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Cloudfin Raptor
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Cloudfin Raptor
- Gatecrash

Reviewed April 3, 2013

Constructed: 3.25
Casual: 3.63
Limited: 3.63
Multiplayer: 3.38

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BMoor

Cloudfin Raptor

It costs one mana, it flies, and it has an ability that passively makes it get bigger, permanently. I'm seeing visions of Tarmogoyf again!

This one's real simple-- it's an incredibly potent attacker in a blue aggro or midrange deck. Its only weakness is that you want to play four copies to ensure you see one in your opening hand, but it's a poor draw late in the game and you can't just drop a second copy and swing with the first because you need at least one other creature to get the counters flowing.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4
Limited- 4.5
Multiplayer- 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Cloudfin Raptor
 
"Bird Mutant?" That's fine, I suppose. It looks an awful lot like a pterodactyl to me - foreshadowing Muraganda somewhere down the line, perhaps? (Start writing those letters, Lost World fans!) Evolve is a mechanic that rewards careful deck construction, as illustrated by Cloudfin Raptor. With the right support, you could be attacking with a 4/5 flying creature in just three or four turns. Even if you just toss a bunch of "generally good" creatures in a deck with the Raptor, it'll usually top out at around 2/3, which is a pretty good return for one blue mana. It'll never be as dominating as Delver of Secrets, but that's a good thing - and besides, Delver of Secrets isn't a mutant pterodactyl.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Paul

Welcome back readers todays card of the day is Cloudfin Raptor a powerful aggressive blue flyer. In standard this card is cheap enough that blue decks sporting an aggressive theme could make good use of this flier as soon he grows to Delver like sizes and can provide a nice evasive body. In other competitive formats I don’t see this card as being as powerful due to the nature of growth and having a powerful creature up front may be preferable in older formats. In casual and multiplayer this card grows over the course of the game and is never a dead card as it can provide early aggression or an ok blocker making it useful during the entirety of the game. In limited this card is a solid pick for an aggressive simic deck as evasion is key and this card is one mana as you flush out your curve. Overall an aggressive early creature that scales well and should be seen in numerous places.
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 3.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Cloudfin Raptor which is a one mana 0/1 Blue with Flying and Evolve.  This is a very easy creature to trigger the Evolve keyword for and a 1/2 evasive attacking on the second turn is a great way for an aggressive deck to start a game. It is much weaker later on and is a particularly bad topdeck, but overall this is very likely to see play in Simic, Flying, or other combat oriented Blue decks.
 
In Limited this is a one drop with evasion with a fairly easy to overcome drawback, barring a bad late topdeck, that doesn't prevent it from having value in any Blue deck.  Evolve is very easy to trigger on a
0/1 and any Sealed build should include this, while in Booster it is well worth early in a pack for the early game threat potential.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5


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