Nefarious Lich

Nefarious Lich


If you would be dealt damage, remove that many cards in your graveyard from the game instead. If you can't, you lose the game.

If you would gain life, draw that many cards instead.

When Nefarious Lich leaves the battlefield, you lose the game.

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Set Rarity
Odyssey (ODY) Rare

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Format Legality
Leviathan Legal
Unformat Legal
Limited Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Casual Legal
Vintage Legal
Highlander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal

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Nefarious Lich Discussion

ManaHandler on Dimir Wombo Combo

9 months ago

Great brewing! Loving this particular brand of jank. I used to run similar combos with Daring Thief to gift terrible artifacts & enchantments like Nefarious Lich Forbidden Crypt Immortal Coil and Demonic Pact . It was tough to assemble but exciting to pull off.

crudak on Aetherlich

1 year ago

Nvm Mirage Mirror doesn't work on Nefarious Lich .

crudak on Aetherlich

1 year ago

How do you feel about Mirage Mirror ? Using the Mirror to make a copy of Lich , Nefarious Lich , Lich's Mastery while a removal spell is on the stack so you don't lose the game. Now stop if me if I'm the end of the turn it just ceases to be the Lich card. So the leaves the battle field won't trigger?

RazortoothMtg on Loser (WIP)

2 years ago

So I see you have Harmless Offering and Donate and a few of the good targets for them, but what about the O.G Lich, Forbidden Crypt, Immortal Coil, or Nefarious Lich? The lich's are probably a bit hard on the manabase, but Coil is easy to kill people with: 1 Bojuka Bog or Tormod's Crypt suddenly turns into Door to Nothingness.

For additional loss spells, Death Wish does literally nothing in commander except lose half your life. Seems decent.

Also, Nivmagus Elemental and Platinum Angel are good ways to stop your own copies of these bad spells if you find them necessary.

Too bad you aren't in White or Transcendence and Fractured Identity + Phage the Untouchable would be perfect.

Anyway, cool deck! Didn't have time to really look at everything, but thought I'd throw some suggestions at you.

BMHKain on

2 years ago

@Enral: Thanks for the suggestions, sir. At least I still have Immortal Coil & Nefarious Lich while using Aminatou, the Fateshifter's Ult. Shame now that I have to use Stax as the Main stratagem; I wanted to use lockdown & Hatebear sub-elements in some way... Maybe you could think of some while I choose my lands? Thanks in advance. :)

BMHKain on How should I make my …

2 years ago

@Megalomania: Yep. I do get my stuff back, but Personal Sanctuary is useless against non-Damage Lifeloss. The Nauseam is canned. But how good is Lich & Nefarious Lich here?

Actually, I won't get my life back after switching Lich to someone else. It gets cut. I wonder what else for win cons to get...

BMHKain on How should I make my …

2 years ago

@Khirgan: 0_o'

Damn those are awesome stuff, but how do I go and afford Lich in addition, as well as make these cEDH viable?


Also, Would Nefarious Lich be a decent alt.? And wouldn't this mean I lose all my cards I built my strategem for? Just wondering as I like a kickbutt Wincon.

SteelSentry on Ways to protect Lich?

2 years ago

Now that we have Lich, Nefarious Lich, and Lich's Mastery, I figure I might as well draft up a Lich combo deck idea I've been tossing around. Unfortunately, only the new one has hexproof. What are the best ways I can protect these enchantments so I don't lose the game? The two that immediately come to mind are Aegis Angel and Greater Auramancy, both having advantages and disadvantages (especially when it comes to price). I might splash blue for counterspells, but I would rather have some proactive protection. The deck will likely be Orzhov, but the colors can change if necessary (although, being triple and quadruple black means I would like to be in as few colors as I can manage).

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