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Liliana of the Dark Realms
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Liliana of the Dark Realms
Magic 2013

Reviewed August 8, 2012

Constructed: 3.50
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 3.80
Multiplayer: 3.70

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BMoor

Liliana of the Dark Realms

Her plus one ability searches for a Swamp and puts it into your hand. Deck thinning and ensuring you make your land drops is nice, and it's not like you'll ever lack a target.

Her second ability can either shrink a creature to death or grow it massively. It also costs exactly her starting loyalty-- you can use it right away if you don't mind cashing out Liliana just to kill that one creature or get in for that one attack. I like that the +X/+X really could win you the game that turn in more than a few scenarios-- so getting greedy could really cost you.

But DAT ULTIMATE! If ever there were one worth getting greedy for, this may be it! When you're producing four times the black mana, you can level
Exsanguinates that end games, bulk up your Shades to monstrous dimensions, and cast practically anything you happen to topdeck with ease! You practically have to be trying to lose if you can't win after that, especially since Black has never had any shortage of mana sinks.

Constructed - 4
Casual - 4.75
Limited - 4.5
Multiplayer - 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Liliana of the Dark Realms
 
D. Alexander Gregory's interpretation of Liliana is honestly not my favorite, but if you can get past that, this card is actually pretty strong. All planeswalkers generate massive card advantage, and the things Liliana of the Dark Realms does are especially relevant even by the standards of planeswalkers. While it's too early to tell whether this version will catch on over Innistrad's Liliana of the Veil and its more direct and disruptive abilities, it certainly has potential, especially in the kinds of Mutilate-using decks we were talking about last week.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Paul

Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Liliana of The Dark Realms
 
Welcome back readers todays card of the day is my absolute favorite planeswalker as I a have a penchant for mono black, but let’s find out if my personal love will equate to a good review. In standard this card combined with the mono black powerhouse Mutilate is a big game making this a potential contender for constructed playability as the tools are existing for mono black decks to make an impression in the format the ability to kill creatures is highly relevant and the swamp fetching makes sure you can hit your land drops consistently the ultimate is primarily useful with Exsanguinate or Consume Spirit cards or something like Diabolic Revelations and does a good job of being a bad Cabal Coffers, but a bad Cabal Coffers is still decent. In modern the competition is fierce but black decks have a wider access to powerful cards including Damnation and other tools so I would not rule mono black’s existence out from a competitive standpoint and this card could be a decent inclusion. In legacy and vintage I don’t see this planeswalker getting much competitive play due to other powerful planeswalkers and the cheaper version of Liliana pushing this card out of the spotlight.

            In casual and multiplayer this card is ridiculous as mono black decks have a plethora of ways to beat up on creature decks which are powerful in multiplayer and this provides another angle of securing lands, killing creatures and providing a game ending ultimate when paired with the right cards. Overall providing a vast amount of utility to mono black decks. In limited its removal and mana fetching/fixing and most planeswalkers are extremely playable this being no exception. Overall a powerful planeswalker for a niche style deck making it a possible constructed contender and a casual all-star.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 3.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Liliana of the Dark Realms which is a four mana three loyalty Planeswalker.  The +1 of searching for a Swamp to add to hand isn't bad and does support the second and third abilities, a dedicated X theme, and possibly mono-Black control. The -3 may not be used as often as the +1 or -6, but working as removal or pump can take advantage of many situations to promote a huge change in the game state and can be devastating alongside Essence Harvest and Tormented Soul. 

The -6 is excellent for a card like Exsanguinate, particularly in Multiplayer, or pumpable creatures which together can make for a theme. 

Overall this is a planeswalker that needs a deck built around it to be a serious threat beyond acceleration, though in that scenario it does have potential.
 
For Limited this is a decent choice for acceleration, but isn't as flexible in a multicolor deck as it requires two Black to cast and can't search for non-Swamps which forces a primarily Black build to make use of it and in later stages of the game may just be a deck thinner.  The -3 is very powerful in the format as potentially reusable removal and a possible finisher with the +X/+X effect.  The -6 is probably the least useful by the time it can be used as there should be enough mana for anything available to cast.  Some situations may benefit from it, though in general the first and second abilities will be the primary uses of this Liliana.  Like most planeswalkers this is probably worth a first pick in Booster and can be the start of a Sealed build, though unlike others it is the second ability that is noteworthy and it is weakened by any splashing or second color used.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.5

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

       Welcome to the Pojo.com card of the day section. We are looking at Liliana of the Dark Realms today. Liliana is a mythic rare planeswalker Liliana that costs two generic and two black mana. Liliana enters the battlefield with three loyalty. Liliana has a +1 thata says search your library for a Swamp card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Liliana has a -3 that says target creature get +X/+X or -X/-X until end of turn where X is the number of Swamps you control. Liliana’s final is a -6 that gives you an Emblem that says Swamps you control have tap, add four black mana to your mana pool.

      I love the new Liliana. Her abilities are so great, and since she is only a four mana drop, she is completely useful. Sure, it would be nice to have some removal without losing her. But most people would want the ramp anyways. And should there be a decent threat on the board, Liliana is capable of handling many things. But the grand prize is getting that Emblem. Oh the things you can do with that kind of mana ramp!

      Definitely one of the best new planeswalkers, especially in older formats.
 
Limited: 4/5
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5


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