Awaken the Erstwhile

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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
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Awaken the Erstwhile


Each player discards all the cards in their hand, then creates that many 2/2 black Zombie creature tokens.

Profet93 on Dauthi Shadow Tribal

6 days ago

indieinside +1

Thank you for your patience. I thought there was a deck that you told me to comment on that I have yet to comment on, my mind is playing tricks on me. Anyways....

Why do you need so many blockers? Is your meta more battle cruiser? I personally like (instant speed) removal but it really depends on your meta and power level. No Mercy has always been hit or miss for me. Its good because it's a deterrent, but sometimes people will just stall out for 1-2 turns (which is nice) but then just overrun you and the trigger falls of the stack as you die.

Alternatively, another blocker with flying could be Bitterblossom. Should you wish, you could add a Contamination to synergize with it, although it might be a tad too anti-synergistic given you run coffers, lake, nykthos.

Mausoleum Secrets might always be worth considering given that you run a bunch of creatures. Do keep in mind you can only tutor for black cards though.

Skullclamp is not half bad to get some return on your creatures. Is also nice with bitterblossom.

Lastly, a fringe suggestion is Awaken the Erstwhile. You make a bunch of creatures that you can use to draw more cards. You can mess with opposing tutors (potentially).

KongMing on I will have no friends anymore

9 months ago

Awaken the Erstwhile would be a way to put everyone in a hole and punish them for digging their way out of it (not you though, especially if Phyrexian Arena is already out.)

KongMing on Damia Mill (Battlecruiser/Dreamcrusher)

1 year ago

For some early-game hate (to slow opponents down while you look for pieces), how about Ill-Gotten Gains or Awaken the Erstwhile?

Zobi on No Hand Discard

2 years ago

Hehe, discard, what a great strategy.

Here are my recommendations for mass discard spells; Awaken the Erstwhile, Ill-Gotten Gains, Fraying Omnipotence and Delirium Skeins.

For black mana ramp, here is what I found; Spoils of Evil, Culling the Weak, Herald of Leshrac, Black Market and Cabal Ritual. Obliviously, they aren't putting lands into play, most are only giving you mana on the spot. You could also add mana rocks like Everflowing Chalice or some of the few black lands that ramp you a lot like Cabal Coffers with Urborg which are really expensive. I like the combo between Culling the Weak and Ophiomancer : create a snake with Ophiomancer and sacrifice it with Culling the Weak. Note: with Culling the Weak, you can sacrifice any number of creatures for 4 black mana each.

I hope it's going to help you, good luck with your deck LoneSniper72!

pphhaazzee on Glissa the dirty girl

2 years ago

UltimateRoxas40 Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you like the deck.

As for the BCT combo, I've considered it many times, but ultimately I've moved away from it. One of the main reasons people praise the BCT combo is that both cards are pretty strong by themselves. I'll list what I've found as the prerequisites for considering a BCT package.

Low average CMC (excluding strong payoff cards) Lot of shuffling intrinsic to the deck Minimal concessions if the package is to be included BCT is a good combo, but I've found it's somewhat lackluster in artifact decks that cannot use blue draw/artifact tutor packages. Most of this fault comes from the often high CMC of artifacts that Glissa wants to be running, resulting in often very painful digging with the Citadel that usually leaves me open at the end of the turn. And with blue can slam the Citadel down and set up protection with a free counterspell off the top.

So to answer your question, yes, I've considered it, but I think the changes needed to make it worthwhile would diminish the overall strength of the deck. While I do believe Glissa can be a reasonably strong BCT deck, it would have to fundamentally move away from what I think Glissa is best suited for - control and grinding people out. I've been thinking about creating a second Glissa list aimed at a more combo build, so if you are interested, I can get that project going.

As for this version I've some serious spicy choices in the works with spice like Awaken the Erstwhile currently being tested.

And tbh bullying people with Possessed Portal is way more fun.

Demon519 on M-m-m-m-m-my Muldrotha! That's a bad name.

2 years ago

RAMP: Deranged Assistant, Gilded Goose, Rootcoil Creeper, Sakura-Tribe Elder, Skull Prophet, Solemn Simulacrum, Phyrexian Tower, Binding the Old Gods, Titans' Nest, Cultivate, Kodama's Reach, Nissa's Renewal, Chromatic Lantern, Dimir Signet, Golgari Signet, Lotus Petal, Simic Signet, Sol Ring, Wayfarer's Bauble, Kiora, the Crashing Wave.

CARD DRAW and SELF MILL: Baleful Strix, Deranged Assistant, Glowspore Shaman, Prime Speaker Zegana, Satyr Wayfinder, Sidisi, Brood Tyrant, Skull Prophet, Solemn Simulacrum, Stitcher's Supplier, Underrealm Lich, The Binding of the Titans, Titans' Nest, Vessel of Nascency, Buried Alive, Rishkar's Expertise, Victimize, Aether Spellbomb, Altar of Dementia, Kiora, the Crashing Wave.

REMOVAL: Acidic Slime, Agent of Treachery, Bane of Progress, Cavalier of Night, Hostage Taker, Kraul Harpooner, Massacre Wurm, Polukranos, Unchained, Ravenous Chupacabra, Shriekmaw, Binding the Old Gods, Pernicious Deed, Seal of Primordium, Beast Within, In Garruk's Wake, Languish, Aether Spellbomb, Vraska, Golgari Queen.

PROTECTION and RECURSION: Eternal Witness, Genesis, Gisa, Glorious Resurrector, Glen Elendra Archmage, Siren Stormtamer, Spore Frog, Animate Dead, Kaya's Ghostform, Pattern of Rebirth, The Binding of the Titans, Rise of the Dark Realms, Victimize, Kiora, the Crashing Wave.

ATTEMPTS TO WIN: Avenger of Zendikar + Fabled Passage ... Eternal Witness + Time Warp ... Avenger of Zendikar + Altar of Dementia ... Massacre Wurm + Thassa, Deep-Dwelling ... Muldrotha, the Gravetide + Kaya's Ghostform + Lotus Petal + Altar of Dementia ... Rise of the Dark Realms + Eternal Witness ... Vraska, Golgari Queen emblem ... Underrealm Lich + Prime Speaker Zegana OR Rishkar's Expertise

CUTE/GOOFY: Gisa, Glorious Resurrector, Awaken the Erstwhile, Visions of Duplicity.

Gidgetimer on Responding to my own play

2 years ago

You can absolutely cast another spell in response to a spell or ability you have put on the stack. It is called "holding priority", you can hold priority for any number of spells/abilities you would like to add.

However; Awaken the Erstwhile is a sorcery. So, unless you have something allowing you to cast it at instant speed, you will not be able to cast it in response to anything.

Reidzee757 on None

2 years ago

Am I able to respond to my own play? As in, say it is my pre-combat main phase and I cast Archaeomancer, am I able to respond to it by casting Awaken the Erstwhile, so that Awaken the Erstwhile would resolve first, go into the graveyard and be able to pull it back out when Archaeomancer resolves?

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