Many Magic the Gathering players have an affinity for Angel cards – although they do not affect players’ casting costs. With Seraph of the Sword from the Magic 2014 Core Set, we have an Angelic version of Fog Bank for 4 mana that conveniently has no Defender on it. Would she prove to be a good card in Constructed, as well?
Seraph of the Sword was an obvious Limited bomb when it was first spoiled. Not only is Seraph of the Sword a 3/3 flyer that’s very splash-able, but she can’t be dealt combat damage. This means that she could singlehandedly block bombs – except things like Colossal Whale from the same set, which will just “devour” it. Even creatures with deathtouch can’t affect Seraph of the Sword in combat, since at least 1 damage must be dealt for deathtouch to activate. It’s an easy first pick, hands-down. But, since we’re obviously not drafting Magic 2014 anymore, what does she do on her own?
Is the Seraph good enough for Constructed play? As far as Core Sets rares go, this is in the middle of the pack. There are just a lot better creatures that cost four mana in Constructed, so it’s little surprise that Seraph of the Sword never found a home in Standard. Outside of some casual Angel decks, there are just better options for this deck slot. However, she does she play in some Budget Cube Drafts as a creature who’s solid both on offense and defense.
Of course, Angel cards are always popular, and most tend to find a home somewhere. Seraph of the Sword would seem welcome in a wide array of Commander decks. However, she hasn’t found many homes. You would think a 4-mana Angel would find a home, considering that there aren’t all that many. But, besides seeing play in the occasional Lyra Dawnbringer, Avacyn, Angel of Hope, or Gisela, Blade of Goldnight Angel Tribal deck, Seraph of the Sword sees inconsistent play in EDH. While the Seraph could see more Commander play than she does, four-mana Angels printed in more recent sets have pushed her to the fringe of playability. In any case, she’s just a nice card to have in your collection.