Liliana of the Veil is the newest Magic: the Gathering card to be previewed from Wizards of the Coast’s upcoming expert expansion set Innistrad.
Liliana of the Veil – 1BB
Planeswalker – Liliana (Mythic Rare)
+1 Loyalty: Each player discards a card.
-2 Loyalty: Target player sacrifices a creature.
-6 Loyalty: Separate all permanents target player controls into two piles. That player sacrifices all permanents in the pile of his or her choice.
Starting Loyalty of 3
The text on Innistrad‘s Liliana of the Veil may just make it be one of the sexiest black Magic: the Gathering cards ever printed. Did I mention that it also has fantastic art?
Liliana of the Veil’s first ability can be abused with numerous cards. In a deck with flashback spells such as Moan of the Unhollowed or creatures like Dearly Departed and Vengeful Pharaoh, Liliana of the Veil’s drawback is actually a boon. Alongside Curse of the Bloody Tome, Jace, Memory Adept, and Jace’s Archivist, Innistrad‘s Liliana of the Veil might help you bring Visions of Beyond online earlier.
Liliana of the Veil’s second ability is like running additional Geth Verdicts. It ensure’s that the Morbid ability from your Reaper from the Abyss will trigger and creates additional card advantage.
After just four turns of being in play (or less with proliferate cards), Lilian’s “ultimate” ability can wipe half of your opponent’s permanents off of the battlefield.
Innistrad‘s Liliana of the Veil puts Liliana Vess to shame and can be used in a wide variety of decks. Expect her to quickly become a well saught after card on the secondary market.
You can read more about Liliana of the Veil in Doug Beyer’s preview article here.
How will you abuse Liliana of the Veil?
Several other Innistrad spoilers include Hinterland Harbor, Civilized Scholar, Moonmist, Diregaf Ghoul, Curse of the Bloody Tome, Daybreak Ranger, Ludevic’s Test Subject, Bloodgift Demon, and Elite Inquisitor.
Innistrad contains 264 cards, and will be released on September 30, 2011. Innistrad will be followed by Dark Ascension.
Innistrad Prerelease events will occur on September 24-25, 2011, there will be Innistrad Launch Parties on September 30-October 3, 2011, and Innistrad will be released on Magic Online October 17, 2011. The Innistrad Game Day will be on October 29-30, 2011.
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