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You can play it with Channel: pay five life for the mirror, then convert the rest of your life into mana. You turn Lich's Mirror into a draw-7 and an additional nineteen mana.

Of course, there are a lot of better things to be doing with Channel that don't involve Lich's Mirror.... I like the Gilded Drake combos better.
Posted By: scumbling1 (4/21/2011 3:59:23 PM)
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How to be evil in a multiplayer game:

1) Suspend Worldfire and this with Jhoira of the Ghitu.
2) Next turn, suspend Gut Shot with Jhoira.
3) The triggered abilities allowing you to cast Worldfire and Lich's Mirror from exile trigger. Choose to cast Worldfire first, then cast this.
4) Next turn, Gut Shot gets cast from exile. Target yourself.

All your opponents have no hands, graveyards, or permanents and are at 1. You're at 20 with a fresh hand of 7 cards. Proceed to cackle maniacally.
Posted By: SyntheticDreamer (7/9/2013 4:34:02 AM)
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This has to be a replacement effect, not a triggered ability. Losing the game is a state-based action. You cannot respond to it. There is nothing that can stop the effect once state-base actions are checked (that you lose the game due to whatever reason) as the effect works immediately.
Posted By: non1337 (10/24/2011 2:41:53 AM)
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When this was in standard I used it to mild success in a Valakut ramp deck since I could get up to 5 or 6 mana by turn 3.
Posted By: lorendorky (12/3/2011 12:18:18 PM)
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Flavor reminds me of The Picture of Dorian Gray. But since it does nothing to stop your opponent, who already had such an advantage that he beat you, it might not do much in most games. Maybe against things that rely on small amounts of damage, but otherwise you're really only buying another turn or two.
Posted By: Totema (10/25/2012 12:49:57 AM)
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This card has a tricky, but awesome usage in multiplayer EDH. Try it with zedruu the greathearted. Any player about to lose the game? Donate them the mirror. The following will happen:

He will lose the game, but instead of losing the game, he will go to 20 and draw 7 cards. The mirror stays on the board under his control.
Because the mirror is there, constantly resetting him when he dies, the player is unkillable untill you lose the game or the mirror is destroyed (or is returned to you).
Then he starts back at turn 0, he will have nothing to defend himself with, causing everybody else on the board to simply smack him dead, resetting him again.
At this point you can either let that be (acting as a powerful distraction while you build) or convince that player to help you out with whatever he draws. After all, if you lose the game, his permanent mirror will be gone and he will lose quickly after aswell.

You have just reanimated and enslaved a player.

Anything you... (see all)
Posted By: N3rf (5/20/2012 9:16:33 AM)
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I'll get that Lich a mirror, Liches love mirrors.
Posted By: starfox444 (12/12/2011 3:22:32 AM)
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"I wonder if anyone has ever been given a Game Loss by a judge while this was out, and then argued that its effect should trigger..."

http://magiclampoon.com/blog/2009/07/18/standoff-in-honolulu/
Posted By: Jagyr_Ebonwood_02 (8/5/2009 8:47:02 AM)
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From what it seems at the moment, the potential of this card is a bit underestimated. It seems effective to throw a board sweep at near death, then throw this out (if you already haven't) so that the opponent won't have such a large field when he does end up killing you the first time. With that being said, his not-so-large field might give you a good few turns to get out your defenses, allowing another fighting chance, and, despite any other tricks you may have in your deck, you'll also have another chance to get Lich's Mirror out again.
Posted By: xXV4lkyr13Xx (6/8/2009 10:42:05 PM)
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The real problem with Magasul's plan is that the Sanguine Bond wouldn't make it back in time. You gain the life before you even put Oblivion Ring's return ability on the stack, much less have it resolve.
Posted By: Tanaka348 (12/8/2009 11:14:24 AM)
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