Lake of the Dead

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Custom 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
Oathbreaker 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

Land

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.

Lake of the Dead Discussion

Vipy5 on Father of Infect

2 weeks ago

If you need help with knowing how much/what ramp to use, you might want to check out https://www.mtggoldfish.com/articles/brewer-s-minute-ramp-math

I am not an expert in mono, but for you I recommend adding:

Mana Crypt pricey but spicey

Charcoal Diamond goes so well with Sol Ring

Everflowing Chalice and Astral Cornucopia - especially if you somehow get more proliferate

Extraplanar Lens

Ashnod's Altar and Phyrexian Altar are good if you want double-down on sacrificing your own creatures.

Myriad Landscape can go in almost any edh deck

Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx is solid in any one- or two-colour deck

Lake of the Dead has a downside, but you won't care when you're using it (trust me)

Deserted Temple , Vesuva , Candelabra of Tawnos and Thespian's Stage to double-down on Cabal Coffers.

Petrified Field to protect valuable lands.

Expedition Map and/or Wayfarer's Bauble to tutor itfor all your powerful lands.

I'm not sure how I feel about Temple of the False God , but it is an EDH classic.

Other mono ramp

I ended up finding so many mono ramp cards I thought I might as well make a more full list.

Solemn Simulacrum is a good catch-all

Magus of the Coffers is slow, but might be worth it. Crypt Ghast is a better version.

Pawn of Ulamog and Sifter of Skulls are good in any deck that sacrifices often

Nirkana Revenant is good in the right deck

Bog Witch is kind of weird, but has fringe uses

I haven't thought hard, but you might be able to do some flicker shenanigans with Priest of Gix

Priest of Yawgmoth and Soldevi Adnate work if you hate your own stuff

Leaden Myr , Hedron Crawler , Manakin , Scuttlemutt , Alloy Myr , Opaline Unicorn , Palladium Myr are usually worse than rocks, but maybe you want?

Worst case, an edh deck can always load up on rocks. These are some of the best ones for mono black

Sol Ring every edh deck should include this

Star Compass , Fellwar Stone , Fractured Powerstone , Mind Stone all fill similar voids

Thran Dynamo , Ur-Golem's Eye , Worn Powerstone , Gilded Lotus , Hedron Archive , Sisay's Ring

Pillar of Origins for tribal decks

Consider Pentad Prism , Kyren Toy , or Coalition Relic for proliferate

In most games, these do the same thing: Commander's Sphere , Cryptolith Fragment  Flip, Cultivator's Caravan , Darksteel Ingot , Hierophant's Chalice , Honor-Worn Shaku , Mana Prism , Manalith , Orazca Relic , Phyrexian Totem , Powerstone Shard , Pristine Talisman , Seer's Lantern , Serum Powder , Skull of Ramos , Sol Grail , Spectral Searchlight , Vessel of Endless Rest , Victory Chimes , and Chromatic Lantern

Thought Vessel if you fill your hand

Chrome Mox is usually worth the card disadvantage

Lotus Bloom , Mana Vault , Basalt Monolith , Grim Monolith , and Lotus Petal for explosive potential

Mox Amber if you usually have your commander/a legendary thing out

Mox Diamond if lands in your graveyard is a good thing

Mox Opal if you have 2+ extra artifacts

Black Market is good if you tend to sacrifice/kill a lot of creatures

Caged Sun , Doubling Cube , and Gauntlet of Power are fair if you want to reach that high mana

Liliana of the Dark Realms is nice with proliferate, and makes sure you don't miss land drops in the mid/late-game

Sword of the Animist is best with one-mana creatures, and if you attack often, but might be justified even if not

Jet Medallion and Heartless Summoning do a lot of work if you play many cards in a turn

Carnival of Souls is fun with some creature-based combos

These mostly work for combo/explosive turns

Bubbling Muck for explosive/combo turns

Dark Ritual for getting a turn 2 Crypt Ghast , etc.

Sacrifice and Culling the Weak for sacrificing. They go nicely with Songs of the Damned

Spoils of Evil for lategame combos

Rain of Filth must be used with caution

Crypt of Agadeem works, but only if you consistently have 4+ creatures in the graveyard

Phyrexian Tower eats your creatures

Cabal Coffers is a staple

It's porbably unnessecary, but if you end up with few basic swamps, consider Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth to supplement your Cabal Coffers .

Cabal Stronghold is great if you can't afford many nonbasics, and might be good enough besides.

Smurblefin on Varolz Hulk

4 weeks ago

Update: I have been playing this deck recently every week for the past couple months and I really like it. The flexibility it provides depending on the board state is surprising and out of left field sometimes. With that said i Find that this deck is consistently turn three and that is in a meta with Food Chain Tazri, Teferi Chain Veil, Food Chain Prossh, Blood Pod, Four Color Rashmi, and Doomsday Zur.

Usually I jam my combo after everyone has exhausted all of there interaction. To the effect of dealing with stax since that is by far the hardest match up making sure I have some sort of removal in hand just as a security however that is not always the case and well those are the few games that are in the loss column.

Currently above 50% win rate in the meta mentioned above but I have not played against shuffle hulk yet so that’s just my opinion love the deck. And Lake of the Dead was not needed.

HorseFist on Is my Ancient Tomb doomed??

2 months ago

On the one hand, I am overall satisfied w/ eBay transactions & experiences in general. 90% of the stuff I've purchased (about %75 MtG, for myself) has arrived in great shape on time or a couple days early.

On the other hand, also got 50x random nonbasic from Colorado currently MIA, which was only $7.50 but no tracking.... needless to say I won't be looking for Lake of the Dead anytime soon, which was the other one I desire(d) most. Thinking I might just use eBay for inexpensive, quirky gifts for fam & friends from now on.

CyborgAeon on Epic of Daxos

2 months ago

I appreciate that he's a reasonable mana sink; but one has to resolve bomberman, wait for an entire turn pass, then it can win. For this reason I believe that he's ineffective.

Whereas Teysa, Orzhov Scion features an interaction package, replaces herself, and feeds razaketh like a proper champ, turning most bodies into 2 bodies. You can even just tutor for Darkest Hour off of the first raza' activation and then you have unbounded raza' fodder.

Personally (though it only sees fringe-play) I like Sanctum Prelate as a hatebear. If you know a card that is likely to stop you from winning, it's very easy to name it's mana cost and have it remain as a continuous hatebear.

Your lands could use some work too; cutting Vault of the Archangel (if you have 5 mana to spare then I feel like something's going wrong) for a card like Lake of the Dead , Strip Mine , Wasteland . Depending on how low your hand gets, some lands which draw are viable too like Sea Gate Wreckage .

Given that you're likely to find all the lands you need thanks to cards like Land Tax , I'd consider running Winter Orb , especially if you can tutor for Serra's Sanctum as it puts you miles ahead.

You currently have 7 cards that win from LRW (not including coinsmith). That seems like a lot for a deck with access to the best tutors; I'd recommend stripping some of the worse ones down like Altar of the Brood and Altar of Dementia and replacing them with more hate. I'd recommend Bitter Ordeal as an alternate win condition, because it's not shut out by null rod, or any single counterspell (except flusterstorm, but screw that card).

Authority of the Consuls is neat, depending on your meta. It stops godo and some other decks, but I'd be hesitant to run it alongside Blind Obedience . Is there a particular reason for this? If it's just a hateful card, I'd recommend trying out Victimize or Reanimate as I'm sure your hateful cards could use another go.

towermouse on Circu Citadel Combo

2 months ago

My initial thoughts after seeing this list is that there have to be better cards for this deck than those in the vein of Lost in a Labyrinth or Shadowfeed that do very little outside of your combo turn. I'm pretty sure that Bolas's Citadel allows you to cast spells that don't have a mana cost without needing to jump through suspend hoops, which I think makes both Ancestral Vision and Lotus Bloom attractive during both your combo turns and your setup turns.

I'd also strongly consider finding space for Yawgmoth's Will , Intuition , Impulse , Plunge into Darkness , Tainted Pact (this would require a different land setup), Mishra's Workshop , Lake of the Dead and Demonic Consultation .

SamsWrath on My LGS's #1 hated deck

2 months ago

If you really want to take this deck to the next level then you need all of the fast mana and tutors: Mana Crypt , Mana Vault , Grim Monolith , Mox Diamond , Mox Opal , Chrome Mox , Mox Amber , Talisman of Indulgence , Lotus Petal , Dark Ritual , Cabal Ritual , Pyretic Ritual , Desperate Ritual , Rite of Flame , Culling the Weak , Infernal Plunge , Lake of the Dead , Bubbling Muck , Rain of Filth , Grim Tutor , Imperial Seal , Vampiric Tutor and Diabolic Intent .

Since you're already running Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker you might as well add in Zealous Conscripts , Lightning Crafter and Combat Celebrant because they all go infinite with Kiki.

Rakdos is also the color combination you need for Worldgorger Dragon + Dance of the Dead , Animate Dead or Necromancy infinite combo. Use Buried Alive or Entomb to pitch one of the Kiki combos or to pitch the dragon and then use one of the enchantments to start the combo. Be sure with Dragon combo to have another creature in the GY or you draw the game with an uninterruptible infinite combo. Other cards that help these combos are Victimize and Final Parting .

Smurblefin on Varolz Hulk

3 months ago

sickrobot I see why now I looked harder into my own question and I agree with you. By not providing fixing for everyone else is a strong reason not to run the Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth might still test Lake of the Dead but on the fence thank you for your responce

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Lake of the Dead occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Black: 0.21%

Golgari: 0.12%