The Second Coming

White/Blue Embalm/Eternalize, Ancient Egypt, and the poem by W.B. Yeats

Supreme Will by Alayna Danner

We live to serve the God-Eternals … and will serve them again after we die! The Second Coming relies on the Embalm and Eternalize mechanics to keep your creatures crawling back from the graveyard after death and finishes with huge tokens to drive your opponent to despair.

When I read the poem “The Second Coming” by William Butler Yeats as a teenager, I could vividly imagine the Sphinx of Egypt rising from its desert home to devastate the world. Flash forward to the Amonkhet block, and we have a new “rough beast” in the form of Nicol Bolas. Originally, this deck and its companion The Second Coming were one oversized zombiefied homage to Yeats’s poem. But it was too big and unwieldy, so I split it in two: Death March (blue/black) and The Second Coming (white/blue).

Use Embalmer’s Tools to accelerate your creatures’ Embalm and Eternalize abilities. Whenever you create a token, tap Idol of Oblivion to draw and put a counter on Ominous Seas. Use Idol, Ominous Seas, Desolation Twin, and Phyrexian Rebirth to create giant tokens, then double them with Rootborn Defenses and Song of the Worldsoul.

Creatures (16)

  • 2 Adorned Pouncer
  • 2 Anointer Priest
  • 2 Temmet, Vizier of Naktamun
  • 2 Champion of Wits
  • 2 Aven Wind Guide
  • 2 Angel of Sanctions
  • 2 Glyph Keeper
  • 2 Desolation Twin

Artifacts (4)

  • 3 Embalmer’s Tools
  • 1 Idol of Oblivion

Enchantment (4)

  • 2 Ominous Seas
  • 2 Song of the Worldsoul

Sorceries (1)

  • 1 Phyrexian Rebirth

Instants (15)

  • 2 Supreme Will
  • 3 Rootborn
  • 4 Sandblast (Hour of Devastation artwork)
  • 4 Void Shatter
  • 2 Pull from Tomorrow

Lands (24)

(I like Amonkhet, Born of the Gods, and Hour of Devastation artwork for the basic lands)

  • 4 Temple of Enlightenment
  • 10 Plains
  • 10 Island


  • Adorned Pouncer
  • Angel of Sanctions
  • Anointer Priest
  • Aven Wind Guide
  • Champion of Wits // Eldrazi
  • Glyph Keeper
  • Horror
  • Kraken
  • Temmet, Vizier of Naktamun

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