A few weeks ago, while I was testing my Colorless Tron deck, I played against a deck that had 4x mainboard Fulminator Mage, and was able to return them to the battlefield with Kolaghan’s Command and Reveillark. It was pretty much the nightmare scenario for Tron, and obviously I lost. But I kept the synergy between Fulminator Mages and Reveillark in mind as something I wanted to give a try sometime.
This week Brian Braun-Duin brought up the synergy between the new Liliana, Heretical Healer and Fulminator Mage. You bring Liliana in play, sacrifice the Fulminator Mage to flip her (getting a zombie in the process), and you can immediately use her as a Planeswalker. You can even bring Fulminator back in play immediately with Liliana’s -X ability, but that would mean you’d lose her, so maybe you’d want to use her +1 ability first.
The synergy between Liliana, Heretical Healer, Fulminator Mage and Reveillark looks insane. Reveillark can get Fulminator and Liliana back from the graveyard, allowing you to repeat the process: return, sac, flip, return, sac.
Unfortunately when I recorded the videos I did not yet have access to Liliana, but I decided to build the deck anyway to become familiar with the interaction and to find out which other cards are useful. I ended up playing Mardu because it makes Fulminator easy to cast, but it is possible that Green (Abzan) gives better options than Red (Mardu). For example, Satyr Wayfinder and Evolutionary Leap could be awesome in this deck.
In the first 3 videos I was testing a reanimator version, with 3x Unburial Rites, 1x Iona, Shield of Emeria, and 1x Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite. After a few games I took this out because I wasn’t willing to commit more cards to fuel the reanimation. The remainder of the videos shows a midrange deck that looks powerful and resilient; although it will require further testing.