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Uktabi Drake
Planar Chaos


Reviewed March 30, 2007

Constructed: 2.29
Casual: 2.29
Limited: 3.00

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BMoor

Uktabi Drake

Not sure how White Counterspell week turned into Green's New Tricks week, but I'm liking it. This could be a Shock on Turn One, which most aggro decks in Constructed are happy to play, or it's a 2/1 hasty flier, which most Green decks can make use of. In Limited, it's no Giant Dustwasp, but it'll usually serve the turn as a decent evasive beater or aerial defense. In Constructed, it might show up in Zoo builds or spawn a new breed of super aggro (Gruul Deck Wins?). In Casual, it's nothing special outside of an Eon Hub deck.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 1.5
Limited- 3

Aethereal

Friday - Uktabi Drake

Green finally gets a cheap, hasty weenie flier. You do have to invest an extra 3 mana to keep it around, though, which can really slow you down. This, as well as the legality of Silhana Ledgewalker and Scryb Ranger, are the reasons why this will never see play in MGA, and that's the only deck right now that it could feasibly fit into.

In casual, it's green, cheap, hasty weenie flier. Why not?

In limited, great with Thick-Skinned Goblin, and good in general. I'll pay 4 for a 2/1 flier in *green* here.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 3
Limited - 3

-David N

Uktabi Drake

One of my favorite cards from the set. I really underrated common. Green has very few fliers. The best 1 drop for green flier was a 1/1 scryb sprites. Now this is a 1 drop for a 2/1 with haste. Yes most likely it will die after a turn but with the evasion and the power ups in green such as might of old krosa, 6 damage could be easily done on turn 2. If Uktabi is drawn late the echo can be paid and you still have a 2/1 flier in green. I would run 4 of these in any weenie green deck.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 4
Limited: 5
David Fanany Uktabi Drake

As another in the line of creatures with echo cost greater than their mana cost, Uktabi Drake suffers from the same inherent tension with all such creatures. You can't play it the way it's written, as a one-drop, if you expect it to stick around for any length of time. Its best use might be as a sort of green sorcery-speed Shock, but there aren't really any decks in constructed that need that right now. In casual play, it's another friend for your Primal Forcemage or Thick-Skinned Goblin deck. The fact that it has little staying power means it's not stellar in limited, but creatures with evasion are always at least moderately useful.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2/5
PsychoAnime Worst shock ever.

In Limited however, it does have evasion so I could see it being used as a
filler if you got nothing else good to play.

Constructed: 1/5
Casual: 1/5
Limited: 1.5/5

Arcane
Constructed: I used to think of this card as just a bad shock for green, but a friend of mine recently has shown me a bit more power in this little creature. He’s running it along side Primal Forcemage and Pandemonium with dangerous results turning the little 2/1 into 10 damage against opponents with no flying creatures. I don’t really see in finding a home in any decks beyond that as the Drake isn’t really that in depth a creature with not so inviting drawback.

Casual/Multi: Green has access to way more flier here if that’s what you want, and also a lot more cheap efficient one drop creatures if that’s also what you want. Again, echo and multiplayer just do not mix well, and especially not for creatures that get worse and worse as the game goes on. I’ll wait an extra turn or two and have a cockatrice, a Jugan or even a dustwasp, and the drake can stay looking from the sidelines.

Limited: Quick cheap evasion creatures are a bit more versatile in limited and (as long as you pay the echo) will probably be able to swing into your opponent for a few turns. A 2/1 body might not seem like much but the damage can add up quickly. The disadvantage is that you probably won’t get this creature out until the third turn as you’re going to want to be able to pay the echo and keep hitting your opponent or if you need a chump blocker against a dragon. On that note though I have managed a few games where I suspended a search for tomorrow on first turn, played a Drake on the second and paid the echo on my third upkeep by resolving my search first.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 1
Limited: 3.5
Necro
nomikron
Uktabi Drake:

Interesting card, for sure. I'm not overly fond of it, but, could see some play. If you're drafting red/green and picked up some thick-skinned goblins, it could be great. Otherwise, it's a shock to the face that you can turn into a creature for 1GG.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5 (Flyer is a flyer is a flyer)

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