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Serra Avatar
- Magic 2013

Reviewed August 23, 2012

Constructed: 2.33
Casual: 3.33
Limited: 3.33
Multiplayer: 3.13

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Serra Avatar
Serra Avatar is an undeniably cool card. When it was first printed, there were very few cards that cared about your life total in this manner - it was more common to use it as a resource, paying life points to get an effect from another card (like with Greed). In the modern era, there is probably even more support for this than there was in 1999: note how well it fits in Ajani's deck from the recent Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas duel deck, to the point where I almost wonder why it wasn't included there (the fact that its name references a different planeswalker notwithstanding). A lot of people may be too jaded to see the Avatar in this way, but even if "all it does" is give a win condition to lifegain decks that "don't do anything," that's not nothing.
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5


Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Serra Avatar
Welcome back readers today's card of the day is another card that hasn’t been reviewed for about 9 years lets dig in and explore how effective it is today shall we? In standard it isn’t its overcosted and has no reanimation shenanigans due to its shuffle in clause and can be chumped blocked all day by a multitude of tokens and is vulnerable to creature removal without providing an immediate impact on the board or even a powerful threat. Yes having a 20/20 or lower creature can be powerful but is simply outclassed by a wide variety of cheaper options decks can utilize making this a poor choice for existing decks. In modern, legacy and vintage this card has simply faded into obscurity as decks in eternal formats could have used it but haven’t making it sketchy and not suited for competitive play in this environment either and any historical significance and play it once may have had is now overshadowed by its status as an overcosted beater as we now have undercosted beaters. In casual and multiplayer this card can be interesting in commander you have a 40/40 for seven mana a better deal and combine this creature with equipment’s or combinations, maybe Angelic Chorus as previously mentioned in a review long ago or cards like Pandemonium and its ilk can make having such a big creature effective. In limited its overcosted and not really a bomb due to not having evasion but it can shuffle back into the library and the chance to draw it increases in limited making a way to put pressure on your opponents, Overall a card that is still good for casual Timmy players and good when you need a huge dumb creature but this card has fallen out of favor if it was ever held in high favor.
Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 2.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Serra Avatar which is a seven mana White that has power and toughness equal to your life total and gets shuffled into library when sent to graveyard.  This is an okay card in a life gain theme, but less as an attacker as it lacks evasion or Trample and more for the combinations with the power and toughness it can reach.  The high cost is a bit more reasonable in a major life gain and stalling deck which can prolong the game, though other effects are needed to make this into an actual finisher.
For Limited this is more of a bomb that can steamroll over anything available when given some time and some kind of defense to prevent an opponent from chipping away at your life points if they can maintain blockers.  The potential makes this an obvious first pick in Booster and major reason to run White in Sealed, particularly if supporting life gain is available.
In Multiplayer there is often enough time to get this into play while life points are high and formats like Two-Headed Giant that have a starting amount over twenty can really allow this to shine.
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

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