Josu Vess, Lich Knight


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Brawl Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Dominaria (DOM) Rare

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Josu Vess, Lich Knight

Legendary Creature — Zombie Knight

Kicker (You may pay an additional as you cast this spell.)


When Josu Vess, Lich Knight enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, create eight 2/2 black Knight creature tokens with menace.

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Josu Vess, Lich Knight Discussion

Joe9 on [[Primer]]-God of the Rising FULL Moon! Butts Up!!

1 week ago

Josu Vess, Lich Knight MUST go in this deck. It's one of the greatest zombie droppers in recent history! For 10 mana, you get eight 2/2s AND and 4/5 with menace. They're all zombies!

Final Parting is a great tutor card for any deck with graveyard play. It might deserve a home in here as well.

Geralf's Messenger is probably the only missing undying creature I would recommend. It adds a lot of black devotion for Gary the Merchant too, which could be a nice bonus.

Falkenbach1 on Bring Out Your Dead!

1 week ago

hello, I use to play grimgrin as commander for my EDH zombie deck, but now i switched over to the scarab god ;) Bontu's Monument this often worked better than urza's incubator as it is also helps out the none zombie creatures. + it enables your zombie combo storms with casting zombies.

Sedraxis Alchemist together with Rooftop Storm also makes a loop of infinitly casting this zombie incase gravecrawler gets exiled. the alchemist also works as removal when u have a blue permanent

Graveborn Muse will really get you alot of cards and you can get rid of her with all your sacrifice outlets if she gets dangerous.

Fleshbag Marauder with gisa en geralf i think this cards is unbelievably strong

Sidisi, Undead Vizier is a tutor for a card on a stick (a strong stick) can be brought back with gisa and geralf making it extra strong.

Josu Vess, Lich Knight at 4 mana he's a great zombie, and at 10 mana (end game) he will bring a whole army with him

Kindred Discovery a must include for tribal decks with blue

Cards i would personally not play are:

-stronghold assassin (reason he has to wait a turn before he can tap and work)

-Liliana's Reaver

-Endless Ranks of the dead (looks amazing on paper but always when i put it on the field it did nothing as i had not enough zombies to feed it)

-Dark Ritual


-Black Market (also pretty slow by my own experience)

oliveoilonyaasscureshemorrhoid on I Love Lucy

2 weeks ago

Hey, awesome deck! I love Licia to no end, I've been looking into her for a while now. I have some suggestions to make your deck stronger

Like Tavern Swindler and Gonti's Machinations. These are great early drops, and concerning licia, they ramp you very fast for no mana required! Instead of Temur Battle Rage and Brute Strength, consider Abzan Falconer and Duelist's Heritage and Rune-Tail, Kitsune Ascendant. Heritage can be used politically, as you inch players not to attack you by promising double strike, and Falconer is amazing, nuf said. I also wanted to mention Illusionist's Bracers, Key to the City, and Ashling's Prerogative, if any of those strike your fancy. Lastly, for the late game, I'd recommend Treasury Thrull, Crypt Ghast, Chandra's Ignition, and Necrologia instead of your Syphon Mind.

For the mana base, I'd add Sulfurous Springs, and maybe some vivids if this deck is fine with being a bit slower.

The deck looks fine as it is, so it's hard to find cuts. Without testing your deck, the weaker cards seem to be Haunted Cloak, Baneslayer Angel, Josu Vess, Lich Knight, Drana's Emissary, Felidar Sovereign (you've a lot of wincons anyway), and Blood Tribute. Some of the stronger cards I see are Twilight Prophet, Sword of War and Peace, Hide (which I'm adding to my deck as we speak), and Crested Sunmare.

Hope this helps!

stikmn33 on Rise of Benalia

1 month ago

You aren't running enough legendaries to make Arvad the Cursed really worth it. You are better off replacing him with Josu Vess, Lich Knight. Also ditch Dub just play more removal or History of Benalia. You need way more lands like 6 more lands, maybe 3 of each.

EpicBox75 on Mono Black Zombies

1 month ago

What I have played mono B zombies I didn't like Aethersphere Harvester because 8 creatures + marshals tokens come tapped to the field and I found it meh, Liliana, Death's Majesty doesn't impact the board enough for its mana cost

From mainboard I could suggest taking Cabal Stronghold out because you have many non swamp lands and in most situations it doesn't do anything and would suggest adding another memorial or Scavenger Grounds (<- 2 recommended) because having the ability to counter The Scarab God Gift decks and torrentials is really valuable. Also you can play with 24 lands instead of 25 but that is only based on what you like.

My suggestions for main would be 1 or 2 extra Scrapheap Scrounger for 1 lands and 1 Liliana, Untouched By Death because even though she is amazing having 3 may be too much because with out zombies she does less. Scavenger Grounds I explained

For side I would recommend adding The Eldest Reborn because it hits your opponent from many angles and gives you something from any grave I would also recommend 2 Ruin Raider because they give card advantage against control or other stall decks or 1 or 2 Plague Mare because it makes trading easier against aggro or token decks. I would recommend taking out both Liliana, Death's Majesty both Aethersphere Harvester and Josu Vess, Lich Knight. (Also really random but I like playing 1 Demon of Catastrophes in my side because red decks have hard time trying to get rid of it)

Even though I recommend these cards they aren't necessary because playing styles differ and these are just based on my experience of mono black zombies

liljramos88 on

1 month ago

Yes graveyard Marshal would be a good turn two play but I run marshal more for late game than turn two. I rather ramp to a turn 3 Demon of Catastrophes or Josu Vess, Lich Knight or a turn two Lord of the Accursed.

Boza on Legends of Dominaria

1 month ago

BW legends is quite the supported theme in Dominaria. However, how the deck branches from here is on you:

1/ Small creatures that care about historic and legends ie danitha capashen, Knight of Grace supported by auras and removal spells, that win the game earlier on.

2/ Big legendaries that win the game later like Josu Vess, Lich Knight + drraw spells and removal tto get you to that point.

3/ Do you want to stay BW or do you want to explore other options?

4/ Where do you plan to play this - FNM, casual with friends, at tournaments?

Morthius on Dead man walking - Magic Core 2019

1 month ago

Bjornis Thanks for your opinion. Cabal Stronghold isn't a bad card at all but in every test game there are only a few times when there is a little benfits when i'm playing it. With round six and six "normal" mana on the field i can play every card with Liliana, Untouched By Death -3 abbility. Even multiple creature cards like 3 times Graveyard Marshal. Josu Vess, Lich Knight is way to slow with the kicker cost (round 8 with perfect mana + Cabal Stronghold!) and without it, you should play Plague Belcher for 3 mana.

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