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Lorescale Coatl
Alara Reborn

Reviewed May 26, 2009

Constructed: 3.50
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 3.75
Multiplayer: 2.87

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Lorescale Coatl

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.

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


May 26 2009


Lorescale Coatl


Constructed: 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.


Casual & Multiplayer: Very nice for snake decks.


Limited: 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.


Constructed: 3

Casual: 3

Multiplayer: 2

Limited: 4




Paul 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 Reborn.

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.5
BMoor Lorescale Coatl
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.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 3.5
Multiplayer- 3.5
Limited- 4

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