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
1 week ago
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.
1 month ago
Looks pretty good! Here are a couple suggestions.
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.
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!
1 month ago
1 month 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.
Why no Jin-Gitaxis, Core Augur?
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.
1 month ago
Some suggestions i've thought of are:
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.
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.
Top cuts i can see of my own opinion, you can disagree if you want.
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.
1 month ago
Possible cards to add:
1 month ago
A recent update to the deck:
-1 Smothering Abomination -1 Phyrexian Delver -1 Austere Command -1 Homeward Path -1 Plains
+1 Perpetual Timepiece +1 Animate Dead +1 Renegade Rallier +1 Strip Mine +1 Wooded Foothills
I have been wanting to lower the curve of this deck for a while, and I think this will certainly help. I'm quite a huge fan of Perpetual Timepiece, and it has been really great in testing with such a unique effect. Renegade Rallier is an insane upgrade for the deck, and I like him better than Phyrexian Delver since he is Green Sun fetchable, costs less, and can bring back lands or Animate Dead, as well as a fallen Sol Ring or Survival of the Fittest. Animate Dead comes in to make Rallier even better, and it has been on the cusp of coming in before this. I'll see how it performs and if it deserves a permanent spot in the deck. Austere Command may not be necessary, so I'm seeing how the deck does without it for now.