Abandoned Sarcophagus

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Historic Brawl Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Abandoned Sarcophagus


You may cast spells that have a cycling ability from your graveyard.

If a card that has a cycling ability would be put into your graveyard from anywhere and it wasn't cycled, exile it instead.

Hoobynobber7395 on Draw your Victory

3 years ago

if you are trying to build draw/tokens you definitely should look into putting Drake Haven, Valiant Rescuer, and Spirit Cairn in the deck to produce higher volumes of tokens

Abandoned Sarcophagus lets you play what you cycle from the graveyard as well

Unpredictable Cyclone is a fun card if you ever get tired of drawing into hand

Shark Typhoon is another token generator that might be a spicy include

MechanicalError on Tour de France

3 years ago

I really like this deck! but will you do in games 2&3 if your opponent sideboards in Graveyard Hate, such as Relic of Progenitus, Leyline of the Void, or Rest in Peace. A good card to add as a sideboard option could be Return to Nature as it hits all 3. You could also add Abandoned Sarcophagus just in case you want to cast a card after it is cycled.

tflceia on ⟳ Deckcycle | Gavi Primer

4 years ago


Great job here. Best primer I've seen so far for Gavi cycling deck. I also love cycling and you state very interesting points here. I agree Astral Slide/Astral Drift/Escape Protocol is the best way to abuse both ETB effect and protection. Also really like the idea Wild Research card and the negative cost is easy to mitigate.I'll testing this for sure! In other hand I also found Abandoned Sarcophagus a really awkward card in some situation and you refer that might also happen with Bag of Holding (need to test this one a bit more and it might see the cut).

From my end, I am in a more budget version and also trying to avoid Thassa's Oracle win as it seems to be wincon to every body else who plays blue these days. As an alternative I play with Approach of the Second Sun. What's your opinion on this?

As I don't run mana infinite combo, I found Lightning Rift quite useless most of the times. I would rather pay 1 mana for the drake than shock any target. It only came up couple times to shoot some key creatures. Also it doesn't have cycle itself so it ends up having low utility card. Do you think it deserves a cut in my situation? My play pattern is trying to cycle 2 times each turn to get maximum value of Gavi with my Astral Slide/Astral Drift/Escape Protocol in the battlefield so sinking mana into Lightning Rift to shock doesn't seem too effective.


pryrates on ⟳ Deckcycle | Gavi Primer

4 years ago

Love your decklist, nice work!

Question about Abandoned Sarcophagus: The exile effect will only trigger on cards that are put into the graveyard AFTER you played Abandoned Sarcophagus and will ONLY affect cards hitting the graveyard that aren't put there using the cycling ability, am I understanding this correctly?

I consider this very powerful in lategame, because the way I understand it, this enables me to replay any cycling card in my graveyard. Isn't this efffect comparable to cards like Underworld Breach or Snapcaster Mage, which are considered powerful?

Epicgamer on ⟳ Deckcycle | Gavi Primer

4 years ago

First of all, I’ve been thinking of building a Gavi deck myself, it seems really interesting and I have never played Jeskai in commander before. Have a +1. I’m considering running Abandoned Sarcophagus for fun and janky reasons. Another cool card would be Decree of Justice for tokens.

rdean14 on Card creation challenge

4 years ago

In making my Sygg, Tollfolk and Governor-Goddess Ephara Decks, I became very interested in turn-related effects, and that inspire this card, as well as Klothys, God of Destiny, who switches the way usually work, whereas most Gruul cards use green's might to accomplish red's free spirit, She uses Red's fury to express nature's law which green cares about.

Based on (Gerðr)[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger%C3%B0r] in Kaldheim.

Khyrteh, Goddess of Polar Winter

Legendary Snow Creature - God

Protection from instants

You may cast Khyrteh, Goddess of Polar Winter

Whenever a player casts a spell at a time they couldn't cast a sorcery, that player loses 5 life.

At the beginning of your endstep, if you cast no spells this turn, search your library for a card, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it and you gain 5 life.


This deck would use Eidolon of Rhetoric, Rule of Law, Curse of Exhaustion, Ethersworn Canonist, Oppression, Uba Mask, Tainted AEther, Desolation, Angelic Arbiter, Nullstone Gargoyle, and Painful Quandary effects to force my opponents to make difficult decisions. Bloodchief Ascension, Strionic Resonator, etc. would also give you more advantage from this ability.

Tax effects, like Thorn of Amethyst, Sphere of Resistance, Trinisphere, Lodestone Golem, Trinisphere, Nether Void, Glowrider, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Aura of Silence, Spelltithe Enforcer, Chancellor of the Annex and Feroz's Ban

Decree of Pain, Decree of Justice, Astral Drift, Death Pulse, Dirge of Dread, Eternal Dragon, Gempalm Avenger, Gempalm Polluter, Renewed Faith, Stir the Sands, Sunfire Balm and Abandoned Sarcophagus & Archfiend of Ifnir, also Oketra's Attendant, Undead Gladiator, Bloodsoaked Champion, Dread Wanderer, Nether Spirit, Nether Traitor, Reassembling Skeleton, Bloodghast, Angel of Sanctions,Anointer Priest, Sacred Cat, Dark Depths, Thespian's Stage, Shambling Vent, etc. to avoid 'casting' spells.

grand arbiter synergizes well... yeah...

I'm a stax player who got into the deck because of Death and Taxes, especially Mother of Runes, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben (Her printing got me into standard/formal play), Gaddock Teeg, and Iona, Shield of Emeria.

I really just made a card I wish existed...

I'd like to see another Kaldheim God!

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