Phyrexian Totem

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom 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
Duel Decks: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition (DDE) Uncommon
Time Spiral (TSP) Uncommon

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Phyrexian Totem

Artifact

: Add to your mana pool.

: Phyrexian Totem becomes a 5/5 black Horror artifact creature with trample until end of turn.

Whenever Phyrexian Totem is dealt damage, if it's a creature, sacrifice that many permanents.

Phyrexian Totem Discussion

HeretekAuger on Father of Machines (Phyrexia Vorthos)

3 months ago

Cool decklist. Some more cards i could come up with for this are : Chancellor of the Dross Culling Dais Phyrexian Totem Reprocess

Vipy5 on Father of Infect

4 months ago

If you need help with knowing how much/what ramp to use, you might want to check out https://www.mtggoldfish.com/articles/brewer-s-minute-ramp-math

I am not an expert in mono, but for you I recommend adding:

Mana Crypt pricey but spicey

Charcoal Diamond goes so well with Sol Ring

Everflowing Chalice and Astral Cornucopia - especially if you somehow get more proliferate

Extraplanar Lens

Ashnod's Altar and Phyrexian Altar are good if you want double-down on sacrificing your own creatures.

Myriad Landscape can go in almost any edh deck

Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx is solid in any one- or two-colour deck

Lake of the Dead has a downside, but you won't care when you're using it (trust me)

Deserted Temple , Vesuva , Candelabra of Tawnos and Thespian's Stage to double-down on Cabal Coffers.

Petrified Field to protect valuable lands.

Expedition Map and/or Wayfarer's Bauble to tutor itfor all your powerful lands.

I'm not sure how I feel about Temple of the False God , but it is an EDH classic.

Other mono ramp

I ended up finding so many mono ramp cards I thought I might as well make a more full list.

Solemn Simulacrum is a good catch-all

Magus of the Coffers is slow, but might be worth it. Crypt Ghast is a better version.

Pawn of Ulamog and Sifter of Skulls are good in any deck that sacrifices often

Nirkana Revenant is good in the right deck

Bog Witch is kind of weird, but has fringe uses

I haven't thought hard, but you might be able to do some flicker shenanigans with Priest of Gix

Priest of Yawgmoth and Soldevi Adnate work if you hate your own stuff

Leaden Myr , Hedron Crawler , Manakin , Scuttlemutt , Alloy Myr , Opaline Unicorn , Palladium Myr are usually worse than rocks, but maybe you want?

Worst case, an edh deck can always load up on rocks. These are some of the best ones for mono black

Sol Ring every edh deck should include this

Star Compass , Fellwar Stone , Fractured Powerstone , Mind Stone all fill similar voids

Thran Dynamo , Ur-Golem's Eye , Worn Powerstone , Gilded Lotus , Hedron Archive , Sisay's Ring

Pillar of Origins for tribal decks

Consider Pentad Prism , Kyren Toy , or Coalition Relic for proliferate

In most games, these do the same thing: Commander's Sphere , Cryptolith Fragment  Flip, Cultivator's Caravan , Darksteel Ingot , Hierophant's Chalice , Honor-Worn Shaku , Mana Prism , Manalith , Orazca Relic , Phyrexian Totem , Powerstone Shard , Pristine Talisman , Seer's Lantern , Serum Powder , Skull of Ramos , Sol Grail , Spectral Searchlight , Vessel of Endless Rest , Victory Chimes , and Chromatic Lantern

Thought Vessel if you fill your hand

Chrome Mox is usually worth the card disadvantage

Lotus Bloom , Mana Vault , Basalt Monolith , Grim Monolith , and Lotus Petal for explosive potential

Mox Amber if you usually have your commander/a legendary thing out

Mox Diamond if lands in your graveyard is a good thing

Mox Opal if you have 2+ extra artifacts

Black Market is good if you tend to sacrifice/kill a lot of creatures

Caged Sun , Doubling Cube , and Gauntlet of Power are fair if you want to reach that high mana

Liliana of the Dark Realms is nice with proliferate, and makes sure you don't miss land drops in the mid/late-game

Sword of the Animist is best with one-mana creatures, and if you attack often, but might be justified even if not

Jet Medallion and Heartless Summoning do a lot of work if you play many cards in a turn

Carnival of Souls is fun with some creature-based combos

These mostly work for combo/explosive turns

Bubbling Muck for explosive/combo turns

Dark Ritual for getting a turn 2 Crypt Ghast , etc.

Sacrifice and Culling the Weak for sacrificing. They go nicely with Songs of the Damned

Spoils of Evil for lategame combos

Rain of Filth must be used with caution

Crypt of Agadeem works, but only if you consistently have 4+ creatures in the graveyard

Phyrexian Tower eats your creatures

Cabal Coffers is a staple

It's porbably unnessecary, but if you end up with few basic swamps, consider Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth to supplement your Cabal Coffers .

Cabal Stronghold is great if you can't afford many nonbasics, and might be good enough besides.

BelugaWhale217 on Hythonia the Cruel EDH

11 months ago

Commander's Sphere is super cheap right now. Same with Darksteel Ingot, Leaden Myr, Everflowing Chalice, Astral Cornucopia, Corrupted Grafstone, Guardian Idol, Phyrexian Totem and Worn Powerstone. there are more (My LGS goes by tcg prices so that's what I use). If you wanted to make Hythonia the Cruel deck then maybe add a couple more gorgons. The ramp cards I suggested should be auto-includes once you get your hands on some money.

Lord_Khaine on Toilet Paper

1 year ago

naynay666

I've gone back and forth on mana accelerants such as Dark Ritual. While being able to do a larger spell earlier is great, my goal with the mana rocks is to have a mana base intact after the Pox cards remove lands.

Coldsteel Heart is worth considering, but not Star Compass because Star Compass wants basic lands, and the Smallpox/Pox/Death Cloud cards often result in having no lands.

I used to run Sign in Blood prior to Sword-Point Diplomacy, but actually stuck with Sword-Point Diplomacy due to opponents who thought it was smarter to lose the life instead of letting me have the cards, and that Sword-Point made the opponent bleed instead of me.

Phyrexian Totem looks hella fine... I'll add it next time I browse tcgplayer for cheap cards I want to use to polish stuff up. Mainly because I can turn it on/off easier than Cryptolith Fragment.

naynay666 on Toilet Paper

1 year ago

Foremost, I like where your head is at.

Some cards to consider:

Dark Ritual - You're going to need BBB often. This gets more mileage out of everything.

Star Compass or Coldsteel Heart instead of any Signet. Signet gives you colors you don't need when you just want B.

Sign in Blood might be better than Sword-Point. Draws off of only 2 mana and can be turned on your enemy to end the game or make poxing better.

Phyrexian Totem is a sneaky card that does everything you want. 1. Gives mana 2. Takes out big chunks of life 3. Rubs their nose in it.

nicochulo on Phyrexian totem beatdown deck help

1 year ago

I'm trying to make a deck that's based around Phyrexian Totem, since it can transform into a 5/5 trampler for three mana. The downside is sort of mitigated by the token sub-theme, but it needs a lot of help

Also, I'm trying not to use super expensive cards, I'm trying to stay as budget as posible

WB Totem Beatdown

Rythven-Fang on So Sick

1 year ago

The two cards I'm least in love with here areCryptolith Fragment  Flip and Exsanguinate

I feel like you're trying to be budget here, but I'm still going to suggest four Wasteland, it'll help you keep control of the field.

The other card I'd suggest is Phyrexian Totem It's a Phyrexian Negator that isn't always a target. Played smart it would be far superior to the fragment.

Cabal Coffers would be good in this deck since you're running almost exclusively swamps.

Four black fetchland would be good, but they aren't required.

zephyr_chang on D'scarred (Lili-less 8-Rack?!)

1 year ago

I want to say the problem is that you don't have Liliana of the Veil, which really does all the things this deck wants to do, but I'm not sure if not including that card is a budget consideration. I have played 8-Rack for some time, so maybe my personal observations: 1. I'm not sure if this deck needs Sign in Blood, much less 4 copies. What has been your experience with that card? 2. You have 7 cards that triggers only when the opponent discards a card - Liliana's Caress, Waste Not and Quest for the Nihil Stone. This number may be too high, especially since the only 'repeatable' discard you have is Raven's Crime. If you play LOTV, I would say some number of those cards are still playable. As it is, I only see people play Waste Not in 8-Rack, and only as a sideboard card. 3. Most people would say that 22 lands is a bit low if you want to play 4 Smallpox, and if you have any Mutavaults and Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth you could always pop them in.

Is there any reason why you are not playing a more stock 8-rack list? I'm guessing it's the cost? In any case, some budget replacements I have been trying include things like Blinkmoth Nexus, Tomb of Urami, Phyrexian Totem, Delirium Skeins, Blackmail, Bontu's Last Reckoning, Flaying Tendrils etc.

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