Vindictive Lich

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2017 (C17) Rare

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Vindictive Lich

Creature — Zombie Wizard

When Vindictive Lich dies, choose one or more. Each mode must target a different player.

*Target opponent sacrifices a creature.

*Target opponent discards two cards.

*Target opponent loses 5 life.

Vindictive Lich Discussion

Seventy7INa45 on Affinity for EDH - Marchesa the Black Rose

2 days ago

Last_Laugh - Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate you taking the time to offer suggestions.

Spark Double and Diabolic Intent are solid suggestions, I will find room to include those, thank you!

Metallic Mimic was something I thought about including, because at face value it seems like it would interact well with Marchesa. Problem is, the most common creature type I have is construct, and that’s less than 1/3 of my overall creature count. I could see it being very good situationally (i.e. I have a few constructs in my hand, or a way to get them) but I saw it sitting on the board not doing much otherwise.

Ashnod's Altar is good overall; I use it in a lot of my other decks. I went with Ironworks since most of my creatures are artifacts anyway. Probably worth including both to be more consistent, also might be worth looking at Phyrexian Altar as well.

Sage of Fables seems good for instant Marchesa protection. I currently just have Guildmages' Forum and Forge of Heroes as instant +1/+1 counters for Marchesa, so I'll take a look at finding room for another if I find I consistently need it.

Flayer, Sage, and Altar seems like a cute combo to use to end the game, and powerful, but also doesn’t fit with the artifact based Marchesa deck I was going for. Stacking modular counters is a sub goal of the deck, and I can’t put counters on Flayer or Sage without something like Phyrexian Scriptures or Mycosynth Lattice . Same with Vindictive Lich

Last_Laugh on Affinity for EDH - Marchesa the Black Rose

3 days ago

Spark Double copying Marchesa for double Dethrone, the 2 Marchesas protect each other, and the copy enters with a counter immediately protecting itself.

Diabolic Intent is arguably better than Demonic Tutor here... run both.

Metallic Mimic fits your theme and you can either immediately protect Marchesa or abuse ETB/Death triggers every turn instead of once per round.

I'd also suggest Flayer of the Hatebound , Sage of Fables , and Ashnod's Altar for a great infinite damage/draw option (see paragraph below) and to give damage outside of combat. All these cards are good on their own in Marchesa. Sage immediately protects Marchesa (or abuse wizard etb/death like Vindictive Lich ), Altar is a free sac outlet that lets you dodge exile, tuck, etc. boardwipes, and Flayer with a free sac outlet is 36 damage (5+4 every turn) per round in a 4 player game.

Sac Flayer to Altar, float the from Altar, Flayer re-enters from undying and hits someone for 5, and then use the floating to remove Flayers counter and draw a card with Sage. Rinse and repeat until all opponents are certifiably dead.

Last_Laugh on War is Sacrifice

1 week ago

I'll try to break things down by category. Spark Double needs a spot in the deck asap. Copy Marchesa for double Dethrone, the copies protect one another, and the copy immediately protects itself.

Sac Outlets: Goblin Bombardment , Yahenni, Undying Partisan , Falkenrath Aristocrat , and Carrion Feeder

Card Draw: Midnight Reaper , Grim Haruspex , and Skullclamp

Ramp: Sol Ring , Talisman of Indulgence , Talisman of Creativity , and Talisman of Dominance

ETB/Death Triggers: Vindictive Lich , Baleful Strix , and Sower of Temptation

Last_Laugh on Marchesa Theft

2 weeks ago

Ok, I've ran Marchesa for several years now albeit not theft focused. First thing is work on lowering your avg. cmc to 3.5 or less (preferably 3.3ish).

Adds:

Spark Double copying Marchesa for double dethrone, the two copies protect one another, and the copy enters immediately protecting itself.

Chaos Warp is Grixis' best answer to enchantments by far... don't let cards like Solemnity or Rest in Peace wreck your day.

Sage of Fables / Metallic Mimic - Immediately protects Marchesa and they also allow you to abuse ETB/Death triggers on everyone's turn instead of once per round. I.e. Sower of Temptation , Vindictive Lich , etc.

Talisman of Indulgence , Talisman of Dominance , and Talisman of Creativity instead of Signets (both is ok, but Talismans first).

Skullclamp is excellent here with all the sacrificing going on.

Oona's Blackguard / Sadistic Hypnotist - Discard helps seal games up tighter than a Dolphin's butthole.

I'll try to suggest cuts if I get a minute but I'd skim off the top (Primordials etc). Feel free to check out my list for inspiration, it's one of the top rated Marchesa lists on this site. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Every Masochist Needs a Marchesa To Love Them

Last_Laugh on Marchesa Theft

4 weeks ago

I feel like you're a little too focused on creature theft and are missing out on a lot of gems that Marchesa has to take advantage of. The other problem with too much focus on theft is that decks that're light on creatures don't give you many options to further your own gameplan.

First, get Spark Double in here. Copy Marchesa for double dethrone, the 2 Marchesas protect each other, and the copy immediately protects itself... all of which are just as gross as they sound.

Grim Haruspex and Midnight Reaper are 2 of your better draw engines here (also consider Necropotence if it's in your budget).

Discard helps seal games up tighter than a dolphin's butthole. Consider Oona's Blackguard and Sadistic Hypnotist .

Flayer of the Hatebound with a sac outlet is 36 damage to any targets per round in a 4 player game.

A few more boardwipes couldn't hurt either. Consider Last One Standing and Jokulhaups

This one's a bigger change. There's cards like Sage of Fables and Metallic Mimic that can be used to abuse ETB/Death triggers on everyone's turn like Vindictive Lich , Gray Merchant of Asphodel , Baleful Strix , etc. This is more the focus that my personal list has.

Feel free to check out my list for ideas. It's one of the top rated lists on this site and there's lots of discussion to look through for even more ideas. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Every Masochist Needs a Marchesa To Love Them

BlackSirius on Ayara Drain

1 month ago

Zulaport Cutthroat is alot like blood artist. Dictate of Erebos will punish your opponents for you sac'ing dem creatures. Perhaps a Tattered Mummy . You can be a Rhianna's rude, rude boy and get Tree of Perdition . Grim Haruspex gets you draws and Scuttling Doom Engine smacks a homie for a biscuit. And one of my all time favs in my sack deck is Kokusho, the Evening Star and Vindictive Lich . Let me know what you think.

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