Dismal Backwater

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2018 (C18) Common
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

Land

Dismal Backwater enters the battlefield tapped.

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

: Gain or .

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Dismal Backwater Discussion

fasmith718 on Nekusarcasm

2 weeks ago

This deck needed more basic lands; too many come-into-play tapped lands imo.

+2x Island, +2x Swamp, +1x Mountain
-Akoum Refuge
-Bloodfell Caves
-Dismal Backwater
-Jwar Isle Refuge
-Swiftwater Cliffs

cdkime on If my Commander's Color Identity ...

2 weeks ago

You cannot. Colour identity is based on all the mana symbols that appear on a card (barring symbols in reminder text), and applies to lands. As such, Dromar's Cavern contains and Crosis's Catacombs contains , and neither can be used in a Dimir commander deck.

I don't think you need these lands. In two colours, you can generally get by mostly using basics--you want to minimize the number of lands you're playing that enter tapped. Between some butdget fetch lands lands (Evolving Wilds, Terramorphic Expanse), and ultra-budget dual lands (Dismal Backwater, Jwar Isle Refuge), etc., you can usually build a pretty solid mana base.

I'd recomend spending a little more and investing in cards that can be immediately playable, such as Darkwater Catacombs, Drowned Catacomb, River of Tears, Sunken Hollow, Tainted Isle, and Underground River.

Fallerup on Dimir Gnats

2 weeks ago

replace Oona's Blackguard with Ninja of the Deep Hours and you should be good, also, replace Dimir Aqueduct with Dismal Backwater it's too slow unless you get it down turn 1, because you need to return a land back to your hand if you have one, not very ideal. you copuld also balance out your mana a bit with removing some come in tapped duals and replacing them with more islands. the blue card cost is higher tan your amount of blue mana. so I would: replace Dimir Aqueduct with Dismal Backwater and remove guild gates or submerged boneyards and replace them with Islands until it as close to equal as possible. test it out and see how many of each you need.. I'm thinking 8 or 9 islands and 1-2 guild gate will be good. I can't really know excacvctly how many unless I test it.

Melchezedek on m i l l

1 month ago

One of the things I noticed right away was the use of NON-Basic Lands, that kinda sorta have a negative effect in that when they enter the BF, they do so tapped unless you give up -2 Life...I don't really understand the idea behind this strategy, although I've seen it employed many, many times in Modern play. It makes some sense if your playing a "Death Shadow" hand, but why not use cards like, Thornwood Falls, Dismal Backwater, or Jungle Hollow which at least give you +1 Life to make up for coming in tapped. Also take a look at Leechridden Swamp it offers the opportunity to inflect -1 Life on your opponent.

I know this is off the topic and I apologize for it, but I was looking at the synergy between Felhide Petrifier and Rageblood Shaman awhile back and was thinking about creating a R/B Minotaur army for Modern...might be a hoot. It could be pretty killy.

DemonDragonJ on Guilds of Ravnica: Spoilers and ...

1 month ago

The reprints of the guildgates are not too bad; I would have preferred the "lifelands" (i.e., Tranquil Cove, Dismal Backwater, and so forth), but at least WotC is not reprinting the worst dual lands of all again (i.e., Meandering River, Cinder Barrens, etc.).

Also, the reprinting of the guildgates suggests that the gate type will be mechanically relevant, again.

As long as I am mentioning lands, the basic lands with the frames that correspond to specific guilds are awesome, and I would not mind having some, unless are are more expensive than are normal basic lands.

I am especially fond of firemind's research, and I wonder if the artwork is suggesting that Niv-Mizzet somehow steals a planeswalker's spark, or artificially creates one for himself?

MagicZ on Pirate treasure hunt

1 month ago

some suggestions, that still help you stay within our league 50$ constraint

Command Tower Dismal Backwater Izzet Guildgate Jwar Isle Refuge Dimir Guildgate Brass's Bounty Treasure Cruise Sol Ring Storm the Vault Chaos Warp Negate Coastal Piracy Ponder

Some fun cards for when we get 20$ of upgrades Kindred Dominance Insurrection Toxic Deluge

SynergyBuild on What is yours is mine!

1 month ago

To start, I'll work on the manabase. Temple of the False God and Darksteel Ingot should be dropped immediately, with Talisman of Indulgence and Mind Stone as nearly direct upgrades in this specific deck. I would also drop Rogue's Passage, Dismal Backwater, a single Swamp, and Dimir Aqueduct for Darkwater Catacombs, River of Tears, Fetid Pools, and Underground River.

This should smothen your draws and manabase, giving you your colors faster and more efficiently, for a small cost. Other cards I would drop outside the manabase would be Grisly Spectacle, Balustrade Spy, In Bolas's Clutches, Hedonist's Trove, Psychic Strike, Fated Return, Keening Stone, Mindcrank, Trepanation Blade, Riddlekeeper, Dreadwaters, Increasing Confusion, Paranoid Delusions, Psychic Drain, and Traumatize, many of these 15 cards are simply overcosted or only affect one player, and don't do enough.

Cards I would run instead would be Animate Dead, Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni, Phenax, God of Deception, Mesmeric Orb, Szadek, Lord of Secrets, Counterspell, Brainstorm, Ponder, Stroke of Genius, Prismatic Lens, Jace, Memory Adept, Dreamborn Muse, Thought Scour, Dimir Charm, Whispering Madness

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