Dismal Backwater

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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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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

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Dismal Backwater enters the battlefield tapped.

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

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Dismal Backwater Discussion

5392vin on DismaLand

3 hours ago

Ok, nice. One suggestion: run Dismal Backwater. It's pretty much in the name!

jakeelephant006 on Phoenixman99

1 day ago

For Phenax:

Needs 3-4 more lands, I think. I'm talking Dismal Backwater, Dimir Guildgate, and gags Submerged Boneyard if nothing else. Better lands than those in no particular order are Dimir Aqueduct, Temple of the False God, Terramorphic Expanse, Myriad Landscape, and Opal Palace.

Also cards you could take out to put those in: Sphinx's Tutelage is better in a card draw based deck than a mill based deck. Maybe it'll get a dozen or so cards every other game, but I don't really think it's quite worth it. Isochron Scepter is good if you can hook it up with one of your half dozen instants that are worth while imprinting with it and it can go infinite w/ Dramatic Reversal and a Sol Ring or something, but I'm not sold. It's an easy two-for-one if an opponent gets rid of it and I feel like there'd be many situations that it's just a dead card in hand if you don't have one of your instants. I've seen how well Tormod's Crypt has worked, but it doesn't do enough to stay in the deck compared to some of your other "graveyard hate" cards. Plus, many of your other cards (literally) get their power from having stuff in your opponent's yard. Evil Twin isn't as bad as he thinks he is. As a removal spell he's slow and I don't see why you need a Clone in here. Body Double is worth it, though because 8/10 times people will have more creatures in their graveyard than on the battlefield against this deck. Disciple of Deceit feels... untrustworthy. If it works, though, by all means keep it. I'm not familiar enough with the deck to know what you would throw away and what you would want to go find. Maybe Crypt Incursion for the sane reason as Toromod's Crypt? Maybe switch it with Profane Memento? Also, maybe Bontu the Glorified could be cut?

Some other cards you could look out for: Altar of the Brood. Mind Sculpt. Siren of the Silent Song (I really like its draw and mill ability). Dinrova Horror, Far / Away, and Reality Shift are underrated removal spells. Also at least two more board wipes. Cyclonic Rift is just as good, if not better, here as it is anywhere else. In Garruk's Wake is pricy, mana-wise, but pretty nice. Nevinyrral's Disk is a classic. Profaner of the Dead works in here. And there are more at least decent black wipes that you could consider playing. And maybe you didn't think of these couple dudes, but they are good for butts and good in general: Disowned Ancestor, Dragon's Eye Savants and the best blocker of all time Fog Bank.

Happy Building!

Gattison on The Playa Hater's Ball

6 days ago

eyes2sky: so... now that I look at this, I'm thinking instead of delver, our wincon should be topdecking Thunderous Wrath on our opponent's turn--or our own of course. F*** the police!

We could try:
-2 Dismal Backwater
-3 Swamp
-4 Delver of Secrets  Flip
+1 Evolving Wilds
+1 Mountain
+3 Bloodfell Caves
+4 Thunderous Wrath

Grixis hates best!

also, what are all those creatures, like Sage Owl and that blue dude, that ETB and look at top 4? which of them can hit opponent's? we should maybeboard them for later

also also, you've seen Chappelle Show, right? We should call this the Playa Hatas Club

ynot000 on Danny's Oloro

1 week ago

Here are my land suggestions:

1x Adarkar Wastes

1x Blighted Cataract

1x Caves of Koilos

1x City of Brass

1x Command Tower

1x Sejiri Refuge

1x Drowned Catacomb

1x Fetid Pools

1x Glacial Fortress

1x Irrigated Farmland

1x Isolated Chapel

1x Maze of Ith - not really a land because it doesn't tap for mana, but it's a good card

1x Nimbus Maze

1x Path of Ancestry

1x River of Tears

1x Scoured Barrens

Here are the land cuts:

Which would leave you with a manabase of:

1x Adarkar Wastes

1x Arcane Sanctum

1x Blighted Cataract

1x Caves of Koilos

1x City of Brass

1x Command Tower

1x Dismal Backwater

1x Drowned Catacomb

1x Esper Panorama

1x Evolving Wilds

1x Fetid Pools

1x Glacial Fortress

1x Irrigated Farmland

2x Island

1x Isolated Chapel

1x Jwar Isle Refuge

1x Maze of Ith

1x Nimbus Maze

1x Opal Palace

1x Path of Ancestry

5x Plains

1x Prairie Stream

1x Reliquary Tower

1x River of Tears

1x Scoured Barrens

1x Shambling Vent

1x Sunken Hollow

3x Swamp

1x Temple of Deceit

1x Temple of Enlightenment

1x Temple of Silence

1x Temple of the False God

1x Tranquil Cove

1x Underground River

1x Vault of the Archangel

This manabase can largely be ported over to Zur, except for the lifegain taplands like Jwar Isle Refuge, which I think are generally just okay but are good in this deck because with Oloro out, you can play it and draw a card. I tried to keep the prices pretty low, because I didn't know your budget, but you can add Hallowed Fountain and stuff if you like (especially that one since it's cheap). Bad fetches like Bad River and Flood Plain get better if you spring for shocklands.

cdkime on DO WHAT YOU WANT CAUSE A PIRATE IS FREE

1 week ago

Angrath, Minotaur Pirate, is not a legal commander because it is not a creature. Only Planeswalkers which specifically delineate that they can be used as a commander (example: Teferi, Temporal Archmage), or when they start as a creature (example: Jace, Vryn's Prodigy  Flip).

Another rule of commander is that all cards in the deck must exclusively fall within your commander's colour identity. Colour identity includes both the colorus to cast the spell, and all mana symbols in the text box. Even assuming arguendo your commander is legal (though it is not, as established herein), its colour identity would be Red and Black. Thus, you can only play cards with Red or Black colour identities.

I am well aware Boros Reckoner can either be red or white. Its colour identity is both Red and White--as such, it would be illegal with a Rakdos commander.

The following cards, would also fall outside Rakdos' colours, and thus would not be permissible:

You also cannot use any lands which have non-Red/Black symbols in their rules texts. Vivid Creek, Island, Dimir Aqueduct, Dismal Backwater, Swiftwater Cliffs, and Izzet Boilerworks are all no-goes. The same is true of artifacts, so Dimir Signet, Izzet Signet, and Sky Diamond cannot be used. While Fellwar Stone can produce non-Red/Black mana, because it does not have mana symbols in it, its colour identity is colourless, and can thus be used in any deck.

I think that covers everything. There might be more that I missed. I hope this proves helpful.

OpenFire_V2 on Friends-Not

2 weeks ago

I don't think Exquisite Blood is very good without a combo because you'll have killed your opponents before the life matters. I would also replace the Dismal Backwater with more basics. Why not 4 Whispering Madness? I think it's your best card.

Grubbernaut on Control Mill

2 weeks ago

Nice deck! Radiant Fountain is a tough fit with so much colored mana in the deck; I'd probably sub in some budget dual lands like Dismal Backwater. 4x Desert is a lot, too; maybe a 1x or 2x?

I'd also go with a fourth Fraying Sanity. The effects stack, and they're just so good.

Vapor Snag seems better than Unsummon since you'll sometimes win with Thing in the Ice  Flip by damage, too.

Cheers!

Grubbernaut on deck slimmer

2 weeks ago

Sweet brew! You might consider Murderous Cut, Fatal Push, or Dismember instead of Walk the Plank. Instant speed and not being double black are great boons!

I'd also sub the Evolving Wilds for Polluted Delta, and the Dismal Backwater for either Darkslick Shores or Drowned Catacomb. Not having taplands will make the deck faster and more consistent.

Cheers!

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