Living Lore

Living Lore

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As Living Lore enters the battlefield, exile an instant or sorcery card from your graveyard.

Living Lore's power and toughness are each equal to the exiled card's converted mana cost.

Whenever Living Lore deals combat damage, you may sacrifice it. If you do, you may cast the exiled card without paying its mana cost.

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

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Living Lore Discussion

lagotripha on Budget Living Lore Control *Added MDFC*

2 weeks ago

I spend a while trying to get a Living Lore / Spellweaver Helix deck built around Raven's Crime / Breaking / Entering working, but losing Faithless Looting killed it, and the split cards rule shifts messed with it more. Its a cool idea that wasn't quite there.

One of the big things I learned was that Cruel Ultimatum loops win games, but getting to the point where a living lore hits your opponent is pretty hard. I had some more success once I looked to use it to cast Time Warp and ran some delve spells in Logic Knot and Temporal Trespass . Big creatures win games. Time walking a gurmag angler is incredible when your opponent doesn't realise you have 4 turns banked up, but the whole deck starts feeling like a pile of cards - lots of hands that are almost good but nothing that really works well together.

Efreet Flamepainter and the discard for a treasure tokens offer a set of eight four drops and cards that ramp to it and pay off in the graveyard, with Torrential gearhulk as another couple, but building for that is going to be a little tricky - treasure tokens and fast mana means that getting them on the battlefield leaves you less cards to keep them alive and run the rest of the deck.

Finding a way to make living lore's comparatively bulky body and love of high CMC spells in the graveyard will pull the deck in weird directions - I hope you have fun hunting down ones that work. Who knows- perhaps its a deck that casts Shape Anew for Torrential Gearhulk . All I know is making it good is gonna get weird.

multimedia on Kalamax Kopy

1 month ago

Hey, you've started to upgrade the precon, but haven't done much yet. Nice upgrades of Narset's Reversal, Ral Storm Conduit, Shark Typhoon and Cyclonic Rift. Your deck doesn't have a Commander yet since Kalamax is in the main deck 99. To fix this, in the editor add the CMDR tag at the end of the Kalamax, the Stormshire text.

Kalamax, the Stormshire *CMDR*

What's your budget for upgrading the manabase? I ask because you essentially have the from the box manabase of the precon minus a few Forests. $20 would give you a decent upgrade; $40 a much better upgrade. Adding more dual lands that will ETB untapped will speed up gameplay.

Some areas to consider further upgrading on a budget:

Some cards to consider cutting:

The biggest change these cuts would make is reducing the mana curve. Cutting many higher mana cost cards for lower mana cost ones will help gameplay. More instants and less creatures will give you more with Kalamax.

If interested I offer more advice. Good luck with your deck.

Balaam__ on A Wizened Wizard’s Clerical Error

3 months ago

Thanks for posting, Angel_Zero. Hm, I think it would depend on who you’re playing. I could see Living Lore being fun in a more casual kitchen table setting, but I think its cmc is too high for anything other than that. Not that this deck is particularly competitive per se, but Modern is a fast paced format and Turn 4 is a point of no return for many builds. Everything here is designed to buy enough time to stick Wildfire Eternal Turn 4 and then go off. I’d worry that adding another costly card would broaden the focus too much. But try it out! It’s the only way to know for sure. It may be a big improvement, you never know.

Angel_Zero on A Wizened Wizard’s Clerical Error

3 months ago

what do you think about Living Lore ? seems like it could be fun here.

Polaris on Can a copied Ethereal Forager …

3 months ago

No. When a card uses its name, it means "this object." Flickering Ethereal Forager will make it a new permanent, unlinked with the cards exiled when it was originally cast. The same applies if you cast another Ethereal Forager; each will have its own stack of cards it can return from, and they aren't shared. A card or token that's a copy of Ethereal Forager won't have any exiled cards to draw from at all, unless it had some other ability that exiled something (for example, if you turned a Living Lore or Izzet Chemister into a copy of Ethereal Forager after exiling an instant or sorcery with it).

Cards that bypass this restriction, such as Karn, Scion of Urza or Haldan, Avid Arcanist , will use some other way to keep track of what cards they're allowed to use.

multimedia on Jodah's GrEight Ultimatums

11 months ago

Hey, Faeburrow Elder is a dork who can potentially tap for all five colors of mana. Can tap for four with just Jodah in your control. Elder could have more impact as a ramp than Commander's Sphere. Conflux is a tutor that can get five Ultimatums into your hand. Or tutor for Seasons Past + four other Ultimatums since Season can keep recurring Conflux + one Ultimatum and Conflux can keep tutoring for Season. Conflux can definitely have more impact than Living Lore.

SirFowler on The 'Ultimate' Idea

1 year ago

Omnispell Adept helps cast stuff cheaper, depending on the card. And if you have a way to untap it like Pemmin's Aura, then you can do it multiple times which is pretty sweet. Galvanoth maybe to cast them for free? However you might need some manipulation tech to make it work properly. I tried to make Living Lore a thing, but it's a pretty risky play. And the last idea would be something like Epic Experiment for an extremely risky move.

These are just a few ideas that can help cheat out such mana restrictive cards. I know there are other cards out there, but these are just the ones I sort of thought about for the idea you want to achieve.

Izu_Korasu on Card creation challenge

1 year ago

um wut is that unplayable monstrosity .. Living Lore exists, so that crew value or cmc should be waay lower and the spell should be free, and maybe even "cast a copy" so it works more then once.

anyway ..... 2 converted mana cost, got it.

Nibvilzetz, the Tormentor

Legendary Creature - Demon

When Nibvilzetz enters the battlefield, if X is 2 or less, Nibviletz deals damage to you equal to the number of cards in your hand. If X is 3 or greater, draw cards equal to X and Nibvilzets gets a trample counter.

Nibvilzetz' power and toughness is equal to the number of cards in your hand.



this is a fun cycle, create a 2 Cmc dragon named "Udryrig, The Voiceless One" that you would play as a commander.

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