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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Set Rarity
Commander 2018 (C18) Rare
Commander 2013 (C13) Rare
Invasion (INV) Rare

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Legality

Format Legality
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Vintage Legal
Limited Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Duel Commander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Highlander Legal

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Phyrexian Delver Discussion

Beroestheenvoy on Yarok, the Descrated - ETB Value/Reanimation

1 month ago

Dance of Many with Risen Reef and yarok gives you 10 triggers. Or 4 triggers of any other creature. Both really good cards in any Yarok deck. Also, Yarok, Mulldrifter and Avenger of Zendikar are elementals so they trigger Risen Reef 2 times when they enter. He might be slower than Coiling Oracle (1 generic more to play, wow) but when he is put into proper use he is 10000x better than that snake. You can go 3 mana -> Risen Reef (1 trigger) -> 5 mana next turn (if you hit a land) -> Yarok (2 triggers). You don't search for creatures directly to play from the deck, so using Necromancy is just better than using Phyrexian Delver, costs less, doesn't cost life, can be cast at instant speed and still reanimates two things but not only from your graveyard.

RNR_Gaming on Combo Golos EDH

1 month ago

So, if you have a world gorger line you're going to want Entomb and Buried Alive they're easy ways to get the dragon into the yard. Additionally, you could add a Phyrexian Delver and Karmic Guide (to a lesser extent due to it being pro black) into the mix to double solidify your back up plan. Faeburrow Elder and Bloom Tender with Freed from the Real have proven to be super efficient for generating infinate mana but you may struggle getting all 5 colors but running Thrasios, Triton Hero fixes that; lastly, Dockside Extortionist with Temur Sabertooth or Emiel the Blessed have been the spicy tech people have been on for any 5c infinite mana combo.

enpc on EDH - Meren: Improvement Discussion

2 months ago

I think you could comfortably swap Primal Growth and Farhaven Elf for cheaper ramp like the talismans/mana dorks.

I also don't think you need Leyline of the Void. Being able to reanimate opponents' creatures is a good thing and either the deck will be shutting down opponents' creatures through sac loops your or basically screwed anyway.

I wouldn't both running the Melira Protean Hulk loop. With Phyrexian Delver you already have a line to get Mike and Trike anyway, so It's not really an issue. And as you said, the cards do little to nothing outside of that particular line.

BlakeSol on First Meren Deck.

3 months ago

Was thinking of taking out Grave Titan, Nim Deathmantle, and Woodfall Primus.

Switch them for Walking Ballista, Phyrexian Delver, Protean Hulk.

multimedia on The gravewalker

3 months ago

Hey, well done for less than $100.

You actually have infinite combos here. Any time you have Karmic Guide + Reveillark + sac outlet or Guide + Fiend Hunter + sac outlet you have an infinite dies loop of Guide/Lark or Fiend. Guide + Lark + Viscera Seer/Carrion Feeder + Zulaport Cutthroat/Cruel Celebrant is infinite sacs/reanimation of Guide/Lark which is infinite triggers of Cutthroat/Celebrant as the win condition. Another Cutthroat/Celebrant infinite combo is Guide + Fiend + Seer/Feeder + Cutthroat/Celebrant.

Guide + Lark + Altar of Dementia is infinite sacs of Guide/Lark which can be infinite self-mill or infinite opponent mill as the win condition. With self-mill can reanimate all other creatures in your library who Lark can reanimate until you reanimate Cutthroat/Celebrant. This combo is also infinite ETB triggers of creatures who have an ETB ability. If you want to cut the infinite combos from your deck then cut Guide.

These are not easy combos for a beginner to understand. My advice to is simplify by expanding on self-mill to utilize Karador's ability to cast a creature card from your graveyard. This is the causal aspect of Karador that's easy to understand. Creature reanimation is a good/easy to understand strategy with self-mill.

Some other budget cards to consider adding:

Even on a budget the manabase could be improved.

Good luck with your deck.

Sultai_Sir on The Deck that Death Forgot [[PRIMER]]

3 months ago

Thanks so much! These suggestions are great. Here's my thoughts:

Living Death: I've tested it, and from what I've found, if I'm at the point where I want to cast Living Death, I'm already pretty far ahead.

Basalt Monolith: I forgot all about the combos with Mesmeric Orb! I'll test it out today.

Vigor: I didn't know about this card at all! This will create infinite zombies and my combos stay intact! Thanks.

Gravespawn Sovereign: This card needs to be tested, like, yesterday. How haven't I heard of this card?

Stinkweed Imp: I've tested most of the dredgers, and they always felt really lackluster to me. If I put in the whole package, it would probably become a lot better, but I don't want to overhaul half of my deck.

Void Winnower: I actually own this card, but I don't know what to cut for it. All of my reanimation targets provide insane value, but this seems as good as any. Do you have any thoughts on what to cut for it?

Kederekt Leviathan: Once I start to pick up the more pricy instant-speed reanimation, I'll probably put this in as a gotcha! card, but for now, I'll stick to my guns.

Phyrexian Delver: Well, that seems like a no-brainer. How am I not running this?

Thanks so much for these suggestions!

Voidia on The Deck that Death Forgot [[PRIMER]]

3 months ago

Hi there, this is Voidia/Lime_Blue, the Author of SBT Combo.

This list has a great start to a mid-tier SBT deck and reasonably close to what I might play if I wanted to power-down my own cEDH deck, so you have a great foundation to work with. I'll try to keep my recommendations fairly budget and more in the realm of niche tech, because obviously duals will help the deck, but we already know that.

Living Death: This card is an absolute powerhouse because of the self mill the deck is already trying to do.

Basalt Monolith: Combo's with Mesmeric Orb and doesn't require haste on a creature.

Vigor: Any self-shuffler will do, but the turtle buffalo is my favorite. With a mesmeric orb combo, this will create infinite zombies and won't reset your progress like an eldrazi titan.

Gravespawn Sovereign: A more unconventional zombie lord, he can snowball extra tokens into larger bodies, also reanimates everything when you set up the previously mentioned infinite outlet.

Stinkweed Imp: Stand in for all the high dredge options, Dredge is super powerful in this deck for filling the yard with reanimate targets and getting a statistically guaranteed zombie.

Void Winnower: One of the most powerful early reanimation targets that puts up a quick clock while heavily restricting your opponents.

Kederekt Leviathan: Tech reanimate choice if you need to reset the board of problematic permanents. Works very well with the enchantment reanimates like Necromancy because you get the enchantment back to use on something that will stick around.

Phyrexian Delver: All I need to say is Vilis.

Hopefully these give you some ideas about how to kick it up a notch with this deck. Happy Milling!

Stardragon on Your death is not in the stars today

4 months ago

Noire_Samhain

yes thx you i had Gravebreaker Lamia in my og build but it got cut Phyrexian Delver is the kind of card i want, same with Doomed Necromancer

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