Divine Visitation

Divine Visitation is one of my favorite cards from a recent set. I’ve mentioned it in passing a few times now, but I figured this time I’d give it the full article it’s been calling me to write. Token fans rejoiced when Divine Visitation was printed, myself included. But why?

That angel in the foreground is NOT happy with you

As I mentioned before, Divine Visitation is an insane card. Being able to turn Raise the Alarm into two Serra Angels is not something to balk at. In fact, I could just tell you to go search Scryfall for the word “create,” wrap up the article, and call it a day. But that’s not what we’re here to do: you’d be left with over 1,200 cards to sift through. Instead, let’s clear the debris and show off some of the wild things this card is capable of.

Leading the Way

There are a solid handful of commanders who are useful in conjunction with Divine Visitation. The newly printed Alela, Artful Provocateur is a fine example: With Divine Visitation on the battlefield, she creates an angel for every artifact or enchantment we cast, and gives them +1/+0! Teysa, Orzhov Scion normally makes spirits, which encourages sacrificing them to exile other creatures, but you can turn those spirits into angels and beat face instead! Rhys the Redeemed has a repeatable Second Harvest ability that synergizes with Visitation. For each 1/1 elf (or other creature token we control), his second ability will try to make another, but because of Divine Visitation it will instead make that many 4/4 angels! With Emmara, Soul of the Accord and Divine Visitation, the deck becomes a machine for tapping and untapping Emmara for a massive angel horde. Ghave, Guru of Spores becomes an angel-spewing monster with Divine Visitation as well. Paying one mana for a Serra Angel is powerful stuff. Speaking of which…

“Elemental Moose Goat Stag” didn’t fit on the type line

I bring up Marath because I thought it made an incredible combo piece with Divine Visitation, but he received an errata that takes away the infinite combo potential. However, he’s still comparable to Ghave in terms of combo potential. Marath‘s activated ability creates an X/X token, where X is the mana we pay and the number of counters we remove. If we activate Marath for 0 mana, we could create a 0/0 elemental creature token, which would then become a 4/4 angel. Well, Wizards thought of this, and Marath was given errata so that X cannot be 0. It’s still a powerful card, and a formidable combo with Visitation, but let this be a lesson: Always check the errata before buying a card!

The Supporting Cast

Shifting our focus from Commanders, let’s look at what a supporting cast around Divine Visitation would look like. I’ve already covered Mycoloth in my Trostani article, so you can read up on that nonsense over there. Outside of replacing tokens with better tokens, what can we do?

Gideon casually insulting the gods like he’s invincible or something

Truthfully, there isn’t much we can do outside of replacing tokens with better tokens. So let’s just amplify that to eleven, shall we? Anointed Procession and effects like it are a must in token strategies; if we want to create tokens, we definitely want to create twice as many tokens. Imagine we have a token doubling effect and a Divine Visitation; suddenly that Raise the Alarm creates four Serra Angels. Second Harvest quadruples our tokens, and all the tokens it creates are Serra Angels. Avenger of Zendikar gives us two angels for each land we control! Anointed Procession and its predecessors are no joke, and the hefty price tag on most of them comes from their versatility (and how much fun it is to use them).

There are plenty of other cards that pair up with Divine Visitation: Bestial Menace now reads “Create a 4/4 angel token with flying and vigilance” three times. Bishop of Wings creates an angel whenever an angel dies. Dragon Broodmother creates an angel every upkeep! If our colors support it, Captive Audience eventually makes us five angels! If you can kill off your Chasm Skulker you’ll be in heaven. The list goes on and on, and I’d rather not have this article hit 8,000 words, so let’s get on with it.

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The Rhythm Section

Ultimately, we’re going to be playing cards that say “create” on them, that’s a given. Doubling our tokens was also probably a given, because doubling 4/4 is hilarious. So is there anything we can do with 4/4 tokens that we couldn’t just do with 1/1 tokens? I’m glad you asked, me.

To be honest, it’s not the sight you should worry about

One of my favorite underrated uncommons is Sight of the Scalelords. It works well in my Omnath, Locus of Rage deck, but it also pairs well with Divine Visitation. Our angels already have vigilance, so this is mostly about giving them +2/+2 until the end of turn. Swinging with 6/6 flying and vigilance bodies is powerful, especially if we’re able to sneak out those creatures at instant speed, like with March of the Multitudes.

Another effect that cares about the size of our creatures is Ulvenwald Observer. This treefolk draws us a card every time one of our angels dies. If he dies along with them due to a board wipe, he will trigger for each creature that died (including himself). Elemental Bond and Garruk’s Packleader draw us a card when one of our angels enters the battlefield

Another abusable aspect of our angels is their vigilance: a Meekstone or Marble Titan stops large creatures from untapping, but we could care less about this since our angels should never become tapped. Combined with Sight of the Scalelords or Serra’s Blessing we would never have to worry about untapping any of our creatures, as they’d never tap in the first place. Just pray our opponents don’t play Sleep!

I bet Avacyn’s holy warriors became’rakul

The last card I want to mention is Cathars’ Crusade, because what token list is complete without it? If you’ve ever read one of my articles, you’re well aware of this card. If we’re making tokens with Ghave, Guru of Spores it replaces the counter we use to create the token, meaning we can pay all our mana into him for tokens and we’ll never run out of counters. Throw Crystalline Crawler into the mix and we’ve got infinite tokens. Even without Ghave, a single 4/4 angel is now 5/5 minimum, and making multiple tokens quickly amasses a huge flying army. If you’re looking for some real power math equations, check out our Hostility article which mentions both of these cards (and then some). I’m still amazed this card exists, and it’s tied for my favorite white enchantment for five mana.

Fly, My Pretties!

Divine Visitation is truly powerful. I may not have blown your mind today, but I hope I inspired you to go wild with some token generators. It’s my favorite strategy, and I hope I can make converts out of all of you. Join me next time when I use Worldpurge. I just… actually use it.

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