Phyrexian Delver

Phyrexian Delver

Creature — Zombie

When Phyrexian Delver enters the battlefield, return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. You lose life equal to that card's converted mana cost.

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Phyrexian Delver Discussion

Wigu90 on Obvious Meren

1 month ago

I'm glad you like it, cmilner! I was thinking about adding the Dark Depths and Thespian's Stage combo, but I decided not to do it, because I would be too tempted to search for them every time. It's the same reason I'm not including Triskelion or Walking Ballista , even though Mikaeus would be happy to have them. When it comes to Phyrexian Obliterator , I'm constantly thinking about replacing it with Phyrexian Delver , but I can't bring myself to cut what may be one of my favorite magic cards, even though I'm pretty sure the Delver would be much more syngergistic. I'm hung up on one day casting Necromancy or Chord of Calling and blocking some 15/15 with the Obliterator :D Also, lately I've been thinking about replacing Lightning Greaves with the new Rushed Rebirth from Strixhaven. Seems like a perfect card for this deck. The only problem is it's mostly a one and done effect.

Arcaneful on A Better Belbe, Corrupted Observer

1 month ago

Hey Patrick, just wanted to say I love the content you're putting out, and you've really inspired me to start to look into Higher Power/cEDH decks to build for myself, my first high powered deck last year actually being a budget version of your Teshar list. Your videos are on repeat for me either in the background while I write papers. I would love to join the Patreon and support you, but I barely have enough funds to play magic even right now so that's out of the picture. All I can offer to you is my thanks is the statement that you're probably my favorite MTG YouTuber!

Please don't feel like you have to read any of the following, it's just my ramblings/a few questions but it may be a long read so I won't be offended if you don't read it, as I know you don't typically keep budget cards in mind persay. Also hey, if leaving a comment can maybe help this awesome deck of yours to get more traction/attention on tappedout for whatever reason, even better.

I've been building my own Belbe list over the last few days and I had a few questions about potential cards to include? I don't always play in a cEDH meta really but have some really close to cEDH decks like a more 75% Brago, a Malcolm, Keen-Eyed Navigator + Vial Smasher the Fierce Curiosity control, and Godo Helm fairly often. I'm hoping to transition more towards cEDH in general and with this deck in particular.

As a college student with no real source of income right now I'm a bit low on funds and we don't typically use proxies in my group, so I don't particularly know if this is a good spot to ask about budget alternatives to the Mike Trike combo, but I figured I might as well give it a shot. I've watched the Cold Brew and the deck tech, but if I forget if you mentioned something from them I apologize when asking about a few cards. Do you have any particularly budget combos you would suggest that maybe you tried during testing? I recall you talking about Gravecrawler loops in the Cold Brew, and I'm thinking of maybe some of those combos as with the Bontu's Monument , Pitiless Plunderer and Carrion Feeder (already in my list) would be a solid win I feel.

Currently I'm mainly running a Protean Hulk line of Disciple of the Vault , Carrion Feeder / Viscera Seer , Melira, Sylvok Outcast , and Lesser Masticore for infinite drain. My meta doesn't run much GY hate so I'm feeling decent with this, but losing one piece usually leads to waffling out. I know you mentioned a Phyrexian Delver line so I may look more into that, maybe getting it and and a one drop sac outlet first plus Putrid Goblin / Blood Artist with the leftover mana for the second Hulk trigger? I'm unsure if that's way too clunky, but I'll have to see.

My back up win is currently a Necrotic Ooze line or two, but not Triskelion / Phyrexian Devourer lines as both together are like, over $60 which is money I can't really shell out right now. Right now I'm doing Devoted Druid + Channeler Initiate and Priest of Titania + Pili-Pala lines for infinite mana of any color. Only current outlet I really have is Walking Ballista , which while good, I can't always rely on with all the artifact hate in my groups. I was thinking of adding more creature outlets maybe as they're easier for me to tutor (only black tutor I have is Diabolic Intent since I was able to trade up for one) Perhaps Ezuri, Renegade Leader since I have Belbe and other dorks (10 Elves Total) or Kamahl, Fist of Krosa as overrun effects that I can sink infinite into? Or maybe something like Tergrid, God of Fright  Flip to use the back side for an infinite Torment of Hailfire effect?

There were also one or two cards I wanted to ask you about, just to see if you thought they were decent enough to run in the list.

  • Bolas's Citadel is something I'm trying to run in my current list. It's been fairly diffuclt to get out with 3 black pips, but with Dark Ritual (which may be cut soon I'm unsure) it's been a nice thing to have, especially when I've been testing Aetherflux Reservoir with it? Maybe add a Sensei's Divining Top (something out of my budget in general, but I do have someone willing to trade me one) for a storm win? I feel like that could be a cool win con that makes use of colorless mana, and the pieces in general aren't bad outside the combo? I do think that with the high CMC of the deck, I will take a ton of damage of Citadel, but I think hitting a few pingers/dorks in a row and just gaining some life might be good actually? I'd love some feedback on that.

  • Decree of Pain has been working wonders for me. I know Culling Ritual was a godsend, and its a very amazing card in Belbe, but if my meta is very creature dependant I thought I needed more mass removal than just Ugin, the Spirit Dragon and Culling Ritual . Toxic Deluge is a bit out of my range right now, so I was trying this and even if it is mana intensive, I think it's a very good card depending on your meta since it can be Cycled for 5 to kill all 2 or less tougness things? The cycling saved me once or twice against a Najeela deck with counter magic known to the table to be up. On the other hand while it costs 8, I've mostly payed for it with Belbe mana and drawn upwards of 6 cards off it.

  • Chalice of the Void I was able to trade for this and have been enjoying putting it on 0 for the Underworld Breach lines the Malcolm list uses in particular, or to even shut off some 3 cmc commanders after getting Belbe mana. Would it be better to trade this for another stax piece or two such as Static Orb or tanglewire?

Sorry for the long post. I hope you have a good day!

multimedia on CMDR DECK

2 months ago

Hey, well done with your version of Meren. You could increase the power level by adding a win condition combo that uses all creatures and you have lots of pieces already: Mikaeus, the Unhallowed , Viscera Seer , Blood Artist and Protean Hulk to get them.

Because you have Mikaeus, the Unhallowed then adding Walking Ballista gives you a combo to assemble with Protean Hulk : Mikaeus + Ballista + Viscera Seer . You can't assemble it with one Hulk trigger, but you can with two triggers which Phyrexian Delver is good for. Another combo: Mikaeus + Seer + Blood Artist + Lesser Masticore .


Some changes to consider:

Good luck with your deck.

Allimand on She's a Grave-Digger! (Sidisi zombie army)

6 months ago

One of my favorite zombies to run is Phyrexian Delver because reanimate on a creature is usually pretty dang good. He is a zombie as well, so that helps.

No Mesmeric Orb and Basalt Monolith combo?

RNR_Gaming on Dargo and Tormod Aristocrat/Storm cEDH

7 months ago

Massacar - you can always print out some high resolution proxies ;) However, I'll keep in mind that you're on a budget.

Pitiless Plunderer - should 100% be in this deck. At 4 dollars he's an absolute powerhouse in this sort of deck.

I'm actually a fan of Mayhem Devil - I can see this becoming an aristocrats mainstay down the line.

Buried Alive and Entomb - any deck running reanimate effects should include these cards unless their budget prohibits it. It also gives you access to easy combos like Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker with Zealous Conscripts or Coercive Recruiter but you'd need a Phyrexian Delver to kick off those sheniaghans.

If Phyrexian Altar is within your price range pick one up. With your commander and Gravecrawler it's a boundless army of zombies.

Lastly, I won't recommend Ad Nauseam or Peer into the Abyss for this particular build because your cmc is far too high and you won't be able to build within the constraints of those cards to make them truly worth while.

Dumannios on Scarab God - Zombie Horde

7 months ago

I like the decklist, seems pretty solid, though a bit low on removal (For my tastes anyway). Though it's costly mana-wise, Kindred Dominance can be a great wipe if you wish to preserve your board state (Although with Scarab god as your commander you will lose him unfortunately).

In my experience, the Zombie tribe has big issues with dealing with flyers. If you have enough discard or sacrifice outlets Wonder is a great card. A lot of people used to suggest Eldrazi Monument to me as well for this. Though I must admit, I never felt comfortable enough to actually put it in my own deck.

Phyrexian Delver and Loyal Subordinate could also be nice cards to consider if you haven't already.

RNR_Gaming on Grixis Reanimemer

8 months ago

Having your own suite of creatures comes in handy too. Buried Alive, Entomb, Phyrexian Delver, Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker and Deceiver Exarch were my bread and butter. I also had Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur cause I'm a horrible person. Consecrated Sphinx and Vilis, Broker of Blood make for excellent value plays if you're not into being a degenerate but still love value. Lastly, wheels come in super handy for this type of deck Wheel of Fortune and Windfall fill the yard up and provide you with a nice reload.

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