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Phyrexian Tower occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.07%
WB (Orzhov): 0.69%
Phyrexian Tower Discussion
1 week ago
You are going to need more than 12 lands. Whenever I build a deck, I always start with 40 lands and then for every 3 pieces of ramp, which for a mono black deck would be a mana rock or swamp doubler or ritual spell like Dark Ritual, I remove a land.
Please retune the deck with 12 non-land mana sources and 36 swamps for starters and you can think of non-swamp lands you want to include later.
My suggestions for those sources are any 12 of the following, depending on your budget:
Songs of the Damned
Cabal Coffers <- could replace a swamp
Pristine Talisman <- defiantly want that
After that you've got the commander, which takes up 1 card slot, so that leaves you with 51 cards to choose from.
I see the bare beginnings of either an aristocrats or a reanimator deck. In my opinion you should push more for aristocrats. It can draw you tons of cards and gain you quite a lot of life. There's no harm in keeping some reanimation spells in there though.
You want a good number of sacrifice outlets. I haven't heard of what a hard number should be so I'd shoot for at least 5. Here's a list of some that I remember off hand:
Infernal Tribute <- has a funny synergy with Spine of Ish Sah
Altar of Dementia
Disciple of Griselbrand
Lampad of Death's Vigil
For this strategy you'll need recurring creatures or token generators
Bridge from Below
Open the Graves
Blood Artist is a staple
Plunge into Darkness is something you might want for the pure lifegain of 3 per creature you sacrifice. Not sure that you want to use the "exile a bunch of your deck" too often.
Shadows of the Past
and so forth. I'd look through some already built aristocrats decks to see exactly whether you want to take that strategy.
Oh yeah, for utility lands I'd choose any of the following within your price range:
Geier Reach Sanitarium
2 weeks ago
Hi epajula, I had considered Mikaeus but I had preferred some other cards. Now I'll try to reconsider it because it's very strong and it has a strong interaction with the deck. Thank you for the suggestions, especially for Growing Rites of Itlimoc Flip and Phyrexian Tower, I'll put them into the deck for sure!! I'll take a look about your deck. Feel free to leave me your upvote if you like the deck ;-). Ps: I'll try to include also Ashnod's Altar to have another way to make the Food Chain combo.
2 weeks ago
You know have Vindictive Vampire, and Bastion of Remembrance as extra aristocrat piece. Have you considered Mikaeus, the Unhallowed? He combos off with Walking Ballista, Woodfall Primus, Triskelion, and Murderous Redcap. Also has excellent synergy with Kokusho, the Evening Star, which is also just a general "good-stuff" card that can keep you in the game. Other just great synergy cards I recommend are Growing Rites of Itlimoc Flip, and Phyrexian Tower. Vivien, Monsters' Advocate can outright win games if you are able to keep her for a turn with Prossh into Purphoros.
Check out my list at My Dragon Ate My Homework, and Everything Else.
2 weeks ago
If you're looking for a cheap board wipe, I definitely recommend Decree of Pain. It can get rid of small dudes by cycling it, and it replaces itself. But if you cast it, you will most definitely refill your hand.
Phyrexian Tower is the cheapest it's going to be for a while, I'd recommend putting that in so you can take advantage of sacrificing and bringing things back for value.
A new card that just came out in M21 called Liliana's Standard Bearer is pretty strong, especially if you're going for a "Sacrifice and bring back from the grave" stand point.
3 weeks ago
I agree, rats are amazing :)!
For such an amazing theme, you should include some amazing ramp and lands. You do have a mono deck, so I understand lands can be a bit difficult, however I have some in mind that may be of interest to you.
- Cabal Coffers
- Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
- Cabal Stronghold
- Ancient Tomb
- Shizo, Death's Storehouse
- Bojuka Bog
- Phyrexian Tower
You might find some more sweet lands here
As for ramp, I would consider some of the following.
Also in general, I would consider adding Rat Colony, Necropotence, Demonic Tutor, Diabolic Intent. Some of the cards I mentioned previously may be on the expensive side, but I promise they are worth it and can help your deck perform much much better! If you want any more advice or have any questions feel free to post them on my wall, I'd love to help and I check tapped out often. Also feel free to check out some of my decks, (Double Trouble EDH! If you like it consider upvoting it, or giving me any suggestions. Anyways, hope this helps, good luck on your deck, and have a great day!
4 weeks ago
4 weeks ago
1 month ago
I see a strong value engine in the command zone, but far too much late-game in the ninety-nine. I would highly recommend cutting much of the seven drops, lest the deck be too slow betime on, thusly being trampled.
Furthermore, the deck needs more sacrifice outlets. With many death triggers comes a dire need to control when they go off, thence you should probably have at least seven.
Ideally, the gameplan is turn one or two ramp and cheap creature, then turn three Meren to return it to your hand.
Now, onto my suggestions.
Upon what I would ablate:
Korozda Guildmage is too slow. Four mana to sacrifice something is awful.
Overseer of the Damned is the same. Seven mana to kill something with a menial deathrattle.
terrastodon is eight mana. I have a deck with seventeen cards of ramp and it's still too much.
Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder may be an exquisitely perfidious character within the lore, hereon he is rather slow. Egregious stats and only lives so long.
I've never quite understood the draw to Yavimaya Elder. Three mana, then requires extra work to find two basics to the hand, whereat even further toiling is required to draw the card. I never liked it, but I suppose.
Phyrexian Rager is too slow, no matter how mad it gets.
Deathsprout is cute, but four mana to remove something whiles providing no value by being a creature.
Sever the Bloodline is a four mana sorcery to kill one thing. If someone plays Kiki-Jiki or Mr. Gitaxias, whereupon their effects are immediate, this won't solve anything. Sure it flashbacks for seven mana, but the additional upside of the card isn't worth it in a singleton format.
Aid from the Cowl is a card I have tested withal. It's effect is slow, capricious, and ineffective. When it does work, it's five mana to maybe get something off of the top. I don't like it.
Thrashy is fine, but is four mana to kill something. Given the foison of similar effects the deck has, just remove it.
Okay, now unto thee I provide sacrifice outlets.
Altar of Dementia is literally perfect for a deck like this. Mill and death, all in one! Viscera Seer is a classic, Carrion Feeder can become massive, Goat Thing comes back by itself and offers caprine fodder, Yawgmoth, Thran Physician is oft the best card in my aristocrats deck though is expensive, and High Market or Phyrexian Tower are always fine.
Victimize is never lacking as it cheats out giants whilst providing sacrifice, Dread Return fills a very similar role, Eternal Witness is always great, Blood for Bones loops with the Witness, and Animate Dead is always great.
Now, cantrips: Grisly Salvage, Winding Way, Grapple with the Past, Ransack the Lab, and Once Upon a Time all filter through the deck, fill the graveyard, save for Once Upon a Time, and find lands or creatures. Furthermore, they are great with Meren, as creatures are to be disinterred.
For ramp, mana dorks are great. Birds of Paradise, Llanowar Elves, Elvish Mystic, Fyndhorn Elves, and Elves of Deep Shadow offer fodder and acceleration. The best is probably Skull Prophet. Mill, fodder, and ramp in one.
Importantly, I add some more draw. Phyrexian Arena, Underworld Connections, Liliana's Standard Bearer, Erebos, Bleak-Hearted, Dark Prophecy, Moldervine Reclamation, and Rankle, Master of Pranks do this deed.
That shall be all from me. Good luck!