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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Set Rarity
Vintage Masters (VMA) Rare
Masters Edition (MED) Common
Alliances (ALL) Rare

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Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Pauper Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Highlander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Leviathan Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
Limited Legal
Custom Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

Lake of the Dead occurrence in decks from the last year

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Lake of the Dead Discussion

McKanix on K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth

4 weeks 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!

MrKillStar on K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth

4 weeks ago

I'm personally not a fan of Reservoir/Citadel/Top combo, but your deck looks just great! :D Got you some cards which you might think about putting in. :D

1) Beacon of Unrest - should definitely be there to get Reservoir/Citadel/Top back.
2) Malakir Rebirth  Flip - to protect K'rrik or any other important creature, also land if needed. :)
3) Feed the Swarm - to get rid off some annoying enchantments.
4) Sadistic Sacrament - not really any combo card, but with K'rrik out you can easily pay for Kicker cost and 6 life to exile 15 threatening cards in target opponent's library. People have some mixed opinions on this, but its pretty interesting card that can win just by exiling the right cards. Also spying on an opponent's deck (Bitter Ordeal is love).
5) Lake of the Dead - You could also include this as an additional ramp.
6) Tortured Existence - I play this in my Syr Konrad For the Void deck and its just great.. its part of a combo, but could be also helpful here to get some big creatures back to hand or into graveyard to reanimate them.
7) Also, with Sheoldred, Whispering One and Sudden Spoiling in the deck, you might use Massacre Wurm. Get wurm intwo graveyard, let Sheoldred's upkeep reanimator ability trigger, target Wurm, cast Sudden Spoiling. Creatures of target player become 0/2, Wurm resolves and finishes them off.

MrKillStar on Vito Combo

1 month ago

In my potato opinion, you can cut few swamps without a problem with your ramp cards.

If you'll ever feel like playing against graveyard decks is annoying, Crypt Incursion/Suffer the Past would help. Both instant speed graveyard hate stamples that also gives you life -> triggering your Vito, Defiant Bloodlord, S.B and Blight-Priest.

Tribute to Hunger - cheap creature removal that also gives you life, but depends on opponent's board.

Instead of Rise of the Dark Realms you might consider running Agadeem's Awakening  Flip to reanimate your combo pieces for less mana cost. It can also be used as a land if needed. Another option could be Command the Dreadhorde, since life shouldnt be such a problem. Finale of Eternity is also an option, both as reanimate spell and removal. I personally feel like there isnt enough creatures in your deck to such massive and mana-expensive reanimator spells.

Call the Bloodline - if you ever feel like having not enough Vampires for Kicker cost of Blood Tribute. Its also decent to discard big creatures (to reanimate them later) and making a 1/1 to sacrifice.

Bastion of Remembrance - fits into aristocrat decks really well, since it gives you 1/1, has aristocrat ability and is an enchantment, so its a bit harder to remove than creature is.

Trading Post - This is more or less a personal card choice, but it gives you life, makes tokens, retrieves artifacts and even draws you a card. Not bad at all.

Malakir Rebirth  Flip - Absolutely great and cheap card to protect any of your creaters, re-triggering its ETB ability (Gray Merchant of Asphodel) and can also be used as a land if needed.

Thespian's Stage and Mirage Mirror can both copy your Cabal Coffers to ramp you like crazy.
Cabal Stronghold - cheaper version of Cabal Coffers that can tap for on its own.
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx - a bit more expensive but can also ramp a lot in mono-color decks.
Lake of the Dead - almost as expensive as Cabal Coffers, but can also ramp you a lot. But is just a luxury.
Homeward Path - would be consider running if you would play against some mana-control decks.
Myriad Landscape - not the greatest, but works well in any mono-color deck outside of green (if not landfall decks). Easy way to get two swamps out of your deck, so less chances of top decking lands and also triggers your Dread Presence twice.

And as the grand finale, my favorite combo of my For the Void: Tortured Existence+Desecrated Tomb to instantly generate a 1/1 black Bat token with flying (as flying blockers, for example) just for . It requires only having a creature in your graveyard and another in your hand. Add Phyrexian Altar and you can activate it infinitely times, making any of your aristocrat cards lethal. Just watchout for Necropotence because it exiles whatever you discard, shutting the combo down.

I would most likely remove:

Platinum Angel - protects you from losing the game and opponents from winning the game, but doesnt really fit the deck that much. Cool card for sure.
Rise of the Dark Realms - is just really expensive reanimation card.
Night's Whisper - Its cheap, but sorcery speed, so thats up to you. Prism Ring - doesnt seems that worth it to me. Its cheaper than Staff of the Death Magus, but if you cant cast a lot of black spells each turn, I wouldnt bother with Prism Ring at all.
Cut/switch few basic Swamps for sure.

Goblin_Guide on

3 months ago

Lake of the Dead

CannedCanOpener on Liliana's Army

3 months ago

oricas000 Crucible is in the deck for a few reasons, though it is one of my more experimental includes. The decklist originally ran Lake of the Dead, but that was cut since the deck favors the basic Swamps a bit more. Additionally, a lot of the Liliana planeswalkers either force you to discard with your opponents or simply mill the top few cards of your library. The Crucible is in the deck to help make it less detrimental if you happen to mill any lands you need, and effectively gives you a "free discard" each turn if you can discard a land then play it for turn from the graveyard. Monoblack has plenty of creature recursion, the Crucible is my attempt to provide some sort of land recursion that would normally only be found in a green deck.

Asgeren on Volrath - There's no School, like Old School.

4 months ago

Very nice suggestions MrKillStar.

I've already added Lake of the Dead :)

and REALLY considering Haunted Crossroads.

Thank you for your comment!

MrKillStar on Volrath - There's no School, like Old School.

4 months ago

Really cool and unique deck! :3
Haunted Crossroads for very well for me, right next to Mortuary
Diabolic Intent - sac spell and good tutor.
Victimize - sac spell and double reanimator.
Insidious Dreams - discard stuff to reanimate later and find wincons!
Lake of the Dead - expensive, but can be very good burst ramp.
Carnival of Souls - might be very risky, but worth mentioning.
Ivory Tower - some very decent life gain for Necropotence and other fun stuff in black.
Restless Dreams - another creature recover spell and very cheap discard.
Songs of the Damned - Another burst ramp.

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