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Desolation Angel

Desolation Angel

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 3.84 (7 Reviews)
Limited: 3.82 (7 Reviews)
Reviewed March 15, 2002

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating


I know that I had to concede to this card a few times back in the block season. Back in Limited, if you were already B/W and opened her up in the third pack, you were golden. If you weren't, chances are you'd pass her for something better. In Limited a 3, sealed a 3.5, in constructed where decks are built to support her, a 4.


Are black angels always good? Hell yes. While playing this at 5 mana is detrimental, it's also a good follow up to some world clearing spell like Obliterate or jokulhaups. Of course, it's always good to cast it with kicker and blow up your opponents lands, too. I've lost many a game to this bad girl - she's naughty.
Angel Rating: She's ALMOST better than Dark Angel - Jessica Alba. But not. I mean, come on!
Limited Rating: 4
Constructed Rating: 4

Andrew Chapman

What more needs to be said for an Armageddon with wings? Good stuff, period.

Constructed: 4
Limited: 5


Desolation Angel
This angel is scary good. At 5/4 for 3BB and blow up your land she is not so great but addWW for the kicker and you have the old school Ernhamgeddon deck in a single card. I was a big fan of that deck so I am a big fan of hers.
In Limited unlike a lot of cards she is probably less effective because you had to be playing B/W to take advantage of her and in IBC block limited B/W was not a very appealing combo. I'm not saying that it was a bad color choice but it required a lot of specific cards to be playable.
Constructed 4
Limited 3


This one is fun.  She is also one of the few ways to get an Armageddon style effect in the current environment.  The only down side is that most of the time, you don't want to play her without her kicker.  Other than that, I think it is a really neat card.  It's just a little rough to play with in a lot of decks.

As for limited, this card is completely hit or miss.  Again, I feel that it is mainly because of the kicker being a necessity.  

Constructed: 2.9
Limited: 2.8
Doc Mackerel Desolation Angel

Desolation is one of those cards that your opponent will always have problems dealing with. If you play her without the kicker, then you've got a 5/4 flyer, which will usually finish off the game due to the evasion. If you play it with the kicker cost then your opponent must find a very cheap way to deal with it very fast. Desolation Angel works well with cards that allow you to sacrifice your land for benefits, such as Overgrown Estate. 

In constructed, you have a powerful game ender, but the removal of your lands can be hard to recover from if your opponent gains the upper hand after Desolation Angel hits. As for limited, it's better, usually a first pick. Very cheap for a Black creature, and the flying ability will make sure the 5 damage gets through.

Constructed - 3.5
Limited - 4.5


Limited:4 1/2 Stars
Constructed:4 1/2 Stars

I have always loved Desolation Angel. It's a beatin' stick in just about every limited game and isn't too shabby in constructed, either. The B/W set of spells to back her up is pretty good, too.






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