Parallel Lives


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Innistrad (ISD) Rare

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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.

Parallel Lives Discussion

Squirrel_of_War on Gyrus, The Meat Grinder

5 hours ago

Hi sonmew glad you like the deck! Gyrus is super fun to play but he definitely has a high learning curve because of his complex ability. I've made a lot of play mistakes while learning to play the deck properly. Most common mistake is forgetting the exile trigger at the end of combat for the token copies. Anyway, Doubling Season and Parallel Lives are both great cards that I mainly use to double the tokens Gyrus creates but they aren't required. I would say definitely get your hands on a copy of Parallel Lives if you can but don't worry to much about Doubling Season . If you can afford one Primal Vigor is a great substitute but it has a drawback of being a global effect which is good and bad. Good because it helps other players and can be used politically and is much less likely to be destroyed or put a target on your back. Bad because your opponents may get more of an advantage than you do and overwhelm you with tokens or counters. I think adding Meren of Clan Nel Toth is a stellar idea! She is a powerhouse, if you add her you should also toss in a few more sac outlets or creatures that sac themselves so you have a way to build up experience counters. You can check out my Meren deck below. Let me know if you have any more questions, I'm always happy to answer.

Death Pits of Nel Toth

Commander / EDH* Squirrel_of_War


Cadois on Giant Stomp

2 days ago

@arice332534 I always do! The thing is: I have 10 decks and only one Helm, so right now it is in my spider deck to create a lot of Ishkanahs who enter with a lot of tokens, and with Parallel Lives it can be twice the Ishkanahs with twice the tokens, and so on. xD

Crav96 on Ajani’s Enchanments

1 week ago

Ok so +1 because I really like the idea. From the few playtests that I did, it seems that the list is a bit slow. It starts establishing a board on turn 4-5 which for a lower life meta like Oathbreaker can be dangerous. This means you'd have to politic your way out of receiving early focus. SO here are my suggestions:

a) You should lower your CMC total to get faster and cheaper options. Example, include more mana dorks like Llanowar Elves and the similar to speed up your mana and land your expensive enchantments and Ajani earlier on the game. You could also include some solid ramp in the form of Nature's Lore , Cultivate etc. to thin your deck from lands and get more lands early in the game.

b) You may need to focus the deck a bit more. So far it seems you have an enchantress theme, a lifegain theme and a token theme. These three go well together, but maybe if you focused on 2/3 or 1/3 and have the rest as one-off effects, the deck would roll smoother. For instance, if you want to go enchantress then you may need to cut down on some artifacts and include more enchantments that impact the board like Mirari's Wake or Ghostly Prison . You could also put in more enchantments that boost your tokens if your focus becomes the tokens, such as: Anointed Procession , Parallel Lives

Lastly, in the text of your list add this--> CMDR next to your Oathbreaker and Signature Spell so they appear on the command zone during the playtest!

BRG24 on There just tokens (FOCUSED)

3 weeks ago

I understand that you are trying to keep your cost down, but another couple of cards to possibly consider would be Anointed Procession , Parallel Lives , Huatli, Radiant Champion and Helm of the Host . They are a bit pricey though. Overall, a very nice deck, has helped me with my Trostani deck a lot, thanks.

firestorms90 on Hungry Hungry Hellion

3 weeks ago

Ah, thanks, MizzMizz! To be honest, I forgot this deck wasn't still private; I was offering another user suggestions for his Thromak deck and opened it up so he could look through my list. Guess I should work on writing up a description, lol.

Doubling Season would be great in here, certainly; I was lucky enough to buy a playset when they were still new and inexpensive, so availability isn't an issue. The only reason I don't have it in here is that I already had a copy in my Ghave, Guru of Spores deck. Since both decks run on similar concepts, it would have been too easy to stuff the same cards in Thromak that I had in Ghave. I chose to avoid any overlap, and since having extra tokens seemed more important for this deck, I used Parallel Lives where I might have otherwise used Doubling Season. This reason is also why there's no Primal Vigor in here. I figure if I've enough dudes to devour when Thromak hits play, he'll be plenty big even without a counter doubler.

One of the goals of this deck is to cast Thromak for huge, attack, sac for profit, and cast again for even more; this requires some crazy mana, which is why I have Mana Flare , Overabundance and the like. Mana Echoes seems like it could be helpful, but have I got enough creatures that share types to maximise it's potential? I suppose Saprolings are probably the most prolific token type, but my creatures are all over the place. You referred to it as a land, though, rather than an enchantment; were you thinking of another card?

Hoobynobber7395 on aura token storm

4 weeks ago

Parallel Lives will help increase token generation to *4 since you have Anointed Procession , with Assemble the Legion and Divine Visitation , Finale of Glory , Entreat the Angels you could ramp up token production to ridiculous limits and add in Purphoros, God of the Forge and a sac outlet with Goblin Bombardment

check out Who's army? Tajics army its great at building an army of tokens

cascadien on Yisan, the Inspiring Bard

1 month ago

Great job!!! i do however agree with the first commenters that you may want to consider more utility lands or getting more utility in your creature ramp. im also a little curious as to why you dont have any doubling enchantments like Doubling Season , Parallel Lives , Primal Vigor since your commander uses counters but i doubt i could have built a deck that is any better. :-)

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Parallel Lives occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.05%

GW (Selesnya): 1.0%

Golgari: 0.23%