Serra Ascendant

Legality

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

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Set Rarity
Iconic Masters (IMA) Rare
2011 Core Set (M11) 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.

Serra Ascendant Discussion

hungry000 on B/W Gideon, Brisela

4 days ago

Oh, I didn't realize. I would cut the 2 Authority of the Consuls , the Thalia and Kambul (you can move those to the sb if you want, Thalia's good against aggro and Kambul is probably good against that control deck), Dusk / Dawn , and 1 Sorin or Bruna.

I don't think those cards are really worth it unless you go all-in on the martyr proc plan. The big reason to play Martyr of Sands in the first place is Serra Ascendant , the two of them being the reason to play Ranger of Eos which is consequently the reason to play Thraben Inspector , and with the density of one drops there is thus a reason to play Proclamation of Rebirth as well. So without a payoff like Serra Ascendant there's not really any reason to play Ranger or Proclamation of Rebirth, and if you want to put Ranger, Thraben Inspector, and Serra Ascendant in the deck you might as well just turn it into Martyr Proc and drop all the black cards/lands (they'd take the black cards' spots). You'd have to consider whether you want to take that step at the expense of good black cards like Inquisition of Kozilek / Duress , Lingering Souls , and Gifted Aetherborn , which are some of your best cards against Control and aggro (respectively).

To actually answer your questions, Thraben Inspector is really the only card out of those three worth playing in the deck you have now unless you decided to add more 1-drops ( Serra Ascendant and Giver of Runes ) in which case Ranger of Eos and Proclamation of Rebirth would be worth it. The only cards I'd cut are the Gifted Aetherborn s, which are really good against aggro but may not be necessary given the positive matchup this deck already has against it. Those cards are not necessary since I think your deck works perfectly fine, but if you went full Martyr Proc mode you could have an objectively better deck (since you'll have Serra Ascendant as a wincon) at the cost of a worse matchup against the Control deck and maybe the other life gain deck.

DemonDragonJ on Core 2020 spoiler thread

1 week ago

The first day of previews for Core Set 2020 are not too bad, but, after the double whammy of War of the Spark and Modern Horizons, this set will almost certainly be underwhelming, at least to enfranchised players, such as myself.

I shall immediately state that I dislike how angel of vitality says “25 or more life;” did WotC not learn anything from Serra Ascendant ? Would it really have been that difficult for the cad to say “5 or more life greater than your starting life total?”

On a more positive note, Seb McKinnon’s artwork on scheming symmetry is again amazing, and I especially appreciate the resemblance to the artwork of a traditional playing card. Whoever Kethis is, I do hope that they (although the name sounds masculine) eventually have a card. As for the card itself, a Vampiric Tutor that costs no life is quite awesome; it does assist an opponent, and is only a sorcery, but those are small prices to pay for such amazing card advantage. I also am very pleased to see that WotC has not completely phased out "tutors," as those have been an essential aspect of the game since its very beginning.

It is nice to finally see a red/white/green angel, but I am not certain that I can make room in my EDH deck of those colors for her, unfortunately.

I very much like cavalier of flame for its first ability, which is slightly more expensive than that of Moonveil Dragon , but also grants haste and is on a creature that is not specific to any plane, increasing its options for reprints in the future.

Dread presence is very nice, a perfect embodiment of black’s philosophy; I wish that it had higher toughness, to survive a Lightning Bolt , but it likely would have needed to have had a higher mana cost, in that case.

Why did WotC choose Chandra as the face card of this set? Is there something special about her?

Corpse knight should gain its controller life equal to the life lost when its ability triggers, because there is nothing white about it otherwise.

I fail to see any reason for which ironroot warlord’s toughness should not be variable, as is its power.

Wow, that new Ajani is awesome, but I thought that his color identity was settled on green/white by this time.

Atemsis is nice, but her (the name sounds feminine) ability definitely feels more black then blue, in my mind.

Cryptic caves is also very nice, essentially a colorless version of Horizon Canopy , albeit with a stricter requirement for activating its ability.

I see that Yanling shall be in this set, so I am pleased to see a planeswalker who has not been in a core set, before. I really hope that Sorin is both black and white, but that is not likely, since core sets usually have one planeswalker of each color (with an exception being made for Chandra, in this case).

I dislike the fact that Negate is being reprinted, again; why must WotC continually reprint such a mediocre card? I would much have preferred Countersquall , Condescend , or Mana Leak .

Ripwater on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

3 weeks ago

precociousapprentice, ah okay. Don't get me wrong, but is winning with that combo any different than helm + Leyline? I admire your decision to make the deck in a more aikido way, it's the spirit of the deck. But it still feels like you are forced to deal with a very competitive meta and thus playing these kinda (in my opinion) a bit cheap combo's and in no way in the aikido spirit you claim trying to go back to.

I've played I think over 30 games (a lot less then you have ofcourse) with your old build and I agree with your opinion about the previous build. I also often had the feeling we played more stax and too much big flashy things. But at least Gisela, Blade of Goldnight did exactly what we want to do, use our opponents power against each other AND serving as a wincon.

Also cards like Comeuppance already won me games, of in worst case scenario set my opponent a lot back. Where you choose to ignore these, in my opinion again, very good and thematic cards for the deck.

And things like Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder , Gifted Aetherborn or Serra Ascendant in what way to these add to the spirit off the deck? Putting those in while taking out Master of Cruelties for example? Also wouldnt Duelist's Heritage not be a better option for bruce? And also more in line of the deck? And card's like Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker ?

Yes, they are maybe less competitive, or at least more expensive to put down. But again I kinda have the feeling you are maybe in a very competitive meta.

Dualcaster Mage is something I'm still curious about as well... I love the Reverberate effect's. To the point where I run Fork , Reverberate and Reiterate (the buyback is worth it)

Also Rebuff the Wicked has proven very very valuable for me, when they try to go after your Sunforger

Again I'm in no way trying to bash on your choices or making fun of them. If it comes out like that, then I am sorry in advance. I'm just trying to have a healthy discussion with you :)

Another question, how do you deal with people smacking you in your face either way? I had moments where I really tried to lay low. Only having marchesa out (sometimes I was the monarch, sometimes I wasn't). But then still people tend to attack me for no reason what so ever. Or even worse take Marchesa out, leaving me basically open.

mitzy on B/W Life Drain

3 weeks ago

Serra Ascendant is an auto include in most white decks. If you want to be mean you can always run Felidar Sovereign

TCG-Player on Balan, Equipment Voltron

1 month ago

This almost feels like Cristmas, I really hope they finish the cycle of all 10 swords in this set.
The Sword of Truth and Justice will be great Atraxa tho.

I personally really like Giver of Runes , because she helps you protecting your voltron creature until it is fully equipt, and even then she can help getting damage trough by making it unblockable. I think I would play 5 Mother of Runes if I could :P

Also what are your thoughts on Ranger-Captain of Eos ?
He can not only tutor up creatures for protection and Serra Ascendant , but can also keep your opponents from playing boardwipes for a turn or act as a one turn Grand Abolisher . Also combos great with Sun Titan .

Drcfan on Devotion to White Angels

1 month ago

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Serra Ascendant occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.06%

White: 7.61%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

White: 0.46%