Today, I’m going to talk about how to build your deck in a way to be better against the new Standard powerhouse, Liliana of the Veil. The feeling of having your one creature edicted away by Liliana’s -2 is awful. So, what strategies and cards the best at defending yourself against an opposing turn three Liliana of the Veil on the play? How can we mitigate her impact?
One way of doing that is by playing lots of one and two-drops. If you can consistently curve them into each other, Liliana will just die to the attack of the leftover creature.
You can also play specific cards that are good (or at least not bad) against the -2 sacrifice ability. Here are some playable examples of two-drops.
Reckoner Bankbuster makes it awkward for your opponent to play a Liliana of the Veil on turn three as well. They’ll be constantly wondering if you have a way to crew the Vehicle. The other two-drops either provide multiple bodies, value in some form or come back from the graveyard. Conveniently enough, these creatures are also good against Liliana’s +1 ability.
Not playing any creatures at all against Liliana of the Veil is the last thing you want to do. The +1 uptick towards the ultimate is fast and deadly. The best ways to answer a Liliana of the Veil on the draw out of blue are Syncopate, Negate and Spell Pierce.
As long as Liliana of the Veil is a big player in the format, which I suspect she will be, you want to build your deck in a way to play around her and the impact she can have on turn three. I hope this strategy highlight raises some awareness of this mini-metagame and how to build your decks in Dominaria United Standard.