Today's card on the countdown is Baneslayer
Angel which is a serious contender for the best
of the White angels. Comparing it to Serra
Angel, Angel of Mercy, and Battlegrace Angel
which all have the same color and converted mana
cost shows what a powerhouse this card is. Serra
Angel has Vigilance while Battlegrace has the
same power and toughness and Lifelink when
attacking. Baneslayer has First Strike and the
powers of Battlegrace on defense. Angel of Mercy
is pretty much weaker in every way aside from
the slightly better mana cost at one less White
mana and it gives life when it enters the
battlefield instead of needing to deal damage.
Any deck looking at a big white creature should
seriously consider Baneslayer as a go to choice
in Standard format.
Constructed for Standard the only reason to
play a different angel is if you really value
Vigilance or have a pure Exalted deck. Otherwise
Baneslayer is extremely well priced.
Casual is all about bomb cards and this angel
does well enough. No serious combinations or
tricks though as her powers are pretty
straightforward. There are cards with more
mechanical fun to slip into a casual deck and
the rarity is a bit of a deterrent.
Limited if you get this card you probably
want to play White. In sealed it is hard to ask
for much more than the package you get here and
if she sticks around you probably have a won
game. In booster draft getting this in your
opening pack is a gift and you probably want to
draft fairly heavily into the color. Just watch
the packs as they come around to gauge if other
players are skewing White as well. In later
packs unless you can't live without another card
in the pack take this card anyway. You do not
want to sit there facing an opponent's
Battlegrace Angel, especially after passing it
for a Lightning Bolt that won't even kill it.
The only drawback is the double White in the
mana cost, but for all of her benefits this is a
small price to pay.
Multiplayer is a format where Serra Angel
shines due to her Vigilance.
Subtracting that from Battlegrace Angel keeps
her a bit weaker here as her Lifelink and First
Strike can be outweighed by numerical
superiority. Still a powerful card, but not as
high of a choice as other formats.