Serra Avatar


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

Aethaleon on Avacyn, Angel of Boardwipes

4 days ago

Kor Haven swapped for Maze of Ith, Seraph Sanctuary swapped for Command Beacon , Lotus Vale could just go in for a plains, Windbrisk Heights swapped for Arcane Lighthouse.

I commonly play Malignus in many of my decks and Kor Haven won't work on him. People might also be running Leyline of Punishment, which would just turn off Kor Haven. Maze of Ith is just strictly better. If your enemy creatures have hexproof or shroud, then Arcane Lighthouse gets around that.

Your Seraph Sanctuary doesn't do much unless you can make infinite angel tokens or something. If you want to gain life, go with Wall of Reverence and a Serra Avatar ; double you life every turn, or Celestial Mantle.

NV_1980 on Your loss is my gain

5 days ago

Hi erevain,

Thanks for your comment and upvote! I've used Serra Avatar in this deck before, but dropped it in favor of some other wincons. I've totally forgotten to elaborate on the win cons of this deck in the 'Combo's and finishers' section; thanks for reminding me :) Here's a taste:

  • Life-gain abilities + Aetherflux Reservoir; an absolute killer from the mid-game and onwards, as your life total should have far exceeded 50 by then. It's especially funny when Exquisite Blood is out; your net life-loss when using Aetherflux Reservoir: 0.
  • Life-gain abilities + Phyrexian Processor; also great fun from the mid-game and onwards. Create massive creatures each turn and set them on your opponents.
  • Life-gain abilities + Sorin, Grim Nemesis; Sorin's ult is one of the strongest ults of all planeswalkers and a definite finisher in many cases (though still vulnerable to boardwipes).

Maybe there's more opportunities in here, but this is just what I've had in mind thusfar. I've also been toying with the idea to add Laboratory Maniac, as the deck contains quite a few good card-draw engines. Though if for instance Necropotence would be out, I'd need to destroy that first in order to win by empty library ;)


erevain on Your loss is my gain

5 days ago

Awesome deck, lemme try building it online and see on how it plays and what it needs.

But on first glance there's nothing to win you the game, I recommend Serra Avatar in exchange of a slow growing Ajani's Pridemate.

bushido_man96 on Bad Luck Brion

1 week ago

I can't recommend Reya Dawnbringer and Adarkar Valkyrie enough. Also, and I'm sure people get tired of me mentioning this one, Lifeline works well in a Brion deck, and would bring back cards like Serra Avatar and Hamletback Goliath. Yes, Lifeline works for other players, too, but you've got to figure you will get more value out of it than the others around the table will.

enpc on Sword for Hire

3 weeks ago

Sorry about the delay, I wanted to devote some time to this.

So the first thing that stands out is that you're really missing a direction for the deck. You have a bit of everything going on, which means that you're not really strong in any area. First off, you need to figure out what kind of deck you want to build and then focus your card selection from there.

Also, I want to touch on a few points regarding deck building choices:

  • Cards like Blade of Selves aren't good with legendary creatures, which is the vast majority of your creature base. The second you make a copy of them, all but one of those copies are sent to the graveyard as a state based action. On top of that, most of your legendary creatures have static abilities, meaning that you won't get any benefit from making copies. At least if you used ETB creatures like Venser, Shaper Savant you'd get the triggers.

  • Running Zur the Enchanter with only a few targets seems like a waste of a slot. Zur can be super powerful as commander and good in the deck, but he is a build around card.

  • A really big one (and one I see a lot) is that life gain for the sake of life gain doesn't achieve anything. While a bit of extra life can be helpful, unless it's as a side note (see Selvala, Explorer Returned) or one of a few things a card does (see Deathrite Shaman) then it's not worth a card slot. And if you're going to run life gain effects, try to run stuff to capitalise on it. You have Serra Avatar but what about Aetherflux Reservoir, Felidar Sovereign, Test of Endurance? all these can help provide the deck with a win condition.

As for using Oloro specifically for your commander:

While some of this is generic, some of this advice is also deck specific. I would recommend having a think about how you want to win with the deck and then I can help suggest some more specific cards.

GS10 on Oh, The INSANITY!! (Mill EDH)

3 weeks ago

Carmasem for Induce Paranoia and Oona, Queen of the Fae I'd likely take out some clone effects.

In my Mirko Vosk deck I ended up cutting both Dimir Doppelganger and Evil Twin, especially the Twin, is okay to copy a Commander and keep killing it, it is awesome against something like Meren of Clan Nel Toth but it's somewhat hit or miss. Maybe Body Double, since Lazav, Dimir Mastermind has Hexproof, or the other around, since Body Double gets ETB triggers, it will heavily depend on your meta. But I'd probably go with cutting a few clones into some more control, for the same reason you don't consider Sphinx's Tutelage that good in EDH: Milling doesn't scale that well, and even the faster mill decks find some walls that need being dealt with.

And keep in mind that if someone wants to stall you, the original Eldrazi Titans, Blightsteel Colossus, Serra Avatar and such keep going back into the deck, so they might find a way to stop you from milling them, and in that case you should have a few exile spells up your sleeve. Duplicant is a good one, considering you are running clones to begin with, Phyrexian Ingester is awesome and Reality Shift is an incredibly underrated card. So if this becomes a problem in your meta in the future there's some ideas on how to deal with it.

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