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Liliana Vess

Reviewed October 02, 2007

Constructed: 3.10
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 3.70

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Tuesday - Liliana Vess

Our first Planeswalker. For those that don't know how these work, when you play it, it gets N loyalty counters, where N is that number in the bottom right corner. You can use one of this girl's 3 abilities once per turn, and you add or subtract counters as necessary. When it's out of counters, it dies (either by spending them or taking damage).

This lady is one of the better Planeswalkers. 5 mana is a bit steep but she can swing the game heavily in your favor with her tutoring ability. The big ability, reanimating everything for you, will win you the game, but it does take a bit of work to build up to there, and you'll never reach 8 counters facing a red deck. All in all, not bad, and might see play in discard decks.

In limited, if you're black, you play this, no doubt. At worst, it's a 5 damage meat shield, but that tutoring ability will win you the game.

Constructed - 3
Casual - 4
Limited - 4.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Liliana Vess

The hard part about assessing planeswalkers is that they're brand new, and no-one (regardless of how confident they sound) will be sure how they'll play in constructed until they play with them in constructed. Vampiric Tutor has always been playable and silver bullet strategies have always been popular. Unlike the Tutor, though, Liliana looks a little slow for combo. Like all the planeswalkers, if you ever manage to set off her third ability, you should just about always win the game, especially in limited.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
The Missing Linc

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Lilian Vess

I think the new planeswalkers have some potential. Even if you keep her around for two turns and get two most needed cards, this is worth it. It's diabolic tutor x2 +1 mana. The discard feature aint that bad. Highly unlikely the third ability will ever be played but if it does...wow. Imagine pulling that off in limited.
Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 3

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
Liliana Vess

5 loyalty for 5 mana is ok, but by turn 5, the discard won't mean as much. The tutor ability is rather nice. Black has a bunch of hosers like Extirpate. You could play many 1-ofs and then just slam this down to get whatever best hoses your opponent and win the game from there. The last ability doesn't attract me much though. I'd rather just tutor 3 times (5 + 1 loyalty from the first effect) then save up the loyalty.

In limited, this can break a stalemate. A bunch of creatures in 1 turn is certainly good.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3.5/5
Limited: 3/5
Swordmaster13 Tuesday's card is a new Planeswalker card, Liliana Vess. Planeswalkers are a very interesting new type of card as they offer some interesting abilities. Liliana costs a lot at five mana especially in a color that doesn't have a lot of mana acceleration, but she's a potential threat when she comes out. Add a loyalty counter to the 5 she already has and your opponent must discard a card. Take 2 away and search your library for the next card you'll draw. If you can get her to 8 counters or more, you can reanimate every creature in all graveyards on your side, a very powerful effect. Though she can be attacked, her effects work especially for a black/green deck sporting a Tarmogoyf, especially after you use all her counters.

Limited: 3/5(she offers speed, discard and a powerful finishing move to a deck running black)
Constructed: 3.5/5(she's possibly Tarmogoyf's new best friend)
BMoor Liliana Vess

Envy me-- I actually pulled a foil Liliana Vess at the prerelease. And it was quite the bomb. Not only does she reliably empty your opponent's hand quite soon after making an appearance, she also helps you set up devastating clashes as well as finding you any other bombs you may have. The third ability? You'll never actually use it, because Vess tends to draw a lot of fire. But in a way, that is her third ability-- once she comes down, your opponent starts attacking her and not you. In that way, you can be more selective about what you block, and will probably be meow likely to win a damage race.

Of course, that's all in Limited. I suspect Constructed decks will have an easier time taking this off the board, but if the only answers are sorcery speed, then she still guarantees at least a discard or a tutor.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 4.9
Limited- 4.5

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