Deathtouch Fans Gets New Weapon In Hooded Blightfang

Watch your step! One false move around this snake it could be game over!

Courtesy of Wizards of the Coast (WotC) and Bernardo Santos, check out the most dangerous of danger noodles from Core Set 2021 — Hooded Blightfang!

Looking at the stat lines, a three-mana 1/4 is fairly resilient, especially in Limited formats where removal is, well, limited. In constructed formats, this almost always forces the opponent to have an answer, otherwise, they’re in for a world of hurt.


Whenever a creature you control with deathtouch attacks, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

Curving into this on Turn 3 can be very strong, able to net a potential four to five damage swing without even having to attack itself. In the late-game, landing Hooded Blightfang on an established battlefield full of deathtouchers can close out the game very fast, if not right away.

Whenever a creature you control with deathtouch deals damage to a planeswalker, destroy that planeswalker.

As if the first ability wasn’t strong enough, this turns your smaller deathtouch creatures into planeswalker slaying giants. Decks that rely on powerful early-game planeswalkers, such as Teferi, Time Raveler and Narset, Parter of Veils will have to think twice and consider “is this battlefield really safe for my ‘walkers?” before casting them.

Only time will tell where Hooded Blightfang finds a home, but Standard alone has tons of potential deathtouch synergies to consider, including cards like Questing Beast, Vraska, Swarm’s Eminence, and Chevill, Bane of Monsters.