Gate to the Afterlife


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Arena [BETA] Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Amonkhet (AKH) Uncommon

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Gate to the Afterlife


Whenever a nontoken creature you control dies, you gain 1 life. Then you may draw a card. If you do, discard a card.

, , Sacrifice Gate to the Afterlife: Search your graveyard, hand, and/or library for a card named God-Pharaoh's Gift and put it onto the battlefield. If you search your library this way, shuffle it. Activate this ability only if there are six or more creature cards in your graveyard.

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Gate to the Afterlife Discussion

Kingtalk on He's got BIG Bolas

1 week ago

Meurth haha seems pretty common sense, I cut Gate to the Afterlife which I felt was underperforming

multimedia on Why is Walking Ballista in ...

2 weeks ago

Hey, if you're playing Refurbish then Ballista is less needed (2 of or none is fine), but if your playing Gate to the Afterlife then it's a key piece to speed up the combo (4 of is what you want). You can play Ballista for no mana cost this does two things: first it triggers Gate's loot and then it puts a creature (Ballista) in the graveyard which you need six or more of them to sac Gate to tutor for Gift.

Ballista speeds up the process of getting Gift online. For no mana you can possibly put the sixth creature (Ballista) into your grave which can then let you tutor for Gift with Gate that same turn. With a Refurbish strategy then Ballista is just an efficient colorless creature who can do damage to any target. It's not part of the Gift combo and is honestly not needed at all in the deck.

Be aware that you can only play Ballista in Standard until Oct. 5th this gives you three months to play it. When Ballista rotates out of Standard it's price is going to plummet which is already happening dropping $5 in a month. In my opinion, money you spend on Ballista would be better spent on staple Esper cards from Dominaria (Teferi, Hero of Dominaria, Lyra Dawnbringer), Ixalan (Search for Azcanta  Flip, Vraska's Contempt, Settle the Wreckage) and M19 (Cleansing Nova, Remorseful Cleric, Nexus of Fate, Chromium, the Mutable).

magicsheep on Explore Saproling Gift

1 month ago

The idea is great, and I think this deck could become very competitive with a couple of tweaks. Nice deck Lerijie.

The Gate to the Afterlifes, Shalai, Voice of Plenty, and God-Pharoah's Gift are in the sideboard, but the description seems to insinuate that they're supposed to be in the mainboard.

Rishkar's Expertise and Ghalta, Primal Hunger would be interesting additions to the deck. They allow you to draw cards and Ghalta can be used as a finisher.

This deck clearly generates lots of mana and you also probably have lots of lands in hand. Walking Ballista is a great mana sink that can deal damage to your opponent.

You probably want at least one of Invoke the Divine or Naturalize, because they are needed to remove artifacts and enchantments.

If you want more suggestions, or want me to playtest your deck, head over to my wall and leave me a comment.


shmadum on JLK's Shadowborn Apostle l Game Knights #18

1 month ago

It might be interesting to swap Bontu's Monument for Gate to the Afterlife. You trade the ramp and draining opponents for a loot effect, and still keep the life gain. Grim Haruspex also fits nicely because he's a human and you get Harvester of Souls ability for 3CMC. Also I think Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip fits great too because shes a human (relevant for the angel), a cleric (relevant for edgewalker), you can transform her pretty easily, and the only things you cant reanimate are Raz and Obby.

multimedia on Sultai Lands (and also graveyard stuff)

2 months ago

Hey, have you considered God-Pharaoh's Gift and Gate to the Afterlife?

Both strategies Gravetide/Scarab and GPG both rely on dumping creatures into the graveyard. The difference is that Gravetide can then allow you to cast other permanents besides creatures from the graveyard, Planeswalkers being to best option here. Walking Ballista is the card that can bridge both these strategies because is very good in GPG strategies and has potential to be broken with Gravetide. Gravetide lets you recast Gate which can then be used to find another Gift from library or graveyard nice synergy.

Champion of Wits, Merfolk Branchwalker and Jadelight Ranger can be the enablers to getting creatures into the graveyard. Explore seems very good with both strategies Gravetide and GPG because it's an ETB ability which you can get value from casting or reanimating from the graveyard as well as dump other cards to potentially be cast or reanimated.

Something like this:

  • 4x Llanowar Elves
  • 4x Branchwalker
  • 4x Jadelight
  • 4x Wits
  • 4x Ballista
  • 2x Gravetide
  • 1x Scarab
  • 2x Ravenous Chupacabra
  • 1x Excavator
  • 1x Tatyova

  • 2x Vraska

  • 3-4x Gate
  • 1-2x Gift

eyes2sky on Zombie Slaughter-Up all Knight

2 months ago

Gate to the Afterlife and God-Pharaoh's Gift

Nikking on Library swallower

2 months ago

The deck tries to accelerate Fleet Swallower by giving Dowsing Dagger to unblockable creatures, in the form of Mist-Cloaked Herald or Slither Blade. We run God-Pharaoh's Gift (with it's supporting Gate to the Afterlife) as a secondary win condition to return the unblockables as 4/4 creatures.

Stazeeee on The Black Death

2 months ago

Wonder if Vanquisher's Banner for another way to get endless stream of rats? It also gives you a beat down option if you don't draw into your other combo. With so many basic swamps you should try running Cabal Stronghold. I do like the addition of Bontu's Monument. I think Secret Salvage is busted, and can combo off Gate to the Afterlife. Imagine just putting 14 rats in your hand, discarding 7 during your endstep and GPG combo is ready to go for 2 mana next turn. That way even board wipes (other than settle) can't stop your rats from coming back :)

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