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Avatar of Woe 
Prophecy Rare

Reviewed April 16, 2003

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The card is very solid, even at it's 8 CC.  What makes it great is it's use in reanimator decks.  Getting creatures (or it) in the Grave fast and reanimating it can be brutal in the early game, and even being able to play it for just 2 black makes it quite the bargain.  Fear gives it finishing power while the obvious ability can stop most any army.  It has competition now with Visara, but this is non-legendary, which is nice, and has the alternate casting condition - which is a bonus in the decks it is good in. 

In limited, you are a fool if you do not switch and play black the second you see this card, I don't really care what the format, when you see it, or anything.  An absolute MUST play.

Constructed: 4
Limited: 5
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Avatar of Woe is a creature that for a while was mostly used by casual players, but recently has garnered more favor in reanimator decks in the newer extended environment.  Highly sought after, and usually running in short supply in our store, this gal can be hard to find.  Lots of fun to play in casual decks, and also a nice late game limited card.

Constructed: 4.5
Limited: 4.5

Judge Bill

Is the theme "cards that are popular in casual play week?" I guess so, seeing today's card and the cards for the rest of the week.
Unfortunately for casual players, this is a card that also has some tournament uses to it (extended reanimator). A very strong creature, and an ability that has seen many variants throughout the years, the latest being Visara. You play this in any deck that can support it and it is legal in.
That includes limited. You even find a reason to play black in limited for this card.
Constructed: 5
Limited: 5

 Van Zandt

Staple in reanimator, and good fun card, especially when you get to cast it
for two black mana.  Now that visara is available though, flying and
availability in t2 outweighs most of avatars benefits... except maybe in the
mirror.  will own the late game for you in limited,  assuming you can
survive to that point.
constructed 3.2
limited 3.2


Avatar of Woe is yummy. 6/5 is pretty darn tough. Add Fear and it is scary. Add a permanent Terror effect and you got it made. Regardless, of the alternate cost, this card won’t come down early without the right recursion cards. My real problem is the internal synergy disconnect. It is expensive but cheap to cast if there are 10 creatures in graveyards (so really, it will come out about the same turn either way).  It is a beat stick or you can use it for control.


Constructed –  Good but not my style, I think this is what WotC gets when it tries to hard – 4.45


Limited – Removal is good, evasion is good, this is good – 4.90

Scott Sager
Avatar of Woe
Now obsolete (except in reanimator - harder for "the Rock" to kill with Pernicios Deed) due to the release of Viscara.
Ltd.:  BOMB!
Constructed:  3.5
Limited:  5

Danny Tatro

       Avatar of Woe

       I don't think this guy has seen that much play... ever. But limited-wise this guys a major house, take him, play him, and if your lucky he costs BB.

Constructed: 2.5 (I dun't remember how much play this guy saw during Masques Block but it probably wasn't much.)
Limited: 4.5 (He can be costed 8 which you'll never cast, and you land up getting stuck with just not enough dead creatures and this guy in your hand so he doesn't get a perfect 5)


Avatar of Woe

Excellent in Reanimator, and an interesting creature.  It's cost reduction
has suddenly become playable with all the cards that allow you to discard,
or search for creatures and put them into the graveyard.

Fear is a nice addition to it.  Unfortunately, it's casting cost for
constructed means it will more than likely never get played via hard cast. 
Of course, we all know what this means - Reanimator.

All creatures that cost too much to be hard cast get played in reanimator. 
Even now, though, Woe is being upstaged by Visara in Reanimator.

In limited, Woe = God.  Draft it first or suffer a facial scar from yours

On a side note, of the five Prophecy avatars, this was the one that did well
as both great kiddie trade and serious trade, because little kids are awed
by everything the card does, as well as it can be played in serious decks
like Reanimator.

Constructed - 2.9/5.0 (Visara's taken a lot of it's usefulness away)
Limited - 5.0/5.0

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