Life from the Loam


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Modern Masters (MMA) Rare
Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari (DDJ) Rare
Ravnica: City of Guilds (RAV) Rare

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Life from the Loam


Return up to three target land cards from your graveyard to your hand.

Dredge 3 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly three cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)

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Life from the Loam Discussion

Lightpulsar9 on Selling EDH decks and others

1 week ago

I've got a few things to sell, need the money since I'm student, so not really looking for trades. All transactions would be through Paypal.


I'm looking to sell each deck for 180 each.

Rakdos EDH

Trostani EDH

As for the Individual cards I'm selling:

Life from the Loam RTR - 10

Atraxa, Praetors' Voice - 16

Hazoret the Fervent - 10

Noble Hierarch - 43

PG7m on The Meren Midrange Machine

1 week ago

Love your list. I play Meren as well and some cards that I always get a lot of value out of are Dark Depths, Life from the Loam and I run both Vampire Hexmage and Thief of Blood b/c they're really good v. Planeswalkers and anything with counters. I'll make a Marit lage token block or swing and then sac for value and then Loam back the Depths and do it all over again.

FireStorm4056 on [PRIMER] Death & Staxes: Competitive Meren EDH

1 week ago


We don't really run any combos around Ramunap Excavator or Life from the Loam so we can't really max out their potential. Typically the creatures I'm trying to find room for are those that either accelerate us out of the gates (high-value mana dork), or offer some way to oppress our opponents more quickly/reliably (or in a new/different way). These do neither, so although I think they could be useful in a vacuum, I don't know how well they would actually help secure a win outside of some niche situations.

Good call on the Sylvan Safekeeper! It has been on my "Maybe's" list for a long time (though I didn't put it up here), but I haven't yet been convinced on it. It does protect Meren, but in many cases I'd rather her just die than sacrifice our own lands. Since we stall out the game pretty hard, opponents using removal (aka turns, under Winter Orb or the like) on Meren means (a) they aren't actively advancing their own win condition, and (b) we have more time to advance the rest of our boardstate. I'm hesitant to sacrifice lands to protect her since we operate quite well without her and lands are arguably even more important. Plus, with many mana dorks, stax effects, and tutorable Gaea's Cradle, we typically curve out faster than our opponents (we can't recast her indefinitely, but recasting her once or twice is much better than losing one or two lands and giving up the competitive edge).


Check out my section on "Win Conditions"! Minister of Pain combos with Living Plane for a powerful one-sided Armageddon. At other times, there are enough utility creatures running around (mana dorks, Dark Confidant, tokens, etc.) that he is still useful as a mini-boardwipe. I was unsure about the inclusion at first because -1/-1 seems subpar in theory. But in practice I have been surprised at his effectiveness, often tutoring him up even without the combo ready since the wipe is very useful. And, if the combo does land, that usually means it's Game Over.

Compare this to the popular Necrotic Ooze + Phyrexian Devourer + Triskelion combo that relies on cards with no real play value except the combo itself... they still see play despite being useless without the assembled trio! Minister of Pain is very useful on his own AND fits nicely with our combo, so he fits quite naturally in the list.

Viscera Seer is OK, but only once you have some sort of boardstate established. If we had a few extra slots then maybe it'd be here, not sure. But as it stands, I prefer to devote 1-cmc to mana dorks to accelerate hard, then 2-3 cmc to stax pieces to ensure our threat density is high enough to actually stop our opponents from winning immediately T3. Opening-hand Viscera Seer doesn't really do either of these for us!

MarvelousBreadfish on [PRIMER] Death & Staxes: Competitive Meren EDH

1 week ago

Could Ramunap Excavator or Life from the Loam be useful or are you looking to win before it would be relevant?

TheDuggernaught on U/G Urza Tron

2 weeks ago

I know many UG Tron lists also run Gifts Ungiven. With Gifts Ungiven, you bring out Life from the Loam, Academy Ruins, Mindslaver, and then any random card you want. No matter what pieces they put in the graveyard, and which the put in your hand, you will be able to establish your Mindslaver lock. I can imagine Oblivion Stones would also help keep the board clean while you establish your board.

Mdmaster13 on Do or Die

2 weeks ago

I don't think TE is a bad idea, but I also don't know if it'd be worth adding white for. However, in my current build it turns off my Wasteland, which is a bad thing obviously. In terms of protecting my man-lands, I do have Life from the Loam to give them some survivability.

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