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Rakdos Drake
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 Rakdos Drake
- Dragon's Maze

Reviewed June 21, 2013

Constructed: 2.00
Casual: 2.33
Limited: 3.37
Multiplayer: 1.87

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BMoor

Rakdos Drake

He's either a Black Goblin Sky Raider... yawn... or a Wind Drake that trades away the ability to block for an extra point of... toughness. Flying creatures are nice to have, sure, but you can do better than this. If you don't Unleash it, it's not big enough to block anything and survive anyway, so you pretty much always will, and then it's a decent beatstick but still not too exciting. If it had been a 2/1 for three mana instead, that'd be a completely different story.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 2
Limited- 3.5
Multiplayer- 1.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Rakdos Drake

Somebody once asked Doug Beyer (the public face of Magic's creative department) why the creature type Drake mostly appeared in blue. Drakes, after all, are creatures of instinct and usually portrayed as smaller and less intelligent versions of dragons, who are most certainly not primary in blue. The answer boils down to "because they have wings and red has fewer flying creatures than blue". There's a dark side to flavor-based design. Fortunately, they approved Rakdos Drake, which is a very well-designed card (and coincidentally shows that the sky won't fall if they're slightly looser once in a while on creature types). Unfortunately, it doesn't compare so well power-wise to black's top tier of flying creatures: Ebon Drake from Fifth Dawn and Phobian Phantasm from Coldsnap have more muscle, and that's before you get into the category of game-ending threats like Hypnotic Specter. I could see Rakdos Drake being used in a lot of fun decks focusing on the creature type or on +1/+1 counters, though.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Rakdos Drake which is a three mana Black 1/2 with Flying and Unleash. A 2/3 with Flying that can't block for three mana just isn't strong enough to be a worthwhile addition to Constructed decks and without Unleash it is just a very inefficient choice. Seeing this in any deck is unlikely and the only real benefit is outside of mono-Black or if every Flying option is needed for an aerial theme.
Basilica Screecher, Nightveil Specter, Screeching Bat, and Vampire Nighthawk all being better options in most situations without costing additional mana.

In Limited this is one of the more aggressive evasive options for Black and Unleash is nearly mandatory aside from playing it to block a specific threat. Three toughness is difficult to overcome for most Flying creatures in the format and in general this should be automatic inclusion with Sealed builds and a strong early in color pick for Booster.

Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 2.0


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