Dread Return

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Blessed vs. Cursed (DDQ) Uncommon
Commander 2014 (C14) Uncommon
Premium Deck Series: Graveborn (GRV) Uncommon
Time Spiral (TSP) Uncommon

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Dread Return

Sorcery

Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield.

Flashback—Sacrifice three creatures. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Dread Return Discussion

dingusdingo on Gravy Garfield Lazav cEDH

1 week ago

Updates, Updates!

Out Personal Tutor Blighted Bat Careful Study Frantic Search Sleight of Hand

In Mana Drain Arcane Denial Shred Memory Mistcaller Narcomoeba

This deck has been goldfishing between turn 3-6 pretty normally, but with most cEDH decks pushing those turn 3 wins, its becoming more important to hold up more interaction. I've swapped out some hard draw for more counterspells, which should help us get to our combo window as well as stop other players in a pod from snagging that vic. Blighted Bat turned out to be too niche, and there are almost always other ways of reaching a vic when the Bat is open to us, and its a complete dead draw. Personal Tutor was a neat way to fetch Ad Naus, but the replacement Shred Memory is better aimed towards our combo pieces, and has reactive uses against other decks as well. Personal tutor simply fell short when compared to Mystical Tutor , and I never want to telegraph my play by putting Ad Naus on the top deck and then passing (Myst tut avoids this by having instant speed and can also grab instants). Mistcaller is an interesting add right now, token decks aren't running rampant but you do see Kiki combos in decks such as Blood Pod, and you see Dualcaster Mage combos in mono R value sometimes ( Dualcaster Mage + Twinflame is not a lot of slots, most decks can fit it pretty ez if they want). Mistcaller s primary role is to be a sacrifice outlet for Lazav, identified during testing how painful it is to acquire infinite mana with no outlet. Narcomoeba I'm on the fence about, because it is painful to have it in hand, and with less hand discard a la Careful Study we may end up hard casting it sometimes. Only requiring 2 critters for Dread Return when we are gravey flipping is a huge boon though, and testing will reveal if it deserves its slot.

multimedia on Dimir Mill Budget Upgrade v6.9.1077

1 week ago

Hey, saw your forum topic asking for help. Do you own the cards that are in the maybeboard? There's several there that are much better than cards in the main deck.

Consider building this Dimir deck with Sultai in mind? If your goal is to play Sultai with Tasigur or Muldrotha later on then my advice is get playable cards that you can use in those decks, but for the time being get blue, black and Dimir cards and play them here with budget good stuff self-mill/reanimation strategies. Good stuff being playable spells especially creatures who have good ETB (enter the battlefield) abilities. Tasigur and Muldrotha use self-mill strategies not opponent mill strategies. Tasigur and Muldrotha abilities only work with cards in your own graveyard. Self-mill is much more powerful than opponent mill in multiplayer Commander.

Budget cards ($5 or less each) to consider adding that you can use in Sultai with Tasigur or Muldrotha later on:

If you like this idea then I can further help you to change this deck to make it easier to convert it into Sultai later on, but for now still being a good Dimir deck with Scarab God as Commander. Let me know your thoughts, good luck.


Boza on Stoneforge Mystic: how to use ...

3 weeks ago

"i think Umezawa's Jitte will eventually be unbanned as well" - no, not really, the card is capable of breaking formats and I think wizards will sooner unban Dread Return than Jitte.

I played death and taxes in legacy and the only cases when I did not fetch Jitte with SFM were when I already had it in hand.

cdkime on Modern shouldnt have a ban ...

1 month ago

For fun let's go through the entire Modern banlist and evaluate card-by-card what would happen if they were on a restricted list.

  • Ancient Den and the other Artifact Lands - these are a bit special, since you could run 5 total artifact lands in the deck. This might have implications for a potential Affinity deck.

  • Birthing Pod - this requires a dedicated build-around, which is really not worth it if you can't reliably hit the centerpiece that makes your deck work. Restricting Birthing Pod is tantamount to a ban.

  • Blazing Shoal - if you draw into this card, you're going to have a huge advantage. This will be one of those "broken cards" that will end games fairly quickly out of dumb luck.

  • Chrome Mox - almost every single deck will run a copy of this card, just as 88% of Vintage decks run Black Lotus . Whoever draws this card first will be at a significant advantage.

  • Cloudpost - not worth running if the Locuses are all Restricted.

  • Dark Depths - Like Birthing Pod , this is banned due to combo potential. Restricting it is no different from banning it, as there's no point in trying to assemble the combo.

  • Deathrite Shaman - Drawing into this card gives you a huge advantage against a number of different archetypes.

  • Dig Through Time / Treasure Cruise - if you draw this, you've basically won the game, since you're getting two cards, stacking your deck, and likely going to find other broken cards in the process.

  • Dread Return - There are enough graveyard shenanigans with Dredge that drawing this card is likely to net you your best creature and your second best creature. It's also pretty easy to enable even with one copy, as you can Dredge for it and sacrifice some creatures.

  • Eye of Ugin - another dumb luck card--you draw this, you're two turns ahead if that's the deck you're playing.

  • Gitaxian Probe - banned in Legacy, restricted in Vintage, so it's pretty clear this is a scary card. You get to see what your opponent has in-hand, as well as replace your own spell, all for the cost of two life.

  • Glimpse of Nature - Another dumb-luck card that will win you the game if drawn by quickly refilling your hand.

  • Golgari Grave-Troll - Again, extreme card advantage if you draw it, putting you vastly ahead.

  • Green Sun's Zenith - draw this card and you get easy ramp ( Dryad Arbor ) or your best creature.

  • Hypergenesis - Every Green Tron (or whatever the Eldrazi deck for the format is) will run this, and will win whenever they play it.

  • Krark-Clan Ironworks - combo piece, restriction is similar to ban.

  • Mental Misstep - too situational to only run one copy of; you need it early and you need it when you need it, the chances you have it at an appropriate time when you only have a single copy makes this card not worth running.

  • Ponder / Preordain / Sensei's Divining Top - you get to dig for your broken cards easier.

  • Punishing Fire - probably not going to see much play, as the deck it was designed around ( Grove of the Burnwillows will not be too effective in conjunction with only one copy.

  • Rite of Flame - if you draw this, it puts you a whole turn ahead, and that is often enough for Storm or Burn.

  • Second Sunrise - there are enough ways to dump things into the graveyard (including the inevitability of just playing the game) that whoever gets this would have a significant and sudden advantage.

  • Skullclamp - if Elves or other weanies draw this card, it's game over.

  • Splinter Twin - combo piece, likely restriction is similar to ban.

  • Stoneforge Mystic - Might be fine as a one-of.

  • Summer Bloom - puts you incredibly far ahead.

  • Umezawa's Jitte - Does a considerable number of things, so will put whoever gets it ahead.


Others might disagree with that analysis, but I think it's pretty solid for shooting from the hip. The cards on the Modern banlist would either (a) be supremely powerful if you drew them, either winning you the game outright or enabling victory through hyper-effecient ramp or card draw (card draw itself generating a chance to find more broken cards), or (b) part of hyper-efficient combos, and thus not worth running if you only get one copy.

seescottrock on Breakfast of Fate

1 month ago

SK00MA - Angel of Glory's Rise gets Dread Return ed to bring back salvagers and Ewit off the Hermit Druid activation or the Protean Hulk .

SynergyBuild on Modern shouldnt have a ban ...

1 month ago

Nope, way to weak w/o anything but Narcomoeba / Prized Amalgam to recur for a Dread Return . Actually have yet to get a goldfish single cast on Dread return yet.

multimedia on Muldrotha, The Budget-Conscious

1 month ago

Hey, sometimes it's not good to have so many ideas because then you feel you have to put them all into one deck, which is not necessary :)

Budget cards ($1 or less each) to consider adding:

Budget cards ($4 or less each) to consider:

Opponent mill is not worth it in multiplayer Commander; it's too slow, not reliable enough unless infinite combo with Altar of the Brood or Altar of Dementia . Self-mill however is good especially with dredge. Consider Grave-Troll and Thug? These along with Stinkweed who you're already playing give a lot of budget repeatable self-mill. Buried is a powerful budget spell especially with these dredge creatures since you can tutor for and put all three into your graveyard with one card.

If you're willing to add a few other cards that are over $1 then consider adding Eternal Witness , Fauna Shaman and Protean Hulk ? These three are powerful and do different effects that are good with Muldrotha. Witness can recur any card from your graveyard. Fauna is a repeatable creature tutor while also an enabler to get creatures such as dredge creatures into your graveyard. Hulk has budget combo potential.

Consider Flash + Protean Hulk + Phyrexian Delver + Carrion Feeder or Viscera Seer + Body Double ? It's a budget combo to tutor for creatures by sacing Hulk and repeatable with Muldrotha.


Cards to consider cutting:

  • Golgari Guildgate
  • Thornwood Falls
  • Jwar Isle Refuge
  • Ambush Viper
  • Fleet Swallower
  • Scribe of the Mindful
  • Dreamborn Muse
  • Manic Scribe
  • Chronic Flooding
  • Mirror-Mad Phantasm
  • Necrotic Ooze
  • Werebear
  • Carapace
  • Mind Grind
  • Tolarian Winds
  • Villainous Wealth
  • Bloodchief Ascension
  • Mindcrank


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Dread Return occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.04%

Black: 0.28%

Golgari: 0.28%