Today Aug. 10, 2015 Wizards of the Coast revealed the complete card list to their upcoming Magic: The Gathering collector’s release From The Vault: Angels. Like last year’s From The Vault: Annihilation, all 15 of the cards in the set will be printed with the new “Magic 2015” card frame, in English, and use the special foil process that has been unique to the From The Vault series. You’ll also find “an exclusive spindown life counter” and collector’s guide included inside the box.
Akroma, Angel of Fury
If there’s one thing which Akroma, Angel of Fury has going for herself, it’s versatility. Morph allows you to surprise your opponents, however being uncounterable allows you to hard cast it late game without fear from blue mages. Akroma, Angel of Fury will allow you to burn your rivals with firebreathing, flying, and trample to ensure she always deals damage to your adversary. If that wasn’t enough, the double whammy of protection from white and blue prevents most control players from killing her.
Akroma, Angel of Wrath
Sporting six abilities, there’s a reason Akroma, Angel of Wrath is a Timmy favorite. The duel combination of protection from black and red help make this threat a hard card to deal with for many decks. Originally printed in Legions, Akroma, Angel of Wrath was reprinted in Duel Decks: Divine vs Demonic, Timespiral, and most recently in Duel Decks: Anthology.
Archangel of Strife
Commander games are notorious for going long. Things speed up a bit when players choose “war” with Archangel of Strife though.
Avacyn, Angel of Hope
It’s pretty tough for your opponent to deal with your creatures when they’re all indestructible, and Avacyn, Angel of Hope grants this amazing ability to your team. This iconic creature has inspired players to make their own Magic The Gathering cosplay.
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Aurelia, the Warleader
Printed in Gatecrash, Aurelia, the Warleader saw play in Standard and has been a staple in Commander decks since it was first released. The deadly combination of haste and granting yourself an additional combat step is oftentimes game ending the turn she hits the battlefield.
When M11 introduced new cards to the core set for the first time, Baneslayer Angel was the marquee mythic rare that everyone wanted their hands on. Lifelink alone was enough to steal most games, however having protection from Dragons and Demons has helped keep Baneslayer Angel relevant in Modern where she can’t be blocked by Thundermaw Hellkite.
Entreat The Angels
There are very few cards which make such an impact when they’re printed. Entreat the Angelss is one of the them. It led Alexander Hayne to win Pro Tour Avacyn Restored with Miracles, and Miracles decks see play to this day in Legacy.
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When morph creatures made their first debut in Onslaught, Exalted Angel was the marque rare. It saw play in Astral Slide decks which could blink Exalted Angel out of play, cast Wrath of God, and then continue the beatdown. Exalted Angel even saw a short stint of play in the game’s most broken format, Vintage, in four color control decks. With quick mana from Power Nine, Exalted Angel could easily be played for it’s morph cost of three and the lifelink helped Negate the lifeloss incurred from Dark Confidant.
“Protection from all colors.” Unless your opponent is playing with flying artifact creatures or board sweepers, there’s very little chance they’ll be able to deal with Iridescent Angel. The only card that’s more annoying is True-Name Nemesis.
Iona, Shield of Emeria
It’s kinda hard to win when you can’t cast any of your spells. Iona, Shield of Emeria sees play in Gifts Ungiven decks powered by Urza’s Tower, Urza’s Mine, and Urza’s Power Plant typically alongside another white powerhouse in the form of Elesh Norn, Grand Cynobite.
Jenara, Asura of War
Bant is a fun color combination, and if you’re looking for a new general to play with in Commander you can’t go wrong with Jenara, Asura of War. She comes about quick, however with a little bit of mana she can grow into a fearsome creature.
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Quick and deadly. While Lightning Angel may have outclassed by more recent cards it’s easy to see why she was so good. Lightning Angel comes down early, attacks, and can remain back to block your rival’s early threats. Lightning Angel’s color combination allows you to play some of the game’s most powerful spells: Path to Exile, Mana Leak, Lightning Bolt, Cryptic Command, and Snapcaster Mage.
There’s just something amazing about the ability on Platinum Angel. “You can’t lose the game and your opponents can’t win the game.” Able to go into any deck, Platinum angel has been a staple in casual player’s decks since it saw print in Mirrodin over a decade ago. It also sees competitive play appearing in some Modern Tron lists.
Perhaps the most iconic card in this set is Serra Angel. Printed in Alpha, Serra Angel was one of the game’s best creatures in the early days of Magic: The Gathering. When Richard Garfield first created Magic: the Gathering, Serra Angel “was simply called Angel. The cost was the same. For the illustration, Richard had cut out a picture of the superhero Angel from the Uncanny X-men comic. Even in its earliest incarnation it flew and had the “doesn’t tap to attack” ability, according to a Magic Arcana. Reprinted on numerous occasions, Serra Angel was recently featured in the Blades of Victory Intro Pack.
Tariel, Reckoner of Souls
Printed in the original Commander deck Heavenly Inferno alongside Kaalia of the Vast, Tariel, Reckoner of Souls can help you gain an overwhelming amount of card advantage and win the game. With vigilance this legendary Angel can attack, defend, and then steal a creature from one of your rival’s graveyard to help lead the offense on your next turn.
From The Vault: Angels will hit select game stores on Aug. 21. Although the retail price is $34.99, you’ll be lucky to pay that much. The From The Vault series has been notoriously price gouged by retailers due to their limited print run. Between the limited print run, highly sought after cards, and over “20 million fans” of the game, we really wish Wizards of the Coast would increase the amount of From The Vault boxes printed so everyone who wants to buy a set can without spending a ridiculous amount of money on the secondary market.
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