Awaken the Erstwhile

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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Ravnica Allegiance (RNA) Rare

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

Awaken the Erstwhile occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.0%

Awaken the Erstwhile Discussion

Trashcan on You can't spell slaughter without laughter!

1 week ago

Love the deck. You could try Awaken the Erstwhile for fun shenanigans.

king-saproling on syr konrad with auto win

2 weeks ago

I recommend Mimic Vat. It can double and in some cases triple the amount of damage Konrad deals. When a creature dies, put it on the vat: that's 1 damage from dying, and another damage for leaving the grave if the creature was yours. Then the old imprinted creature falls off the vat, another damage. So 2-3 damage per creature dying instead of 1!

Here are others you might consider: Neko-Te, Witch's Cottage, Memorial to Folly, Crypt of Agadeem, Buried Alive, Champion of Stray Souls, Death Denied, Empty the Catacombs, Footbottom Feast, Bone Harvest, Wake the Dead, Geth, Lord of the Vault, Cauldron of Souls, Dread Summons, Awaken the Erstwhile

Devotion2GG on Rakdos Madness

1 month ago

A discussion of some of the Maybeboard cards:

  • Prized Amalgam - Simple, great creature in graveyard eccentric decks, reliable blocker and sac fodder.
  • Rix Maadi Reveler - Cycle a card, or pitch your hand and draw 3, strictly worse Ox of Agonas; which is still more than good enough.
  • Rotting Regisaur - Big beat stick, fuels the discard engine and another card that has synergy with Flamewake Phoenix.
  • Collective Brutality - Potentially snag lots of value out of this one: drain your opponent, kill a thing and look at their hand, you can even get value out of the perceived downside.

And then there's this thing...

Awaken the Erstwhile

A lot of people (probably rightfully) assume this card is just a troll, but, at least theoretically, it can be a great board-in against Control or slower Combo decks. Successfully resolving this spell could be back-breaking as long as you can live to make use of it; the zombies are nothing special, but it fuels Escape for Ox/Kroxa, and it removes your opponents hand from the equation, that means you could potentially pitch your opponents win-con or board wipe and ruin any hope they had of stabilizing while you're reaping the benefits.


Thoughts and comments are much appreciated.~

king-saproling on The Knight's Tale (Syr Konrad EDH)

1 month ago

Looks good! These may interest you:

ShutUpMokuba on Message from Surgeon-General Yawgmoth Re: COVID-19

2 months ago

Profet93 My issue with Awaken the Erstwhile is that you discard too and that since you are facing three opponents you won't be able to get rid of even half the zombies created this way most of the times. You can't proliferate with Yawghmoth because you discarded all your cards. You need some Blowfly Infestation/Crumbling Ashes set up to make that card actually insane. On the other hand i get that Genesis Chamber is a key combo piece, i would't cut it but i still don't think you can always benefit from it more than your opponents.

Daedalus19876 i'm sure you know your deck better than i do. I was asking out of curiosity just because i'm building a yawghmoth deck myself with a lower budget and i wanted to know your opinion about those cards since i'm trying to build a version similar to yours. Also i was wandering if the deck could benefit from more protection for the commander with classics cards like Swiftfoot Boots since yawgh is the engine of the deck.

Daedalus19876 on Message from Surgeon-General Yawgmoth Re: COVID-19

2 months ago

Coward_Token: The real issue with Praetor's Grasping for a wincon (no matter how hilarious) is that I have very few ways to make non-black mana here, honestly. If I just need something GONE, though, Bitter Ordeal fills that niche.

ShutUpMokuba: Honestly, Oversold Cemetery is rarely as good as it looks in this kind of deck. I only run 25 creatures, so there's rarely a huge number of creatures hanging out in my GY... and I have a lot of to-battlefield reanimation already. Dawn of the Dead is interesting, especially since I can sacrifice stuff to put it back in GY... but honestly, it's just slow: 5 mana, and only has an effect on the next upkeep.

Awaken the Erstwhile has been a little hit or miss recently, so it MIGHT get the axe... but Genesis Chamber is an incredibly strong source of tokens, and a combo piece too ;) I'd never leave home without it.

Profet93 on Message from Surgeon-General Yawgmoth Re: COVID-19

2 months ago


Wouldn't bitter ordeal already fill that slot?


Oversold Cemetery seems cool. But with all the cheap reanimation like reanimate, animate dead and what not, it seems a bit inferior despite the value it can accrue long term. His deck storms off at times through all the card draw, rituals and ramp. Awaken the Erstwhile is an absolute powerhouse! Draw a bunch of cards through token fodder, cast awaken stripping everyone of their hands, then using yawg's ability to place counters on all the zombies, draw a bunch of cards and proliferate to kill all/most of the zombies.

Genesis Chamber is a combo piece and usually provides him with more value.

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