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Living Death from 'From the Vault: Annihilation'

Living Death
Living Death
Photo courtesy of Wizards of the Coast, used with permission.

Originally printed in Tempest, Living Death is one of 15 terrifying Magic: The Gathering cards featured in Wizards of the Coast's From the Vault: Annihilation. This iconic black sorcery spell brings the dead back to life, at the cost of sacrificing all of the living.

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Photo courtesy of Wizards of the Coast, used with permission.

Living Death - 3BB
Sorcery (Mythic Rare)
Each player exiles all creature cards from his or her graveyard, then sacrifices all creatures he or she controls, then puts all cards he or she exiled this way onto the battlefield.

The key to abusing Living Death is to have more or better creatures in your graveyard than your opponents do in theirs. One early use was taking advantage of Fluctuator to cycle through most of a deck and then Dark Ritual into Living Death in order to overwhelm your adversary.

If one of the creatures in your graveyard is Urabrask the Hidden, then you'll be able to attack and kill your rivals immediately. Alternatively, another idea is to ensure your enemies don't have any threats in their graveyards to recur, such as through hate like Scavenging Ooze.

Tunnel Vision is an excellent tutor to combine with Living Death, as it'll stock your graveyard chock full of creatures to reanimate.

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