Serra Avatar

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

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Commander 2014 Mythic Rare
Commander 2013 Mythic Rare
Magic 2013 Mythic Rare
Urza's Saga Rare
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Serra Avatar

Creature — Avatar

Serra Avatar's power and toughness are each equal to your life total.

When Serra Avatar is put into a graveyard from anywhere, shuffle it into its owner's library.

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Serra Avatar Discussion

landofMordor on Decks That Play Differently Each ...

5 days ago

Ditto, SteelSentry. The best way to build a neat deck with multiple win-cons is EDH, because of the 100-card singleton deck restriction.

Modern/Standard don't offer the same variety, because they inherently reward consistency.

For example, take Oloro, Ageless Ascetic. You can win through Essence Harvest and Serra Avatar, Aetherflux Reservoir, or comboing with Exsanguinate, or just beating down. And it happens differently every game unless you run tutors.

NoTrickPony on Hope You Won't Hurt Me (Mono White EDH)

3 weeks ago

I think these are all great suggestions, but they aren't for this deck. I'm starting to create an aura deck with Bruna, Light of Alabaster as it's commander, so these are great suggestions for that one. I will probably keep in most of the cards that you think I should get rid of because of their uses later on. I have some crazy large cards in there like Serra Avatar, and I think that buffing them up isn't as important as either protecting myself, or dying while Exquisite Archangel is on the battlefield. Kami of False Hope is there as some early protection until I can get out some walls, Pariah is there more for Stuffy Doll than anything else. Ordeal of Heliod is there for me to get some early extra health and get some more power to a creature for a bit. Nevermore is a good suggestion for a card to get rid of. It doesn't really do much other than stall a commander for a bit. Moonsilver Spear is there for token generation because I don't have many creatures, same with Hanweir Militia Captain  Flip and Ajani's Chosen. Mirror Entity is a card that I haven't been sure about for a bit, so I may get rid of it unless I want to use it to buff up my tokens decently high, and use Odric, Master Tactician to make my opponent not block. Orim, Samite Healer is meant for early protection too. Sun Droplet allows me to regain health slowly, so I can take 3 or 4 damage (Which I do a lot) and not need to worry about my health being chipped away as much. Silence is there for more late game when I want to nuke to prevent them from countering as easily, if not Grand Abolisher is there. Dazzling Reflection is just kinda there for my theme of people trying to hurt me, but ultimately helping me. It isn't a crazy good card for early game and getting it early is kind of a waste of space in my hand, but late game it could be extremely good, especially if my opponent has an unblockable creature that is super buffed up. Walking Atlas is there to just help me get land faster, and if I put Land Tax in the deck, it will help me not have to discard if I don't have Reliquary Tower. Celestial Mantle is an insane card for Serra Avatar and Three Dreams is helpful to get it out and also a few others. Thank you so much for helping me with the deck. You've helped me out a ton and I can't thank you enough.

Sleazebag on help needed

1 month 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.

KALE434 on Grab a Calculator

1 month ago

What no Momentous Fall to sac that Serra Avatar or one of the processor tokens to draw your deck? But really sweet deck!

ZtheGreat on Mr. White

1 month ago

If you're still looking for finishers (it's been a while since you've updated this deck, I don't know if you're even still playing it), there's always Storm Herd and Serra Avatar. Felidar Sovereign is also a good one.

NV_1980 on Your loss is my gain

1 month ago

Hi MCortese274,

I think you're right about the effectiveness of the combo you're mentioning. However, the big reason why Ajani's Pridemate is in here is because I can cast him as early as turn 2. From that moment on, he grows each turn guaranteed (unless someone snipes him of course). The reason: Oloro, Ageless Ascetic. I gain life every turn whether he's in the command zone or on the battlefield. Therefore if I would add Serra Avatar, it wouldn't be instead of the Pridemate.

I think I should switch up Path to Exile with Swords to Plowshares; even if I wouldn't use it with Serra Avatar, I could still use it with a Phyrexian Processor token and win that way. Anyways, I'll have a think about the avatar. Thanks for your comments.

MCortese274 on Your loss is my gain

1 month ago

Hi NV_1980

I have an Oloro deck myself and from what I can see yours looks good. However I do have a suggestion. Some previous comments alluded to adding Serra Avatar to the deck instead of Ajani's Pridemate, and I would agree. Here's why, In addition to the previous substitution, replacing Path to Exile with Swords to Plowshares would give you another Aetherflux Reservoir style death beam to eliminate someone if need/want to while also maintaining that 1 drop creature removal. I was up against my buddy's Prossh, Skyraider of Kher deck, and he was about to swing with a bunch of big flyers next turn and win, but I had Serra Avatar and Sanguine Bond out and I used Swords to Plowshares on Serra Avatar and won the game. Just something cool you could try since your deck is already structured to pull something like that off. Good job!

Also, I'm still pretty new to magic, so feel free to take what I say with a grain of salt.

Neotrup on Sphinx's Tutelage and Serra Avatar

1 month ago

Also, if the last two cards in their library were both Serra Avatars what would happen is the ability would mill both of them, then try to mill two more cards and fail because the library was empty. Then each of the Serra Avatars would trigger. First one would shuffle into the library bringing it up to one card, then the other would shuffle into the library bringing it up to two cards.

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