Secrets of the Dead

Secrets of the Dead


Whenever you cast a spell from your graveyard, draw a card.

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Set Rarity
Commander 2019 (C19) Uncommon
Dark Ascension (DKA) Uncommon

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

Secrets of the Dead occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Secrets of the Dead Discussion

Jack32226 on Rot and Ruin (Muldrotha EDH)

4 days ago

Deyosyf - Thank you for commenting!

While I do think the Squandered Resources combo with World Shaper is pretty nifty, I personally don't see myself getting much value out of Squandered Resources without World Shaper already on the field. With various fetchlands and other lands that sac themselves, I typically don't have to worry about having plenty of lands to play out of the graveyard already. On top of that, I'm not a huge fan of World Shaper if the deck doesn't have any sac outlets, which mine doesn't currently have. In the right deck this is a powerful combo, but for mine I don't have enough free deckslots to fit all of the needed cards in.

Gravebreaker Lamia is a card I've considered since it is quite good, but the problem is that it's not repeatable. With Sidisi, Undead Vizier, Sidisi can exploit herself so you can play her every turn without a problem. Combined with Animate Dead this is a powerful and cheap tutor effect (without Animate Dead, I probably wouldn't be running her). For Gravebreaker, I don't see the discount effect to be good enough to warrant running the card.

I do think Walking Ballista could be included in the deck, it's certainly not a bad card. The main issue I have with it is that it's kind of boring, haha. But yeah, especially in the right meta, Walking Ballista is very good for cleaning up small creatures, while still being an effective combo finisher. In my current meta, there's not a lot of small enough creatures, so I've just decided not to run it.

I will replace Growth Spiral with Coiling Oracle, I'm not actually sure why I hadn't thought of Oracle since I already own the card. So thanks for bringing it to my attention. I will test out Risen Reef to see if it's worth the extra mana. I feel like it's probably worth it, but I'll try to verify that before adding it to the deck.

As for Secrets of the Dead, it's not quite as attractive as Mystic Remora and Rhystic Study since it requires Muldrotha on the field to do much of anything. But I do still think it's worth running all 3. One of the main goals of this deck is to replay removal/interaction over and over again with Muldrotha, and Secrets of the Dead synergizes with this game plan perfectly. It might not be a card for every deck, but for mine it definitely puts in work every time I play it.

Deyosyf on Rot and Ruin (Muldrotha EDH)

4 days ago

Squandered Resources can help ramp you early game by allowing you to sacrifice a few lands to play Muldrotha early. Then late game you can use it (and any other land sacrifice outlet) to combo with World Shaper. The Mending of Dominaria is an "OK" alternate to World Shaper but The Mending of Dominaria takes too long unless you have a way to proliferate.

Gravebreaker Lamia is a direct replacement for Sidisi, Undead Vizier I guess its worse because its an entomb instead of a tutor, but you already have support with Eternal Witness and Tamiyo, Collector of Tales and the added benefit is you can play it without having to have another creature around for exploitation. the cost reduction is well worth it as well.

Walking Ballista you already want to dump mana into X spells this card is a great way to manage and control boards early. Its an artifact and a creature so you can use muldrotha to cast it two times in a turn and it can be used as a kill con from the grave yard without needing anything other than muldrotha to make it a viable option.

Growth Spiral - you have two better creature options than this card; Coiling Oracle or Risen Reef. You have 3 other elemental creatures in the list already so risen reef might be worth the extra 1 generic mana over the coiling oracle. especially looking at how much you're likely to be replaying Shriekmaw and Mulldrifter. however oracle lets the land enter untapped. its a trade off I'm not sure which is better.

Secrets of the Dead - between Mystic Remora and Rhystic Study you don't really need the secrets of the dead.

BMHKain on A Space-Time Quaking Ressurection of Dead Magic.

1 month ago

@king-saproling: Alright. Did the cuts & possible exclusions that are worthless in this deck (IMO) anyway. As I'm still trying to find ideas for cuts on my Omnath deck (4 potential ideas so far.), was my decision to remove Sunforger from the equation (NOTE: it has to be a CMC 4< Cost; & must have and/or in the identity. Only 5 non-X Costs make the list. Far too low. Even Secrets of the Dead has few targets as of recently.

So, do you think this is fine as it currently is? I'll try & find more potential cuts on the Omnath deck here:

Omnath, who Mana Breaks for us all.

Commander / EDH* BMHKain


This might be the last time I need help after the fact. So thanks so much for such an effort, you really kick ass. :D

BMHKain on Omnath, who Mana Breaks for us all.

1 month ago

@king-saproling: All cut. I even have two others that would've been great w/ the Chopped, on the chopping block. So we're still 12 running to get slaughtered. As I'm still planning a 5-Color Solemnity oriented deck, should I find ideas for the other 10 cards to cut?

You already knew about my other deck idea; but it requires a 5-Color CMDR. The Deck has one Law: No Counters Allowed. W/ stuff like Decree of Silence , Stuff for Suspend , Persist , Undying , Age Counters among other kinds of stuff. Now I just need a 5 Color CMDR that might help this case: Cromat , It's 5 Abilities Neither grant it a +1/+1 Counter to itself, & its 4 Other Abilities don't matter for requirements; thus being the CMDR of choice.

That said, I've 10-12 cuts left, depending on opinion to cut here. On the following deck:

A Space-Time Quaking Ressurection of Dead Magic.

Commander / EDH* BMHKain


, I already decided on 4 things on the chopping block:

1: Sunforger : 9 Instants are even on there, limiting my options so much it's insane; & not a lot are good targets anyway.

2: Secrets of the Dead : The Saddest Part is that I've no support for this. 1/3 out of 3 is chopped.

Maybe I'll add more choices. But I'll leave this to you one last time; even as I'm working on a True Cromat Anti-Counters (Not Counterspells.).Deck, & I'll still try Atemsis, All-Seeing alone if you don't mind. Same for ol' Cromat . The rest is up to you; How to bring such decks to 100 cards? Have I annoyed you enough? I wonder what you'd recommended cutting for both.

Until then, I'll be waiting... Great work BTW! :D

Joe_Ken_ on Muldrotha Midrange

5 months ago

River Kelpie is a good card to get more value off your muldrotha casts as well as Secrets of the Dead from Commander 2019.

gamerboy12k on Flip the deck, not the table!

6 months ago

greyninja thanks for the +1 and the suggestions!

I originally had Secrets of the Dead in my deck. It was definitely good with Muldrotha, I just want this deck to be able to work both with and without her. In this case I think it is too reliant since the only way to case cards from my graveyard is only with Muldrotha.

Honestly Mulldrifter is mvp, it is very good since cards + 2/2 flying blocker(and/or a sac body) = good in my eyes. I only took it out to try and test other cards. Also add my current unhappiness with yawgmoth, mulldrifter might be back in soon. Thank for that!

For Shriekmaw I think I have enough removal with 1 targeted removal, 1 mass creature removal, 3 sac effects, 1 mass wipes, and 1 Song of the Dryads . Then again I have been massively wrong about many things so I will test this out with Mulldrifter , and Kaya's Ghostform .

Thanks for the help! Will definitely check out your deck.

greyninja on Flip the deck, not the table!

6 months ago

Love it +1 from me!

What do you think about Secrets of the Dead ? I've been enjoying it in my build. Also Mulldrifter and Shriekmaw are neat.

After Primal Surge you can stack the triggers to have Mulldrifter do its thing after Jace or Lab Man are on the 'field

Please check out my Muldrotha deck and tell me what you think! Cheers

CarefulStudy_SweetOlBob on Muldrotha to lend out

7 months ago

Here are some maybeboard suggestions: Lands: Field of the Dead - With all of the land recursion, it seems like this would generate a lot of value. You could get 2 2/2 zombies off of a fetch land. Plus, as I'm writing this TCGPlayer has it for $1.50.

Creatures: There are two creatures in the deck that I think have good recursive value, but are my least favorite in the decklist. I would replace either Reef Worm (doesn't do anything when it hits the battlefield, can be exiled), or Phantasmal Image (depends on another creature on the battlefield.) Consider these two as they're synergystic to a degree: Arcum Dagsson - Baleful Strix , Wurmcoil Engine , and Spellskite are all targetable by this dude. He can fetch any of your noncreature artifacts. TCGPlayer has it for $13.00. Corpse Connoisseur - Recursive Entomb . <$0.50.

Enchantments: Figure out a way to include Secrets of the Dead .

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