I've always been a big fan of "growing"
creatures. I played Quirion Dryad in decks I
probably shouldn't have, I collect Godtrackers
of Jund for some reason, and I've picked up a
Simic Growth Chamber with its own trigger to
help out Vinelasher Kudzu. Lorescale Coatl has a
lot of potential, as everyone draws cards and
everyone likes spells that make you draw more.
Use it with Snakeform and have some fun combat
tricks. Should be good in Alara Block, green and
blue has some solid cards. It is the sleeper
colors in this set.
Very nice for snake decks.
Over the course of the game, this guy could get
pretty big if not dealt with. Keep him safe,
there is alot of removal in this block.
Overall a good card.
Magic The Gathering COTD: Lorescsale Coatl
Welcome back faithful readers today we are
reviewing a magnificent snake, Lorescale Coatl.
This week’s cards are brought to you by yours
truly, and reflect a number of cards I feel are
already making an impact in competitive formats
and have the potential to be powerhouses or
useful tools to add to the various color
combinations. Lorescale is a 2/2 creature for
three mana requiring the combination of blue and
green. Ladies and gentlemen what we have here is
the most efficient beater since Tarmogoyf with a
more constraining mana cost. Tarmogoyf was
reliant on opponent’s graveyards as well as your
own and had a limit to its power and toughness.
Our snake friend here has no such limit and
given proper circumstances can grow
indefinitely, the fact you can draw multiple
cards a turn and being in the blue section of
the color pie allows for a plethora of cards
that produce card advantage. In constructed
formats this guy can play a role in Extended and
Legacy Grow decks utilizes a wide variety of
cantrips and being paired with the most
cutthroat and ruthless cards of the format.
This snake will not see the same amount of play
Tarmogoyf received due to the color constraints
but any deck running both blue and green mana
sources would be hard pressed not to find room
for this card, possibly beside its buddy
Tarmogoyf. In Standard the presence of Bant
decks may allow this card to see moderate play
outside of that niche I doubt it will see too
much play in Standard until after rotation at
least. Lorescale Coatl is an efficient beater
that is a must deal with threat for opponents
and allows you to have only a few creatures
committed to the board and allows you to hold
back some threats. In casual green and blue
mages can find a space for this creature as it
allows them to invest in a cheap beat stick that
grows throughout the course of the game
transforming into a legitimate threat, the same
can be said for multiplayer where the increase
in power and toughness allows you to compete
with players who turn our there late game
threats. In limited it can become a beast and
its uncommon a good pick if you’re in the Bant
shard or using blue and green as a color
combination. This is not the second coming of
Tarmogoyf but this is one of the most efficient
creatures ever with a built in timer for your
opponent to either deal with it or die,
Lorescale Coatl is I feel a must use in G/U if
your needing something to turn sideways and go
aggro with. Efficient and reasonably priced this
snake is one of the highlight cards of Alara
A while back, I saw an article online dedicated
almost entirely to Lorescale Coatl. The premise
is that this guy would be really powerful in
Extended, but I can see him earning his worth in
Standard as well. After all, the biggest problem
with decks built around Terravore or Quirion
Dryad or whatnot is that the deck usually has to
go out of its way to make the creature bigger.
But with Lorescale, the thing you have to do is
draw cards, which is something you'd want to do
anyway. If the Coatl gets killed, you lose the
counters, but you keep all those cards you drew
to put the counters on it.