Grave Upheaval

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2016 (C16) Uncommon

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Grave Upheaval

Sorcery

Put target creature card from a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control. It gains haste.

Basic landcycling (, Discard this card: Search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.)

Grave Upheaval Discussion

FelixCarter on Kaalia, Flickering Femme Fatale

3 weeks ago

I'm pretty happy that you're pretty happy about it! 12 mana rocks might make you mana-flooded, but that's always better than being mana-screwed! Might I suggest Quicksilver Amulet ($5) to aid in throwing out the big creatures Kaalia grabs? If you can load up more Legendary Angels (There's a TON!), Demons (Some pretty good ones!), and Dragons (On par with Demons!), Thran Temporal Gateway ($0.50) will do the same for less $$$! Helm of the Host ($5) Gives that ETB effect, but the equip can be a bit costly. Deathrender ($2) will punish your opponents for non-exile removal, but I think Kaya's Ghostform ($0.15) would be PERFECT for your deck. Grave Upheaval ($0.50) would give you a bit more recursion from removal as well, and - at worse - help you sort out your mana. Cauldron Dance ($0.15) can do the same AND throw down for cool combat tricks, minus the manafix! Through the Breach ($6) gives you an instant ETB to use for combat and great at surprising your opponents with indestructible or the likes. Sneak Attack ($20) does the same and is repeatable, but suffers from removal and is hecka expensive!

I hope I was able to give some good possibilities that you could consider. Your deck looks great and I like that you're rolling with the new Kaalia!

Optimator on Nikki Borgees

1 month ago

"One-card wincons" to consider: Insurrection , Expropriate , Painful Quandary , Rise of the Dark Realms , Revel in Riches , Cut / Ribbons . Perhaps Clone Legion , Rite of Replication , Mogis, God of Slaughter , Hour of Promise , Blatant Thievery , Grave Betrayal , or Mind's Dilation .

The Chain Veil , Inexorable Tide , Contagion Clasp , and Contagion Engine maybe?

One thing to think about is getting Nicol Bolas flipped and maybe joined by the other planeswalkers and casting Obliterate , Jokulhaups , Devastation , or Decree of Annihilation . Almost guaranteed ultimates. Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God would be the best--proxy for now and include in first build?

Possible upgrades:

Boardwipes: Toxic Deluge , Black Sun's Zenith , Hour of Devastation , Decree of Pain , Curse of the Swine , In Garruk's Wake , Deadly Tempest , Evacuation , Nevinyrral's Disk , Last One Standing , Perilous Vault , Oblivion Stone , Kindred Dominance , Necromantic Selection , Subterranean Tremors

Removal: Capsize , Bedevil , Hero's Downfall , Chaos Warp , Kolaghan's Command , Reality Shift , Pongify , Rapid Hybridization , Vraska's Contempt , Rakdos Charm , Price of Fame , In Bolas's Clutches , Plaguecrafter , Merciless Executioner , Fleshbag Marauder , Unstable Obelisk , Vandalblast , By Force , Shatterstorm , Hostage Taker , Yawgmoth's Vile Offering , Settle the Score , Dark Impostor , Hour of Glory , Sever the Bloodline , Silence the Believers , Spread the Sickness , Slave of Bolas , Electrodominance

Draw: (I would add Erebos once you're home) Patient Rebuilding , Phyrexian Arena , Greed , Arguel's Blood Fast  Flip, Notion Thief , Windfall , Mystical Tutor , Blue Sun's Zenith , Pull from Tomorrow , Stroke of Genius , Braingeyser , Mind Spring , Expansion / Explosion , Invoke the Firemind , Deliver Unto Evil , Augur of Bolas , Painful Truths , Fevered Visions , Search for Azcanta  Flip, Fact or Fiction , Dig Through Time , Treasure Cruise , Tidings , Thassa, God of the Sea , Day's Undoing , Reforge the Soul , Standstill , Deep Analysis , Necrologia , Steady Progress , Tezzeret's Gambit , Oath of Jace

Random utility: Ophiomancer , Metallurgic Summonings , As Fortold, Pendrell Mists , No Mercy , Stranglehold , Fated Return , Dark Intimations , Spellseeker , Sire Of Insanity , Thief of Sanity , Spark Double , Primal Amulet  Flip, Dragon's Hoard , Mystic Retrieval , Shreds of Sanity , Spelltwine , Ashiok, Dream Render , Torpor Orb , Baleful Strix , Darksteel Myr , Solemn Simulacrum , Wayfarer's Bauble , Vedalken Orrery , Saheeli, Sublime Artificer , Will Kenrith , Mana Geyser , Gem of Becoming , Thran Dynamo , Narset, Parter of Veils , Keranos, God of Storms , Thrilling Encore , Star Compass , Coldsteel Heart , Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs , Ensnaring Bridge , Crawlspace , Expedition Map , Burnished Hart , Torment of Scarabs , Cruel Reality , Mnemonic Betrayal , Yawgmoth's Will , Bloodchief Ascension , Nightscape Familiar , Gonti, Lord of Luxury , Thaumatic Compass  Flip, Dreadhorde Invasion , Fraying Omnipotence , Thrummingbird , Viral Drake , Past in Flames , Mizzix's Mastery , Omniscience , Tainted AEther , Aid the Fallen , Deepglow Skate , Flux Channeler , Rings of Brighthearth , Silent Arbiter , Meekstone , Mudslide , Astral Cornucopia , Everflowing Chalice , Lethal Vapors , Sunbird's Invocation , Stolen Strategy , Maze of Ith , Spreading Plague , Merchant Scroll , Polluted Bonds , Black Market , Grave Upheaval , Memory Plunder , Pain Magnification

Beaters: Dragonlord Silumgar , The Scorpion God , The Locust God , The Scarab God , God-Eternal Kefnet , God-Eternal Bontu , Darksteel Colossus , Colossus of Akros , Visara the Dreadful , Tsabo Tavoc , Avatar of Woe , Balefire Dragon , Nicol Bolas , Hellkite Tyrant , Bladewing the Risen , Grave Titan , Inferno Titan , Steel Hellkite , Vampire Nighthawk , Torrential Gearhulk , Noxious Gearhulk , Combustible Gearhulk , Dominus of Fealty , Roil Elemental , Tidespout Tyrant , Kokusho, the Evening Star , Keiga, the Tide Star , Ryusei, the Falling Star , Wrexial, the Risen Deep , Etali, Primal Storm , Nezahal, Primal Tide , Tetzimoc, Primal Death , Dread , The Haunt of Hightower , Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind , Razaketh, the Foulblooded , Enigma Drake , Crackling Drake , Archfiend of Depravity , Sheoldred, Whispering One , Thing in the Ice  Flip, Niv-Mizzet, Parun , Sepulchral Primordial , Molten Primordial , Diluvian Primordial , Ob Nixilis, Unshackled , Sire of Stagnation , Utvara Hellkite

18ths on Five-Mizzet Re-experienced

2 months ago

Update 1:

I noticed that my initial list lacked some ramp. Some cards also underperformed, so here's the changes:

Deathsprout replaces Mortify - Not being able to remove enchantments is not an issue as there's still some powerful interaction. The ability to ramp while removing stuff justifies additional cost.

Torrent of Souls replaces Grave Upheaval - A bit cheaper with an additional upside of pumping all creatures so you have payoff for creating all those tokens. Worth sacrificing that basic landcycling.

Camaraderie replaces Gelatinous Genesis - I found Genesis to be a massive win more and conditional card. It gets really good IF you manage to get a lot of exp counters and put Mizzix on the table. Camaraderie is a solid card that does a lot of stuff this deck wants to achieve.

Kiora's Follower replaces Incubation Druid - Despite +1/+1 counters subtheme, I found that it's actually pretty hard to put them on Druid. I also thought it can give mana of any color. Follower is similiar to Druid, but is fetchable, can untap Gates or Deathrite Shaman when I need them or give pseudo-vigilance to creatures.

Astral Cornucopia replaces Commander's Sphere , Mirrodin's Core replaces Mountain - Not putting them in a deck with proliferate theme was an obvious oversight.

Jhoira of the Ghitu replaces Nin, the Pain Artist - I put Nin as a cheap multicolored card that can be also valuable later. But the value than Nin provides is quite expensive, and using it as removal is even worse. Old Jhoira is also cheap and cheating stuff for low cost is always great.

I'm also looking for cuts to put Ramos, Dragon Engine (put him along with Ezuri and live the dream) and Maw of the Obzedat here (great payoff for tokens and costless sac engine)

JoosetheMuice on Niv-Mizzet Reborn

3 months ago

I would add more creatures, you don't have a ton of offense. Maybe Balefire Liege or Deathbringer Liege , they combo really well with Niv. I know you don't like it, but funnily enough Urban Evolution might fit. theres also the classic Countersquall if you decide you dont like Dimir Charm (which I don't). Deathsprout would also be a nice fit

I don't love Ethereal Absolution Ancient Excavation or Treacherous Terrain . I don't know how important the land cycling is in the cuts im recommending (I'm guessing very) but I like Torrent of Souls over Grave Upheaval and I don't think the cycling justifies these cards

theMarc on The Pretender

4 months ago

I already know phasing doesn't trigger etb/ltb. But it also doesn't give summoning sickness the way flickering does. So it's a trade off. Mist Dragon also lets me just give Mairsil flying forever without any additional resource investment. It's versatile.

Grave Upheaval is mostly for the landcycling, since I'm still trying to smooth out the mana base. But sometimes I draw it late, and don't need the mana, and it's something to cast. It's a weak link, though, I'll admit.

Unstable Obelisk is a mana rock, that, late game, is removal. Removal, I might add, that can hit any permanent type. I've found it's a pretty great card for any color combination that struggles with certain card types. Like how grixis struggles with enchantments.

Prakhata Pillar-Bug is one of only two cards I can put in a cage to give Mairsil the ability to gain lifelink. The other being Jorubai Murk Lurker , which is also in this deck. Lifelink is generally pretty useful for a Voltron-ish deck like this one, and it specifically combos with stuff like Crypt Rats , Hateflayer , Mercurial Chemister , and the Spikeshot brothers.

Sheld on Vial Smasher & Kraum, the Evil Duo

6 months ago

Hi CaptSillva,

I wasn't very active lately, but I got to update this deck recently and based on your comment I've added Torrential Gearhulk, Price of Fame and Discovery / Dispersal to the deck. (You have not suggested the last one, but your suggestions kinda led me to it.) So I just wanted to let you know and thank you for helping with the deck. :-)

Also, you've mentioned that you use Breaking / Entering. You could consider swaping it for Grave Upheaval as it is exactly the same as Entering and instead of Breaking you get Basic landcycling, which seems a bit more useful to me.

Anyways, thanks again for your suggestions and have a nice day!

hkhssweiss on

7 months ago

bismarck26

No worries! Imo cards to be considered cutting would be Akroma's Vengeance, Defy Death, Grave Upheaval, Angel of Deliverance, Deathpact Angel, and Rout. They are all pretty high costed and there are better alternatives as well not impactful enough for being at their cost.

Sh1ftyL0ck3 on "I am Fire... I am... Death."

1 year ago

You'll want the new Sarkhan Planeswalker in M19, Sarkhan, Dragonsoul. To make space for it, I'd personally take out the Grave Upheaval. Maybe alter the mana base to be more proportional to your devotion, like taking out some red/black or red/green lands for black/green lands or Darigaaz's Caldera. Other than that, the deck looks incredibly fun!

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