Vindictive Lich


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom 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

Last_Laugh on Wizgines

1 week ago

Ok, first get Chaos Warp in here. It's your only real answer in Grixis for problematic enchantments like Rest in Peace and Solemnity . Consider everything after this to be good advice but optional unlike that first suggestion which really is a must.

Glen Elendra Archmage , Vindictive Lich , and Spark Double would all like a word. Especially Spark Double... copy Marchesa for double dethrone and they protect one another, it's gross!

Talisman of Indulgence , Talisman of Dominance , and Talisman of Creativity are all excellent here.

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

Feel free to check out my list for ideas. It's not tribal but 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, The Black Rose EDH

2 weeks ago

Sage of Fables and Metallic Mimic to immediately protect Marchesa or abuse etb/death triggers on every player's turn instead of once per round (i.e. Kokusho the table 4 times per round w/ 4 players).

I'd run the other 2 Talismans over Signets and City of Brass , Shivan Reef , and the rest of the painlands. Last One Standing and Jokulhaups are excellent boardwipes here. Vindictive Lich , Sadistic Hypnotist , and Oona's Blackguard are all amazing at putting your opponents into topdeck mode.

Feel free to check out my list for inspiration. Less theft, more aggro, and more etb/death abuse. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Every Masochist Needs a Marchesa To Love Them

LadyZ on Chainer, Dementia Master Reanimator

4 weeks ago

There's a few cards that I would suggest for your deck since you're mono-black. Gauntlet of Power and Caged Sun are both amazing ways to ramp, and both buff your entire board. Bubbling Muck is almost always better than Dark Ritual . And if you're running snow-covered swamps, I'd take a look at Dead of Winter .

There's also a bunch of really good reanimator/aristocrats stuff I feel like you're missing. Corpse Connoisseur is an amazing way to dump creatures into your grave. Pitiless Plunderer has a great death payoff. Life's Finale lets you look through an opponent's deck for reanimation targets. The upcoming Syr Konrad, the Grim looks crazy for this deck. And lastly, Sidisi, Undead Vizier is an amazing, recurrable tutor.

For cards I would at least consider cutting, Vindictive Lich , Mikaeus, the Unhallowed , Ophiomancer , Bloodthirsty Blade , Exhume , and Night's Whisper are the first that come to mind

Ziusdra on Card creation challenge

1 month ago

Riverflow Enchantment


Whenever another enchantment or artifact enters the battlefield under your control, put a current counter on Riverflow Enchantment.

At the start of your upkeep, you may remove a current counter from Riverflow Enchantment. If you do, choose a creature or artifact you control. If you chose a creature, put a +1/+1 counter on it. If you chose a noncreature artifact, put a counter on it that's named in its card text.

It's a very slow counter-multiplier, but notice it's also very cheap. You get value out of it as long as you play at least one enchantment or artifact per turn, because that's the speed at which it disperses its counters (one at a time). Mace of the Valiant and Tome of Legends and Midnight Clock like working with it... not to mention you creatures who'll never go wrong to have +1/+1 counters on them.

I love creatures that have modes, like the Vindictive Lich , and now we have Rankle, Master of Pranks !

Create a creature that ETBs or triggers with modes!

roguebard on Marchesa, Dethrone

1 month ago


Thanks for the suggestions. Metallic Mimic has been sitting in my awful wizards deck for months now, I never thought of it going in here, but it really helps. Especially with the majority of the creature cards being wizards, same goes for Vindictive Lich , so thank you!

Now that I think about it, Yahenni, Undying Partisan really is a cheaper, and to some extent, better version of Grimgrin, Corpse-Born , so that definitely got put in. I would be hesitant to put in Falkenrath Aristocrat due to my CMC being quite high already (I know Razaketh, the Foulblooded has a high CMC, but he tutors and I cracked him while opening a pack so I feel obligated to use him! Shhhh!) And I would love to put Yawgmoth, Thran Physician but for now I'll leave him out, though I will probably always contemplate it!

Both Midnight Reaper and Grim Haruspex work better than River Kelpie for death/ETB based draw.

I feel like if I run Jokulhaups my playgroup will disown me. At some point Last One Standing will probably replace Killing Wave .

Thanks again for the suggestions, I really appreciate the feedback, and I definitely up-voted your Marchesa deck!

Last_Laugh on Marchesa, Dethrone

1 month ago

Metallic Mimic and Sage of Fables - A: They make Marchesa enter with a counter so she's immediately protected and B: You can abuse ETB/Death triggers every turn instead of once per round (i.e. Vindictive Lich or Gray Merchant over and over)

Yahenni, Undying Partisan and Falkenrath Aristocrat are both great free sac outlets here that can protect themselves and have haste so they get a +1+1 counter the turn they enter. Yawgmoth, Thran Physician is another amazing sac outlet here assuming he's in your budget.

Midnight Reaper and Grim Haruspex are amazing draw engines in Marchesa.

Last One Standing and Jokulhaups are both really good boardwipes here as well.

Feel free to check out my list for inspiration. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Every Masochist Needs a Marchesa To Love Them

6000j on

1 month ago

As someone who's played Gisa and Geralf for the past 2 years, you're missing a decent chunk of things.

First and foremost is any kind of interaction. Counterspells and kill spells are incredibly incredibly incredibly important, and the deck doesn't really function if you don't run enough. I personally like Ghastly Demise as a neat one that isn't the usual one, but overall imo you need ~8 counterspells/kill spells.

You're running a lot of cards that don't really do anything. Gisa and Geralf is a deck based around value imo, and running cards that are purely P/T lords limits the decks ability to function when you don't have your commander out. Along the same line, cards that just make tokens aren't great either (with an exception of Noosegraf Mob, that card is fantastic because it demands an answer all alone).

You're playing a lot of expensive cards, which usually means you can't cast them and do anything else on the same turn, but overall how you want to play the deck is definitely up to you, I've opted for a slimmer curve and try to win by just grinding the game out very consistently.

Some cards I love that you aren't running are Corpse Augur , Vindictive Lich , and Stronghold Assassin . Corpse Augur is just so many cards so consistently, Lich is just value value value, and can make people discard in their draw steps as well if you have a sac outlet. Stronghold Assassin is just such a powerful threat of activation, and it can sac itself to dodge exile as well.

I hope you enjoy the commander, here's my list if you want to see how i've built it:

Last_Laugh on Marchesa Value

2 months ago

Grim Haruspex and Midnight Reaper will draw you a lot of cards.

Immediate +1+1 counters will help the deck immensely. Consider Sage of Fables and Metallic Mimic for immediate counters on Marchesa/other wizards or whatever you name with Mimic. This can allow you to abuse etb/death triggers every turn instead of once per round. Vindictive Lich , Sower of Temptation , etc. every turn.

Haste is a close 2nd for immediate counters. Urabrask the Hidden and Ogre Battledriver are both good haste enablers here.

And a few random cards I really like here:

Legion Loyalist (surprise first strike + trample for your team with a sometimes relevant token evasion). Plus if he dies, he did so with a counter thanks to haste so he just come back.

Spark Double copying Marchesa is AMAZING. Double dethrone and 2 Marchesas protecting each other is gross.

Flayer of the Hatebound with a free sac outlet is 9 damage every turn or 36 per round in a 4 player game. 13 and 52 damage if you have Ogre Battledriver in play.

Feel free to check out my list for ideas. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Every Masochist Needs a Marchesa To Love Them

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