Serra Ascendant


Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Modern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Set Rarity
2011 Core Set 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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2.78 TIX $3.74 Foil


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Serra Ascendant Discussion

Skyf0x on Paws & Claws

1 day ago

Hey! I found your deck because you're one of the few Kemba EDH Decks that runs Throne of the God-Pharaoh. I've also been working on a Kemba deck for a few months now and it's really interesting seeing the similarities and differences. If you're interested, take a look:

Maybe we could help each other out?I notice you run Kusari-Gama. How does it work for you? I was reluctant to run it because I was worried it might be slow. My boyfriend runs a Skullbriar, the Walking Grave Voltron deck, which I think has influenced the speed of my deck a great deal. I'm always trying to tune it to be faster, perhaps to the detriment of my deck's performance. I don't see you running Fireshrieker which I think is a HUGE mistake. Did you know double strike will trigger equipment abilities like Sword of Fire and Ice twice? If Kemba has Fireshrieker and Umezawa's Jitte equipped, you can get four counters from a single attack instead of just two.It's cool how you're running tron lands like Urza's Tower ect. Does it work? If so, you may want to add Vesuva. One of the ways I'm getting extra mana is to run Extraplanar Lens and Snow-Covered Plains so that I get double mana from each "plains" but nobody else does. Does Hour of Reckoning pay off for you? How come you don't run Cathars' Crusade? Aren't you worried about Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite killing your 2/2 cats? Does Serra Ascendant pay off? Does Stonehewer Giant ever feel like a waste for you? Doesn't he get removed before you get to use him? Maybe look into Strionic Resonator it doubles the number of cats Kemba gives you! Have you considered Land Tax?

Post a response in the comments of my decklist! I'd love to "compare notes."

ClockworkSwordfish on The Pilgrim's Harvest

2 days ago

If you're looking to gain a ton of life through high-toughness creatures, Angelic Chorus and/or Proper Burial might be up your alley!

Some other cards that seem to fit the theme include Archangel of Thune, Divinity of Pride, Serra Ascendant, Slaughter and Chalice of Life  Flip. You should consider some of them!

Sleazebag on help needed

2 days ago

You have quite a lot of lifegain, but not that many cards that put this to use.

I'd definitely run four Ajani's Pridemate.

Lifegain can be good, but cards that only gain life and nothing else are very much not so. I'd cut all the Chaplain's Blessing, Awe Strike's and Luminous Wakes. They don't do enough to be worth a card slot in your deck.

Another card that can put your lifegain to use is Sanguine Bond. It should give you a solid way to double up the damage you are dealing with your lifelinkers.

Next I'd work on adding some removal to your deck. Currently you have almost no interaction with your opponents gameplan.

Karlov of the Ghost Council is a super strong creature with a lifegain deck as he not only costs little mana and grows really fast, but he also doubles as creature removal.

As for instant speed removal, there is an incredible variety! One of the best removal cards in MtG is Swords to Plowshares. It can even be used as emergency lifegain in a pinch (Imagine using it on a Serra Avatar. In black you also have cards like Doom Blade, Murder, Go for the Throat, Tragic Slip and Fatal Push.

If you want a non combat way to gain life, cards like Soul Warden and Soul's Attendant give you many small and repeated triggers for only 1 mana, excellent cards.

For non budget lifegain goals, there's Serra Ascendant and Archangel of Thune at $18 and $25 each, but they are amazingly strong.

Also keep in mind that this deck is not "standard" legal, but casual. Standard legal requires you to only play cards printed the last 2 years in MtG.

MasterofMirrodin on 40 Life EZ, Game

4 days ago

You should consider Martyr of Sands. If your deck is not budget, I would also consider Serra Ascendant.

Flodes on Soul Sisters!

4 days ago

Bulldawg1310 Thanks for the suggestions! Serra Ascendant is definitely a good choice, and I have 3 in already. Martyr of Sands can also be really helpful early in the game, but I don't think I'd want more than just 1 since their usefulness really decreases late in the game when my hand size shrinks.

I gotta keep Spectral Procession! Say I cast it with two sisters and a pridemate on the field. This gives me 6 life, 6 counters on my pridemate, and 3 1/1 flyers all for three mana! And if I have an Honor of the Pure out, it's even better! Compare that to spending three mana just to cast Loxodon Warhammer and I'm just not sure the value is there. The warhammer/pridemate combo is definitely tempting though! Just seems like a lot of mana to invest in a single creature that's prone to removal.

Bulldawg1310 on Soul Sisters!

5 days ago

I would toss the Spectral Procession and Honor of the Pure for Martyr of Sands Serra Ascendant and a Loxodon Warhammer or 2. Warhammer attached to a massive pridemate can either win you the game or give you sooooo much life you can grind the game the rest of the way!

dallo on Mono White Angels

1 week ago

If you play 2 headed giant, you should use Serra Ascendant. First turn, Fling Lifelink 6/6.

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