Life / Death

Life / Death



All lands you control become 1/1 creatures until end of turn. They're still lands.


Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. You lose life equal to its converted mana cost.

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari (DDJ) Uncommon
Apocalypse (APC) Uncommon
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Life / Death occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.0%

Life / Death Discussion

SueMe on Hogaak: My Favorite (Infinite) Combo Deck

1 week ago

Yo, welcome back ColFrogfoot!

You have a lot of points, so I'll address them each one by one.

  • This deck mills its combo pieces all the time, and it usually isn't that big of a deal. As I mention in the description, we have ways to get our stuff back (Eternal Witness, Regrowth, Dread Return, Death + Life to name a few). Depending on your meta, you might want some more where those came from (especially stuff that can return noncreature cards like Golgari Findbroker). The only time when you're pretty much screwed is if your yard gets exiled along with the Riftsweeper. I've never been the best at assessing how much recursion I need, so take my amount with some grains of salt, but it seems to be working out for me. Also, since each meta is different, each person will have to do their own assessment there.

  • You're right that it's pretty unrealistic to get both the Greater Good and the Zombie Infestation out every game (just in half of them XD). All jokes aside, if you aren't completely shut down in the early game, then you have good chances that you'll be drawing most of your deck that game. If there's one thing that I'm confident about, it's the reliability of our card draw suite. Now about that hypothetical where you have both Greater Good and Zombie Infestation out, all you need to draw and discard is a Dread Return and a Bone Miser. Sac three zombies to flashback the Return, getting Bone Miser out, and discard 2 more lands to have enough to play the Phyrexian Altar.

  • The Necrotic Ooze approach is totally legit. I had a phase with this deck where I used it with Razaketh, the Foulblooded to fetch everything I needed. What I dislike about the ooze though, is that it forces you to use up multiple card slots for stuff that is only useful in that combo. You're eventually going to run into the scenario where you have a couple of dead cards in your hand because you don't have the ooze out.

  • Most of the time you don't need mana after you assemble the combo. As I explained previously, a Dread Return and Bone Miser will get the job done, as will a Lotus Petal into Sacrifice.

I am curious about your Necrotic Ooze build though. I will admit that my particular build is not infallible, but it's also pretty consistent.

Immortalatom on Honorless Meren cEDH

4 months ago

pao2 what're your thoughts on Living Plane? I know you already run Life / Death, but I've seen Living Plane do some dirty work in my pod with Minister of Pain, just bopping everyone else's lands.

Brutal_B on Shirei, Taking Care of Business

5 months ago

Not sure you can run Life / Death . Some nice swamps to consider are Witch's Cottage and Leechridden Swamp . Mirage Mirror would be a good fit cuz of all your triggers.

multimedia on Korvold the Horder

7 months ago

Hey, nice upgrade of the precon.

Because you have Extortionist Temur Sabertooth is a combo with him to make infinite treasures which makes infinite mana and infinite sacs for Korvold. Diabolic Intent is a big upgrade since it's a sac and tutor for any card for two mana. Tireless Tracker is another excellent upgrade because it can be a repeatable source of clues to sac.

Ramunap Excavator helps to be able to freely sac lands for Kovold. It combines well with Tracker and a Fetch land to give you multiple triggers of landfall. Orcish Lumberjack is a very underrated card for ramp in Commander and it combines well with Excavator. Buried Alive is excellent with Genesis. It can tutor for Genesis which also puts it into your graveyard and it can fuel it's recursion with creatures. Life / Death is another underrated card in Commander that combines well with Buried. It can be two drop reanimation or make your lands into creatures to sac them for Korvold.

Good luck with your deck.

imSandstorm on ₩ɆĐĐł₦₲ ₣Ɇ₳₴₮

7 months ago

Nice deck! A few cards I run in mine that you might like: Life / Death , Squandered Resources , Dragon Broodmother , Eldritch Evolution . Life//Death is sick with skullclamp, especially if you run a way to get lands back from the yard and Broodmother is pure value.

Milkspy on Bromeoplasm

8 months ago

Hey man! I really like this list! I have compared it to my own mimeoplasm deck and there's a lot of cards which would be a great include in my deck. Have you considered the following cards aswell? I included these in my own deck:

I hope you find atleast some of these suggestions useful!

DINOSAURS65556 on Mazirek Sac-Storm: The *Primer* of Life & Death

8 months ago

Have you also ever thought about Life / Death , if you want to go all in, make all you land's creatures, sac enough for lethal with combat and swing. Also this works nicely with sac outlets, to ping the last bit of damage and has other utility as a recursion spell

multimedia on Slimefoot, the Stowaway

8 months ago

Hey, nice budget version of Slimefoot and good work if this is your first Commander deck.

Good budget cards to consider adding:

Cards to consider cutting:

  • Golgari Guildgate
  • Foul Orchard
  • Jungle Hollow
  • Warped Landscape
  • Torgaar, Famine Incarnate
  • Severed Strands
  • Rot Shambler
  • Deathbloom Thallid
  • Rampant Growth
  • Golgari Locket
  • Yavimaya Sapherd
  • Thallid Soothsayer
  • Thallid Omnivore
  • Naturalize
  • Fungal Infection

Good luck with your deck.

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