Llanowar Dead


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Apocalypse (APC) Common

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Llanowar Dead

Creature — Zombie Elf

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Llanowar Dead Discussion

DemonDragonJ on Will there Ever Be a ...

2 days ago

Llanowar Elves is one of the most iconic cards in this game, so it naturally has produced numerous variants, some of which are also mono-green and others of which are multicolored.

Among those creatures, Steward of Valeron is a green/white variant, Zhur-Taa Druid and Radha, Heir to Keld are red/green variants, and both Llanowar Dead and Deathrite Shaman are black/green variants, but there has not yet been a blue/green variant of it, so I do hope that WotC eventually prints such a card.

What does everyone else say about this? Will there eventually be a blue/green variant of Llanowar Elves ?

Cartrix on It's My Rite to Poke the Dinos

1 month ago

Llanowar Dead ! That's the one I was trying to think of. Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth is a good idea too. But it may not be necessary. Although, I can see it helping more if I lose the Tainted Wood and Woodland Cemetery in favor of 1 x Tomb and 7 x basics.

skibulk on It's My Rite to Poke the Dinos

1 month ago

I'm not sure Expedition Map is worth it in this deck. You could just play 4 Terramorphic Expanse and save net 2 mana per use? Either that or add 1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth for a worthwhile search. Llanowar Dead would stay on the board unlike Urborg Elf (the elf would die before getting a counter). Devoted Druid could also be fun. There's not much room to work with in this deck. I can't think of better alternative cards. That said, a deck that is fully optimized toward its strategy isn't automatically good enough for our meta. Seems strong with the right hand. Do you think it will be consistent enough?

DinoTsar415 on DinoTsar415

1 year ago

Thanks for your interest Rothian.

I went into my process for brewing one of these a little bit in the comments of the Mighty Morphin' list, but I'll paraphrase here.

Once you've got a win-condition picked, I think it's easiest to go on Gatherer or Scryfall or what have you and do a broad search for cards that are in-theme with the win-con. In the case of your deck, maybe you want to have a lot of funky multicolor cards that are in-line with the 5 Abominations. (If so you'd also need to make sure you include a decent amount of color-fixing.)

I've also found that throwing everything you like even a little into an over-sized list and then shaving it down over a couple revisions can help with tracking your options for picks.

If you don't want to theme around your win-con entirely, then I think a good place to start is to look through lists of "bridesmaid" decks or cards. Stuff that just doesn't have quite enough support to be a force in any relevant format or cards that were interesting/good in draft but floundered in constructed. Low-power/pauper/peasant cube lists often have a good number of these types of cards. Throwing in pet cards that you've always loved but never found a home for can also work.

When looking for common effects like bounce spells or artifact/enchantment removal, I like to always pick the oddest version I can find that isn't just flat out unplayable. If you can find common effects with strange riders attached to them it'll go a long way to generating those fun corner-case interactions.

Some more specific tips for construction/testing are:

  • Watch the mana cost of spells and activated abilities closely. Mana stalls are probably the most frequent thing you'll face during play, and changing your curve and/or number of mana producers is the easiest way to change the difficulty of your deck.

  • Solitaire decks are far easier to keep useful data on than decks whose performance is greatly affected by the presence of opponents. Maybe try keeping a spreadsheet of games if you really want to tune your build. Whether a game was a win or a loss, how many cards/targets you managed to remove, how much mana you spent, and the cause of failure are all relevant things to track. (P.S. If this kind of analysis is taking the fun of playing away, feel free to stop. No point in examining your deck if it means you don't ever feel like playing it)

  • Don't be afraid of really swingy effects. Just like in normal MTG, the careful strategy highlighted by the odd instant of blind luck are what make this game worth playing.

For your deck specifically:

  • I think it's important to recognize that 3 of your 5 targets are actually beneficial and remove themselves for little to no mana. Namely Razorfin Hunter, Llanowar Dead, and Goblin Legionnaire. I would guess this allows you to put in a few more challenging blockage cards than you might imagine.

  • You might want to try and include cards which can make Putrid Warrior's ability relevant. Since it isn't limited to combat damage, things like Pit Fight, Kiku's Shadow, or Fire Whip all let the warrior gain you life while producing some other advantage.

Hope you get something of use out of this overly-long comment and good luck brewing.

Rothian on DinoTsar415

1 year ago

Hello, I've been interested in the mana maze solitaire format for a while now but haven't gotten around to making one. As I started I realized this is pretty hard to balance, handicap yourself by using some bad cards or crippling ones.

Would you mind giving me a few pointers or ideas? My theme is to kill the 5 apocalypse abominations (Putrid Warrior, Razorfin Hunter, Llanowar Dead, Goblin Legionnaire, Gaea's Skyfolk), also using a good number of sets as possible seems on theme for planar overlay.

GnomadicMage on Jarad and His Zombie Posse (Retired)

1 year ago

I would love to see Strength of Night in this deck. I had plans to include it in a Sidisi, Brood Tyrant zombie build, but I don't see myself getting there any time soon. I've got foil one if you don't have a copy. I'd love to see it in action. I have a foil Llanowar Dead for tradesies too.

justinspruiell on Meren's Gravediggers

1 year ago

A card which I use in my Meren Deck is Llanowar Dead not as efficient as the one drop mana dorks but it gives you black and I think is super flavorful in a renimation deck.

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