Dismal Backwater


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Brawl Legal
Standard Legal
Arena Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Modern Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Casual Legal
Oathbreaker Legal

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Set Rarity
Core Set 2020 (M20) Basic land
Commander 2018 (C18) Common
Commander 2017 (C17) Common
Commander 2016 (C16) Common
Eternal Masters (EMA) Common
Duel Decks: Blessed vs. Cursed (DDQ) Common
Fate Reforged (FRF) Basic land
Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Common

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Dismal Backwater


Dismal Backwater enters the battlefield tapped.

When Dismal Backwater enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.

: Gain or .

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Dismal Backwater Discussion

jesmister on Gadwish ~ Dimir Control [ELD]

2 weeks ago

Dismal Backwater is way better than Fabled Passage , especially in control decks. Source: been testing it and even in khans block.

JeppeFugl on Gadwish ~ Dimir Control [ELD]

4 weeks ago

ItsJonius Thanks for the comment and the vote :)

7H30F7 Thanks! It's at the moment in the sideboard. Doesn't play well main, but when the opp takes out removal for game 2/3 it can definitely run away with the game.

jesmister You need the colored sources to consistently cast or turn 3. You could run Dismal Backwater , but I think the lifegain is worse than deckthinning and midgame Prismatic Vista

multimedia on Subjective Reality Modded

2 months ago

Hey, nice upgrade of the precon.

My suggestions can help to improve the manabase with some budget lands:

Many of the lands suggested prices of them are not being displayed properly for TCGPlayer. They're in fact $1 or less each. These lands in combination with basic lands can help game play giving you more lands that can ETB (enter the battlefield) untapped letting you consistently play spells faster.

Lands to consider cutting:

I offer more advice. Good luck with your deck.

Spathinator on

2 months ago

I would play Changeling Outcast rather than Tormented Soul for the Slivers match up and maybe a play-set of Dismal Backwater in your manabase.

TurtleLordMTG on Poor Man's Ninja Deck

3 months ago


Am not sure if I can provide any valuable budget tips since I never played in the pauper-format, but I do want to say that the deck seems really great with the fact that it circles around 12 dollars. Only thing I can think of is to include some dual lands such as Dimir Guildgate and Dismal Backwater which are very budget friendly and will also help with colour fixing. Other than that, nice deck!

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Dismal Backwater occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.05%

UB (Dimir): 1.76%

WUB (Esper): 0.44%

UBR (Grixis): 0.52%