Lazav, Dimir Mastermind


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Guilds of Ravnica: Guild Kit (GK1) Mythic Rare
Gatecrash (GTC) Mythic Rare

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Lazav, Dimir Mastermind

Legendary Creature — Shapeshifter


Whenever a creature card is put into an opponent's graveyard from anywhere, you may have Lazav, Dimir Mastermind become a copy of that card, except its name is Lazav, Dimir Mastermind, it's legendary in addition to its other types, and it has hexproof and this ability.

Lazav, Dimir Mastermind Discussion

RemusDingDongerino on Choice deck

2 weeks ago

Yo! Ik zet mijn suggesties hier neer, kan ik makkelijker de kaarten linken enzo

-2x Cackling Counterpart deze kan je niet op turn 3 spelen op 1 van je creatures, wat volgens mij de grootste kracht is van deze kaart. plus je creatures zijn niet heel kopieerbaar - enige op wie je het écht wil casten (denk ik) is thief of sanity.

-4x Psychic Spiral erg duur, en er is geen manier om je eigen graveyard te vullen, waardoor het effect grotendeels wegvalt. Goedkopere mill lijkt me daarom beter. werkt ook niet samen met Cast Through Time

-4x Beguiler of Wills dit is geen creature-spam deck, waardoor ie een hoop kracht verliest. Is ook 5 mana, wat best veel is. Je kan haar er 1x instoppen omdat het een erg leuke kaart is. Maar ik denk dat je hier heel vaak van teleurgesteld raakt, omdat jeniet de beste creature van de tegenstander mee kan overnemen. Je hebt waarschijnlijk gemiddeld 2-4 creatures op het veld, en de 5+ power creatures zijn dan buiten bereik

-2x Dark Petition beetje overkill, vind Mastermind's Acquisition leuker. deze is ook 5 mana, en je hebt erg veel 5 mana kaarten al.

-2x Cast Through Time Je hoeft er geen 4 te hebben in principe. Je hebt genoeg manieren om je library door te zoeken voor deze kaart. Daarom zou ik zeggen dat je deze maximaal 1 of 2 keer er in stopt. 7 mana is erg veel, en het effect stacked niet.

-4x Swamp - dan heb je 24 landjes

goedkopere mill dan psychic spiral: Thought Scour instant speed, 1 mana, vervangt zichzelf door een kaart te drawn. En millt de opponent een beetje! Mind Sculpt , Glimpse the Unthinkable (wel dure kaart), Mind Funeral

kaarten uit graveyard roven: Rise of the Dark Realms , Beacon of Unrest , Mnemonic Betrayal

kaarten uit enemy's hand roven: Silent-Blade Oni

kaarten uit deck roven: Bribery wel een ernstig dure kaart, Talent of the Telepath werkt ook als mill kaart, naast het stelen van instants/sorceries

kaarten exilen en vanuit exile spelen: Praetor's Grasp , Nightveil Specter , Exotic Orchard helpt bij het casten van kaarten van de tegenstander, omdat je automatisch hun mana kan pakken, Gonti, Lord of Luxury , Psychic Intrusion

goedkopere manier om creatures in de graveyard te krijgen: Doom Blade en andere goedkope destroy kaarten

gewoon overnemen van andermans creatures: Control Magic , Soul Ransom , Evil Twin

Ik denk dat het het best werkt om het thema van de graveyard-stealing te combineren met het vullen van de opponent's graveyard door goedkope mill kaarten. .

Turn 1/2/3 kan je dan de graveyard vullen met Thought Scour , Mind Sculpt , Mind Funeral , Nightveil Specter , en turn 4+ kan je het gaan leegroven met Beacon of Unrest , Beguiler of Wills , Lazav, Dimir Mastermind , Animate Dead

Het voordeel hiervan is dat de goedkope mill kaarten ook lategame value hebben met Cast Through Time , dan is een mill-victory opeens ook een hele reëele optie.

DrukenReaps on Need help with this lost ...

1 month ago

I dunno if Rayenous will make it viewable or even has the list still so I would start by looking over the following stolen from that forum and build from there.

KrazyCaley said "Rayenous has it.

There are multiple ways to do it, but they all involve variations on the same basic pattern.

Step 1 - Mindslaver + Academy Ruins lock.

Step 2 - Prevent your opponent and preferably also yourself from losing (since this procedure will take a long time) through the use of Platinum Angel or Abyssal Persecutor .

Step 3 - Donate a mechanism to your opponent whereby they can put cards they own into their deck. Rayenous used Research on an Isochron Scepter . My version of this deck used Death Wish (which works since our opponent can't lose the game while we have the Angel/Persecutor out), but Research is faster. Repeatedly have them add in cards until their entire collection is in the deck. Note that you will probably also need to Donate something that generates any color mana to your opponent as well.

Step 4 - Use Amulet of Quoz to convert their entire deck, which is now their entire collection, into their ante (true, we'd have to be playing with ante rules, which are now gone, but hey, that's the fun).

Step 5 - Blow up whatever thing you set up to prevent your opponent from losing.

Step 6 - Enjoy all your friend's Magic cards."

Now I don't foresee anyone agreeing to ante so you might leave that part out... Also a lot of people even in casual games will say that only a side board can be added in with wish cards and commander doesn't use a side board. So most people play with the idea that if you use wish cards you need to let them know ahead of time.

At this point I would be looking at a commander. Maybe? Could add in another color if you want... Parhaps use Lazav, Dimir Mastermind and mill their crazy sized library to the grave? Actually a better option might be The Mimeoplasm for the commander. Cards like Villainous Wealth would be great.

jdmcdowell93 on You will be silenced

1 month ago

Lazav, Dimir Mastermind isn't in standard my friend. Some cards in the guild kits and aren't legal in standard.

LordBlackblade on I cannot decide on a ...

2 months ago

If you really wanna play mill, one of the best performing mill decks that a friend of mine played used Lazav, Dimir Mastermind as its commander. His deck was more of a clone/steal using Lazav and reanimation cards. Lemme tell you, Lazav copying an Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre ended more than a couple of games. The best part of it was that being clone/steal it was scalable to any meta it played in.

Steaditup on I am badly in need ...

2 months ago

Dimir is kind of an oddball. Scarab God is by far one of the best choices for dimir commanders. You don't even need to play that many zombies to make him good.

You could also play Lazav, Dimir Mastermind and use mill not as a win condition, but as a way to activate your commander. He also makes counterspells and creature removal way more relevant, since he can become anything you counter or kill.

If you're dead set on mill, Phenax, God of Deception might be your strongest bet. You can run Eater of the Dead to go infinite, and as long as you're using global mill effects like Psychic Corrosion , Mind Grind , Consuming Aberration and wheels like Windfall and Whispering Madness can go well with your high-toughness creatures (such as the oft-maligned and very inexpensive Tree of Perdition ).

I'm afraid mill decks will never be "competitive" but they are absolutely capable of winning.

HotDogBrother on Meek Milling

2 months ago

Trying to perfect a deck is always tricky! I have been considering making a Commander deck that mills your opponent(s), and it seems like an exciting concept. However, I do have a things to note: A Commander deck can only have colors included in the Commander's mana cost and mana abilities. So, with Nezahal, Primal Tide being your Commander, your deck would need to be mono blue. This isn't meant to disappoint you, just wanted to let you know. I'm sure there are many good Blue/Black Legendary creatures that work well in a mill deck. Consuming Aberration is a possibility, and Lazav, Dimir Mastermind is also a fair choice. Keep up the good work!

MurderForBrunch on The Best Laid Plans

2 months ago


This looks like a pretty cool deck. I just have one suggestion. I hate seeing Murder in EDH decks, just because there's so many better options! I would say Malicious Affliction is strictly better than it, one colorless less to pay, and the potential upside of being a 2-for-1

But beyond that, I like it a lot! It makes me want to brew arround Lazav, Dimir Mastermind ! :D

Kjartan on

3 months ago

Counterspell isn't modern legal, sadly.

Anyway, this looks decently constructed for a "Cards I've got Lying Around" - deck, but I really don't see any point in having Glimpse the Unthinkable , Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker and Startled Awake  Flip in here.

Mill cards in a non-mill deck usually won't end up doing much if anything at all, and since the only card in your deck that really benefits from mill, is Lazav, Dimir Mastermind I just don't think they accomplish enough.

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Lazav, Dimir Mastermind occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

U/B (Dimir): 0.98%