Liliana, Defiant Necromancer

Planeswalker — Liliana

+2: Each player discards a card.

-X: Return target nonlegendary creature card with converted mana cost X from your graveyard to the battlefield.

-8: You get an emblem with "Whenever a creature is put into the graveyard from the battlefield, return it to the battlefield under your control at the beginning of the next end step."

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Set Rarity
From the Vault: Transform (V17) Mythic Rare
Magic Origins (ORI) Mythic Rare
Promo Set (000) Mythic Rare

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Liliana, Defiant Necromancer Discussion

Rhadamanthus on Liliana, Defiant Necromancer and Discarding

2 months ago

I don't personally know how the "combos" section of the individual card pages works (i.e., whether it's all submission based vs. partially automated, etc.), but the cards you're asking about don't appear to do anything particularly special in combination with Liliana, Defiant Necromancer .

Akromathia on Liliana, Defiant Necromancer and Discarding

2 months ago

Hello, good day and happy new year everyone:

While I was surfing “Tapped Out” looking for Liliana, Defiant Necromancer pricing, I came across the combo section. I saw that many of the combo suggestions have to do with discarding cards yourself (The likes of Burning Inquiry , Heir of Falkenrath  Flip and Tormenting Voice ).

My question is, how does the combo work? Is it just making reference to the fact that you can bring them back with the “-X”, or is there something I am not seeing?

The combo section should include a quick explanation on how it works. Sorry if this question is considered dumb.

Thank you in advance.

Alphyria on Official missing/incorrect card/token thread

4 months ago

Liliana, the Last Hope is generating Liliana, Defiant Necromancer 's emblem instead of the correct one.

Ugin, the Ineffable makes a 2/2 colorless Spirit token, comes up as a 2/2 Manifest token from AND a 1/1 white Spirit token with flying from Shadows over Innistrad.

Karn, Scion of Urza generates a 1/1 Construct with Defender from Conspiracy.

These issues are when displaying the tokens when looking at a decklist, near the bottom with the card count and legality, etc. EXCEPT when playtesting, the Construct is the proper when when using the Token button.

turdsmcgee on Help with ruling on Liliana, ...

6 months ago

Liliana, Defiant Necromancer

The final ability states: You get an emblem with "Whenever a creature is put into the graveyard from the battlefield, return it to the battlefield under your control at the beginning of the next end step."

Does this work with token creatures? (In this case about a dozen 2/2 zombies.) I believe it should since it doesn't specify nontoken creature like the front of the card does, but it came up in an argument during a game yesterday.

Front of the card for reference: Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip

Thanks for any feedback!

CyborgAeon on RazaBridge Reanimator

9 months ago

With regard to The Abyss - though I'm not the primary person to talk with on this: in cEDH it is likely to have a pretty low impact (meta dependent). Of course it's great against decks that rely on very few creatures, but at four mana for an enchantment which could be removed before you pass the turn (making it a 1-for-1) it is quite low power.

The majority of decks can assemble their win from very little, some fringe decks require a number of creatures together to win - these are often considered lower power, but against these The Abyss shines.

Cards like Nether Void are fantastic when you're able to break parity (like with Mishra, Artificer Prodigy ) but in this deck we would have only Liliana, Defiant Necromancer . Furthermore we're semi reliant on other player's on-stack interaction to stop us from losing early (consider why we don't run Defense Grid ). The downsides don't stop there: we can't win when void is out!!!

multimedia on Mono black

9 months ago

Hey, you're welcome, I like the changes.

Something to consider next is reducing the avg. CMC of your deck. It's currently 3.75 which is high when playing a three drop Commander. Ways to reduce the avg. CMC are cut high casting cost cards for low casting cost cards. With Liliana you want to be able to flip her the turn you play her. This makes one drops and two drops who can sac themselves good since they can by themselves flip Liliana and their CMC is low enough that you can easily reanimate them with Liliana, Defiant Necromancer 's -X.

I've been impressed with Cabal Therapist from Modern Horizons who can be a repeatable sac outlet even sacing itself. Blood Pet is another one drop who can flip Liliana by itself while also giving you mana. Carrion Feeder repeatable sac outlet who can sac itself. One drops that can give you value when they sac themselves are good because you can reanimate them with Liliana, Defiant Necromancer 's -X using 1 loyalty. Apprentice Necromancer is a two drop who can sac himself to reanimate any other creature in your graveyard. Bloodthrone Vampire two drop repeatable sac outlet who can sac herself.

VampiricJace on Atraxa Voice of Explore

10 months ago

Oh okay! If you're having land/card advantage issues, some Jace might be a good fit. But other than that...any Planeswalkers that can heavily drive you to victory work. A few on the top of my head:

And lastly, of course I must suggest Doubling Season (budget permitting).

Kogarashi on Does this combo work?

11 months ago

Let's see if I've got your initial plan right.

Assuming Thousand-Year Elixir is on the battlefield, allowing you to activate creature abilities the turn they ETB.

  1. Activate Selvala, Heart of the Wilds for some number of mana equal to the greatest power you have on the board (if with Muldrotha, that'd be 6). Or use Krosan Restorer to untap 1 or 3 lands (depending on if you have threshold), where at least one of those lands taps for more than 1 mana.

  2. Activate Ashnod's Altar , sacrificing Selvala or Restorer. Gain , trigger Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip to flip.

  3. Activate Liliana, Defiant Necromancer 's -X ability, targeting your newly-dead mana creature. Here's the first hangup. The -X ability says "nonlegendary creature card," and Selvala is legendary, so she can't work in this interaction. So it has to be Restorer. This activation puts Liliana in the graveyard due to lack of loyalty.

  4. You didn't mention it, but presumably you activate Krosan Restorer again for mana, then sacrifice it to Ashnod's Altar for 2 more. I'm ignoring Selvala now because Liliana can't get her back.

  5. Cast Animate Dead or Necromancy on a clone creature and have it copy Muldrotha, the Gravetide , forcing you to sacrifice one due to the legend rule. You keep the clone and send the original Muldrotha to the graveyard.

  6. Using Muldrotha, the Gravetide 's ability, you cast Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip from the graveyard. Then you cast a second Animate Dead or Necromancy (because the first is still enchanting your Muldrotha clone), getting the original Muldrotha back from the graveyard, triggering the legend rule again, which flips Liliana again. You keep the original Muldrotha to "reset" the "one permanent of each type" restriction.

  7. You -X Liliana to get Restorer back, putting Liliana back in the graveyard. Go to step 4, alternating Muldrotha and clone as necessary.

Am I reading this right?

In order for this to work, you can't use Selvala, Heart of the Wilds because it's legendary and Liliana, Defiant Necromancer specifically targets nonlegendary creature cards. For Krosan Restorer to be a good fit, you'll probably want to be at threshold (to hit three lands instead of one), and you'll want those lands to produce lots of mana, like the Gaea's Cradle and Itlimoc, Cradle of the Sun you mentioned later, with enough creatures to make it functional.

With so many moving parts, it runs the risk of being extremely easy to disrupt if your opponents have answers, but as far as I can see it functions aside from Selvala being a bad fit, assuming your lands are producing enough mana (and it should be mentioned that the aforementioned choice lands only produce green mana; you're going to need lots of black as well because Liliana and Animate/Necromancy is going to be alone, with a fourth if you have to cast both enchantments before you can get mana on the loop again.

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