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Liliana Vess
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 Liliana Vess
- M15

Reviewed Aug. 19, 2014

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.63
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 4.00

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Liliana Vess
 
So, one of the new planeswalkers in M15 is . . . one of the oldest ones. I don't mean there's something wrong with that - I think it's great. I think the original five remain very well-designed, fun to play with, and just all around cool.
 
I reviewed Liliana Vess for this site when she was new. I can't believe how long ago that seems now. But she's held up amazingly well all these years. Her +1 ability looks like minor disruption at best, but in practice is very difficult to stop, and picks opposing plans apart piece by piece while often setting up for a devastating ultimate. Her -2 mimics one of the strongest cards in Magic (albeit at sorcery speed), meaning your plays will always be relevant or even backbreaking.
 
I don't know what the future holds for Liliana, but this version of her remains my personal favorite. Liliana of the Veil is undeniably powerful, but I feel that it's a little too singly focused on killing things, making it hard to use in a black deck that's trying to do more complex things. Liliana of the Dark Realms also has a narrow focus, this time on a strategy that didn't really need any help. But classic Liliana is versatile, relevant in most black control and midrange decks, and has amazing synergies with cards from Jace Beleren to Courser of Kruphix. 
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5


Paul

Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Liliana Vess
 
Welcome back readers today's card of the day is Liliana Vess one of my absolute favorite cards. It seems like only yesterday the planeswalker card type was introduced with much speculation and fanfare in Lorwyn. Liliana Vess has seen multiple incarnations over the years but the original is back in black. In constructed she has some applications, in Standard mono black decks are a thing and this card can provide tons of value while also adding two black to devotion which is relevant, the ability to tutor and whittle down your opponents hands are competitive she just has a slightly higher mana cost but I think this card will see play even if its fringe play. In modern this card has not made a splash so a reprint is unlikely to change that. In legacy and vintage absolutely not as well. In casual and multiplayer this card is amazing being able to white down hand sizes as well as its potential to be combined with Lilianas Caress style effects makes it attractive. The ability to tutor is also devastating and finally the ultimate in multiplayer can gain you a plethora of creatures. In limited all planeswalkers are playable this one can fetch other important cards and put pressure on your opponents hand and a powerful ultimate rounds out the package. Overall a solid planeswalker that still has competitive and casual value years after its first printing.
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.5
Multiplayer: 4.0
Limited: 4.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Liliana Vess which is a five mana Black planeswalker with five loyalty.  The +1 of target player discards a card works well with a Black discard theme and feeds into the ultimate with use on your own hand a reasonable choice for a large creature.  The -2 is a tutor effect to the top of the library, which is excellent in Commander and quite playable otherwise as even without the other effects it equals the mana cost if used twice. The -8 puts all creatures from all graveyards into play under your control, which is hugely devastating in Multiplayer and still a serious threat one on one if supported.  Self mill, library destruction, or just discarding from the hand can all make this stronger with a Blue/Black mill possibly working best in the quantity of cards sent to the graveyard.  Overall this is a solid planeswalker, but the support needed to maximize the -8 and the indirect nature of the other effects will continue to keep this from being a popular inclusion in competitive decks.
 
In Limited the -2 is a huge benefit when your most wanted cards are often single copies and the +1 is serviceable, but can be weakened by an opponent keeping a spare land in hand.  The -8 can win a game if reached and only requires a few targets to really impact the game.  Like most planeswalkers this is a decent first pick in Booster and well worth building around in Sealed, though she is likely to be working without support unless other discard effects are aggressively drafted into your pool.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0


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