Phyrexian Altar

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander 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
Premodern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Phyrexian Altar


Sacrifice a creature: Add one mana of any colour.

TheVectornaut on Squirrel Necromancer

5 days ago

The first card that strikes me as weak here, although I do see the flavor reason for its inclusion, is Vermin Gorger. Requiring a tap to sacrifice really hurts its ability to sacrifice things tactically. A cheap alternative could be Carrion Feeder as it also plays with the +1/+1 theme. On the more expensive but also more exciting side, there are mana generators like Ashnod's Altar or Phyrexian Altar. This could help you play a lot more spells each turn, synergizing particularly well with Squirrel Sanctuary and Chatterstorm. I could even see cards in the vein of Reassembling Skeleton being useful with such an engine, but I'll admit that I'm probably in the weeds at this point. I also think you might have too many Disentomb and pump effects. I'd rather just have more copies of the best creatures than spend extra mana to recall and then recast them, and there's little point in protecting creatures when you actively want them to die a lot of the time. A final line of play that might be interesting is to go fur a Lure approach in an attempt to get more triggers off Druid's Call. Hornet Nest can offer a similar and compounding role while also conveniently being a target for Swarmyard. With a Chatterfang out, I can see the tokens getting out of hand very quickly. Then again, actually forcing attacks into a defender would probably require going into red for Infectious Bloodlust or something.

JamJars on The most annoying Atla Palani deck ever

1 week ago

A couple of good sac cards come to mind: Birthing Pod, Evolutionary Leap, Ashnod's Altar, Phyrexian Altar

Skullclamp could be nice for some card draw and Summoner's Egg might be nice if you draw a bomb.

Epicurus on Grumgully Tribal

2 weeks ago

Doubling Season is a wickedly good card, and I would almost never recommend cutting it from a list if you are lucky to own one. However, in this deck token producers are limited. I could conceive getting into situations where either it sits in your hand because you have other things to spend the 5 mana on that are situationally better, or you fall a turn behind by casting it and get very limited returns on that investment. To be totally honest, I would swap it out for Hardened Scales, which costs less, and I believe you'd get more value from it.

Also, I love that you're going Goblin tribal with Grumgully! I did the same thing with Wulfgar. In either case, it's definitely not the ideal way to build for that commander, but it's hella fun, and if you get it right you may win just by being unexpected. Having said that, there are definitely a few more appropriate cards that you could include which synergize with your commander. Bloodspore Thrinax, Champion of Lambholt, Evolution Sage, Runaway Steam-Kin, Rishkar, Peema Renegade and Courage in Crisis, just to name a few ideas. Not that you have room for all of that, but a few of them wouldn't hurt.

That's all I got, just off the top of my head. As for your comment about sac outlets, really your only options for infinite mana would be the two altars (Phyrexian Altar and Ashnod's Altar), both of which are incredibly expensive. Maybe Druids' Repository would be a good choice for ramp? And you may need more draw power, so possibly adding Skullclamp, Colossal Majesty, Return of the Wildspeaker and/or The Great Henge would be helpful.


Austin_Smith_of_Cards on Deathmonicon - Teysa Karlov Aristocrats EDH

2 weeks ago

Deck updates!

-1 Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder +1 Bitterblossom

-1 Ashnod's Altar +1 Phyrexian Altar

-1 Plains +1 Smothering Tithe

Thanks to the reprints in Double Masters 2022, was finally able to pick up copies of each of these cards under my budget ceiling. Endrek Sahr never usually stuck around long enough to generate Thrull tokens, and as a result gets cut for the more sticky and reliable token generation of Bitterblossom, already proving to be a worthy inclusion with some playtesting.

Ashnod's Altar may come back into the decklist at some point for reliability, but trading it out for Phyrexian Altar to enable some more unique infinite combos seemed ideal.

Lastly, went down to 34 lands to bring in Smothering Tithe, which is a white staple mana provider; nuff said.

Masterful on Necronomicon | Teysa Karlov | Primer

2 weeks ago

kirbysan I'm mostly considering it in the context of combo turns with Luminous Broodmoth and Phyrexian Altar or Pitiless Plunderer and Phyrexian Altar. There have been times where I've had these pieces but was missing Reassembling Skeleton. Another copy of slightly worse skeleton could remedy that, but our tutors might be enough for most situations.

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on Brother's War Spoilers

1 month ago

Coward_Token I would imagine that your wording on Ashnod would be too strong. If she were worded that way then Phyrexian Altar and Ashnod's Altar loops would no longer need a third piece to help generate that additional mana to fuel various combos. Nim Deathmantle or Reassembling Skeleton loops are the two that immediately come to mind. Treasures would now be even stronger. I think they are trying to play it very safe with her.

ROUROU on Help me crack a combo!

1 month ago

Profane Transfusion, Phyrexian Altar , Gravecrawler and another zombie on the field.

mrwilson6488 on Ever Adaptive Artifacts

1 month ago


No worries at all! I’m terrible at the game sometimes too, which is why I turn to you guys for help! :)

So after generating infinite mana with Pili-Pala and Grand Architect one can then summon and sacrifice Breya and one of her thopters infinitely to either deal infinite damage, -4/-4 to creatures or gain 5 life infinitely.

I think Phyrexian Altar could be great if an only if I include Training Grounds so I can pull off the combos. I thought about Training Grounds and decided not to include it since it can’t reduce the costs to less than one; therefore only affecting Breya and reducing the cost by 1. Do you think it’s worth it to include Phyrexian Altar given that the combo can’t go off without Training Grounds? I suppose at worst, it’s still a great way to get mana out of thopters to get through the deck.

Lastly, when I have the time, I’ll try to turn this page into a Primer with instructions and possible combos to make it easier for others to follow and provide suggestions.

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