Ah, Liliana—specifically, Liliana of the Veil. This is undoubtedly one of the best Planeswalkers ever printed, as well as one of the coolest. Liliana has a rich Constructed history as a dominant force in Standard, Modern, and occasionally Legacy for its lifespan. She's also made her mark as an immensely popular character. This is the era where I remember Liliana cosplayers at the big events I attended, lines around the hall for Steve Argyle signatures, and Lili of the Veil was a Chase Rare for like 5 straight years. 

Liliana Of the Veil

Mechanically, Liliana Of the Veil is all about resource denial. She plays "fair"; we won't have access to as much either, but since we get to control when her abilities happen, we'll generally have more fun. As a side note, I'm struggling to think of a Planeswalker where I will choose NOT to activate any of its abilities during a turn and I can't think of one other than Liliana, which I consider a testament to her excellent design. 

Due to this resource denial ethos, I thought it would be novel to have this Liliana deck be all about causing grief. If you enjoy the suffering of others when you play a game of Magic, this deck is the one for you! 

Let's get this misery business going:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Liliana of the Veil by Andy Hurst

'Liliana of the Veil' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Andy Hurst

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Freeform (Casual)

Market Price: $125.99

Cards

Big Game Hunter

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.08

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When Big Game Hunter enters the battlefield, destroy target creature with power 4 or greater. It can't be regenerated.
Madness {B} (If you discard this card, discard it into exile. When you do, cast it for its madness cost or put it into your graveyard.)

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Grave Scrabbler

Color Identity:B

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Madness {1}{B} (If you discard this card, discard it into exile. When you do, cast it for its madness cost or put it into your graveyard.)
When Grave Scrabbler enters the battlefield, if its madness cost was paid, you may return target creature card from a graveyard to its owner's hand.

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Plaguecrafter

Color Identity:B

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When Plaguecrafter enters the battlefield, each player sacrifices a creature or planeswalker. Each player who can't discards a card.

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Creeping Dread

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.15

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At the beginning of your upkeep, each player discards a card. Each opponent who discarded a card that shares a card type with the card you discarded loses 3 life. (Players reveal the discarded cards simultaneously.)

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Ruthless Sniper

Color Identity:B

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Whenever you cycle or discard a card, you may pay {1}. If you do, put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.

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Blasted Landscape

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{T}: Add {C}.
Cycling {2} ({2}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Gurmag Angler

Color Identity:B

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Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for {1}.)

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Expunge

Color Identity:B

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Destroy target nonartifact, nonblack creature. It can't be regenerated.
Cycling {2} ({2}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Miasmic Mummy

Color Identity:B

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When Miasmic Mummy enters the battlefield, each player discards a card.

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Death Pulse

Color Identity:B

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Target creature gets -4/-4 until end of turn.
Cycling {1}{B}{B} ({1}{B}{B}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Death Pulse, you may have target creature get -1/-1 until end of turn.

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Chain of Smog

Color Identity:B

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Target player discards two cards. That player may copy this spell and may choose a new target for that copy.

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Viscera Dragger

Color Identity:B

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Cycling {2} ({2}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
Unearth {1}{B} ({1}{B}: Return this card from your graveyard to the battlefield. It gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step or if it would leave the battlefield. Unearth only as a sorcery.)

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Cursed Scroll

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{3}, {T}: Choose a card name, then reveal a card at random from your hand. If that card has the chosen name, Cursed Scroll deals 2 damage to any target.

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Murderous Compulsion

Color Identity:B

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Destroy target tapped creature.
Madness {1}{B} (If you discard this card, discard it into exile. When you do, cast it for its madness cost or put it into your graveyard.)

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Horror of the Broken Lands

Color Identity:B

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Whenever you cycle or discard another card, Horror of the Broken Lands gets +2/+1 until end of turn.
Cycling {B} ({B}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Geth's Grimoire

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Whenever an opponent discards a card, you may draw a card.

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Grisly Survivor

Color Identity:B

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Whenever you cycle or discard a card, Grisly Survivor gets +2/+0 until end of turn.

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Pitiless Vizier

Color Identity:B

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Whenever you cycle or discard a card, Pitiless Vizier gains indestructible until end of turn. (Damage and effects that say "destroy" don't destroy it. If its toughness is 0 or less, it's still put into its owner's graveyard.)

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Ravenous Rats

Color Identity:B

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When Ravenous Rats enters the battlefield, target opponent discards a card.

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Dark Withering

Color Identity:B

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Destroy target nonblack creature.
Madness {B} (If you discard this card, discard it into exile. When you do, cast it for its madness cost or put it into your graveyard.)

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Smallpox

Color Identity:B

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Each player loses 1 life, discards a card, sacrifices a creature, then sacrifices a land.

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Scarab Feast

Color Identity:B

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Exile up to three target cards from a single graveyard.
Cycling {B} ({B}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Archfiend of Ifnir

Color Identity:B

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Flying
Whenever you cycle or discard another card, put a -1/-1 counter on each creature your opponents control.
Cycling {2} ({2}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Liliana of the Veil

Color Identity:B

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+1: Each player discards a card.
−2: Target player sacrifices a creature.
−6: Separate all permanents target player controls into two piles. That player sacrifices all permanents in the pile of their choice.

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Doomed Dissenter

Color Identity:B

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When Doomed Dissenter dies, create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.

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Barren Moor

Color Identity:B

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Barren Moor enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {B}.
Cycling {B} ({B}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Cabal Pit

Color Identity:B

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{T}: Add {B}. Cabal Pit deals 1 damage to you.
Threshold — {B}, {T}, Sacrifice Cabal Pit: Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn. Activate only if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.

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Rotting Regisaur

Color Identity:B

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At the beginning of your upkeep, discard a card.

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Gods' Eye, Gate to the Reikai

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{T}: Add {C}.
When Gods' Eye, Gate to the Reikai is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, create a 1/1 colorless Spirit creature token.

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Faith of the Devoted

Color Identity:B

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Whenever you cycle or discard a card, you may pay {1}. If you do, each opponent loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

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Rancid Earth

Color Identity:B

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Destroy target land.
Threshold — If seven or more cards are in your graveyard, instead destroy that land and Rancid Earth deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.

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Twins of Maurer Estate

Color Identity:B

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Madness {2}{B} (If you discard this card, discard it into exile. When you do, cast it for its madness cost or put it into your graveyard.)

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Braids, Cabal Minion

Color Identity:B

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At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player sacrifices an artifact, creature, or land.

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Innocent Blood

Color Identity:B

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Each player sacrifices a creature.

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Street Wraith

Color Identity:B

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Swampwalk (This creature can't be blocked as long as defending player controls a Swamp.)
Cycling—Pay 2 life. (Pay 2 life, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Raven's Crime

Color Identity:B

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Target player discards a card.
Retrace (You may cast this card from your graveyard by discarding a land card in addition to paying its other costs.)

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The Game Plan

In this deck, key synergies result when we discard our own cards. Liliana and Creeping Dread are the biggest enablers, with Smallpox, retracing Raven's Crime, and cycling cards as the others. The payoffs are a small Madness package, and an Amonkhet block package that has triggers when we discard. Our curve is fairly small, with Gurmag Anglers very affordable when we're discarding or sacrificing a bunch of our own stuff and they provide a massive body for our efforts. 

Smallpox can be a massive beating, and we have a couple of very spicy synergies to pair with it. Imagine a scenario where we're able to sacrifice a Doomed Dissenter and a Gods' Eye, or we can discard a Big Game Hunter to hammer the other side of the board! Combined with Liliana herself, Smallpoxes can severely diminish the resources that our opponent can bring to bear. 

Remember not to play out too many lands; we can use them to retrace Raven's Crime or discard to our various other shenanigans. Also be careful when using cyclers in conjunction with Creeping Dread. It stinks to accidentally discard something valuable because of careless cycling.

The Rares

Reginald hits like a train. A 3-mana 7/6 puts incredible pressure on our opponent to come up with an answer, and most colors outside of White will struggle to do so successfully. Reggie also allows us to hit a discard trigger every turn, enabling our various synergies. Just be thoughtful when playing him, because he WILL run us out of cards, so we'll need to consider what we're playing and what gets pitched. Also try not to get him Pacified. 

The first tournament I ever won was an FNM in Invasion/Odyssey Block Standard, and I won it with Black/White Braids. Is she a miserable card to play against? You bet. She's not even legal in EDH! But she's excellent at resource denial, she will make your opponent miserable, and it's a nostalgic home run for me personally. I feel like Braids and Liliana would have been besties. 

I didn't play much Amonkhet Limited, just a pair of 8-man single elimination drafts at a Grand Prix when this set was out, and in each one I was eliminated in Round One by Archfiends. In this deck, it is an absolute house. We have so many ways to trigger it, and the trigger is devastating. Remember that every time we retrace Raven's Crime, every time we activate Liliana's plus ability, every time we cycle something—the Archfiend triggers on your opponent's entire board. Good times.  

Nostalgia Alert! There was a time when Cursed Scroll was one of the most powerful, prolific, iconic cards in the game, and the art is absolutely wonderful. In this deck, we likely won't have too many cards in hand and are already incentivized to hold some lands, making it likely that the Scroll will find its mark. 

Unsung Hero

Plaguecrafter

Effects like this card's have been around for a long time. But this obnoxious fella gets the nod because it always hits, even if it snags an opponent's card in hand on an empty board. Plagecrafter insists that we all get down with the sickness, thank you very much. While there isn't much hexproof in these decks, the crafter here helps ensure that the board doesn't get too crowded. Ideally, we'll get to sacrifice something like Ravenous Rats that's already done its job, or a Doomed Dissenter that has just a bit more to contribute. Either way, it adds to the synergy of this deck and pretends to have the same symmetry that Liliana appears to have. Hopefully our opponent's not too attached to their stuff.