Dismal Backwater

Legality

Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Pioneer Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Brawl Legal
Standard Legal
Arena Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Modern Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Casual Legal
Oathbreaker Legal

Printings View all

Set Rarity
Core Set 2020 (M20) Basic land
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

multimedia on Alela EDH

1 month ago

Hey, good job for your first Commander deck. Nice Tezzeret the Seeker :)

When on a budget for the manabase it's better to rely on basic lands and dual lands that have interaction with basic lands. These can replace dual lands that will always ETB (enter the battlefield) tapped such as Azorius Guildgate and Dismal Backwater . The Guildgates and Life lands are not better than a basic land.

Lands within the budget to consider adding:

Land to consider cutting:

  • Azorius Guildgate
  • Dimir Guildgate
  • Dismal Backwater
  • Scoured Barrens
  • Tranquil Cove
  • Jwar Isle Refuge
  • Vivid Creek
  • Dimir Aqueduct
  • Temple of Deceit
  • Temple of Silence

I see too many creatures that don't interact with Alela. Nonartifact/enchantment creatures don't have much interaction with Alela. My advice is cut a lot of these creatures for more artifacts, artifact creatures and enchantments. You have Tezzeret that's a good reason to expand on artifacts.

Lots of mana rocks are good with Alela because they can be used to make ramp to play her faster and then after she's on the battlefield they can create Faeries. I see you have the Signets already which is great, but consider more budget mana rocks?

Three drop mana rocks such as Coalition Relic which you have are fine, but if you can replace a three drop mana rock such as Obelisk of Esper , Mana Geode with a one or two drop mana rock then this will help your deck.

Consider cutting the creature base down to only a few? Keep: Strix, Architect, Shimmer Myr, Simulacrum, Assembly, Master, Seer, Rider, Titan? Can then replace the other creatures with more artifacts/enchantments to make more interaction with Alela.

Cards within the budget to consider adding:

Etherium Sculptor and Foundry Inspector are good as low mana cost artifacts that reduce the mana cost of all other artifacts you cast. CMC artifacts are free for you to cast with one of these on the battlefield which can help to chain cast artifacts and make a lot of Faeries. Casting two drop mana rocks for is also good. Sai, Master Thopterist and Mirrodin Besieged are three drops that any artifact you cast after creates an artifact creature token.

If you're wanting to attack with a large Faerie/Thopter army then Bident of Thassa and Cranial Plating are cards that you want. Bident can be busted repeatable draw with attacking flying creatures. Cranial is good to equip to Alela since she has flying and the damage she does to a player is Commander damage. Throne of the God-Pharaoh is a deceptively powerful two drop artifact with Faeries. The life loss this can do will add up fast since it's repeatable at your end step making all your opponents lose life not just one.

Good luck with your deck.

jesmister on Gadwish ~ Dimir Control [ELD]

2 months ago

Dismal Backwater is way better than Fabled Passage , especially in control decks. Source: been testing it and even in khans block.

JeppeFugl on Gadwish ~ Dimir Control [ELD]

2 months ago

ItsJonius Thanks for the comment and the vote :)

7H30F7 Thanks! It's at the moment in the sideboard. Doesn't play well main, but when the opp takes out removal for game 2/3 it can definitely run away with the game.

jesmister You need the colored sources to consistently cast or turn 3. You could run Dismal Backwater , but I think the lifegain is worse than deckthinning and midgame Prismatic Vista

multimedia on Subjective Reality Modded

4 months ago

Hey, nice upgrade of the precon.

My suggestions can help to improve the manabase with some budget lands:

Many of the lands suggested prices of them are not being displayed properly for TCGPlayer. They're in fact $1 or less each. These lands in combination with basic lands can help game play giving you more lands that can ETB (enter the battlefield) untapped letting you consistently play spells faster.


Lands to consider cutting:

I offer more advice. Good luck with your deck.

Spathinator on

4 months ago

I would play Changeling Outcast rather than Tormented Soul for the Slivers match up and maybe a play-set of Dismal Backwater in your manabase.

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Dismal Backwater occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.05%

UB (Dimir): 1.76%

WUB (Esper): 0.44%

UBR (Grixis): 0.52%