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Pristine Angel 
Darksteel Rare

Reviewed February 13, 2004

Constructed: 2.7
Casual: 3.8
Limited: 4.3

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* game store owner in CA,

First, I HAVE to comment on the artwork.  This card is awesome in foil!!!  Just absolutely gorgeous!  I collect foil angels, and this one will definitely find a full page in my binder.

 As far as playability, I keep hearing that she will find a place in control decks, much as Exalted and Akroma have.  Magic has finally given us a quantity of playable cards in one of the most popular creature types, Angels.  Casual players and Angel collectors will enjoy this newest addition.

In limited, large flyers are always playable, and her ability, while not as good as it would be in constructed, still helps as there is also less removal to worry about. Definitely worth a high pick, and she's a money rare so far, and may continue to be so if she finds a solid place in a constructed deck.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 4.5
Current Price: $15

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

One of the cards casual players are sure to want, because it is invincible in those type decks.
Unfortunately, 6 mana for a conditional "you can't target me" effect is just much too narrow for serious decks. You can't attack with her without having her lose her protection. There are much better values for the money for a serious constructed deck, so I'll pass.
In limited, she flies, and she is hard to kill. I'd play her if I were going white, and I'd pickher high.
Constructed: 2
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.5


* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

* pro tour player

* Scrye writer since 2002

Pristine Angel
OK, so we have another big bad angel card.  Obviously many people will look at this as a little kid card.  However, there is a LOT of potential here.  If you deck is built properly, you can give it protection from all colors at will.  That's a pretty strong ability.  IT is also costed fairly so that you can fit it into a deck.  Right now with Eternal Dragon and Exalted Angel floating around, Pristine Angel will probably see very little play.  It will be a solid replacement in the post-Onslaught block environment though.
Casual guys love's an ANGEL! :)
Constructed: 2.9
Casual: 4
Limited: 4.6

Jeff Zand

5 Time Pro Tour

Level 2 Judge

 Pristine Angel
The Pristine Angel is just plain awesome. The casting cost is just right for
a 4/4 white flying creature with possibly one additional ability.
Considering this card's evasion and long-term durability, I think it is
QUITE a bargain for the price. The problem with cards with powerful
defensive capabilities like a 4/4 flyer with protection from artifacts and
all five colors, is that they tend to be needed to stay back and block a lot
of the time. Not so with Prissie the Angel. Untapped, she blocks almost
every creature and survives. Attack and she loses her protection ability,
until you cast another spell to untap this lovely lady. This card is a great
win condition. Attack into their flyer of any color, then, after your
opponent blocks with his Goblin Dirigible, cast an instant and watch as
Pristine Angel suddenly untaps in the middle of combat, regaining her
protection from artifacts and all colors. The closest thing to a flaw with
this creature is its inability to be equipped or targeted by your own
beneficial spells and effects. This is just about the best rare available in
Darksteel for limited formats. In constructed, it's hard to say if Pristine
Angel could become the win condition of choice for blue/white control decks.
More likely, this angel would fit better in a more aggressive deck with a
lot of instants. Unfortunately, creatures costing as much as Pristine Angel
wind up in the graveyard thanks to global effects like Wrath of God or
Oblivion Stone. For constructed, the jury is still out for this very lovely
CASUAL:            4.0
LIMITED:             4.5

 Van Zandt

Pristine Angel
Irridescent angel.  But a mana less.  And no blue mana.  And pro-artifact.
And doesn't tap to attack.  Irridescent was really really good in limited,
this one is busted.  It may even fit in as a morphling-type replacement in
constructed.  I won't hold my breath, but maybe.
constructed 2.7
casual 3.1
limited 4.6

Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
*Game Store Owner (Gamer's Edge)

Pristine Angel


Wow, thatís hard to kill. And itís big. And it flies. And it untaps. This is one tricky girl we have on our hands. Six mana is a bit much, but if your deck is packed with instants that can help you AND uncap her, sheís going to win you the game. If not, sheís still a big fat flier, which wins most limited games. In Casual, sheís a great addition to any Angel deck, although I admit I donít like her art as much as I do most of the other angelsÖ


Casual:             4

Constructed:             2

Limited:             5


* Level 1 DCI Judge

*game store employee

* gaming for over 15 years
Pristine Angel

Well here comes another angel. So it has protection from just about everything except when its tapped. Hey isnít when its tapped when it really needs to be protected. I have to say that when this card was made it definitely was given a perfect drawback. It cant be affected by the usual tricks of tapping before it attacks but I would play it with a lot of instants just incase my opponents have instant speed answers for it. In casual its another angel for all those fans of the Angelic nature. In limited its another easy pick. Not to shabby of an angel in a game where most of the Angels shouldn't be played.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 3.5


2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

Pristine Angel

Protection from the world is pretty good I hear. Having that ability conditionally is not so amazing, but being able to do so at instant-speed makes it a little more acceptable. Again, though, weíre talking about a creature that costs six mana that probably wonít change a game that drastically (as compared to Exalted Angel, for example). I could see this working a little more effectively in block, but thatís assuming someone comes up with a use for the other white cards in block.

In limited, this is nuts. The only cards that kill it are Terror, the two black 6-cost removal instants, Shrapnel Blast, and Soul Nova. Those are, of course, assuming you *donít* have an instant in your hand when they try that. A very strong pick.

In casual, sheís an Angel. There doesnít need to be any additional reasoning beyond that.

Constructed: 2.5
Limited: 4.0
Casual: 4.0

Chase Pristine Angel

A little on the high end of the mana curve for most white decks, but it can be a good finisher. A 4/4 flier that almost says: indestructible when untapped. Of course, protection, always sneaks something upon you that you didnít realize: damage, equipment, enchantments, blocking, targeting. Flaring Pain anyone? Whatever. Will she see play? In Limited and Casual, definitely. Iím not too sure about Constructed though. White decks already win without this anyway, so do they really need this? Weíll have to see. For now, itís a little below average.

In Limited, if they donít have answer to this, it will be game over soon.

Constructed: 2?

Casual: 4.5 (angel decks!)

Limited: 4

Danny Tatro
    This creature looks pretty good. Unfortunetly its not as good as it looks. Its drawback is its ultimate demise. The instant to untap thing isn't as saving as it seems. Plus its 4/4 flying for 6, which is pretty slow for this format. Maybe a deck will be made that can play this, but unfortunetly it seems like exhualted angel and eternal dragon are just wayyy better.
    In limited its much better. 6 mana 4/4 flyer thats invunerable to everything. Sounds great to me!
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4

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