When and how should I use Restoration Angel in the Avacyn's Glory deck? I understand Flash means it can be used any time like an Instant. What is the purpose or situation for exiling a non-angel I control then regaining control?

Restoration Angel. Cost: 3W. Flash. Flying. When Restoration Angel enters the battlefield, you may exile target non-Angel creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control.

  • Are you perhaps playing Magic as a board game? This site is for video games, but I can move it to the site for board games if you wish.
    – agent86
    Nov 5 '13 at 16:11
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    @agent86 I suspect he is playing DotP 2014, but I still think this would be better on BCG as it is about general Magic strategy as opposed to a question about a DotP mechanic. Nov 5 '13 at 16:16
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    This is Magic 2014/DotP on PC.
    – spencer
    Nov 5 '13 at 16:55

Many cards have an ability that triggers when coming into play. With Restoration Angel, you could re-trigger one such ability.

For the deck you mentioned, Goldnight Commander has the following ability:

Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn

So, when you play Restoration Angel and remove any other creature, your creatures get +2/+2 instead of just +1/+1. If that other creature is Geist-Honored Monk then the boost to all creatures becomes +4/+4.

This is just one example. Fiend Hunter, Champion of the Parish, Mentor of the Meek, and Soul Warden could also be used with this strategy.

Alternatively, you can dodge spells and abilities this way. If a non-angel you have is targeted by a spell or ability (say Shock) then removing the target from play temporarily will cause that spell/ability to miss and do nothing instead. As @skovacs mentioned in the comments, this can also apply to unwanted enchantments on your non-angel creatures.

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    While this is generally right you have it backwards, you can only target non-angel creatures.
    – Ral Zarek
    Nov 5 '13 at 16:48
  • @RalZarek Thank's for pointing that out. Updated the answer. Nov 5 '13 at 17:07
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    Also, while significantly less useful than activating entry conditions, it could also be used to remove enchantments and debuffs applied to a non-angel creature.
    – skovacs1
    Nov 5 '13 at 18:46
  • @skovacs1 great point, added. Nov 5 '13 at 19:18
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    @Gilsham Or, you can block, then have your blocker saved before damage is dealt.
    – Patrick vD
    Feb 7 '17 at 19:53

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