Phyrexian Delver


Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy 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

Emzed on Ishkanah Delirium

1 day ago

Jarad's Orders seems like a great card here. It tutors a creature into your hand and can provide up to three card types towards delirium (sorcery, creature plus artifact or enchantment). You could even use it to set up reanimating a fatty with Phyrexian Delver, though currently you don't have any big pay off cards like Terastodon or Baleful Force.
Ash Barrens is very similar to Evolving Wilds except you can just play it as a Wastes if you need mana right away and don't care about colors. I suggest you add it to have another land that enables delirium.
To further support your self-mill theme, Mulch, Vessel of Nascency and Dakmor Salvage could be added.

arkstudios on Dungeon Keeper (Semi-Competitive Meren EDH)

4 days ago

MxdDrnk75Body Snatcher is what makes the new Protean Hulk unbanning so strong. As you can have hulk hit the graveyard by himself with 0 other cards on the field or in your hand and still pull off the full combo. Phyrexian Delver is a great card and I may pick one up eventually for the deck as general backup.

The rest of the cards you've mentioned are actually just strong Meren cards in general. This deck is about as strong as Meren can get "imo" but when I'm playing with friends or in a LGS I can choose not to just walk over people. It's fun to wood elves a Panharmonicon, then Conjurer's Closet it at end of turn to drop 4 lands in a turn. Selvala, Heart of the Wilds like you said adds very little value to the deck over all. However dropping her early can give you 2 or 3 extra mana if you need it. She may get dropped one day for the Delver above or some other green mana ramp card instead.

Thank you for the good comments man :)

MxdDrnk75 on Dungeon Keeper (Semi-Competitive Meren EDH)

5 days ago

How competitive are you trying to make this? IS this for 1 on 1 play, or group games? What are some of the decks you are facing doing that stop you? I have some suggestions of cards to think about changing, but I don't know if you need them in your deck to fight something in your meta.

Is Selvala, Heart of the Wilds producing in your deck? It doesn't seem like she would be, because you only have 7 creatures with over 3 natural power, so I imagine you are usually netting 2 additional mana from tapping her. With your creature power curve so low I wouldn't think you were drawing off her first ability that often. Try seeing how often people draw from her besides you and how often you tap her for more than 2 extra mana.

With only 12 EtB triggers, how much use are you getting out of Panharmonicon and Conjurer's Closet?

Do you mainly Body Snatcher when you are going for the win? Without a way to get it back from exile, are the 1 less CmC and no life loss better than running Phyrexian Delver that you can recur if someone stops your win?

Ocheyo on Athreos EDH

5 days ago

Nice deck. Love Athreos. This is my build Athreos on the River Styx. I think recursion is important in Athreos, Reanimate and Necromancy, for instance. I would add Merciless Executioner and Phyrexian Delver. Possibly Purify over Merciless Eviction?

AzrielBarakiel on Dungeon Keeper (Semi-Competitive Meren EDH)

1 week ago

Phyrexian Delver is another piece for the protean hulk combo if you draw balista or it gets removed or whatever. Also just a great card.

bulletmonkey97 on Tasigur the Golden Fang of Seasons Past

1 week ago

Is the reanimation too few for the inclusion of a Buried Alive package here? Only cutting two cards(one for this and one for Phyrexian Delver) and getting to a PaliImage win condition really quickly seems like straight goodness otherwise

xX3uddhaXx on Death and Decay

2 weeks ago

Any thoughts on Phyrexian Delver ? good bad meh? let me know

invigorate_berserk10 on All Nightmare Long (SBT Primer)

2 weeks ago

Lilbrudder hmm that's actually a pretty cool way to use Hulk to win. Definitely the most streamlined pile I've seen since it only requires one Hulk trigger rather than chaining multiples with stuff like Body Double or Phyrexian Delver

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