Awaken the Erstwhile


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ravnica Allegiance (RNA) Rare

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Awaken the Erstwhile


Each player discards all the cards in their hand, then creates that many 2/2 black Zombie creature tokens.

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Awaken the Erstwhile Discussion

SueMe on Hogaak: My Favorite (Infinite) Combo Deck

2 days ago

Great suggestions, thanks!

Okay, you got me. I was focusing so much on the combo aspect of this deck, that I (for some reason) took out Grafted Exoskeleton , which was a mistake. I need multiple ways of winning. Not just one.

Birthing Pod + Craterhoof Behemoth seems solid. I'll try to find some space for Craterhoof. I personally like Birthing Pod + Razaketh, the Foulblooded .

You're right about the Awaken the Erstwhile .

The reason I haven't been putting in cards like Izoni, Thousand-Eyed , Creakwood Liege or even Monkey Cage , is they're on the high CMC side, and I wasn't really trying to go too deep into a token build. I feel like for Izoni in particular, she wouldn't actually give me that many tokens. A lot of the time, there's only 3 or 4 creatures in my graveyard.

I particularly like your Ooze Garden suggestion. 2-mana 8/8s seem pretty good.

I still need to do some more testing to see if cards like Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord or The Gitrog Monster are worth it in the deck.

lilliaire on Hogaak: My Favorite (Infinite) Combo Deck

2 days ago

I find EDH Hogaak fascinating as a deck.

I don't see Grafted Exoskeleton on your list actually, though you mentioned it in the comments. There's also Glistening Oil if you haven't considered it.

Birthing Pod + Hogaak --> Craterhoof is a combo not on here which is pretty clean, if not infinite.

I've been playing with Carrion and testing Path of Discovery / Beastmaster Ascension . I also feel like if literally any deck can make Awaken the Erstwhile viable, it's this one.

Was surprised to see no Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord , Creakwood Liege , or Izoni, Thousand-Eyed , but I haven't played this deck much, just theorycrafted.

Cards you may not have heard of that combo with Hogaak: Ooze Garden , Monkey Cage (lol), and Reign of the Pit .

legendofa on Low-tier is okay. But winless?

2 weeks ago

I like that Narset + Induced Amnesia deal. Awaken the Erstwhile has been growing on my radar for a bit. Combining it with Bag of Holding seems a little fragile, but it also seems like a lot of fun. Thanks for the thoughts!

Legendary_penguin_of_death on Low-tier is okay. But winless?

2 weeks ago

I tried making a mono black discard deck on arena because I had most of the pieces anyway and it seemed poorly positioned. It got ran over by aggro and lost to powerful top decks against midrange. Control was the only matchup that seemed winnable. I think discard just doesn’t have the tools it needs to be good.

There are other more off the wall discard decks however which could be worth a try.

Narset + Induced Amnesia put this in a control shell and u will probably have a decent deck.

Another unique combo, that came with m20, Bag of Holding + Awaken the Erstwhile


Apothesis on Yawg Daddy **PRIMER** [Heavily Play Tested]

3 weeks ago

Removed Awaken the Erstwhile for Buried Alive . This should be much more functional.

Nerdytimesorwhatever on Yawg Daddy **PRIMER** [Heavily Play Tested]

3 weeks ago

Oh my lord Awaken the Erstwhile looks cool. How has it been performing for you?

Funkydiscogod on Treasure hunt triple strat

1 month ago

Instead of Psychosis Crawler , you might try Awaken the Erstwhile . It also stop any answers the opponent might have, since it makes them discard their hand.

PhotogenicParasympathetic on Black Plague, On The Rocks: Yawgmoth EDH [PRIMER]

1 month ago

Seems like a sweet deck! Have you considered Sangromancer as a way to stock back up on life points, both by killing creatures and by forcing opponents to discard via Mindslicer / Awaken the Erstwhile ? Three life per death really adds up quickly, and Sangromancer's saved my mono black control deck more than once.

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