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Sublime Archangel
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Sublime Archangel
Magic 2013

Reviewed July 30, 2012

Constructed: 4.38
Casual: 4.45
Limited: 4.85
Multiplayer: 4.45

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BMoor

Sublime Archangel

Every time I look at this card, I get distracted by the fact that the Angel in the art appears to be wearing silver pantyhose with flip flops. I long ago came to accept the fact that Magic's Angels are typically wearing plate armor that shows too much skin to be functional, but this is getting downright absurd.
Gameplay-wise, saying Sublime Archangel is good doesn't really say anything. Anyone who knows anything about Magic should be able to look at this card and immediately know that it's an amazing card. Heck, even without any exalted at all it'd be good. Compare it to Tower Gargoyle from Alara block-- that card was one of the most powerful Limited beaters you could get, and that required three colors of mana. This is an easy-to-manage 2WW for a 4/3 flyer that, ideally, isn't swinging for such a paltry amount as 4.

The only real question here is why a deck that runs on exalted would be expected to have enough creatures to make the Sublime One operate at her best-- or conversely, why a token swarm deck would want to give its entire army exalted just to swing with only one creature. The solution to that is to remind yourself that exalted is not an obligation to only send in one creature. It's a reward for doing so, yes, but sometimes swinging with the team will be the correct play. The ability to switch gears from a single enormous creature and a swarm of small ones is more powerful than it looks, as it makes your opponent work even harder to protect himself form you.

Constructed-  4.5
Casual- 4.9
Limited- 4.9
Multiplayer- 4.75


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Sublime Archangel
 
I know that Bolas was scheduled to be the only multicolored card in M13, but I can't help but miss some of Bant's angels, like Stoic Angel or Battlegrace Angel. As far as gameplay goes, though, Sublime Archangel is a perfectly fine replacement for them, and even includes what are close to combo elements in the form of "how many instances of exalted can I generate among permanents I control?" She also puts token strategies over the top, and makes any Lingering Souls spirits you have left over by the time someone else has dragons in play feel a lot less small. Strongly recommended.
 
Cosntructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Sublime Archangel which is a four mana White
4/3 with Flying, Exalted, and gives your other creatures Exalted.  This is an excellent card that is efficient, aggressive, and evasive that turn a small swarm with one unblockable or other evasion type into a major threat as soon as she is played.  As a 5/4 on the attack without any other creatures it is very strong at four mana, but every other creature makes this even better.  While it can be argued that Exalted can equal or reduce the attack strength of a large force while putting all of the eggs in one basket when that creature has evasion, Hexproof, or other combat benefits it is well worth that risk.  Overall this will be a major card in current formats and see quite a bit of play in Exalted and swarm designs.
 
For Limited this is a bomb and a definite first pick that will win games either by itself or by allowing another threat to launch a game ending attack.  The half White mana cost is not a huge concern in a mono-White or two color deck and the power is definitely worth the dedication.  In Booster or Sealed it is worth running as much of an Exalted theme as possible when this is available and include almost anything with evasion or Hexproof.
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5


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