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Platinum Angel 
 


Reviewed January 20, 2004

Constructed: 3.3
Casual: 4.2
Limited: 4.1

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Chris
Gerhardt

* game store owner (Shuffle and Cut Games,CA)

This seems like a great idea, doesn't it? She's on the board and you CAN'T lose. Well, it is, and forces your opponent to have a way to deal with it or they will straight up lose.  Now, in today's formats, Artifact removal is fairly commonplace, but they better have saved it for this faceless beauty, or else.

In limited,  where removal of any kind can be hard to find, she can be exceptional. She'd be pretty cool with a Leonin Abunas on the board, too (2/5 creature, your artifacts can't be the target of spells or abilities). The Abunas would protect here, and they would have to remove it first, then the Angel.

This angel could really shine in Casual, where almost no one is packing artifact removal, especially main deck.  Get her on the board and your opponents will start including arti. removal, though, I bet. ;)

Constructed: 3.8
Casual: 4.75
Limited: 4.5
Current Price:
$9.50
 


Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

A Platinum hit in all formats. This forces your opponent to remove this before you truly die. Effective as a control card in some control decks, and serves for 4 as well. If you happen to Lightning Greaves this up, you are close to invulnerable (barring something like Wrath of God).
 
Again, this can be very annoying in casual. However, your opponent's decks will adapt to something like this, so I wouldn't count on sitting on this for too long. Still a good card though.
 
In limited, with the limited amount of removal, this is a no-brainer.
 
Constructed - 4
Casual - 4.5
Limited - 5

 


DeQuan
Watson

* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

* pro tour player

* Scrye writer since 2002

Platinum Angel
 
Lots of people are split on this card.  I also think that some people really like this card, but consider it to be a fun card or a 'little kid' card.  That doesn't make it any less playable in constructed formats.  It's a bit expensive and all, but not being able to lose the game is a pretty good effect to have on your side of the table.  Besides it's also and angel that flies and can fight for you.
 
I will agree that this is the ultimate casual player card though.  It's hard for us to keep these on our shelves at even the $10-12 price tag.  Everyone likes this card.  There are some interesting situations when this hits the table in multiples.  I have to say that this is definitely one of the ultimate casual player cards in the game.
 
In limited, you definitely take this card.  Artifact removal is already limited and chances are that they are going to blow them on something else when they draw it.  Either way, this things does a lot to draw attention.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 5
Limited: 4.4
 


Andy
 Van Zandt

 Platinum Angel
Weak in the block, since all the removal kills creatures or artifacts,  but
it is a 4/4 flier, and it can on occasion be a life saver...  and it becomes
infinitely better with a lightning greaves or leonin abunas to back it up. 
And something to get around how expensive it is wouldn't hurt, too.
Constructed 2.9
Casual 3.3
Limited 3.4

Ray "Monk"
Powers
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
*Game Store Owner (Gamer's Edge)

Platinum Angel

 

Mmmmmm, never before has an Angel been so pretty. She swings for 4 in the air, and she stops you from losing. This is the kind of card I canít say a lot of in Card of the Day except ďItís really good. Itís well costed. It will win you games.Ē

 

Casual: 4

Constructed: 4

Limited: 5

Jason
Matthews


* Level 1 DCI Judge

*game store employee

* gaming for over 15 years
Platinum Angel

I remember when I first heard about this card and I thought that it couldnít possibly be true. Well I was wrong and casual players everywhere started heading to their local game store trying to find ways to deal with this Angel. This card just isnít bad in any real way. Its cost is perfect and its not that hard to get rid of. In limited you love having this guy and in constructed you can protect this flyer all day long and pile up the wins. Warning- Platinum Angel + Lightning Greaves on a repeated basis may cause your opponent to want to hurt you.

Constructed 3.75

Casual 4

Limited 4.5


Jason
Chapman
Platinum Angel is just a nuts card in decks like control that can protect it. Backed with counterspells the game will last until you can seize the upperhand, assuming you get it out soon enough. In my book, any card that forces the opponent to find an answer is strong.

Constructed - Best potential even at its high cost- 4.00

Limited - A flying creature is always good - 4.00

Casual - Another card not likely to make friends - 3.95

Chase Platinum Angel

Itís a chase rare and it isnít that bad but what deck will you put it in? It would be redundant to put this in control and other decks are much faster than this. I donít think it will see that much play in Constructed.

In Casual, play it a few times and you will see how good this is.

In Limited, you canít lose the game. If they canít remove it, buh bye.

Constructed: 2

Casual: 4

Limited: 5

Spooks
Platnium Angel
 
First things first.  Swords are cool.  It's a known fact.  Flying is also cool.  But it is all the much cooler when you have wings, cause wings look pwerful, and yeah, flying without wings just makes you look like David Copperfield.  So...winged angel with a sword, by all rights should be cool.  Right?  Right!  Is Platnium Angel cool?  In any other set she would of been.  However, Every limited event in which I have used her, I have never once been in negative life totals.  I think I have hurt my opponent with her once.  Normally, she is shattered or alters lighted, or whatever before she has a chance to be cool.  In all rights, this card should be king.  However, it has never done anything for me.  So my ratings are horribly biased. 
 
Constructed Rating - 2 (People have the dreaded sideboard that normally is more than well enough equipped to handle her)
Limited rating -  1 (only because if you open her, you can be sure you will play the guys who picked every single artifact removal spell!)
Nasty bitter "i have opened 4 angels and never had a chance to use her" rating - 100
 

 

 

 

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