Lazav, the Multifarious


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Pioneer 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 (GRN) Mythic Rare

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Lazav, the Multifarious

Legendary Creature — Shapeshifter

When Lazav, the Multifarious enters the battlefield, surveil 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put it into your graveyard.)

: Lazav, the Multifarious becomes a copy of target creature card in your graveyard with converted mana cost X, except its name is Lazav, the Multifarious, it's legendary in addition to its other types, and it has this ability.

Lazav, the Multifarious Discussion

Slyce on Beating death with The Cauldron

1 month ago

Hey muskote100,

First of all thanks for your comment and ill gladly asnwer your questions. I have to say that I haven't done much testing with this list, but played a lot (more or less) with a different tech which wasn't complete even. But it did rather good, I do have to admit that I had some consistency issues with the other list but reason for that was I had to play worse alternatives for some cards. Concerning the matches I noticed it faired pretty good against most decks except aggro. The faster a deck is, the harder it is for this deck to go off. Another problem I had was with W/R Feather decks (but as I said all of this was with the old list) but the inclusion of Stonecoil Serpent helps against basically any multicolored decks or flyers. But nonetheless fast decks are still a problem but not unbeatable. Okay to answer your questions:

I hope I could give you some insight on my card choices, but if you have any other questions feel free to ask them :)

muskote100 on Beating death with The Cauldron

1 month ago


really liking your list. I was previously considering a Grixis reanimator list for fun but decided to go with Lochmere Serpent. However, your list does spark my hope to make the best of both.

Some questions:

How did you fare with your list? Strong/weak matchups? How reliably do you get the engine going? Especially running the risk of getting your Cauldron Elkyfied by Oko does look dangerous. Is there a reason to run Eye Collector instead of Overwhelmed Apprentice ? Or simply cut it in favor of some spells, even if this cuts into the cauldron body-count? I could see this list milling itself rather quickly, maybe include a one off Jace, Wielder of Mysteries as a backup plan.

Some alternative card choices I'd like to hear your opionion on:

Have you considered Ashiok, Dream Render ? Given it does conflict with Gargoyle but does speed up the main game plan. Might be worth it, depending on the game state, therefor maybe a 2-of.

Lochmere Serpent does also strike me as a strong reanimation target. Beeing unblockable can close out the game, can be recurred from the graveyard even without cauldron (albeit conflicting with Ashiok). It does draw cards and replenish life if needed too and has some pseudo haste with flash.

Vilis, Broker of Blood as a 1-of would also make sense to me, further enhancing the cauldron by card draw and hits hard if it survives a turn, but could be a win-more card.

Seeing all that powerful etb effects I could imagine a copy of Yarok, the Desecrated . Although I am unsure if this would work at all, might be win-more and cute, but simply tickles my inner Johnny.

In a same vein, I could see some funny interactions with Lazav, the Multifarious . His ability does not copy ETB effects, so its the opposit of Yarok, but still I could image some intresting opportunities, f.e. closing out a game by copying an Lochmere Serpent or Rankle, or copy a Emry to regain an artifact. Even copying the Lich or Embodyment just to have a surprise deathtouch blocker.

As a personal preference, I will try to adjust this list and go a more controlling route with Enter the God-Eternals , Murderous Rider , Ritual of Soot (Nissa lands and adventures, while potentially filling our cauldron) and maybe Noxious Grasp especially to prevent Oko from ruining everything. Also Into the Story looks simply strong. The question is how far I could go until I compromise the main gameplan of having many creatures in the graveyard.

Even if this does never make it to T1, this list sure does compensate it with a lot of fun and interesting interactions. I'd like to hear your opinion and will test some things myself and maybe come up with my own list if I find the courage to pull the wildcard-trigger. Thanks.

Rhadamanthus on Lazav the Multifarious and transform/flip ...

2 months ago

Only a double-faced card can actually transform. For your example with Elusive Tormentor  Flip, this just means nothing happens and Lazav, the Multifarious is still a copy of the Tormentor. However, for your example with Jace, Vryn's Prodigy  Flip or Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip there's a special rule that says Lazav will go to exile and stay there.

711.8a If a player is instructed to put a card that isn’t a double-faced card onto the battlefield transformed, that card stays in its current zone.

SpecimeN87 on Lazav the Multifarious and transform/flip ...

2 months ago

If Lazav, the Multifarious clones Elusive Tormentor  Flip, and then activates the transformation condition, does the transformation happen? Would Lazav then have the abilities of Insidious Mist ?

Conversely, what if I were to copy either jace, vryn prodigy or Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip? Is it now a planeswalker?

Caerwyn on copies and counters

2 months ago

With Oko, you will copy the text, but the Enter the Battlefield (ETB) trigger will not occur as Oko is already on the battlefield when Tishana is copied.

Compare to Clone , which ETBs as a copy of a creature, or Cackling Counterpart which creates a token (a newly-created token ETBs). Those copies will have the ETB ability as they enter, and thus will trigger the ETB ability.

Also, as a note, Tishana is legendary. If you control two legendary permanents named Tishana, Voice of Thunder , one will be sent to the graveyard as a state-based action. Both Oko and the above-mentioned cards will copy her name as well, so one of the copies will go to the graveyard as a SBA (if you got the ETB trigger, that will still resolve and still draw cards--triggers exist independently of the permanents that caused the trigger).

Compare to cards like Lazav, the Multifarious , which specifically states it retains its own name when it copies the object; or Helm of the Host , which specifically states that the legendary aspect is not copied.

TypicalTimmy on Feature Suggestion - "Alternate" Commanders

2 months ago

LVL_666, there is no such thing as an "alternate Commander", there is however an idea of something called a "secret Commander". Players who use this tend to want someone, such as perhaps Lazav, the Multifarious but they want access to . So, they run Tasigur, the Golden Fang to get access to that color. Tasigur feeds into Lazav's need to have creatures in your graveyard, and once you get Lazav out, you begin a horrific synergy-cycle of dumping creatures into your graveyard and then exploiting them through Lazav. By having access to , it allows you to ramp and excessively abuse both triggered abilities. It also gives you access to creatures otherwise out of Lazav's reach.

Most players who do this make it explicitly clear that Lazav is the real OG of the deck but that he is tucked away in the 99. Thus, he is a "secret Commander".

What you are saying is you want your 99 + 1 + n. In this regards, you want a Commander deck of perhaps 102 cards, giving you access to the original Commander +2 additional Commanders you can slip in between plays.

That is not how the game works, and thus it is not how the site allows decks to be built.

What you are describing is actually a Sideboard - You want cards to sit on the sidelines while it waits its turn to be played. Specifically speaking, Commander does not allow for Sideboards. However, I've heard time and time again that a 10 card limit is generally the accepted norm.

So it seems to me you have two options;

  • Run a 100 card deck with a main Commander and several "Secret Commanders" tucked away in it that you can possibly swap out between games.

  • Run a 100 card deck with a Sideboard and swap out the Commander between games.

Caerwyn on Lazav plus training grounds combo

2 months ago

Please remember to link your cards using double brackets:


Pili-Pala , Palladium Myr , Metalworker , Apprentice Wizard , Lazav, the Multifarious , and Training Grounds .

Training Grounds reduces Pili-Pala 's ability to just ; Turning Lazav into Pili-Pala to ; and turning Lazav into any of the others for .

So, for each option:

  • Lazav turns into Palladium for , and taps for . You are up . Turn it into Pili-Pala, untap, you are up and a colored mana. Spend the to turn back into Lazav, you still have one extra colored mana left over. Repeat forever - each time you will net infinite colored mana.

  • Same for Metalworker , though you need at least one artifact in your hand to get this to work.

  • Apprentice Wizard does not work quite as well - you have to spend the colored mana to activate its tap ability, but you'll still net infinite .

allanrichardo on Sisay Citadel

3 months ago


Agree with pyroblast thing

Whip of erebos seems bad. If we play from citadel, we have to attack with something to balance the life loss from it (4cmc) bcos if not, its just lose 4 life do nothing. And the reanimate effect is bad i think. I’d rather pay 5 (WUBRG) and find something via sisay. I suggest Lazav, the Multifarious for that ‘reanimate’ effect, he can become any dead legends from our grave. He is a legend too which pump sisay as well.

Marelen seems the worse card for the citadel combo. We always prefer not to lose life in every possible way, Keeping our life high is paramount. She lock ourself drawing from sensei top. She is a dead draw early turn. Losing life, helps other plyer find something too, maybe a card that can destroy us.

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