Life from the Loam


Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual 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

notywq on Muldrotha, the ETB

16 hours ago

@SynergyBuild for self milling options I've tried Perpetual Timepiece, Nyx Weaver and even Grisly Salvage. Honestly I wish I had Life from the Loam but eh, that card's expensive as hell right now.

Personally I love Sultai Ascendancy just for its flexibility and Crawling Sensation as it gives me some kind of value when lands are thrown in the bin. Sidisi, Brood Tyrant is bae.

Jackspicer2 on RG Land Destruction

1 week ago


Thanks for the suggestions, I like the combo. If I get my hands on some Scorched Earth, I can fit some in. Life from the Loam is just out of budget for this deck.

Spyglass on Hedron Alignment Sultai (BUG)

1 week ago

Love the concept behind the deck, and I've been making attempts at running something similar (so far, I'm still coming up a tad slow). I was trying to run it without green, but I think I like your solutions to protect and ensure the combo, and Nyx Weaver might make it worth going full Sultai. Either way, I'm definitely stealing spontaneous mutation. Now a bunch of random suggestions to help fill a maybeboard:

I've been relying a on Dredge mechanics to keep myself milling, and I highly recommend them. Specifically, Stinkweed Imp can let you drop 5 cards into your graveyard if it gets discarded (and is a flying blocker with death-touch), Dakmor Salvage (Life from the Loam might also be good, but it looks pricey) keeps you from land-screwing yourself with mill, and Darkblast is a second reliable way to fill your graveyard early (and helps deal with some decks that are too aggro for the pace you want to set).

Living Lore looks like it was basically made to be played here. It's a whole mana faster than actually playing our tutor (and not even UU).

Also, I can't recommend Jace, Vryn's Prodigy  Flip enough. I know he's stupid expensive (though not compared to say ... Snapcaster Mage) if you don't have one or aren't playing with Proxies, but he's effectively a Cantrip that lets us play an instant/sorcery from our graveyard the turn after you play him. He'll also draw a lot of random aggro and eat removal or (once he's a Planeswalker) attacks.

Finally, Spellweaver Helix never made it past my maybeboard, but you're running more sorceries than I did, so you may want to give it a look.

I would also like to recommend finding some form of Enchantment/Artifact hate to at least sideboard, since a single Leyline of the Void or Relic of Progenitus can make it literally impossible to achieve the victory condition, and mess up graveyard acceleration. Green has a ton of options here, though so that shouldn't be hard to manage.

... That's all I have! Hope I helped stir up some ideas.

SynergyBuild on Garden Guard [Selesnya Token Aggro]

1 week ago

Hey, I made one of these populate decks!

A few questions:

First Question: How is this aggro?

I mean you run no 1 drops, and your fastest kill is turn 5, and that isn't super likely.

Second Question: Why 4 Temple Gardens

With Wooded Foothills or Flooded Strands, you only need 2-3 Temple Gardens for required fixing, and Horizon Canopy deserves a spot or two in this list. Also the Grove of the Guardians will never really see play unless you are in the midrange mirror against Abzan or something. Maybe sideboard them, run some Horizon Canopy, drop a Temple Garden drop in another Fetchland, call your landbase a day.

Third Question: Why no dorks?

You can up the playability of the deck with a full playset of Noble Hierarch and 2-3 Birds of Paradise

The best plays of populate lists are turn one Noble Hierarch curving into turn two Wayfaring Temple, into turn three 2xCall of the Conclave (One one Call of the Conclave and one Selesnya Charm on 2/2 token), swinging for 5 with Wayfaring Temple (4 creatures+exalted trigger), then copy a Call of the Conclave, turn 4 drop a few creatures (dorks, tokens, whatever), swing for 15, win turn 4. You can also achieve this with a hand of Intangible Virtues.

Fourth (And Final) Question: Why do you run Trostani, Selesnya's Voice?

Against Combo, or aggro, you are dead before you untap with her, against control, she will die before then, or won't resolve. To be honest, the same is true for Advent of the Wurm. With dorks, it woul be possible to untap with them, but since you don't run any they appear useless. Wilt-Leaf Liege has a similar problem, but I actually like him, because if you swing the turn you drop him, he doesn't need to untap to win a game. Otherwise I find him pretty bad, and would drop him for Dryad Militants that at least stop storm, TurboFog, or Snapcaster Mage, along with Life from the Loam, and a handful of readily played modern staples. Druid's Deliverance actually falls into this category of "cards that won't matter in modern", but I'd be lying if there wouldn't be a deck that could use it, Turbo-Fog (which is not this deck, and Turbo-Fog is normally trash).

You should really consider running some of the following: Knight of the Reliquary, Path to Exile, or Intangible Virtue, the do wonders!

DrkNinja on Gruul lands wins

2 weeks ago

These cards are absolutely NESSECARY in any omnath deck and will give you a HUGE advantage in any game.

These are cards that, I run in my deck because they all are apart of my gameplan to combo out and kill all of the players at the table, and I play in a 6 man pod.

And if you want to play test the combo version of the deck, or just do me a solid and upvote the deck, here it is

Zendikar's Omnipotent Rage

Commander / EDH DrkNinja


BigFriendlyNinja on RG Land Destruction

2 weeks ago

Scorched Earth

this might be a nice card to throw in. also maybe Life from the Loam to get lands back into your hand.

smashadams83 on Toxic Relationship: Hapatra EDH | *PRIMER*

2 weeks ago

They are tough early game. I might have to play one turn one tapped which isn’t a big deal. But I normally don’t have issues with tempo loss. They are fantastic to dig into the deck late game and trigger archfiend. If you run enough of them it might be nice to run Life from the Loam.

I run Fauna Shaman as another way to enable archfiend and tutor up utility creatures, a second survival of the fittest albeit a worse one.

You need a nice reanimation package when using survival as well since you’re going to be dumping creatures. I Run the following for reanimation:

Journey to Eternity  Flip - when flipped

Dread Return


Volrath's Stronghold

Eternal Witness


You also might want to consider running Necrotic Ooze since you have a tutor package now. You can dump quullspike/Druid into the yard with survival and then go off with ooze.

Another consideration is Westvale Abbey  Flip. Easy to flip here. Let me know what you think!

BMHKain on Varolz Voltron Help Needed.

3 weeks ago

I'm just going to put it straight for what I want for help:

  1. A cut to 100 (Obviously.)

  2. More stuff to use to fill the yard, & stuff to protect it from threats like Grafdigger's Cage & Ashes of the Abhorrent.

  3. Riftsweeper is in, so I'd like to have stuff to reuse from scavenging from Varolz, the Scar-Striped, & keep it up when needed. It's more than just Worldly Tutor You know...

  4. More rocks & less lands (Possibly...)

  5. If lands are to be yarded, I'd like some options to bring them back to play. A merfolk from Rivals of Ixalan can do this, & it shouldn't be just Crucible of Worlds, or Life from the Loam, you know...

6/finally: stuff to retrieve other things is opposed to mere permanents...

Good luck helping me out! It's rare to find Varolz with a Voltron/GoLion theme, you know... :)

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