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Serra Avatar 
Urza's Saga Rare

Reviewed April 17, 2003

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Serra Avatar

Constructed: 4
Limited: 3.5
Current Price:


As mentioned a couple days ago, this card is a fun combo with Angelic Chorus. Another one of the most popular casual play cards around, and also one of the most difficult to obtain, hence the crazy price.

Constructed: 4.5 (Casual play)
Limited: 4

Judge Bill

Another popular casual play card, as people like the big creatures, and they just don't get any bigger than this. The fact that she never really dies is great, too, as you can always count on her being there in the late game.
In limited, if you can support her, you play her. Period.
Constructed: 4
Limited: 5

 Van Zandt

This card has 2 uses:  to be sneak attack'd out or to prevent you from being
decked.  Otherwise it's too expensive to cast in constructed and when you
can cast it in limited, it'll only be of mediocre size.
constructed 3
limited 3


Serra Avatar – Was, IIRC, the kill creature in my first generation of Oath decks way back in the day when Oath was new. In the proper deck the card can be a beat stick but a lot of control and/or life gain would have to be included since the Casting Cost means that the opponent has had a lot of time to whittle you down. More of a ‘win more card’ I don’t like it and think it is another example of an overcosted power card. Hey at least it is flashy.


Constructed – Too pricey for most decks and not effective unless the rest of your deck works – 2.75


Limited – Costs a lot, no evasion, and a real ‘win more card’ here – 2.00

Scott Sager
Serra Avatar
Freaking expensive!  Pretty obvious you'd have to build a deck around this to get it to work consistantly.
Limited:  Can be HUGE!
Constructed:  2.5
Limited:  4

Danny Tatro

       Serra Avatar

       In constructed this was sneak attack decks weapon of choice. a 20/20 with haste that shuffles back into you deck? Yikes!

       In limited shes good, but not as good as you'd think. Stalling to cast this and making sure you don't take that much damage could net you a huge 7 CC creature. Then just swing away with your death machine. Usually at a normal rate it was about 10/10 and then some. There was a funny formated fun draft I was once in where this thing got Soul Severed lol. 

Constructed: 3.5
Limited: 4


Serra Avatar makes for an interesting combo card, as decks like Cluster Bomb
have utilized it to make infinite mana (Fecundity + Saproling Cluster +
Ashnod's Altar + Serra Avatar), but the problem now is that anything that
can be done with Serra Avatar can just as easily be done with Legacy Weapon.

As a creature, Serra Avatar can be potent, but is also really pricy.  It's
best utilized with Sneak Attack or Elvish Piper to get it into play earlier
than usual.  Otherwise, it does cost a lot, and by the time the mana is
there to play it in extended, you're either dead, about to die, or visa
versa for your opponent.

In limited, it's a large body, but if you are getting completely hammered by
an opponent, by the time you play this, it's not going to be enough. 
However, that doesn't stop it from being a 13/13 or so if you play it turn
7.  It should be a first pick, because I don't see many things going before
it, but there might be that one card that helps you more than this card.  A
rare instance though.  All in all, this card is a holy terror for your
opponent (badumphchh!).

Constructed - 3.0/5.0 (More for Combo's that don't have to play it)
Limited - 4.8/5.0 (Large body that will be really lethal in almost any deck,
but doesn't evade well enough to warrant a 5)

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