Warping Wail is Top Level Podcast’s exclusive preview from Oath of the Gatewatch
“Great Whale was a warping [whale]… When done right.”
Warping Wail is an exciting card that will be sure to find play in Standard and larger formats.
As a card with three, disparate, and slightly more-expensive-than-expected abilities, Warping Wail seems like a generalist; that is, it seems like a card that you play for its versatility more than any of its particular abilities.
Warping Wail is a bit of a surgeon, not just a generalist.
Imagine a Modern (or Legacy) Merfolk deck with both Cavern of Souls and Mutavault (lands that are effective in-theme in a tribal deck but generally tap for colorless mana)… Warping Wail would be a great card in a Merfolk deck! Because it is colorless it is (duh) not blue… Most or all of the creatures in a Merfolk deck, however, are blue.
How is a mostly- or mono-blue deck supposed to handle a Goblin Piledriver?
All of a sudden Warping Wail starts looking really interesting, right?
Goblin Piledriver has only one power (before it starts having lots and lots of power), so the not-blue (colorless) Warping Wail can target it. You might not want to play Warping Wail just for the “Exile target creature with power or toughness 1 or less” ability, but in the context of a card that does two other interesting things, your generalist just became a Goblin Piledriver-assassinating surgeon!
Resident Genius Michael J. Flores and Pro Tour Champion Patrick Chapin spend this entire podcast spit balling other relevant uses for Warping Wail, from sniping mana accelerators to taking out premium-haste-threat-to-be Eldrazi Obligator… And there are two other abilities!
Learn about them all in “Warping Wail is Our Exclusive Preview”
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