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Wingmate Roc from 'Khans of Tarkir'

Wingmate Roc from "Khans of Tarkir"
Wingmate Roc from "Khans of Tarkir"
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Wingmate Roc is a powerful new Magic: The Gathering card from Wizards of the Coast's upcoming expert expansion set Khans of Tarkir. This mythic rare creature can potentially create a large board presence and gain you lots of life under the right circumstances.

Wingmate Roc - 3WW
Creature - Bird (Mythic Rare)
Raid - When Wingmate Roc enters the battlefield, if you attacked with a creature this turn, put a 3/4 white Bird creature token with flying onto the battlefield.
Whenever Wingmat Roc attacks, you gain 1 life for each attacking creature.

Wingmate Roc doesn't provide the raw power of Thragtusk, however it still has a huge impact. Wingmate Roc won't immediately turn around a game by gaining you life right way, and you aren't guaranteed to get the second creature off it. That means it's a lot less sexy after a board sweeper like End Hostilities.

One way to help mitigate that is by running permanents that can transform into creatures like Mutavault or Haunted Plate Mail, however Abzan Ascendancy also provides great insurance that you'll have a creature to attack with. Another key to abusing Wingmate Roc is that you need to have a significant amount of creatures attacking in order for you to gain a bountiful amount of life. There's a good bet that if you're attacking with an army of 10 1/1 creatures you're in a winning position anyways.

Wingmate Roc is either the best or worst card that you want to find on the top of your deck in the middle of a long drawn out battle of attrition. Without Raid triggering, five mana for a 3/4 flyer that gains you one life when it attacks is lackluster at best. However when it's good, Wingmate Roc will simply be amazing. Snagging two flying creatures with a total power of six, toughness of eight, and helping you win the damage race while gaining life in the process could be huge.

Will the variables make Wingmate Roc a dud, or will it be an all-star constructed playable?

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