Serra Ascendant


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
2011 Core Set (M11) Rare

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Serra Ascendant

Creature — Human Monk

Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)

As long as you have 30 or more life, Serra Ascendant gets +5/+5 and has flying.

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Serra Ascendant Discussion

Jimmy_Chinchila on Mono white life gain v2.0

19 hours ago

One popular combo is Serra Ascendant and Martyr of Sands, ideally play Ascendant T1 and T2 play and sac Martyr revealing 4 white cards and swing with a 6/6 Flying Lifelink.

I think with Path and O-Ring the Banisher Priest is overkill for the main deck. Brimaz, King of Oreskos is fun but something like Spectral Procession or Ranger of Eos might be more practical.

It's a nice unique take on the classic Soul Sisters archetype. Looks fun. +1

Mandalorian on Azorious Antiburn

1 day ago

Soul Sisters is probably the most competitive deck you can play that directly obliterates Burn as an archetype. It's mono white, so the mana base is cheap, and has good matchups all across Modern and doesn't need to play narrow cards that only hit burn.

4x Soul Warden

4x Soul's Attendant

4x Martyr of Sands

4x Squadron Hawk

4x Ajani's Pridemate

4x Honor of the Pure

2x Ranger of Eos

4x Spectral Procession

4x Path to Exile

2x Mirran Crusader

1x Felidar Sovereign

1x Cast Out

22x Plains

It is basically impossible for Burn to beat Soul Sisters, the deck does well against other decks as well, and best of all IT'S CHEAP! Less than 60$ for a good Modern deck is a great place to start. Upon further investment, if you like the deck, you can make slight upgrades like Serra Ascendant, Mistveil Plains, and Archangel of Thune

This is my suggestion over playing very narrow cards that only do well against burn and not other decks, to me, it would be a waste of money to invest in such a deck.

icehit6 on I need a counter deck ...

1 week ago

Along with what Sylvannos was saying, I can vouch for a few of the decks in that list.

Storm is relatively cheap minus the lands - if you get the base of storm the most expensive card in it will be the play set of Gifts Ungiven and then the one to two copies of Past in Flames. You could probably put the whole deck together for 50 or so dollars and just use islands and mountains. And you have a deck that's actually relatively competitive.

Mono green stompy was one of the first decks I played. Very cheap but still pretty competitive - I still have my build from two years ago.

Elves, which wasn't on his list, is also relatively cheap and still effective - anywhere from 30-50 dollars for a decent deck, and you can make it mono green so you don't have to go crazy with land and mana fixing.

Mono-red burn is good too. Very cheap, very simple but it gives that not so fun infect feel because you just kill everything your opponent has or damage them straight to the face - very uninteractive.

As I said, infect - cheap, fast, but it isn't very fun. It will win, that's all.

White weenie is also pretty good. It's a mono white life gain deck that uses Ajani's Pridemate to make a huge, hard to deal with creature. Has good protection and very hard for low tier decks to beat. An upgrade from that deck would be adding Serra Ascendant to make it not budget.

usaDiabetic on Ayli

1 week ago

Maybe add Divinity of Pride, Cliffhaven Vampire, Serra Ascendant, Kambal, Consul of Allocation, and Athreos, God of Passage for creatures.

Anguished Unmaking and Merciless Eviction for catch all removal. Same with Austere Command Utter End Vindicate (whichever you prefer).

You could throw in Karmic Guide and Reveillark combo. (probably would want to put in Ashnod's Altar and maybe one or to more sac outlets if you go that route).

I don't want to go too far from your vision with suggestions, because I would pull you away from a token strategy and go more towards a life gain as a weapon/ sac combo strategy. Either way you go, I would cut cards that are just straight life gain, maybe some of the really conditional token generators, and maybe just one of those mana rocks.

Either way, sweet build so far.

MarlFox on Rhys the Redeemed

1 week ago

This deck is lacking some serious synergy and focus. Under the assumption that its a token generating deck why is it not running Anointed Procession or any other of the many token doublets available in your color pie?

and why are you running Vizier of Remedies ? you only have one card that benefits for it. That is not a worthy include as even if you get the combo into play you wont have anything worthwhile to use it for. Ok maybe you will, but that's a lot of combo pieces you need for something that wont win the game on the spot on top of not having good ways to tutor for the pieces.

the Serra Ascendant is cute but this is a token deck not a life gain matters deck. get rid of it.

rockleemyhero on Rafiq midrange stax cEDH

1 week ago

hey jerimie.mcbrayer, thanks for the upvote and feedback!

With my tutors, i like to simply divide it into offensive and defensive plays. Sometimes there is a food chain player threatening to go off turn 3 or a storm deck threatening an eot turn 2 ad nauseum, in which case I will search up a defensive piece to slow the tempo of the game down to my pace. This is balanced with knowledge of my opponent's decks and hands, if I believe that someone else will play the control role and use a piece of interaction to stop the early combo, then I will go for a more proactive offensive threat.

My top Creature tutor targets:

First is Cold-Eyed Selkie and close 2nd is Linvala, Keeper of Silence. Occasionally Ethersworn Canonist, Serra Ascendant, Stoneforge Mystic or Sovereigns of Lost Alara if I'm going for the kill.

My top Enlightened Tutor targets:

First is Mystic Remora by a long shot in the early game. This card is insane and wins games on its own. Rest in Peace and Grafdigger's Cage are great proactive defensive maneuvers as well.

My top Mystical Tutor targets:

This one isn't as easy, but I'm starting to lean heavier into grabbing Hunter's Insight in my removal light meta. Late game I'm more likely to grab a Cyclonic Rift and rarely I will get a piece of removal or counterspell. Usually I'll get a counterspell if I think I have the game in the next turn and need to protect my board.

My curve is completely reliant on the board state. In my meta, turn 3 combo wins aren't only common, but expected. So therefore I typically play a stax piece sooner than rafiq. Rafiq acts as a pump spell on a hatebear the turn he comes down, which is a nice way to apply pressure without having to devote slots to providing him haste.

Ironically, Path to Exile is a card I've been reconsidering lately. It's historically been mediocore as it helps your opponent curve out or increase their tempo. It's also pretty bad on opponent's generals, except in an emergency. That being said, the deck goes for the long game and I've seen an abundance of reanimator strategies lately since Protean Hulk got unbanned and tymna+tana blood pod has increased in popularity. I would play Path to Exile here before I play Pongify/Rapid Hybridization/Reality Shift and even Beast Within because timely blockers can often act as a time walk against us (one of the biggest weaknesses of the deck).

I haven't played this staxier version of rafiq in a few weeks, I recently brewed up a version that utilizes time magic and wins with infinite Seasons Past loops to run away with the game. It's very tempo heavy and relies weightily on our friend and MVP Cold-Eyed Selkie. Here it is if you're curious. I'm 2-1 with it so far in competitive pods and may update this list completely if it continues to be successful!

precociousapprentice on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

1 week ago

Yeah, nothing much to say about Serra Ascendant. Crazy bomb in your opening hand, pretty weak later. There was some grumbling about it at first, but most decks can still play their game, unlike things like MLD, Stax, or even creature bombs like Iona, Shield of Emeria and Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite, which could be played in this deck, or Seedborn Muse, which is played in just about every green deck. For some reason, I have never needed to defend it much against people who want it banned. If people didn't like it, I would sub it out for something that was more tolerable. I have very few creature bombs, and really, it is almost an undercosted vanilla creature more than a true bomb, because it doesn't really fundamentally change the game when cast, it is just a threat. I rarely cast it when it is the most threatening thing on the board. Sometimes I will cast it to draw out the boardwipe prior to casting Master of Cruelties or Gisela, Blade of Goldnight, since those can fundamentally change the nature of the game. It's nice, and I prefer it to most cards that would fit in that category, but it would be replaceable.

Holmhollow on Friends in high and low places.

2 weeks ago

Divinity of Pride could be a good finisher for you. Serra Ascendant as well, but that's more expensive, money-wise.

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