I really love the Embalm mechanic!
What better way to showcase the mechanic than to talk about the mythic creature in the set with Embalm! At first glance this doesn’t look very flashy, but there’s more value than players may think. It may not happen right away, but this will be a really good creature to fall back on when other cards like Archangel Avacyn are no longer in Standard. Or, say, when Heart of Kiran gets the ban hammer!
All kidding aside, there are some clear roadblocks to this card in the current Standard format – so that must be considered as this card is released into the Standard card pool. It is stonewalled by the very cards I mentioned, in addition to Glorybringer which gains popularity almost daily with each passing day of cards that are revealed to us. I do like the fact that this can also be discarded, and Embalmed without having to cast the creature beforehand. It’s also worth considering as a top end creature since it needs to be dealt with twice, and likely harder to do so after it’s followed up a Gideon, Ally of Zendikar the previous turn.
Many say that Cast Out will likely be played and favored more than this Angel. I feel like both can be played, and Embalm really is the reason why. Playing a removal suite of Cast Out and Angel of the Sanctions could potentially open up deckbuilding exploration with the Processing Eldrazi from the Battle For Zendikar block – while they’re still Standard legal. Having access to 12 instances of “removed from the game” in 8 slots is actually interesting to say the least. Could be time to dust off Wasteland Strangler!
Angel of Sanctions may be a bit overvalued currently, and likely more than players want to settle of when acquiring them for their collection and use. I do think waiting is the best course of action here, and can likely see a decline in value fairly early on. There would have to be quite a shift in usage for more players to desire this card – and would have to prove itself in a Constructed setting.