Ah, the day has finally arrived. I've been eager to get the ball rolling on this one, as Innistrad is a pretty damn cool set. Very exciting!
We're gonna be doing things just a bit different, this time out. I'll do the breakdown by color as usual, and cover all the Rares as usual, and I'll skip the chaff and limited filler to avoid typing "this is bad in EDH" 1000 times over... as usual. The different part is that I'm going to do the Double-Faced Cards separately, in their own section. This mostly is just an aesthetic and logistic choice, as the images need to be wider to accommodate both sides of the card. So in each color, I'll skip the DFC's and get to them later.
Anyway, that's the only difference. The rest will be the same old routine. Naturally, White is up first.
Very playable, in the right decks, mildly useful outside of those decks. At first glance, this Angel might seem marginal outside of a heavy Spirit tribal deck. But, once you start paying attention, you might be surprised at how many creatures bear the type Spirit. One thing I should point out is that the has a pretty cool interaction with Karmic Guide. Angel of Flight Alabaster won't be good enough to replace Karmic Guide in most decks, but she'll be good enough to run along side Karmic Guide in quite a few decks.
Trick Question. Fracturing Gust wins. Okay, okay, supposing you're in mono-white or at least not G/W and can't choose Fracturing Gust, Instant speed is probably more relevant and beneficial than gaining 1 or 2 life, maybe 4 if you're lucky.
Meh. Definitely playable, but arguably, there are better cards that can perform this function.
So, that's it for White. Nothing here looks destined to become a staple of the format, but there are many cards that will be staples of specific decks or archetypes. The only really generically useful card is the Flashback Wrath effect, but it's pretty iffy as to weather than one will get the job done, or simply fail to kill the one thing you most want dead. Anyway, there's plenty to appreciate here, but no huge bombs. I'm okay with that...