Phyrexian Delver

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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
Vintage Legal

Phyrexian Delver

Creature — Phyrexian 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.

DreadKhan on Meren, currently

2 months ago

There is also Necrotic Ooze, Phyrexian Devourer and Triskelion (or Walking Ballista) which will just kill everyone as long as you have some MV in your deck left. I think you can assemble this combo pretty easily with Buried Alive or some self-mill. I use Gravecrawler/Feeder/Plunderer myself, and I dig them out with Protean Hulk, which can then generate infinite Experience for Meren, making it possible for her to reanimate it for you to find a payoff for death or etb.

Hulk can also dig out Disciple of the Vault, Melira, Sylvok Outcast, Lesser Masticore and Viscera Seer or Feeder, which will just win on the spot usually. I will say, you do have to target with Disciple, so you can get blanked if someone has protection of some kind, so I don't use this combo myself, but it seems solid (if low on redundancy). It might be worth mentioning, but your Mazirek is very useful with any Persist creatures, since Mazirek can put a +1 counter on one if you have 2 you can sacrifice separately, this will go infinite with any free sac outlet, like Viscera Seer.

If you use Hulk, there is Activated Sleeper, or Phyrexian Delver which can extend your Hulk's lifespan to dig out more stuff. I'm pretty sure there are a few more out there, but I think Sleeper is the best.

I'm guessing you're not really looking for cEDH type stuff, but if you want really spicy stuff, I could direct you to very strong Meren lists you can get ideas from. I have a Meren deck that's roughly High Power atm, able to be extremely harsh to the board but also able to combo off fairly quickly/consistently if I want to. Nel Toth Community College and Round Table is the list, which has the cards sorted into custom piles to make it easier to understand (debatable if that was a success, you can switch it at the top of the decklist). Key points I'd suggest you consider is running tons of non-artifact, non-spell ramp, mostly creature based, enough to shave lands down at least somewhat, and an emphasis on small creatures that can either sacrifice themselves or something else. I would also suggest finding ways to substitute everything else with creatures, Meren really wants to have access to creatures and sac outlets, so stuff like Dockside Chef and Skullport Merchant can be better than other, non-creature options (other than busted ones like Ashnod's Altar, Phyrexian Altar, and Altar of Dementia that are just amazing). I even run Lurking Predators to just dump creatures onto the board, usually as sacrifice fodder, because I have over 50 creatures in the deck, it's very possible to get more than 2 creatures in a cycle.

Hope some of this helps!

multimedia on It's Just a Flesh Wound (Budget Meren)

3 months ago

Hey, well done on a low budget. Phyrexian Delver or Body Snatcher reanimate Hulk to give you a second Hulk trigger.

First Hulk trigger get Delver and Viscera Seer. Delver reanimates Hulk for 7 life and Seer sacs Hulk. Second Hulk trigger you get Zulaport Cutthroat, Lesser Masticore and Melira, Sylvok Outcast. Using the first Hulk trigger to get a reanimation effect for Hulk and a sac outlet lets you skip having to get Disciple of the Vault as wincon which is subpar outside of the combos.

Viscera Seer as the main sac outlet for the combo lets you scry into protection for the combo as you are doing the combo. Since Seer can sac at instant speed this means you can do scrying to find instant protection in response to removal from opponent. Protection helps such as Tamiyo's Safekeeping and Golgari Charm if you're trying to combo win.

One drop instants that can return a creature who died right away, Feign Death and Undying Malice can also be protection for the combo and are good outside of combo with the overall strategy of sacing creatures. Riftsweeper is helpful since it can put a creature exiled by opponent back into your library. Also works on your own creature you exile such as Body Snatcher.

Other than Primal Growth since it's a sac for Meren, all the other land ramp spells here are not needed. They would be better as mana rocks if you want more ramp or not ramp at all instead instant interaction especially protection if you're trying to combo win. Eternal Witness and other green any card recursion is very good with Meren.

Good luck with your deck.

MeneerDutchy on Henzie “The Toolman” Taylor ETB

4 months ago

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thefiresoflurve on Cheapo Super Skullbriar

5 months ago

Looks overall okay. There are also a couple good Trample sources I see missing: Rancor - great because it comes back to your hand Cartouche of Strength - doubles as sorcery speed creature removal

Forced Adaptation feels too slow for me in a deck like this. Compare to Hydra's Growth - you're not going to be casting either til turn 3 at least anyway (as you have no targetable 1-drops). On turn 3 with Hydra, you'll swing +1 counters, then turn 4 you'll swing with +2, then +4.... I know the point of Forced Adaptation is that no one can ever take those counters away from Skullbriar, I just would prefer running some form of graveyard recursion akin to Phyrexian Delver, rather than simply turning your commander into an even bigger removal magnet.

The deck also looks a bit lacking in mana ramp, which you'll very much need since you're going to be racking up commander tax. A few good budget options - Arcane Signet Rampant Growth Coldsteel Heart is an upgrade over Moss Diamond Golgari Signet Talisman of Resilience Gyre Sage

As far as draw goes... I love the Colossal Majesty type effects. Garruk's Uprising, however, seems like a weak choice to me. There are only 5 creatures (6 if you buff your commander a little) that will trigger its third ability, and likewise its first ability has a decent chance of being unusable when you draw the card. Its trample ability is great, but I think there are probably better ways of accomplishing that in the deck already. I would honestly cut this for something like Deeproot Champion, which would be awesome with how many non-creature spells you have.

enpc on Henzie Hulk CEDH

6 months ago

Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + Walking Ballista by itself doesn't form an infinite combo, while Ballista gets a +1/+1 counter, it also gets a static +1/+1 from Mike meaning that it won't die from removing all counters. You need to fetch something like Viscera Seer in addition (which comes to more than 6 mana), so you need to add Phyrexian Delver to your list to provide the intermediate step of getting it and seer, and then reanimate Hulk and sac it to get ballista and Mike.

Ardees on Meren of Clan Nel Toth EDH

8 months ago

Would recommend lowering your mana curve, increase the ramp base, and add some tutors.

I'd suggest playing all the one-mana elves (Llanowar Elves, Fyndhorn Elves, etc.) perhaps with the exception of Boreal Druid.

Run also Collector Ouphe and Manglehorn to slow down decks that heavily rely on artifacts, which is most decks at the current state of EDH.

Depending on your budget, you should definitely run Green Sun's Zenith and Worldly Tutor, and perhaps squeeze in a Profane Tutor. Also cheap pick ups that are a must are Unmarked Grave, Reanimate, and Animate Dead.

If you don't want to run infinites (like Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + Walking Ballista), a nice non-infinite combo is Dauthi Voidwalker + Mindslicer + an infinite sac outlet (you should consider running also Carrion Feeder). Also if you run Phyrexian Delver, you can have your opponents lose around 20 life points each in a turn with Kokusho, the Evening Star (if Meren is also in play).

Cards I'd remove to accomodate the changes: Burning-Rune Demon, Khalni Ambush  Flip, Hagra Mauling  Flip, Dictate of Erebos, Read the Bones, Izoni, Thousand-Eyed, Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord, Tormod, the Desecrator, Springbloom Druid, Greater Good, Satyr Wayfinder.

I have a decklist which is semi-competitive and quite expensive, but I can guarantee it is nice to have the deck running faster, smoother, and without having your opponents targeting you as the archenemy form the beginning. Meren Surgical Toolbox [2K22].

multimedia on Bring out your Dead!

9 months ago

Hey, your deck is looking excellent and very powerful.

Isn't Junji, the Midnight Sky an upgraded Phyrexian Delver? Both are five drops too. With Hulk trigger you get Junji and Seer; Seer sacs Junji and you reanimate Hulk. All this is doing is adding Seer sac step instead of reanimating Hulk when Delver ETB which I think is fine. I think if you don't want to cut another card for Junji then Delver would be a fine cut.

Other possible cuts for Junji are Dimir House Guard or Dread Return. Guard is not needed as a four drop sac outlet because you have Yawgmoth and it's also not needed for transmute because you have better tutors including Sidisi. Dread is less good as reanimation if not playing heavy self-mill.

Some other upgrades to consider are Vile Entomber and Unmarked Grave? More entomb effects are excellent with Meren. She can reanimate or recur, but she needs help to get a creature into your graveyard. Entomber could replace Oakhame Adversary and Unmarked could replace Dread Return or Dimir House Guard.

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