Shadows of the Past


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Nissa vs. Ob Nixilis (DDR) Uncommon
Magic Origins (ORI) Uncommon

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Shadows of the Past


Whenever a creature dies, scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)

: Each opponent loses 2 life and you gain 2 life. Activate this ability only if there are four or more creature cards in your graveyard.

Shadows of the Past Discussion

Mj3913 on What CMDR do you think ...

1 week ago

Viscera Seer : if perhaps you include a recursion/token package.

Darksteel Pendant : Indestructible is handy.

Shadows of the Past : mana sink, scry each death.

Bontu the Glorified : again, requires things to sac, and a mana sink.

Catacomb Sifter : death triggers.

Crystal Ball : digs 2 deep.

Lifecrafter's Bestiary : still works for casting as it doesn't say 'from hand'.

Reaper of the Wilds : returns attacks via deathtouch, and on death scry triggers.

Nissa's Revelation : could be fun depending on how many critters you have in it.

Price of Fame : Cheap commander removal.

Doom Whisperer : Flample, pay to see cards.

Explorer's Scope : ramp, and land off the top. Combined with other things you can plan around it.

Mirri's Guile : rearranges top 3. Might be outside your budget though.

Sensei's Divining Top : Guile in artifact form, again pricey.

Cream of the Crop : could be interesting, creature dependant.

Grim Flayer : not sure if good, you'll have to decide.

Scroll Rack : another pricey card but it sets things up.

Gilt-Leaf Seer : rearrange top 2.

Vizier of the Menagerie : Pretty handy if you've got a fair bit of critters.

Galvanoth : While not top manipulation, it can be pretty spicy with other top deck stuff.

Riddle of Lightning : depending on how high your curve goes it could work.

Masterful on Necronomicon | Teysa Karlov | Primer

1 week ago

Raikas Yeah Demon of Dark Schemes seems very powerful. I'll have to test it, and I'll definitely put it in the maybeboard. It is very slow but acts as a boardwipe on its own. Once its engine gets online it might pull off a win similar to the Reassembling Skeleton line.

I don't play Shadows of the Past for the same reason I don't play Ashes of the Abhorrent . Scrying is better than not, but I want to use my card slots for things with higher impact like engine pieces or very good utility. I should put the card in the maybeboard though, you're right about that.

h0ly_danc3r I've never had problems so far with lacking win-cons. If you think you need more, these buff cards would be fine includes, but currently I'd rather have more engine pieces.

Yahenni is good because he doubles as a threat, but I like cheaper sac outlets.

If you need more card draw, Mind's Eye is alright, but this deck can achieve so much more with its plentiful options. I would rather play cards like Stoneforge Mystic , Open the Armory , or Beseech the Queen to tutor for Skullclamp if I need more card draw. Otherwise Necrologia , Mentor of the Meek , and Corpse Augur are all great ways to draw massive amounts f cards for less mana than mind's eye.

Mycosynth Lattice with Marionette Master looks janky and fun.

Raikas on Necronomicon | Teysa Karlov | Primer

1 week ago

Demon of Dark Schemes Is insane. After playing with it in my brew for a few days, it has shown itself to be a huge combo piece. Sacrificing any 2 of our creatures gives us the energy to activate, and if we have Pitiless Plunderer Phyrexian Altar Ashnod's Altar Pawn of Ulamog or Sifter of Skulls out, we can pretty much go infinite or abuse resurection for 1black until we run out of mana. Most of the time we won't though. If Treasure Keeper is the creature we are sac cycling, things get degenerate. He's also a decent board clear.

Also I don't see Shadows of the Past in the maybe board or main. Any creature, scry twice, 2 mana.

BlueBat93 on Queen of the Orzhov [[Teysa Karlov Combo Build]]

1 month ago

suarkdivad: I don't think Lifeline works that way, especially since it does specify YOUR graveyard. For your opponents to take advantage of the trigger there should be written "of that player's graveyard" or something like this, shouldn't there? That's at least to my understanding of the rules. Still it might be well substituted by either Reveillark or Karmic Guide . I'm very hesitant on cutting Shadows of the Past because it is one of the few cards in here that grant you card advantage. I will look for another targets to cut and if I find something I'll make sure to put Reveillark and Karmic Guide in. Thanks for the suggestion!

suarkdivad on Queen of the Orzhov [[Teysa Karlov Combo Build]]

1 month ago

Could probably cut Lifeline and Shadows of the Past . I can't see how lifeline can take advantage of Teysa's trigger since it specifies "that creature" and is at end of turn... and it also works for all your opponents' creatures which they sometimes might be able to take better advantage of than you. Shadows gives you 2 scry triggers if Teysa is out, which is good, but not the strongest card in your deck. The second half of the card seems slow, though Orzhov likes slow and grindy. Anyways, those are the two I'd cut! Have fun with the deck.

BlueBat93 on Queen of the Orzhov [[Teysa Karlov Combo Build]]

1 month ago

Xynarth: Actually I just skipped the sacrifice part... dammit, I was already so excited about getting 5/5s all day long. I put in Yahenni, Undying Partisan. It's really hard to choose between Jar of Eyeballs and Shadows of the Past. I am also constantly thinking about Nether Traitor. Hundred cards are just not enough T_T I just want some more spots...

Maybe I should just take out the Revel in Riches-package? Although it's a very fun win condition and might help you win games in stuck situations...

Xynarth on Queen of the Orzhov [[Teysa Karlov Combo Build]]

1 month ago

I like the Quest, but it needs to be sacrificed after removing the three counters, sadly. There are a few sac weenies in white that would allow to fetch it back from the graveyard, but I don't know...

Instead, I'd put in something like Yahenni, Undying Partisan. Triggers with Teysa, has synergy through his sac indestructibility, and will eventually become quite monstrous (if that's the plan behind the 5/5).

Also considering you have 6-7 humans, maybe you could run Xathrid Necromancer. I know it's not really great, but still. Same for Disciple of Bolas to get some more card draw and Shadows of the Past is great value (I'd run either it or the Jar of Eyeballs that I mentioned before). Just remember that it's "Scry 1" twice and not "Scry 2" . People in my playgroup forget sometimes, hehe


I know these are a looooot of suggestions being thrown at you left and right, sorry about that. I'm just in a really big deck building/experimenting mood lately!

ShaharRyu on Burn Witch Burn

3 months ago

Ashnod's Altar is an obvious upgrade for its great potential in synergies and also infinite combos like with Nim Deathmantle. I am waiting for a reprint for it to go back to 3$ as it was a year ago. I discarded the summoner cause it was too mana hunru, but with the altar it could certainly be VERY funny.

On the recurssion departmente I was certainly thinking about those 2 creatures. Whisper, Blood Liturgist has never proven its worth to me before but Hell's Caretaker was an option I was considering. The main reason I am not runnin the caretaker or Stalking Vengeance is because they didn't seem to go well with my board when I proxied them. Stalking vengeance was a 7cc 5/5 sitting on the board doing 1 o 2 damage at times.

Dictate of Erebos and Grave Pact are upgrades for the future for sure. They are amazing cards which I would love to run. So is the Whip of Erebos. Finally, Grenzo. That sure is a Chaotic Card and I like it. It doesnt have much synergies unless Shadows of the Past and Viscera Seer do there job, in which case it could be amazing. It ain't expensive either so certainly a fun adition to run.

All in all, thanks a lot for the suggestions. I will try adding the caretaker and when I eventually manage to get my hand on the altar, I will also add the Summoner since that combo had gone completely under y nose and it is fo damn funny.

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Shadows of the Past occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Black: 0.08%

Rakdos: 0.06%