Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Masters Edition IV (ME4) Rare
Unlimited Edition (2ED) Rare
Collector's Edition (CED) Rare
International Collector's Edition (CEI) Rare
Limited Edition Beta (LEB) Rare
Limited Edition Alpha (LEA) Rare

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As Lich enters the battlefield, you lose life equal to your life total.

You don't lose the game for having 0 or less life.

If you would gain life, draw that many cards instead.

Whenever you're dealt damage, sacrifice that many nontoken permanents. If you can't, you lose the game.

When Lich is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you lose the game.

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Lich Discussion

n0bunga on WW2 Gravetide Propaganda

2 weeks ago

Grindig opponents out in a Group Hug fashion and preventing decks from doing anything feasible are the miserable ways this deck wins by.

If there is a need for it, Muldrotha’s still a 6/6 that can beat down but I’m open to suggestion if you think there are any enchantment based wins?

Lich and Second Chance offer an out of infinite turns into doing what we’d like.

If need be, there could be room for the infinite Gitrog combo, using Faith of the Devoted as an outlet.

Loonmoon18 on Negative life?

4 weeks ago

cdkime and FancyTuesday, I see. It's more of to dig yourself out of the hole later with life gain. Also, if you play Lich how does that work? Lich's Oracle text says you lose life equal to your life total. Say if you're at -6, since it's a double negative would you go to 0?

CarpePhallum9521 on From Rags to Liches

1 month ago

SirSh4ggy thanks for the feedback! Funnily enough, I actually had a zur lich deck that I took apart a few months ago to replace with this deck. Yeah I am considering throwing in my Greater Auramancy for the enchantments, but I am not so sure about the Solemnity considering that having poison counters don't matter since you can't lose the game anyways with Lich's Mastery. I do want to throw in Lich, but it has not the greatest synergy with Lich's Mastery, since I will have to both sac as well as exile things. This deck is built around Lich's Mastery specifically, so some of the life gain wincons would be obsolete with Lich thrown in, as well as the problem with me losing a ton of life when it enters, forcing me to exile 40+ cards depending on my life total when it ETB. However, Lich would make playing Transcendence more easy. I do need to make the wall of text a little easier to read but I still am not sure how to do the different tab things.

SirSh4ggy on From Rags to Liches

1 month ago

Woaahh a few tips here:

  1. Break up those big blocks of text so they're easier to read.

  2. I like your theme, but it's not optimized. Lich is another card that does the same thing as those two; then you'll definitely want Solemnity to match your Phyrexian Unlife.

  3. Greater Auramancy is necessary, since you're relying on enchantments to win, or at least to not lose.

For some other references check out my deck Lich Lord Zur. You'll probably want to include Zur the Enchanter so that you can search out some of these spells more effortlessly.


1 month ago


Kizmetto Yeah, I handed it to a streamer. He went like 5 or 6 games with 0 losses. He got a lot of follows as a result. I'll say this: this is a meta deck in the "pro" groups I've been chatting with, lol. A lot of people want this deck tech on lockdown and hush-hush. I have to say though; this deck was pretty obvious to anyone who gave two damns to look and think. I knew Lich's Mastery by default was the best card in the entire damn expansion set when it leaked in February. Nobody even thought about it more than once.

I'm an old school player though. I was there for THE BLACK SUMMER OF 1996. Necropotence was the king of infinite card draw; and an army of black legions swept across the lands and dominated the scene. It was not only intense, but overwhelming. I'm in my late 30s, came back to the game explicitly for my buds and this one card. When Richard Garfield outed that he had made it himself, and based it off of the classic Lich on his Facebook page, I instantly knew it was not only busted - but now all but confirmed to be the most powerful card in the set. Why? Because he designed it. Richard is a smart guy, and some people don't know how smart. He's a mathematician. So if you give a brilliant mind a design board and say make me some art; he'll hand you back a damn magnum opus. I know that much. I miss him, and hope he comes back for more design, but I got one last shot at making a black summer happen again.

Now this year, in this time, in 2018, we'll see if it happens. I hope it does. If it does, I'll be right. And I can feel it my bones that Lich's Mastery will be with us for ages, and might even get banned at some point. My fuck's given? None. I've been working with the card building shitloads of decks with it, testing things out. I know this one for sure works. Different variants will arise, and some will do it with different colors, but know this: it is busted as fuck.

The same thing happened in 1996. People looked at Necropotence as a shit card and put it at $1.00 a piece. Then it happened. One man. Leon Lindbck. One deck. He walked out of that tournament like a damn undead lord of the slaughter. History will repeat itself. I know that. Over the span of epochs, time is a flat circle and Lich's Mastery is Lich and Necropotence's love child all grown up.

Time Jump 25 years ago...


Leon Lindback, Semifinalist

Lindbck, a 20-year-old electrical engineering student from Stockholm, Sweden, played an all-black speed/discard deck. Most noticeable in his deck were four Necropotences which Lindbck would play early to continually fill up his hand.

Leon Lindback's, Semifinalist Deck from 1995

  • Lands (23)
  • 2 Ebon Stronghold
  • 4 Strip Mine
  • 17 Swamp
  • Artifacts (7)

  • 1 Ivory Tower
  • 1 Jalum Tome
  • 2 Nevinyrral's Disk
  • 2 Serrated Arrows
  • 1 Zuran Orb

  • Creature (11)

  • 4 Hypnotic Specter
  • 3 Knight of Stromgald
  • 4 Order of the Ebon Hand

  • OtherSpells (19)

  • 1 Dance of the Dead
  • 1 Dark Banishing
  • 4 Dark Ritual
  • 4 Drain Life
  • 4 Hymn to Tourach
  • 4 Necropotence
  • 1 Soul Burn

  • Sideboard (15)

  • 1 City of Brass
  • 1 Safe Haven
  • 1 Apocalypse Chime
  • 1 Feldon's Cane
  • 1 Jalum Tome
  • 1 Meekstone
  • 2 Nevinyrral's Disk
  • 3 The Rack
  • 1 Serrated Arrows
  • 1 Ashes to Ashes
  • 1 Stromgald Cabal
  • 1 Torture

Thems were the days boys!! The days of the DARKNESS. AND NOW WE GET TO PLAY IN THE LIGHT AGAIN!!!

zombob57 on Into A Breathless Oblivion

2 months ago

Weird suggestions here but I think it would be really an interesting angle to take to include Lich because it might be high risk but also draw 20 cards each time you get torgaar is a pretty good time

SteelSentry on Ways to protect Lich?

2 months ago

First off, I would like to thank you all. As a newly blossoming Johnny (former Timmy), Lich has been my white whale as soon as I saw it in a stack of bulk rares.

I like the idea of Oloro, even if I lose access to all the hexproof support from . He is also synergistic with other cards I would already run with Lich (Well of Lost Dreams, Chasm Skulker etc). When I get the chance, I'll take a look at both Abzan and Esper as possible color combos. For anyone else brewing Lich, Sultai is also on the table since Horizon Chimera is currently the best 2 card combo with Lich I can find.

SteelSentry on Ways to protect Lich?

2 months ago

Now that we have Lich, Nefarious Lich, and Lich's Mastery, I figure I might as well draft up a Lich combo deck idea I've been tossing around. Unfortunately, only the new one has hexproof. What are the best ways I can protect these enchantments so I don't lose the game? The two that immediately come to mind are Aegis Angel and Greater Auramancy, both having advantages and disadvantages (especially when it comes to price). I might splash blue for counterspells, but I would rather have some proactive protection. The deck will likely be Orzhov, but the colors can change if necessary (although, being triple and quadruple black means I would like to be in as few colors as I can manage).

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