Phyrexian Altar

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy 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
Planechase Legal
Premodern Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Phyrexian Altar


Sacrifice a creature: Add one mana of any colour.

Omgawall on Uncle Unctus

3 days ago

king-saproling, yeah Urza is good in many locations. He along with most other cards you listed were in the first iteration of this deck, but I ended up cutting the artifact theme of the deck and chased the combo side of Unctus.

I would still like to play around with the possibility of running Ashnod's Altar/Phyrexian Altar though. With Lab Maniac and Oracle being such consistent win cons, its hard to deviate from that strat.

KongMing on Grixis Spellslinger

6 days ago

By the way, it is an expensive card, but Training Grounds would make an excellent addition to this deck. It would allow you to go infinite with cards like my other recommendations as long as you have a sac trigger. (Ashnod's Altar and Phyrexian Altar also close combo loops for you.)

thefiresoflurve on SlimeSquee Theorycraft

1 week ago

Looks fun! I agree, Phyrexian Altar et al. make infinite combos way too easy.

Night Soil might be good if you need more graveyard destruction. Basically a second Necrogenesis, but hits more cards for less mana.

Verdant Embrace might also be okay? With your commander able to return from death so easily, getting 2-for-1'd might be worth the risk.

ImNora on Scampire + Shirei???

1 week ago

So if I sacrifice my creatures (except Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker) on a Phyrexian Altar while I have Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker on the battlefield and all my creatures, including Scampire come back to life at the next end step, Scampire's ETB triggers but there's no creatures in my graveyard now. Can I sacrifice some of the creatures that were brought back to life on my Phyrexian Altar before Scampire's "put a sticker on a creature in your graveyard" effect goes off so I'll now have a creature in my graveyard for it to target?


Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker on battlefield

Sacrifice other creatures including Scampire on Phyrexian Altar

Creatures re-enter the battlefield

Before Scampire's ability resolves, sacrifice other creatures on the Phyrexian Altar

Have Scampire's ability target newly sacrificed creature in my graveyard to put a sticker on it

Is that possible?

spaghetti_police on 'Whatcha gonna do about it?'

3 weeks ago


Tome of Legends I will definitely try out, a good 2 mana colorless draw engine is hard to find.

Preston, the Vanisher does have a nice ETB doubler but Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines fills much a similar role. I still haven't figured out which card I can remove from the list, that's the hardest part lmao.

Kaya, Intangible Slayer has really nice abilities and you can use all 3 immediately. Planeswalkers work well in a deck full of board wipes and the card draw for 0 is really nice, the scry one for the opponents is political and not too advantageous.

I love Orzhov because of the 'Death and Taxes' theme. I go easy on the 'taxes' so that opponents worry about each other more than myself. The Gain and Drain is what I use to offset the life loss from artifacts and enchantments and card draw, I avoid increasing the cost of spells since I require fast mana to operate. The 'Death' aspect manifests itself in the form of board wipes and creatures meant to be played directly after a board wipe, most creatures I play offer a lot of value individually to control the board alone or in combination. I am a sucker for either Elesh Norn or cards like Ethereal Absolution.

I checked out your Obzedat deck, it looks like you have a lot of high synergy within your deck. I would recommend Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite because of the group buff/opponents debuff, playgroups tend to hate that card though.

Other card to think about would be:

Many of those came from my Karador deck, which has a similar creature ETB playstyle. I listed many with the hope at least one will be helpful. I'm glad I'm not the only one who sees value in this commander still!

RoyaleWithCheese on

1 month ago

After some playtesting I made some changes to the deck trying to make it more dinamic and interactive. I also picked some cards that I wanted.

Tried to streamline the deck by removing some alternative combos. Removed Pawn of Ulamog, Pitiless Plunderer, Phyrexian Altar and Reassembling Skeleton. This one was too convoluted I think. Changed for Geralf's Messenger, to have another option that combos with Yawgmoth and Nest of Scarabs. Putrid Goblin can combo with Mikaeus and Altar of Dementia (wich by itself serves as a sac outlet and selfmill aswell). Also added one more tutor in Dark Petition to pick the pieces and more reanimate in Incarnation Technique. Still testing this reanimate card but seems that can be quite nice in the right moment, as I have a bunch of removal and some grave hate.

Ill take this deck to a tournament in my LGS next saturday and post the results here!

Any suggestions are welcome! Thanks!

AstroAA on “Mono-B” Oona.

1 month ago

If you ran Ashnod's Altar and/or Phyrexian Altar you can sacrifice the faeries you make with Oona to make even more faeries! You can also throw in stuff like Zulaport Cutthroat/Blood Artist paired with Carnival of Souls for more mana generation and more faeries.

king-saproling on Omelette du Fromage

2 months ago

(cont.) Being able to sacrifice creatures at no cost is vital for setting up and running the combo. Any one of these works as a sac outlet, though some are a bit tricky to use correctly:

Betrothed of Fire
Goblin Bombardment
Spawning Pit
Altar of Dementia
Jinxed Idol
Jinxed Ring
Blasting Station
Fanatical Devotion
Grafted Wargear
Ashnod's Altar
Phyrexian Altar
Martyr's Cause
Tooth and Claw

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