If there's one thing most Lilianas have in common, it's an affinity with the graveyard. Planeswalker Liliana typically includes a way to strategically gain advantage from, or recur resources from, the ol' grumper. 

However, when it comes to straight up Reanimation, Liliana, Death's Majesty is the clear favorite. This particular take on the character doesn't require an Ultimate ability to get there; her Minus ability brings something back just fine. And her plus ability helps feed into it nicely too! How convenient. 

We haven't had the chance to enjoy a reanimator deck yet, and this Lili gives us a great excuse. 

[Bruce Buffer voice] Presenting....

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Liliana, Death's Majesty by Andy Hurst

'Liliana, Death's Majesty' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Andy Hurst

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Freeform (Casual)

Market Price: $35.46

Cards

Chainer's Edict

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $3.20

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Target player sacrifices a creature.
Flashback {5}{B}{B} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Essence Extraction

Color Identity:B

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Essence Extraction deals 3 damage to target creature and you gain 3 life.

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Abhorrent Overlord

Color Identity:B

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Flying
When Abhorrent Overlord enters the battlefield, create a number of 1/1 black Harpy creature tokens with flying equal to your devotion to black. (Each {B} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to black.)
At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice a creature.

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Nezumi Graverobber // Nighteyes the Desecrator

Color Identity:B

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Peat Bog

Color Identity:B

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Peat Bog enters the battlefield tapped with two depletion counters on it.
{T}, Remove a depletion counter from Peat Bog: Add {B}{B}. If there are no depletion counters on Peat Bog, sacrifice it.

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Seal of Doom

Color Identity:B

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Sacrifice Seal of Doom: Destroy target nonblack creature. It can't be regenerated.

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Noxious Dragon

Color Identity:B

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Flying
When Noxious Dragon dies, you may destroy target creature with mana value 3 or less.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Pathrazer of Ulamog

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Annihilator 3 (Whenever this creature attacks, defending player sacrifices three permanents.)
Pathrazer of Ulamog can't be blocked except by three or more creatures.

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Bone Shredder

Color Identity:B

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Flying
Echo {2}{B} (At the beginning of your upkeep, if this came under your control since the beginning of your last upkeep, sacrifice it unless you pay its echo cost.)
When Bone Shredder enters the battlefield, destroy target nonartifact, nonblack creature.

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Isareth the Awakener

Color Identity:B

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Deathtouch
Whenever Isareth the Awakener attacks, you may pay {X}. When you do, return target creature card with mana value X from your graveyard to the battlefield with a corpse counter on it. If that creature would leave the battlefield, exile it instead of putting it anywhere else.

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Twisted Abomination

Color Identity:B

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{B}: Regenerate Twisted Abomination.
Swampcycling {2} ({2}, Discard this card: Search your library for a Swamp card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.)

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Haunted Dead

Color Identity:B

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When Haunted Dead enters the battlefield, create a 1/1 white Spirit creature token with flying.
{1}{B}, Discard two cards: Return Haunted Dead from your graveyard to the battlefield tapped.

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Spirit of the Night

Color Identity:B

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Flying, trample, haste, protection from black
Spirit of the Night has first strike as long as it's attacking.

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Reave Soul

Color Identity:B

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Destroy target creature with power 3 or less.

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Blood for Bones

Color Identity:B

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice a creature.
Return a creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield, then return another creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Olivia's Dragoon

Color Identity:B

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Discard a card: Olivia's Dragoon gains flying until end of turn.

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Dark Ritual

Color Identity:B

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Add {B}{B}{B}.

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Feral Shadow

Color Identity:B

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Flying

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Necromantic Summons

Color Identity:B

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Put target creature card from a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control.
Spell mastery — If there are two or more instant and/or sorcery cards in your graveyard, that creature enters the battlefield with two additional +1/+1 counters on it.

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Barren Moor

Color Identity:B

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Barren Moor enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {B}.
Cycling {B} ({B}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Lesser Masticore

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, discard a card.
{4}: Lesser Masticore deals 1 damage to target creature.
Persist (When this creature dies, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to the battlefield under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)

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Abandon Hope

Color Identity:B

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, discard X cards.
Look at target opponent's hand and choose X cards from it. That player discards those cards.

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Skeletal Wurm

Color Identity:B

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{B}: Regenerate Skeletal Wurm.

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Liliana, Death's Majesty

Color Identity:B

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+1: Create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token. Mill two cards.
−3: Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. That creature is a black Zombie in addition to its other colors and types.
−7: Destroy all non-Zombie creatures.

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Rakshasa's Secret

Color Identity:B

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Target opponent discards two cards. Mill two cards.

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Stitcher's Supplier

Color Identity:B

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When Stitcher's Supplier enters the battlefield or dies, mill three cards.

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Entomber Exarch

Color Identity:B

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When Entomber Exarch enters the battlefield, choose one —
• Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
• Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a noncreature card from it. That player discards that card.

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Betrayal of Flesh

Color Identity:B

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Choose one —
• Destroy target creature.
• Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield.
Entwine—Sacrifice three lands. (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)

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Urborg Panther

Color Identity:B

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{B}, Sacrifice Urborg Panther: Destroy target creature blocking Urborg Panther.
Sacrifice a creature named Feral Shadow, a creature named Breathstealer, and Urborg Panther: Search your library for a card named Spirit of the Night, put that card onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Cabal Pit

Color Identity:B

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{T}: Add {B}. Cabal Pit deals 1 damage to you.
Threshold — {B}, {T}, Sacrifice Cabal Pit: Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn. Activate only if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.

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Nefarox, Overlord of Grixis

Color Identity:B

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Flying
Exalted (Whenever a creature you control attacks alone, that creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)
Whenever Nefarox, Overlord of Grixis attacks alone, defending player sacrifices a creature.

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Dread Return

Color Identity:B

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Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield.
Flashback—Sacrifice three creatures. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Breathstealer

Color Identity:B

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{B}: Breathstealer gets +1/-1 until end of turn.

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Bog Witch

Color Identity:B

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{B}, {T}, Discard a card: Add {B}{B}{B}.

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Bitter Revelation

Color Identity:B

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Look at the top four cards of your library. Put two of them into your hand and the rest into your graveyard. You lose 2 life.

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Unearth

Color Identity:B

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Return target creature card with mana value 3 or less from your graveyard to the battlefield.
Cycling {2} ({2}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Grasp of Darkness

Color Identity:B

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Target creature gets -4/-4 until end of turn.

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Ravenous Rats

Color Identity:B

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When Ravenous Rats enters the battlefield, target opponent discards a card.

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The Game Plan

We want to get a very large creature into play much sooner than we would by casting it fairly, and attack with it several times until the opponent is no more. Several of our early drops allow us to dump stuff into the bin, with Stitcher's Supplier, Olivia's Dragoons, and Lesser Masticore. The back half of Rakshasa's Secrets or Bitter Revelation can also help fill up the yard for future harvesting. Abandon Hope can also help trim opposing answers while providing us with recursion fodder. 

Once we get to 4+ mana, we can live the dream of going wild. Dread Return, Blood for Bones, Necromantic Summons, and Betrayal of Flesh are our ways to get the fat lards into play on our side. Remember that each of these tools is a bit unique; Dread Return has flashback in case you mill it or pitch it early, Blood for Bones is the "fair" value engine, Summons can hit something from either yard if need be, and Betrayal is an instant. 

While several of our Rares are ideal for reanimating, keep in mind that the Pathrazer is probably the biggest creature in the entire slate of decks, and Skeletal Wurm and Twisted Abomination are totally fine bodies on the board that can adequately protect themselves via their Regeneration. Bone Shredder is also insane to bring back for quick removal. Also, Nezumi Graverobber can swing games on its own if not answered properly. The top half is potent graveyard hate and can come in handy in a handful of situations, and if we ever flip it over into Nighteyes...well, let's just say I have a hunch we will decline to pay Bone Shredder's Echo indefinitely. 

Speaking of removal, we've got a healthy amount of it! We do have quite a hard time with other Black creatures, as Bone Shredder nor Seal of Doom can hit them, but if Black is a problem, we've got a pretty spicy answer for that in the rare slots. 

The Rares

If we're having trouble with reanimating stuff early, Isareth makes for a fantastic backup plan. She can help get value out of the early drops like Ravenous Rats while presenting a threatening body on her own, and in the late game she can play the Reanimator tune as a one-woman band. Don't sleep on Isareth!

I'll be honest, I don't think I ever read this card before I was digging through my bulk box for rares for this project. Turns out, it's pretty neat! Much like Noxious Dragon, Nefarox here is a bit of a hedge; it's an excellent creature if we happen to reanimate it, but if we need to cast it fairly, it's phenomenal value for what we're getting. It's also not so expensive that hard casting it is unreasonable. The exalted trigger is a potent one as well, so keep it in mind! 

This is the first card I thought of when the reanimator theme got firmed up. Overlord here can provide a whole squadron of harpies (or at least a couple!) and hits very hard while they get devoured. As a bonus, it makes for a giant evasive body, and if we happen to have other creatures in play when Overlord lands, the Harpies can help seal the deal. 

This pick is one of my all-time favorite creatures. I remember getting one in a booster pack not long after I had learned to play, and oooooh boy let me tell you. Spirit of the Night was, is, and forever will be awesome. Great art, great stats, and great flavor coming from the merger of three creatures from Mirage—Breathstealer, Feral Shadow, and Urborg Panther, all of which are in this deck as well—for maximum cool points. 

Don't forget that this fella, the very Spirit of the Night itself, has protection from Black despite being Black. As soon as I realized that I had one of these sitting around, it immediately snagged a place in the deck. Hopefully it's not too expensive to acquire these days for anyone looking to recreate these decks, but even if it is a couple bucks, just take a look at it and I promise that you'll want it. 

Unsung Hero

One of the biggest problems in a deck like this is that without tutors, there might be some trouble getting all the right pieces together in short order to facilitate a quick reanimation. And what this plan needs is:

  1. Getting a creature into the graveyard.
  2. Having a spell to reanimate said dead guy.
  3. Casting that spell as soon as possible. 

Bog Witch happens to help us pull off 2/3s of this game plan with just one card! That sounds like a winner to me. The Witch can help generate the very mana to cast a quick Dread Return effect while also dumping the reanimation target into the bin, all in one convenient package! Fast mana at the expense of cards suddenly seems like a pretty good deal when we're using the fast mana to make use of said cards.