Dance of the Dead


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Masters Edition II Uncommon
Ice Age Uncommon

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Dance of the Dead

Enchantment — Aura

Enchant creature card in a graveyard

When Dance of the Dead enters the battlefield, if it's in play, it loses "enchant creature card in a graveyard" and gains "enchant creature put into play with Dance of the Dead." Return enchanted creature card to play tapped under your control and attach Dance of the Dead to it. When Dance of the Dead leaves the battlefield, that creature's controller sacrifices it.

Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and doesn't untap during its controller's untap step.

At the beginning of the upkeep of enchanted creature's controller, that player may pay (1)(Black). If he or she does, untap that creature.

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Dance of the Dead Discussion

Mark_Hill_AL on Tasigur's Seasonal Fruit Bowl

19 hours ago

Thanks, etapollo13! I have the infinite combo in there for playing against more competitive decks. If i'm playing more casually I will avoid that route and seek to reanimate and just out-value my opponents.

Villainous Wealth is such a fun card - was in this deck for a long time! I only took it out recently as I was trimming down substantially ready for some more competitive matches. I might side it in sometime! I haven't really though about the other two - they would certainly work though!

I had a look at your deck and it looks good. I think putting in some reanimation would be really great - you have some great curve toppers in there so cheating them out early with stuff like Entomb and Dance of the Dead etc seems pretty powerful!

Xynarth on Meren, Are You Ready?

2 days ago

De un, tu as trop peu de lands. Monte le nombre total 37. a serait ma premire suggestion.

Deuximement, tu joues vert; o donc est le ramp? Tu veux avoir un dbut un peu plus explosif pour avoir Meren sur le board le plus tt possible, ou du moins, t'assurer d'avoir assez de mana pour toujours la caster. Je ne te dis pas de mettre toutes les cartes, mais deux-trois a ne serait pas mauvais. Golgari Signet c'est quasiment un must pour te corriger dans tes couleurs si jamais tu fais une btise.

Ramp/Mana Fix : Nature's Lore, Skyshroud Claim, Cultivate, Rampant Growth, Kodama's Reach, Explosive Vegetation,Garruk Wildspeaker, Golgari Signet

Il y a des meilleurs sac outlets qu'Altar of Dementia. Personnellement je runnerais plutt Carrion Feeder ou Yahenni, Undying Partisan. Ce sont des cratures gnantes/para-tonnerres et c'est dj plus synergique.

Living Death je l'utilise comme un anti-wipe. Si je viens de me faire clear le board, a me permet de tout ramener, Meren incluse, tout en liminant le board d'un autre (potentiellement). N'importe quel reanimator deck devrait le jouer selon moi.

Mimic Vat c'est juste fun. a te permet de ramener non seulement ton stock, mais aussi celui des adversaires, sans pour autant nuire Meren. Je pense toujours des cratures comme Avenger of Zendikar, Craterhoof, Hornet Queen qui ont des gros ETB. a te permet une certaine flexibilit si jamais Meren n'est plus sur le board.

Sac/Utility : Eldritch Evolution, Carrion Feeder, Viscera Seer, Living Death, Mimic Vat, Jarad's Orders, Hangarback Walker

On en parlait d'ETB. Je mettrais dfinitivement les 3 ici. Acidic Slime te permet de controller le board de l'adversaire, mme chose pour le Gearhulk, quelque chose que ton deck ne fait pas assez selon moi. En 1v1 c'est pas trop grave, mais en multi, a va te manquer ne pas avoir rien pour grer tes adversaires. Mycoloth te permet de trigger Meren tout en gardant un board impressionant. Pas MVP, mais il peut faire des dgts en pompant Meren, ou mme juste seul.

ETB Effects : Acidic Slime, Noxious Gearhulk, Mycoloth

Control. Grer le board state pour qu'on vienne pas dtruire le tien. Quelques cartes qui peuvent faire la diffrence en empchant un joueur de devenir trop gros. Tu as besoin de flexibilit, Putrefy que tu as dj est un bon exemple.

Control : Krosan Grip, Sudden Spoiling, Naturalize, Ruinous Path, Hero's Downfall, Unravel the Aether

L on tombe dans de quoi que j'adore avoir en tant que reanimator. Des mass draw. Tu veux que ta main soit pleine en tout temps. C'est pas grave si tu as trop de cartes, tu discarderas tes monstres pour les ramener avec Meren de toute faon. a te permet d'avoir tes rponses si jamais quelqu'un tente de prendre le dessus notamment. Quelques uns l-dedans ont une particulirement bonne synergie avec Meren. Momentous, un instant, magnifique, je l'utilise gnralement pour en profiter du fait qu'on vient de dtruire mon commander. 4MC pour 4 cartes si tu sac une Meren qui s'en va dj au cimetire, pas un mauvais trade. Reprocess te permet de trigger Meren. Greater Good te permet de trigger Meren en plus d'alimenter ton graveyard avec des cratures. L'ide c'est d'avoir de la synergie avec ce que tu joues.

Draw : Soul's Majesty, Rishkar's Expertise, Greater Good, Reprocess, Phyrexian Arena, Ob Nixilis Reignited, Momentous Fall, Sylvan Library

L on tombe dans le malheur d'avoir un deck qui est trs focus sur un commander troublant. On a deux choix, soit tu dvies de Meren en jouant plus de cartes qui reanimate (ex. Animate Dead, Rise from the Grave, Dance of the Dead,etc) ou tu joues plus de protection. Si tu peux faire les deux, tant mieux.

Protection : Heroic Intervention, Darksteel Plate, Swiftfoot Boots

Je pense a couvre pas mal toutes les ides que j'avais pour ton deck. C'est sr qu'il y a plein de cartes que tu pourrais rajouter, mais c'est quoi enlever qui finit par tre le problme.

Moi j'ai quelques cartes que j'enlverais de ta liste :

Sensei's Divining Top


Triumph of the Hordes (drle quand a marche, mais il y a mieux selon moi).

Altar of Dementia

Evolutionary Leap (y indiqu 2 fois)

Song of the Dryads (cool quand tu joues contre quelqu'un qui ne run pas du anti enchantement, ce qui est trs rare. T'as accs du noir. Joues un vrai anti-crature tant qu' y tre)

Vow of Malice (mme chose que Song).

Spirits on Kaalia, Mirror Breaker EDH

3 days ago

Hi Herbysmoke, sorry missed your message there.

The reason I don't play Worldgorger Dragon even though I have Animate Dead is a couple reasons:

1) Far too dangerous, with Worldgorger Dragon ETB on the Stack, the Worldgorger Dragon is removed from play, either a targeted removal like a Swords to Plowshares, Terminate, or a Cyclonic Rift, basically anything that triggers his LTB onto the stack before the ETB resolves. In this case, you return nothing first, then exile everything.

2) Worldgorger Dragon on his own doesn't do anything. He needs a Piranha Marsh or something with an ETB Damage triggered ability, or he needs something to do with the Infinite Mana, like an Aurelia's Fury. You also probably want to stack a Necromancy and maybe a Dance of the Dead with him as well. My guess is 5 cards to make Worldgorger Dragon a viable option. Significantly changes the deck, would lose some of my Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker pieces.

3) On his own, he's not really that viable. As a combo, he's great, without the combo pieces in place, he's not that great. That's what finally led to the demise of Maralen of the Mornsong in the deck too, hate cards that are a dead draw on their own without the necessary combo pieces in place yet.

He's a viable win con, and if you have the Unburial build in for him, you can gear your deck around the Animate Dead/Necromancy type build, and be very effective. Chose not to go that direction with my take on Kaalia of the Vast

DiabolicEsper on Extinction Level Event

5 days ago

@elephantambush Hi there, just saw this list up on reddit (I think I've seen this list before?) and I'm quite interested in some of the card choices:
- I see you have the black rituals but why none of the red one? (I'm talking about Desperate Ritual, Rite of Flame etc) the deck seems to have enough red cards for these to be solid inclusions. Also why Inner Fire? I understand how you want to have a decent hand size via TSG, but you're only getting about 1-3 red mana so wouldn't the rituals be better?
- I'm not a fan of giving your opponents resources, but Mana Flare can backfire extremely hard (trust me, there's always someone who'll benefit more from this than you) I would replace it with Braid of Fire (bit slow so might not be the best choice tho) or with Caged Sun, or just another red ritual.
- TBH I think the first outlet should be replaced with Walking Ballista, I mean you've already got half the mike combo (NB: since ur at infinite TSG acts a sac outlet) in there, Exsanguinate and Walking Ballista can both be countered but rakdos has more ways to get back creatures from the graveyard than opposed to sorceries (red has some janky ones).
- for board clear Fire Covenant can do work here (life is just a resource) its acts as a one side clear or removal for threatening targets.
- Kozilek, Butcher of Truth > Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre
- you'll definitely need more than just reanimation spell, just having Animate Dead isn't really enough (especially since there are bearly any tutors, and this deck relies too heavily on drawing into the combo) Dance of the Dead, and Necromancy should be included in case animate dead gets countered or exiled (trust me it more often happens when your opponents know you're going for worldgorger).
- This is list seems to require TSG on the field to function, so adding in protection (eg Imp's Mischief) for the commander would be a must.
- Faithless Looting and Cathartic Reunion?
Either way, I'll leave my list if you're interested in looking for some things to improve or add (it's more of a competitive list but includes many ways to protect TSG which I think your list lacks) Scorpion god combo (CEDH)

PookandPie on Ghave that Bitch a Combo

1 week ago

Natural Order and Pattern of Rebirth are cards I run in my own Ghave build and they're phenomenal at tutoring out Protean Hulk. You have enough small dorks that any sac outlet on board + Order/Pattern wins on the spot by tutoring out Hulk, which between these and reanimation is basically as fast as Hulk can get without running Flash (which you can't, since Abzan). You can tutor Pattern with Academy Rector, which I've had to do, sometimes, so you can chain straight into a Hulk with Rector if you have a sac outlet.

To make room, I'd suggest removing Skyshroud Claim (way too slow when these other 4 mana cards enable a win) and Phyrexian Arena (also too slow, if aiming for t3-t4 wins. Library, Necro, etc., are absurdly better and having tutors that can let you straight up win seems better).

Other, random suggestions:

Seems odd to have Exploration/Oracle of Mul-Daya and not Burgeoning. Is the additional three mana cost of Oracle really worth being able to see/play your topdeck? If aiming for t4s, I'm of the mind that he's too expensive.

Why Phyrexian Delver over Dance of the Dead or Necromancy? At 5 mana, Karmic Guide does it better (so you have a reanimation method you can Pod into already, and having 2 at competing mana cost doesn't seem to make a huge amount of sense, IMO).

Love the deck though. Enjoy that Hulk!

EpicDermis on Enchanting the Enchanter

1 week ago

This is Bean.

Budget Suggestions:

More expensive options, or later upgrades to the deck:

NexNavarus on Nightmares coming true

1 week ago

Also Reanimate might be a better choice over Dance of the Dead and a Leechridden Swamp would be a good swap for one of your swamps especially if you decide to run Exquisite Blood

Draakeragon on Shirei's Discount Hospice for the Mostly Dead

2 weeks ago

Pilgrim's Eye

Good land ramp

Mindless Automaton

Remove two counters and it's a power 1 or less creature that draws you a card!

Viscera Seer

Scry is almost carddraw!

Unhallowed Pact

Protection for your commander.

Westvale Abbey

Good land to add

Skirsdag High Priest

Makes daemons. Nice right?

Perilous Myr

Kill creatures!

Tattered Mummy

Makes people think twice

Abhorrent Overlord

you have a lot of black symbols

I think you might need more carddraw.I recommend 6-8 drawcards

Phyrexian Arena

one of the better draws

Underworld Connections

draws you a card every turn


multiple per turn if you're feeling it.

Bontu's Monument

Drain a lot of people so you can fuel your carddraw

Jet Medallion


Charcoal Diamond

Mana rock.

Sol Ring

Auto include

Commander's Sphere

If you have too much mana, carddraw!

Ogre Slumlord

a really annoying card for your opponent.

Myr Sire

Free token every turn?

Wake the Dead

Bring creatures back. then kill them, them bring them back!

Dance of the Dead

bring big creatures back!

Altar's Reap

You like killing your own things right?

Staff of Nin

You can kill your own creatures and get carddraw

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