Unlike its Lorescale brethren, Winged Coatl was
not intended to see a second combat step. It
flashes out in front of an attacker, blocks it,
and kills it with deathtouch.... and dies in the
process. Yes, you could play it at EOT and swing
with it, but for 1 flying? Unless you have a
Favor of the Overbeing to throw on it, this card
is basically a kill spell. "Destroy target
attacking creature if a blue and green creature
with flying can block it."
I notice they're no longer quite so rigid on the
"green can't kill creatures" rule of thumb as
they were at times in the past. And they
shouldn't be rigid - snakes are possibly more
naturally aligned with the color than any other
real-world animal, and have you ever been bitten
by one? It hurts. This little guy can really
surprise people, and a surprising number of
creatures are vulnerable to him.
Nice to flash in to killing one of their key
creature. A green & blue deck should really do
well in Alara Block.
A good defense is always a good offense.
It is basically drafting creature removal for
green & blue decks. We will be drafting all
Alara Reborn soon, so I might test it out.
Overall a okay common for what it can do.
Magic The Gathering COTD: Winged Coatl
Welcome back today we have yet another snake
card this one with a unique combination of
keywords that could provide for some interesting
play decisions and experiences. For three mana
you get a surprise blocker that will more times
than not kill the creature it blocks, the
ability to fly helps it in its quest to block
big beefy flyers and the option to swing for a
couple points of damage in the air doesn’t hurt
either. In constructed these guys abilities are
all worthwhile and together they present a
pretty efficient package for removal for blue
and green. Here lies the problem blue has
counters and bounce and other nifty tricks they
will most likely never need creature removal,
any decks that could play this card in Standard
has a plethora of cheaper and more efficient
creatures available to it, the abilities are
neat and the fact you can have a semi-removal
spell in blue and green is a neat concept, just
one that I doubt will be capitalized on in the
current format, post rotation its playability
may be slightly increased.
In Extended, Legacy, and Vintage a blue and
green removal spell could be played sidedeck
possibly although I don’t see the practical use
in sideboarding it and against what decks?
Casual and multiplayer circles will find a use
for this card, your opponents summon his big
hasty flyer and you destroy it, its like black
creature removal but to be used on any creature
Winged Coatl can block and at the kitchen table
that is a lot of creatures. Limited if your in
color having a flying threat as well as a
surprise form of removal is great it allows you
to not dip into black and still have access to a
decent body and removal. Its creature removal in
green and blue!