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Vault of the Archangel
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Vault of the Archangel
Dark Ascension

Reviewed February 27, 2012

Constructed: 4.40
Casual: 4.40
Limited: 4.400
Multiplayer: 4.20

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Vault of the Archangel

If I were so inclined, I would start a rumor that this card means Avacyn is going to be white and black, assuming I also didn't know that Helvault is the card that foreshadows Avacyn Restored. Maybe instead of worrying about that, we should all be worrying about what this card means for anyone trying to play against a white and black deck with lots of tokens, or indeed almost any white and black deck. Seriously, can you think of any creature that wouldn't be much more powerful if it had both lifelink and deathtouch? In settings where you have a lot of multilands, you can "splash" the Vault into many different decks and dominate combat like Umezawa's Jitte used to (but with less fear of Ancient Grudge). Believe it.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Vault of the Archangel which is a land that taps for one or for two a Black and White mana gives creatures you control Deathtouch and Lifelink until end of turn.  Both effects are useful and have proven very impressive when on the same creature.  Any Black and White deck, particularly the popular token theme, should make room for this land as the only drawback is it being colorless mana.  In the middle stages of the game when five or mana sources are available any activation of this can majorly change the state of the game.  Expect to see this in tournament or casual decks alongside Sorin and other token generation cards.
 
For Limited splashing Black or White just to activate the effect of this is potentially a winning strategy, but is of course stronger if your pool includes strong cards in both colors.  The Vault makes for a somewhat risky first pick in Booster as it locks you into two colors, at least partially, but is strong enough in the format to justify the effort.  In Sealed it just depends on your pool of Black or White, but even if you play this as just a land it can have a psychological impact on your opponent.  Having Deathtouch available to block with or both effects for a major attack should give most opponents a difficult time and the potential to get multiple turns of use during a game makes this both efficient and effective.
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5

TDogg

Wow its been a while since I reviewed.  The card of the day today is Vault of the Archangel.  Personally I think this is the best land out of all the ones from the Innistrad block.  It gives ALL your creatures deathtouch AND lifelink.  Essentially it is saying turn all your creatures into Vampire Nighthawk.  With this on the field combat is almost always going to be in your favor, block to gain life and destroy their creatures.  If you're attacking then they take damage and you gain life.  The only downside that I can see is taking up five of your lands.  I like the flavor and the price.  I would seriously pick up as many of these as I can now, I think its going to be hot later.  If this card is in the right deck it will demolish all.
 
Constructed: 5.0
Casual: 5.0
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 4.5


Paul

Welcome back readers todays card of the day is an interesting land for decks that can run white and black. If you’re going esper colored for solar flare in standard this could make an interesting one of land lifegain allowing you more time to stabilize and deathtouch  allows you to just run over opponents on offense or force them to not attack on defense. The ability to turn all your creatures into Vampire Nighthawks is obscenely powerful and I foresee this card seeing play as a 1 or in most decks that can support it and potentially black and white token decks. In extended and modern the same concept applies this is not a lynchpin style card but a powerful one of to add to decks and dominate combat late game. In legacy and vintage tapping this many lands better have a more immediate impact. In casual and multiplayer this card is amazing a powerful card on offense and defense and death touch can be a political dont attack me warning and lifelink just allows you to outlast your opponents of which in multiplayer there are many. In limited it’s a real solid bomb if your in the colors and just allows you to win combat trades easily. Overall a card with casual and constructed applications and is one powerful land.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

       Welcome to a new week of card reviews here at Pojo.com! Today we are looking at the Vault of the Archangel from Dark Ascension! Vault of the Archangel is a rare land card that taps to add generic mana, or you can pay two generic, one white, and one black mana to give all your creatures death touch and lifelink until end of turn.

      Vault of the Archangel is sure to be a card that gradually sees more and more serious play, and is a sure fire bet to be lighting up casual play as we speak. Sure the mana cost to activate may seem a little steep, but in the end it could be enormously beneficial. Imagine this in a Soldier deck, chock full of little First Strikers. Now suddenly, they have Deathtouch and Lifelink. You could wipe out an entire blocking force, and gain a bunch of life to boot!

       In newer decks, this is finding a home in human and vampire based decks, as it well should. If you can get your hands on the new Sorin, then they go quite nicely together. And with how quickly humans can be produced, you can gain a nice army in no time at all. And then sit back and watch as they desimate an opponents field on kamikazi runs, all the while boosting your life total.
 
Limited: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5


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