Living Death


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander Anthology 2018 (CM2) Rare
Masters 25 (A25) Rare
Tempest Remastered (TPR) Mythic Rare
From the Vault: Annihilation (V14) Rare
Vintage Masters (VMA) Rare
MTG: Commander (CMD) Rare
Duel Decks: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition (DDE) Rare
Battle Royale Box Set (BRB) Rare
Tempest (TMP) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Living Death


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

Living Death Discussion

NeonEndymion on The Ur-Dragon

3 days ago

Maybe Faithless Looting if you add Living Death and/or Animate Dead , and for card selection Impulse or Once Upon a Time ?

Since the deck isn't purely efficient/faso combo, since it has so many different needs, and since it needs to hit land drops, I still think raw card draw vs selection is the way to go. . . .

NeonEndymion on The Ur-Dragon

3 days ago

I'd actually look at Windfall as a direct swap for Wheel of Fortune , but again, that's only in my list in the first place b/c of 1. need to mull to fast mana hands that result in net negative card advantage and 2. it can play into reanimation plan.

I'm still pretty high on Greater Good , but if someone has graveyard hate/answers, it can cut off a splashy win and kneecap you pretty badly. It's not so great as a value/draw engine on its own due to the relatively high CMC and the discard 3 effect (vs a few relatively lower power main deck drag'o's). It's more a cute/splashy play/not sure I'd prioritize it unless you enjoy the card/game plan.

Speaking of which: In terms of replacements for Rishkar's Expertise , and/or in general, I'd rather look at Recurring Insight —that can be a superbomb splashy spell depending on the table. Not sure I care about Overrun-style effects at any CMC.

And I could see Living Death being a swap for Toxic Deluge , but given the tutors/recursion maybe one mass reanimation spell that's more one-sided is OK. I don't love also how Living Death resolves in re the stack (your reanimated creatures' ETBs resolve last); it can sometimes end up hosing you vs helping. Animate Dead might be a better add for added/cheap re-animation? Esp if it can fish a combo from a Scion of the Ur-Dragon dump-off?

Vlasiax on The Ur-Dragon

3 days ago

Got it, we need a little more raw card draw - do you have any budget ideas for these? As Wheel of Fortune is very expensive and I'm trying to make room for Greater Good . Maybe blue has more options?

For your deck maybe Return of the Wildspeaker might be better? It's Rishkar's Expertise at instant speed with overrun mode instead of cheating 0-5 CMC spell.

Also I have a spare copy of Living Death and I wonder if that might be a good

xaarvaxus on My First Zombie Deck, Pls Help

1 week ago

Altar of Dementia to give yourself another sac outlet plus additional way to fill the yard.

Living Death as additional boardsweeper and insta zombie horde assuming the yard was getting full the way you want.

Wonder to fetch into the yard with Buried Alive = Flying Zombies! I had to add this combo to my Grimgrin deck so I didn't keep getting run over by flyers. Not sure of the jank factor on this....YMMV.

Ethereal Absolution ? Interesting anthem effect that gives you a way to get rid of creatures from other reanimator deck graveyards.

RNR_Gaming on Judith's Discount Furniture Shack

4 weeks ago

Blood Artist should probably be in. Also, good ol' Grey Merchant of Asphodel and Mogis's Marauder could make Living Death much more impactful.

Kogarashi on Xiahou dun, the one eyed ...

1 month ago

So you start by sacrificing Xiahou Dun, The One-Eyed and six other creatures for mana to the Phyrexian Altar , cast Living Death to get them all back (with 2 mana to spare this time), and then sacrifice Xiahou to get Living Death back before sacrificing the six creatures for mana again (1 mana to spare, plus the previous total)?

Yes, that would work. You'd have to remember to start off the cycle by getting Xiahou into your graveyard in some fashion in order for Living Death to include that in the reanimation cycle.

(Also looks like Xiahou's card isn't actually in the database. Interesting.)

Nabuseri on Xiahou dun, the one eyed ...

1 month ago

So I was wondering specifically on rules and a small combo. I know you have to sacrafice Xiahou Dun, The One-Eyed before attackers are declared.

What I am wondering if you could use Phyrexian Altar , 6 other creatures, Xiahou Dun, The One-Eyed and Living Death to repeatedly gain infinite mana and keep using that recursion over and over during your main phase.

I wanted to see if this would be something to combo out with torment of hailfire

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Living Death occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.06%

Black: 0.38%

Golgari: 0.26%

Rakdos: 0.28%