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Serra Avenger
Time Spiral

Reviewed October 31, 2006

Constructed: 3.33
Casual: 3.44
Limited: 3.58

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Serra Avenger

I like this card. Yeah, I know you can't play this one your first three turns, but that's OK. I think it's a great post Wrath of God (or other world sweeper effect) card. It's pretty good for allowing you to apply pressure constantly. And against other weenies, it allows you to stay on the offensive without giving up your defense at all.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3
Limited: 3.5


Serra Avenger
A 3/3 vigilant flyer is always good, especially for only two mana. But no amount of mana acceleration will get her on the field before Turn 4. So she might as well just cost four, right? Not if you have another use for that leftover mana. Serra Avenger bestows a serious tempo boost, if you can take advantage of it. And the fact that she can attack and block is a great boon as well. And, she's a two-mana Angel which is a tribal deck that's more choked at the 6-mana slot than any I've seen. Except maybe Dragons.
Constructed- 4
Casual- 4
Limited- 4

Jordan Kronick

Serra Avenger - I've gotten a chance to play with Serra Avenger and in my opinion, she's everything she's cracked up to be. A 3/3 flying vigilance for 2 mana? I'm sold. You can't play it until turn 4, but that doesn't mean much. Especially since you can play *two* on turn 4. Serra Avenger won't help you get the incredibly quick rout of your opponent, but it will help you win before a long drawn out game ensues. Serra Avenger is good, end of story.

Constructed Rating - 3.5
Casual Rating - 3.2
Limited Rating - 3.5

Nick Tan

Serra Avenger

By far, the most overhyped card in the entire set. Seriously, folks. This card isn’t as neat as y’all make it out to be. Yes, she’s a 3/3 vigilant flier for 2. But when she’s only going to come down on turn 4, what use is that going to be? If you’re playing agro, that isn’t very efficient, and if you’re playing this as your finisher in control, I’d like to see the look on your face when your opponent finishes your win condition off with a mere Lightning Helix. If you’re looking for a real angel, look to our 6/6 unstoppable angel of wrath, Akroma- “No rest, no mercy, no matter what”- now, that sounds like my kind of finisher.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 4
Limited: 3


Serra Avenger

A very efficiently costed creature. You get a Serra Angel with -1/-1 for only 2 mana, which is clearly a bargain. The drawback of not being able to play this until turn four is not that much of one, in my opinion, as the body alone without the drawback would cost 4 mana anyway, and the deck this goes in doesn't play acceleration. Because this costs 2, it lets you drop this and one or two other creatures on turn 4, and clean house. Just don't do this against a control deck with 2 white on the table.

In casual, it's a cheap angel, so it might get put into angel decks.

In limited, it's efficiently costed and it can potentially help you develop your board faster. Play it if you're playing white.

Constructed - 3
Casual - 3
Limited - 3.5

Cyrus Huang

Constructed: This card can legtimately fit into any white deck there is. Sometimes she's not the best choice, but she's pretty damn good. Mike Flores basically said everything you need to know in her article, but here's a brief summary:
-Aggro Decks: Any creature that big with evasion for only 2 mana is a definite fit. Just play your other weenies on turn 1, 2, and 3.
-Control Decks: Leaves mana open for counters, thanks to vigilance it's great against aggro. It gets burned out easily, but it's better than nothing.

Limited: Tempo isn't that important in sealed, so the drawback is actually costing 2 colored mana. Oh well, you play it because she's really good. Once again vigilance puts her over the top and I completely got shutdown by this card at the pre-release. I just could not get through a 3/3 wall since my deck was based on rebels and creating a bunch of citizen tokens (it was a weird pool).
Play her if you got any white at all.

Matt Cortez

Serra Avenger

Constructed - When I saw the art for this card I thought "WOW that look's cool. I wonder what it does. Must be cool!" Then I saw the card. I thought not bad for an uncommon. The I looked closer. A RARE! Really! Well it's not worth it and I think this is a really bad card. Just use watchwolf it's much

better. I really can't see any use for this card if you do good job.
Casual - Not worth it. By the time you play this your opponent will have an answer to this. By the time you play this you can play something better.
Like Ghost Council.
Limited - It might be worth it. But again by the time you play this they will have an answer.

Constructed - 2.0 now if it was a 4/4
Casual - 2.0
Limited - 2.5
Happy Halloween!! (does anyone else think an angel is the wrong card to review. Maybe a Demon, Zombie, or Skeleton. Heck even a shade.)
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