Supportive EDH / Commander Lands and Land Staples
Lands are the key to making your EDH deck successful. In EDH to make a successful deck, lands should not be used just as a mana source. Lands should be used to support your deck with damage prevention and strategy support for your deck. For instance in my Rhys the Redeemed deck I use Gavony Township and Oran-Rief, the Vastwood to give my tokens +1/+1 counters. I also use Wirewood Lodge to untap my Commander so I can double my tokens an additional time if I wanted to. I also use Kor Haven in both my Kaalia of the Vast deck and Rhys the Redeemed deck to help protect myself from an opposing General attacking me. The point being is that to truly make a good EDH deck you should use a variety of lands to assist your deck and your strategy.
Because many supportive lands add colorless mana you need several types of dual lands to make sure the mana base is efficient.
Champions of Kamigawa Legendary Lands
These lands are great because there are no drawbacks like coming into play tapped. These lands provide you with an extra ability on the battlefield as well as providing you with colored mana. The only thing that could make these lands better is if they had basic land types. These lands are also very affordable. I would think about putting one of these lands in your deck for each color of your commander, you never know when these lands abilities could give you some extra leverage on the battlefield.
Minamo, School at Water’s Edge
Volrath’s Stronghold is a great addition to any black deck. Volrath’s Stronghold has gone up in price over the years but it is still affordable and is an asset for any black EDH deck. The only thing that would make Volrath’s Stronghold better is if the creature went directly into your hand from your graveyard. Fortunately, there are plenty of black draw cards like Necropotence you can use to help you put your creature in your hand with out giving up your draw.
Academy Ruins is a similar to Volrath’s Stronghold but it is used for artifacts. You can use Academy Ruins with Mindslaver and infinitely take your opponents turns as long as you have the mana…But yes, if you used that combo you would just be playing with yourself.
Diamond Valley is very pricey, but for a reason as this land can be very useful. When playing EDH it is often necessary to have a sac outlet like Diamond Valley to clear the board with False Prophet or Keep your opponents permanents tapped with Yosei, the Morning Star. Having a sac outlet available gives you better control over your creatures abilities. You also gain life equal to your creatures toughness when they are sacrificed which is another plus. The only drawback with this land is that it does not produce mana.
Bojuka Bog is a MUST HAVE land in any deck playing . This land is powerful because it can stop your opponents from reanimating their creatures. Bojuka Bog is also useful to remove your opponents graveyards if you are playing with Living Death or Twilight’s Call.
Homeward Path is another EDH staple that should be in every deck. This land is important because it makes it easier to play against cards like Bribery and Animate Dead with your opponents stealing creatures from your graveyard. If I don’t need the extra mana my strategy is to keep Homeward Path in my hand to surprise my opponents when they attempt to steal my big creatures.
Vesuva works well for multicolored decks or just to copy other added land abilities. It works out well because you can copy your opponents lands as well as your own.
This land works wonders against heavy creature decks and works great playing in a deck that does not play many creatures. One slight issue is this land sells for over $400…
Petrified Field is a good land to protect some of your more important lands that your opponents are out to destroy such as Gaea’s Cradle and Homeward Path. This land can also be good to rid of your opponents lands by bringing back a sacrificed Strip Mine
Reliquary Tower has become a staple land for EDH. The reason this land is an EDH staple is because every good EDH deck should have a lot of draw ability using cards like skull clamp to draw through your deck quickly. When you are playing with 100 cards you need to have a lot of draw to go through your deck quickly and get the cards you need. As long as Reliquary Tower is out on the field you will not have to worry about discarding cards because of your maximum hand size.
Mishra’s Workshop is a great drop for any EDH deck with several artifacts. A turn one, three mana drop is unmatchable with one land. Of course you need Mishra’s Workshop in your Kozilek, Butcher of Truthcolorless EDH deck right? Just make sure you budget an over $300 to buy this land.
When you are playing with a 100 card deck it is important to draw through it quickly. Do you hate it when you have one more turn left to make or break the game and you depend on the miricle draw and all you get is a lousy land? Good thing about cycling lands is they are useful later in the game too even when you have so much land you do not know what to do with.
Full list of Cycling Lands:
- Blasted Landscape
- Barren Moor
- Drifting Meadow
- Forgotten Cave
- Lonely Sandbar
- Polluted Mire
- Remote Isle
- Secluded Steppe
- Slippery Karst
- Smoldering Crater
- Tranquil Thicket
These are lands that can double for creatures. These creature lands are sometimes a good add on in your EDH deck to either attack your opponents or use a land as an extra defender.
Dark Depths is a great combo with Vampire Hexmage. Use Vampires Hexmage’s ability to remove all the counters from Dark Depths and put a 20/20 Indestructible flying token into play. You can use Expedition Map or a Demonic Tutor to bring this combo out quickly.
Token Making Lands
These token lands are good to make some extra blockers or extra tokens for token decks like Rhys the Redeemed.
Damage Preventing Lands
Use these lands in your EDH deck to help prevent combat damage from your opponents General’s.
Maze of Ith could be used in two ways, it could be used to protect your attacking General or it could be used to stop you opponents General by untapping them and taking their General out of combat. The only draw back of Maze of Ith is that it does not add any Mana to your mana pool.
Stop combat damage by exiling your opponents creatures until after the end of the combat phase. It is a great prevention land because it still can add mana to your mana pool. The downside of this land is its not good to play on creatures like Massacre Wurm with entry effects that could harm you.
Kor Haven is a great prevention land as long as you are playing in your deck.
So these land destruction lands are helpful to take out your opponents most useful lands. If you want to your opponents creatures you can use Strip Mine to destroy their Homeward Path. Land destruction can be useful for multiple purposes and it is usually a good idea to have at least 1 land destruction land in your EDH deck.
Strip Mine is the best land destruction land and is relatively cheap because you can only use one copy in standard which obviously does not matter for EDH.
The second best Land destruction land the only problem it is restricted to nonbasic lands and it can cost a good amount of money.
Tectonic Edge is a good helper to destroy your opponents nonbasic lands. It is not as good as Wasteland because your opponent needs to control four or more lands but its also a fraction of the price if you want to keep your budget down.
This land is good to help you draw cards but unfortunately it can help you opponents out too. I think the ability works well when you have cards like Sadistic Hypnotist to keep those cards out of your opponents hands.
Petrified Field is a good land not only to get back your lands destroyed by opponents but to get back your sacrifice lands like Strip Mine.
With Rishadan Port you can keep you opponents lands tapped it can make a very good combo with Earthcraft.
Sometimes you need a sac outlet to take full advantage of some reanimation decks. This land can act as an extra sac outlet and has the extra benefit of helping you gain life.
This land is just a good supportive land for a Mill deck.
With Tolaria West’s transmute ability this land can double as a land tutor to help ensure that you get that much needed land you may need. For instance this tutor would be great if you need a Homeward Path when your opponent has control of your creature.
This land can be useful to do some extra damage to your opponents or slow your opponents down by destroying their creatures.
Winding Canyons will help you keep your mana open during your opponents turn as you can wait until you opponents turn is over to play your creature this is good in case you need to leave some extra mana open for a counter spell or destroy permanent spell.
With this land you can use your high powered creatures to defeat your opponents Generals and slow their decks down.
Horizon Canopy is great because it can add both and as well as can be used to draw an extra card later in the game. Sacrificing this land for an extra draw will work well with Crucible of Worlds.
If its later in the game and you are in a rut Glacial Chasm will help delay your opponents from killing you while you can work on a strategy to turn the game around.
Gaea’s Cradle is the best mana producing land for any deck that uses green mana and a lot of creatures. If you match Gaea’s Cradle with Earthcraft you can have an incredible mana producing combo.
Serra’s Sanctum is a great land to help accelerate your mana when you are using several enchantments in your deck.
Urborg, Tomb of Yogmawth
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth has a lot of great quality’s for any black deck. The first quality being that it is great for black mana acceleration. There are several black creatures and enchantments that add additional for each swamp you tap for mana, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth makes it so you can use this black mana acceleration even in multicolored black decks. Also another benefit of Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth is it makes ALL lands swamps, including your opponents, so you can get the added benefit of your creatures with Swampwalk!
Great way to add lots of additional mana in Monoblack decks. Cabal Coffers can also be used multicolored black decks when you have Urborg%2C+Tomb+of+Yawgmoth&partner=MTGJNK” rel=”http://mtgjunkie.com/wp-content/plugins/mtg-card-links/getter.php?n=Urborg%2C+Tomb+of+Yawgmoth”>Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth out as well.
If you are playing a quick deck like a Kaalia of the Vast deck Hall of the Bandit Lord is just what you need to get your creatures out and attacking as soon as possible. Sometimes you need that extra edge to get a turn ahead of your opponets by attacking a turn sooner. Hall of the Bandit Lord is a good add in for any deck that plays quickly.
Ever try to play that one card that is gonna win you the game just to have it countered? Boseiju, Who Shelters All is a great land to add in if your play group plays a lot of counters. Even if you do not play a lot of instant or sorcery cards in your deck you never know when this card will come in handy.
Cavern of Souls
Cavern of Souls is another EDH staple land. This land can make sure your commander will be played every time as your commander wont be able to be countered and will add any colored mana for your commander you need and it does not even come into play tapped.
These Hideaway Lands are great for quick big drops by only having to tap two lands. Obviously some of these lands are easier to accomplish then the others but still could be a good add on to your EDH deck. I use a Spinerock Knoll in my Kaalia of the Vast deck to send out an extra big creature as soon as my first attack.