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Blinding Angel 
9th Edition Preview


Reviewed July 26, 2004

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3.4
Limited: 4

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1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
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Chris
Gerhardt

* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

Blinding Angel is a nice control card that can tame your opponent's army.  No answer - no attacking, and she buys you time, which has always been one of control's greatest allies.  At one time, her appearance on your opponent's board could bring a chill to your bones.  Then ye ol' Flametongue Kavu told her to screw off and bumped her from viability.  But even when Flametongue left the environment, she didn't make a comeback. Perhaps when Onslaught Block cycles out, she'll find more favor.  But she's still an excellent card and a force to be reckoned with in limited environments, where having no answer to her can easily mean death by angel.

In casual, Blinding Angel can also buy you time to set up some insane combo.  She mutes your opponent's attackers, and you can get in a bit of damage while you set up. Nice.  And if she needs to, she can often go all the way by herself.  w00t mentions an interesting casual combo below with Fireshrieker  - hit your opponent twice with Double Strike to make them skip 2 combat phases - this could really add up quickly...after 3 turns, you set your opponent back 6 combat phases, and so on!  Also, if your opponent has a 3/3 blocker, the first strike end of Fireshrieker can get past and do the damage. Nice, one, w00t!
  
Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 4.5

   Current Price:
Blinding Angel - 8th Edition currently - $4.24

   Combos Well With:
Fireshrieker - Mirrodin - $0.73
 

Jonathan
Pechon


2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

Blinding Angel

 

A powerful card in Masques-block, this hasnít been nearly as powerful in constructed as back in the day; the presence of Goblin Sharpshooter makes it very difficult to lock down Goblins, while Affinity can still Shrapnel Blast you out of the game.  Itíll only take some small tweaks in the environment for this to work its way back into the fold.

 

Blinding Angel is a fun card for group games, turning your most irritating opponent into a non-threat by disabling his creatures while providing a bit of a beating as well.  It helps to buy times for other things to happen as well, allowing for a deck to really flex its muscles.  It can also be effective in Mental in holding off creatures if youíve already cast Wrath.

 

This is the perfect example of why drafting 8th is not a terribly fun format.  Failing to have an answer to this gives a player very few outs in what could otherwise be a reasonable game.  While this isnít as ridiculous as, say, Worship or Opposition can be, itís an extremely powerful card that should be an almost automatic first pick.

 

Constructed:  2.5

Casual:  3.5

Limited:  4.0

 


Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour
Veteran

Blinding Angel
Yep, Blinding Angel will be a part of Ninth Edition. That selection does
nothing to thrill me. When Blinding Angel first appeared in Nemesis, she did
make infrequent appearances in constructed decks. Her ability to shut down
the Lin-Sivvi enhanced white weenie decks was impressive. A year after her
reappearance in Eighth Edition and there hasn't been much interest in
Blinding Angel. This card is definitely good enough to consider for
constructed control decks, and probably not much else. In the past, these
were blue/white decks with blue to say 'no' to your opponent and white to
provide creature control and, often, a creature-based win condition. I'm not
too excited about Blinding Angel fulfilling this role. In limited play,
Blinding Angel is extremely powerful. As a rare, however, you don't have to
consider this card in limited very often because you simply will not see
this card very often.
CONSTRUCTED: 3.5
CASUAL:              3.5
LIMITED:              4.0


DeQuan
Watson

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

How did they think that Dawn Elemental even had a chance? We were letting the general public vote on their choice of Blinding Angel or something else. Besides, I think everyone simply likes the overall design and look of Blinding Angel better. I will admit though, that Blinding Angel is useful in all formats, whereas I can't say that I'd always be happy opening up a Dawn Elemental.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3
Limited: 4
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Blinding Angel
This week, we will be reviewing cards that are going to appear in 9th edition next year.  All of the cards reviewed this week are cards that were selected in votes by magicthegathering.com readers. 
 
We start the week off with a card that is being reprinted in a base set for the second time; Blind Angel.  This card has done fairly well in control decks.  2 damage, and no combat damage to you next turn.  With 4 toughness, it out lasts most of the cheap burn spells.  Although, currently, B/W controlís only creatures are Eternal Dragon and the creatures from Decree (maybe Exalted Angel as well, but Decree can generally win by itself).  And 5 is a little too much for various weenie decks.  For now, it appears that this angel has lost out, so it will be cool to see if it can get some action again when 9th comes out.  Until then, weíll play Decrees.
 
In draft, this thing, like most angels, is awesome.  Though Iíve never drafted 888 (although, Iím sure itís good there) I know that in Masques block this was awesome.
 
Obviously good in casual.  Who doesnít love angels?  
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 4
 
Paul
Hagan
Blinding Angel --

I've always been a fan of Blinding Angel, if only because she was a unique and useful card. Unfortunatley, in her day, Flametongue Kavu was also running around, making her somewhat less useful. Blinding Angel is a solid card for the four mana you sink into her, but even now in Type II, she is overshadowed by Pristine Angel, Eternal Dragon, and Exalted Angel.

I never mind seeing Blinding Angel in my limited pool of cards (draft or sealed), and as long as I'm playing white, she'll make the cut. Casual players should also enjoy the power of Blinding Angel, be it because she can absolutely wreck a game, or because she fits well into a themed angel deck.

As for the vote recently put forth between Blinding Angel and Dawn Elemental: how is that even remotely fair? I mean, Dawn Elemental doesn't really come close! It really comes down to Dawn Elemental stopping one creature and Blinding Angel stopping them all.

Constructed Rating: 3.0 -- great card, but overshadowed
Casual Rating: 3.5
Limited Rating: 4.0

w00t
Blinding Angel -
Constructed - For Standard, there really isn't a deck this is a good fit against, that can't easily get around it. For Affinity, you can Disciple to death, or just Shrapnel blast the Angel. Gobbos can Sharpshooter you to death, or the angel to death, + whatever other ways of kill it has in it. You'd be better off WoG'ing the board than playing this.
 
Casual - Casual this is a little better fitted. You could put this with a Fireshrieker so that your opponent skips twice the combat steps for however long it takes him to kill it. 3 Turns with it means you get 3 more free-of-damage turns after it's killed. Combat this with more kill methods and voila you get Timewalks. Also great just against any deck that barrages you with Grounded damage.
 
Limited - This is a bomb in 888(and probably 999) Limited. First pick usually. Try to get a few ways to clear the flyers away for the Angel to make way.
 
Constructed - 1.5
Casual - 2.5
Limited - 3.5
 
 

 

 

 

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