Phyrexian Altar

Phyrexian Altar


Sacrifice a creature: Gain one mana of any colour.

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Set Rarity
Ultimate Masters (UMA) Rare
Invasion (INV) Rare

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Phyrexian Altar occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.08%

Black: 0.39%

Red: 0.12%

Golgari: 0.19%

WB (Orzhov): 0.66%

Rakdos: 0.17%

Phyrexian Altar Discussion

Gidgetimer on seeking ideas for this combo ...

1 day ago

Yes, that is the idea. And if you need to make more mana along the way just don't equip the scythe a time or two. You will not put counters on the scythe, but you will net a mana.

As SynergyBuild said above it works with Pitiless Plunderer and Reassembling Skeleton as well to make infinite mana if you don't equip the scythe.

Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and Puppeteer Clique will make you infinite mana while equipping the scythe with Ashnod's Altar or allow you to put infinite counters on while equipping, or infinite colored mana not equipping with Phyrexian Altar.

Gravecrawler and Pitiless Plunderer will make you infinite mana while still equipping the scythe with either Ashnod's Altar or Phyrexian Altar.

Mikaeus, the Unhallowed with either Triskelion or Walking Ballista and a sac outlet can be used to put infinite counters on the scythe or make infinite mana, but they are also infinite damage without the scythe, so it seems redundant.

The gist is that it looks like you are going to need 2 additional pieces to go infinite, not just one.

floopthepig on Snakes need wheels, they don’t have feet *Primer*

1 day ago

Just came back from playing afew xyris games. Phyrexian Altar > Temple Bell > xyris . sac snakes for a 3 drop wheel was a nice play. if you can think of something more efficient let me know.

I find cards that double card draw over doubling tokens seemed more powerful. Psychic Possession or Elemental Bond

Personally i think Azusa, Lost but Seeking is better then the dryad, personally would prefer the land drops over mana fixing.

would use the talismans over the chromatic lantern and thought vessel. kinda feel that mana fixing is better left for land base

Gruul War Chant isnt as explosive as other cards, but i feel the menace is underrated

Seshiro the Anointed looks cool but i kind of feel its just a weaker createrhoof. and even if you figure to keep seshiro i kinda of feel cards like this could benefit from Natural Order being basically gg with enough snakes.

Lotus Cobra

Mission Briefing is a serious contender for being better then snapcaster mage in this deck, i kind of like the surveil for consistency over a body in this format.

Pikobyte on Xyris: Reinvent the Wheel Combo

3 days ago

First of all, Minds Aglow is a way better prosperity. Also cards like Xenagos, the Reveler, Phyrexian Altar or Earthcraft/Cryptolith Rite do great in here but most of them aren’t really budget friendly. Also cards Seshiro the Anointed, Beastmaster Ascension and Shared Animosity are nice finishers as well as the not so budget friendly Purphoros, God of the Forge. All of those cards do well in my Xyris and make the deck Play storm-like. Feel free to take a look if you want to find some new toys

MrKillStar on my ayara

3 days ago

I would totally put Tortured Existence in your deck :) Works totally amazing with Desecrated Tomb and goes infinite with Phyrexian Altar. You could also check my Syr Konrad deck - For the Void. Its kinda similar, just with different cards :)

Omniscience_is_life on Kenrith EDH Lands Deck

4 days ago

I'm going to link to the cards referred to here (btw to make a link to a card just put double brackets on each side):

Deadeye Navigator Peregrine Drake Kenrith, the Returned King Squandered Resources Titania, Protector of Argoth Phyrexian Altar Zirda, the Dawnwaker Training Grounds Biomancer's Familiar Command Tower World Shaper Lotus Cobra (technically Amulet of Vigor)

hope this helps future commenters! I might come back with another comment myself.

harbingerofduh on Fixed Matches

1 week ago

Phyrexian Altar needs to be in this deck. With your commander in play, it essentially gives all creatures you control the ability "Sac this creature: Draw a card." Combined with Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder and Endless Cockroaches, you have a combo that wins on the spot, drawing your deck and giving you more than enough mana to cast whatever you need.

ColFrogfoot on Hogaak: My Favorite (Infinite) Combo Deck

1 week ago

Hey, nice deck! As a combo Hogaak player myself looking at your list I’m wondering if I am missing something, which is how do you win the game? I looked at win condition section but to be sure after drawing your deck you need to play guildmage and Phyrexian Altar then use its ability to go infinite am I right? But what happens if you mill these pieces? You surely can’t always hope to get all the pieces you need in hand? Also you need kind of a lot of mana and I’ve found getting zombie infestation and greater good both on the battlefield at the same time isn’t the most realistic thing to expect to happen all the time. But let’s say you do find and play both greater good and zombie infestation. The turn you do that you basically still need an additional 3 mana to play phyrexian altar?

In my Hogaak list after I’ve drawn/milled my entire deck (by the way Greater Good and Desecrated Tomb draws/ mills the entire deck as well) I can win with no cards in hand, no mana open, just all the pieces in the graveyard and three creatures on the board with Necrotic Ooze combo. I’ve found this is an extremely efficient 0 mana way to win the game and very effective, so much that winning on turn 5/6 becomes very realistic and consistent. I just don’t like the idea that after we draw our entire deck we still require mana to win the game, it means we might have to wait to do the combo by a turn which leaves room for our opponents to interact with us.

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