"The Draught of Living Death brings upon its drinker a very powerful sleep that can last indefinitely. This draught is very dangerous if not used with caution ... This is an extremely dangerous potion. Execute with maximum caution."
--Libatius Borage's Advanced Potion-Making

This is my version of the popular Living End deck with more of a land destroy feel. I absolutely love playing decks that heavily feature the graveyard and this one is particularly fun to play!

+1's and feedback are greatly appreciated!!


#5 in tournament @ Rooks Comics and Games — Aug. 30, 2013

Round 1 (2-0): Took out a GW Hexproof Aura deck with little trouble.

Round 2 (0-2): I got completely smashed by GR Tron with 4 mainboarded Relic of Progenitus. I am definitely going to sideboard against this next time.

Round 3 (2-0): Jund. I feel like I was lucky with this matchup, He only had one land and a Deathrite Shaman out by turn 5 and despite having the shaman eating up my cycled creatures, I was able to destroy his one land and cascade to make him scoop.

#2 in tournament @ Rooks Comics and Games — Aug. 23, 2013


Caozao says... #1

This is a very cool deck! I'm going to copy and modify it just for fun. :D

August 27, 2013 5:26 p.m.

Caozao, awesome! Thanks for the +1 and let me know what it's called so I can check it out!

August 27, 2013 7:01 p.m.

Caozao says... #3

Haha I've maximized the number of cycling creatures here, which makes the deck almost less effective compared to yours, but really fun I find!

August 28, 2013 12:35 a.m.

Ya except it makes for one large turn around if you play it right :)

August 28, 2013 5:25 p.m.

Nobilior says... #5

There are a lot of living death decks out there, and I have to say, this is one of the better versions I've seen. I have to ask though. Why Spike Feeder ?


August 28, 2013 5:43 p.m.

Nobilior - Thanks and thanks for the +1. I do like the way it plays and after playing it a ton, I feel like I always have what I need. Spike Feeder is mainly there for sustain. I generally try to get more than 3 cycle guys in the yard so I never cast a cascade on turn 3 unless I absolutely have to. Hard casting him and then being able to respond to removal or chump blocks by removing counters, gaining 4 life, then cascading again to get another potential 4 life is just insane. Plus if I have a few on the board and am ready to cascade, I can just remove the counters, gain the life, then bring them out again :)

August 28, 2013 9:33 p.m.

Nobilior says... #7

Very cool. So, do you're turns look something like this;

1) land, cycle

2) land, cycle

3) land, Spike Feeder or Beast Within

4) land, Avalanche Riders

5) don't pay echo, land, Acidic Slime

6) Violent Outburst or Demonic Dread , into Living End

Whenever I play Living End decks, I feel that I play them improperly. Is that a good turn progression?

August 30, 2013 5:07 p.m.

Blakkhand says... #8

I don't think you really want Acidic Slime , that is way to slow for living end. This wants to put 3-4 creatures in the the grave then cascade as soon as it hits the third land drop. Also, you definitely want a couple Faerie Macabre , as she can reduce the benefit your opponents receive from living end in, in addition to filling up your grave. Also, I'd remove Savage Lands and Kessig Wolf Run , as this wants all untapped colored mana in the early turns for cycling so you can be ready to win T3-4.

August 30, 2013 5:18 p.m.

Nobilior - That is almost exactly my turn progression, or at least what I try for. I may even try cascading on turn 5 to then drop Acidic Slime on turn 6 so that it will stay out for more than one turn but it depends on what I'm up against. Thanks for the +1!

Blakkhand - I like the Acidic Slime mainly because they add to land destroy palette and I've had a previous build where I was trying for aggro but it didn't work out so well against some of the more popular modern decks. I went for more of a mid-range/land destroy to remedy that. Did you mean Faerie Macabre in the mainboard because I do have 3 in the sideboard? Again, with the lands, I've tailored this to more of a turn 6-9 win instead of a turn 4 swing lethal.

Thanks for the suggestions guys!!

August 30, 2013 5:39 p.m.

Blakkhand says... #10

Yes, I was speaking of moving the macabre to the mainboard. It worked well for a recent tournament deck I was looking into.

August 30, 2013 5:45 p.m.

Ok, I like that. It's a great card and I suppose I could board in the Acidic Slime against decks that rely more heavily on their land. Thanks!

August 30, 2013 5:50 p.m.

bman5604 says... #12

Grafdigger's Cage is popping up everywhere right now. Do you plan cycling until you draw a answer for it?

August 30, 2013 5:57 p.m.

Living End actually gets around that because it exiles the graveyard then puts all creatures from there onto the battlefield so it doesn't actually cast them again and also not from the graveyard lol.

August 31, 2013 9:05 p.m.

MindAblaze says... #14

I just tested this against my new Gifts Deck Gifts of the Sun and it wasn't even fair. Good show.

September 5, 2013 5:29 p.m.

Awesome, ya it does pretty well against good match-ups. I like your deck! I've been looking at gift decks and they seem pretty fun to play. +1

September 5, 2013 5:32 p.m.

MindAblaze says... #16

Thanks! Living End seems like it's pretty fun. Your land destruction theme just butchered me.

I have been interested in it too, but couldn't decide what direction to go. I've been thinking I like Solar Flare too so I just kind of slapped it together today after taking some inspiration from Valu-Mart and The Gift of Control.

September 5, 2013 5:59 p.m.

Nice build! I like all the land hate. I am just recently getting into modern and built

The Budget End Playtest

Modern cakrause86


I'd like to eventually pick up some of the non budget cards but I dunno if I'll get up the $$. Any thoughts on my build? I've tested it out and it's consistent and fun, my first real combo deck.

February 23, 2014 4:23 p.m.

Dude_3 says... #18

You might want to change the name becuase there is actually a card called Living Death.

December 9, 2015 8:34 a.m.

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