Lake of the Dead


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

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

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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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Lake of the Dead Discussion

CyborgAeon on 5 Digit Glissa

2 days ago

Hm. Random one - but have you considered Isochron Scepter ? Obviously it's great grindy tech - even if it's not able to exile counterspell - repeated removal. Furthermore - at that point you could surely include Paradox Engine in order to make infinite mana - and win with Assassin's Trophy . I know that it's an unorthodox strategy and doesn't beat a lot of your stax pieces, but you could also win via a sac' outlet and Gravecrawler at that point too - since glissa is also an elf. plus, having 2 mana draw 2 if you have glissa and clamp on board is pretty sweet.

While you don't run it at the moment - surely Birthing Pod is a no-brainer. You pod away a myr-retriever to get scrap-trawler and begin a KCI loop real quick.

Last suggestion to your manabase would have to be the lack of artifact-lands while running both Mox Opal and KCI - surely the bonus that offers is great enough to run them - as well as them being (bottom of the barrel) recursion targets for Glissa? With dust-bowl and glissa this allows you to fight through some hate - as it gives you a lands-based engine for gunning your opponent's manabase. The other land I'd suggest is Lake of the Dead as The mana advantage on it is incredible! While you're not going to play it on your first turn - the advantage you get from it is actually silly.

CyborgAeon on The Recursion Nightmare

3 days ago

Hi, I played Shirei off the cuff a few times as I saw he was cute. But I like your niche view of using wiping artifacts repeatedly.

Have you thought about: Canal Dredger (lets you recur destroyed/hated out pieces) Coretapper + Magistrate's Scepter for an easy 3 card combo? Run Snow-Covered Swamp so you don't share mana with extraplanar lens (but only if you insist on using it) Blood Pet - extra mana every turn. Makes for faster shirei Skittering Surveyor and Skyscanner are both card advantage engines with shirei + sac outlet

Furthermore you should run The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale , Mox Diamond , Mox Opal , Dark Ritual , Culling the Weak , Mox Amber (since your entire gameplan is focused around shirei being in play anyway), Chains of Mephistopheles vs decks with draw power, Contamination , Imperial Seal . Now next is for sheer faster wins. Ad Nauseam , Pitiless Plunderer can function as a semi- Phyrexian Altar , Demonic Consultation so that you can find your win conditions faster, Tainted Pact is another competitive level backup but requires the rest of the deck to be tuned around it.

When alliegance set drops I'd also recommend Priest of Forgotten Gods

This is clearly a pet-deck. Play it however you want. But honestly? You need to make room for Toxic Deluge , Lake of the Dead , Strip Mine , Wasteland , Dust Bowl . In stax black needs every advantage it can get. But building up until you have a critical mass of mana like with Exsanguinate / whatever is just unrealistic in a competitive meta. It's far too easily disrupted.

A Crucible of Worlds & some fetch-lands would go well. That way at least you'd be able to gain mana advantage turn by turn with almost no loss. Lastly, try running Meteor Golem - I've seen him be busted with Scarecrone and other recursion effects, but ymmv. Especially if you don't like using sorceress queen.

clickforcookies on Mogis: A Very Silly Commander

3 days ago

This deck is amazing just what I have been looking for. Some suggestions for other fun/painful opinions. Pyrohemia , Pestilence , Lake of the Dead , Flame Rift , and Price of Progress . Thanks for making the deck I am definitely going to make this in paper.

brianguy132 on Muldrotha, the „Fun“ in „Funeral“ *Primer*

4 days ago

I'm struggling to find a strong substitute for Lion's Eye Diamond , Mox Diamond , and Mana Crypt . I was thinking the best alternate to get a very similar effect to Lion's Eye Diamond would be Lake of the Dead but you sacrifice a swamp instead of the artifact. I saw you mentioned Worn Powerstone . What do you think are the best substitutions for those three mana cards?

Smallish on Rampbunctious

3 weeks ago

Wow i really like Rain of Filth! Lake of the Dead is pretty nice too. thanks!:)

Rabid_Wombat on Rampbunctious

3 weeks ago

Some more black ramp cards you could add to the deck are Rain of Filth and Lake of the Dead :)

Ragnar0k on Kalitas, Sac effect of get

1 month ago

Forgot to mention in my first comment: Lake of the Dead

A55Destroyer69 on MonoBlack SuperRamp

1 month ago

this is an interesting deck...

A few things you could change up could be to go into a more storm-y or Doomsday sort of deck.

With the land base, rather than running Cabal Stronghold, try out the original Cabal Coffers, and better yet, going down some of the dodgy cards in the deck such as Darkness, Pyramid and Lotus Bloom.

Some reasonable lands that I think you'd benefit form under this style of deck would be Lake of the Dead, The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale to slow down the opponent being an aggressive creature-based deck, and even one or two Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoths.

You should probably run some alternate removal, because legacy is a format filled with stuff like Arcbound Ravager, Lodestone Golem. What you'd be better off running would be stuff more along the lines of Dismember, Slaughter Pact and/or Hero's Downfall (which also removes those pesky planeswalkers). Even some Damnations, Massacres or Toxic Deluge. These sweepers will hit most things, and probably won't be cast before you get any real threats out.

With the rest of the deck, it's pretty cool, but Cruel Tutor is so shady, being a 3-mana Imperial Seal. You're much better off running 3 copies of Dank Petition over it. Additionally, you might find it useful to run Ula, the new or old, as the opponent could play something like Bridge which would almost definitely stop you from bashing your opponent. Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre destroys any permanent ON CAST, so it can get rid of that super annoying Liliana, or Bridge, maybe if they have a Thalia out. Ulamog also has Annihilator 4, which additionally removes permanents from play.

Ula exiles two permanents on cast, so if they've doubled up on Bridges, you can remove both.

Some links for inspiration: Black-white Midrange Control Black Summer (Vintage Storm) Doomsday necropotence turn 2 kill

I would also suggest thinking about adding another colour, Red or Blue. Red offers cards such as Sneak Attack, giving you quick Emerias, while blue offers additional things to ramp into, namely Omniscience, letting you cast your big things for free if you want to.

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