Lake of the Dead

Lake of the Dead


If Lake of the Dead would enter the battlefield, sacrifice a Swamp instead. If you do, put Lake of the Dead onto the battlefield. If you don't, put it into its owner's graveyard.

{T}: Add {B} to your mana pool.

{T}, Sacrifice a Swamp: Add {B}{B}{B}{B} to your mana pool.

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

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Lake of the Dead Discussion

ldvatwa on Tinybones and Big Plans

1 day ago

Thanks for the Oppression recommendation. I'll have to see if I have any!

I certainly don't have Lake of the Dead . It's a sweet card, but that price tag is something else.

Jator on Tinybones and Big Plans

1 day ago

Lake of the Dead is always nice in mono black

TriusMalarky on K'rikk the big succ

3 months ago

Popped in off reddit.

Worn Powerstone , Thran Dynamo , Dark Ritual , plus some of the other mentioned rocks in the reddit comment section.

Crypt Ghast , Nirkana Revenant are amazing. Cabal Stronghold is great, too, although Cabal Coffers and Lake of the Dead are much better if you happen to have a couple hundred lying around.

Definitely pick up some more spot removal such as Doom Blade , Cast Down , etc. Other than that, maybe a few more card draw spells. Read the Bones is amazing.

After that, you just need to tune it to your liking.

Nerdytimesorwhatever on Korvold's Light-Speed Garbage (cEDH)

3 months ago

•Deflecting Swat

You'll notice I've cut Guttural Response, which is a live interaction piece far more frequently than Deflecting Swat. Typically I would agree that cutting something as absurdly powerful as DS is wrong, but as Korvold is 5 mana and is often cast as a component of winning, all Swat would do is be a dead card in hand (and it often was, I tested it for a few months)

•Cavern of Souls

No. I don't wanna be mean, but look at the creatures in the deck. All it would do is make Korvold or Dockside uncounterable which doesn't matter much. Its a dead land. Lake of the Dead is vying for a land slot with Emergence Zone , neither has made it in over Karplusan/Llanowar painland, and CoS is much worse than either of the two lands I can't include due to slot limitations.

•Allosaurus Shepherd

Why would I include this card? It only works for making green spells uncounterable, which are less than half the wincons. Most of the green in the deck is ramp. Like CoS, its a dead slot that would be trying to vy for space over several much more live slots.

•Culling Ritual

I agree with part of your evaluation, and Im not too hot on the card myself. I will need to test more to be certain, but it will likely get the Axe like Opposition Agent did (too midrangey of a tool, even if its super powerful, it doesnt full on aid the go fast mentality). Jeska's Will might replace this slot, but I am not 100% on what will replace it. Final Fortune is always useful during testing, though, so thats a second option (to give a bit of a window into my card considerations).

•Rite of Flame

I have been trying to cut this card for the longest time. Honestly it does the job so much better than the next best option (Jeska's) that it isn't funny. Going from one red pip to two allows dockside, FF, breach, plunge... Unfortunately, it will stay in for the time being. It has yet to be outclassed.

Thank you for your card suggestions, sorry if it seems like Im putting you down at all. This list has been tested rigorously (until recently-- I have yet to test Culling Ritual adequately, as of yet it isn't falling short, Id just rather have card advantage effects in that slot, hence considering the often mediocre Jeskas Will) and each slot has been thought about. This iteration of the primer is incomplete, but thats due to not updating it with my notes (I have a notebook that I track a ton of shit about this deck in) so the verbiage and cards listed in the primer is likely somewhat off. Sorry about that!

As for Proxying, I am a vocal advocate of doing so. This deck has no monetary constraints (My Rashmi list is over $15k, as it includes a Tabernacle). "Proxy away, fuck what WotC has to say." - This Whale

Minousmancer on Peer Into the Abyss...

3 months ago

Just a couple of ideas I was inspired to do put together by seeing your deck.

Other cards I thought you might look into was Go Blank , Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth , Force of Will (no need for islands) and Lake of the Dead ...

Azeworai on Buh!

6 months ago

Ah, discard. A field I know well.

I come bearing suggestions.

There are many fantastic discard engines that many do not know exist. Anvil of Bogardan is a favourite of mi... Wait, you have that one.

Well, Delirium Skeins is... Darn that Maybeboard.

I see you to be one of those players who digs deep, which is lovely. From the most vast of options broods the most fruitful of strategies. I do have my own discard list, built under Chainer, Dementia Master , which was my very first deck.

Unfortunately, you have all of my discard recommendations accommodated somewhere in this list, thus I must proffer my mono-Black choices. These are a little expensive, but they are what I have to offer.

Given the fact that you are both stealing permanents and forcing discard, I believe this to mean that you do not mind rude cards. Hence, Contamination . You have probably heard of this, but here it is again.

Hellfire is one of my favourite cards of all time, acting as a Cyclonic Rift that hurts your both life total and your wallet. I have died multiple times whilst casting this spell, but the artwork is great.

I feel as if a Dark Ritual to power out Tergrid  Flip would be quite detrimental to your opponents. It enacts your engine early whilst being quite the powerful spell by itself.

Snuff Out surprises a fair number of people, for being without mana typically entails being without interaction.

A Lake of the Dead is one of the very best cards in my Chainer list, as it brings a metric ton of mana to the table. It may cost a swamp each activation, but it is well worth the toll.

The most obscure card I run in my discard deck is Cao Cao, Lord of Wei . He is terrible, slow, and certainly exists.

Care to double the price of your deck? Well, Chains of Mephistopholes has you covered. It denies card draw like a Hullbreacher and offers fuel for the commander  Flip. People do not typically mind proxies, if you would dare venture that route.

TLDR: I commend you for your card-digging adventures, for it takes patience to read all of the possible options for a commander deck, and I did my best in terms of suggestions.

Best of luck, and farewell.

Here is my own list, if you care: Let the Nightmare Go On..

WolfishHat on Tinybones

6 months ago

Magus of the Will seems like it would be better than the sliver, as you can get more discard out of that late-game.

Lake of the Dead might also be worth running for some late-game burst of mana.

McKanix on K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth

8 months ago

Hi MrKillStar

Thanks for commenting! I like the combo because unlike other combos each piece is good on its own. I havent thought of playing Massacre Wurm with Sudden Spoiling :D but ill try it out!

I havent played this deck alot but it seems that its weak against certain cards like rest in peace and ive got my commander stolen by Gilded Drake multiple times :D Ill definitely need Feed the Swarm

Im not sure yet how strong i want to build this deck. Initially i thought of a power level around 7-8. but the nature of the deck often leads to turn 3-4 combos which feels quite competitive. If i decide to up the power leven Lake of the Dead and Sadistic Sacrament will be included. however in my casual playgroup exiling 15 cards from a single player might lead to me losing some friends ;)

Beacon of Unrest is a great suggestion! Also Malakir Rebirth  Flip seems very good!

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