Dismal Backwater


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

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Set Rarity
Commander 2016 Common
Eternal Masters Common
Duel Decks: Blessed vs Cursed Common
Fate Reforged Basic land
Khans of Tarkir 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

Jenica on Low Cost Mill

3 days ago

Hello! First, to answer your land question, I will highly recommend 4 Dismal Backwater and maybe 2 or 3 Dimir Aqueduct. Backwater gives you life when you play it, which is really good since you are playing a slower style deck. Aqueduct allows you to not only replay your Backwaters, but gives you a 2 Mana Land on top of it. I'd have to test this deck to give you major suggestions, but I'll say that you may want to invest in to multiple copies of Mulldrifter and perhaps a Mnemonic Wall or two as well. Mulldrifter gives you a nice chump blocker and early draw, which is good for this deck since a lot of your spells are one-use. Mnemonic Wall is another great blocker, providing 4 Toughness, and allows you to reuse a Mill Spell or anything you want, really. Hopefully this helps you a bit more and, of course, enjoy the format!

Welch on Casual Zombies

5 days ago

I suggest you cut:

Gilzane64 on Ensoul Artifact (super budget shenanigans)

1 week ago

Could put in Dismal Backwater instead of Dimir Guildgate if you have 40 cents in your pocket.

whitegazebo on Looking for input on new ...

2 weeks ago

I am new to mtg but I came up with this deck on the weekend. Would love feedback. It's just for casual play, I know Sol Ring is on the restricted list:

4 Consuming Aberration

4 Control Magic

4 Dismal Backwater

4 Drowned Catacomb

4 Essence Scatter

11 Island

4 Languish

4 Mind Funeral

1 Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker

1 Ob Nixilis, Unshackled

4 Sol Ring

7 Swamp

4 Traumatize

4 Wight of Precinct Six

elecman108 on Liliana's Mind-Mastery

2 weeks ago

My aim was to possibly change the deck into a Zombie-summoning deck, and thus as soon as Hour of Devastation is out I'm gonna try to replace Silumgar, the Drifting Death for The Scarab God, but I really like Lazav, Dimir Mastermind for copying large creatures after they get destroyed by Murder, Counterspell, or by Jace, Memory Adept. Thanks for the recommendation!

As for the land issue, for the moment the deck works more or less with a few mana-fixers - Liliana of the Dark Realms being the main one, if I get her final ability ready. However possibly swapping out some high-cast spells or creatures - or Tezzeret, Master of Metal as he really is somewhat useless outside of an artifact army - for lands like Dimir Aqueduct, Dismal Backwater, Secluded Glen, Watery Grave, or even Westvale Abbey would be useful.

As for making a theme for my deck, I'm not entirely sure if I should aim for counterspells and discards or Zombie Army. Either way I'm seeing this deck as possibly splitting off into two Jace/Liliana centered decks... Thanks again for the recommendations.

BlueElectivire on Low Cost Dimir Mill

3 weeks ago

If you want Dismal Backwater is a functional reprint of Jwar Isle Refuge

Illusificate on 3, 2, 1....I Win

3 weeks ago

Hi! Thank you again for commenting on my deck. I figured I would take a look at a few of your decks too. I figured this one was similar enough to my deck that I could give some advice on it, mind you none of the cards i'm going to suggest to you are in my deck. Dream Twist is good, as it has flashback, but Tome Scour takes out two addition cards for the same mana cost, and in total for twice the mana, you only get one more discard from a Dream Twist, as well as being able to make Jace's Phantasm a 5/5 on turn 2 if you have two of it. and Evolving Wilds is only good in multicoloured decks, as it can only fetch basic lands, so you might as well put in 4 islands instead. Summary Dismissal would be good in this deck, being a mill deck, and is a good thing to play on your opponent's turn after they kill your (for example) Consuming Aberration. Also, Dismal Backwater is strictly better and costs less money than Drowned Catacomb. Also, Countersquall is always fun to have, also I would consider adding in a few Swamps, and lands in general, maybe instead of a Jace, Memory Adept and your Archive Trap, seeing as it isn't often an opponent searches their library, especially if there's barely any cards left in it. Basic mill cards like Millstone also are great. Anyways, good luck!

CrashShox on Dead Man's Empire

4 weeks ago

I would say you should play Go for the Throat Instead of Doom Blade, as most of the decks in the legacy meta currently play black but not any artifact creatures. I would also say play 2x Underground Sea Instead of the Dismal Backwater and the Choked Estuary, but if those are out out of your price range than I understand. Also, no Force of Will? Your playing blue in legacy, but like the seas, I understand if its out of your budget. And as mentioned by hardhitta71194, Demonic Tutor is just better here

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