Angel

Posted in Feature on May 8, 2012

By Gavin Verhey

When Gavin Verhey was eleven, he dreamt of a job making Magic cards—and now as a Magic designer, he's living his dream! Gavin has been writing about Magic since 2005.

With Pro Tour Avacyn Restored this weekend, Innistrad Block Constructed has been more relevant than ever. Rogue deck builder extraordinaire Travis Woo has been working hard on the format, trying to break Block wide open with something out of left field—and since he isn't headed to Barcelona, Travis didn't mind sharing his Pro Tour-caliber decklist early!

The card Travis set out to break? Angel of Glory's Rise! The Avacyn Restored card packs a serious punch, returning each Human in your graveyard to the battlefield. The natural place to go from there was a deck filled with Humans—and fortunately, Innistrad block has plenty!

The best Humans to reanimate are ones with effective enters-the-battlefield triggers. Fiend Hunter, Huntmaster of the Fells, Geist-Honored Monk, and even Cathedral Sanctifier all provide a nice benefit and can beat down on their own. Once your opponent has spent resources dealing with all of your creatures, it's time for the Angel to make an appearance!

In addition to just hard-casting Angel of Glory's Rise, this deck can also play a combo angle and reanimate it early. Faithless Looting can dump the Angel and Humans into your graveyard, and Unburial Rites can bring the Angel—and all those humans—right back! Your opponents could be scrambling for an answer as early as turn four... and they better hope they aren't playing any Zombies either!

Could this be a deck that will take Barcelona by storm? Check out Travis's article on his deck, and don 't miss the live Pro Tour Avacyn Restored coverage all weekend long!

Travis Woo's Angel

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