Dawn of the Dead


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Torment Rare

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Dawn of the Dead


At the beginning of your upkeep, you lose 1 life.

At the beginning of your upkeep, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to play. That creature gains haste until end of turn. Remove it from the game at end of turn.

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Dawn of the Dead Discussion

frogtrouble on Ayli, Snacking on Sacs

2 months ago

Hey Jimmy!

Thanks for your input... that's actually a pretty interesting idea and not a card I'd previously considered.

I'm more inclined to have things roll back onto the battlefield via Gift of Immortality or Dawn of the Dead just so I can have them become available quicker for threat and/or Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim's sacrifice ability. Dawn of the Dead becomes absolutely brutal if you start recurring heavies like the Wurmcoil Engine and have any of the health plinkers out Suture Priest, Soul's Attendant or Soul Warden. Even if you just have two of them on the field, Wurmcoil comes in with haste and triggers two points of life gain - attack with it, sac it for 6 points of life gain before end of turn, it produces two wurm tokens, triggering four MORE points of life gain - and so on and so on.

I'll have to consider it though... really ponder the options.

Thanks again for your help!

Avscubasteve on Zur's Shiny Bicycle

3 months ago

You should run Dawn of the Dead, Dreams of the Dead, and Whip of Erebos! They combine well with astral slide because you can blink the creatures and they'll come back!

Allianzler on Maybe I Sacrifice to Feel Like I'm Alive

3 months ago

Tree of Perdition is super strong together with Ayli. Karmic Guide and Reveillark have super good reanimator effects and make a good infinite life combo together with Pawn of Ulamog wich is tutorable with Buried Alive. Another good reanimator card is Dawn of the Dead. Of course Westvale Abbey  Flip is very strong and fits into the style of the Deck. Last but not least Helm of the Gods can make lifegain through ayli much better and is a solid one drop. I would suggest put out cards like Unburial Rites and Beacon of Unrest. I'm not sure about cards like Ashnod's Altar and Attrition are they good enough to stay in the Deck while your commander is such a good sac outlet? If you have some time to "waste" just take a look at my Ayli Deck and make some suggestions on it too. Its inspired by your Deck.

projectneptune on Ayli Tribal Clerics

5 months ago

I'm in the process of revamping my Ayli deck into a tribal deck and your decklist gives me some great ideas so thank you for that. Welcome back to magic :) Some feedback for you:

  • I think instead of categories named "ramp" and "mana rocks", they should be "ramp" and "draw". This will give you a better idea of how many draw spells you actually have, which (in my opinion) you don't have enough for such a low mana curve. And on the ramp side of things, I'd stick in 2-3 more.

  • More commander protection.

Considerations for adds

Considerations for removal

  • Exorcist - I'm not a fan because it's only black, that's too restrictive
  • Orzhov Signet - *my issue with the signet is that it's CMC is 2 which conflicts with Ayli. I'd rather get slightly more value out of a 3 CMC the turn after
  • Orzhov Pontiff - Ability seems minimal at best but maybe i have tunnel vision
  • Hidden Stockpile - Maybe switch to Bitterblossom if price isn't a concern. Or, if you add some of the other token generators maybe this one won't be needed anyway
  • Martyr of Sands - Not nearly enough card draw to get a huge benefit out of this

dlamars on Kreshing Elementals

6 months ago

Hey, I really like the theme here. I kind of think you could throw in some more Reanimate options, Living Death could potentially kill the table in the right circumstances. There's also Mimic Vat, Corpse Dance and possibly even Dawn of the Dead(they don't exile if they self sac) to reuse the Ball Lightning creatures.

Nightange1 on "The time for subtlety is over, darling." Paper

6 months ago

Dawn of the Dead, I have been running this card in my deck and it has provided enormous results. It really helps deal with situations of running out of gas. Something as simple as Harvester of Souls on the field and saccing the creature you recur every turn for a draw is huge. Also attacking with a hasty skittles from the graveyard every turn or being able to safely use magus of the coffers ability can end the game nicely.

YellowFlassh23 on Xiahou Dun and his arsenal of death

7 months ago

Weirdhat I've been meaning to add it but 1. for some reason i actually dont own this card 2. I cant think of what to take out any suggestions? its great at causing a pretty op loop with xiahou but i can do this with Dawn of the Dead and him as well

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