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Liliana, Heretical Healer // Liliana, Defiant Necromancer
- Origins

Reviewed June 26, 2015

Constructed: 4.00
Casual: 4.17
Limited: 4.50
Multiplayer: 4.00
Commander [EDH]: 4.00

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Liliana, Heretical Healer // Liliana, Defiant Necromancer
 
I got all the way up to writing my review of Liliana before I realized I hadn't talked about these new planeswalkers' applications in Commander. Honestly, I'm not sure exactly how they would work in that format. Do they return to their mortal forms whenever they return to the command zone (and thus require a lot of resleeving)? Do they still count for Commander damage after they become planeswalkers, making Chandra's emblem and Gideon's planeswalker attack even more lethal than usual? I'm sure someone will have an "official" ruling at some point, but that second one in particular seems like it would only be fair to the characters. I mean, they are the same person in some sense despite having ignited!
 
Considering how much black likes to sacrifice creatures for some benefit, Liliana is by far the easiest of the planeswalkers to ignite. You can do it at instant speed, using only recent cards, and probably get some kind of benefit in the process. And I like what I see when it comes to what you get: there's the disruptive element from Liliana of the Veil, the powerful reanimation effect from Liliana Vess' ultimate, and a new ultimate that makes it literally impossible for some decks to defeat you. In fact, it's such a good deal, that I almost feel like there has to be some horrible, iconically black catch . . .
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Liliana, Heretical healer which is a three mana Black 2/3 legendary with Lifelink with the easiest transformation to trigger in the cycle. Having a non-token creature you control die not only transforms her it also gives a 2/2 zombie token making it extremely efficient from the start. The +2 is useful with an empty hand or a creature you want to discard like Undead Servant. The -X is excellent for zero cost creatures like Memnite or Dryad Arborm, but just flat out sacrificing her for -3 is a net gain and can chain a creature like Fleshbag Marauder or Merciless Executioner. The -8 is very powerful and in a removal heavy build turns most of the deck into a two for one and should make winning nearly impossible for one opponent while it is even stronger in Multiplayer. Overall this Liliana is very aggressive with the only weakness being a somewhat situational +2 and decks built around her can function across many formats.

In Limited the card advantage of the token with the -X can't be ignored and even the 2/3 with Lifelink is quite playable. A very easy first pick in Booster even with the double Black in the mana cost and barring a poor Black pool it is a strong foundation for Sealed as well.

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 5.0


Armuun
Liliana, Heretical Healer // Liliana, Defiant Necromancer
 
Okay, saving the best for last, though Ironically this was our first peek at the Dual-faced 'Walkers. For the creature half, She's a 2/3 lifelink for 3. Not bad, but not terrific. Her flip trigger is actually the only flip trigger that actually gives you a little something extra in a 2/2 zombie token. It's not stupendous, but it helps keep field presence especially after you've just lost Liliana as a creature. Her Walker abilities don't reinvent the wheel, but they don't have to. Discard cards, Reanimating smaller to mid-sized creatures is what black does. and it's still really effective. Her ultimate is, well, something to shoot for, but something you'd rarely pull off in something other than EDH. At the end of the day, it's a really nice complement to almost any black deck.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 5
Multiplayer: 4
EDH: 4

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