Lion's Eye Diamond

Lion's Eye Diamond


Sacrifice Lion's Eye Diamond, Discard your hand: Add three mana of any one color to your mana pool. Play this ability only any time you could play an instant.

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Set Rarity
Vintage Masters (VMA) Rare
Mirage (MIR) Rare

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Lion's Eye Diamond occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.46%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Golgari: 0.09%

Lion's Eye Diamond Discussion

thinkoriginal on Wrath of Marath 3.0

6 hours ago


While Wasteland can hit a few useful targets, without ways to continually recur it AND make multiple land drops per turn, it is rarely activated and is usually a candidate for a mulligan. I have cut it for a 5th Forest. This will help even out out the green needs while also benefiting Earthcraft and Arbor Elf.

I've been playing around with Lion's Eye Diamond in the place of Lotus Petal. It is really good with Birthing Pod, Survival, and Yisan, but is much less versatile than Petal. As of now, I feel the ability to cast Thalia turn one or emergency-casting Pyroblast outweighs easing a Survival-chain's mana cost.

Squirrel_of_War on Judge Dredge

2 days ago

@Wicker honestly I was just going through this deck about to put it back together because it is my favorite sultai deck I've ever had. Of course the first upgrade would be dual lands but other than that I'd throw in:

In a build with those I would narrow down my win cons and increase counterspells and removal but I feel that would also take a lot of fun out of the deck. Thanks for the upvote! I'll be making a few changes to this deck very soon so keep an eye out for the update!

xtechnetia on What Was the Point of ...

3 days ago

No nonrotating format can remain "the place to play your Standard cards after rotation" forever. Even ignoring the absurd design mistakes of 2019 onwards, nonrotating formats invariably accumulate honest design mistakes and open room for broken interactions with cards from long ago. Underworld Breach may be a fine card in Standard right now, but is completely broken in tandem with Lion's Eye Diamond - a card from roughly 20 years prior.

You are correct in your assessment of the older formats. Vintage and Legacy have an eternal place in Magic formats, as they are the formats where you can play with anything in Magic's history, with a select few cards banned (Legacy) or restricted to a 1-of (Vintage). Modern, prior to the introduction of Pioneer, was supposed to be the nonrotating format free of RL shackles, and in theory thus remaining accessible to the majority of players.

We all know this isn't true, of course. (Insert tired rant about fetch prices.) But even if fetches were all $1 cards, we'd still be looking at the harsh reality that Modern is a fast, brutally efficient format full of accumulated design cruft since 8th. Even if competitive decks were $50 instead of $500, would that really make you feel better about playing your rotated Standard deck against Modern dredge, burn, Tron, whatever it is?

The reality is that for Modern to remain widely accessible (both in the financial sense and the gameplay sense), it needs to slowly rotate. But we actually had that slower-rotating format. It was called Extended. And it disappeared as Modern emerged, because rightly or wrongly, players seem to hate rotation and love new formats.

So here we are with Pioneer today, and here we undoubtedly will be again with post-Pioneer years down the road.

hkhssweiss on I must confess, I do love Kess

1 week ago

Yo drcatherwood, I play Kess quite a lot and I like the super combo feel ya did to your version! Have ever considered running the Underworld Breach combo with Lion's Eye Diamond? It goes in conjunction with Thassa's Oracle/Laboratory Maniac/Jace, Wielder of Mysteries line. Another cool line that you can run that goes hand in hand with a lot of your cards is adding in Copy Artifact to go Twin Scepter combo, add in Reality Shift or Lightning Bolt than you can either bolt people to death or Reality Shift their whole deck provided they have a creature on the field. Another thing since ya added Swan Song, you can go make infinite birdies as well.

Ya get a +1 from me!

Artatras on "The Many-Faced God" - [[Primer]]

1 week ago

That's a good question. The deck is already pretty high-tuned, as you can't find any better alternatives to the likes of Mana Crypt and Force of Will, which are already included. Maybe you could go deeper on mana acceleration to make your turn 2-3 kills more consistent, but I wouldn't go for that route as the deck would become more all-in than it already is. I'm talking about the cEDH staples Mox Diamond and Lion's Eye Diamond. These cards will allow you to knock one player out by turn 2 with a godlike hand, but at a very high cost: your entire hand. After that, you would be defenseless against your other two opponents.

Some upgrades I would definitely make are Imperial Seal and Grim Tutor, which are the two best tutors apart from Vampiric Tutor and Demonic Tutor. I would also like to experiment with a good old Yawgmoth's Will, as a way to get more value out of the draw spells we already cast.

tiagompm on Muldrotha and the power of infinity

1 week ago

My friend Pikobyte and Muldrotha master!

I have a history to tell you:

The Muldrotha Land Power is really my favorite but when I play in a more competitive format it is difficult to stay live or stop combo`s ... Then they told me that if I want to play more competitive the Muldrotha does not fit! "How dare you !?" (Go tell that to the Pikobyte!) I got hands on work... I test and test many cards and interactions and I got to this deck. I don't even need to tell you the purpose of cards and interactions because you are the one who looks at and knows the purpose of each card.

Strategy: Fast ramp; Stop opponents' acceleration/strategy; combo / win.

It is built with the cards I have (of course, with a Lion's Eye Diamond; Mox Diamond or even Gaea's Cradle would be more powerful) but whenever possible I will make updates.

The deck is not sow beautiful, it is not so fun, but look at the competitive side and if you can give your opinion.

I already have two victories and a defeat against Gitrog / Proforus / Yuriko or Antraxa ...

king-saproling on The Brown Frown

1 week ago

Cool deck! Ever considered Codex Shredder or Conqueror's Galleon  Flip? Return cards from grave in colorless!

These might interest you too: Lotus Petal, Salvaging Station, Lion's Eye Diamond (infinite mana with Salvaging Station and Karn), Dross Scorpion, Cauldron of Souls, Scrapyard Recombiner (finds all kinds of dudes including Metalworker and Voltaic Construct (thanks errata!)), Meteor Golem, Scour from Existence, Null Brooch, Warping Wail (surprisingly versatile. at worst it can be used as a delayed ritual to get Karn out a turn sooner), Empowered Autogenerator, Umbral Mantle, Mirrorpool, Endbringer

greyninja on Lab Oracle, Hermit of Mysteries! (Muldrotha EDH)

3 weeks ago

SUPER AWESOME +1 from me!

I have Muldrotha built as well and I love it

What is the combo with Muldrotha, the Gravetide, Lion's Eye Diamond, and Phantasmal Image? I'm not seeing it

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