Liliana's Mastery

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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

Liliana's Mastery

Enchantment

Zombie you control get +1/+1.

When this enters the battlefield, create two 2/2 black Zombie tokens.

multimedia on Undead Unleashed

7 months ago

Hey, nice upgrades of Demonic, Acererak, Stitcher, Gravecrawler, Grim, Sidisi, Cryptbreaker, Master, Undead, Remembrance, Titan, Victimize, Misty, Drowned, Clearwater.

Interesting choices to cut the mana rock ramp other than Sol from the precon and reduced the lands from 40 to 31. Reducing the lands is fine because 40 lands in the precon is too much. Although, only 31 lands is pretty risky; I wouldn't play below 34 if I'm not playing green. The problem is you haven't compensated for the reduction of lands by adding more ramp to have enough mana or more low CMC draw to help to draw lands or some of both. It looks like you have cut lands to add more high CMC cards which is the wrong approach when upgrading a precon.

With a budget of $400+ consider adding the mana rocks? The precon has Arcane Signet, Talisman of Dominance and Crowded Crypt, all these are good. Add to these Dimir Signet and Thought Vessel; these two are upgrades for the Diamonds. More low CMC draw can also replace lands such as Brainstorm, Preordain, Deadly Dispute, Frantic Search, Village Rites.

Dreadhorde Invasion is a two drop in the precon and it's a good repeatable Zombie source for Wilhelt. Sac the Zombie Army token at your end step on each of your turns for a repeatable draw source that only costs you 1 life on your turn. Midnight Reaper is also in the precon and it's a Zombie who can be a repeatable source of draw especially with Gravecrawler.


Some cards to consider cutting because they're not as good as others here:

I don't think you have the mana to support X spells such as Summons and Empty to get enough from them to be worth casting. Adding Cabal Coffers + Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth would help also with casting Army.


With Gravecrawler to combo with Rooftop you need a sac outlet. To combo with Wilhelt and Poppet Factory you also need a sac outlet. Consider adding some sac outlets?

  • Blasting Station: can be the win condition with either Gravecrawler or Factory combo.
  • Carrion Feeder: one drop Zombie.
  • Ashnod's Altar: combos with Havengul Lich + Rooftop to repeatedly reanimate/sac/reanimate all Zombies in all graveyards.
  • Altar of Dementia: infinite mills all your opponents when you control Factory by repeatedly sacing just one Zombie. Can also be the win condition with Gravecrawler + Rooftop.

If you're wanting to win with combo especially with Rooftop then consider some protection for the combo? Lazotep Plating, Counterspell, Swan Song, Flusterstorm.

Good luck with your deck.

Sparko on Liliana Zombie deck

10 months ago

I play a commander deck built around The Scarab God, and I have a ton of great recommendations. There's a few really fun directions you can take this, but flooding the board with zombie tokens and making them really beefy is a good bet. Here's some decent budget options, since you say you don't buy many cards:

  • Undead Augur is also cheap to cast, and gets you drawing a lot of cards very quickly.
  • Zombie Lords like Diregraf Captain, Lord of the Accursed, Death Baron, and many more are staples for zombie decks, though getting more than a few can get expensive.
  • Wonder gives you a zombie air force whenever it's in the graveyard.
  • Liliana's Mastery gets you two tokens and buffs your zombies.
  • Necromancer's Stockpile is a good way to draw cards and get tokens on the board, and if you pitch anything that can recur it's doesn't even have much of a downside.

For some cards that aren't budget, if you want to eventually buy/trade for some really good zombie cards, I've got you covered there too:

Best of luck in your future zombie-fueled games!

obitus on Ghoulcaller Gisa Zombie Tokens

1 year ago

@Epicurus, so I pondered a bit while I play tested the new settings in the deck and what you mentioned really helped me tune the deck.

I had realized that I put to much emphasis on having anthem effects, 12 was to high of a count. I eventually settled for taking out sun, Liliana's Mastery, Risen Executioner, and Vanquisher's Banner.

I focused more on adding draw and tweaking the mana base and land count. I added Demonic Tutor, Curse of Disturbance, Culling the Weak, and Court of Ambition.

JANKYARD_DOG on None

1 year ago

In Final Parting, Liliana's Mastery,Liliana, Death Wielder, Liliana, the Last Hope and Liliana, Death Mageyou can see it on her waist. Command the Dreadhorde she's wearing it. Liliana, Dreadhorde General she's holding it. And lastly Liliana's Indignation and Finale of Eternity its floating in front of her.

5dollarMTG on $5 Zombie Tokens

1 year ago

Nothing jumped out to me on this one ConstantVigilance, but I'd be interested to hear what other people think. Maybe Cemetery Reaper for Diregraf Captain? Endless Ranks of the Dead and Liliana's Mastery would also be great additions.

DadHumanPraetor on

2 years ago

Me: Cuts low synergy card, replaces, with high synergy card/win-con

Meter: PUT THAT Liliana's Mastery BACK RIGHT NOW

BioProfDude on Mono-black zombies in Pioneer

2 years ago

magwaaf, but Dark Salvation isn't 3 mana before it does anything-- you do not have to pay the XX unless you have no zombies on board. If I have 2 zombies already on board, then I pay a single and target creature gets -2/-2. The XX is optional!

I also think you underestimate how often a deck like this goes for the longer game. When this was popular in Amonkhet, it wasn't at all unusual to wait several turns and build board state. Yes, it's also capable of aggro, but this deck easily battles midrange on its own turf. It just requires patience. I have found the current Pioneer meta to also be grindy.

Again, I think you're vastly underestimating Liliana's Mastery. I get a +1/+1 anthem effect and effectively two 3/3 zombies for 5 mana. That's excellent value at the 5 mana mark. I'd argue because of that synergy it's better than any of the cards you suggested.

Grey Merchant of Asphodel is a great card. I've tried it in the deck and I just didn't find it as good as Liliana's Mastery because I get TWO zombies with more power. Yep, I get the devotion thing, and I get the Gary is powerful, but it's just not in my style for this deck and, in my playtesting with Gary, it just wasn't as good. You'll notice that there are 2x Grey Merchant of Asphodel in the sideboard. There are certainly matchups where he works well (those slower grindier matchups).

Cryptbreaker-- Flooded? Make zombies. Mana screwed, draw cards. It's an exceptional card. I don't often use it for attacking or defending. Indeed, I try to protect it! It's just a very, very good card.

Sorry for the slow response! I appreciate your comments and thoughts! Thanks!

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