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

DarkHero on Standard Old school weenie beatdown.

2 days ago

I came here from your forum post:

It doesn't look bad, If your running any mono color right now, you need Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx hands down. Absolute must add. Bloodsoaked Champion is the new awesome 1 drop black, so good add there. Master of the Feast is a good 3 drop, as long as you can win before the draw gets out out of control. You could consider Fate Unraveler to hinder that draw and turn it into a win con. Gray Merchant of Asphodel was a standard juggernaut for a long time in mono black, and still should be. Paragon of Open Graves might be of interest to you, especially to make the Champion even better late game. Stab Wound is really more of a casual thing, especially with Banishing Light flying around. and Leeching Sliver has no place here. Drown in Sorrow was big along with Bile Blight for a long time, and can be your sudo-board wipe in a pinch. Murderous Cut is a thing, along with Hero's Downfall and even good old Doom Blade be it main or sideboard. Both Liliana of the Dark Realms and Liliana Vess are standard legal and each can deserve a spot. There is always Despise and Duress and again standard legal Thoughtseize if your looking to get into that bag of worms. Erebos, God of the Dead finds a home in mono black as well, and completely kills any lifegain that might hamper your aggro attempts. Liliana's Reaver is actually a beast, especially after the departure of Desecration Demon. If you want to help with the life loss from sign in blood, Whip of Erebos might help you gain that life back. I'm sure I could go on but this should at least get you started. Mono Black has been and still should be very very good in the current meta.

hackerheck on The Funk of 40,000 Years

1 week ago

I'd focus on either mill or discard. So I'd replace Waste Not and Liliana's Reaver . If you'd like to stick with the zombie theme definitely include Wight of Precinct Six . For pure mill power I'd recommend Consuming Aberration . As for looking for more mill zombie cards I'd go on gatherer. Good luck!

SnowLeo on Pharika's Deck (need suggestions)

2 weeks ago

I like the idea of a deathtouch deck and I think it has enough support to make it standard.

First of all, ask yourself this do you want to make it standard. If not then disregard the advice I'm going to give here.

First of all, take out all non standard cards, this includes: Acidic Slime , Ambush Viper , Deadly Recluse , Deathgaze Cockatrice , Glissa, the Traitor , Grave Titan , Liliana's Reaver , Mwonvuli Beast Tracker , Nirkana Cutthroat , Ogre Slumlord , Garruk Relentless  Flip , Golgari Keyrune , Quietus Spike .

The job of this deck seems to be to fill the board with these 1/1 deathouch creatures that make trades unfair for creature decks and life hell for control decks since the creature are easibly replaceable. Here's what would suggest.

Land (22):3x Jungle Hollow 3x Temple of Malady 8x Swamp 8x Forest

This should be a decent land base for this deck. If you want to fo higher up the budget, you can go for fetch lands.

Creatures (24):3x Hornet Nest 2x Hornet Queen 2x Hythonia the Cruel 4x Pharika's Chosen 2x Pharika, God of Affliction 4x Ruthless Ripper 4x Sedge Scorpion 2x Soul of Innistrad

Here are your creatures, Pharika's ability to make snakes from you dead creatures and flooding the board with them is what you want to be doing. however, Hornet Queen and the Soul as well as Hythonia are good backups/ alternate win cons.

Enchantments (4):2x Bow of Nylea 2x Dictate of Erebos

The deathouch on the bow is irrelevant here but its versatility isn't, the dictate is just value but you can sideboard it for non creature heavy decks.

Instants (6):3x Hero's Downfall 3x Pharika's Cure

Some good removal and the cure is just for flavor :P

Sorcery (4):4x Despise

Despise is good against heavy control decks but if you are will to spend the money, you can go for Thoughtseize

Planeswalkers (1):1x Garruk, Apex Predator

One Garruk should be enough since you don't necessarily need him. (Maybe that's just me)

I don't want to take time to talk about sideboard if I'm not sure that you want to go standard. Tell me what you thing about my suggestions! I really like the idea behind this deck and I hope to see it blossom into something that can be better than what it is right now.

plusmental on

2 weeks ago

Liliana's Reaver is my favourite discard card Liliana's Specter ain't bad either. Discard is more of a black mechanic, but not sure how many blue cards there are, can't help you much there sorry.

DarkHero on Discard (Help Wanted)

2 weeks ago

I'd run 3-4 Hypnotic Specter and 2-3 Liliana's Reaver .

22 would be a good land count in my opinion

The-Xellos on Discard (Help Wanted)

3 weeks ago

MindAblaze!I use to love the Dark Ritual Hypnotic Specter combo too. The combo I loved the best was Mindstab Thrull Dark Ritual and Hymn to Tourach , second turn if they didn't have a creature out (usually they didn't) they would lose 5 cards off the back. Played that against my friend when he had to redraw 3 times and only had 5 cards in his hand.

I probably going to take out that last Hypnotic Specter as well. Might bump up the Liliana's Reaver to 3 or Dissolve to 4.

How do you think the mana is in the deck? Should I take somethings out to put some more low costing creatures in?

MindAblaze! on Discard (Help Wanted)

3 weeks ago

One other thing to consider RE: Liliana's Reaver . It's a feel bad moment when your Card Advantage monster gets killed by a one mana Lightning Bolt . But opponents tend to throw Bolts at Lili herself too, so giving them more targets could work out for you in the long run.

MindAblaze! on Discard (Help Wanted)

3 weeks ago

Liliana's Reaver is a scary card. With the deathtouch and the discard/token ability, it can outshine Hyppy. Unfortunately, without Dark Ritual in Modern Hypnotic Specter doesn't have the same power it used to. Like you said, for flying defense Fog Bank does it's job, and if they use a removal spell on it, that's one that doesn't hit your other stuff.

Thoughtseize is the premier 1:1 discard spell available. It has almost no limitations on what you get, and most decks can afford to lose two life for that kind of advantage. It will help you defend against threats that your opponents will likely choose to not discard.

From experience, Bloodchief Ascension is better when it's the focus of the deck (it works great with mill.) It's a great card and when it's active it does create an incremental advantage that gets out of control, but you want to be wary of having too many cards that don't impact the board or your opponents ability to do stuff when they're cast. Your Caresses, Megrims and Waste Nots will already be doing that. Price

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Cardhoarder (MTGO) Price

Normal Foil
0.05 TIX 0.2 TIX
Power / Toughness 4/3
Color(s) Black
Cost 2BB
Converted cost 4
Avg. draft pick 1.56
Avg. cube pick 1.75


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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