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Living Death 
Tempest Rare

Reviewed July 15, 2004

Constructed: 3.6
Casual: 4.6
Limited: 3.5

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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

Definitely one of the most popular Rares of the non Type 2 genre. We have a very difficult time keeping this card in stock, and for good reason.  Living Death is an extremely solid card when you build around it.  Combo around its ability using cards that get creatures into your grave, either by choice or en masse.  Buried Alive, Survival of the Fittest, even Traumatize can pile your grave with the goods. Then Living Death serves as first a Wrath, then as a mass Reanimate (sans the bad part). Yeah, wipe your opponent's (and your) board, then come back immediately with a nice contingent of creatures, most likely much larger than your opponent's.  Once your opponent realizes what's coming, a very sick feeling of impending doom will overtake them.

Casual really affords Death its best showcase.  Building around it with an huge card pool is always fun.  In limited, Living Death can also be a situational force, though you must be careful to use it properly.
Constructed: 4
Casual: 5
Limited: 4

   Current Price:
Living Death - Tempest - $15.34

   Combos Well With:
Buried Alive - Odyssey - $4.67
Traumatize - Odyssey - $9
Survival of the Fittest - Exodus - $11.43

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Wow, we've never reviewed this? That surprises me.
In the past, there were decks built around this card. Probably still are in some casual circles, as an effect that acts both as a pseudo-Wrath and returns all creatures that were in the graveyard to play is a nice effect to build your deck around. It's not powerful enough for tournament Extended play, but it makes a very nice casual deck.
I don't ever remember playing this is Rath Cycle limited. Then again, I don't ever remember opening it, either.
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 5
Limited: 2.5

2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

Living Death


It really took some time for this card to get used optimally; once Survival of the Fittest was printed, this really started to see some real abuse.  While not as ridiculously broken as Survival is, it’s always been an extremely flexible card that can act as a Wrath to stunt an offensive, or cause a massive swing in a game by causing a full graveyard to suddenly jump into play.  Even when Survival was banned, this still saw play in the Rock, giving an example of the real durability of this card.


Personally, I want to cast this on turn 25 or so in a group game; while this may not necessarily do a whole lot to help me win the game, it should take quite a while for everyone to figure out what has to be in play and what dies.  In my mind, that’s definitely at least a small granule of “fun.”  It's a strange card for Mental, but obviously can be useful.


It took some doing to make this really useful in draft, but smart play could make this into a back-breaking swing in a game, allowing you to clear your opponent’s board while giving you a full spread of creatures to work with.  It’s situational, but definitely powerful.


Constructed:  4.0

Casual:  4.0

Limited:  3.0


Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Living Death
Many cards have been created to turn players' graveyards inside out,
installing an "up" escalator in the boneyard. Living Death is the best of a
long list. In limited, Living Death is the kind of bomb rare that could turn
your deck into a winner. In constructed, Living Death was the key card in a
very important deck design. Living Death is not, on the other hand, the
easiest card to play perfectly. Choosing the right time can be tricky, and
this card needs to be exercised to be great.
CASUAL:              4.0
LIMITED:              4.0

Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer

Living Death


I remember Wrath of God being a good card. So a card that acts as a Wrath of God, and gets creatures from the graveyard back into play, well I would think that would be even better. And, maybe, if I built my entire deck to get really good creatures in my graveyard… Hey, I think I may be on to something here!!!


Constructed:                 5

Casual:                         3

Limited:                        3



* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

Living Death is one of those cards that's great in constructed and casual play, but not so hot for limited. However, even in limited it could be worth it depending on your card pool. Either way, this card is good. Lots of tricks you can do with your creatures. You just have to be aware of what you are giving back to your opponent.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 2.5

 Van Zandt

 Living Death
Wrath of god is a good card.  Replenish was a good card.  Replenishing
creatures sounds even better.  One of the few five mana cards that has made
its way from block constructed to current extended decks.
constructed 3
casual 4
limited 4
Living Death --

I'm not sure I can really say anything bad about this card. It isn't always the best card to draw up, but it is a great backup plan for a creature heavy deck or against a deck that doesn't run too many creatures in the first place. If you browse over the Rock decks from Extended, a fair number of them will sneak one Living Death to tutor up. In limited, I would play Living Death, just on the grounds that it might save me at least one turn (or turn the tide of the game all on its own). Casual players should take a good look at Living Death as well, as it can turn a group game upside-down.

Constructed Rating: 3.5
Limited Rating: 3.0
Casual Rating: 3.5

Living Death

Constructed - A component of The Rock deck. Not always used, but it definitely has its uses. Destroy all the creatures in play (ex. YOURS) and bring back all the ones in grave (ex. MINE). Not too shabby of an ability.
Casual - This ability can be extremely fun to play up on. Put it in a deck with 0 removal, and a lot of useful ways to get your creatures into the grave. Tap your 5 mana, and boom. You WoG your opponents board, and twilight's call your grave. Fun card to build a deck around.
Constructed - 3.0
Casual - 3.0

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