Serra Ascendant

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Iconic Masters (IMA) Rare
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.

Serra Ascendant Discussion

enpc on Angelhorde Invasion

1 week ago

At that point I personally think you're better off leveraging creatures with better abilities, stuff like Thraben Inspector for card advantage or Serra Ascendant for beats. But at the end of teh day, you do you.

RobBot on 'Jani and the Soul Sisters

1 week ago

Nice to see someone else starting their modern life with Soul Sisters, in fact it's still my main deck and even now i'm still tweaking it to make it better. What you need to know about modern is that it's blazing fast. You need to get going as fast as possible. There are a couple of cards here that are very...meh. While Ajani's Pridemate becomes the biggest card in the deck, Serra Ascendant is how you're going to win most games. Because of that, its just about required to run 4 Serra Ascendant in this deck, as well as 4 Martyr of Sands . The reasoning behind that is the turn 2 combo in which turn 1 you play Serra Ascendant then turn two play Martyr of Sands , immediately crack it for 9-12 life, get to 30+ life turn 2 and get the +5/+5 on Serra Ascendant then attack for 6 lifelink damage. You also need to get a set of Path to Exile because it is the strongest 1 mana removal in white. Having that will but you in a huge advantage. Trust me when i say this, DO NOT RUN Kabira Crossroads !!!! THE 2 LIFE IN EXCHANGE FOR A TAPPED LAND IS NOT WORTH IT!! I use to have it in mine and wow, was it mega mega slow to get going with something like that. Militia Bugler is extremely slow and restrictive, you need to go for Ranger of Eos because it can let you bring out stuff like 2 soul sisters, 1 Serra Ascendant and 1 Martyr of Sands , all your bread and butter. I would personally recommend Ranger-Captain of Eos becuase its 3 mana instead of 4, while it only gets 1 creature instead of two, it only costs 3 mana and has the added ability of being able to be sacrificed to stop any sort of kill spells / control spells for the rest of that turn so you can end the game without having a fat Cryptic Command come out to tap all our creatures. I would maybe also say to check out my decklist for soul sisters, even though its 2-4 times more expensive, see if you get any ideas from it, If you wanna talk mono white lifegain cards let me know because I can go on about them all day :)


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multimedia on Oloro, But I Dont Know What I'm Doing

2 weeks ago

Hey, your deck looks good especially if it's really your first Commander deck. You do know what you're doing; have more confidence. Everything is fine except the manabase and you know this :)

Lands such as Backwater, Scoured, Tranquil and the two Temples can be upgraded with better lands. Lands upgrades to consider:

These are expensive price land upgrades. Some less expensive land upgrades are:


Other cards to consider adding:

Cards to consider cutting:

  • Ajani's Pridemate
  • Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim
  • Wall of Reverence
  • Divinity of Pride
  • Darksteel Ingot
  • Paradox Haze
  • Dromar's Charm
  • Clever Impersonator
  • Phyrexian Arena
  • Diabolic Tutor

hungry000 on B/W Gideon, Brisela

3 weeks ago

Oh, I didn't realize. I would cut the 2 Authority of the Consuls , the Thalia and Kambul (you can move those to the sb if you want, Thalia's good against aggro and Kambul is probably good against that control deck), Dusk / Dawn , and 1 Sorin or Bruna.

I don't think those cards are really worth it unless you go all-in on the martyr proc plan. The big reason to play Martyr of Sands in the first place is Serra Ascendant , the two of them being the reason to play Ranger of Eos which is consequently the reason to play Thraben Inspector , and with the density of one drops there is thus a reason to play Proclamation of Rebirth as well. So without a payoff like Serra Ascendant there's not really any reason to play Ranger or Proclamation of Rebirth, and if you want to put Ranger, Thraben Inspector, and Serra Ascendant in the deck you might as well just turn it into Martyr Proc and drop all the black cards/lands (they'd take the black cards' spots). You'd have to consider whether you want to take that step at the expense of good black cards like Inquisition of Kozilek / Duress , Lingering Souls , and Gifted Aetherborn , which are some of your best cards against Control and aggro (respectively).

To actually answer your questions, Thraben Inspector is really the only card out of those three worth playing in the deck you have now unless you decided to add more 1-drops ( Serra Ascendant and Giver of Runes ) in which case Ranger of Eos and Proclamation of Rebirth would be worth it. The only cards I'd cut are the Gifted Aetherborn s, which are really good against aggro but may not be necessary given the positive matchup this deck already has against it. Those cards are not necessary since I think your deck works perfectly fine, but if you went full Martyr Proc mode you could have an objectively better deck (since you'll have Serra Ascendant as a wincon) at the cost of a worse matchup against the Control deck and maybe the other life gain deck.

DemonDragonJ on Core 2020 spoiler thread

1 month ago

The first day of previews for Core Set 2020 are not too bad, but, after the double whammy of War of the Spark and Modern Horizons, this set will almost certainly be underwhelming, at least to enfranchised players, such as myself.

I shall immediately state that I dislike how angel of vitality says “25 or more life;” did WotC not learn anything from Serra Ascendant ? Would it really have been that difficult for the cad to say “5 or more life greater than your starting life total?”

On a more positive note, Seb McKinnon’s artwork on scheming symmetry is again amazing, and I especially appreciate the resemblance to the artwork of a traditional playing card. Whoever Kethis is, I do hope that they (although the name sounds masculine) eventually have a card. As for the card itself, a Vampiric Tutor that costs no life is quite awesome; it does assist an opponent, and is only a sorcery, but those are small prices to pay for such amazing card advantage. I also am very pleased to see that WotC has not completely phased out "tutors," as those have been an essential aspect of the game since its very beginning.

It is nice to finally see a red/white/green angel, but I am not certain that I can make room in my EDH deck of those colors for her, unfortunately.

I very much like cavalier of flame for its first ability, which is slightly more expensive than that of Moonveil Dragon , but also grants haste and is on a creature that is not specific to any plane, increasing its options for reprints in the future.

Dread presence is very nice, a perfect embodiment of black’s philosophy; I wish that it had higher toughness, to survive a Lightning Bolt , but it likely would have needed to have had a higher mana cost, in that case.

Why did WotC choose Chandra as the face card of this set? Is there something special about her?

Corpse knight should gain its controller life equal to the life lost when its ability triggers, because there is nothing white about it otherwise.

I fail to see any reason for which ironroot warlord’s toughness should not be variable, as is its power.

Wow, that new Ajani is awesome, but I thought that his color identity was settled on green/white by this time.

Atemsis is nice, but her (the name sounds feminine) ability definitely feels more black then blue, in my mind.

Cryptic caves is also very nice, essentially a colorless version of Horizon Canopy , albeit with a stricter requirement for activating its ability.

I see that Yanling shall be in this set, so I am pleased to see a planeswalker who has not been in a core set, before. I really hope that Sorin is both black and white, but that is not likely, since core sets usually have one planeswalker of each color (with an exception being made for Chandra, in this case).

I dislike the fact that Negate is being reprinted, again; why must WotC continually reprint such a mediocre card? I would much have preferred Countersquall , Condescend , or Mana Leak .

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Serra Ascendant occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.06%

White: 7.61%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

White: 0.46%