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Avatar of Hope 
8th Edition Rare

Reviewed March 16, 2004

Constructed: 1.6
Casual: 2.8
Limited: 2.9

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* game store owner in CA,

First off, I'd like to say, "Happy Birthday, Daniel!!" You're fantastic and I love you!

Now on to less important but more popular things. Today we talk about one of the more popular of the "Avatars of" series. A very casual card, and one that is liked by a lot of the Type 1.tabletop community. Good times in a Worship deck? Probably.  

In limited, a nice pick as you always want a game breaker in your deck in case of a stand off.  This would certainly do it for you. High pick for white.

Constructed: 1
Casual: 4
Limited: 4
Current Price:
Avatar of Hope $3.29
Worship $4.34

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

The only avatar from Prophecy to make it to 8th Edition. Unfortunately, he costs 8 mana. Yes, he can cost 2 mana, but when is white at 3 life or less? The unlimited block capability is kind of nice too, but the fact that this costs 8 prices this out of most competitive constructed decks.
It can be fun in casual, where 8 mana isn't a big deal.
In limited, it's huge, and it flies. Play it if you are white.
Constructed: 2
Casual: 3
Limited: 4


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

* pro tour player

* Scrye writer since 2002

Avatar of Hope
I want to apologize now for the negative reviews on cards this week, but this one is bad too.  Constructed players should steer away from this card at every chance.  It is overcosted for the type of useful abilities you want.  Truth be told, you only get to use the ability once anyway.
I would gladly take this card in limited, however.  Casual players like this card as well.  It doesn't fit a ton of decks, but it does find a way to get played.
Constructed: 1
Casual: 3
Limited: 3

 Van Zandt

Avatar of Hope
It flies,  but often if you're at 3 life to play him,  he's just a fog for a
turn-  if they don't have the removal ready.  Still,  good enough in
limited,  not only to perhaps recover the game,  but also occasionally as
just a really expensive flier.
Constructed 2
Casual 2.5
limited 3

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

Avatar of Hope


Looks, its a white B.F.M.  Just kidding. Although with that casting cost it sure feels the same. The Avatar of Hope is simply too defensive a card to be particularly useful, especially when its overall effect is often the same as casting a fog for one green. While I really like this card as a concept, I think execution of it was lacking.


Constructed:                 1

Casual:                         2

Limited:                        1


* Level 1 DCI Judge

*game store employee

* gaming for over 15 years
Avatar of Hope

Avatar of hope was one in a series of five avatars to come out in Prophecy. Each avatar had a different way to reduce the casting cost of the avatar. This cards ability to be played cheaper if you have 3 or less life means that you are obviously in trouble and will most likely die anyway. In constructed there are just better cards to play so I donít rate it that high. In limited its cost is just way to high but if you get down to 3 or less you will probably be able to hold off there whole army unless they have fear or unblock able creatures. Not my favorite of the avatars.

Constructed 2

Limited 2

Casual 2.5


2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

Avatar of Hope

The avatars from Prophecy all looked pretty decent at first glance; the only ones that have ever seen any play (at all) were Fury and Woe; Hope has never really made it into any deck, and probably never will. Being at the brink of death does not sound appealing enough to make it a priority to utilize this guyís bonus.

Move this beast onto a casual table and he can own the board for quite a while. Heís able to get through for a significant amount of damage while also able to act as a Fog-effect if necessary. Drop a Sandskin on him and heís there for a long, long time. You can ignore this guy for Mental Magic; that WW6 doesnít come up a whole lot, heh.

Heís an 8-cost 4/9 flier. While rather expensive for limited, I definitely think you draft him and play him if at all possible. If your deck is aggressive enough to be able to kill someone before this guy matters, then congratulations, you drafted well and can have cookie.

Constructed: 2.0

Casual: 4.0

Limited: 3.0


Secret Squirrel on the

Avatar of Hope

A card for a fairly desperate situation. Basically, you get to stall another turn or rather, WW all combat damage is dealt to Avatar of Hope. Otherwise itís not that good. 8 mana, 4/9, pass. White Weenie canít afford to play this even with the alternate cc. If they have to, they should be already gone.

In Casual, itís much better. An excellent staller.

In Limited, meh, Iím not that impressed. A little expensive. A mediocre pick.

Construced: 2
Casual: 4
LImited: 2.5


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