Dread Return

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Dread Return


Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield.

Flashback—Sacrifice three creatures. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

Yesterday on roiling vortex and exile and …

2 days ago

A creature entering the battlefield without being cast doesn't trigger the Vortex. Vortex only triggers when a player casts a spell without paying a mana cost.

If a player casts for example a Rushwood Legate for its alternate cost, the Vortex would deal damage to them.

If a player activates the ability of an Aether Vial to put a creature from their hand onto the battlefield for free, they won't take damage because they're not casting a spell.

If a player casts Dread Return for its flashback cost, the Vortex would deal damage to them on cast. When the creature enters the battlefield without a mana cost being paid for it, Vortex would not trigger.

spaghetti_police on 'Whatcha gonna do about it?'

1 month ago


Tome of Legends I will definitely try out, a good 2 mana colorless draw engine is hard to find.

Preston, the Vanisher does have a nice ETB doubler but Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines fills much a similar role. I still haven't figured out which card I can remove from the list, that's the hardest part lmao.

Kaya, Intangible Slayer has really nice abilities and you can use all 3 immediately. Planeswalkers work well in a deck full of board wipes and the card draw for 0 is really nice, the scry one for the opponents is political and not too advantageous.

I love Orzhov because of the 'Death and Taxes' theme. I go easy on the 'taxes' so that opponents worry about each other more than myself. The Gain and Drain is what I use to offset the life loss from artifacts and enchantments and card draw, I avoid increasing the cost of spells since I require fast mana to operate. The 'Death' aspect manifests itself in the form of board wipes and creatures meant to be played directly after a board wipe, most creatures I play offer a lot of value individually to control the board alone or in combination. I am a sucker for either Elesh Norn or cards like Ethereal Absolution.

I checked out your Obzedat deck, it looks like you have a lot of high synergy within your deck. I would recommend Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite because of the group buff/opponents debuff, playgroups tend to hate that card though.

Other card to think about would be:

Many of those came from my Karador deck, which has a similar creature ETB playstyle. I listed many with the hope at least one will be helpful. I'm glad I'm not the only one who sees value in this commander still!

Balaam__ on Sultai The Returning

5 months ago

Fair enough. There are still ways to speed up Reanimation prior to Turn 4 though, and inexpensive ways at that. Maybe a Blood Pet into a Tortured Existence would be an engine to consider, allowing you to dump something massive in the graveyard very early on. I still advocate the value of Dark Ritual since that could conceivably get Archon of Cruelty into play Turn 3 or possibly Turn 1 if you chain rituals.

Play third Swamp ->Dark Ritual ->Blood Pet ->Sacrifice for ->Tortured Existence ->Discard Archon of Cruelty for Blood Pet ->Dread Return

Balaam__ on Sultai The Returning

5 months ago

Since you’re in Legacy I’d definitely run Dark Ritual to help speed up Dread Return. Also, if you’re interested, you can link cards in your deck description by enclosing them in double brackets.

legendofa on Remains of the Tuskmother

5 months ago

The art's really nice. Where did you get it from?

On top the infinite creature combo you mentioned, if you can get your deck into your graveyard (not too hard in BGx), you can use that combo to dump every creature card in your graveyard onto the battlefield, once you get "enough" Skeleton tokens. That's the direct I would take this, as a free repeatable Dread Return. I don't think it's too powerful, especially at six mana and needing two other cards, but it is worth noting.

And to finish it off, it's a Legendary Skeleton. I like this card.

Grind on Strefan and his vampires

5 months ago

Cool deck!!!
Because you will have blood tokens and have to discard cards to draw cards, have you considered running some cards with flashback or aftermath so they are useful cards in your graveyard?
Some examples: Dread Return, Cut / Ribbons, Crawl from the Cellar, Faithless Looting, Seize the Day, Visions of Dread, Visions of Ruin, Wake to Slaughter are some options!
Anyway just some thoughts, cheers and have fun!!

legendofa on Yorion & Meathook Massacre banned

5 months ago

So that makes four out of the ten companions banned in at least one format, and Lurrus of the Dream-Den is banned almost out of existence. Is there another mechanic that has a similar density of banned cards? Even Dredge only has one card banned anywhere (but it's lost a lot of accessory cards like Dread Return and Bridge from Below in Modern).

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