Volrath's Stronghold


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
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

Jamminmagician on Golgari Hydra

5 days ago

chadsansing thanks a ton! I'll definitely give your list a look for notes.

With regards to your suggestions, I can't run phytohydra (or any cards with another colour) without running aground on my concept of playing Reyhan by herself.
Mycoloth is a HELL of a suggestion that I can't believe I hadn't considered. What a beater. It'll be annoying finding a cut for it but doable.

On the surface Cauldron of Souls seems good but there's a problem because many of my hydra ETB with 0 counters if they weren't cast. I realized this in the original list when I tried to play more true reanimator rather than recursion cards. This is why I prefer Phyrexian Reclamation, Volrath's Stronghold, and Palace Siege in the list, getting a genesis hydra back in hand feels so good to recast.
The deck could probably use some more sacrifice outlets, certainly Grim Backwoods is a plan Z kind of affair. Birthing Pod is a pretty strong suggestion since I can sack Reyhan to find dimir house guard in time for a board wipe or bloodspore thrinax to combo off with woodfall primus. It's a little bit bad since much of my creature base DOESN'T have a high CMC as a card until I pour mana into them, but it's probably good enough nonetheless.

markbeloit on Superstition, Fear, & Jealousy | Sidisi EDH

1 week ago

A forgotten mana dork you could consider is Urborg Elf. I'd also run Volrath's Stronghold. Life from the Loam can get back Volrath's Stronghold, which can get back Eternal Witness, which can get back anything.

saturn999 on Zombie Swarm

2 weeks ago

try Conjurer's Closet. especially with Sidisi, Undead Vizier. tutor every turn! it's great! and, Volrath's Stronghold. so good for getting back you creatures you want. i'd find a way to put Bile Blight maybe? but this deck looks awesome and flavorful! +1

Daedalus19876 on Hymn of Darkness: Elenda EDH | *PRIMER*

2 weeks ago

SlavicGhaespar: Could be interesting, I'll consider it :) I'm trying to avoid infinite combos in this deck, however - this is my deck for when people complain about the infinite combos of my The Locust God list - so I want to avoid the Karmic Guide loop.

Coward_Token: Yeah, this list COULD use a few more mana rocks...And while I will 100% consider Dowsing Dagger  Flip and Forbidden Orchard, multi-mana lands with downsides are sorta bad in my meta, where everyone runs Strip Mine and friends :/

Conartistry: You're right, I need a Volrath's Stronghold (and a Phyrexian Tower, too...). I'm not quite convinced on Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx (how often will I have 4+ devotion?) but I'll pay attention to my devotion over my next few games :) Thank you for your comment!!

Conartistry on Hymn of Darkness: Elenda EDH | *PRIMER*

2 weeks ago

Volrath's Stronghold is a pretty decent way of getting elenda and your other creatures back in a pinch.

SurpriZe on Skullclamp and Volrath's Stronghold interaction

2 weeks ago


I've got a Skullclamp and Volrath's Stronghold on the battlefield. I attach Skullclamp to a non-token creature with a toughness of 1, so the creature goes into the graveyard.


Is it possible to activate Volrath's Stronghold's second ability targeting the creature that died from Skullclamp before Skullclamp draws the two cards, thus drawing the same creature?

smilkows on Sidisi Reanimator

2 weeks ago

Thank you very much! I am glad you like the list. It s a fun deck and can be powerful, but to be more competitive it needs some spells to counter the graveyard hate. Often you will encounter Bojuka Bog, Relic of Progenitus, Rest in Peace, Leyline of the Void, Scavenging Ooze, and Deathrite Shaman to name a few. Some cards to consider are:

Some reshuffle graveyard spells (Budget and more expensive):Elixir of Immortality, Perpetual Timepiece, Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre, Kozilek, Butcher of Truth

Counter Spells:Counterspell, Forbid, Voidslime, Disallow, Fervent Denial, Glen Elendra Archmage, Mystic Snake, Draining Whelk

Artifact/Enchantment Removal:Deglamer, Krosan Grip, Naturalize, Acidic Slime

Even Broader Removal:Abrupt Decay, Maelstrom Pulse, Beast Within, Song of the Dryads, Chain of Acid, Mold Shambler, Terastodon, Worldshaper, Vraska the Unseen, Duplicant

Next up are cards you can swap in that are not as expensive to acquire.

Out: Geth, Lord of the Vault, In: Gisa and Geralf;

Out: Fauna Shaman, In: Satyr Wayfinder;

Out: Grave Titan, In: Myr Battlesphere;

Out: Jace, Vryn's Prodigy  Flip, In: Archaeomancer;

Out: Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip, In: Razaketh, the Foulblooded;

Out: Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur, In: Nezahal, Primal Tide;

Out: Nissa, Vastwood Seer  Flip, In: Wood Elves;

Out: Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, In: Ishkanah, Grafwidow;

Out: Protean Hulk, In: Spider Spawning;

Out: The Scarab God, In: Bloodgift Demon;

Out: Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger, In: Avenger of Zendikar;

Out: Sheoldred, Whispering One, In: Ravenous Chupacabra;

To allow for the anti graveyard hate cards listed above, I would consider cutting for budgetary reasons: Yawgmoth's Will, Rise of the Dark Realms, Survival of the Fittest, Sylvan Scrying, Diabolic Servitude, Entomb, Coffin Queen.

You can change a lot of cards in the list aside from those mentioned here. Two cards I would not change and would pick up as they are very useful in the list are Volrath's Stronghold and Phyrexian Tower. You can sacrifice a creature to the tower gaining 2 black mana and use that mana to activate the stronghold to put the sacrificed creature back on top of your library. Volrath's Stronghold by itself is also a way to save at least one creature from your graveyard from getting exiled as mentioned in the graveyard hate you would face.

This should give a good sense of what type of cards to think about and try. I have used many of these cards on my way to getting to the list today. Another two good cards that are rarely bad are Wurmcoil Engine and Batterskull. Just good Value cards. Batterskull is not a creature to reanimate, but it is a creature when the artifact enters the battlefield. I hope this helps!

MitchZesty on A Group of Rats is Called a Mischief

1 month ago

You can cut out Cascading Cataracts for Diseased Vermin. You've already got two fetches for Swamps and Cascading Cataracts is almost completely useless in a mono-colored deck.

I'd also highly recommend some more non-basics like Lake of the Dead, Wasteland, Strip Mine, Peat Bog, Barren Moor, Everglades, Bojuka Bog, Volrath's Stronghold, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, and Cabal Coffers.

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