Parallel Lives

Parallel Lives


If an effect would put one or more tokens onto the battlefield under your control, it puts twice that many tokens onto the battlefield instead.

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Set Rarity
Innistrad (ISD) Rare

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

Parallel Lives occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.05%

GW (Selesnya): 1.0%

Golgari: 0.23%

Parallel Lives Discussion

abby315 on Meren to Nethroi

1 week ago

The above comment about sums it up for me, unless you were planning to take it in a combo or other kind of direction! Here are some good Nethroi targets that have low power but make tokens or have good effects when they enter:

Biogenic Ooze Blade Splicer Master Splicer
Maul Splicer
Sensor Splicer
Noosegraf Mob
Chittering Witch
Creakwood Liege
Akroan Horse
Deep Forest Hermit
Deranged Hermit
Nut Collector
Geist-Honored Monk
Ghave, Guru of Spores
God-Eternal Oketra
Hornet Queen
Izoni, Thousand-Eyed
Tendershoot Dryad
Trostani Discordant Trostani's Summoner

Most of the above cards create creature tokens, so you'll probably want the usual: Doubling Season, Anointed Procession, Parallel Lives if you include a lot of them.

Here are some 0-power utility creatures to consider, because they're free to reanimate if they get killed:

Arboreal Grazer
Birds of Paradise
Devoted Druid
Incubation Druid
Faeburrow Elder
Custodi Soulbinders
Embodiment of Agonies
Golgari Grave-Troll (also a great include because Dredge can fill your GY)

And you'll also want at least a few additional Mutaters in case you have Nethroi out and want to trigger it again:

Auspicious Starrix
Cavern Whisperer
Dirge Bat
Migratory Greathorn
Sawtusk Demolisher

...all seem like good includes.

Hope this gives you a good place to start and a list of interesting cards to consider. Many are very affordable. Now I kinda want to make a Nethroi deck.

Have fun!

DarkHero on that card you hate

1 week ago

Thoughtseize crushed my soul enough to make me stop playing 60 card formats. Just because I wasn't good at magic at the time and kept being surprised when it screwed me. I'd be all excited with my starting hand, get a turn one of these, and totally lose traction and panic.

Also, I traded a Blightsteel Colossus for a Parallel Lives because I was trying to build a human tribal tokens standard deck, which was never finished. I regret that a lot and seeing him makes me sad.

Mostly just bad memories associated with cards.

I've made some people hate Slaughter Games a few times. I ran a causal tabletop group in college and brought that as a joke. I knew their decks because we played daily, if not I would Duress to see their hand and guess what to get rid of next I'm sure there is some hate for that one.

TypicalTimmy on Nastja, Squirrel Breeder

2 weeks ago

Now, we COULD break it with the plethora of doubling effects in the game; Parallel Lives, Doubling Season, Second Harvest, Anointed Procession, Primal Vigor. Then you have Divine Visitation for some nasty nonsense.

You'd need some buffing for Food, though. As far as I am aware, Gilded Goose is really the only sure-fire method in Selesnya. So you'd have to make a few more cards, which isn't too bad.

Rhadamanthus on Do Dreadhorde Invasion with parallel ...

2 weeks ago

It makes 2 tokens, but only one of them will be 1/1. The other will be 0/0 and will die.

Parallel Lives only changes the specific part of the effect that makes the tokens, and doesn't change anything else about what the effect does. The detailed rules for Amass say:

701.43a To amass N means “If you don’t control an Army creature, create a 0/0 black Zombie Army creature token. Choose an Army creature you control. Put N +1/+1 counters on that creature.”

So in this example, that means Parallel Lives changes the effect to "If you don't control an Army creature, create two 0/0 black Zombie Army creature tokens. Choose an Army creature you control. Plut N +1/+1 counters on that creature."

Tylord2894 on Do Dreadhorde Invasion with parallel ...

2 weeks ago

You will get a two 0/0s, one of which will have a counter on it (making it a 1/1).

The replacement effect from Parallel Lives replaces the creation of the tokens. When the Dreadhorde Invasion trigger (or any Amass effect) resolves, you will put a counter on an existing Army. If you don't have an Army, it will create one then put a counter on an Army. The token creation is what Parallel Lives will affect. Parallel Lives doesn't affect how many counters are put on the Army nor how many tokens get a counter.

Notably and like you mentioned, it will not effectively be Amass 2. In fact, it will be Amass 1 with an extra (likely) dead token.

Hope this helps!!

NyxDragon on Golos, Flickering Landfall

2 weeks ago

Have you thought of using token doublers such as Doubling Season, Anointed Procession, or Parallel Lives?

seshiro_of_the_orochi on Double Masters

2 weeks ago

Weird timing to announce the set.

I guess Primal Vigor, Parallel Lives, Anointed Procession, Zendikar Resurgent, Mirari's Wake and Alhammarret's Archive seem pretty much set. Same goes for Consecrated Sphinx.

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