Phyrexian Altar

Phyrexian Altar

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Sacrifice a creature: Gain one mana of any colour.

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal

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Phyrexian Altar Discussion

Savage1988 on Spooky Spirits

1 week ago

Was looking at other ranar lists for inspiration, you gave me some, so here’s some suggestions

With your commander:

Restoration Angel + Felidar Guardian give infinite spirits

Besides being great graveyard hate Samurai of the Pale Curtain and Rest in Peace make every destroy/sacrifice/combat into multiple spirits, if you add Phyrexian Altar you get infinite mana (because the spirits are exiled when you sac em for mana, giving you a spirit). This goes for Ashnod's Altar too but colorless, and Altar of Dementia but you mill your opponents.

Mister_Lich on [Upgraded][C20] Symbiotic Swarm - Ikoria Nightmare

1 week ago

This deck is so nice. Mutate is a weird mechanic, at least in my play circle. Only thing I missed here is ways to sacrifice your own cards, as you can exploit getin' 'em back. Phyrexian Tower , Phyrexian Altar , Fiend Artisan , Birthing Pod or even Yawgmoth, Thran Physician could work nice in this deck. Also, Solemn Simulacrum and Sakura-Tribe Elder can help this deck to ramp faster, specially in combination with Luminous Broodmoth . The demon-goat-cat-thing commander is heavy on mana with his mutate ability. You also can put some "death traps" there and here. Caustic Caterpillar for example. It works very well with the reanimation mechanics. I would take out Sylvan Caryatid , the Defender is a trap, and you can't use Mutate on humans, so Slippery Bogbonder also don't fit. Bassara Tower Archer , Gladecover Scout and Paradise Druid are cheaper options for Hexproof. You will need Hexproof. Nethroi is a huge menace, specially when starts to absorb creatures.

Anyway, good job.

Coward_Token on Strixhaven spoiler season

1 week ago

MagicMarc: yeah but in EDH Phyrexian Altar is a thing so you could do that part already for free, after the down payment. But I hear you.

jaymc1130 on How to combo Lyzolda?

2 weeks ago

Nim Deathmantle + Ashnod's Altar + Priest of Gix / Priest of Urabrask is one combo that utilizes the commander to translate to a win.

Gravecrawler + Phyrexian Altar + Plague Belcher is one combo that does not require the commander to translate to a win.

Neither should be particularly pricey (though Phyrexian Alter is not really a card I would consider "budget") and both are competitively capable set ups.

Black always has access to the Opposition Agent + Maralen of the Mornsong combo as well.

Reliquarian on Korvold EDH

2 weeks ago

Thermopod might be a decent consideration to go with the sacrifice theme. Yawgmoth, Thran Physician is also a good option though a bit more tough on the budget. You could also add in Animate Dead and Dance of the Dead to add to your reanimator value stuff (if you lean more into that angle then Skirge Familiar becomes a pretty good option as well). You also probably know about these cards but Ashnod's Altar and Phyrexian Altar are always awesome in a sac deck. Additionally, to go with your lands sacrifice theme Harrow is a great option for ramp. Lastly as a little throw in a bit of a pet card for me that goes great in a sacrifice deck is Rankle, Master of Pranks .

I hope my suggestions are helpful! I like where you're going with this list, +1 upvote from me.

Pikobyte on Xyris

2 weeks ago

Oh sry, didn’t see that one. Phyrexian Altar , Earthcraft , Battle Hymn and Xenagos, the Reveler are really good in Xyris. They allow some pretty insane turns and provide the mana to chain wheels together.

Also why do you play hullbreacher and narset? They’re nonbos with Xyris

Spirits on Undying Persistence

3 weeks ago

Forgot my friend Erebos, Bleak-Hearted , definitely one of my fav's and fits your indestructible/god theme too. Phyrexian Arena is a good 6 power draw.

Last couple topics,

I made an assumption and grouped Draw above Damage, and Deathtouch above Token.

Deathtouch 16%, Control 16%, Damage/Life 15%, Recursion 8%, Token 6%, Draw 6%, Discard 2%, Ramp 2%, Land 29%

Further on Card Advantage (which includes draw):

I know why your doing it and the thought process behind it, but here's an alternative perspective.

Your cards like Blood Divination , Costly Plunder , Pitiless Pontiff , Bone Splinters , Final Payment , Severed Strands , Spark Harvest are usually paired with LTB effect (like your damage/life and afterlife abilities), more along lines of Grave Pact (Also Dictate of Erebos , Butcher of Malakir , Dark Prophecy , Nightmare Shepherd , Etc.) or Reveillark / Academy Rector types.

The issue is Blood Divination why not Necropotence ( Greed ) for CMC1 less, and no sacrifice, let's you refill your hand anytime, Grim Haruspex /Etc. Why Spark Harvest / Bone Splinters over Swords to Plowshares or Path to Exile or Mortify or even Bloodchief's Thirst / Generous Gift if your after planeswalkers.

So how are creatures getting into the graveyard, if your not sacrificing them along with other effects, a value engine!! Skullclamp is a necessity, Viscera Seer is strong, Phyrexian Altar (this card is cEDH level though), more things like Priest of Forgotten Gods & Ayara, First of Locthwain . Why sacrifice a deathtouch creature to LTB damage/life when you can Corpse Knight instead and get the value up front? Yahenni, Undying Partisan , Village Rites is ok because its CMC1 and Instant, you don't need tutor in battlecruiser/low (up to power 5), but cards like Diabolic Intent which also feed into things like Mausoleum Secrets are value. Ashnod's Altar , Doom Foretold , Razaketh, the Foulblooded , etc.

Key is value in / value out. Don't waste the value out just to enable your recursion. Value-in, Value-out, then recur. More Immortal Servitude (battlefield), less Soul Salvage (hand). Reanimate / Animate Dead (anyone's graveyards), Unburial Rites , Victimize , Agadeem's Awakening  Flip, Revival / Revenge , Command the Dreadhorde , Blood for Bones .

Luminous Broodmoth / Lurrus of the Dream-Den could be some cool interaction with the graveyard.

Topic Interaction:

Kinda touched on it, in previous. Control 16% is quite a bit, inline with power level. If you replace Ashen Rider , Bone Splinters , Final Payment , Severed Strands , Spark Harvest . Some should become the "sac outlets", like Skullclamp / Viscera Seer and some just better interactions (Instant speed whenever possible). Anguished Unmaking , Utter End , Swords to Plowshares , Merciless Eviction , Plaguecrafter / Demon's Disciple (Better Fleshbag Marauder unless your utilizing the Zombie part), Shriekmaw , Path to Exile , Generous Gift , Deadly Rollick , Dire Tactics , Hagra Mauling  Flip, Unmake there's lots.

Burglar Rat : If you like him! Elderfang Disciple , Yarok's Fenlurker , Rotting Rats (with Unearth).

If you want to jump on a teams chat or anything when you have some time happy to help, just discord chat me, hopefully something that helps you focus this deck to a 4-5

VampRamped on A Vampire Storm *Primer*

3 weeks ago

Gorbah To answer the first question it is very powerful, as a part of the storm combination you can win immediately if you have 5 mana available Skullclamp or Heirloom Blade in play and Mana Echoes , Phyrexian Altar , 1 mana vampire in your hand, otherwise if you don't have Phyrexian Altar you can probably win the game if you just play mana echoes and it makes it all the way around the table as long Skullclamp or Heirloom Blade + any sac outlet is out.

Entomb is a new inclusion that I'm trying out that you can use to get Oathsworn Vampire to combo, or just get Bloodghast , or if you have Bloodline Necromancer or Nullpriest of Oblivion you can get any vampire you want right into play.

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