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Pojo's Magic The Gathering Card of the Day

Creature - Angel

When Angel of Despair comes
into play, destroy target
"I feel in them a sense of
duty and commitment, yet I
can feel nothing else. It is
as if their duty is to an empty
void." - Razia

Illus. Todd Lockwood

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Angel of Despair
Guildpact Pre-Release

Reviewed January 17, 2006

Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 3.3
Limited: 3

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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Angel of Despair

Yes, seven mana is a lot to pay, even in Ravnica. However, in limited, this card easily makes the cut, providing you a win condition AND a way to get rid of your opponent's best creature. The biggest question is whether or not black/white will be easy to draft in the Ravnica/Ravnica/Guildpact booster draft format. You can never tell if a big fat expensive creature like this one will be quickly embraced in constructed play. Once we have seen all of Guildpact, we might be able to tell whether black/white constructed decks are going to become viable, I would tend to doubt it based on the previous ten or so years of Magic constructed play.



Angel of Despair

As a 5/5 flyer for 7, it's an okay deal. But the idea is that she has a built in Vindicate when she comes into play. Vindicate is an awesome card, and is seeing a lot of extended play. But because of her cost, it's a little difficult. If Angel of Despair sees constructed play, it will most likely not be because people are hard-casting her. Instead, she will find a way to be reanimated from the grave or something.

In casual play, Angels are always popular. Again, a bit costly, but casual players especially seem good at finding a way. In limited, she can break a game open if you get her on the board.

Constructed - 3
Casual - 4
Limited - 4


* Game Store Owner

Angel of Despair

Seven mana for a 5/5 dlier is interesting. It's almost hard to decide if that's even worth it. Consider that you get the dragons with their neat abilities at only six mana. However, you do get to kill a permanent, which is pretty powerful. Don't expect to see a lot of this card. The decks that can use it will likely just have one or two in them. This could be an interesting card for the mirror match when two reanimator decks face off.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 4.5
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