Vindictive Lich

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.

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Set Rarity
Commander 2017 (C17) Rare

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

Vindictive Lich occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Vindictive Lich Discussion

franknot.19 on Meren toolbox Deck

2 weeks ago

I took the time to analyze your suggestions and here are the changes I plan to test:

so let me resume:

out: Greenwarden of Murasa, Smothering Abomination, Wood Elves, Gaze of Granite and From Beyond and Homeward Path.

In: Dryad Arbor, Fiend Artisan, Birds of Paradise, Green Sun's Zenith and Vindictive Lich

Thank you all for your comments.

Boza on Ability challenge

3 months ago

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Cmi1103 on Every Masochist Needs a Marchesa To Love Them

5 months ago

Great deck! I started playing EDH with the Arcane Wizardry deck and was really impressed with what are now two of my favorite cards, Marchesa and Vindictive Lich. My next goal was to create a deck using Marchesa to abuse his ability and it's one of my favorites! Here's my list if you're interested: It’s a great day to die, again and again. Gotta say that I really enjoy Living Death in there, especially with Archaeomancer allowing you to retrieve it from your graveyard time and time again. This really throws off opponents' plans and with Grave Betrayal keeps creatures out of their graveyards and onto your battlefield. I'm also quite fond of Reef Worm and Chasm Skulker because they can create a lot of tokens. Great deck! +1 from me!

TDemers on No Time to Die Teysa

5 months ago

Significant changes made.

Moved the deck even further away from token generators and more towards self recuring non-token creatures. Also reduced the average CMC to 3.10.

KibaAlpha, I would love to get your feedback on my latest edits if you can spare some time.


Arcane Signet, Gutterbones, Relentless Dead, Orzhov Locket, Erebos, God of the Dead, Bloodsoaked Champion, Yahenni, Undying Partisan, Yawgmoth, Thran Physician, Orzhov Guildgate, Vindictive Lich


Mind Stone, Syr Konrad, the Grim, Requiem Angel, Yawgmoth's Will, Reveillark, Open the Graves, Martyr's Bond, Teysa, Orzhov Scion, Secluded Steppe, Ogre Slumlord

Last_Laugh on Marchesa, the Black Rose BLH

6 months ago

Metallic Mimic names whatever etb/death trigger is most abuseable at that time. You just sac Mimic to rename the creature type as needed.

Dragon for Kokusho, the Evening Star Zombie for Gray Merchant of Asphodel or Vindictive Lich , etc. I've even named bird just to draw 4 cards per round with Baleful Strix . Wizard is also fun... it covers Lich above, Sower of Temptation / Venser, Shaper Savant etc. and it immediately protects Marchesa.

Seventy7INa45 on Affinity for EDH - Marchesa the Black Rose

7 months ago

Last_Laugh - Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate you taking the time to offer suggestions.

Spark Double and Diabolic Intent are solid suggestions, I will find room to include those, thank you!

Metallic Mimic was something I thought about including, because at face value it seems like it would interact well with Marchesa. Problem is, the most common creature type I have is construct, and that’s less than 1/3 of my overall creature count. I could see it being very good situationally (i.e. I have a few constructs in my hand, or a way to get them) but I saw it sitting on the board not doing much otherwise.

Ashnod's Altar is good overall; I use it in a lot of my other decks. I went with Ironworks since most of my creatures are artifacts anyway. Probably worth including both to be more consistent, also might be worth looking at Phyrexian Altar as well.

Sage of Fables seems good for instant Marchesa protection. I currently just have Guildmages' Forum and Forge of Heroes as instant +1/+1 counters for Marchesa, so I'll take a look at finding room for another if I find I consistently need it.

Flayer, Sage, and Altar seems like a cute combo to use to end the game, and powerful, but also doesn’t fit with the artifact based Marchesa deck I was going for. Stacking modular counters is a sub goal of the deck, and I can’t put counters on Flayer or Sage without something like Phyrexian Scriptures or Mycosynth Lattice . Same with Vindictive Lich

Last_Laugh on Affinity for EDH - Marchesa the Black Rose

7 months ago

Spark Double copying Marchesa for double Dethrone, the 2 Marchesas protect each other, and the copy enters with a counter immediately protecting itself.

Diabolic Intent is arguably better than Demonic Tutor here... run both.

Metallic Mimic fits your theme and you can either immediately protect Marchesa or abuse ETB/Death triggers every turn instead of once per round.

I'd also suggest Flayer of the Hatebound , Sage of Fables , and Ashnod's Altar for a great infinite damage/draw option (see paragraph below) and to give damage outside of combat. All these cards are good on their own in Marchesa. Sage immediately protects Marchesa (or abuse wizard etb/death like Vindictive Lich ), Altar is a free sac outlet that lets you dodge exile, tuck, etc. boardwipes, and Flayer with a free sac outlet is 36 damage (5+4 every turn) per round in a 4 player game.

Sac Flayer to Altar, float the from Altar, Flayer re-enters from undying and hits someone for 5, and then use the floating to remove Flayers counter and draw a card with Sage. Rinse and repeat until all opponents are certifiably dead.

Last_Laugh on War is Sacrifice

7 months ago

I'll try to break things down by category. Spark Double needs a spot in the deck asap. Copy Marchesa for double Dethrone, the copies protect one another, and the copy immediately protects itself.

Sac Outlets: Goblin Bombardment , Yahenni, Undying Partisan , Falkenrath Aristocrat , and Carrion Feeder

Card Draw: Midnight Reaper , Grim Haruspex , and Skullclamp

Ramp: Sol Ring , Talisman of Indulgence , Talisman of Creativity , and Talisman of Dominance

ETB/Death Triggers: Vindictive Lich , Baleful Strix , and Sower of Temptation

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