Living Death

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Legality

Format Legality
1v1 Commander 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
Premodern Legal
Vintage Legal

Living Death

Sorcery

Each player exiles all creature cards from their graveyard, then sacrifices all creatures they control, then puts all cards they exiled this way onto the battlefield.

S1ayerMonkey on Jodah, the Necromancer

1 month ago

Jodah doesn't strike me as a commander that fits the reanimator style terribly well. If you want to go 5 colour I think Kenrith would probably suit you better, but I'll give this my best shot.

First off, I don't think throwing in as many reanimator legends as you can is the best way to go about it. A Baldor deck plays differently from a Muldrotha which deck plays differently from a Whisper deck. Even the two Chainer decks play differently from each other. You're better off to put hardly any legends in this deck at all and prioritize just a handful of them that play similarly. This way if you don't have one on the battlefield and you cast, say, Yawgmoth's Vile Offering to reanimate a creature, you could theoretically cascade into Meren of Clan Nel Toth with a reasonable amount of consistency.

Choosing the legends will pretty much dictate the style you will play. If you go with Muldrotha and Meren, you'll want to prioritize low cost toolboxy cards like Spore Frog and Ravenous Chupacabra as one of their decks normally would do. If you go with Feldon of the Third Path and Chainer, Nightmare Adept then you'll want to go with discarding big beefy threats and adding doubling effects like Parallel Lives and Flameshadow Conjuring. Sedris, the Traitor King would be an excellent legend to run alongside these two.

You also need to seriously review the structure of this deck. Your land base has far too many one-colour and tapped lands without the proper ramp package to support the colour fixing. One of the problems with 5 colour decks is the increased need to finely tune the mana base.

37 creatures is also far too many. Reanimator decks are midrange, grindy decks that require a lot of non-creature support to work efficiently. It is much better to run a suite of very specific creatures and back the deck up with instants and sorceries. I also don't see any sacrifice effects other than Victimize. These are a must. I would suggest having 8 or more sacrifice effects unless you're playing strictly for a Living Death wincon. ETBs are the meat and potatoes of these decks, and you can't take advantage of them properly without a way to return those creatures back to the graveyard. You'll also have to think of how to get your targets into the yard for reanimation. I normally put 12+ of these effects unless discard or milling is stapled onto the commander.

Overall I think it is definitely doable with this general (and certainly a unique reanimator deck if you do pull it off) but it will require some intensive effort to get it right. Definitely a wrthy deckbuilding challenge.
You're in 5 colour so you'll have access to all the best targets for whichever line of play you choose, but this will come at the cost of variety or unique cards that you often find in one and two colour decks.

Best of luck, I hope I've helped steer you in the right direction.

Ravenrose on Esika, God of Dragons

1 month ago

Wild Pair - let those adorable dragons come in with a friend!

Garruk's Uprising is also an idea for this deck.

Colossal Majesty needs to go in - you need card draw and one cannot simply rely on one spell to get that. In fact, I would put Ponder, Divination, Harmonize and/or Brainstorm in this deck to make sure you have something to fall back on. Well of Ideas is thus a good ... idea! ... I will see myself out.

Tutor spells; one or two. Diabolic Tutor is pretty cheap.

If you want more damage shooters, Where Ancients Tread is fun!

Living Death is also an idea.

BishopAtavist on Things That Are Not

2 months ago

multimedia I'll definitely keep an eye on those areas. Brave the Sands was already on my watch list for potential things to cut. I already have a Satyr Wayfinder, so I'll go ahead and swap that in. I cut it from an early version of the deck when I was averse to self-mill. Nothing felt worse than milling only instants and sorceries into the yard and not even getting a land out of the deal.

In fact, I'll probably swap in all of those suggestions except I'm going to push back on Ghoultree and Dream Devourer. You're probably right about DD, but I like the idea of putting away a Living Death for an opportune moment. And Ghoultree feels like an easy way to drop a 10/10 for one mana fairly early in the game if I've been dredging well.

I'll look at Ramp too. I know I keep giving the same defense of "when my Fauna Shaman engine is running", but that's another situation where, when it works, I'm playing two lands EVERY turn, no questions asked.

This may be a dumb question, but I ask it in all sincerity: what am I hoping to draw that would keep me relevant in the game, especially if I'm cutting removal cards like Putrefy?

Truthfully, I don't see myself mutating Nethroi more than once per game, so I've been trying to focus on how to just end the game in that reanimation. My ideal situation would be to mutate onto Hydra Omnivore, recur Mogis's Marauder, use Yannik, Scavenging Sentinel to exile Karmic Guide and a big creature like Ghoultree to give enough +1/+1 counters to the Commander to end the game with commander damage for each player, since Omnivore deals damage to each player equal to the damage dealt to defending player. To better achieve that goal, I was considering swapping out Giant Ankheg for Archetype of Endurance since it grants all my creatures Trample. It only gives my creatures Ward 2 instead of hexproof but it might be worth the trade off if I can end the game right there... is that crazy? Am I putting too much stock in my ideal situation?

BishopAtavist on Abzan Graveyard Recursion Help

2 months ago

I ended up cutting Crop Rotation for Songs of the Damned for a more explosive one time effect. Also, multimedia your comment about haste got me thinking and I discovered Mogis's Marauder which would make for an insane recursion event with Nethroi or with Living Death. Thanks again for all the feedback!

king-saproling on Parker's Petitions

2 months ago

No prob! Haha yeah TO prices are usually pretty behind. I see a bunch on TCGPlayer for $4.

Ever considered Orvar, the All-Form rather than Bruvac? Would be a bit of a different build but you could run cheap cantrips like Cerulean Wisps to make Petitioner copies.

Another strong commander option, though it'd be self-mill and a second color, is Araumi of the Dead Tide. Encore makes more petitioners depending on the # of opponents which is cool. Also Araumi opens the door for strong black cards like Echoing Return, Secret Salvage, Living Death, Patriarch's Bidding, Twilight's Call, and Haunting Voyage. Could close out the game by reanimating Lab Maniac using Araumi or Dread Return

Gorbah on Bloodline of an Ancient Coven

2 months ago

And lukas96,

Patriarch's Bidding is a good card if your deck is build midrange, like Living Death but in my aggro build there is no slot for such cards...

It's a dead card in opening hand and a dead card if you have no grave... IF you like it play Living Death instead, and run enough free sac outlets so you can sac your vamps with Living Death on the stack and make it a more one sided boardwipe.

Cheers man.

Andramalech on Grist, All-Rotting-Hunger

2 months ago

BishopAtavist thank you for the upvote and commentary!

While building this deck the thought had crossed my mind to include Living Death, but my logic was if I didn't include Blood Artist for such an idea, that either one of them warrants the other, or neither at all.

So I will include Living Death in the maybeboard because your mentioning validates my thought, it's a good inclusion!

I appreciate your commentary, maybe give some of my other builds a look? I'd be interested to hear your feedback. Thanks!

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