Liliana's Reaver

Creature — Zombie


Whenever Liliana's Reaver deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card and you put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token onto the battlefield tapped.

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Liliana's Reaver Discussion

Gidgetimer on Horde much?

1 week ago

When playing in a format where there are multiple opponents I find that symmetrical spells are great. This means that they would be very powerful in the zombie deck. Pox might be a little excessive but Small Pox would probably be a good addition. Ashen Ghoul with the caveat that it is put into the graveyard first when he dies and his ability is used whenever possible would be cool (do the zombie tokens actually stay in the graveyard in this variation, It would make cards like that much better). Grave Crawler could be good too.

for the last few suggestions I'm going to make I'll just give a list of rare zombies that could be good:

GlissasTraitor on Jund Masher

1 week ago

Domri Rade is legal for 2 more weeks then it all cycles. And yes, my opponent was getting frustrated and upset. I kept dropping Liliana's Reaver . He stopped in his tracks. He was playing Blue/R control. Then Mono Red burn. The only reason I lost that 4th round was bc I kept a bad hand. Got mana screwed. I did find my weakness though. I needed to run removal. Also I added the Chandra and Vraska. Now its solid. Ill be testing it this friday. :) I need some shock and fetch lands though.

ibstudent2200 on Army of Darkness

1 month ago

Puppeteer Clique becomes absurd here, because it can alternate between Persist and Undying to keep coming back.

Carnifex Demon resets all creatures that have returned with +1/+1 counters, so it might be worth playing.

If you have it, Wurmcoil Engine is awesome with Mikaeus.

As someone has already mentioned, Cabal Coffers is a must-have for pretty much any EDH deck in black, as long as you own an Urborg as well.

Overall, anything with an ETB trigger is worth considering. Useful creatures include Fleshbag Marauder , Slum Reaper , Rune-Scarred Demon , Sepulchral Primordial , Duplicant , Grave Titan , Phyrexian Delver , Big Game Hunter , Shriekmaw (for extra shenanigans, evoke this creature with Mikaeus onboard), Nekrataal , and Solemn Simulacrum .

Cards to cut:

-Desecration Demon : It puts +1/+1 counters on itself, preventing Mikaeus from recurring it, and the effect scales terribly in multiplayer.

-Fate Unraveler : you don't really have anything that supports this card's theme, so it feels out of place. It's fine if a number of people in your playgroup play Nekusar, the Mindrazer , but otherwise, cut this card ASAP.

-Liliana's Reaver : it isn't terrible, but it doesn't fit the deck very well in terms of game mechanics. Mikaeus rewards you for playing creatures that gain value when they enter the battlefield or die, not for killing enemy creatures or making tokens.

-Mephidross Vampire : you don't want to put +1/+1 counters on your creatures. Mikaeus will do that already. Adding more counters from other sources will just make your recursion worse.

-Necropolis Regent : Once again, +1/+1 counters work against your deck, though this card is much stronger than Mephidross Vampire.

-Nightmare : It's a large flier with no extra abilities. Not awful, but not very useful or interesting.

-Skirsdag High Priest : It's a human, which isn't helpful with Mikaeus, and it ties up several of your creatures just to make a single token.

-Grisly Spectacle : Go for the Throat is half the mana cost for the relevant portion of this effect.

-Shred Memory : It's a 5-mana version of Demonic Tutor in most cases, so if you don't like Diabolic Tutor , there's no reason to play this card. If the graveyard hate portion of the card is relevant in your metagame, play Expedition Map instead. You can tutor up Bojuka Bog when you need it, and Cabal Coffers when you don't.

-Sorin's Thirst : If you want more 2-mana kill spells, Victim of Night is more likely to kill enemy creatures.

-Demonic Rising : does this give you a demon token very often? If it does, then keep it in your deck. I just don't see it happening very often.

-Endless Ranks of the Dead : You have about 4 zombie cards in this deck in total. One of them (Army of the Damned) wins you the game without making tokens with this enchantment, and the rest are either on my list of cards to cut, or are named Mikaeus.

-Subversion : it's worse than pretty much any card with Extort.

-Waste Not : you don't really have enough forced discard for me to be happy with this card.

-Assassin's Strike : This effect is not worth 6 mana. It's barely worth 4 mana (2 mana to kill a creature, 1 mana to force an opponent to discard a card, and 1 mana to staple them together on a single card), and that would only be true if the card were an instant.

-Piranha Marsh : This card is way worse than a swamp. People regularly pay 2 life just to get untapped shocklands, so 'paying' 1 mana to do less than that to a single opponent is pretty much worthless.

-Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth : Urborg is an amazing card, but it doesn't benefit you very much, since you're already mono black. It gives you a minor benefit with Cabal Coffers , but most of your lands will be swamps anyway, so Urborg doesn't actually help much. On the other hand, it does fix everyone else's mana.

-Vault of Whispers : The rule with artifact lands is that you don't play them unless you can take advantage of them. People really like Vandalblast and Bane of Progress in EDH, so giving opponents the opportunity to destroy your lands is not a good idea.

GPaps22 on Mill of the Dead

1 month ago

mehanika - I can definitely see Mana Leak and Void Snare in here for support against aggro decks. Brain Maggot is great, but it doesn't really fit with the zombies. After seeing how well Hedron Crab did, I was already planning on making it a 4-of. Maybe I'd be better off side boarding Geth, Lord of the Vault , but River's Grasp actually works out for me better against my buddy's goblins. I will consider Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker since he is Mind Funeral on a body. I'm taking Consuming Aberration out to see how the deck does without it so, for right now, Phenax, God of Deception won't be included.

Fireball557 - The main reason that I included Breaking over Glimpse the Unthinkable was that I already owned copies of the former. The latter is obviously superior though. Mind Funeral and Lich Lord of Unx are definitely becoming 4-ofs. I considered Nemesis of Reason for this build, but decided against it and tried taking the route with zombies. since I want to stay on that route, an extra Endless Ranks of the Dead would help. As for the dual lands, I'll consider some of the cheaper options.

You both suggested that AEtherspouts come out and I'm thinking about side boarding them against decks like the goblins. I only had them in here over Cyclonic Rift because I was being overrun by goblins and needed to get rid of them two turns sooner. Ghost Quarter looks great for this deck. Taking one land out of a deck before Mind Funeral-ing it is definitely worth it. I don't like Archive Trap only because you need to have both cards to really utilize it. Thank you both for the suggestions.

In trying to keep with the zombie theme, how do you think Undead Alchemist and Liliana's Reaver would do?

Programmer_112 on Waste Not, Raven

1 month ago

Adding Liliana's Reaver and Hypnotic Specter could help you with a little more consistency. Also, you could probably make room for Quest for the Nihil Stone as a 1 or 2 of.

threepwood27 on Hit the Sac, Get Zzz's (Zombie Sacrifice)

1 month ago

Cool deck! I was just working on my own Grimgrin deck in light of Stitcher Geralf being revealed. I imagine you might be excited about him too.

I wonder if you'd want to fit Unscythe, Killer of Kings in somehow. Maybe in place of Whip of Erebos or 1 Soul's Ransome or whatever you think the most underwhelming effect is. Just seems like it goes great alongside Thraximundar and gives you a little more reason to be splashing red mana, while keeping with your theme of varied zombies which i quite respect. It could be interesting on Liliana's Reaver as well, ensuring that even if it gets chump blocked by worthless tokens or something you still get a zombie.. Strictly a casual kind of suggestion.

mtgchoi on Thou Shalt Waste Not

1 month ago

Brain Maggot is still good, given that you get to see their hand and you can force them to waste removal on it by taking something else they need. Id definately run some of those guys in your deck, but you dont need to replace Black Cat . also maybe a Liliana's Reaver could work here to finish the game fore you as well.

Frayace on Death Strike

1 month ago

you could cut some Lightning Talons , Weapon Surge , or Gift of Orzhova for it, you only want 3 Lightning Volley at most anyway, due to its mana cost.

also, you could cut Lightning Talons for Chariot of Victory because of how trample works with deathtouch. When a creature has deathtouch and trample, he will assign lethal damage to the creature (with deathtouch it's always 1) and do the rest to the opponent. So if you give Liliana's Reaver trample, he will always hit the opponent unless they block with 4+ creatures. Price

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Power / Toughness 4/3
Color(s) Black
Cost 2BB
Converted cost 4
Avg. draft pick 2.18
Avg. cube pick 1.7


Format Legality
Standard Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Modern Legal

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Set Rarity
Magic 2014 Rare


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