Dismal Backwater

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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Set Rarity
Core Set 2021 (M21) Basic land
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths (IKO) Basic land
Mystery Booster (MYS1) Common
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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Legality

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

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%

Dismal Backwater Discussion

MrMortifex145 on UB Sanctuary

3 weeks ago

Balaam_ Thanks!!! Yeah the mana base was probably the most challenging part, but in the caos that it seems there is some form of reason. Before Mystic Sanctuary I used to run 4 Dismal Backwater. However I really liked Mystic Sanctuary and Tragic Lesson so much I wanted to put it in my deck. So having only 7 islands and no consistent fetching needed to change. Terramorphic Expanse kind of fills the gap since it works as a tapped land (like the backwater you can really use it the next turn you play it) and it can count as the basic land you need. However you lose the versatility of having a two color land. Dimir Aqueduct is great because basically all the black spells cost 1B so for each one on the field you can cast a black card and it generates UB mana. Plus it can bounce back Mystic Sanctuary if you played it without having 3 islands, or Radiant Fountain to gain life, particularly annoying for the faeries player. Also the fetch lands have the advantage of shuffling your deck if Augur of Bolas top-decks a needed Gurmag Angler. It actually works pretty good, I took inspiration from a friend who plays UB delver and has a similar manabase, except he has 20 lands of which 8 are "fetch lands". Regrettably the times I lost were when I got mana-screwed, but also that's because I chose risky starting hands. So in brief I had good results with the mana base as long as I was smart enough to analize carefully my starting hand. Also you need to know when to be aggressive and cast creatures and when to just take the damage to keep open lands for counterspells and removal or playing card draw at instant speed. Plus with Mystic Sanctuary you can lock people out of games by recurring counterspells and bouncing the land back.

GoblinElectromancer on Ninja Unite

1 month ago

I would definitely play discard such as Inquisition of Kozilek or Thoughtseize. Maybe cut the Void Shatters for Remands. A copy of Dismember for removal could be good. I would take out the Elixir of Immortality and Whispersilk Cloak. Gaining 5 life for isn't worth it and Whispersilk Cloak can stop some of your creatures from being ninjutsued. Even though it gives unblock able their are just better cards to play. You could include fairies by putting in Brazen Borrower and Spellstutter Sprite. Umezawa's Charm is kinda weak. Maybe play some Spectral Sailors instead. For land take out the Dismal Backwaters and Sunken Hollow and replace them with Darkslick Shoress and Watery Graves.

Good Luck!

MechanicalError on Blue Black Zombies

1 month ago

Balaam__ Thanks for the advice! I mostly play Blue Black so Polluted Delta will do great! Until I am able to get Delta and Grave, do you think Dismal Backwater will work?

greyninja on Nekusar

1 month ago

Looks fun +1 from me

I'd suggest you include 32-37 lands. Anything under 30 will be really tough. The 8-10 pieces of ramp you have is decent, but you will struggle without enough lands. I usually auto-include 36 lands, unless I have like 12-20 pieces of ramp

Budget options would be Evolving Wilds, Terramorphic Expanse, Crumbling Necropolis, Bloodfell Caves, Swiftwater Cliffs, Dismal Backwater, Sunken Hollow, etc

High cost: Steam Vents, Watery Grave, Blood Crypt, Fabled Passage, Prismatic Vista, Polluted Delta, Bloodstained Mire, etc

Expensive af: Scalding Tarn, Badlands, Underground Sea, Volcanic Island

T_Dog345 on T_Dog345

3 months ago

Alright, let's see if maybe this will help. I'm really new to everything on here sorry. //Lands 2 Dismal Backwater 1 Dimir Guildgate 2 Submerged Boneyard 4 Evolving Wilds 2 Desert of the Mindful 1 Arcane Lighthouse 1 Reliquary Tower 1 Temple of the False God

//Spells 4 Duress 2 Ghoulcaller's Chant 3 Macabre Waltz 3 Sleep 4 Slip Through Space 2 Taigam's Scheming 4 Tome Scour 4 Lich's Caress 4 Sovereign's Bite 4 Resourceful Return 3 March of the Returned 1 In Garruk's Wake 1 Army of the Damned 1 Dutiful Return 1 Decompose 1 Worst Fears 1 Rise of the Dark Realms 4 Hubris 4 Countermand 1 Tezzeret's Touch 1 Paranoid Delusions 1 Coerced Confession 2 Mind Sculpt 1 Compelling Argument 1 Index 1 Redirect 1 Dream Twist 2 Gift of Tusks 2 Rewind 3 Thought Scour 2 Psychic Spiral 1 Gigadrowse 4 Negate 1 Overwhelming Denial 1 Dramatic Reversal 1 Impulse 2 Cremate 3 Crypt Incursion 2 Grim Harvest 1 Scarab Feast 1 Grim Return 1 Gravepurge 1 Dark Ritual 4 Font of Return 3 Death's Approach 2 Cast into Darkness 1 Triskaidekaphobia 1 Grave Betrayal 1 Endless Ranks of the Dead 3 Invisibility 2 Curiosity 4 Curse of the Bloody Tome 3 Illusory Wrappings 3 Ice Over 1 Chronic Flooding 1 Navigator's Ruin 1 Chant of the Skifsang 3 Bone Saw 3 Millstone 3 Tormod's Crypt 2 Trepanation Blade 1 Ghoulcaller's Bell 1 Masterwork of Ingenuity 1 Sol Ring 1 Nihil Spellbomb 1 Illusionist's Bracers 1 Codex Shredder 1 Profane Memento 1 Loxodon Warhammer 1 Bonehoard 1 Trusty Machete 1 Mirari 1 Argentum Armor

//Creatures 1 Archetype of Finality 1 Overeager Apprentice 1 Agent of Erebos 1 Butcher Ghoul 1 Risen Executioner 1 Dutiful Attendant 1 Sly Requisitioner 1 Sepulchral Primordial 2 Zombie Assassin 1 Nightmare 1 Marshmist Titan 3 Graven Abomination 4 Workshop Assistant 4 Guardians of Meletis 2 Phyrexian Revoker 2 Ornithopter 1 Juggernaut 2 Veilborn Ghoul 2 Minotaur Abomination 4 Undead Servant 3 Gravedigger 2 Mogis's Marauder 2 Bogstomper 4 Walking Corpse 3 Corpse Hauler 4 Gravewaker 2 Returned Phalanx 3 Faerie Miscreant 1 Master of Predicaments 2 Benthic Giant 1 Stormtide Leviathan 4 Screeching Skaab 2 Seer of the Last Tomorrow 1 Floating-Dream Zubera 3 Fog Bank 1 Possessed Skaab 3 Armored Skaab 2 Murmuring Phantasm 1 Wall of Frost 4 Doorkeeper 1 Clever Impersonator 1 Jace's Mindseeker 1 Oculus 1 Mindshrieker 1 Willbreaker 1 Spellweaver Eternal 1 Wall of Mist 1 Sultai Skullkeeper 1 Diregraf Captain

chrclgry on Is It Safe?

4 months ago

You 100% need Temple of Deceit as well as Dismal Backwater, the mainboard is so heavily weighted in colours.

jakeelephant006 on

5 months ago

If you're looking for budget options, you could replace Thoughtseize with Duress, Specter's Shriek, Despise, Harsh Scrutiny, Agonizing Remorse, or Divest. Even Brain Maggot or Kitesail Freebooter would work. Those also work as replacements for Thought Erasure. Dig Through Time can be replaced with Treasure Cruise or Drawn from Dreams. Fatal Push could be swapped for Murderous Cut, Doom Blade, Cast Down, Ultimate Price.

For the lands, you can always run cards like Dismal Backwater, Dimir Guildgate, or Submerged Boneyard to replace some of the pricier dual lands and Evolving Wilds or Warped Landscape to take care of Fabled Passage.

xaarvaxus on Muldrotha Rats Commander

5 months ago

If you have access to Disallow, I would definitely sub it in for Dismiss, stifling triggers will come in very handy in a lot of cases.

While your commander can recycle lands, without enough outlets to get them into your graveyard, ones like Dismal Backwater are pretty subpar. Fetid Pools is probably a better dual for Muldrotha and Bad River could go fetch it if needed and be a target itself to recur.

Seal of Primordium is more removal on a stick that is a different card type to be recurred each turn so you could conceivably fire off Caterpillar and Seal each turn and really keep the field clear of opposing artifacts and enchantments.

Some more lands that can recur for effect may be good too; Blast Zone, Ghost Quarter or Glacial Chasm could provide extra value.

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