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Platinum Angel
10th Edition

Reviewed June 20, 2007

Constructed: 3.83
Casual: 4.18
Limited: 4.00

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Platinum Angel

The promise of never losing the game just sounds so sweet, doesn't it? In truth, this card might actually COST you the game, simply because you decided blocking was pointless now that you're *immortal*, and someone found a Shatter with you at -14 life. It's a cool card, and a good one if you can protect it, but try not to find yourself in a position where its ability is the only thing keeping you alive. There are just too many ways to kill an artifact creature.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 4
Limited- 3.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Platinum Angel

I used to know someone who played a Tooth and Nail deck where he had Platinum Angel, Leonin Abunas, and Lightning Greaves. Unfortunately, that's a three-card combo and to make that many spaces in his deck he had to play only two copies of Tooth and Nail, with the (weak) excuse that it was to defend against Cranial Extraction. Platinum Angel's effect is unbelievably powerful, but it suffers from being very expensive and from being both an artifact and a creature. As such, it probably won't make as much impact as Worship, barring some way to prevent it from being targeted or otherwise destroyed.

However, in casual and especially limited, Platinum Angel simply wins games. Four toughness is out of the range of many common burn spells, it beats for four in the air, and it comes down late enough that most of the Dark Banishing effects in your opponent's deck will be used up. Condemn is reportedly back in Tenth, though, so it wouldn't be a good idea to use it to attack someone with a white mana up. Some casual players maindeck cards like Disenchant and Oxidize that would be considered unacceptably narrow in tournament play, so watch out for that.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5

Platinum Angel

Constructed: Colorless means it can go into any deck, flying and a nice sized body means that it can serve a game winning purpose, and oh yeah, you can’t lose the game with it in play. Control players are going to love this card for the next two years in the standard formats and Aggro decks are going to have to be able to deal with this in the same way they’ve had to deal with Worship from 9th (though a creature is easier for aggro to deal with than an enchantment.) It’ll be everywhere soon so be prepared for it, I know I’m going to have my Krosan Grips and Wipe Aways ready. The downsides are that is is 7 mana for “only” a 4/4. If only there were some way to bring it out at instant speed, like a creature or instant that could give it flash…hmmm….there may be something to that.

Casual/Multi: Platinum Angel is a sure fire answer to the combo decks at the table, snatching victory out of their hands and preventing them from killing you. If you’re lucky they may even take out everyone else at the table before they turn their attention osolving your angel. There are plenty of protection enchantments of untargetable effects running around for the casual player that can make removing this from the field even harder (take a few seconds and think of as many as you can…I’ll wait….done? You probably came up with at least 10 didn’t you?). It’s a perfect Timmy card b/c it’s a big angel with splashy effect, a Johhny card to help him plan out the perfect comboriffic defense of undeathability and a perfect spike card because you get that tournament worthy not losing thing (which I hear is a really good way to win tournaments). Don’t throw this out without the ability to protect it though as it can focus a play group in your direction really quickly.

Limited: There really is no reason not to run this, it’s colorless, it’s big and it wins games. And though it’s a rare it still means I’m going to make sure my draft decks have some form of creature or artifact destruction available to board lest I get caught with my pants down and another digit in the second column.

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 5
The Missing Linc

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Platinum Angel

One key thing to remember. Have a way to get rid of it yourself. I forgot this in certain deck constructions and ended in a stalemate. This guy is a great finisher and keeps you from losing in many a pinch. It has made it into many constructed decks and is fun in all environments. However, again...be sure you can get rid of it!

Constructed: 4
Casual: 4
Limited: 3

MTG Rules Advisor
Platinum Angel:

Standard Urzatron Decks could use this. Unfortunately, urzatron is going out in 10th.Not much to say here, it's a card that you want to be able to take care of, even if just to keep from losing to it.

Constructed: 3.5/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
Platinum Angel! Everyone loves a card that says you can't lose because
with it on the field, you..., well can't lose!

In constructed, it's rare that someone will be unable to kill it. It
is susceptible to both creature and artifact removal, and there's no
shortage of those anywhere. As well, it's mana cost of 7 does really
make sure your opponent does have some of these. The only way I see
this not dying would be a) make it untargetable or b) countering
anything threatening. There's both do-able so there's potential for
this metal angel, although I must say it just doesn't hose decks as
well as Worship.

In casual, it's really hard to say no this card especially when it
can be put into any deck due to its non-existant colour requirement.
I know I would put it in just because it's so cool!

In limited, don't you like win if you get this out? It does cost 7
though but the fact that it's pretty much sure win and that limited
games are a bit slower makes this decent.

Constructed: 2.5/5
Casual: 5/5, irresistible
Limited: 3.5/5

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