Lake of the Dead

Lake of the Dead


If Lake of the Dead would enter the battlefield, sacrifice a Swamp instead. If you do, put Lake of the Dead onto the battlefield. If you don't, put it into its owner's graveyard.

{T}: Add {B} to your mana pool.

{T}, Sacrifice a Swamp: Add {B}{B}{B}{B} to your mana pool.

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Set Rarity
Vintage Masters (VMA) Rare
Masters Edition (MED) Common
Alliances (ALL) Rare

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Lake of the Dead occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Black: 0.21%

Golgari: 0.12%

Lake of the Dead Discussion

Guerte on DR DOOM

1 week ago

Fair enough. If we have 6 or more players, we typically split into two pods, but 5 we would probably just stick to one, so BoS could put in some work. I may have to give it a shot.

How has Mikaeus been for you? At first I didn’t think it wouldn’t be worth it since we can remove counters, and we don’t run anything else to combo with it, but it can act like a mini Lifeline, which I can get behind. Was thinking of trying it out in place of Sheoldred.

Any thoughts on Lake of the Dead as well? Would be nice to have the extra ramp, but I feel like we would need to include Crucible of Worlds as well so as to not screw us on land drops. And then I feel like fetch lands would be beneficial as well. Maybe not worth it?

muse99 on Yawgmoth Storm

2 weeks ago

Don't think Burnt Offering is legal in mono black, as the oracle text contains a red mana symbol.

I think this list is cool. Think 33 lands might be 1 or 2 too many, even when considering Rain of Filth. Think you should strongly consider running Lake of the Dead , perhaps Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx as well.

WolfishHat on Bad Medicine

2 weeks ago

Lake of the Dead is another great ramp land in mono-black, if budget permits. But it looks fun!

Epicurus on UB Discard/Counter

1 month ago

Looks good so far, and similar to a deck I have on here: What Tiggers Do Best. If you could, please return the favor and tell me how you think I can improve that.

I feel like Disrupting Scepter would slow down the deck, or at least that's my experience of it. Also, I don't see Mana Drain helping you out as much as you might want it to. You don't have much in there that costs colorless mana, except for your planeswalkers, and even they don't cost a whole lot. Also, you already sufficient ramp, unless you'd like to add a Lake of the Dead. Finally, you have a lot of tutors, but I really don't think you need that many. I'd either decide on one to drop, or else drop Jace, Unraveler of Secrets, because his ult might be amazing, but it takes a long time to set off, and would really only be useful for card draw (which is less useful with as many tutors as you're running).

If you want the repetitive effects of the Disrupting Scepter, I would run Isochron Scepter instead. And maybe Warped Devotion because of all the bounce, but even if you didn't, I'd try to fit in at least a couple Recoil.

Ragnarok on Black Hole Son [[Primer]]

1 month ago

Jebdioah: Thanks for the kudos on the list! To answer your questions:

Expedition Map is useful for finding Nykthos or Lake of the Dead on turns that we need mana acceleration to preserve our life total and possibly win. It can also be used to get other utility lands. Have you been Gilded Drake’d? Grab Homeward Path! Need to get back Aetherflux Reservoir to win? Fetch Buried Ruin or Sequestered Stash!

As for Mox Opal, it isn’t a bad card, but it is a tough sell for any deck who’s commander costs more than two mana and is more than two colors. We fall into the latter of the two categories, but due to our legendary creatures (aside from K’rrik) only really coming out for combo turns, it becomes less attractive. Wrap that in with the fact that it doesn’t do anything until we can get K’rrik on the board to stay, and it practically becomes a worse Mox Opal in a lot of cases.

I hope that answered your questions sufficiently! If you have any more and don’t want to wait a long time for a reply, feel free to get in touch with Merv or myself on Discord. We are both pretty active.

thankfranktank02 on Unfun Chainer First Draft

2 months ago

So I have been playing Chainer for a while now. I can give a bit of insight. First off I do like your list. So now into the thick of it. Chainer is a really mana hungry deck. Strands of Night is an amazing card but in my playing you need a card like Crucible of Worlds to get around the sac clause. All in all it is a fine card if you want to invest more slots to it. Nim Deathmantle No .... this card requires to much for it to be good. paired with a Grave Titan and an Ashnod's Altar is great but that turns into a 3 card combo. IMO not worth it. Lake of the Dead can be good if you add both of the other cards listed above. Soldevi Adnate best card. As long as you have a sac outlet on board and he never gets exiled he is amazing. Even if he does die just animate him back. As far as Pitiless Plunderer great card if you can sac alot. Generates mana witch is nice. As for Gauntlet of Power i mean if you feel as if you need that then go for it. I personally like the Plunderer better because of the fact that it is a creature. It is very hard for black to interact with artifacts and get them back. (Side note I know it can be done but not worth the ammount of slots needed again IMO) As for the cuts do not cut Villis , he is amazing card advantage. Priest is fine if you can make tokens or just have a good grip on the board state. Disciple is an okay card i cut and add it all the time. I also think you have too many cutie lands. swamps are your best friend in the deck along with urborg.

IKavalier on K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth(CEDH)

3 months ago

Ha. Well Eldrazi was just a vague way of saying indestructible/pain in the *** cards that i don't want someone to combo off with or whatever. My main point was EXILE. Eldrazi isn't really a problem at all. But when someone gets out that Bribery'd Indestructible Ulamog on turn 2/3, I know Muderous Rider won't do it. Really, it is just about the exile for me.

Nighthaze is another cantrip, and combos well with a bunch of cards really. Repay in Kind for example. If my life is 5 and now everyone else is aswell, then Nighthaze can make sure they can't block(almost guarantee it in a way). Mostly I use it as a cantrip/extra counter/get around a blocker.

Lake of the Dead honestly isn't always that good in this deck at all...When Urborg is out, its good, but when its not, its hard to even play since I run so little swamps. You'd think that'd make me want to cut it..however it has also saved me a few times by giving me extra mana. Its really something I think about cutting, but don't think I will. This is one of the reasons why I put "Plans for this deck: 1) Balance lands." and put it as #1. The lands definitely need some tweaking. LotD is awesome at times, other times, its a dead card in your hand. We'll see how things turn out after I re-do the lands.

Repay in Kind was a card I thought was way too expensive/not good enough for competitive. It is easily countered and Imp's Mischief is one way of stopping that. I've thought about running Boseiju, Who Shelters All , but it is slow and I hate wasting 3 life. Eating away even more at my life total seems bad...which makes it even worse. Back on subject, Repay in Kind surprised me. It is one of those cards that will run the game out of nowhere. It is more of a mid-late game card for when people have tried to win but have been stopped numerous times. Blood Celebrant Greed etc. can all drain my life to a low enough number...then I can cast GARY or Extort a few spells to finish the table...Even if the game doesnt end, its a good feeling when it does resolve. Pontiff of Blight has been a card that was(is currently in my "sideboard") and it works even better to extort and win the game. Repay in Kind is another reason why Bontu's Monument is in the deck. Usually depending on the board state, If i have a creature or two to play, I'd use as much as life to get me as low as possible(5 starting life, 5 generic mana+ 4 life brings me down to 1 life...Now that everyone is at 1 life, I play a single creature to win the game.)

Also, Repay in Kind makes me think of another card. It is hilarious when it resolves and I have Exquisite Blood ! Exquisite Blood is another card I don't see too many K'rrik players using. The Sanguine Bond combo is of course a game winner, but that isn't even what i usually use it for. It's a great feeling when another play loses life to Mana Crypt or gets swung at and loses 10 life etc. All that life will go to me...even if I did nothing to deserve it. It can make you a slight target, but usually it isn't the scariest thing at the table since it is only gaining life and there is usually a scarier permanent/player(like K'rrik himself!)

God I love

Profet93 on K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth(CEDH)

3 months ago

I'm very happy you feel that way. Some people find my comments rude as they disagree with it and rather than explain why they disagree so we can have a discussion, they ignore it completely which sucks.

My only issue with Mind Twist is that it only messes with 1 opponent. Sometimes you can't always race to win and need to fight attrition style. Mind twist comes in handy. Nothing better than ramping into it T2-3 and stripping their hand as it has either basically won me the game 1v1 or I can use it politically to get rid of one player for a long time. I dont think you should discount counter bait depending on your meta. I understand you have imp's mischief (love that card btw, my favorite black card aside from chains and nethervoid) and defense grid but sometimes that isn't enough. Especially if you want to cast insidious dreams when they have 2 blue open.

How reliably do you get your card draw?

Didn't realize eldrazi were an issue in your cEDH meta. Duly noted.

How have Nighthaze Lake of the Dead and Repay in Kind been working for you? Haze is nice with urborg otherwise, eh? Lake of the dead is one of those cards that are very powerful, but with the prevalence of strip mine and nonbasic land hate, I've felt its too easy to get 2 for 1ed with it. Repay seems really good to help you just beat face. But at 5-7 mana, you don't win unless they have no blockers/removal.

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