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Riftwing Cloudskate
Time Spiral

Reviewed September 5, 2007

Constructed: 3.50
Casual: 3.33
Limited: 4.08

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Riftwing Cloudskate

I think a lot of people are underestimating this card. Those people are underestimating the power of tempo. This card gains a creature for you while (temporarily) removing a creature for them, thus setting you much further ahead in the race. If you suspend it, the creature it bounces is one less creature that can block it, which means that this can severely slow down your opponent's clock and speed up your own in one fell swoop. Just look at Ogre Savant and see how unwilling they are to print good cards that can do that, and you'll understand that there's a lot of hidden power here.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 3
Limited- 4


Wednesday - Riftwing Cloudskate

An absolute staple in any sort of Blink deck. You'll play him for the bargain suspend cost more often than you'll hardcast him, and for that investment of time you get some serious tempo advantage plus a way to deal some damage. With Momentary Blink, however, he just becomes stupidly good. Play it in those decks; in non-Blink decks, he can be played, but there are far better options typically.

In limited, an amazing card if you're blue. Bouncing their best creature + getting a 2/2 flier for 2 mana = awesome.

Constructed - 3.5
Casual - 3
Limited - 4

David N

Wednesday - Riftwing Cloudskate
This is a solid creature that is getting a lot of play in blink decks.  By itself it is already decent.  2/2 flier along with a built in boomerang.  But along with a blink build this card can cause a lot of problems for your opponent.  Also in limited this is pseudo removal for blue.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 3
Limited: 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Riftwing Cloudskate

I like this creature. It's already made an impact in constructed with Momentary Blink to bounce all of your opponent's lands, and suspending it on the second turn is a very solid play in limited matches. The tempo it provides can win matches outright, and it even has flying. Play it.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5

Riftwing Cloudskate

Cosntructed: Working great in blink decks and other decks abusing 187 creatures (creatures with come into play triggers). The suspend cost of only two lets a blue player going first control even more tempo in just a few turns by bouncing a creature there opponents might play while still having counter mana up. The five mana regular cost is a bit much for a boomerang flier in my opinion and isn’t going to win a damage race, but in a true dedicated control deck time is on your side.

Casual/Multi: Boomerang is usually a pretty good all purpose answer but in multiplayer and casual sectors the body might just not be enough to compete with dragons and angels and wurms that are running around. You might buy yourself some tempo but you best be ready to deal with the card on the way back down. Momentary blink is a good call, along with other white replay effects like Astral Slide and Ghostway. Warped Devotion is also a good way of getting great use out of a lot of bounce effects with discard in a way that can work with multiple players.

Limited: 187 creatures are always a good snag in limited as they offer a body as well as a spell like ability. Also heavily wanted are creatures with evasion and cheap efficient creatures. The cloudskate offers all three of these functions in one package making it a good pick.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3
Limited: 4

MTG Rules Advisor
Riftwing Cloudskate:

This card is interesting. I've seen it used in momentary blink decks to great effect. It is a bit more of a casual card, though. I haven't seen very many tournament worthy decks that make much use of it (other than blink-riders, which doesn't see much play).

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3.5/5
Limited: 4/5

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Riftwing Cloudskate (3UU)
Creature - Illusion

When Riftwing Cloudskate comes into play, return target permanent to
its owner's hand.
Suspend 3 - 1U

I didn't think this card could see contructed play when it came out but
I was wrong. Suspending this on turn 2 gives out an extremely efficient
creature that gives you a lot of tempo as well as a reusable bouncer
with Momentary Blink. It even has haste and flying to hit for 2 life.

In casual, this thing bounces your opponent's stuff which makes comboes
so much harder to go off. Giant beatsticks also get bounced as well.

In limited, evasion and bounce is very good. Suspending it on turn 2
when you won't do anything else anyway is superb.

Constructed: 4/5, I just rated this common above yesterday's rare
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4.5/5, there's no reason not to play it in blue

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