Dismal Backwater


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2017 (C17) Common
Commander 2016 (C16) Common
Eternal Masters (EMA) Common
Duel Decks: Blessed vs Cursed (DDQ) Common
Fate Reforged (FRF) Basic land
Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Common

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Dismal Backwater


Dismal Backwater enters the battlefield tapped.

When Dismal Backwater enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.

: Add or to your mana pool.

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Dismal Backwater Discussion

Sirplop on Tiny Infection

1 week ago

I've just noticed your land - I suggest a set of dual lands, such as Dismal Backwater.

Illusificate on Steal Your Face

2 weeks ago

Also, Choked Estuary is usually better than Dismal Backwater. Though, you're probably running it to play when you don't need another mana on the turn you play it.

slvstrChung on Overhead

2 weeks ago

I'm using the ring menu displayed by the site to do this, so there's no reason you can't do it yourself next time. ;) But let's see.

You only have 4 spells each in White, Red and Green, so one solution is to halve the number of Plains, Mountains and Forests in the deck and add on six more Islands (or maybe 7 Islands 1 Swamp). However, that also leaves you in the position of maybe drawing those colors and not getting the colors you need.

Another solution would be to trade out ALL the non-blue lands for taplands: 3 each of Tranquil Cove, Swiftwater Cliffs and Thornwood Falls, 4 Dismal Backwater, and 7 Islands. This is a fairly slow mana base, but you probably won't be caught unawares. Another option in this vein would be to run 4 Dismal Backwater, 4 Jungle Shrine and 12 Islands, but this leaves you jammed if you end up with more than 4 R, W and/or G cards in hand. (It's statistically unlikely that you would, but our job in mapping out the lands is to plan for everything that can happen... especially the unlikely stuff.)

A third is mana-fixing. Rupture Spire essentially has a casting cost, but it still gets you any color. Shimmering Grotto is standard mana-filtering. Those, 12 Islands and your Birds of Paradise would probably be sufficient.

Finally, as to what to replace the Cloudfin Raptor with: Cloud Sprite, Faerie Squadron, Jace's Phantasm, Zephyr Sprite or -- my personal recommendation -- Judge's Familiar.

Illusificate on idk

3 weeks ago

Put in Dismal Backwater instead of 2 islands and 2 swamps.

Robborino on W/U/B Artifact Deck

3 weeks ago

Fabricate will be a fantastic, and affordable tutor for this deck.

Orb of Dreams a cheap easy way to prevent people from bringing in large and hasted creatures and wrecking you before you have a chance to stop it

Scoured Barrens ,Tranquil Cove ,Dismal Backwater as a few land considerations

Gattison on Limbo

1 month ago

This one's harder for me to gauge because I can't visualize graveyard tricks real well without physically playing it, lol.

Here, I would -2 Dismal Backwater and +1 Simic Growth Chamber, +1 Thornwood Falls. Then, rebalance your basics. this way ALL of your non-basics can tap for your deck's main color. if color ratio swings a different way later on, maybe consider readjusting the manabase similarly.

Then Promised Kannushi should be your main 1-drop (as in, 4-of). Maybe go down 1 land to squeeze it in? or else, drop a Burr Grafter?

As for everything else, I dunno... How does it run? is it slow or fast? I like this one pretty much as is. The mainboard looks alright, do you sideboard at all in pauper?

usaDiabetic on Lazav's Fury

1 month ago

Command Tower, Command Beacon, Sunken Hollow, Submerged Boneyard, Dismal Backwater, Polluted Delta, Reliquary Tower and River of Tears would be good upgrades to the mana base.

Also in all honesty, mill is a crazy hard strategy to win with in commander, since you have to mill anywhere from 200 to 500 cards, and there is a lot of shuffling graveyards into library effects. It's not impossible, but very hard.

So you might want to find another win con, and use mill as a sub theme maybe. Either way, good luck friend.

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