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
Oathbreaker Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Limited Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal

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Phyrexian Altar Discussion

_Kane_ on Korvold's Token Buffet

15 hours ago

Curious. I really am inspired by your list. I noticed the lack of a Phyrexian Altar. Was this intentional?

Tarthrin on King Korvold's Feast

5 days ago

Some suggestions might be

Spike Cannibal to consolidate all the +1/+1 counters.

Last-Ditch Effort with a bunch of small critters can easily be a huge direct damage

Phyrexian Altar sac to get specific Mana instead of colorless

ZombieCat on Goblins and Shiny Things

6 days ago


Thanks man. Honestly, the reason why I'm not running Ogre is because it's 4cmc, costs 3 life for 1 red mana and I'd probably slot in Phyrexian Altar instead if I was looking for a type of mana boost.

Running Mana Crypt Ancient Tomb and Hall of the Bandit Lord already takes about 10+ life from me each game they're out. If I had lifegain in the deck I would definitely consider it.

Sergality on Negan, The Cold-Blooded EDH

1 week ago

Dictate of Erebos, Phyrexian Altar, Ashnod's Altar, and Treasure Map  Flip might be good cards to consider. as Sac outlets and value engines are good things to consider.

ShutUpMokuba on Yawgmoth M.D

2 weeks ago

Last changes:

Black Sun's Zenith -> Grim Tutor; Crumbling Ashes -> Insidious Dreams Added more tutors, which means more chances to hit the win cons combos

Bontu's Monument -> Jet Medallion Far more efficient for ramp

Whip of Erebos -> Nightmare Shepherd The whip looks better than it actually is. I don't usually attack so the "lifelink" aspect is basically useless. The reanimation effect is too expensive, The Shepherd looks more efficient at what it is supposed to do.

Phyrexian Altar, Tombstone Stairwell -> Ashnod's Altar, Nim Deathmantle The point here is to include an infinite combo with creatures like Sengir Autocrat, Weaponcraft Enthusiast and Chittering Witch. Basically you can keep recasting the creature thanks to the Nim Deathmantle by sacrificing the tokens to the Ashnod's Altar. With a Blood Artist effect on the table is game over. Not the most efficient combo in here, but a solution that may become the backup plan.

This is the closest built from the final version of the deck i had in mind when i started building it. The last two changes would be Phyrexian Arena -> Necropotence and Necroskitter -> Contamination. I don't know If i want to get there because this deck looks pretty good imo as it is now.

builderboy7 on Athreo's Apostles

3 weeks ago

I think that this deck is great! I personally would run more card draw. I think maybe Grim Haruspex or Midnight Reaper would be great in this deck. another notable thing I would add would be Syr Konrad, the Grim. Having your Shadowborn Apostle die and trigger is great. But taking them out of the graveyard and triggering konrad agin when Athreos, God of Passage triggers makes this even more brutal. Pitiless Plunderer is a VERY good card and is only around 2.00$ and can take the place of Phyrexian Altar in a pinch.

CannedCanOpener on Indiscriminate Killing Female

1 month ago

This deck looks cool, though I saw you mention the Reassembling Skeleton combo and thought I might suggest another: Gravecrawler. It's a bit pricier, but it's a lot cheaper on the mana and generates infinite death/cast/ETB triggers with just Phyrexian Altar (or Pitiless Plunderer and another sacrifice outlet). Not to say you can't keep the skelly, but the zombo-combo might be worth considering!

Mattio38 on The Scarab God - zombie tribal

1 month ago

Thanks a lot multimedia, those are some great tips! I'm a very casual player and I don't really like combos, but the Gravecrawler + Phyrexian Altar + Undead Augur/Diregraf Captain I really like. I don't think it's overpowered, it takes 3 cards and I won't really tutor except maybe for the Gravecrawler with Buried Alive.

I've changed many cards in the deck for a better manacurve and a lower CMC. I think the deck is actually starting to be really nice. Any further tips or advice is definitely welcome!

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