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Stoic Angel
Shards of Alara


Reviewed September 23, 2008

Constructed: 4.00
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 3.75

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Aethereal

Tuesday - Stoic Angel

A pretty good card for control decks. This is in the right colors too; I wouldn't be surprised at all if a Bant control deck shows up, and this will be a nice part of it. The color requirements are harsh, but four mana for this body and this ability is very good. If you can pick any of these up at a prerelease, I would try and get some.

In limited, good, but not great, because in a creature stalemate they'll just leave guys untapped to block this. This would be fun to drop after they try an alpha strike, though.

Constructed - 3.5
Casual - 4
Limited - 3

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Stoic Angel
 
Wizards of the Coast has played it conservatively when making Stasis variants down the years, with good reason (did anybody *not* hate playing against it back in the day?). Stoic Angel is one of the better ones, but also one of the fairer ones as every color has a way to deal with creatures. I could easily see a Standard control archetype being built around the Angel, supported by Bant Charm (last Friday's official preview) and Primal Command. It's a good time to play green control decks.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Miguel

Tuesday 9-23-08

Stoic Angel

 

Constructed: A green, white, and blue Angel. Not the same as Miss America(Lighning Angel). But I see some Bant being played alot. With Birds in 10ed, these three colors should be easy to play. 3/4 flying and vigilance are good for the costs. The only get to untap one creature is great. If you are the only one playing vigilance or you are using the Knights with Exalted this can get dangerous fast.

 

Casual: Locking down the whole table in multi-player will put a big red target on this gal. Be ready to protect her and yourself.

 

Limited: Again doing limited reviews before the whole set is know is hard to do. These cards look great for limited so far. But there could be a hidden bomb of doom not know to us local folk. She will be a great pick, and she is a 'rare'. She can get in front of a big Dragon to take some damage for you.

 

Overall a great Angel with a cool ability. Maybe Wotc will make a Angel/Dragon decks like the Elves/Golbins.

 

Constructed: 4

Casual: 4

Limited: 4

 

Later

Miguel

BeJose Stotic Angel 1UWG
Flying, Vigilance
Players can only untap one creature during their untap steps
3/4
 
Plays right into Bant's Exalted mechanic. Even if your just play UWG and not Bant exclusively, this still effectively gives you 2 beaters a turn while your opponent only gets 1. I say effectively because your opponent can stockpile creatures for an alpha strike so always be careful of that.

Expect to see this in constructed, its a control players dream. Cheap with and attack and defense in one. For casual you are going to get hated on if you play this card, people like being able to untap their creatures.

Similar to yesterdays card another great creature for limited, this will help you win the damage race. However it doesn't really help you if your opponent is swinging with an Overlord, so don't pin all your hopes on it
 
Constructed: 4/5

Limited: 4/5
Casual:2.5/5

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