Engine : just insane

Hell's Caretaker : good recursion

Attrition : repeatable removal

Perilous Forays : repeatable ramp

Priest of Forgotten Gods : repeatable Plaguecrafter

Quagmire Druid : repeatable enchantment removal

Sadistic Hypnotist : repeatable hand hate

Thoughtpicker Witch : f.ck somebody's draws

Viscera Seer : free, instant-speed sac outlet, provides some card advantage

Vraska, Golgari Queen : + is great, - is great, and ult is insane

Deathreap Ritual : lots of draw

Savra, Queen of the Golgari : Grave Pact , but with a nicer mana cost, and the potential for recursion if it dies

Shadows of the Past : so. many. scries.

Zulaport Cutthroat : pings opponents to death, gains life

Entity97 on A Cuberino

1 month ago

Cube Stats!
This past weekend saw my cube’s first seven player draft (eight had homework to finish). Now, some of them are filthy casuals but here are the deck lists drafted with (W-L) stats! No basic lands included, however.

Me – Mardu Angels (3-0)
Akroma, Angel of Wrath
Assemble the Legion
Baneslayer Angel
Boros Signet
Bruna, the Fading Light
Cavern of Souls
Conqueror's Galleon  Flip
Crystalline Crawler
Emeria Angel
Exhume
Faithless Looting
Gisela, the Broken Blade
Godless Shrine
Golgari Thug
Grim Monolith
Loyal Retainers
Lyra Dawnbringer
Nahiri, the Harbinger
Reanimate
Resplendent Angel
Restoration Gearsmith
Smuggler Captain (finds Reanimate )
Sphere of the Suns
Tidehollow Sculler
Windswept Heath

Pritch – Golgari Midrange (2-1)
Bayou
Chainer's Edict
Cryptbreaker
Damnation
Doom Blade
Doomed Dissenter
Go for the Throat
Golgari Grave-Troll
Golgari Signet
Grave Titan
Herald of Torment
Heir of the Wilds
Hissing Quagmire
Innocent Blood
Liliana of the Veil
Liliana, the Last Hope
Night Incarnate
Ravenous Chupacabra
Rite of Belzenlok
Scavenging Ooze
Sidisi, Undead Vizier
Thoughtseize
Thrun, the Last Troll
Tragic Slip
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Verdant Catacombs
Westvale Abbey  Flip
Yahenni, Undying Partisan

Paul – Grixis Control (1-1)
Academy Ruins
Baleful Strix
Bitterblossom
Bituminous Blast
Brain Maggot
Creeping Tar Pit
Cruel Ultimatum
Cyclonic Rift
Eldrazi Monument
Force of Will
Havengul Lich
Inferno Titan
Kitesail Freebooter
Lich Lord of Unx
Mesmeric Fiend
Murderous Redcap
Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip
Purphoros, God of the Forge
Rakdos's Return
Tezzeret, Artifice Master
Thassa, God of the Sea
Thing in the Ice  Flip
Twilight Prophet
Unscythe, Killer of Kings
Whirler Rogue

Abby – Bant Midrange (0-1)
Austere Command
Bow of Nylea
Celestial Colonnade
Counterspell
Courser of Kruphix
Crush of Tentacles
Dauntless Bodyguard
Elixir of Immortality
Felidar Sovereign
Glacial Fortress
Imposing Sovereign
Kiora, the Crashing Wave
Loxodon Hierarch
Mikaeus, the Lunarch
Noble Hierarch
Plaxcaster Frogling
Qasali Pridemage
Reclamation Sage
Sagu Mauler
Sakashima's Student
Selfless Spirit
Sigarda, Host of Herons
Simic Signet
Solemn Simulacrum
Sphinx's Revelation
Spirit of the Labyrinth
Sun Titan
Supreme Verdict
Suture Priest
Sword of War and Peace
Temple Garden
Terminus
Traveler's Amulet

Matt – Four Color Good Stuff (1-1)
Ancestral Vision
Arch of Orazca
Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim
Badlands
Birds of Paradise
Bomat Courier
Brimaz, King of Oreskos
Clifftop Retreat
Crop Rotation
Desolate Lighthouse
Domri Rade
Dualcaster Mage
Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
Experiment One
Ghost Quarter
Hallowed Fountain
Isolated Chapel
Lotus Cobra
Maze of Ith
Murderous Cut
Odric, Master Tactician
Path to Exile
Phyrexian Metamorph
Plateau
Price of Fame
Sacred Foundry
Savannah
Silverblade Paladin
Sunpetal Grove
Sword of Light and Shadow
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
Tetzimoc, Primal Death
Through the Breach
Tropical Island
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
Ultimate Price
Voice of Resurgence
Warden of the First Tree
Wasteland
Zacama, Primal Calamity

Ben – Temur Cascade– (0-1)
Akroma, Angel of Fury
Arboretum Elemental
Blasphemous Act
Bloodbraid Elf
Braid of Fire
Chief Engineer
Chrome Mox
City of Brass
Combustible Gearhulk
Deep Analysis
Dream Eater
Etched Champion
Eternal Witness
Fauna Shaman
Ghalta, Primal Hunger
Genesis Wave
Gruul Signet
Heart of Ramos
Hedron Archive
Hellkite Charger
Hinterland Harbor
Inkwell Leviathan
Izzet Signet
Kira, Great Glass-Spinner
Lumbering Falls
Maelstrom Wanderer
Master Transmuter
Metalwork Colossus
Mishra's Factory
Mox Opal
Myr Enforcer
Mystic Snake
Pact of Negation
Sai, Master Thopterist
Sarkhan Unbroken
Search for Azcanta  Flip
Shardless Agent
Sword of Fire and Ice
Taiga
Temporal Mastery
Urabrask the Hidden
Verdurous Gearhulk
Voidslime
Volatile Chimera (I forget what was on it, never came up)
Wurmcoil Engine

Courrtney – Green Black Delirium (0-1)
Avenger of Zendikar
Blood Artist
Dark Petition
Empty the Pits
Emrakul, the Promised End
Expedition Map
Explosive Vegetation
Garruk Relentless  Flip
Ghoulcaller Gisa
Great Sable Stag
Greenwarden of Murasa
Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni
Isareth the Awakener
Ishkanah, Grafwidow
Living Death
Master of the Wild Hunt
Mox Amber
Mox Diamond
Oracle of Mul Daya
Phyrexian Delver
Primeval Titan
Putrid Leech
Rampaging Baloths
See the Unwritten
Sylvan Ranger
Thran Dynamo
Volrath's Stronghold
Merciless Eternal
Whip of Erebos
Worn Powerstone

multimedia on

1 month ago

Hey, saw your forum topic asking for help. Do you own the cards that are in the maybeboard? There's several there that are much better than cards in the main deck.

Consider building this Dimir deck with Sultai in mind? If your goal is to play Sultai with Tasigur or Muldrotha later on then my advice is get playable cards that you can use in those decks, but for the time being get blue, black and Dimir cards and play them here with budget good stuff self-mill/reanimation strategies. Good stuff being playable spells especially creatures who have good ETB (enter the battlefield) abilities. Tasigur and Muldrotha use self-mill strategies not opponent mill strategies. Tasigur and Muldrotha abilities only work with cards in your own graveyard. Self-mill is much more powerful than opponent mill in multiplayer Commander.

Budget cards ($5 or less each) to consider adding that you can use in Sultai with Tasigur or Muldrotha later on:

If you like this idea then I can further help you to change this deck to make it easier to convert it into Sultai later on, but for now still being a good Dimir deck with Scarab God as Commander. Let me know your thoughts, good luck.


multimedia on New World Order of Magic, Brother!

1 month ago

Hey, saw your forum topic asking for help.

These colors can take great advantage of Protean Hulk and Reveillark with Flash . Not with infinite combos which you don't want to play, but as value creature engines. Creatures such as Karmic Guide , Phyrexian Delver , Body Double , Phyrexian Metamorph , Phantasmal Image can reanimate or copy Hulk or Lark. Viscera Seer and Carrion Feeder are one drop sac outlets; one CMC is helpful when you can only search for six CMC of creatures with Hulk.


For your budget there's five cards that I suggest you play whatever direction you choose to go (one you're already playing):

These five cards are amazing repeatable draw or ramp in multiplayer Commander. These colors are great for tutors. For your budget consider adding these cards:

Demonic Tutor , Eladamri's Call and Diabolic Intent are also excellent.


When you get to the phase to add lands and more ramp consider:

I think Talismans are better than Signets since you can use a Talisman to make mana the turn you play it without needing another mana or land. Consider Talisman of Progress , Talisman of Unity and Talisman of Dominance ? If you're planning on playing ABUR Duals, Shock lands, Battle lands or combination of these then consider adding Farseek and Nature's Lore ? These two drop land ramp spells are helpful to search for and put a dual land onto the battlefield.

Good luck with your deck.


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Phyrexian Delver occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

Black: 0.16%

Golgari: 0.14%