Field of the Dead

Field of the Dead

Land

Field of the Dead enters the battlefield tapped.

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Whenever Field of the Dead or another land enters the battlefield under your control, if you control seven or more lands with different names, create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.

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Field of the Dead Discussion

Jonesbond49 on Zombie Tribal

1 day ago

I've decided to make more than one list but each one should be helpful to you in the future. Also, you don't need to put in all these cards. There are too many here for you to fit in the deck.

Liliana cards:

Liliana, Death's Majesty (can be a board wipe but don't count on it), Liliana, Dreadhorde General (also doubles as amazing card draw), Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip, Liliana, the Last Hope, and Liliana, Untouched By Death (has a removal ability).

Zombie tribal cards:

Shepherd of Rot, Lord of the Accursed, Risen Executioner, Relentless Dead, Field of the Dead, Undead Augur (also card advantage), Havengul Runebinder, Stitcher Geralf, Gleaming Overseer, Call to the Grave (rude card), Endless Ranks of the Dead (my favorite zombie tribal card), Graf Harvest, Graveborn Muse (also card advantage), and Josu Vess, Lich Knight.

Never/Return is zombie themed removal.

Necromantic Selection is a zombie themed board wipe.

Ramp cards:

Dimir Signet, Talisman of Dominance, Charcoal Diamond, Sky Diamond, and Fellwar Stone.

I hope this helps!

Ehsteve on Lord Windgrace Sits Behind A Chasm

2 days ago

Stop the presses!

Public service announcement: infinite land ETBs available for the easy price of:

Kodama of the East Tree + Bounce Land + any landfall token producer (such as Field of the Dead, Scute Swarm, Sporemound, Zendikar's Roil, Omnath, Locus of Rage or Rampaging Baloths).

Stack the triggers so that the Bounce Land returns to hand, the token ETBs from the landfall trigger (from the Bounce Land), and then the Kodama trigger resolves from the token entering the battlefield (CMC 0) allowing you to put a CMC 0 permanent (the Bounce Land you returned to hand) onto the battlefield to start the loop again. The beauty is that this can be stopped at any time.

Unfortunately you can't gain infinite mana without an Amulet of Vigor or Lotus Cobra but this is a big step for the deck. Probably not the most timely seeing as this has probably been out in the open for a while now but it's a chance to look over the focus of the deck and possibly look at adding more tutor or creature tutor effects to try and bring out Kodama of the East Tree or potentially try to find ways to cheat it out as quickly as possible.

Things to be excited for:

Things to be careful of though: Valakut Exploration may cause you to exile your entire deck if you go too deep, but you should be winning on the turn you go off, but don't go for it unless you have the mana to do it.

Either way, Kodama of the East Tree is making its way into this deck. Main thing will be finding the optimal strategy/timing to go off, and how much of a pain it will be to stack the triggers outside of paper magic. Protecting the Kodama will be key to the strategy.

Part of the power is the many ways you can find/play the bouncelands in this deck. I'm still not convinced Rakdos Carnarium is worth it because of the slow mana and colour fixing, two bouncelands should do with the number of tutors, but the question will be whether it is worth it for the MILL value, the chance that you might just flip it into the graveyard and play it from there to go off. Either way it will require some deep thought on how to best balance out this new horizon of potential for Lord Windgrace.

Ehsteve on Lord Windgrace Sits Behind A Chasm

6 days ago

Commander Legends review for Lord Windgrace and Thoughts

Missed out on looking at these cards the first time so another look at cards that can synergise with this deck or with more general Lord Windgrace decks after actually testing them out.

Reshape the Earth This card looks like it may just slot right in but I would caution against just jamming this in. It is very powerful to be able to just pick out ten lands from the library and slam them on the battlefield, no sacrificing or any real downside but there are a couple of issues to consider:

  • The card is 9 mana, and requires triple green. This is not difficult to do with mana fixing but because the lands enter tapped from Reshape the Earth and the spell is sorcery speed, this is pretty much your entire turn. This means that you better be planning to win the game with this spell on the turn you play it because your green mana will be heavily depleted when you do. There are pretty much two options: Field of the Dead or Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle for ETB triggers, but this can also be a trap. If you fetch Vesuva with this ability, you have to have one of the above lands already on the battlefield. This is because when Vesuva enters the battlefield at the same time as another land, due to timing it only checks land already on the battlefield. There is a similar issue with Thespian Stage as when the land enters...it has already had its ETB. This means that you can't just fetch Field of the Dead or Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle along with the two copy lands from the library and try to stack the triggers, it just doesn't work. This card just can't immediately win you the game in most circumstances. You could look at Dread Presence dealing a good 20 damage or getting a sweet Valakut Exploration turn, but you can't just straight up 40 someone unless you already have a very specific boardstate. I just don't think this card is worth including in this archetype.

Dawnglade Regent

I was surprisingly up on this card when it was first spoiled because of the Glacial Chasm synergy (never take combat damage, never lose the Monarchy). Now on top of being the eternal Monarch, you get the benefit of all your permanents being hexproof, which includes your land. Now you have protection against opponents removing your key lands! The issue is that it is still a creature body, doesn't really have any land-synergistic abilities and is 7 mana. I dropped Avenger of Zendikar for being expensive to play, and this just draws you a card at end step, not terrible, but not the most exciting thing to ever happen. Maybe this card is just too 'win more' to be an inclusion, but it has a sweet interaction with this deck.

Kamahl's Will

Honestly not terrible but not exciting either. The key thing is that it doesn't untap your lands, and there's no real benefit for them being creatures, if you have a Glacial Chasm out they can't even attack...and they're 1/1s so you need something to buff them up before they attack. That's several steps more complicated than dumping a Torment of Hailfire or Exsanguinate on the board.

Court of Bounty

Now I'm usually very up on enchantments in commander. They're usually (in my experience) more difficult to interact with compared to artifacts. This is a way to just ramp or cheat out creatures. If you're planning of dumping big creatures on the board: this is a great card if you're running Glacial Chasm because you will never stop being the monarch, but it's an upkeep trigger. In this particular deck I don't think it has enough value to justify cutting another card to fit it in, it's just too slow.

Rootweaver Druid

This card isn't great unless you have Opposition Agent out. If you have Opposition Agent out, then they can elect not to search. This is not a good card. Moving on.

Kodama of the East Tree

Interesting value engine: play a land, you get to cheat in another land. Would/should you pay 6 mana for this? Well only if you have a bunch of lands in hand, which is generally not where this deck wants to be (usually they should be being discarded so you pull them back onto the battlefield). Any ramp potential is stymied by the mana cost. Powerful effect, just doesn't seem to quite work in this deck.

Three Visits

Not bad: find forest, put on battlefield, solid cheap ramp, consider adding it in if you have the space. There aren't that many great forests, so this isn't as much of a utility spell tutor, just plain ramp.

Yurlok of Scorch Thrash

Meh.

Ehsteve on Lord Windgrace Sits Behind A Chasm

6 days ago

Great to hear, OJSTheJuice.

So looking over how Field of the Dead generally plays from experience:

This deck as it stands is more like a land toolbox deck that ramps to just try and cast a big Torment of Hailfire, honestly that's the gameplan 99% of the time. So you won't usually be fetching out Field of the Dead until it's necessary as it enters tapped and taps for colourless mana, so its not a good ramping card and fixes nothing colour-wise. You also can't attack while Glacial Chasm is out, which is your main way to just pretty much phase out of until you ramp into big mana with Cabal Coffers and Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, so its offensive capacity is somewhat hindered if you're turtling. Honestly by the mid game you should have seven different land names because with the fetch/land tutor mix unless you get rather unlucky and end up with a whole bunch of basics with no fetches, snow lands wouldn't really make that much of a difference. If you have have access to fetches, you can fetch shocks or cycle lands (still waiting for triomes in jund, one day...). So the only case where this would really affect anything is where you have maybe 7-9 lands and some duplicate basics. Given that maybe half the deck is lands, there are multiple search and graveyard recursion strategies, I think that this is the only scenario you could lose out.

Looking at Field of the Dead, the best setup you could have would be something like Vesuva + Thespian Stage copying Field of the Dead with a Ramunap Excavator and Azusa, Lost but Seeking plus Lord Windgrace. Now best case scenario this might be something like 5 land drops over 3 to that's 15 zombies: 30 power isn't bad at all (even assuming you get fetches, you might squeeze an extra 2 or 3 drops before you start running low on fetchable sources), but it shouldn't really be the focus of what you're doing. Field of the Dead is a good way to throw up blockers, not really be offensive unless you have no other options (either because of counterspells or because you milled both Torment and Exsanguinate with no Bala Ged Recovery  Flip to get them back). The vulnerability in this deck is that it has surprisingly few ways to get back things that aren't land.

How I've used Field of the Dead in the past is for instant-speed blockers, because it's not something a lot of players can really interact with. It's a good way to defend Lord Windgrace from an attack (as he's not protected by Glacial Chasm). It's value should be largely incidental to what you are already doing (ramping), not the focus unless it is one of your last remaining strategies (only just above Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle).

Ehsteve on Lord Windgrace Sits Behind A Chasm

1 week ago

Thanks for the input OJSTheJuice!

So looking at the deck as it plays (not running the numbers) the advantage of playing maybe half snow-covered versus just plain basics is very minimal. You can easily meet the requirement for seven differently named lands without having to dip into snow lands and it'll probably end up not being noticeable.

Other reason I'm not mixing in snow-covered is that my basics are currently alters that I like and there's no compulsion to go out and get snow versions.

That said there is a benefit so it would be advisable if you want to squeeze absolutely everything you can out of Field of the Dead.

beets on I'll walk a thousand miles to the maze's end

1 week ago

this may sound silly, but i have found great success in my own golos gates deck running the cards Hold the Gates and Sylvan Awakening. when you can tutor for Field of the Dead on turn five, having an army of vigilant zombies proves to be an effective and reliable wall.

if you can turn all your lands into creatures, not only will you probably outman their board, vigilance means you may still activate your manlands for mana.

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Polaris on Simultaneous ETB triggers?

1 week ago

Yes, Terror of the Peaks will trigger. It's on the battlefield when the other creature enters, so it does see the creature enter.

See Rule 603.6a:

603.6a Enters-the-battlefield abilities trigger when a permanent enters the battlefield. These are written, “When [this object] enters the battlefield, . . . “or “Whenever a [type] enters the battlefield, . . .” Each time an event puts one or more permanents onto the battlefield, all permanents on the battlefield (including the newcomers) are checked for any enters-the-battlefield triggers that match the event.

This is a big part of why the Modern Scapeshift deck works, because you can cast Scapeshift and fetch a bunch of Mountains and Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle or a bunch of different lands and Field of the Dead and get a large stack of triggers to get in a dominating position or outright kill the opponent.

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