I'm hoping this is at common. If so I think it will definitely be a fun cube addition. This is not an amazing combo card, but this could be quite useful in limited pools. Definitely worth printing, at least as a common, as uncommon it's not quite as cool as Reassembling Skeleton which is/was a great card.
Oh, who am I kidding. MAYBE nice in Limited, but even in a dedicated Zombie deck, I can't see this finding room even in the sideboard. Gravecrawler just does it so much better, and it's come way down in price. Just not really room for this in constructed play. At 3 or MAYBE even 4 CMC, you might have something, but at 5? No thanks.
What would have been awesome is if there was any synergy with lilly herself. I mean, it has synergy with Lilly of the veil AND the new one. They really messed up the support cards for lilly. This guy is way over costed and her familiar or whatever costs the same as her and does exactly the same thing as her while giving you a body to attack/block with. it should have been a 1/1 for 3 with 1B: +1/+1 that fetched a swamp so you could pump it with lilly the turn you drop her or just keep building up swamps while having something to get in the way. This guy should have been put right back into play tapped or something but to keep paying 5 for this is really bad use of all the mana you should be getting.
Isn't tortured existence already tier 1? I mean, it's a VERY hard deck to play, but it's also very hard to beat if the pilot know what he's doing.
Not really. I mean, I just looked at the results of three recent dailies at the "what's happening pages" and there were pretty much all kind of powerful decks in the prizes, representatives of every more or less powerful archetype in either 3-1 or 4-0 zones, there was even some semi-janky decks who got their 6 packs yet there was zero tortured existences and it's not like that was a rare occurrence - whatever the reason is, you can hardly call a deck tier 1 unless it consistently wins or scores high in the queues.
No one plays Tortured Existence seriously except E. Hustle. It is easily less than 1% of the field.
The main problem with the deck is it is almost impossible to build the correct version unless you keep up with the metagame very closely. The few people who try to play it mostly just copy an old list and die horribly.
Faithless Looting doubles as a discard outlet and discard fodder.
Which eventually becomes a "R draw two."
Zombie Infestation guarantees Gravecrawler will have some buddies to give him a lift. This plus early lingering souls tokens will help you put up quite the offensive early, and an unstoppable army late.
I think that Veilborn Ghoul was the only thing needed to push this deck over the top. And this looks like it has a very very good match-up against delver. Smallpox and Liliana are just insane disruption against control decks. And this can just absolutely overwhelm the slower decks in card advantage.
It's understandable blue control players would be shocked and in denial at the notion of this card, since their decks have been dominating multiple formats for an eternity yet they've curiously never once had to deal with any counter-hosers that weren't ineffectual, narrow CRAP.
If this card was something like 1BB 3/2 with the same ability or even just a 3/1 it would be so awesome, but instead it's a durdle card that might not even be playable in limited depending on how the format shapes out... Or if it could at least block.
Being able to trigger his "return from grave to hand" ability in main phase can sometimes be better than getting to return him during upkeep (will let you sometimes use his ability twice in one turn).
If you are a black-based deck that uses discard outlets and does not want to miss land drops then this guy might be good and in that same deck in the lategame after multiple board wipes this guy, unlike squee, can be used to finish a game with a reasonable number of swings.
Maybe he should be also compared to eternal dragon. The main mode of that card was a recurring planscycler, it was only in the extreme lategame when he was played as a beater and used to win the game.
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