Liliana's Reaver


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

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Set Rarity
Commander 2014 Rare
Magic 2014 Rare

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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

Darth_Savage on Black Hole

1 week ago

The default discard deck is 8 Rack, named for The Rack and Shrieking Affliction, you can find Rack decks here.

Now that being said, if you want to try something a little different, thats ok. You do have one bad card choice, Assassinate isn't good. You want instant speed kill spells and you want them to cost less than what you are killing. Victim of Night or Fatal Push would be better choices. Alternatively you could use Dark Withering as you should be able to use madness, also madness gives you Call to the Netherworld.

You really want 2 copies of Lilliana Necrogen Mists can pretend to be your second copy. I'd say you want Blood Scrivener rather than Asylum Visitor for the zombie synergy. For the same reason Gifted Aetherborn would be better as Black Cat. Finally the Tree of Perdition is a cool card but Liliana's Reaver would now fit in with a zombie sub theme and it causes discard.

Couple of other cards to look at are Waste Not and Tasigur's Cruelty. Hope this helps.

hardhitta71194 on Zombie Token

1 week ago

Kill spells are good control if you're worried about other creatures. There are a ton of them, Doom Blade, Go for the Throat, good old Murder, Ultimate Price and many more.

Hand disruption is also good Control, I play Liliana's Reaver a lot. Makes zombies and hand disruption.

If you like counterspells (I never leave the house with out some =P) then Dash Hopes is very good. One of my favorite black cards.

TearsInRain23 on

2 weeks ago

@Bhaal666: Death Baron is a good option considering the deathtouch. Right now my biggest concerns with the deck are more reliable swarming. There is no buff/ card to survive Wrath of God except indestructible instant speeds which don't come in black or green as far as I know (aside from Heroic Intervention which is a consideration.) The enchantment as well as the new Lilli herself are going in this deck when they come out. Rancor is here because of the trample effect and that it can almost always go back to my hand. I tend to need trample on things like Liliana's Reaver and any of my zombies that get superbuffed fast like Chameleon Colossus, Vulturous Zombie, and Soulless One It will likely be swapped for a Craterhoof Behemoth

Austin_Smith_of_Cards on Who's a Heretic Now

2 weeks ago

Oath of Liliana offers a symmetrical sacrifice effect (great for multiplayer), and gives you an additional Zombie token when you flip your commander. Obviously a flavor home run as well.

The flip side of your planeswalker makes everyone discard, so including a madness card or two could be useful. From Under the Floorboards fills up your board with an army of biters and gains you a little life.

Liliana's Reaver is another strong creature with powerful discard and Zombie token creation. Solid card overall.

Victimize is another way to toss Filth into the graveyard while it's in play while also bring back two fatties that can take advantage of the unblockability.

Ghoulcaller Gisa is a splendid sacrifice outlet that builds up your board, and can take over games by herself with another high-power creature.

Liliana's Caress is a cheap enchantment that further punishes opponents while they're discarding cards. 2 life loss to all opponents every turn racks up in value.

Lastly, Cryptbreaker is a way to turn extra Zombies into a Phyrexian Arena-type deal. The fact that it's also a one-drop also makes it pretty solid.

LithiumHD on Zombie Devotion

3 weeks ago

it would do you well to add another copy of Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, because your mana ramp is so high.

thats assuming you keep the mana curve up so high. if there's one thing that I'm proud of here, its that im the real Lord of the Undead here on the site. i've spent way too much time analyzing zombies and figuring out what works, but back to the point:

in my testings, (which there have been a lot of), i've found that zombies are meant to be fast. cards like Cryptbreaker open up draw for you later game, while giving you a creature to play on turn one, build out board state from turn two on, and so on.

Diregraf Ghoul is another one drop that seems like an unlikely card choice, but when youre able to drop multiple zombies a turn, and then make them all stronger with your lords you can easily overwhelm your opponent.

Relentless Dead has sadly been the biggest under performer for me. adding one copy of Graf Harvest does the menace job better, and the return to hand/return a creature to battlefield seems really great but is honestly really hit and miss, which is a shame. not enough to cut the card completely, but i think that a full play-set is a bit much.

Death Baron is the best zombie lord for the 3 drop slot. he pumps, plus gives everyone deathtouch. you should look into maybe adding a few.

i've also found that Liliana's Reaver didnt do enough for my own deck to stay, and i dropped it in favor of lesser mana cost creatures, things like Highborn Ghoul would work here keeping with the devotion aspect.

also, because this deck is more devotion minded then my own, you might get better use out of Sidisi, Undead Vizier and Mikaeus, the Unhallowed then i did. but for me they just cost too much to get out reliably and when they did come down, either i was already winning and it didnt matter or it was already too late

good luck with the deck, tag me if you need anything

Darth_Savage on 50 Shades of Gary, how high is your devotion?

1 month ago

I like the idea of black devotion however your curve here seems off. Basically you have too many high cmc cards. I would add a creature like Bloodsoaked Champion adds devotion and is easy to recur to make way for 4 of it, I'd cut Palace Siege and Lord of the Void since in both cases you probably want a Gray Merchant of Asphodel or Abhorrent Overlord working on the devotion theme.

There are also probably a few too many 4cmc cards, what you cut is dependent on your play stile, though personally I'd keep 2x of Liliana of the Dark Realms and up Liliana's Reaver to a 4x but cut Crypt Ghast. I'd also drop Quag Sickness as it isn't a great removal spell and run Geralf's Messenger over the Vampire Nighthawk.

Probably worth noting that Malicious Affliction isn't modern legal also if it helps have a look at my mono devotion deck Sweet Devotion also a work in progress...

PartyJ on Zombie

1 month ago

I would suggest the following extra cards:

Aim for at leist 35 lands I would suggest for now.

All options I posted are budget options. The more expensive cards I left ut for now.

Good luck!


golgariizzet on Undead horde

2 months ago

Door of Destinies, Mesmeric Orb really good for self mill to feed you graveyard and really piss off your opponents. Pox, Small Pox, Syphon Flesh, Vengeful Pharaoh, Undead Gladiator, Raving Dead, Helldozer, Liliana's Reaver, Gravespawn Sovereign, Geth, Lord of the Vault there are lots of good zombies here are some and if you like check out my mono black for a few other zombies and such for poss. ideas. like the deck plus one mine if you don't mind.THE DAMNED INFECTED (ZOMBIE TRIBAL)

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