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Havengul Lich
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Havengul Lich
Dark Ascension

Reviewed February 13, 2012

Constructed: 4.17
Casual: 4.50
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 4.17

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Havengul Lich
 
We're looking at some of Dark Ascension's powerful mythics this week. This is quite possibly one of the most powerful cards in the entire set, despite deviating somewhat from the traditional lich powers and abilities we know of. I'm not sure which colors have the most activated abilities on creatures per capita, but I'm pretty sure that blue and black have some pretty powerful ones: Azure Mage, Viscera Seer, and Olivia Voldaren are just the easiest ones to abuse.  Even without copying its activated abilities, getting a creature back from your graveyard almost at will is very strong, and I could actually see some decks playing it just for that.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Havengul Lich which is a five mana Blue and Black 4/4 zombie wizard that allows you to pay one to have the option to cast a target creature card from the graveyard and when you cast that card the Lich also gains any activated abilities the target has until the end of the turn.  The potential for this card is amazing as both low cost creatures and ones with abilities all work well with the effect as do Black's sacrifice theme or Blue's control.  Almost any build using both colors can find some benefit from running the Lich and it is very likely to see a great deal of Commander play as well as tournament slots.
 
For Limited this card will win games by opening up most the graveyard as additional hand space.  A 4/4 for five is effective by itself and the only real drawback is locking you into at least splashing one or both colors.  An easy first pick in Booster and should be played whenever possible in Sealed, especially with creatures that have Undying as an opponent may have to kill them a total of four or more times each when combined with the Lich's effect.
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 4.5

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

Welcome to the Pojo.com card of the day section. We are looking at Havengul Lich from Dark Ascension today. Havengul Lich is a mythic rare creature zombie wizard, and is a 4/4. Havengul Lich costs three generic, one blue, and one black mana. Havengul Lich’s ability is pay one generic, you may cast target creature card from a graveyard this turn. If you do, Havengul Lich gains all activated abilities of that card until end of turn.

Havengul Lich is one of the “generals” from Dark Ascension, obviously for the zombies. His ability can get really crazy, since you can target anyone’s graveyard for the ability. But that is still really only good in limited if you are paired off against someone running colors that you are as well, otherwise, it becomes more about reanimating things from your own graveyard. But once we get into more constructed play, that is when this card truly shines. There are plenty of ways to get mana that you may not require, whether it be the multicolored lands, or even artifacts that will produce the mana for you, constructed formats could make this guy insane!

Limited: 4/5
Constructed: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Multiplayer: 5/5


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