Ertai, the Corrupted
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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Premodern Legal
Vintage Legal

Ertai, the Corrupted

Legendary Creature — Phyrexian Human Wizard

(Blue), Tap, Sacrifice a creature or enchantment: Counter target spell.

KongMing on Pattern Recognition #246 - Card …

2 months ago

One of my favorite commanders to generate card advantage was Ertai, the Corrupted. Generally, it was easy in esper to get cheap tokens with Emeria Angel or creatures like Bloodghast, which fuel the repeatable removal of Ertai's counterspell. Goes into the 'repeatable generating tokens' and 'spending less resources' card advantages. Then draw power to fill your hand with options.

Mortlocke on New hubs to be added

1 year ago

Hello legendofa,

I propose a new hub to be added: Phyrexian. During Modern Horizons 2, 225 creatures were retconned into having the Phyrexian creature subtype to join Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider . Additionally, there were a smattering of Enchantments, Artifacts and etc that ether have the Phyrexian subtype or create creature tokens that do. Thanks to this retcon I now have a deck that has a Phyrexian tribal theme. For your reference, below is a full list of spells that were affected by WotC's Phyrexian errata.


Polaris on Sacrificing a creature to Ertai, …

1 year ago

First, something is only a target if the text on the card names it as a target (with some exceptions for keywords like enchant and equip that have targeting in their rules).

Second, sacrificing is part of the cost. Targets only appear in the effect of a spell or ability, never in the cost. You can sacrifice as many creatures and enchantments as you like to Ertai, the Corrupted with complete disregard to whether the creatures and enchantments can be targeted (you can't, however, activate Ertai and sacrifice something to his ability if you don't have a spell on the stack to target, if for some reason you just needed to sacrifice something).

Swebb87 on Sacrificing a creature to Ertai, …

1 year ago

If I have a Hanna's Custody on the battlefield and my commander Ertai, the Corrupted wants to sac Filigree Angel to counter a spell, can I do this? Or does that count as targeted the artifact, something which the custody prevents?

Omniscience_is_life on Hive Mind

1 year ago

You'd need to be playing Orzhov for tutors, and the card itself is Blue, so at least Esper. That does make Zur look enticing, but he doesn't actually have any synergy so maybe Ertai, the Corrupted to counter any spells you don't want everyone to be getting?

DemonDragonJ on Commander Legends Spoilers

1 year ago

Coward_Token, actually, Ertai, the Corrupted can sacrifice enchantments.

DemonDragonJ on Commander Legends Spoilers

2 years ago

I also would like to see both Phyrexian Tyranny and Ertai, the Corrupted reprinted in this set, since I think that they would both look great in the new card frame style.

Archon_Bel on Need Help Developing an "Ertai, …

2 years ago

Ertai, the Corrupted

I've decided I want to try building this guy next, but I'm going to need some help doing so. Right now, I'd like the main strategy to be reanimator and theft; I'm thinking I can best do this by wheeling opponents and reviving their creatures to my side or by using enchantments like Mind Control to steal them. Being able to take advantage of their spells with things like Insidious Will or Redirect would be in theme with this also.

Given the nature of Ertai's ability, though, I think an Esper Aristocrats strategy would also be good to use, especially with Solemnity in play with Undying or Persist creatures on board. Solemnity is the only card I know of in Esper that can prevent counters, but that's why having reanimation or recycling spells will be particularly useful.

Finally, I'm thinking about using tokens. Stuff like Weaponcraft Enthusiast or Grave Titan would build my board up and provide fodder for Ertai's ability, which will be used to hinder opponents' strategies and protect my own.

I think all of these strategies can mesh very well together, but my main concern is that I'll be spreading myself too thin if I try to incorporate every single one of these elements to their fullest. That's why I'm looking for help and advice on how to best take this deck.

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