Liliana's Reaver


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2014 (C14) Rare
Magic 2014 (M14) 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

Mtgmyth on ZOMBIES!!! "Ach! Hans, Run!"

3 days ago

Ok, are you playing in MTGO or paper? Either way, here are the cards I might take out, either because they are too slow, or they are better in multiplayer (or they are just bad). Dark Salvation, Prized Amalgam, Noxious Ghoul, Liliana's Reaver, Army of the Damned, Crux of Fate, Vanquisher's Banner, Noosegraf Mob, Vindictive Lich, Dread Summons, Endless Ranks of Dead, Altar of Dementia, Sol Ring, Undead Alchemist, Kindred Dominance, Geralf's Messenger, Never / Return, Call to the Grave Grimgrin, Corpse-Born. You could definitely take out others as you play the deck.

Here are some good cards that would be good to have, but not all will make the cut. Rings of Brighthearth, Basalt Monolith, Talisman of Dominance, Arcane Denial, Counterspell, Lim-Dul's Vault, Swan Song, Pact of Negation, Snapcaster Mage, Jace, Vryn's Prodigy  Flip, Toxic Deluge, Damnation, Leyline of Anticipation, Vedalken Orrery, Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir, Thought Vessel, Glen Elendra Archmage, Commander's Sphere, Solemn Simulacrum, Gilded Lotus, Cyclonic Rift, Overwhelming Denial, Search for Azcanta  Flip, Forbid, Bloodchief Ascension, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, Underground Sea, Sunken Ruins, Cavern of Souls, Ancient Tomb.

I'm sure there are many other cards that would be great in the optimized version of this deck, but these are the ones I can think of right now. Also, I am not extremely familiar with the current meta of MTGO(?) 1v1 commander, so there may be cards that are good because of the meta. You will want to do some research and you will definitely make changes as you play. Have Fun!


3 weeks ago

Good job!

Maybe Liliana's Reaver as lilianas raver?

GeeksterPlays on Blue-Black Zombies (Revamped)

1 month ago

When playing tribal, anything over a 3-drop had better be game-breakingly awesome. The Scarab God does nothing until T6 at the earliest, and a lot of modern games are almost over by then. Liliana's Reaver is a muge mana cost for something that dies to all one-drop removal from Lightning Bolt to Path to Exile to Fatal Push (btw Revolt is super easy to trigger in modern with Fetches etc.). Cut both.

Quest for the Gravelord is a lot of work for only a single 5/5. Modern is packed with value removal spells like Path to Exile, so you need to keep efficient and/or aggressive as possible too.

Already-mentioned card choices that I'll echo: Death Baron, Diregraf Colossus, Lord of the Accursed. Also consider Relentless Dead and Graf Harvest mainly for the Menace ability.

Endless Ranks of the Dead starts off slow, but within a few turns can churn you out huge numbers of zombie tokens; give them buffs and menace from the Lords and you're good to swing a horde in!

xyr0s on Need Help. Competitive Blue Black ...

1 month ago

What Oloro_Magic said about zombies in modern. It's not really a competitive tribe. However, I disagree on loading up on lords and hoping that will do the trick. After all, the thing you get with zombies is free zombies (where elves have mana, merfolk have lord, and so on - zombies crawl back for free).

What I've understood from other who have played zombies is that 2 Diregraf Colossus are nice to have, but you wouldn't want any more. Relentless Dead is one of the key cards to gaining advantage. And since you can play a pile of things from your graveyard, Prized Amalgam stays. Oh, and Fleshbag Marauder is removal spell and zombie together. As it is a zombie, you might occasionally be able to recur it. Also, as everyone else has said, switch from Murder to Fatal Push - casting cost matters a lot for competitive decks.

A couple of cards you could let go: Quest for the Gravelord. You can't trigger it early enough for it to be a real threat. Liliana's Reaver could go, as it costs 4 mana but is hit by all removal in the format. Compelling Deterrence is not really as strong as 1-cmc discard spells are - just get those Inquisition of Kozileks or Thoughtseizes instead, discarding the best card from your opponents opening hand is arguably the best thing to do in modern on turn 1 of any game. Butcher Ghoul is simply underpowered. Yes, yes, it's resilient to removal, but who in their right mind would target it with a Lightning Bolt, knowing that it would just come back and now be... a black Grizzly Bear? The Scarab God is expensive in mana and therefore late. Only really does something, if you already have a lot of zombies (and then you're already winning). For that necromancer splash, I would ditch Gisa and Geralf in favour of Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip. For games that go on forever, she is pretty good since she also interacts with your opponents hand.

Abres_Tenelles on

2 months ago

Woah, that is one hell of a God!

I know In Garruk's Wake doesn't have the regen clause of Plague Wind, but it's extra flexibility might really help. Kindred Dominance could be nice too.

Grave Titan and Liliana's Reaver feels tasty as more regular sources of Zombies.

Gisa and Geralf might be nice too!

Finally Gravespawn Sovereign lets you steal any big boys from your opponent's graveyard without them becoming 4/4s!

Happy brainfeasting! Lol. ;0)

8vomit on B/G midrange

2 months ago

Liliana's Reaver and Woodland Bellower are pretty questionable. Reaver is too squishy for 4 mana and bellower is too much mana for the format. Id suggest Thrun, the Last Troll or Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet. Bloodgift Demon is a decent card but again, too high of mana cost. Phyrexian Arena is an alternative.

Joumba on One card, Two Card, Three Card, None

2 months ago

Nice deck construction! Giving poeple draw mitigate the pain you then make them feel with the discards hehehe... +1 Also like the Bloodchief Ascension + Mindcrank combo, infinite, but gives your playmate a chance.

Well, perhaps the additon of a silly Liliana's Reaver might help you bring a bit more pressure, I personaly prefer it to Hypnotic Specter ; it dosn't fly and cost one more, but the fact that it both makes your opponent discard a card and gets you a zombie often makes them loose a creature to avoid it.

Blightning is a fantastic for this deck, as well as Terminate instead of Victim of Night if your opponents deck run important creatures.

Perhaps a Howling Mine would help you here ; you diminish your own lost while taking advantage politically of the gains of others...

Need a mana sink? Like using your commander? Illusionist's Bracers might be for you! And hmm, it's a funny card, but check out Cabal Interrogator hehe.

Totaly optional, but since you run a lot of basic lands , Drowned Catacomb and Dragonskull Summit could help you fix you many a little. They're not a costly as fecth or shock lands, so thats a option.

Finally, if you think you lack finishers or hard hitting late game cards, perhaps Rise of the Dark Realms would be nice. Also Damnation.

Have a great day/night sir.

man1ac on [[Primer]]-God of the Rising FULL Moon! Butts Up!!

2 months ago

Hey Coward_Token, maybe I can say something to the "mill" Stuff: I played lots of game and run quite the milling operation. A Few games I even made 2/3 of 4 guys decks into the GY. If you play with friends and you want to keep it that way I wouldnt hit the mill road too hard. I get tons of hate for Dreamborn Muse and with 4 guys you cant take that much advantage of the shitload of milled cards - so everybody is just pissed. As for Curse of Disturbance I really dislike it because it doenst give me full advantage. In my deck I run Liliana's Reaver and he performs quite nice!

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