Phyrexian Delver


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful 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

multimedia on Meren Graveyard Reanimator

1 day ago

Hey, good budget version of Meren.

Some budget cards ($2 or less each) to consider adding:

Cards to consider cutting:

  • Golgari Guildgate <-- Llanowar Wastes
  • Jungle Hollow <-- Ash Barrens
  • Foul Orchard <-- Jund Panorama
  • Korozda Guildmage <-- Apprentice Necromancer
  • Syr Konrad, the Grim <-- Phyrexian Delver
  • Glowspore Shaman <-- Satyr Wayfinder
  • Altar's Reap <-- Grisly Salvage
  • Murder <-- Beast Within
  • From Beyond <-- Pattern of Rebirth
  • Izoni, Thousand-Eyed <-- Dark Ritual: reduces the avg. CMC.
  • Mycoloth <-- Blood Pet: reduces the avg. CMC.
  • Moldervine Reclamation <-- Mausoleum Secrets: reduces the avg. CMC.

Good luck with your deck.

WUBRG87 on From Life to Death to Life

2 days ago

m_to_the_three, All great suggestions but a lot of the tutors unfortunately I either dont own or are in other decks. The cards I have available are: Woodland Bellower


Phyrexian Delver .

Massacre Wurm , Fierce Empath and Gray Merchant of Asphodel I do own, but as i said,are in other decks.

I'm gonna take a look at your list. Any ideas as far as cuts go for mine? Is it worth it if I only have those two cards to use?and if you like the list, mind please leaving a thumbs up? Thanks!

m_to_the_three on From Life to Death to Life

2 days ago

Nice Meren Deck! I recommend checking mine out to help give ya some ideas.

Because you got a protean hulk, I recommend running some more tutors to help out more. A good one that synergies really well with your deck is Natural Order . Pattern of Rebirth is another good creature tutor. Creature tutors are also really nice so Fierce Empath and Woodland Bellower are pretty good choices, they can also tutor each other so you can cause a tutor chain.

Phyrexian Delver is a really solid reanimate card, especially because you can recur it to bring back other stuff. Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip is another good reanimate spell that also does multiple stuff.

You should consider some more mana dorks if you are going for 35 lands, it also just increases the chances of getting a turn 2 or turn 3 meren out.

Alternate wincons, Massacre Wurm and Gray Merchant of Asphodel . Massacre wurm is a 6 mana boardwipe that you can recur thanks to meren and it has the ability to drain so much life. If you are playing against a tutor deck you just tutor the wurm and kill that guy. Gray merchant is a nice way to drain peoples life, you get to recur it thanks to meren ability and it helps stabilize your health if people are targeting you.

multimedia on Meren of Clan Nel Toth Reanimator

5 days ago

Hey, yes I don't think you need Primus because it's high mana cost creature that I don't think your deck needs.

The nice thing about using Hulk combos with Meren is she provides resiliency with reanimation. If you draw some of the creatures of the combo early you can just play them and sac them to get experience counters. Meren can reanimate one/two drops very easy only needing max two experience counters.

Wake the Dead can at once reanimate all the creatures in the combo or a few depending on how many are in your graveyard and Wake has good synergy with Hulk. Riftsweeper is helpful support since your graveyard is prone to being exiled by an opponent. Riftsweeper can remove a card from exile and shuffle it into your library.

Hulk is the enabler to tutor for all the creatures and put them onto the battlefield at once, but you don't technically need Hulk to combo since you can just play all the creatures normally or assemble them via reanimation and still win with the combo. Lesser Masticore who's part of the combo has good interaction with reanimation theme. The ability to discard a creature from your hand when it ETB can be helpful to setup reanimation. It's a way to discard Hulk if it gets stuck in your hand.

Mikaeus + Ballista + Seer can be tutored for with Hulk if you add more steps in the process. Not all at once with Hulk, but a two step Hulk process. You need a creature who can reanimate Hulk: Phyrexian Delver and/or Body Snatcher . For the cost of 7 life Delver can reanimate or Snatcher can when it dies reanimate Hulk.

Snatcher has good interaction as an enabler with reanimation theme because you discard a creature from your hand such as Hulk and then if you can sac Snatcher reanimate that creature. A reason to use Snatcher instead of Delver with Hulk is it's four CMC not five letting you tutor for another one drop: Snatcher + Seer + Sylvan Safekeeper . Safekeeper can protect the creatures of the combo by sacing a land to give a creature protection from opponents targeted removal. Seer can sac Snatcher which reanimates Hulk and then Seer can sac Hulk.

When using Delver

  • Step 1: Hulk dies tutor for Delver + Seer.
  • Step 2: Reanimate Hulk with Delver costing 7 life.
  • Step 3: Sac Hulk with Seer tutor for Mikaeaus + Ballista.

When using Snatcher

  • Step 1: Hulk dies tutor for Snatcher + Seer + Safekeeper.
  • Step 2: Sac Snatcher with Seer reanimating Hulk.
  • Step 3: Sac Hulk with Seer tutor for Mikaeaus + Ballista.

There's nothing wrong with using Tooth and Nail for the Mikaeaus + Triskelion combo. The problem with Tooth and Nail is you can't cheat it's nine CMC other than just having lots of ramp. Hulk you can more easily cheat onto the battlefield with reanimation especially reanimation that sacs the creature you reanimated. Hulk as an enabler has lots of overall synergy with Meren and the reanimation theme since it's a creature.

AkiraCuliao on Sac Attack

1 week ago

Maybe using cards like Sidisi, Undead Vizier so you can tutor cards and sac stuff you need in the grave, Scheming Symmetry , Phyrexian Delver , Bolas's Citadel , Buried Alive to tutor your wincons to the gy (like Necrotic Ooze Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and Triskelion and you win in the spot), Animate Dead , Dark Petition , Carrion Feeder , Gravecrawler , Living Death / Rise of the Dark Realms (that last one is kinda expensive) I'd suggest those as black cards. Using Sol Ring is more useful than Worn Powerstone , Expedition Map to tutor any land to hand, Tormod's Crypt bc gy hate is useful, Gilded Lotus 3 mana by 5 isn't bad, Thought Vessel , Aetherflux Reservoir wincon tho. The mana base kinda concerns me by the amount of basic swamps, you could use something like Cabal Stronghold , Reliquary Tower , Terramorphic Expanse , Evolving Wilds even if it's a mono color deck, being able to shuffle and get lands out of the deck will be useful, less dead draws. Sword of the Animist is always useful if you don't have ramp.

m_to_the_three on Secret Santa

1 month ago

I dig the deck a lot. I like playing golgari sac/yard so here is some budget cards(50 cent to 3 dollars) that I run in my Meren deck or my Vaevictis deck. All of these cards are really good and I feel can fit in the deck. So hopefully you can use them.

Budget Sac outlets: Carrion Feeder (50 cents), Viscera Seer (2.50),

Budget Tutors: Fierce Empath (50 cents), Woodland Bellower (3 dollars), Pattern of Rebirth (3 dollars)

Budget Manadorks/Ramp: Elves of Deep Shadow (50 cents), Primal Growth (50 cents)

Budget Removal: Reclamation Sage (40 cents), Terastodon (1 dollar), Nature's Claim(40 cents)

Budget Reanimation: Phyrexian Delver (1.50)

Budget Wincon: Tainted Strike (50 cents)

Budget Draw: Read the Bones (25 cents)

Honorable Mentions(These are good cards but I don't use in my decks but can work really well with yours) Innocent Blood (50 cents), Mortician Beetle (50 cents), Nest Invader (50 cents),

Zaarlock on Cyka Komrade Blyat

1 month ago

Cheap cards u should get some amount of:

General value goodstuff:

Bloodsoaked Champion

Grim Haruspex

Midnight Reaper


Zulaport Cutthroat

Westvale Abbey  Flip (you're gonna love this one, it's especially good if you like having token generators)

Skullclamp (probably the most powerful equipment in the game. And drawing cards is fucking awesome)


Swords to Plowshares


Kaya's Wrath

Anguished Unmaking

Grave Pact

Reanimation (very good when you're actively putting cards from your deck into your graveyard):

Dread Return

Karmic Guide


Phyrexian Delver

Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip


Animate Dead

Sac outlets:

Viscera Seer

Carrion Feeder

Cartel Aristocrat

Yahenni, Undying Partisan

High Market


Ranger of Eos

Diabolic Intent

Enlightened Tutor

Beseech the Queen

Dark Petition

Mausoleum Secrets (very cool in your deck)


Orzhov Basilica

Scoured Barrens

Concealed Courtyard

Command Tower

Caves of Koilos

City of Brass

Isolated Chapel

Tainted Field

You should probably choose whether you want the deck to be more or less focused on tokens. If you don't want tokens to be a main theme, you should probably just run Ophiomancer and a couple other generators and put in more reanimation effects like Phyrexian Delver .

You should still run Karmic Guide and Reveillark no matter what you do because they're too good not to. With a sac outlet, you can sacrifice them and bring them back an infinite number of times and kill your opponents with Komrade.

I would run quite a few sac outlets to make sure you can keep sacrificing your stuff for value. The best ones are Viscera Seer , Carrion Feeder and Cartel Aristocrat . Skullclamp works especially well with sac outlets

tkjanacek on Syr Konrad, the Grim EDH

1 month ago

Bloodgift Demon is better than Indulgent tormentor, Dread Return than Whisper, blood litrugist. Erebos's Titan , Wake the Dead should fit in here nicely. Thespian's Stage can copy the coffers. Pitiless Plunderer and Pawn of Ulamog have strong on-death triggered abilities. Phyrexian Delver is one of my favourite cards. I don't think Corrosive mentor is any good. Entomb and some discard enablers like Putrid Imp would strenghten the reanimator aspect of your deck. Living Death and Twilight's Call should be great since you both have means to fill your graveyard and empty your opponents'. Filth might be good. More sacrifice enablers like Viscera Seer or Bloodflow Connoisseur wouldn't hurt. Exsanguinate is a great way to spend large amounts of mana. I would recommend replacing Vampire of the Dire Moon and Tenacious Dead with Weaponcraft Enthusiast , Marsh Flitter or Sengir Autocrat .

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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%