Wednesday, 19 December 2012


Liliana VessLiliana of the VeilLiliana of the Dark Realms
I consider Liliana to be the sexiest planeswalker, hand's down. And no, that's not because of the controversial Steve Argyle work. She's dark, sexy, and smart, a killer trio.

Liliana Vess aka "Professor Liliana"
What's better than Imperial Seal? How about a repeatable version that doesn't hurt you (or cost $700)?! That's essentially all this card is and it's great. The +1 is nice because it gives you card advantage and the -8 can be really good late game, but let's face it: this card is 2 Imperial Seals on a stick. This does cost 5, which is always a little high, but the effects kind of offset the cost.

Pros: Repeatable tutor, discard engine
Cons: A little expensive
Rating: 4.5/5

Liliana of the Veil aka "Cultist Liliana"
I run this in my Maga, Traitor to Mortals EDH since it revolves around players discarding all of their solutions. Other black decks like this card because they don't mind discarding creatures since they can easily bring them back if the deck is built around it (being black and all). The -2 forced sac is nice too, but it does let your opponent pick which creature to kill off. The Do or Die ult is really great because it hits all permanents, meaning you can easily make a "land" pile and an "everything else" pile. Your opponent will probably pick the "everything else" pile, but what's this? You had an Overwhelming Forces in your hand and your opponent can't counter it since they have no mana? [insert evil laugh here]. This card is also really cheap, allowing for board control early in the game.

Pros: All discard, super-Do or Die, cheap
Cons: -2 allows for choice, all discard
Rating: 4.5/5

Liliana of the Dark Realms aka "Explorer Liliana"
Colour pie? What's that? Black should be good at land fetching too! This card's +1 is quite good since it can look for cards like Leechridden Swamp or Overgrown Tomb in addition to basic lands since they are Swamps too. The -3 of either black Blanchwood Armor or Romra Doowhcnalb* (see what I mean about "What colour pie"?) is really awesome since it either buffs a creature by a lot or kills an indestructible thing since it's not a destroy effect. The ult for this is just a superfluous ability since you're probably already far enough ahead to win the game or are just one turn off.

Pros: Black land search, -3 can kill or buff, great ult
Cons: Ult is a little superfluous
Rating: 5/5

*Pronounced "ROHm-Ra DOO-wuh-ch-NAL-buh"

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