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

Barookie on Korlash, Heir to Swamps

1 month ago

Profet93 I had Shizo in this deck for a while but ended up trading it out for Lake of the Dead since with so many other ways to give korlash trample, fear, or protection it became kind of pointless. Though it is very good and I'm still thinking about whether I should add it back in.

SamsWrath on Grenzo ft. DJ Doomsday | Competitive Primer

1 month ago

Lake of the Dead is your very best piece of ramp. If you drop a Swamp T1 and T2, a T3 Lake of the Dead is going to net you 6 Black Mana for the turn. That's more than enough to play Doomsday and combo out with Grenzo, Dungeon Warden.

TheGeneralAdvisor on Naked Lunch

1 month ago

EyelessStarfish I really wouldn’t cut a sac outlet, which is pretty much what the husk is, so the only option is a land. I think Ancient Tomb or Lake of the Dead are the weakest links here, but the speed sacrificed probably wouldn’t outweigh the “more winning” feel of nykthos. If I can find a way to fit it in without disrupting the decks main goal, I will test it, but as of now, I can’t see a clear cut path to including it. I appreciate you making me think about it more though.

NRipHD on Grenzo ft. DJ Doomsday | Competitive Primer

1 month ago

Is Peat Bog there with any specific intent in mind or is it there as your "best land available at last" type of deal? I'm asking this question because there are certain lands that I'd use over it and Lake of the Dead, like the somewhat new Luxury Suite and even cards like Exotic Orchard and Reflecting Pool.

I do have some issues with the filler Artifacts that you are using, though I have yet to do my own research to see if there are any superior options.

Great list nonetheless!

TheGeneralAdvisor on Naked Lunch

1 month ago

XxBullockxX I actually cut nykthos after the first draft. It was too slow and I needed to up my swamp count for Lake of the Dead.

SamsWrath on Grenzo, Dungeon Warden - Doomsday

2 months ago

I like Tainted Pact because i can use it to dig for anything I might need which, includes interaction.

As for you best bet with those other cards... you have:

Past in Flames or Magus of the Will to replace Yawgmoth's Will

Reforge the Soul or Magus of the Wheel to replace Wheel of Fortune

Nothing will replace outright (as a downgraded version) Lion's Eye Diamond, Lake of the Dead or the fast mana: Mana Crypt, Mox Opal & Mox Diamond.

You could try running the creature replacements for the other 2 spells and then running Sacrifice and Burnt Offering. You could also try running Bog Witch although, unless you can play it T1 or T2 it won't be able to give you the needed BBB for a turn 3 win. Another card you could run that could eat a slot but, with purpose, would be Mossfire Egg. For more ramp you can always run Seething Song. You can use the red to pay colorless or convert it to black with replacement effects like the Stars/Egg/Signet, Bog Witch or Priest of Gix. It would also give you one hell of an awesome Shattering Spree if you want to slow down other players (blow up mana rocks/tops) or Stax pieces.

If you are a turn or 2 slower because you don't have fast mana, you could also always play more creature kill/artifact destruction or something like Conqueror's Flail.

Keep in mind that running higher cost cards will make Ad Nauseam more painful so you'll draw fewer cards when you use it.

hthomas88 on Grenzo, Dungeon Warden - Doomsday

2 months ago

nice tech!! this is the first competitive grenzo list with Tainted Pact that i've found, any replacement for Yawgmoth's Will Wheel of Fortune Grim Monolith Lion's Eye Diamond Mana Crypt Mox Diamond Mox Opal Lake of the Dead i dont have those bad boys yet

SamsWrath on 0 to Doomsday in 3.5 turns -Grenzo Doomsday Reborn

3 months ago

1) I don't see the value in running Vault of Whispers and Great Furnace. They are vulnerable to Wasteland/artifact destruction and aren't fetchable. If you were running Tainted Pact as an extra dig spell they would make sense (so you have a lower chance of hitting a card with the same name; e.g., Swamp). However, with only 7 basic Swamps your Lake of the Dead is going to often whiff.

2) Unmask is loss of card advantage. If it acted as a discard outlet instead of exile it could be useful for pitching a combo piece out of your hand before casting Doomsday but, exiling a card as the cost just feels bad.

3) Cutting down the already limited pool of creatures from 12 to 10 makes using Diabolic Intent that much more difficult.

4) Are you using Ricochet Trap to target itself with a counter or using it to save an artifact/creature from destruction? Casting for 3 CMC seems heavy for this deck for a spell that isn't a board wipe. Using it as a counter spell target seems okay since it's just R to cast but, I would run Defense Grid over Ricochet Trap all day long. Defense Grid also has the added bonus of adding to Metalcraft for Mox Opal.

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