Wake the Dead

Wake the Dead

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Cast Wake the Dead only during combat on an opponent's turn. Return X target creature cards from your graveyard to the battlefield. Sacrifice those creatures at the beginning of the next end step.

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

Wake the Dead occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Black: 0.14%

Wake the Dead Discussion

multimedia on Jund Combo

1 week ago

Hey, nice concept for a Jund deck.

Protean Hulk and Phyrexian Delver / Body Snatcher can be enablers to tutor for and put the entire Redcap combo onto the battlefield. Hulk can't tutor for all the cards with one dying trigger, but it can with two dying triggers which is what Delver/Snatcher gives you. The first time Hulk dies tutor for Delver + Seer. Delver reanimates Hulk and then Seer sacs Hulk letting you tutor for Redcap + Melira/Mimic. Seer can now infinite sac Redcap.

Snatcher can replace Delver and that's significant because Snatcher is only four mana meaning you can add Sylvan Safekeeper to the Hulk pile to protect the combo. Seer can sac Snatcher which reanimates Hulk. Outside of the combo Snatcher can be an enabler to get Hulk into your graveyard since you can discard Hulk when Snatcher ETB.


Putrid Goblin is the new two drop persist creature from Modern Horizons. It's a Goblin so it has great synergy with the rest of the combos and enablers. Putrid Goblin + Melira/Mimic + Skirk/Seer/Feeder + Blood Artist . This entire combo can also be assembled by Hulk with two Hulk triggers using Delver/Snatcher. The first time Hulk dies tutor for Snatcher + Seer + Safekeeper. Sac Snatcher with Seer reanimate Hulk and then Seer sacs Hulk letting you tutor for Putrid + Melira/Mimic + Artist. Seer can now infinite sac Putrid and Artist is the win condition.

Artist can be a win condition with Redcap + Melira/Mimic/Grumgully replacing the damage that Redcap does to opponents. With Artist Redcap doesn't need a sac outlet to infinite combo with because Redcap when it ETB can do damage to itself killing itself which triggers persist and Artist. First time Redcap ETB have it kill itself which triggers it dying. It will then ETB again and have it kill itself again. With Mimic and Grumgully you can stack the ETB triggers so that Redcap gets a +1/+1 counter removing the -1/-1 counter before it does the damage to itself.


Shattergang Brothers are good with Hulk because it can be a consistent sac outlet when Hulk is reanimated or cast. If playing Hulk you'll want to add a small reanimation/enablers package. Getting Hulk into your graveyard is not difficult when playing black. Entomb , Buried Alive , Jarad's Orders to tutor for it and put it into your graveyard. Reanimate , Animate Dead , Wake the Dead or Apprentice Necromancer to reanimate it.

Necromancer and Wake are unique with Hulk because they can reanimate at instant speed and then EOT sac Hulk, you can infinite combo during your opponents turn. Wake for three mana can reanimate Hulk to block and then EOT sac Hulk. Wake is powerful with Buried and the three card combo. Buried can tutor for and put into your graveyard two different three card combos with Redcap: Recap + Melira/Mimic/Gumgully + creature sac outlet or Recap + Melira/Mimic/Gumgully + Artist putting them into your graveyard. Then with Wake for five mana you can reanimate the three card combo.

Good luck with your deck.

Funkydiscogod on 6 mana turn one, green ...

2 weeks ago

If you can get a Boonweaver Giant or Auratouched Mage in your graveyard, you can cast Footsteps of the Goryo or Wake the Dead , and you'd only need to make 3 mana.

Depending on the creature you're planning to find with your Pattern of Rebirth , there are probably better ways put it on the battlefield.

Gakros on Bloodstone Circle

3 weeks ago

Hi again fellow Karador Player,
you NEED to try Wake the Dead . IT IS AMAZING!!!
Turn 1:Land + Entomb >> Hulk
Turn 2:Land
Turn 3:Land + Wake the Dead targeting Hulk. GG!

superwill123 on Chainer's Demon Summoning Posse

1 month ago

Fair enough. Though if I were to cut cards for your suggestions, what would you cut/add? Also would Malfegor be a good addition, as we're trying to dump demons to the bin? (P.S. I don't really like Wake the Dead for this deck, looks like a fun card for an ETB deck tho!)

multimedia on Chainer's Demon Summoning Posse

1 month ago

Hey, good start and nice budget Rakdos deck.

The flavor is neat with Rakdos as General, but overall this Rakdos is lackluster. Consider Chainer, Nightmare Adept as Commander General? Chainer is being displayed as $8, but it's a glitch. It's not that much, in fact it's less than $2 at TCGPlayer.

Chainer can be an enabler for reanimation by discarding Demons or can recast Apostles from your graveyard. With Chainer any Demon you cheat onto the battlefield with Apostles gets haste. Reanimation and cards that are enablers for reanimation is a good secondary strategy when playing lots of high mana cost Demons. Apostles are the first plan to cheat Demons onto the battlefield and traditional reanimation can be a backup plan to also cheat Demons on the battlefield.

Budget cards to consider adding:

If you like these suggestions I offer help to make cuts. I also offer more advice if you like. Good luck with your deck.

cassa on Teysa, Orzhov Scion

1 month ago

Hi, thank you for your advices, they're precisely what i needed! First of all i know that the description is rough and approximate, when i'll arrive to 100 cards beeing sure i'll fix it once for all.

I didn't consider Victimize , but it's perfect for this deck: I'll add immediately. Same for Razaketh, the Foulblooded that i own and Altar of Dementia .

Fetid Heath , Phyrexian Tower and Diabolic Intent are surely better, and are in my wishlist for now, but i'm already investing in my Kaalia deck and except for some budget utilities (like Wake the Dead ) i prefer to wait.

Talking about the cutting (that was my biggest problem):

multimedia on Teysa, Orzhov Scion

1 month ago

Hey, nice version of Teysa. In the deck description you've left out three of the most relevant infinite sac combos that use the least amount of cards. My advice is to focus on the easier winning combos to assemble especially ones that use Teysa as part of the combo.

  • Teysa + Hour + Black Creature + Aristocrat
  • Teysa + Guide + Lark + Aristocrat
  • Teysa + Traitor + Altar + Aristocrat
  • Teysa + Skeleton + Altar + Aristocrat
  • Warder + Animate + Aristocrat
  • Guide + Lark + Station
  • Guide + Lark + Dementia

Teysa + Guide + Lark + Aristocrat: Teysa is a white creature who can be saced to her own ability and Lark can reanimate Teysa since she has 2 power. Teysa + Guide + Lark equals three white creatures. Victimize is an excellent card to enable this combo by using Teysa to sac to reanimate both Lark + Guide and then reanimate Teysa with Guide.

Warder + Animate + Aristocrat: You have these cards in the decklist, but haven't explained the combo in the description. It's one of the most compact, low mana cost aristocrat combos in Commander. Razaketh, the Foulblooded is the creature of choice to enable this combo since he can tutor for all the cards and get Warder into your graveyard. With Razaketh this combo is called RazaCats. If you would like me to explain it further I can.

Guide + Lark + Station: Station acts as the aristocrat and the sac outlet in this combo which reduces it by two cards.

Guide + Lark + Dementia: Altar of Dementia is the sac outlet to infinite mill your opponents libraries. It's a win condition without needing to do damage or make your opponents lose life. It can also be a self-mill engine to fuel reanimation. Self-mill all your 2 or less power creatures and reanimate them all with Lark.


Cards to consider cutting:

  • Elenda, the Dusk Rose
  • Pitiless Plunderer
  • Teysa Karlov
  • Restoration Angel
  • Felidar Guardian
  • Cathodion
  • Requiem Angel
  • Geist-Honored Monk

Your deck is loaded with four drops and these are the ones that are the least impactful. Angel + Guardian is infinite Angels, but these two cards don't really fit with the rest of the deck and I don't like that Angel can't be reanimated with Lark. Autocrat can replace Monk in all the combos therefore I don't think you need Monk since it's a five drop and both Guide and Lark are better five drops.

Teysa Karlov and cards that have more synergy with her can be cut because you don't need her ability of giving you additional die effects. This can be fine when you have access to it from the Command Zone, but it's lackluster as just part of the rest of the deck. Your deck is about combos, with Teysa as Commander you don't need Teysa Karlov's ability to combo, it's a bonus.


Some cards within the budget to consider adding:

I offer more advice if you would like. Good luck with your deck.

XaiLo on Kokusho, the Evening Star

1 month ago

Hey man! I found you on youtube. I've been searching for fellow Koko players. it's crazy how few of us there are!

I recently built my Kokusho deck and it's become my absolute favorite deck to pilot. I love your deck and I'm totally stealing some of the cards you run. I'm gonna throw my deck at you too and see if you like any of the ideas I have, one fellow Kokusho player to another. These are just ideas or suggestions, take 'em or leave 'em obviously.

Creatures:

Soldevi Adnate - Wait a turn sac outlet. Soldevi can only be used once per turn but it gives you 6 mana!

Mikaeus, the Unhallowed - An extra reanimat in between every reanimate you're able to complete without him. clutch!

Chainer, Dementia Master - Arguable should be the commander, but I prefer him in the 99 myself. But yeah if I could only run one creature in the 99 I think this would be it.

K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth - So much value, especially if you have a Jet Medallion in play. It feels like you're casting everything for free. K'rrik + Chainer + Koko (in GY or on the battlefield) + any sac outlet = combo for the win.

Villis, Broker of Blood - For us he basically says "x: draw x cards, then draw x cards again" that is mana efficient card draw.

Personally I only run 8 creatures in the 99. These 5 absolutely make the cut. (Gary, Disciple, and Crypt Ghast are my other picks which you are already running. Gonti I sometimes throw in just for fun, he doesn't make the deck more powerful but he's fun to play in casual pods. I like stealing cards from people.)

Sorceries.

We actually don't have any sorceries in common. Although I have been considering adding Exsanguinate. Anyway, here are some I suggest:

Reanimate - the Original Gangsta of reanimation. The namesake thereof. Very mana efficient. It hurts us a tiny bit in the life lost department. But you came to the right place if you want some life to spend.

Bubbling Muck - very good min-late game ramp spell.

Damnation - An efficient board wipe. It's basically Wrath of God in black.

Toxic Deluge - Also very efficient for us who love to spend life. It can get around indestructible too. I actually feel like I should be running MORE board wipes. Afterall, I have a creature that wants to die and I have very few other creatures. But these two were the best I could find. I also might add Mutilate .

Demonic Tutor - a Classic.

Diabolic Intent - Sac outlet plus a tutor.

Praetor's Grasp - i love stealing from opponents. You can usually find someone at the table that you think will have an Ashnod's Alter. But you can always find something good.

Scheming Symmetry - I like being political and making deals, this is a good way to do that.

Exhume - I can usually find a time to use it when it won't benefit opponents too much. Either way, it's 2 mana to reanimate Koko.

Footsteps of the Goryo - 3 mana to reanimate. Plus it sacs at end of turn, although i often have sac'd and reanimated it again by that time.
You have a lot of Graveyard to hand effects, which are great, but I much prefer Graveyard to Battlefield.

Instants. I don't have Thrilling Encore but it is my style of play, so i just might add that one. I don't have Tragic Slip either but I can't say it's a bad card. Definitely a good removal spell.

I do have the other three that you have and they are amazing.

a few more I like:

Abnormal Endurance - 2 mana to pre-reanimate or "Preanimate" if you will.

Corpse Dance - 3 mana to reanimate. Plus Koko can come in and swing for 5 in the air so that's a plus. I almost never attack with him otherwise. Buyback on this makes it an absolute must.

Goryo's Vengeance - 1 mana to reanimate, again with haste! you want a sac outlet though else it exile at end of turn. (sends Koko back to command zone, but still, you're rather he die again of course. This one can actually be spliced onto the other Goryo which is fun and seldom happens. lol plus you can't target Koko with both of them if you do it that way, but hey, maybe you get Gary AND Koko.

Grim Return - 3 mana to bring back anything from any graveyard. Usually Koko, but maybe you want something else from someone else's bin. this can get it done. Instant speed is nice.

Sacrifice - one time sac outlet but also net 5 mana ritual! not bad at all.

Shallow Grave - This one, like Corpse Dance, picks only the top card so be careful the order you put things into graveyard. 2 mana to reanimate. yes please.

Undying Evil - very similar to Supernatural Stamina although I actually prefer this one because it leaves him up to block in case you need that.

Vampiric Tutor - not budget at all obviously. But if you have one, this is a great place for it.

Wake the Dead - Kind of niche, but you can usually sac at instant speed so waiting for opponents turn isn't so bad normally. 3 mana to reanimate Koko and sac him again. already quite good. but you could pay 1 more and bring back Gary too if he's in there. 1 more brings back . . .Runescarred Demon or whatever. it only gets better and better in the late game with more mana available and more cards in the graveyard.

Artifacts.

Blade of Selves - So this is my number 1 recommendation. It's my favorite card in all of MTG and it's the reason I even wanted to make this deck. I use BoS in my green decks a lot, and I have never made a black deck before but I kept thinking how awesome this would be on Kokusho so... here we are. As long as you have 3 opponents this card says "at the beginning of your combat step gain 30 life and each opponent loses 10 life." Plus you're swinging for 5 in the air so you can point that at the person with the highest life total and hopefully keep all opponents closer together so you don't get to that awkward late game where Koko dies and only gains you 5 or 10 life. Token copies can be abused as well. For instance, You swing Koko equipped with Blade, 2 tokens ETB, you kill one and then let's say you keep the other one and send the real koko to the graveyard because you have an instant speed reanimate effect but no sac outlet. You reanimate him and bam, legend rule triggers again and you kill him again or kill the token this time. You will have to spend 4 more mana to re-equip Blade but it can be worth it at times. Speaking of token copies of koko...

Minion Reflector - Basically a colorless Bramble Sovereign, another card that I love love love in my green decks. Minion reflector makes a copy, kills the real guy, the copy can attack, then maybe you reanimate Koko and let the copy die this time.

Mirage Mirror - This can be another Cabal Coffers, or a copy of an opponent's Zendikar Resurgent... it's insanely versatile.
you could stack triggers, making it become a copy of Kokusho and then before that resolves you make it a copy of Soldevi Adnate who you just cast. Soldevi has summoning sickness but Mirage Mirror doesn't so you become a copy of Soldevi, then tap to sac Kokusho and add 6 mana, then the first activation resolves and Mirage Mirror becomes Kokusho who isn't even around anymore. It's tapped, but that doesn't matter much, you can sac it for value, or maybe reanimate Kokusho who comes back into what otherwise would have been no sac outlet but now the legend rule triggers and you get another death trigger. End of turn Mirage Mirror is just a tapped Mirage Mirror again.
Similarly...

Mirror of the Forebears - even cheaper version of Mirage Mirror but not nearly as versatile. I always name "Spirit" because Koko is my only dragon but Crypt Ghast is a Spirit so there's a chance I'll want MotF to be a Crypt Ghast later on. Usually though it just becomes a Kokusho until end of turn to give me free repeatable "sacrifice" (not really but essentially the same thing). speaking of dragons...

Dragon's Hoard - This is fun, although I might take it out because there are more powerful things that could be added. But yeah, it's a 3 mana mana rock. Ramp is kind of important early game when you have a 6 mana commander and your whole deck revolves around him. But then you start adding Gold Counters and now it's an extra card you get to draw pretty much every turn.

Phyrexian Altar - Yeah I'd choose Ashnod's over this but it's a close second. well worth the slot IMO.

Blasting Station - Another great sac outlet. Repeatable. and you can ping down opponents' life totals or ping their small utility creatures.

Bolas's Citadel - This is how you get card advantage in mono black. And with koko we have plenty of life to spend! Finishes the game a little faster too, as soon as opponents are under 10 life you might be able to sac everything and tka 'em to 0.

Cauldron of Souls - Not as good as Mikaeus because he might reanimate Koko 2 or 3 times in a turn, but Cauldron is still awesome and can reanimate everybody you've got. Plus, being an artifact, it's a little more resilient than Mike.

Cursed Totem - I might take this out since stax aren't my style. But it is very powerful. Chainer, Vilis, and Soldevi are the only creatures in my entire deck that this hurts.

Jet Medallion - I'm often casting 3 or 4 spells in a turn so this can really put in the work.

Lifeline - interesting effect. it's symmetrical so be careful. but trust me, you'll get more use form it than they will. But yeah, I'd rather play group hug effects that benefit me more than they rather than stax effects that hurt they more than me. Anyway, this brings back anything that dies at the end of the turn, as long as there is another creature on the battlefield. When i'm not trying to win very hard and I just want a fun interesting game this will often be the target of my tutors. If I wanna win I grab Chainer and K'rrick :)

Strionic Resonator - Guess what's better than getting one death trigger from a dying Spirit Dragon? . . .

Well of Lost Dreams - Draw as many cards as you want for 1 mana each. not a bad deal at all.

Wishclaw Talisman - Another tutor, but one that can make friends. I usually pick the person I want to befriend and I say ""I'ma use the first wish, I'll give you the second wish if you give me the third. Deal?" If they won't make the deal I pick another opponent. Someone is likely willing to do it, and you end up with basically 2 Demonic Tutors.

Enchantments.

You have amazing enchantments. I don't yet own Wound Reflection or Exquisite Blood but when I get them they will definitely go in this deck. Black Market is AMAZING, Sanguine Bond is a must. The others I don't run but they are great cards. A few I recommend:

Necropotence - After Vilis this is the best card draw spell in my deck. My playgroup always targets it because it can get crazy ESPECIALLY if you have Thought Vessel or Reliquary Tower in play. I've considered running Shimmer Myr and Vedalken Orrery so I can just draw my whole deck minus 1 or 2 cards, and then chain some rituals into Shimmer Myr into Vedalken Orrery into either a win or a Spellbook to keep my hand. But yeah, I don't run those right now. Just reliquary Tower and Thought Vessel. But even without those, I usually pay enough life to draw up to 10 and then I have to exile 3 cards. But it's so much card draw and card selection!

Attrition - Very nice creature removal

Gate to Phyrexia - Very nice artifact removal, although it has been annoying that it can only happen at upkeep. Still worth though!

Tainted AEther - Super mean stax piece. Great for the Kokusho player, not great for anyone else.

Lethal Vapors - This one is even meaner somehow. And I love that it has it's own demise onit. like "hey, you're welcome to end this meanness any time you want man..." My friends have learned to just kill it as soon as it comes out, it's just a matter of who will be the one to lose a turn for the team. pretty funny stuff.

Dawn of the Dead - Kinda like Lifeline but even better IMO. It reanimates at upkeep and gives haste. It's interesting that this and Cauldron of Souls and Chainer and Mikaeus and Lifeline and Corpse Dance with buyback all cost 5 mana. Apparently that's the sweetspot for repeatable reanimates.

Unholy Indenture - A preanimate effect that can steal opponents' creatures if you want to use it for that.

Kaya's Ghostform - Another preanimate for only 1 mana. Also beings it back from exile! I noticed you have a couple planeswalkers as well, this can bring them back too, with renewed loyalty of course, and ready to use a second tie if you killed them on your turn. It's just 1 mana! insane!

Necromancy , Dance of the Dead , and Animate Dead are three more reanimate spells. They have a lot of text but basically they bring koko from GY to battlefield. All three can steal from opponents' graveyards if you so choose. Necromancy can be played as an instant.

Lands.

I'm currently re-thinking my lands package. I have Field of the Dead so I've kind of gone pretty heavily into running all differently named lands. I have a few Swamps, a few Snow-Covered Swamps, and then a bunch of great stuff and a bunch of janky terrible stuff lol. But I'm thinking i might clean it up a bit and go with more basics to help out Cabal Coffers more.

I'm super jealous of your Cavern of Souls. I would love to get one of those someday. And I too run Glacial Chasm. It can be a really important card in some games. A funny janky combo that I've never done but hope to one day is to have Glacial Chasm in play and Lethal Vapors and then I activate Lethal Vapor's skipping my next turn, but before it resolves and kills Lethal Vapors I activate it again, 1 billion times. Then it dies and I skip all my turns from now on, and if opponents don't have a way to destroy Glacial Chasm, or to drain me of life, then they eventually mill themselves out and lose. Obviously this is very situational, most of the time I feel like they'd be able to find a way to win, but it would be funny nonetheless.

Anyway, good card. Also Nephalia Academy. I didn't even know about that card but I'ma get one and start playtesting it. very interesting effect!

Geier Reach Sanitarium - Sometimes you really want a certain card in your graveyard, this can help you put it there.

Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth - A classic. Don't forget it might help opponents too though.

Cabal Coffers - Pair with Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth for lots of manas.

Gemstone Caverns - Possible turn ramp with little downside.

Ancient Tomb - better in the early game than Temple of the False God. The life loss can add up though, even in a Kokusho deck. In casual meta with longer games it isn't quite as good as it is in cEDH.

Bojuka Bog - Your enemies might be as keen to play from their graveyard as you are. Hit them before they hit you.

Boseiju, Who Shelters All - depending on your meta it might be really important to have uncounterable sometimes. Especially when you tap out to cast a huge Exsanguinate. Nothing worse than having that Mana Drain'd

Buried Ruin - I have several Artifacts I love in this deck, but most of all my baby, Blade of Selves.

Exotic Orchard - Normally wouldn't be needed in a monocolored deck but if you plan on stealing things from other people it might come in handy. I like Fellwar Stone for the same reason.

Field of the Dead - a powerhouse late game.

High Market - a sac outlet on a land. Run this card! and speaking of sac on a land...

Phyrexian Tower - this is super clutch. It's only once per turn but it's really really good to have.

Diamond Valley - ok I admit I don't own this so it's not in my deck. but if i had a spare 1000 bucks.... this is a great card. It doesn't tap for mana unless you have Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth in play though.

Miren, the Moaning Well - a poor man's Diamond Valley. It does tap for mana though so it's got that over DiamondV. but it will cost 3 to tap it and sak Koko.

Mirrorpool - This taps for colorless, and comes into play tapped. so that suck. but... it can become a Kokusho token to that's pretty cool.

Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx - An auto-include in any mono-color deck.

Reliquary Tower - Often overplayed in EDH but in a deck with Vilis or Necropotence it is definitely worth a slot.

Shizo, Death's Storehouse - Not worth it to buy this one for Koko. You pretty much never use it to give him Fear. But it is a differently named card for my Field of the Dead and there's not much downside so... I have it in there for now.

Thawing Glaciers - I think i might take this one out. I don't have many early game ramp spells so I thought this might be good but omg it's so slow! it was aptly named.

Witch's Cottage - This one is up your alley since you like returning from GY to top of library.

Volrath's Stronghold - is another such card with a very similar effect you might like.

I have Vesuva which usually copies Cabal Coffers. and I have Thespian's Stage and Dark Depths for my boi Marit Lage. They make for fun things to tutor from your two wishes on Wishclaw Talisman. There are stronger things that could be done but if you feel like just being silly and smashing face with a 20/20 indestructible flier then there's always that option.

Urborg is a silly land to run, i mean there's no downside other than it isn't a swamp. But there's really no upside either except for people saying "what the hell is that?" which can be fun. Most people have never heard of it and have been calling Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth by this name without realize it belongs to another.

Well if you made it to the end of my novel, congratulations. Let me know what you think of these cards and stay in touch so we can bounce Kokusho ideas off of each other.

Peace!

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