10 Best Magic the Gathering Angels Ever Printed

10 Best Magic the Gathering Angels Ever Printed

These deadly angels turn the game around, They are, infact, the strongest, quickest, and sexiest cards ever printed…

Who doesn’t like angels? They represent a heavenly power and bring some umph to any magic game. Not to mention the beauty and coolness of kicking the crap out of your opponent with a card that actually depicts grace… These are the best 10 angels for your decks… opponents of white decks everywhere, beware!


Blinding Angel – last printing : 2005


Ha. For holding a sword upside down, this card packs a lot of punch. A wonderful edition to any mono-white deck, and the root of some white control decks, blinding angel is one of my personal favorites as well.


Battlegrace Angel - last printing : 2008

Although situationaly, Battlegrace comes up little short compared to the other cards on this list, she’s in her element in a Bant deck. Several Battlegrace Angels can usualy mean a quick loss or concession from your opponent.


Iona, Shield of Emeria – last printing: 2009

With the largest attack and defense on any angel printed yet and tied for the highest mana cost. Iona is one bulky card. Unfortunately that draws away from her usability slightly. None the less, the ability to shut an entire deck down with one cast is nothing to scoff at. She is particularly ept at EDH, just don’t your opponent get ahold of her from out of play!


Pristine Angel -last printing : 2004

I LOVE this card. Pristine angel brings a lot to the table in terms of versatility. I actually use it for defense more than attack but heck yes you could use it for both. 4/4 for 6 is a good price to pay for this chick.


Adarkar Valkyrie – last printing : 2006

It’s a close call between the next couple, but the Valkyrie comes up a little short. A game saver for pretty much any white deck, she’s saved my butt a couple of times. Kudos to Jeremy Jarvis for, in my opinion, the coolest illustration of the angels.


Linvala, Keeper of Silence – Last Printing- 2010

Linvala is a new character to the MTG story line, with in my opinion, very little character. Unfortunalty with all the attention the planeswalkers are getting, Linvala is pretty much just a name. On the plus side she has the capability of shutting down many of the cards on this list and even creature’s mana abilities. A very constricting play for your opponents to face, Linvala is begining to do some major work in decks around the world.


Exalted Angel – last printing : 2002

Woa. A 4th turn 4/5 flier? yep, with lifelink. This is a staple card for any collector or player. There was no more effective early game angel. Although outdated by monstrosities such as Baneslayer nowadays, she still deserves a top spot on the list due to her powerful history. Even today, Exalted Angel holds down the fort in many white decks.


Akroma, Angel of Wrath – Last printing : 2006

The Winner of the popular contest, Akroma is a little more powerful and unique in her white form. The problem is the mana cost, but if you get her out, many people consider the game over (particularly EDH). This is one of the sought after cards in the game due to its novelty, rarity and power.


Baneslayer Angel – Last Printing : 2009

 19 out of 20 times this angel is the best of the best. With all those abilities, she is unstop-able for only 5 mana! Baneslayer Angel is the second most expensive card with the new card design and one of the most sought after cards in the game! But there is something she cant do…

…and the winner is…


Platinum Angel- last printed : 2009

Yes this is a controversial pick, but read it. Platinum Angel may be the biggest target in the game for control, kill and removal and seldomly actually gets to work. But, if it manages to gain shroud or last on the board for a finite amount of time you can’t lose the game unless you conceed, and you cant get any better than that.

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Drakdrium13, posted this comment on Mar 16th, 2009

did you mention that thing about Platinum angel and a blue control deck because of that one game we played?

Mike1229, posted this comment on Mar 16th, 2009

yes it did haha ;) lol stupid abduction.

LANDIS, posted this comment on Apr 17th, 2009

Did you consider:

Twilight Shepherd
Creature – Angel 5/5, 3WWW (6)
Flying, vigilance
When Twilight Shepherd comes into play, return to your hand all cards in your graveyard put there from play this turn.
Persist (When this creature is put into a graveyard from play, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to play under its owner’s control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)1
Illus. Jason Chan

Lu, posted this comment on Jul 2nd, 2009

And what do you think about Baneslayer Angel?

Creature – Angel 5/5, 3WW
Mythic Rare

Text: Flying, first strike, lifelink, protection from Demons and from Dragons

Some angels protect the meek and innocent. Others seek out and smite evil wherever it lurks.

Mike1229, posted this comment on Jul 3rd, 2009

She will be added to the list once M10 hits the shelves! :)

dlphenomenon, posted this comment on Sep 11th, 2009

I think Baneslayer is one of the most powerful angels i have ever used.When i play platinum it never stays in the game for more than 3 turns usually.Great cards though i strive in making a great angel deck.

DsH, posted this comment on Oct 17th, 2009

Exalted angel = 4th turn 4/5?
You sure?

anon, posted this comment on Nov 9th, 2009

-Exalted Angel (Reasoning – it sucks, you must have made a mistake, it definitely cost 6.)

+Baneslayer Angel (Reasoning – If your opponent gets one out, lets see if you can win?)

Mike1229, posted this comment on Nov 10th, 2009


monoman, posted this comment on Nov 20th, 2009

What would happen if 2 Platnium Angles were on the field on opposite sides? They are not legendary, so would the game go on untill someone got milled? But wait, can you get milled if one of those angles are out? Would the game go on untill someone got fed up and quit?

Angels Rock, posted this comment on Nov 22nd, 2009

To the fella who can\’t see how an Exalted Angel can hit the board in turn 4… you comments speak for your stupidity and ignorance

Mike1229, posted this comment on Nov 23rd, 2009

@ monoman. yea, pretty much. I do believe the game would go on indefinitly until someone somehow lost a platinum angel or conceded. Platinum angel will save you from being milled.

monoman, posted this comment on Nov 25th, 2009

Thank you for your response Mike1229. You have increased my opinion in Platinum Angle, although I would hate to play that hypothetical game, espesialy if it were in a tournament!

Tyler, posted this comment on Dec 1st, 2009

Have you considered Iona, Sheild of Emeria?

mason, posted this comment on Jan 11th, 2010

dsh anon you use the on 3rd turn then you morph it up on 4th turn

drunken sailor, posted this comment on Jan 15th, 2010

To the fella who can’t see how an Exalted Angel can hit the board in turn 4… you comments speak for your stupidity and ignorance

just wanted to repeat this person’s comment, because apparently there are some deeeeeply stupid people in this world.

bob, posted this comment on Mar 2nd, 2010

I definately agree with this list.
Give your platinum angel a wispersilk cloak and you pretty much win.
With platinum angel does your life go negative and you dont lose or do you no longer have a life total or does your life stay at one?

Mike1229, posted this comment on Mar 2nd, 2010

I do believe your life will go negative with platinum angel

Ryan, posted this comment on Mar 8th, 2010

I feel like Battlegrace Angel needs to be on here. The ability to give anything lifelink has won me so many games.

Alexander Chesney, posted this comment on Apr 4th, 2010

Battlegrace angel absolutely deserves a spot on this list, though between this and Baneslayer in your deck its a toss up. Thats one who plays exalted opinion though

Christian, posted this comment on Apr 14th, 2010

2 suggestions:

What about the new one from eldrazi:

Linvala, Keeper of Silence

und my favorite in my death’n'taxes deck:

Serra Avenger

3/3 flying, vigilance for 2 white mana (you can’t play this card during your first, second or third turns of the game). With an Aether Vial you can easilly play her during the third turn of your opponent.

Josh, posted this comment on Apr 16th, 2010

i think the official ruling if you run out of cards and have a platnium angle out, the game instantly becoms a stalemate. Due to order of opperations, when the player who goes to draw but has no many cards instantly loses, but this is canceled due to platnium angel, however you still must draw for that turn and it creates a unending circle. Thus not allowing the game to progress making it go on indefinite. Thats what i think i remember reading up on it. I could be wrong but makes sense to me.

but i think mealstorm angel deserves a little more credit than she gets… one hit with her can be game ender for the next turn. Period.

Tom, posted this comment on May 2nd, 2010

There is an Infinite rule, so if anything lasts forever ex. no cards in hand and no more cards in deck with 2 Platinum Angels out, then the 1 or two things causing the infinite situation are removed from the game causing a stalemate

Mike1229, posted this comment on May 5th, 2010

Updated for ROE!

Lu, posted this comment on May 11th, 2010

To those who have a bad opinion about exalted angel, think about this:

1) She can enter to the battlefield as soon as 3th turn in combination to \”Ancient Tomb\”.

2) She enter in play as a low cost colorless creature.

3) Her ability is not \”lifelink\”, so can be stacked with it (once).

Rantar, posted this comment on May 11th, 2010

I think Battlegrace Angel should be higher in the list than it is. 5 mana for a 4/4 flying is alredy good, and if you attack alone with it, it will gain lifelink and +1/+1. That alredy makes it a 5/5 flying and lifelink. Unless you count on playing this alone, you can boost it up really easily. In an all white deck, there are plenty of enchantments that boost the toughness/power. Take Empyrial Armor, pay WW1 (3) for a card that says: “Enchant creature. Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 for each card in your hand.”Wow. I played this once equipped on Battlegrace on my 6th turn (I had about 5 cards in my hand) wich gave Battlegrace +5/+5 wich makes it a 9/9 flying. I attacked with it alone wich gave it +1/+1 and lifelienk. Just like that my opponent would be at 10 and I would be at 30.

Ihi, posted this comment on May 12th, 2010

Baneslayer vs. Narcolepsy , zzzzz

Ivanov, posted this comment on May 18th, 2010

Reya Dawnbringer should be on that list. O.o
I own like two or three of them. It’s my favorite angel of all times. I’ve never lost whenever i pulled that card out. ^^
I like her because in the deck i used it was most useful to boost the troops in the beginning of my turn.
It was a Samurai deck so i just used Sensei Golden tail to make a her a samurai angel, and partake in the plentiful boosts the deck posessed, and wreck havok in enemy lines =D

Reya Dawnbringer
4/6 Flying
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield.

al, posted this comment on May 24th, 2010

When you play exalted angel face down for 3, does it count as a white angel or is it just a colorless creature until its morphed?

Mike1229, posted this comment on May 24th, 2010

face down, exalted angel is just a plain old colorless type-less 2/2

Rantar, posted this comment on May 28th, 2010

Why did you take out Maelstrom Archangel?
Okay, okay, I realise that its hard to get out, but once you do, the game is yours!
I have it in my deck, i just got it off of ebay. Its a really good card RGWBB (5) for a 5/5 flying with an effect that sais: “Whenever Maelstrom Archangel deals combat damage to a player, you may cast a nonland card from your hand without paying its mana cost.”
Its exeedingly strong. Think about it.

Rantar, posted this comment on May 28th, 2010

Card Name:
Llanowar Druid
Mana Cost:
1, Green
Converted Mana Cost:

Creature — Elf Druid
Card Text:
Tap, Sacrifice Llanowar Druid: Untap all Forests.
Flavor Text:
“This forest means more to the druids than their own kin. The loss of a tree is like the loss of a child.”
—Mirri of the Weatherlight

Rantar, posted this comment on May 28th, 2010

Sorry, above should go on your elf post.

Mike1229, posted this comment on May 28th, 2010

@ Rantar… Thanks for your feedback. Unfortunatly I think Lin Vala gave her the boot on this one… With a mana cost that complex, the chance of having a card in hand that you can’t already play is rather low. Combos aside, I just feel like these cards are more efficient, but I will agree with you it is an extremely strong card (especially with the new eldrazi & progenitus)

tim, posted this comment on Jun 13th, 2010

what about Radiant, Archangel?

for 5 mana, you get a 3/3 flyer that gets +1/+1 for each other flyer

she can get pretty big

bobo tea-baggins, posted this comment on Jun 15th, 2010

Call me old fashiond, but i loves me some Serra Angel. effin classic.

FrankZappa, posted this comment on Aug 19th, 2010

I agree with every angel on the list but I might change the order:

Battlegrace Angel would be number 10 because it is huge in a bant deck but not entirely versatile.

Blinding Angel would be number 9 it is used in some deadly combos and can stall the game while you get out your bigger angels.

Iona should probably stay at number 8 because of it’s cost

I would put Linvala at number 7 because it can disable abilities and shut down some decks, emphasis on SOME, it is also fairly vulnerable…

I understand Akroma is a game-ender and has not only power value but also sentimental value, but i would put her at number 6… recently decks have become so fast paced that mana cost is a major drawback… it’s 8 mana… your opponets counter spell only costs 2 mana.

Pristine Angel is fantastic for defense!!! but it is not very agressive, I can see why you might put it at number 7, but i prefer number 5.

Adarkar Valkyrie would be at number 4, it has a end game ability and it’s mana cost is not ridiculous for it’s value.

Exalted Angel is at number 3, partially for sentimental value, but mostly for enduring intrest. When Exalted Angel first came out it was one of the best cards available and it continues to be an expensive powerhouse.

Baneslayer is still at number two… it is one of the most cost effective cards… period, it is even stronger for it’s price then most green rares…

but Platinum Angel is at number one! incredibly versatile! it is not confined to any color… which is also it’s weakness, most decks have cards like disenchant or natrulize to deal with artifacts even if they dont have cards to kill creatures… in the end the positive outways the negatives… it is an obvious choice for staters as well as professionals.

P.S. Mike, I have read a few of your lists and they are all fantastic! Nice Job! Keep up the good work.

Mike1229, posted this comment on Aug 19th, 2010

Thank you FrankZappa! You input and compliments are taken to heart! Thanks for reading!!

wl, posted this comment on Sep 6th, 2010

Platinum Angel is my favorite,i’ve got 2. I’m building an angel deck now but I only have Iona and Salvation in addition to Platinum. I’m getting Baneslayer next. :)

Xz, posted this comment on Sep 17th, 2010

I agree that Serra Avenger should be on the list

Serra Avenger
3/3 Flying, Vigilance
Cannot be cast on your first, second or third turns

Won me more games than I can count

Starke, posted this comment on Oct 9th, 2010

Some people are really dumb, yes Exalted Angel is a 4th turn 4/5 with Flying, third turn drop him for his 3 colorless as a 2/2 facedown, turn it face up for 2 whites, 2 colorless on turn 4. Learn the rules or READ the cards before making stupid assumptions.

Starke, posted this comment on Oct 9th, 2010

P.S. you can still Wrath of God, Day of Judgement etc. Platinum Angel.

soultoast, posted this comment on Oct 20th, 2010

they all become cupcakes with an infect deck out. especially with eldrazi conscription and tainted strike.

ArtifactMaster, posted this comment on Oct 24th, 2010

Here’s the thing about platinum angel. If you have a deck like mine (illegal in tournaments I must add, as I have mostly artifact lands), Add ‘Tezzeret the Seeker’ and you can look through your library for an artfact of X mana cost or less. I pick (0) and get a land out. After a few turns, I can then cast a multitude of options to keep my platinum angel safe. i.e. Darksteel Forge, Whispersilk cloak, etc. Making YOUR angel indestructible, or even using the Shield of Morning (Mirrodin) to negate an opponent creature’s attack is an effextive way to make your opponent say, “THAT card is SO gay!”. Now that i’ve revealed my strategy to the whole wold, I’m going to go rebuild my deck. lol!

gost, posted this comment on Dec 10th, 2010

nice article ;)

the Wiseman, posted this comment on Dec 11th, 2010

I agree about most of the comments. But My friend, Baneslayer and Platinum Angel have the same strength, but for different deck type. For find the truth, try put them in the real game…
Platinum may great in the control deck. She’s 4/4 Flying, you just attack with her and protect her with some equipments and counters and sure you’ll win with five hits. But she’s lack of combat abilities. You’ll find more difficult if there’s 4/4 creature with flier on opponent’s side…. you must clean it up and attack…
Baneslayer can do the same, since she has less cost and better combat abilities, the 5/5 First Strike, Lifelink will also beat the opponent with the four hits. Since she has better combat abilities, you can protect her just with some counters…
For Beatdown, I choose Baneslayer. For Control, I choose Platinum….. they’re mutually exclusive….

Anger Me, posted this comment on Jan 10th, 2011

@the Wiseman..
Why are you thingking of making your platinum angel your killer? Many combos can make the game end by not using Platinum Angel to attack. Like other creatures, library burners, etc. Using your Platinum as a game ender or attacker puts you more at risk like opponents using Wing Shards.
Most player I know used their platinum as an insurrance that they will not lose the game.

kai, posted this comment on Feb 12th, 2011

I would say Exalted 1st easily, cant beat a 4th turn 4.5 flyer with lifelink, then maybe Iona purely bc its house in re-animator. anyhow I cant ever remember losing to a platnium angel, But I have been locked out by Iona in game 1 and I have been beat to death by exalted angel back in arstal slide decks days… not to mention they could slide her out and abuse not paying the morph fee.

phyerstarter(say firestarter), posted this comment on Mar 16th, 2011

If you had tower of eons and plat angel then you would kinda bypass the whole stalemate thing and keep gaining life. I once use tower of eons to get my life close to a grand using an elf deck playin someone with and elf deck but I had 3 well wishers. There were like 40 elves on the field. What can I say I like to drag games out and see the full potental of a deck

Artifacts and Infection, posted this comment on Apr 19th, 2011

I’ve found that a platinum angel with a whispersilk cloak is a pretty much game winning combo. Unblockable and shroud.

True, it’s only a 4/4 so it would take 5 turns to wipe out a single opponent (if they’re on full life) but in those five turns they’d need to both destroy the cloak and the angel.

Angelic Kenshin, posted this comment on Apr 21st, 2011

ok were is deathless angel o.0 2 manna and anything is indistuctable, just keep tapping 2 manna and platnium angel stays out =) someone gives her -1-1 counters che cant die! in return neither can u

Twan, posted this comment on Jun 10th, 2011

i’m also building an angeldec, well.. already have it for a few years:P
7 of the top 10 are in it, i still dont have Exalted and Linvala and i kicked out Iona (way to expencife, and doesn’t fit in my style)

my deck is based on giving all my 15 diferend angels the ultimate protection. the both platinums are the base of my whole dec (Platinum Angel and Platinum Emporion) they protect my life from getting below 0 and from getting chanced.

I protect these artifects by using Concerted Effort in combination whit, Akroma, Serra (the Angel who’s about forgoten..???..), Pristine and last but not least Iridescent Angel.
all these Angels will give eachother the ultimate protection
(all angels whit protection from all collors and artifects, vigilance, trample, first strike and flying.)

there is only 1 problem. how do i get concerted effort better protected. in the way i play magic much, there is only 1 card instead of 4 cards whit the same name alowded in a dec of 100 cards (except lands ofcourse),

any advices?

AsukaBaby, posted this comment on Jul 8th, 2011

Great list, I use almost all of the above as I play a Angel/Elf creature deck. The cost is nothing that 4 elvish pipers can’t remedy and with so many elf cards adding to your mana pool early it can be very devestating. Also I would add that Reya Dawnbringer combined with Empyrial Archangel is a pretty amazing combo, the one takes all damage sent your way while the other brings the damager taker back to life every turn. I would say to play an Angel deck effectively it helps to pair it up with Green to bring up the mana count quickly and have the elves i.e. Piper that helps make the deck deadly pretty quick

Tim, posted this comment on Jul 12th, 2011

i think that Sunbaslt Angel and Angelic Arbiter would have to be added to this list.

Angelic Arbiter 5ww(7)
Each opponent who cast a spell this turn cant attack with craetures.
Each opponent who attacked with a creature this turn cant cast spells.

ths card has gotten me out of tough situations and has turned defeat into victory mant of times. i cant see how an opponent could really recover while this is in play.

Sunblast Angel 4ww(6)
When Sunblast Angel enters the battlefield, destroy all tapped creatures.

When playing with this card and an opponent know you have it what is better than them being afriad to attack? i play with 2 of them in a deck and i have to say it makes your opponet afraid to attck.

I think that both of these should make the list, they are great cards

Nxwtypx, posted this comment on May 6th, 2012

The absence of the Serra Angel on this list is a proof of Magic’s sad power creep. You mentioned Adarkar Valkyrie? Check this deck out, she’s the star of that show.

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