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Creature — Angel
Flying (This creature can't be blocked except by creatures with flying or reach.)
Vigilance (Attacking doesn't cause this creature to tap.)
Serra Angel Discussion
1 month ago
Avenging Angel < The instances where you would want to "top" lock yourself to know that you'll draw a generic 3/3 flying angel for 5cmc are few and far between.
Dawning Angel < Minimal lifegain doesn't seem worthwhile for the cost.
Feather, the Redeemed < You don't really have anything that targets your own creatures to be able to recur the spells, so it's just an efficient cmc angel, but otherwise irrelevant.
Firemane Angel < Too expensive both on the recursion ability and for it's stats and conditional lifegain.
Ghirapur Orrery < May benefit your opponents too much.
Great Furnace < Reflecting Pool or any other land.
Lotus Petal < One and done effect without a way to copy or recur it seems lackluster.
Pristine Angel < likely to be an untargetable/unblockable body, but no utility.
Segovian Angel < Flavorful, but it's simply bad.
Stoneforge Masterwork < Win More card. Better in decks that go wide for a bigger pump. Unlikely to be very relevant when it's a +3/+3 pump. A bigger pump means you're likely already winning.
Sword of Body and Mind < Doesn't advance your gameplan in any way, random color protection. A wolf token and milling an opponent doesn't help you much.
2 months ago
It's not that unusual, but it can be confusing. Creatures like Kaalia of the Vast do similar things with putting creatures onto the battlefield tapped and attacking (in Kaalia's case, it's angels, demons, and dragons from your hand). With Kaalia, for comparison, if you use her ability to put a Serra Angel or Dragon Egg onto the battlefield from your hand tapped and attacking, it will be tapped and it will be attacking even if it has abilities that would normally prevent one of those.
3 months ago
I want to like Serra the Benevolent more than I do. Amazing angel flavor win, just too underwhelming IMO. Her +2 for a temporary anthem effect is pretty weak, her -3 for a Serra Angel is just ok & her ult is moot in my deck due to the lifegain theme. The one thing I like is that casting cost + 4 loyalty, I just wish she had a little more impact y'know?
Brought Back looks like a great recursion option and I want to include it in here, I'm just struggling with what to cut to make room for it.
3 months ago
TypicalTimmy, if I were an artist, I would illustrate for WotC only as a supplement to my main source of income, which would be original works conceived purely by myself, because, in my mind, the original artist of a work should receive royalties in perpetuity for any product that uses that work (as far as I am aware, musicians receive royalties at any time that movies use their songs in their soundtracks).
Also, I do not have any problem with the same artwork being used two, three, or even four times, but any more than that is ridiculous, with some of the worst offenders in this game being Naturalize , Pacifism , Serra Angel , and Vampire Nighthawk , each of which re-used the same artwork almost a double-digit number of times, which I found to be insanely annoying.
Conversely, Demolish has had so many different artworks that it would be very difficult for me to choose only four, if I had a full playset in a deck.
4 months ago
legendofa that answer exhibits exactly what I described - preconceived notions based on existing cards preclude design from soaring.
For staters, lets define some things. Colors have access levels to evergreen abilities, generally based on their philosophies. They are called primary (the color or colors that most often get this ability), secondary (they get it occassionally) and tertiary (they get it very rarely). For example, black is primary in deathtouch, secondary in flying and tertiary in vigilance.
Now with that in mind, read carefully the question once again. It states that wotc does not like to make 2 color creatures that can be done in a single color - which makes sense, most players would read that and say "why does that need to be two colors".
So, when you are asked to make a specifically multicolor creature with those abilities, Serra Angel says - you cannot do that, since I am a white creature. This excludes a,b and c. For D, blue and black make sense for flying but not vigilance, as they are tertiary in vigilance. Plus, technically Serra Sphinx is a thing, although it is a color bend (stretching what a color is allowed to do, but Time Spiral had a lot of those).
However, black is secondary in flying and green is secondary in vigilance, thus that makes perfect sense as to why it is possible from a design standpoint.
On the other hand, the existence and cult status of Serra Angel perhaps prevents this from ever happening.
4 months ago
cdkime “Golgari means what it does on Ravnica” rather than “what could Black and Green do?”
This really reminds me of This article, question 28. Can you answer it?
We try to avoid making two-color cards where the card could be done as a monocolor card in one of the two colors. Given that, suppose you have a two-color 4/4 creature with flying and vigilance (and no other abilities). What of the following color combinations would be the best choice for this card?
People were outraged that the answer was actually...
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After 9 sets of Ravnica, the color pairs in MTG are now synonimous with the guilds, which is actively bad for design.
5 months ago
Serra Angel occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.0%