Budget Rare – Battlegrace Angel
Ah, Battlegrace Angel. You are such a balanced card.
Battlegrace Angel is a rare card from the Shards of Alara set. This card served me well as a budget substitute for Baneslayer Angel in my Standard deck when I began playing Magic again in 2010. Baneslayer Angel began as a $20 card at the time, and as a new(ish) player, I never had the money to buy them before they shot up even further. Battlegrace Angels were a perfect budget substitute for many players, serving largely the same role in decks that wanted a white top-end finisher.
Battlegrace Angel does pretty much the same thing in cube. There are some big differences, of course, when you compare it to the demon smiter. The difference in power and toughness, and loss of first strike is significant. Exalted forces you to attack with only one creature to get the main benefit. In cube matches, Battlegrace Angel may be the only effective attacker on the field, so this limitation may be mitigated somewhat. The ability to give another creature lifelink is ancillary, but still effective, since it lets you gain some life a turn earlier than Baneslayer Angel.
Overall, Battlegrace Angel is a fun, solid card for budget cubes, and can make the cut for a long while in maturing cubes. White has a lot of finishers available to it, so it is a good spot in the cube to save money when constructing a cube from scratch.
Staple Cube Size: 630