Volrath's Stronghold


Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage 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
Tempest Remastered (TPR) Mythic Rare
Stronghold (STH) Rare

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Volrath's Stronghold

Legendary Land

: Add to your mana pool.

, : Put target creature card from your graveyard on top of your library.

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Volrath's Stronghold Discussion

Makyran on Vaevictis the Dire, Only Permanents

1 week ago

Since you came and helped me out, I will return the favor!

Cards that could be replaced:

Acidic Slime: I personally feel Reclamation Sage just outshines the slime. For 2 more mana, all you're getting is deathtouch and the option of destroying lands, which our commander is already capable of doing himself (if needed).

Nevinyrral's Disk: I personally don't like all that much. This has a lot to do with the fact it comes in tapped, and the fact that I prefer Pernicious Deed. If you don't feel like you need this, it could very easily be replaced!

Warchief Giant: This card I would argue could be replaced. The other two are more impactful when they connect. However I realize he is a personal fav of yours, but it's a possibility ;)

Scavenging Ooze: I don't think you need both this and Deathrite Shaman.

Elixir of Immortality: I personally don't see much use for this. If you want the option of putting stuff back in your library, I would instead put in Haunted Crossroads from your maybeboard (since I assume you're intending to save creatures with it!). Also, the shuffle means you have technically lost access to them anyway, when they rightfully belong on top of our deck!

Expedition Map: I assume you have this in here to fetch Volrath's Stronghold. It otherwise doesn't have that huge of an impact! I would trade it for the bigger Ulvenwald Hydra in your maybeboard!

All artifact ramp over 4 mana: I personally would replace all of them with 2 mana signets and Fellwar Stone. That means you will rarely come into a situation where you can't cast one!

Sifter Wurm: I believe this card could be replaced as well!

Inclusions to maybeboard:

Hua Tuo, Honored Physician: He does the same thing as Haunted Crossroads just on tap.

Viscera Seer: Nice sacc and top deck filter!

Aetherworks Marvel: Since you have a little energy theme going already, this could be another fun inclusion!

Blade of Selves: What's better than myriad creatures? Having myriad on everything!! XD

Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest: I just really like the idea of this card in the deck, with us saccing opponents permanents and our own!

Greater Good: Can potentially draw an absurd ammount of cards, espcially if you include Ulvenwald Hydra.

Price of Glory: If you really hate that everyone else playing at instant/flash speed. We don't really have that many ways to interact with players on their turns anyway! :P

Aggravated Assault and Combat Celebrant: Extra combats, extra upgrades from Vaevictis Asmadi, the Dire. Can also work as a panic button when you pull out a something big for your opponent! :P

Xenagos, God of Revels: Our dragon is now a 2 turn clock!

Hope this helps making the deck even more awesome!

Profet93 on Contract for your death

1 week ago


I recommend adding Vesuva and Thespian's Stage to copy coffers. This shouldnt affect cabal stronghold too much. I know you don't want to remove too many swamps, its very much worth adding these 2, I cannot speak highly enough of them. A flexible mana base, ESPECIALLY in mono black where urborg helps with colorfixing is HIGHLY worth it. Speaking of strongholds, Volrath's Stronghold is useful as well. Mirage Mirror is versatile tility and can copy coffers too!

I dont see any way for you to deal with artifacts/enchantments other than nev disk. I would recommend adding some of the following All Is Dust, Ugin, the Spirit Dragon, Karn Liberated, Oblivion Stone or the budget counterparts like Lux Cannon, Ratchet Bomb, Spine of Ish Sah, etc...

Corpse Dance could be fun, recur top creature, sac is to commander. Repeatable for 5 mana seems good.

My black deck also is weak to counterspells, as my main (though I do have other options) wincon is a large X spell. You might want to consider Conqueror's Flail or maybe even Boseiju, Who Shelters All. Other people mentioned mana web and the defense grid. I recommend either one or the other, not both. Mana web works well with urborg but doesnt take into account mana dorks/rocks. Defense grid's benefits were explained by a previous user who summed it up quite well. The choice is yours. Additionally, hand disruption is useful in general and will force a blue player to use a counterspell. A great example of this is Mind Twist.

Lastly, Griffstick has a huge.....deck :)

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!

Profet93 on Power of the black side

4 weeks ago

Youre playing mono black, lets update that mana base.

Cabal Stronghold - Baby coffers

Volrath's Stronghold - Recursion How are you dealing with artifacts and enchantments? All I see is nev disk. You might want to add Oblivion Stone Ugin, the Spirit Dragon Karn Liberated and other budget options as well.

newbuu2 on Vaevictis Jund Goodstuff

1 month ago

I don't think you want Illusionist's Bracers or Rings of Brighthearth as they only work on activated abilities. You have only two creatures that would benefit from it: Sakura-Tribe Elder and Purphoros, God of the Forge. You'd benefit more from something like Panharmonicon.

What's Deserted Temple for? I'd only include that if you had a land like Gaea's Cradle.

I'd include Hall of the Bandit Lord and / or Hanweir Battlements to give your general haste. You'd benefit from this because you already have a couple land tutors that could grab them.

You might also want to include ScrollRack so you can even cheat stuff into play from your hand. You could also even add things like Volrath's Stronghold and Phyrexian Reclamation to get stuff from your graveyard to the top of your library.

DVLuca on Nath All In Discard 1v1 DOM

1 month ago

Abyssal Specter and Needle Specter can be cut for Mindslicer that's much more powerfull and Mind Shatter. I dont know your budget but if you can afford Volrath's Stronghold for more redundancy would be wonderfull, otherwise Phyrexian Reclamation is another one. If you increase the number of elf Elvish Soultillercan be usefull.

StopShot on Alesha, Who Luls at Death v2.0

2 months ago

@Rikente, I wouldn't concern myself with adding zombies. My deck only runs Wayward Servant and Gravecrawler and everything works just fine. Wayward Servant's ability is too weak to be used for anything other than an infinite combo. Gravecrawler I wouldn't mess around with unless you're bent on abusing him with Skullclamp or Grave Pact.

If you must add more zombies for value I'd suggest Taurean Mauler, Fleshbag Marauder, Liliana's Elite, Scourge of Nel Toth, and Mirror Entity since those cards are good regardless of if they're in a zombie deck or not. If you want an easy way to recur your Wayward Servant then I suggest adding Volrath's Stronghold or Unholy Grotto as a budget alternative.

Loonmoon18 on Sliver EDH Control Deck

2 months ago

staroceansurfer, Thank you for your suggiestions! I didn't know Volrath's Stronghold was a card! I will try to get one! Teferi's Protection and Patriarch's Bidding are for sure good cards if I get them and find a place. Crystalline Sliver used to be in the deck but was removed due to having many cards to target my slivers and of course Amoeboid Changeling, Unnatural Selection, and Crib Swap. But maybe it can find a spot back into my deck! I'll try to. Thank you for looking at my deck and have a great day! :)

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