Phyrexian Delver


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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

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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.

Phyrexian Delver Discussion

Lowly_Hollow on cEDH Meren stax and Combo

5 days ago

I've got a different Protean Hulk line. Hulk grabs Phyrexian Delver and Viscera Seer . Delver returns Hulk, Seer sacs hulk to grab Mikaeus, the Unhallowed . Seer sacs Delver, Delver returns with undead and returns Hulk, Seer sacs hulk to grab Yawgmoth, Thran Physician and Blood Artist , Hulk returns with undead. Yawgmoth sacs Blood Artist and puts a -1/-1 counter on Hulk (removing the +1/+1 counter), Blood Artist returns with a +1/+1. Yawgmoth sacs Hulk and puts a -1/-1 counter on Blood Artist. Repeat for infinite damage, all your 6-cmc creatures on the battlefield, and infinite card draw. It can be tweaked to add some sort of protection with Faceless Butcher . You might should include a card that can shuffle your graveyard into your library depending on the number of opponents because yawgmoth forces you to draw, or you could grab another combo with the undying hulk tutors instead of using Yawgmoth's ability to finish the job. You could tutor for a persist creature.

w3ncy on Korvold's Treasure Trove

1 week ago

Life and Exhume maybe for more reanimation.

High Market and Phyrexian Tower for more sac outlets.

Phyrexian Delver so we can get a sac outlet like vicera seer off of our first hulk trigger.

RNR_Gaming on Kess Slingin' and Stormin' these spells

3 weeks ago

Whir of Invention seems like a must in this deck; you're gunna want to be able to get Aetherflux Reservoir out at the end of opponents turn to save you mana to really drive it in on your own turn. Also, free spells like Time Spiral really help with the spell count and this gives you a nice hand reload. I see the Snap and Frantic Search these are awesome in kess. I played her for a bit and had a reanimator back up plan with Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker , Phyrexian Delver , and Zealous Conscripts it was fairly effective.

Pal00ka on Sacrifices, sacrifices

1 month ago

I get the force sacrifice theme but do not really see many creatures YOU would want to sacrifice. I count 4 creatures who once they enter I would be happy to let die to trigger something or force sacrifice (WS, VE, SD, and G). This is not counting Sakura-Tribe Elder, co. because I assume you will want to sack them to their own effect most time.

Creatures who are happy to die and come back or create tokens to be sacrificed are: Reassembling Skeleton , Bloodsoaked Champion , Squee, the Immortal , Open the Graves , Xathrid Necromancer , Overseer of the Damned , etc. all give you extra bodies to sacrifice while keeping your enablers free.

I am surprised to see so little graveyard recursion either, some to consider: Phyrexian Reclamation , Palace Siege , Animate Dead , Whisper, Blood Liturgist , Phyrexian Delver , etc. are good for getting back killed creatures or reanimating high-CMC ones (@ 4.03 that is pretty HIGH).

For ramp I would add in more creatures who self-sacrifice to grab basics (and add more basics in place of tap lands) to kill 2-birds with one stone. Burnished Hart , Wild-Field Scarecrow , Dawntreader Elk , Pilgrim's Eye , Skittering Surveyor , and of course Solemn Simulacrum .

Such a theme screams to have more aristocrat value pieces added: Zulaport Cutthroat , Poison-Tip Archer , Fecundity , Outpost Siege , Harvester of Souls , and Skullclamp , etc. all make every death benefit you that much more.

You don't seem to be playing any counter spells, even for protection with such high-costed creatures, I would add more via Heroic Intervention , Mizzium Skin , Wrap in Vigor , Undying Evil , etc. I like Kaya's Ghostform but it telegraphs to opponents that this will need to be killed 2x, and a truce may be made to ensure Sheoldred dies. One of the above is "sneakier."

thegreatj03 on cEDH Meren stax and Combo

1 month ago

If you're already playing Protean Hulk, Mikaeus, and Walking Ballista, you would only need to add 2 cards to have a full blown hulk package. You would just need to add Viscera Seer / Carrion Feeder and Phyrexian Delver / Body Snatcher . For the first Hulk sac, you get those two cards to get Hulk back. Then for the second sac, you get Mikaeus and Walking Ballista.

SynergyBuild on Help with a combo piece

1 month ago

What do you need this for?

Oftentimes, Phyrexian Delver or Body Snatcher and a sacrifice Outlet can do the trick, but Idk what you are trying to combo this with.

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Phyrexian Delver occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

Black: 0.16%

Golgari: 0.14%