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Top 10 MTG Cards of 2015

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

Reviewed December 18, 2015

Constructed: 3.88
Casual: 4.17
Limited: 4.35
Multiplayer: 3.88
Commander [EDH]: 4.17

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Liliana, Heretical Healer / Liliana, Defiant Necromancer
I really liked this look at Liliana the first time we reviewed her, and my opinion has not really changed now. It's very easy for a deck of her color to ignite her spark, and when you do, she becomes an aggressive, disruptive threat that both protects your own game and can turn your opponent's quality cards against them. And even if you can't ignite, her mortal form is a solid creature that most black midrange decks would be just fine playing anyway. If Liliana wasn't your girl before Origins, she should be now.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

The number seven card of the year 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

Lili HH / 'Walker
At its core, creature side is at its best, a diversion for any kill-spells your bigger threats would normally incur or a trick that replaces your lost creature with a 2/2 zombie and a planeswalker. The flip-walker is a decent throwback to Lorwyn Lili (Off topic, I hate the use of 1.0, 2.0 for contining walkers. It's 2015. The people you're trying to sound hip to probably don't understand your outdated y2k "net"-talk. Stop it.) AAANYWAY. Flip-Lili does a decent job of continuing black's tradition of hand disruption and reanimation. 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 2.5
EDH: 3.5

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