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

Iamme10000 on Rise of Nicol Bolas

1 day ago

Full of fun effects and flavor, but you don't call things to my attention for flavor shenanigans. You call things to my attention for cold, ruthless efficiency.

First of all, you have cards that pull you in directions that the deck...just isn't going. Malfegor wants you to discard your hand, but you like having a full hand of tricks. Ashnod's Altar wants you to sacrifice creatures, but most of your creatures aren't expendable. God-Pharaoh's Gift wants you to reanimate things smaller than 4/4s, but most of the things you'd want to reanimate are bigger. Not sure you have enough cards (dragons and instants/sorceries) for Bladewing the Risen or Augur of Bolas. Fraying Omnipotence hurts you just as much or more as it does the other players, and Apex of Power is neat in theory, but with the number of big, expensive things you're running, you'll usually be casting only one card off of it. Gate to the Afterlife wants you to have things dying, but your things are too expensive to kill so haphazardly.

Then there's a few things that just suffer from the scale of EDH. Tormenting Voice can do work in mono-red, but you have blue. Play blue card draw. It's just...better. Even the cheap stuff. Hell, Chart a Course is a bad option and it's almost strictly better. Eternal of Harsh Truths doesn't do all that much here, just drawing you a few cards...whopee. It's EDH. Nobody cares. Likewise, Undermine has pretty much no upside over Cancel, and if you can, I'd try to find a better counterspell. For Elder Mastery, I'd be hesitant including it, because it bares your throat to removal or tempo plays for not...too much gain, because if you can leverage it to advantage, you're probably already winning. Sadly, except in niche cases, Wit's End isn't super effective in EDH because it won't hit for more than a few cards in almost all cases.

And never forget in EDH, your general matters. When you flip Bolas, you get a super powerful 'walker and an endless stream of cards. To fully take advantage of this, play removal, a few cheap counterspells, and most importantly, MORE RAMP. You are a very top-heavy deck. You gotta double down on that ramp; you'll always have something to do with your mana, especially with Bolas in the helm.

I have more optimizing comments, but those are the big glaring problems I see. Others are suboptimal things that you might want to keep for fun and trolling (I know how you play).

For card suggestions, peruse Lord Bolas. It is a rather expensive list, at times, but it can give you an idea of how to work with the Ravager as a commander.

M_Malcom on Degenerate Targets for GPG

1 week ago

shadow63 I wouldn’t need 7 mana I’d only need 3 with Gate to the Afterlife or four with Refurbish and the rest of the deck being draw/discard plus some aggro

Dawnbreaker7727 on Sultai Sidisi Brood Tyrant self mil & Zombie Token

1 month ago

Hey! you finally posted it! i can get this deck out there if you want. anyway, i think that we should sub ramunap excavator for a Molderhulk and see how that works. also Coat of Arms is good if you know that there aren't any tribal decks at the table. i know you've been worried about plague belcher, so you could replace it with Cemetery Puca or a Gate to the Afterlife and a God-Pharaoh's Gift

DotaFerShota on Rock Bottom (Budget)

2 months ago

Looks sweet! I am working on a budget deck for something similar, but I am using a small GPG package as the graveyard grindy part. Might be good to add something like this into your strategy since you're already filling the yard! The loot effects and health gain on Gate to the Afterlife can be relevant too.

multimedia on Standard Budget Goblins!

2 months ago

Hey, fun budget deck.

Consider God-Pharaoh's Gift, Gate to the Afterlife and Dark-Dweller Oracle? Until rotation Gift with Afterlife is budget and a powerful way to play Goblins. If gives you a lot of resiliency, enternalize Goblins which is good as Siege-Gang fodder and eternalizing Siege-Gang is a big reason to play Gift with Goblins. A creature externalized by Gift ETB as 4/4 creature which is very nice with Goblins because most of them start out with low power/toughness. Goblins get more powerful with Gift.

Goblins have a unique base with creatures/spells that can sac themselves for value (Prospector, Firebrand, Oracle, Siege-Gang, Barage) this is good with a Afterlife strategy with Gift. Prospector, Oracle or Siege-Gang can be sac engines to fill your graveyard up with creatures to trigger Afterlife. Afterlife is a loot engine (draw/discard) and all decks in Standard like draw, but it's difficult to find cards that draw in mono red.

Consider 4x Prospector? You said it yourself, Prospector gives you some explosive starts, consistently you can get more of these starts with more Prospectors. More Prospector is not bad because he can sac himself to make mana. Goblins really want more ramp because the best Goblins are three, four and five drops. With Prospector and Afterlife you can sac your entire Goblin army to make mana. If this puts six or more creatures into the grave then you can use the mana to then activate Afterlife, tutor for Gift put it into play and then start to enteralize a Goblin each turn.

Consider this Goblin Gift example:

  • 4x Prospector
  • 4x Firebrand
  • 4x Oracle
  • 3x Instigator
  • 3x Wily
  • 4x Chainwhirler
  • 3x Trashmaster
  • 4x Siege-Gang

  • 4x Afterlife
  • 2x Gift
  • 2x Barage

  • 23x Mountains

Dark-Dweller Oracle is only a $1 right now which is cheap for a rare two drop. Post rotation I think Oracle will go up because he's potential pseudo draw for mono red which is very good. Oracle is a good two drop Goblin and if the tribe is a deck post rotation he'll be a big part of it. I suggest if you like Goblins to get a playset of Oracle now not wait until after rotation.

Nephilim23 on Card creation challenge

3 months ago

Luke, Young Prodigy 1WU

2/2 Legendary Creature - Human Pilot


3WU: This creature is Unblockable this turn

whenever this creature deals combat damage to a player, if you control another legendary creature, you may exile any number of Historic permanents you control, then return them to the battlefield.

Create a card that directly interacts with another card that already exists, ie Gate to the Afterlife

Bxbx on Bats From Dusk Till Dawn

3 months ago

@FSims81: I agree, Macabre Waltz fits well into the deck. The only negative aspect is that it is useless in the graveyard. In this regard Dawn is simply perfect. Maybe I could add 1-2 Macabre Waltz to the deck and remove creatures for it. Or one could build a dimir version of the deck where Dawn is replaced by Macabre Waltz.

Before I add Regal Bloodlord I'd first have to add any lifegain cards at all. This deck could indeed use some lifegain but I wasn't able to make room for it yet. I could maybe replace Defiant Salvager with Bontu the Glorified or I could add a one-off Gate to the Afterlife.

Kingtalk on He's got BIG Bolas

4 months ago

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

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