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
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.
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.
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