Deathmist Raptor - Dragons of Tarkir Spoiler

Deathmist Raptor

  • Color: Green
  • Type: Creature - Beast, Lizard
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Set:

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Whenever a permanent you control is turned face-up, you may return Deathmist Raptor from the graveyard to the battlefield face up or down.

Megamorph 4 ManaGreen Mana

  • Ryx

    Well tiny morph is now starting to become a thing.

  • Al

    “you may return Deathbringer Regent from the graveyard to the battlefield”
    Do they mean Shikiri Raptor?

    • J

      Maybe that’s why its mythic it brings the regent back while it’s on the field

  • Dapper Dimir

    this is so weird. forced?

    • Melissa Juice

      Forced in what way?
      It’s fun design. Seems pretty natural to me.

  • Joel Lee

    This with Cloudform and Whisperwood Elemental in some sort of manifest shell sounds intriguing.

  • GabrielTosh

    This might be the 3 drop for U/G/x manifest deck. If you manifest it you can ambush a creature during combat (kill that rhino) and just need to flip one of your other manifests to get him back from the graveyard.
    Solid card. Will probably be a bulk mythic until rotation where it may replace courser in the green 3-drop slot.

  • Xinck

    is this actually legit?

  • Devin

    Uh… This card has no card number, and the gold mark isn’t the DTK symbol. Is this confirmed real

    • Derpachus

      It has been confirmed

  • Zombie

    Seems pretty mediocre, definitely does not feel like a Mythic to me.

    I can’t see this being played outside Limited. The niche it would fill in Constructed doesn’t exist.

    If you’re looking for a 3/3 Deathtouch body, go with Heir of the Wilds. It’s usually a 3/3 and costs less, and can get bigger.

    The recursion is nice but not many decks can take advantage of it or abuse it right now. This might change if we see a mass flicker ability.

    If something like that happens, Whisperwood Elemental + that mass flicker + this guy could be a decent deck.

    • Robert FakeLastName

      Except, flickering a morph/manifest is a “face down” card leaving then entering as “face up”. It is not considered to be “turned face up”. If there is the inverse of Ixidron, that would be epic.

      • Kameenook

        It’s the idea of being able to flip a bunch of relevant morphs though.

    • Melissa Juice

      Too spooky in limited. Needs to be mythic.

  • BlahBlahBlahBla

    I don’t like Megamorph. The name is dumb and why the hell do i want to pay 8 total mana to get a single +1/+1 counter on a mediocre creature?

    I’m continually baffled as to why WotC is so unwilling to make any decently costed morph creatures that are playable in any environment but limited. This could be good in standard if they had decided to make any other decent morph cards to recur it, but as it stands, it’s just another bulk mythic. :/


    • Zombie

      They literally just made a fantastic blue Morph creature that’s Morph cost is the same as its CMC 2.

      And it’s definitely Standard playable.


      • Guest

        The 2/1 flier you mean? Def not playable.

        • Zombie

          The 2/1 Flyer for 2 that can Willbender board wipe or other removal?

          Oh yeah and when you morph it it becomes a 3/2.

          Yeah no that’s totally unplayable /s

          • Guest

            Have you played this Standard at all? I’ve been having great success on the Starcity circuit so far, and I’m telling you if you’re wasting your third turn casting a 2/2 morph then you haven’t got a chance. Specifically, a 2/2 morph that you then have to leave mana open if you want it to function as a negate, and it turns into an only slightly better creature on unmorph.

          • Zombie

            Why would you play a Willbender effect that counters Instants and Sorceries on curve? Especially when you’re playing it in a Jeskai aggro/tempo build to stop Wraths. That kind of thinking right there is why you expect bad results.

            And yes, I’ve been doing very well this season. I’ve played and placed in every Standard CERL tournament my LGS hosts so far in addition to weekly FNM’s in both Modern and Standard, and it’s the largest store in Texas. I’m playing in GP Miami tomorrow and will be participating in the Modern Open as well. Not exactly relevant yet but I’m going to GP Vegas as well.

            I’ve been alternating between Abzan Whip and Midrange variations, but I started off with Jeskai “Tempo” (even though it wasn’t really a tempo deck, stupid people who suck at naming decks came up with it).

            Abzan Whip is currently 48 round wins to 0 round losses and Abzan Midrange (Aggressive variant) is 11 to 1. So I’d say there’s some reasonable success.

          • BlahBlahBlahBla

            My comment about standard was an aside from my initial comment about the card. I play nearly no standard (except when i have to at a GP) and as such my comments about the format should probably be mostly ignored.

            My frustration toward the morph mechanic is more so from a design standpoint. I believe that morph is a great opportunity for WotC to create extremely powerful creatures. There is so much investment that goes into paying 3 mana for a vanilla 2/2 and then activating it’s morph. Even Stratus Dancer (which i agree could be good in standard) essentially reads: U4: Negate and put a 3/2 flyer into play. If that were an instant spell, the only place it would ever see play is in bad EDH decks. Now, i know the fact that you can stick on the field one turn and activate it another time is a possibility, but if you are not holding up the mana to morph it from the get go, it most often will end up being a 2/2 for 3 that gets bolted off the field.

            For all of that chance and investment, i really feel like they could up the power level of these morph abilities. Would Shikiri Raptor be overpowered if it were Megamorph G1? Nope. You’d still be paying a total of 5 mana for a 4/4 death touch which is still not great. Or what if Megamorph was 3x +1/+1 counters? Paying 8 mana for a 6/6 deathtouch? Still not great. And then we move to it’s return to the battlefield stipulation. It’s entirely reliant on an archetype that has shown already to be extremely subpar in standard. Not to mention, even if it’s relevant in standard at some point, once it rotates out it will be an extremely unuseable card. So why not give it something that makes it useable in standard and/or other formats?

            Stratus dancer could just straight up counter any spell when it’s flipped instead of just Instants and Sorceries and it would still never see play in Modern. The reason is because of the 2/2 body for 3. 99% of the time you would morph her would be in response to a lightning bolt. So you eat up 5 mana between two turns to negate a lightning bolt. Not good.

            I really should have never mentioned standard in the original post because i don’t care much about or know much about standard. I do know that there has still yet to be a single morph card that does anything in an eternal format and even in the case of standard, this block is shaping up to be a sequel to the ‘enchantments matter’ Theros block where enchantments really did matter much in standard and other formats with decks that utilize enchantments got virtually nothing new from it.

            I’ll stand by that we have seen some spectacular cards from this block so far, but the morph cards have been supremely disappointing.

          • kmk888

            You should play the blue morph in U/G manifest, where it becomes simply phenomenal if you can manifest it. Manifest is the best constructed version of morph since you rarely have to pay the inefficient morph cost. U/G manifest may very well have the tools to become a thing after this block… Hell, this terrible excuse for a velocirapter may even make an appearance.

          • BlahBlahBlahBla

            Yea, could be. I should really start playing standard more because i do like it lately, but with the time i have available i just prefer to go to Modern and Legacy tournaments. :/

          • Zombie

            If you were gonna join in on Standard, now would be a great time. With the end of the Khans block, the last Core Set dropping relatively soon, and the most diverse Standard format we’ve seen in years, now’s probably the best time to enter Standard.

            There are currently 3 Tier 1.5 competitively viable decks that you can build for <$100. That alone should say something huge about the current health of the format.

            I was growing tired of the constant stagnancy of Standard, and while I still plan on eventually giving up the format, there's still something there that keeps me interested – and that's the sudden explosion of diversity. It leaves me with some hope that players won't just stick to the Top 5 Tier 1 decks for nearly two years every rotation.

          • Zombie

            The problem with Morph and seeing some disappointing cards is that a REALLY good Morph card would just be too good to actually exist in a healthy game.

            It’s not that Wizards won’t make them, it’s that they can’t.

            The aggressive CMC 2 Megamorphing Power Ranger Squad Cycle that we’re starting to see wasn’t even thought possible.

            Their abilities and game impact likely had to be toned down just because of how aggressively costed they are for Morph creatures.

          • Melissa Juice

            Texas? Where ya from, pardner?

          • Zombie

            Im from/live in Dallas but grew up in Plano. I play at Madness every week so I call it my LGS.

          • Melissa Juice

            Nice. I’m from the endless Houston suburbs.
            I’ll have to check that place out on my next visit.

          • Zombie

            We pull 170-180+ players on average every Friday night just for FNM formats.

            Every Friday we currently run Sealed, Standard, and Modern events.

            It’s definitely worth a visit. Plus, it’s not just a card shop, but a table top, model building, collector item, and comic shop as well.

            They moved into a huge space that can hold all of those FNM players and Magic/Card game stock on just one third of the floor space.

          • Melissa Juice

            Holy hell! That sounds amazing.

            I’ve been dying to run/play D&D, but I can’t find a consistent group.

          • Zombie

            I’m pretty sure there’s people running D&D campaigns several days a week there as well. There’s a few tables in the back of the board game section of the store where people play D&D and other games.

            They also have several tables in a back section near where they host the Modern events during FNM where they let people play Warmachine/Hordes and a bunch of other table top games as well, and besides FNM they have free-play pretty much ever other day, basically just whenever people want to show up.

            Plus there’s always people playing EDH at back tables during FNM and multiple days a week.

            It could all be summed up by just saying Madness pretty much does everything. It’s pretty sweet, and worth my 15-20 minute drive.

          • Melissa Juice

            Stop taunting me! haha
            But, yeah, all-around awesome.
            Not quite worth a four hour driver, unfortunately.

        • Melissa Juice

          It is definitely standard playable.

    • Happy The Cat

      um it’s not an 8 mana creature
      it’s a three mana 3/3 with deathtouch and a revive trick or a five mana 4/4 with deathtouch pseudo haste and a revive trick

    • Melissa Juice

      Limited is a hugely important format, which often contributes to rarity decisions.

      Also, you’re not grasping the basic versatility of morph cards.

    • Kameenook

      Imagine it as a 3/3 deathtouch for 3, with it’s second ability. Now with Megamorph it also has the ability to bluff your opponent, when casting it from your hand, or late in the game pay your eight mana for a 4/4 deathtouch.

  • TylerEatsCats

    Then the attack comes. Not from the front, but from the side, the other two raptors you didn’t even know were there.

    I love it.

    • Happy The Cat

      now to find a way to give them haste so you can alpha raptor strike

      • OSFerret

        Clever girl.

  • Oberon

    Whisperwood elemental and Mastery of the unseen exist, and this isn’t a bad way for a green white deck to grind out advantage against the midrange decks of the format. I don’t see it ever being facedown, but rather it will trade for their siege rhino/tasigur early in the game, and then come back to trade again or provide pressure. Not a terrible card, but really doesn’t feel mythic. Might see play depending on the other megamorph cards in the set.

    • Happy The Cat

      it would be face down if they have the time to megamorph again
      the +1/+1 pulls it out of burn range and if you have two they can revive one another

  • bob

    So 4 of these keep cycling one another. Pretty cool :)
    And with Whisperwood will help them to. :)

    • Devin

      In constructed, yeah. in limited that would be lucky. as. HELL. it is a mythic, so if you get two of these, fate is TELLING you to win that draft

      • Happy The Cat

        no fate was last set
        dragons tell you what to do now

        • OSFerret

          I would not be a happy cat if I played against that :'(

  • skksnsnqpeocmes

    I saw the art and expected a lhurgoyf.
    Only kind of dissappointed.

    • WPowell

      you silly silly person you, tarmagoyf? i would actually cry if monastery mentor, thoughtseize, and pseudo goyf were in standard.

      • OSFerret

        Tasigoyf is in standard you goose

  • Happy The Cat

    beast lizard?
    *cough* dinosaur *cough*

    • Melissa Juice

      I dinosaur/land before time block would be so fun.
      Let’s hope.

  • Jandro

    Art: DAFUQ?
    Rarity: DAFUQ?
    Ability: DAFUQ?
    Total score: DAFUQ/10. Seriously, though, what is that thing and who put it at mythic? I’ve seen cards in the past that have lacked the “Mythic Feel”, but this takes the cake.

    • Melissa Juice

      It certainly feels rare. It’s interesting, and obscene in a dedicated morph deck. But…yeah, weird.

      • Kameenook

        Had to be mythic for limited purposes I believe. This thing could easily dominate limited boardstates in a limited without an excess of GY hate.

        • Melissa Juice

          Yeah, I agree with that. This thing would ruin too many drafts at rare. At mythic it ruins juuuuust the right amount. heh

          • Nharzhool

            Also: It’s an interesting twist on Vengevine. I think I actually prefer this for standard. This is nicer for that recurring surprise blocker, versus the recurring hastemobile; but this would be horrible to play against in a morph recursion deck.

          • Melissa Juice

            Hmm, yes. Good call.

    • William Allen

      My scale of “does this deserve mythic” is this: Is it more impressive than Malfegor.

  • Blorp

    Morph is already about surprise. Surprise deathtouch is very deadly. Consider recycling ambush viper over and over. Your opponents will hesitate attacking.

  • Melissa Juice

    This is sick.

  • Kameenook

    Ouch. I’d say this would be played if you wanted to play a megamorph manifest morph deck (MMM deck).

  • lol, having two or more of these sounds fun,
    Megamorphing one to block your opponents big creature and kill it, and flipping it face up will bring your other one back from the grave

  • Derpachus

    Preordering a playset because it looks like a Velociraptor

  • guest

    not sure if it’s been mentioned but this belongs not just in a morph/manifest deck but should also be a delve deck to get the most out of the ability. you want it on the battlefield without paying it’s cost, so you want it starting in the grave.

  • Vabolo

    Its hips don’t lie.

    • DeathMetalLlama

      Cant unsee

      • Vabolo

        My comment was more about the card being translated as “Shakiri Raptor”, but yes.

  • Guest

    I hope they will eventually introduce the ‘dinosaur’ creature type. Perhaps when we visit the plane of Muraganda?

  • Sabisent

    Clever Girl