Phyrexian Altar


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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

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Phyrexian Altar


Sacrifice a creature: Gain one mana of any colour.

Phyrexian Altar Discussion

vasarto77 on Count Vascula's Spooktacular EDH

6 hours ago

OMG! OK Guys! New Combo. Sorcerer's Broom IF I have Phyrexian Altar on the field with a Gravecrawler ...OMG OMG OMG! This deck, in addition to being halloween flavored..I think if I can keep improving it. I can get this deck Competitive level AND have it halloween flavored at the same time! OMGOSH! I mean, sure, I have to keep paying the 3 mana, but still. GREAT trick.

BS-T on Who say's dreams (NIGHTMARES) don't come true?

23 hours ago

WUBRG87 Last thing I'd want is to sculpt your deck into something that doesn't feel like yours(!) - I love EDH's lack of homogeneity. Happy to give you my 2 cents with the direction I'd be thinking of from here though and with not too bad of a budget...

More of a sacrifice direction that isn't 'aristocrats'; add another altar ( Phyrexian Altar or Altar of Dementia ), maybe switch Dark Ritual for Culling the Weak - then you would have a good level of sac outlets to have some heavy hitters like Gray Merchant of Asphodel and Kokusho, the Evening Star replace Noble/Zula/Buccaneer. It's a bit contradictory adding sac outlets and removing aristocrats I know but I think the aristocrats make better use of volume (like tokens) and our boy Chainer is better off packing more value into a big recur-able punch.

Blood for Bones , Whisper, Blood Liturgist and Diabolic Intent could be included then too. I like your use of Desecrated Tomb here and it gives you fodder for those last three I mentioned.

If it were me, I'd be thinking:

Also, to your point about the 'Compet-o-meter', I'd say the impact will be from the system rating Zula/Noble highly because of combo involvement in decks that revolve around them and the Buccaneer showing up in Nekusar, the Mindrazer lists, which tend to be pretty savage!, rather than necessarily your changes being significantly worse one-for-one. I actually really like Embodiment of Agonies in this, it's cheap and can be a massive beatstick pretty easily.

epartica on Tokenz for Dayz

5 days ago

squadcarxmar Thanks for the advice these card idea are great for this deck! the cards I really want are defiantly going to be Anointed Procession and Teysa, Orzhov Scion because those interactions are to great. Maw of the Obzedat seems alright however, my friend game me Phyrexian Altar which I think will be a great replacement. All I need is card draw.

masterblasterg on Alela artichant

5 days ago

Value cards like Ashnod's Altar Necropotence and Phyrexian Altar seem pretty good in the deck. Also, Cloudstone Curio with cheap artifacts can go infinite rather easily. Being that you arent in green, but make a fair amount of small tokens, Black Market seems like a good accelerant.

Kogarashi on Xiahou dun, the one eyed ...

6 days ago

So you start by sacrificing Xiahou Dun, The One-Eyed and six other creatures for mana to the Phyrexian Altar , cast Living Death to get them all back (with 2 mana to spare this time), and then sacrifice Xiahou to get Living Death back before sacrificing the six creatures for mana again (1 mana to spare, plus the previous total)?

Yes, that would work. You'd have to remember to start off the cycle by getting Xiahou into your graveyard in some fashion in order for Living Death to include that in the reanimation cycle.

(Also looks like Xiahou's card isn't actually in the database. Interesting.)

Nabuseri on Xiahou dun, the one eyed ...

6 days ago

So I was wondering specifically on rules and a small combo. I know you have to sacrafice Xiahou Dun, The One-Eyed before attackers are declared.

What I am wondering if you could use Phyrexian Altar , 6 other creatures, Xiahou Dun, The One-Eyed and Living Death to repeatedly gain infinite mana and keep using that recursion over and over during your main phase.

I wanted to see if this would be something to combo out with torment of hailfire

Fenryr on Sac-it-to-me! ~ Korvold EDH

1 week ago

Hey, thanks a lot for the mention! Also, I forgot to mention, but Phyrexian Altar and Animation Module with Korvold don't generate infinite mana, only draw, my mistake lol. I just lump it together because I draw into the infinite mana-making sources and then use those instead. Also, it might be important to note that it isn't technically infinite because Korvold states you must draw a card, so there's that, too. Your deck looks really cool, too! Good luck.

Iraruel on Commanders by Power Level [EDH Tier List]

1 week ago

Hi again wanted to get an idea of what criteria Edgar Markov doesn't meet within the guidelines for competitive play? Been working on the list for a little bit of time and wanted to see other than CA in the command zone, what he lacked in regards to making the competitive tab?

The Pulls towards the deck is it is a similar playstyle to that of the Sidisis, focusing on fast combo and reanimation. It has one of, if not the, largest amount of layered cards between it's Skullclamp and Razaketh, the Foulblooded lines, as well as the fastest razaketh the foulblooded lines, usually going off with between 0/2 mana usually. The Razaketh lines included also are able to win from 2 creature + 0 mana, and with the recent addition of Dockside Extortionist an alternative line for later in the game that doesn't rely on chaining 0 drops. This allows us to have a low curve and also plays post Ad Nauseam fueling, Carnival of Souls as well as Phyrexian Altar which layer with the Oathsworn Vampire combo within the deck.

The clear disadvantages of the deck being the number of "dead" cards we layer to form more redundancy within the list, as well as the lack of Blue which would supply cantrips and counterspells for the deck. This interaction suite of the deck is slowly improving with more printings of stronger cards as well as effects such as Mandate of Peace .

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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%