High flying is a slang term used to describe the combination of flying with the drawback of only being able to block other creatures with flying. While the term is in use both among players and R&D, the combination is not keyworded, and is not expected to become so. It is primary in blue.
The blocking restriction was first printed on Mirages's Chaosphere, a world enchantment that restricted all flying creatures to high flying instead. The first creatures printed with the downside were released in Portal and Weatherlight. Because it combines an evasion ability with a matching blocking restriction, it is functionally similar to shadow, and creatures with high flying generally cost less than a creature with only flying.
Creatures with high flying[edit | edit source]
- Ascending Aven (3/2) — Morph
- Battlefield Percher (2/2) — : +1/+1 until eot
- Belbe's Percher (2/2)
- Cloud Djinn (5/4)
- Cloud Dragon (5/4) — functional reprint of above except for creature type
- Cloud Elemental (2/3)
- Cloud Pirates (1/1)
- Cloud Spirit (3/1)
- Cloud Sprite (1/1) — functional reprint of Cloud Pirates except for creature type
- Cloudseeder (1/1) — flying itself but can create token of Cloud Sprite with high flying
- Hoverguard Observer (3/3) — functional reprint of Stronghold Zeppelin except for creature type
- Rishadan Airship (3/1) — functional reprint of Cloud Spirit except for creature type
- Rishadan Brigand (3/2) — When ~this~ enters the battlefield, each opponent sacrifices a permanent unless he or she pays .
- Scrapskin Drake (2/3) — functional reprint of Cloud Elemental except for creature type
- Skywinder Drake (3/1) — functional reprint of Cloud Spirit except for creature type
- Stormbound Geist (2/2) — Undying
- Stormcloud Djinn (3/3) — : +2/+0 until eot and deals 1 damage to you
- Stratozeppelid (4/4)
- Stronghold Zeppelin (3/3)
- Vaporkin (2/1) — functional reprint of Welkin Tern except for creature type
- Welkin Tern (2/1)
Auras that grant high flying[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Mark Rosewater (November 7, 2016). "A Few More Words from R&D". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (August 21, 2015). "Why are cards like Cloud Flyer and Welkin Tern...". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater (March 16, 2012). "Are there any mechanics that are on the fringe of being evergreen?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater (August 22, 2016). "Gloomwidow is the first non-blue creature since Nemesis to have "can block only creatures with flying".". Blogatog. Tumblr.