Liliana's Shade

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Magic 2013 (M13) Common

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Liliana's Shade

Creature — Shade

When Liliana's Shade enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a Swamp card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.

: Liliana's Shade gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

Liliana's Shade Discussion

Boza on Custom Cube

5 days ago

Black:

  • blackblade's bite -> this might as well read B:Exile target creature.
  • dark draining -> powerful at that mana cost, and any target to boot.
  • davriel -> looks to be incredibly weak. It is graveyard hate, but wants to cast non-creature spells with its second ability, but the only thing you want to hate is creatures, since those come back easily...
  • defiled anthem -> sure, but this is incredibly hard to actually trigger and will create memory issues.
  • duskmantle shade -> shades usually have the black firebreathing effect, eg Liliana's Shade
  • eliminate - white has the exact same card, except the lose two life clause. Why?
  • festerspawn - better than existing options by a mile. Phyrexian Rager feels shame.
  • hired hit - why does this one destroy the creature, while the previous ones exiled it?
  • hungering shadow -> ninjutsu and devour is an interesting combo, but this is a very weak card.
  • memory -> why do these cost 5 mana? these are so limited in application.
  • mind scourer -> this can end games on turn 3.
  • Moonglove-Blade Assassin -> a 4/3 for 5 mana with basically super Murder attached to it?
  • Ominous Form -> if it wasn't for the OP removal to deal with this, it would be too powerful. It probably still is.
  • Pain -> blue and white did not have something similar, so it is not a cycle. This is quite powerful and warps the game around it.
  • psionic lashing -> do not do this. suprise "I win" cards are not a good idea. Though, if you target yourself, you kill yourself, which is a different application.
  • return journey -> very cool design!
  • rotgrub swarm -> 1/1 for 1 mana that you will never play on turn 1. Probably not a good idea.
  • rotplague -> too powerful for a one-sided card.
  • something wicked -> when would you ever choose the first option on this overcosted Raise Dead ?
  • soul pillage -> when would you ever choose the first option on the above when this card exists?
  • will rot -> not a black effect.
  • zulaport alley-watcher -> where is there a city with alleys on Zendikar?

dizzierabit on Teysa "Panharmonicon" Karlov

3 months ago

Ramp cards I like: Surveyor's Scope Gift of Estates , Liliana's Shade are all great. Shade is more expensive than Knight of the White Orchid , but it will always get you a land. The other two are just great generally.

I absolutely love Aetherworks Marvel which is busted in this deck. Revel in Riches I see in your maybeboard. I like it in the deck simply to eat removal that would otherwise target something more integral to what I'm doing.

Spawning Pit op.

Chainer, Dementia Master I like alot as well. gets you goodstuff from anyone's yard, and it exiles them whenever you want so its a great way to kill reanimator decks.

Killing Wave and Massacre Girl may also be worth looks? They're symmetrical, but often I find that I'm not affected by that nearly as much as everyone else.

I love Teysa Karlov so much omg

Non-Linear on The Caretaker.

3 months ago

This comes from love, I also have a Shirei deck and hate to see people misplaying him. Desecrated Tomb is overrated and should be pulled out, it only triggers once per turn. A better replacement would be Lightning Coils which gives you more creatures and more powerful creatures. I would recommend also pulling Liliana's Shade , which is a four drop for a land to your hand, Skittering Surveyor does the same thing and is a three drop. Soldevi Adnate is also pretty bad, most cards with a tap ability are in this type of deck. First you would only be getting 4 mana at the most, which is fine but underutilized. My final creature suggestion is to add more heavies. Where is the win-con? Where are the super demons who destroy things? Ob Nixilis, Unshackled , is perfect as is Razaketh, the Foulblooded

You also do not have commander protection. Sure you can re-animate him but you lose all of the creatures that go to the graveyard that turn before he died. Lightning Greaves , Swiftfoot Boots , Darksteel Plate , and most importantly Dark Privilege . Which is a sac outlet and protection.

Non-Linear on Shirei-nay, Oh No You Di'int!

6 months ago

I play Shirei built an izzet, rakdos and golgari 60 card deck around 4x copies of him and an EDH deck.

I would cut Doomed Necromancer , who lacks some recursion. Some one drops do the same thing but are 1/1s. Liliana's Shade is a bit unessesary as well. Pilgrim's Eye and Skittering Surveyor do the same thing which are also cheaper. Pentavus is not as good as some others such as Noosegraf Mob .

And you have too many lands, you only need most 34. I would recommend a Tragic Slip for removal, and a Bitter Ordeal for win-con

NoOneOfConsequence on Commanders by Power Level [EDH Tier List]

7 months ago

CyborgAeon Okay, in fairness, I once again did not even know Skittering Surveyor was a card, so, yeah. For my purposes, it's strictly better than Liliana's Shade , so, yeah.

I honestly tend to find Bottle Gnomes pretty relevant, as I often lose a lot of life, but I suppose I'm playing enough tutors now to where I can just grab Zulaport Cutthroat or something if that's really such a concern--I suppose I can cut him, though I will miss him.

I'm still kinda on edge about cutting Black Market --my meta is still fairly casual, but I have, in fact, won before with Exsanguinate thanks to all the mana from Black Market against a fairly competitive (but by no means optimized) Prossh, Skyraider of Kher deck (and some other peeps). I might find something else to cut for Pitiless Plunderer , but I'd rather not have to choose between both of them. (Also, something worth considering is that Black Market is harder to remove than Pitiless Plunderer , though they'd need exile effects or something in any case).

As for Sanguine Bond + Exquisite Blood , getting 10 mana isn't a problem for me, but I get what you're saying--it's not exactly the fastest combo available, and my deck probably doesn't slow the game down enough to make it competitively viable. All the same, there's just not that many better mono-black combos.

As for running more tutors and stax effects, well, for one, I actually still want this list to be playable in my meta (it's approaching a point where it's just too cancerous relatively to what the majority of everyone else is playing, believe it or not), so adding Trinisphere and Static Orb and the like would be very unsubtle and super cutthroat (though, yes, that's exactly what would make the deck more competitive, I understand that). Secondly, the list is getting pretty tight, yet again, so I'd probably have to cut some Shirei synergy for that sort of thing, which would probably be worth it, but would make me feel that much more soulless, honestly. Can never seem to strike that balance between not playing a whole bunch of staples and having a synergetic build...

Thirdly, while they'd absolutely be worth it, I'm not playing more tutors simply due to budget considerations. I know that might sound pretty laughable considering the deck costs $830 dollars, but it's the only list I have that I own in paper (well, most of it--waiting for more cards to arrive, as I keep cutting stuff), but I've been building it up over the course of 3-4 years. Budget is no object in cEDH, I know, but it is for me--the most expensive card in the deck is about $75. Spending $100 on a card isn't something I really want to do. I might find something to cut for Cruel Tutor , though (bad as it is).

As it stands, I think Liliana's Shade and Bottle Gnomes are out and Skittering Surveyor and Scroll Rack are in. A marginal improvement--still not good enough, though, you're right. If only I could run Land Tax + Scroll Rack ...

(Oh, and, on a completely unrelated note, this might already be a thing, but I was wondering if anyone had figured out a way to combo out with Timestream Navigator in a Prime Speaker Vannifar list. All you'd need is a 1-drop that recurs itself to either your hand or the battlefield, and, so long as you had enough mana and the city's blessing, you could take infinite turns. That might actually be a viable combo in cEDH).

CyborgAeon on Commanders by Power Level [EDH Tier List]

7 months ago

NoOneOfConsequence shirei is one of the best recursion engines (so if you're beating a dead horse, at least we can expect it from a Shirei player). He provides significant advantage, provided you play an efficient & synergistic gameplan.

Bottle Gnomes is a guaranteed 3 life per turn. This does not advance your gameplan, nor does it tax your opponents. This card is cute, I'll give you that, but it's excessive.

Liliana's Shade is 4 mana to tutor for a swamp every turn. Neat, but still it's 4 mana - unless you're going balls to the wall on 28-30 lands, I can't see how this is great for you, as it's an inefficient Skittering Surveyor . You have no other Swamp cards that I can see, therefore no reason to actually run the card in place of a more efficient version.

Black Market is great turn by turn, but pound for pound it's worse than Pitiless Plunderer , as with plunderer you make mana the same turn. Black market requires you to wait an entire turn-cycle before it does anything - and in those 3 turns you're not holding up mana to respond to all of your opponent's threats - basically gambling with the hope of a payoff on your turn.

Sanguine Bond & Exquisite Blood together are 10 mana to win. Flash-hulk is 2 mana. Exsanguinate & Torment of Hailfire are at least 15 each & they don't certify a win as you have no way to make unbounded mana.

You could run, but choose not to use Scroll Rack , one of your best options for card advantage.

Your tutor suite seems to aim to find more pieces to your stax-engine. Have you considered running more tutors? Using Imperial Seal , Grim Tutor ,

Leyline of the Void is unavoidable in this build, as your win con is not coming out until late game, and any hulk deck will win first.

It's admirable that you've found so many creatures that synergise with shirei to hurt your opponents turn by turn. But here, a lot of these are redundant. In a stax deck you need many more ways to hurt your opponent decks. Including Trinisphere , Sphere of Resistance , Winter Orb , would all help your gameplan.

You could use Praetor's Grasp - as it's likely to find a card that will actually win you the game & it's a stax piece.

There are a lot of issues with your list - those t3 decks are usually decks that are unproven (imo). Your shirei deck still needs a lot of refinement for tier 3 to Deem Worthy .

I could go on about many of the other options in your Shirei build, but maybe you should re-read the comments section. I made sure to put a healthy set of options in there for you to consider several days ago.

I'd recommend doing some solid research into the cEDH meta and how cutthroat every design decision needs to be. I think there's a discord called playEDH, or look for some cEDH decks to test against. You'll find out very fast that your shirei build may be good in some metas, but in cEDH it is not enough.

LuciferHex on Alesha and fun

10 months ago

Also some suggestions. Unquestioned Authority is better than Angelic Gift.

Return to Dust and Crush Contraband are worth testing out.

You should cut Chastise and add Swords to Plowshares as it's super cheap and a lot better. Path to Exile is also a pretty great option.

Knight of Grace and Malice, Blinding Angel and AErathi Berserker are just balls of stats that are really not strong enough for EDH.

Liliana's Shade and Celestial Crusader aren't very good in three color decks.

And Agent of Masks and Bounty Hunter are too slow.

Then again if you are running any of these because their pet cards or you like the art or enjoy peoples reaction to them then, by all means, run them. But assuming you're looking for power level i'd cut these.

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