[AVR-ICD] Emancipation Angel

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Emancipation Angel

Emancipation Angel (Uncommon) -
Creature - Angel
When Emancipation Angel enters the battlefield, return a permanent you control to its owner's hand.
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Should be pretty strong in limited since the drawback isn't really a drawback in this set.

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Most definitely playable. Excellent card for limited and constructed.
That art is amazing. Card should be great in limited, however I'm not sold on this for constructed. Still, she does have potential there.
I'm not really sure why I would want to bounce one of my own guys at sorcery speed.
It resets Undying, I guess?
Kor Skyfisher, except it costs more and has +1/+0. Also, it's uncommon instead of common.
yeah honestly pretty bad compared to kor skyfisher
I'm not really sure why I would want to bounce one of my own guys at sorcery speed.
It resets Undying, I guess?

And soulbond. And puts the flicker angel back in hand. Reuse Snapcaster. ETB triggers basically.
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Not terrible!  It might have some utility with certain cards, but that's about it.

I like how we're seeing smaller and larger angels now!
LOVE the art on this card.
Not amazing, but fine.
Efficient beaters with drawbacks are nice, and a staple of the game. Kor Skyfisher was fun enough to draft with and this should be too.

The art though...ugh. Reminds me of a wallpaper I would have had in 2004.
Seems decent. You can drop a 0 mana cost artifact then bounce it to play her. Also bounce things like Oblivion Ring then cast it on something else. 
A 3/3 flyer for 3 with a negligble draw back is immense in both limited and constructed.  Given the number of flicker abilities already spoiled, I am sure there will be plenty of permanents with good ETB effects for this girl to bounce back to hand.
The fact that it is a 3-drop I think improves it over skyfisher. Admittedly, for +1/+0 doesn't seem like a great deal, but on turn 3 bouncing a permanent is less of a drawback (assuming you used your 2 drop slot wisely). And as falcon says, all these flicker abilities point to some good ETB abilities to complement them.

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Actually, some :W: non-Esper control decks have been starving for a Skyfisher, so this does have constructed potential. Being a 3/3 Flyer that allows you to reconfigure the field is a huge deal whether it's fending off opponents until turn 6 or getting value from that early Oblivion Ring.
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she's pretty sexy. oh and she'll probably be pretty sweet in limited. fringe constructed playable? idk.
I definitely think she has potential.
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Power-creep has made it so that a 3/3 flyer for 3 is only OK, or 'not good enough'.


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Course, if you are casting her any time after turn three and you don't have a land to drop, you can sort of fake it by tapping to play her, then bouncing a land and re-playing it as your land drop for the turn...

I like it! 
So this is what we've come to.
Power-creep has made it so that a 3/3 flyer for 3 is only OK, or 'not good enough'.


Setting back your mana by 1 is a pretty significant drawback though.

This + Emeria Angel could be fun.
So this is what we've come to.
Power-creep has made it so that a 3/3 flyer for 3 is only OK, or 'not good enough'.


Setting back your mana by 1 is a pretty significant drawback though.

Capt- I'm still pretty against the idea that power creep really exists. And in the case of this card in particular it's really that it sets you back a card which makes it a fairly traditional flyer which in some eyes puts it "below the curve", similar to Scythe Tiger or other small creatures which trade card advantage for quick presence. That said, this isn't a card to "curve out" with

Flop- If you're playing this on t3 and putting a land back into your hand, I'm pretty sure that's doing it wrong.
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This is good for returning "spent" permanents, such as used up charge counters on an artifact or something, giving it a new lease on life the next turn. Proliferate won't be around forever.

This is good, as good as Kor Skyfisher. I think I'm seeing that Wizards is printing a bunch of cards trying to slow the format down a lot more. I wouldn't be surprised if in the next block cards also follow similar stifling mana costs, or otherwise "drawbacks" in their abilities. This seems very deliberate to me. So while the 2 mana Fisher was great in a standard where that was valuable to have a two drop in that way, I think this is
indicative to the current (future) standard where Turn 3 will be the new Turn 2.


But more pointedly, hooray, another terribly named angel!
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Course, if you are casting her any time after turn three and you don't have a land to drop, you can sort of fake it by tapping to play her, then bouncing a land and re-playing it as your land drop for the turn... 

Yeah, if you're missing your land drop, then this effectively costs 2, and can even colour-fix a little.  (Let's say you have 4 lands but only one swamp and need double black.  Cast her, float black, return swamp, replay swamp).

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Love the idea of returning and replaying a land.
Kind of like Kor Skyfisher. Not really sure how good it is considering it costs 1 more for only 1 more power.
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Love the idea of returning and replaying a land.

I just thought of the idea to combo with Mycosynth Wellspring or Ichor Wellspring.  The combo won't be standard for long, but at least it mitigates the card disadvantage normally associated with her.
She needs a beard and tophat, then it would be power-creep.
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