Serra the Benevolent


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

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Set Rarity
Modern Horizons (MH1) Mythic Rare

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Serra the Benevolent

Legendary Planeswalker — Serra

+2: Creatures you control with flying get +1/+1 until end of turn.

-3: Create a 4/4 white Angel creature token with flying and vigilance.

-6: You get an emblem with "If you control a creature, damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 reduces it to 1 instead."

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Serra the Benevolent Discussion

kamarupa on It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... a lion?

3 days ago

Looks very close to my deck "Sand Flies." A few spells I run in that I recommend here:

Always Watching . I've found a full set of AW along with a full set of Favorable Winds drastically improves the consistency of pumps hitting the battlefield.

Signal Pest - The big problem with this creature is that Favorable Winds doesn't apply. I think it makes up for that by essentially being another pump, and for only 1CMC! In mine, 2x SP, 4xAW, & 4xFW means there are 10 pump spells to make all my little 1/1 flying creatures often become 3/3's and bigger.

If you include Always Watching, then Segovian Angel isn't needed. Also, I completely disagree with DefectiveDwarf regarding it over Healer's Hawk . While a 1/1 HH might not be all that meaningful, a 3/3 HH is a menace. And it's not that uncommon to get 2 or even 3x HH down in a single game - 3x 3/3 flying, lifelink is good enough that you can let your opponent hit you.

I really like Squadron Hawks in my deck, mainly because I see it as pseudo draw-card. It's just a really solid way to keep creatures hitting the battlefield turn after turn. I've playtested my deck quite a bit and the Hawks have been better than I'd hoped.

Even if you don't add Signal Pest, I'd still suggest adding 1x Buried Ruin . Just playing it can make opponents second guess the wisdom of removing an artifact you control. Other lands I'd suggest considering: Temple of Enlightenment - shifting a scry ability into the mana-base means more room for other utility effects. Scavenger Grounds - it's pretty useful to be able to exile some people's graveyards.

I think Immortal Servitude is better than Vesperlark and worth the extra casting cost. It tends to hit right at the point opponents think they've got you licked, which also tends to be devastating for them.

Over the years, I come to realize that no matter how low a deck's AVG CMC is, 20 is really the lowest number of lands a deck can scrape by on. Of course, there are sure to be exceptions to such a rule of thumb, but generally speaking, 20 is the bottom number. Good decks can get going with 3-4 spells and 2-4 lands in an opening hand. A lot of decks try to do too much or over-kill opponents when it typically takes a lot less to win. If we consider 4 spells and 3 lands a good opening hand, that means statistically, about 57% of a deck is spells (34-35) and 42% lands (25-26). Now I've always been a bit rebellious and for years have tried to build decks with 16 lands, but I'm sad to report it doesn't yield great results. I'm typically trying to include as much as 25 lands in most the new brews I work on, but it usually ends up being more like 22. I think 20 is enough here. Another way to put all this would be to say I think you need to cut a couple creatures or other spells.

Spells I'd suggest dropping: Vesperlark (too narrow), Spell Queller (too high CMC), Curious Obsession (too narrow), Smuggler's Copter (not a creature, resource demanding, not great to discard).

As crazy as it sounds I'm actually considering dropping Pride of the Clouds . It's a major target that almost always get removed. It seems like I've had better games when all my creatures were close to the same power/toughness. It's hard for opponents to deal with decks that don't have singular wincons.

Other spells to consider: Dovin, Grand Arbiter - it's really fun to +2 him and add another 2-4 loyalty counters. It's actually pretty easy to ultimate and that ultimate is pretty good. Serra the Benevolent - another pump for fliers and a Worship ultimate is not bad at all. Sideboard/utilities: Generous Gift , Faith's Shield , Blessed Alliance , Negate , Oblivion Ring , Celestial Purge , Disenchant , Revoke Existence , Nevermore , Ratchet Bomb , Elixir of Immortality , Pithing Needle , Teyo, the Shieldmage , Witchbane Orb , Sanctimony , Shalai, Voice of Plenty , Leyline of Sanctity , Tormod's Crypt .

Entity97 on A Cuberino

5 days ago

Cards to consider from modern Horizons and M20:
Mox Tantalite
Arcum's Astrolabe
Cabal Therapist
Elvish Reclaimer
Giver of Runes
Icehide Golem
Nimble Mongoose
On Thin Ice
Scheming Symmetry
Knight of the Ebon Legion (1/2 Vampire Bro)
Collector Ouphe
Corpse Knight
Cordial Vampire
Cunning Evasion
Eladamri's Call
Legion's End
Lesser Masticore
Marauding Raptor
Marit Lage's Slumber
Mother Bear
Saddled Rimestag
Scour All Possibilities
Season of Growth
Starfield Mystic
Unsettled Mariner
Voracious Hydra
Wrenn and Six
Winds of Abandon
Angel of Vitality
Archmage's Charm
Aria of Flame
Ayula's Influence
Bogardan Dragonheart
Dead of Winter
Etchings of the Chosen
Force of Negation
Generous Gift
Good-Fortune Unicorn
Kaya's Guile
Lightning Skelemental
Mu Yanling, Sky Dancer (new blue walker)
Rotting Regisaur
Shatter Assumptions
Seasoned Pyromancer
Sword of Sinew and Steel
Sword of Truth and Justice
Splicer's Skill
Ajani, Strength of the Pride
Drawn from Dreams
Force of Virtue
Kykar, Wind's Fury
Omnath, Locus of the Roil
Ravenous Giant
Sling-Gang Lieutenant
Serra the Benevolent
Urza, Lord High Artificer
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician
Blizzard Strix
Cavalier of Flame
Golos, Tireless Pilgrim
Rienne, Angel of Rebirth
Yarok, the Desecrated
Atemsis, All-Seeing
Echo of Eons

this is a lot of cards, and more are sure to come out that I want to include. I'm considering making a modern cube in addition to my legacy cube, or maybe expanding the cube altogether. I really don't want to go to 720, and honestly I would prefer 360 with a regular rotation of cards, but I don't play the cube often enough to justify that so for now it sticks to 720.

TheBloopKing on Would you rather die to Najeela or Ultimates?

1 week ago

Serra the Benevolent has a crazy good ultimate with Najeela and the +2 helps win games

Sisay, Weatherlight Captain tutors for planeswalkers.

Sarkhan the Masterless has won me a couple games. That +1 is devastating.

I personally have been considering Ugin, the Ineffable . You don't miss a whole lot with the removal. It makes your artifacts and other Ugin cost 2 less. And the +1 creates a 2/2 that adds a card to your hand if it dies

I also run Kaya, Bane of the Dead as an answer to hexproof, and indestructibles.

These suggestions are a little all over, but something to consider

Chhris on Isperia's Flying Circus of Tools

2 weeks ago

What about the new Serra the Benevolent in this deck?

Boza on Is modern horizons commander horizons?

3 weeks ago

Well, given that they were designing all those new cards specifically to be put into that set to be playable in modern, they really made sure that most are not really modern playable. Lets look at all the mythics:

Hexdrinker , Morophon, the Boundless , Serra the Benevolent , Yawgmoth, Thran Physician , Sword of Sinew and Steel , Sword of Truth and Justice , The First Sliver , Mox Tantalite , Unbound Flourishing - none of these have any place in modern deck. The swords are worse than existing ones, hexdriker is a vanilla 2/1 for 1, the sliver and morophon is expensive, serra and yawgmoth cost too much and do too little, does nothing until turn 3, where the mana acceleration rarely matters. However, all of the above, except hexdrinker, will be used in commander more.

The mythics made for Modern are Echo of Eons (still very good in commander), Kess, Dissident Mage (a reprint of legacy and commander staple), Ranger-Captain of Eos , Seasoned Pyromancer , Urza, Lord High Artificer (increbile in commander) - of the the mythics that may impact modern, only 2 are likely not to impact commander.

So, in the special set for modern, a total of 2/15 mythics have some chance to impact the format, while 13/15 appeal more to commander players.

The list expands a bit with the rares, but outside of the Horizon lands, the pickings are slim.

Glowingxsteelz on Serra's Benevolent Angels

3 weeks ago

ThePerilousRealm, Thanks for the recommendation I think this will be an amazing change to the deck. I cant wait until MODERN HORIZONS to get Serra the Benevolent and play the deck! :D

LittleBlueHero on Oathbreaker Discussion Thread

3 weeks ago

I have been loving experimenting with deckbuilding. Haven't had a chance to play any real games but testing against my own decks and goldfishing has been a blast.

I went ahead a preemptively built a shell for Serra the Benevolent that has been testing well and is fun to play. I didn't go with Wake the Reflections as the signature spell like most people have been doing, though I may switch to it. I went Rootborn Defenses instead to offer some board wipe protection AND token production.

Im having a hard time not just making it Angel tribal.

Other than Serra I also have Nahiri, Storm of Stone equipment, Davriel, Rogue Shadowmage controlish and want to build a deck for Garruk but can't decide WHICH Garruk to run.

BMHKain on OMG, more help? I fork ...

4 weeks ago

UPDATE: Since Ezuri #2 is trashed up for good, I actually will cite a response to my own garbage I wanted to apologize about. This goes out to ol SynergyBuild Theeself:

"Theory Busted. I even went to my own Page to even fail to find such an option. BTW, this was the garbage I said in the Decklist comments section in question:

"BUMP! Never thought I'd say this, but I need help w/ this deck as well. This is meant as a +1/+1 Counter deck. Outside of this though, It isn't mean for anything more than that. What new cards from WAR w/ Proliferate would you suggest, & what cards to cut to the exact 100 card restriction for this format? Oh, & Oathbreaker IMO, is just a pointless idea. We already have Brawl, which is basically the same as Oathbreaker, but w/ more balanced rules more akin to CMDR, utilizes Standard Format Rotation so one can even try & do a deck set after that very rotation. Oh, & you can use Legendary Creatures of that Rotation as well. It needs to come back. I mean, Having a Walker, & a Key card for them in the same deck? Uh, Just bring back Brawl WotC, Hasbro, & give us a 5 Color Horse Legend so I can finally mock My Little Pony after the damage it caused to me for 9 DEATH INDUCING Seasons. At least Sunset Shimmer was a decent character while she lasted... though her best moments were as a Human. UNEXCEPTABLE. She must be like Minori Amanohara of Arcana Heart fame by now; frustrated she can't help the Mane (WHAT?) Six as even Twilight Sparkle's student. Become a pony more often Sunset Shimmer; you kick more ass than any of the others I know of; Even you weren't involved in that Finale straight out of Communism for Kids; you'd probably already knew better & not be around at all. Cowardice, but smart. :) Oh, & apologies for ratting on My Little Pony. At least you know I like at least one character from that show; & she's a badass. Why she is forced to stay a human, & not help those in need after her redemption I personally will take the liberty of saying this: "Your world, I do not accept this world, to it I shall always say... no." Don't know where it came from? Ask around because you NEED to watch it. I'm contemplating watching Ajin also BTW. Damn these guys put the Voids of Under Night IN-BIRTH to shame. XD"

"I'm such an idiot for posting THAT. Must've been one of my Grixis Days... The first part is alright, everything else is outdated & insignificant Pig Hating better than anything The Lion King Related aside from the Live Action Reboot. . For idiocy 1; one thing is true; Serra the Benevolent , & even less so for Wrenn and Six don't have a single Instant/Sorcery with either having a single reference to their Planeswalker Type. Especially ol' Wrenn. All else though, has been debunked. The next audacity, is my hate towards MLP for the most part; although such hate is actually 99.9 (A Googleplex of 9s since typing that trash is Spam in my book.) equal to the following: The Primax (Aside from Beast Wars; one of my favorite childhood memories.), Viron (It... Just sucks. Don't watch it.), Tyran (Introduces some interesting; albeit hated by many, ideas, but I still hate "One Yellow dimwit"; & he has his own movie here as well.), Malgus (Don't make me have an emotion!), Uniend (You better not count an already bad idea by ROOSTERTEETH on this already awful "in-progress" Cluster!) Clusters of the Transformers Multiverse; Ironic. The Aurex Cluster had "ideas"; & didn't need to go: What's Originality, Hasbro/Takarsa Tomy? Copying, reimagining, & using G1-era ideas repetitively even now shows how much originality stuff like Armada (OMG! That show is AWESOME!), Energon, & Cybertron all have compared to the rest of the Multiverse; design may seem unfamiliar, but it's far Better than Optimus Prime as an 18-Wheeler (Not an 18-Wheeler, I know; but I don't know what model of truck he is in G1), Megatron as a White-Silver anything, & Bumblebee as a whole (How many times has it been throughout G1 as a whole does he even need a hug? BY OPTIMUS OF ALL THINGS!). That said; based on these factors, I might actually hate Transformers more than MLP FIM now I'm looking back. Also, if Megatron hates Starscream so much to the point of killing him, why does Starscram come back; in the next series? This will spread through the Multiverse of ours until a legitimate answer is deployed. That said, It is true that I do want a Horse Legend for fun, & an actual Squirrel Legend. It's also true FIM is far better than a NETFLIX Original Series based on a true classic; shat on by it's original creators (Or, at least, the company itself...) when the source of origin is one of Dreamwork's greatest ever.

(Moving on before I demand A Hernia Mesh Implant that never works...)

But, yeah, Sunset Shimmer needs more love, but I don't want to compare this to Seinfeld (Both ran for 9 Seasons, & FIM might keep going from there.); but for the reference in question: Blue Submarine No. 6, one of my all time favorite anything, is sadly underappreciated as anything; "The Movie that changed Anime forever.". Why don't we have a 20th anniversary on that?! It was released in Japan back in 1999. As for Ajin; You can just call me a god of procrastination & eavesdropping of that notion as I've yet to watch it.

But... yeah... That's actually my true thoughts now; but damn I hate Bumblebee so much (IMO). I was more interested in Aurex Cluster Hot Shot (The cluster's take on Bumblebee, & far more competent in my book, also IMO.) anyway; but I feel sorrow that my favorite Transformer of all time IS from the G1 era. I'll leave it to our Multiverse to guess this...

(sigh...) So that was the comment I wanted to correct some of my own things about. I understand so many like Pre-Beast Wars Primax era things, & I do respect their opinions on such notions. I just wanted to right my wrongs, & if SynergyBuild doesn't acknowledge that, at least know there was G1 Transformers, & Samurai Pizza Cats as Nostalgic icons. But, I could've sworn elements of both were made into an anime long ago... Or not? Ah, whatever. I thought there was one released long ago; Dunno if Triple Combination Transformers-GO! counts as anything...

All that said, I'm really sorry for such former notions, Now you might have learned a thing or, well a quintillion, this quote was from a certain "Caped Baldy" while Serious: "The true power of us human beings is that we can change ourselves on our own." To be honest, this is the kind of "Caped Baldy" we should've had; not a portrayal of Satire; I mean, let's face it, the only thing "Satire" about Saitama is that his suit is ENTIRELY identical to a certain Kodomo-Demographic Anime Icon called Anpanman. Nothing else. I'll have to pursue such heinous research as I currently am for Sonic 2006's entire Devoid of Bestiality (No, that kiss does NOT count. It was meant to resurrect Sonic; or something...) Sekai-No-Ito is completely devoid of such a fact; & replaces this w/ their entirely incorrect perspective for 13 years. 2 more after, Sonic turns 30; meaning a 15th anniversary project is 15 by that point.

Really, I'm truly sorry for all this. I just wanted to prove the impossible. & I apologize also for such derailing on record breaking sizes & lows. But another question still emerges from the last surviving Sliver; Does updating the account even allow this option? We'll talk about such atrocities I call "Opinions" later. Sorry for such a huge wall of text, & Ilharging of monumental size..."

I'm truly sorry about that post, man... I dunno if the corrections mean anything at all to you. Quite a shock I only like one complete Transformers Cluster, & one Transformer from G1. & nothing more; that's basically saying the original MLP series of 1984 (& its movie back when some years after,), that one atrocious Early 2000's series that it's characters would make the Mane Six we knew for 9 long hot dog years is better than fragging Sterner Stuff. Basically, this confirms Originality is not in Transformers' nature; but the Aurex Cluster has, well, ideas. It seems in my regard that I'm the only fan of the Aurex Cluster of the Transformers Franchise. & yes, the Term "Cluster" does exist in all Transformers canon & even Non-Canon. I hope we can put this feud of ours to rest; I even had to make an already big quote more mammoth to prove this. :(

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