Josu Vess, Lich Knight
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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

Josu Vess, Lich Knight

Legendary Creature — Zombie Knight

Kicker (You may pay an additional as you cast this spell.)


When Josu Vess, Lich Knight enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, create eight 2/2 black Knight creature tokens with menace.

Housegheist on Mardu Knights

3 months ago

What about Danitha Capashen, Paragon or Josu Vess, Lich Knight. Even if Josu is a very janky card, Danitha can be a powerhouse. If you have some Swords of X and Y (Light/Shadow, Fire/Ice, Hearth/Home or Feast/Famine) could be very usefull, too.

wallisface on Efficient way for black to …

8 months ago

Careful about some of the above suggestions, as not everything people have posted is modern legal. Also, a bunch might look good at a glance, but are actually traps (for example, Cabal Stronghold might look appealing, but to get 10 black mana, you need 7 swamps and the Stronghold in play, which is just not viable).

In modern these are the only cards that come to mind for me:

  • Tron lands. But this would require, at a minimum, having the three Tronlands in play, as well as 3 swamps. That means having to revolve most of your deck around assembling the right lands. And Tron decks can typically have the game won a lot easier than this, so this feels like a whole lot of effort for almost no gain.

  • Skirge Familiar. But this just answers one question with another question. And, at the point where you have a card-drawing engine for this card, to get mana for your Josu Vess, Lich Knight, you've made far too complicated a combo, for again, minimal payoff.

  • Crypt Ghast. This would mean you can do what you want with only 5 swamps, potentially casting your zombie-horde on turn 5 with a high-land-density deck. I personally think this is the most viable option you have to get Josu out, but keep in mind there's still an issue here, namely, it's $12, so above your budget. And beyond that, it's a 4cmc creature that's super-easy to kill before you can do anything with it.

I think your best bet is to either go down the Crypt Ghast route, or add Green to the deck so you can run mana dorks. Anything else will probably be too slow (i'm considering any plan that takes more than 5 turns to execute non-viable)

mortalman on Efficient way for black to …

8 months ago

Heya guys, I wish to make a mono-black knight deck revolving around Josu Vess, Lich Knight and Haakon, Stromgald Scourge. I think I can get Haakon into my graveyard easily enough with some self-milling, but how could I pull off Josu's kicker ability? 10 mana seams like a lot to be able to play consistently. Are there any relatively budget (<$5) cards that will allow me to build a sizeable black mana pool to be able to pull this maneuver off? Thanks :)

Vessiliana on For the night is dark and full of terrors

10 months ago

Have you considered Josu Vess, Lich Knight ? He brings a little zombie army in a can and is a zombie himself.

Mtg_Mega_Nerds on Need Next-level Ayara, First of …

11 months ago

You need more ramp since you have a lot of expensive cards. For ramp you need: Arcane Signet , Charcoal Diamond , Jet Medallion , Nyx Lotus , Dark Ritual , Culling the Weak , Wayfarer's Bauble , Bubbling Muck . Take out Ugin, the Ineffable . I don't know why you have it, there are hardly enough colorless cards to make it effective. Also take out Josu Vess, Lich Knight , Abhorrent Overlord , and a couple more expensive cards that cost 6+ cmc. You also need to change your boardwipes. They are far too expensive to be effective. Trade Necromantic Selection for Shadows' Verdict , Deadly Tempest for Mutilate , Oblivion Stone for Soul Shatter . I would suggest Decree of Pain for Damnation or Toxic Deluge considering the deck price. Other cards to consider adding: Swiftfoot Boots , Defile , Phyrexian Arena , Sign in Blood , Read the Bones , Night's Whisper . Since you are already running good sac outlets, Exsanguinate and Torment of Hailfire consider adding an Infinite Mana Combo. Make these changes and the deck will be much faster and more competitive.

Blackgate on Black Lantern (Tergrid menace/midrange)

1 year ago

Hello droslag, thanks for the feedback! They are both great menace cards thank you! I think both those cards would be great in a zombie menace deck to make the most use of their special abilities. Combine them with Graf Harvest and that would be a good foundation! That being said adding Plague Belcher and Relentless Dead is something I will play test!

I am also considering swapping out Hunted Nightmare for 3 copies of Dreamstealer and swapping out Josu Vess, Lich Knight for Tergrid, God of Fright  Flip to include a discard strategy to the main deck.

GrixCHIM on Ayara Rat Plague EDH

1 year ago

I see your deck is budget, and I wanted to suggest some budget inclusions for cards that would create tokens that also trigger Ayara's drain ability.

Chittering Witch creates RAT tokens!!

Abhorrent Overlord Generates a LOT of harpy tokens as your devotion to black will be large with Ayara in play.

Rise of the Dread Marn is a great way to refuel your board with black creatures after a board wipe or large death effect.

Lab Rats is a great way to slowly add more rats to the field with enough mana for the buyback price.

Josu Vess, Lich Knight can be brutal with Ayara on the battlefield if the kicker cost is paid.

Necrotic Hex can be a good board clearing effect that also makes black creatures.

Your deck could also use some cards to help find your enjoyed rat cards. Some budget options in black include Diabolic Tutor , Mausoleum Secrets , and Ratcatcher !

Some cards you're using aren't especially great in a singleton format. Cards like Compound Fracture and Hunt for Specimens could be replaced with Defile and Callous Bloodmage respectively.

Have fun playing EDH! The best suggestion is to play with others and learn what cards you like and dislike using and adapt with new cards that fit your budget.

Jonesbond49 on Zombie Tribal

1 year ago

I've decided to make more than one list but each one should be helpful to you in the future. Also, you don't need to put in all these cards. There are too many here for you to fit in the deck.

Liliana cards:

Liliana, Death's Majesty (can be a board wipe but don't count on it), Liliana, Dreadhorde General (also doubles as amazing card draw), Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip, Liliana, the Last Hope, and Liliana, Untouched By Death (has a removal ability).

Zombie tribal cards:

Shepherd of Rot, Lord of the Accursed, Risen Executioner, Relentless Dead, Field of the Dead, Undead Augur (also card advantage), Havengul Runebinder, Stitcher Geralf, Gleaming Overseer, Call to the Grave (rude card), Endless Ranks of the Dead (my favorite zombie tribal card), Graf Harvest, Graveborn Muse (also card advantage), and Josu Vess, Lich Knight.

Never/Return is zombie themed removal.

Necromantic Selection is a zombie themed board wipe.

Ramp cards:

Dimir Signet, Talisman of Dominance, Charcoal Diamond, Sky Diamond, and Fellwar Stone.

I hope this helps!

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