We've sure come a long way since Goblin Chariot. This compares well to Hanweir Garrison / Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin since it has haste, grows, and "draws" you cards. The "draw" trigger saying "play" instead of "cast" means you can play lands off this, which is really nice. I don't think this is better than Phoenix of Ash, but I can see this being better than Hanweir Garrison / Krenko since it swings immediately as a 3/3.
Personally, I’m not too big on this card. With Garrison or Krenko, I feel good casting the card on curve. If I cast this card on curve, meanwhile, I have likely already played my land for the turn and probably won’t be able to cast any nonland cards... meaning that I just played a 3/3 haste that ate the top card of my library. This card feels much better played on turn 4+ (So you can play a land post-combat if needed) but at that point, I’d personally be treating this card as more of a 4-drop than a 3-drop.
Immediately swinging as a 3/3 and the inevitability of it becoming a 4/4 makes it very hard to deal with on the battlefield. Putting this much pressure on the ground while also providing card advantage is a very unique set of skills and I'm going to find space for it.
So, this works with Grim Lavamancer, Earthshaker Khenra, and Chandra Torch of Defiance, which is nice. To confirm, it doesn't work with Flashback on Faithless Looting and Firebolt, right? Since those would be going to exile from the stack, not the graveyard?
Oh boy, another strong aggressive 3-drop. What is a MadRobot to do
A scaling creature with haste which can generate card advantage if it untaps (sometimes even without untapping) is definitely cubeable, but I prefer all the Rabblemaster variants because they're so much more abusable than this. Maybe if I really wanted to push for warriors...
I wish the card worked with madness or flashback or force of will cards etc. but those are nitpicks. Card is really interesting, different, powerful and will likely have some neat interactions for cubers to discover. Obviously scavenging ooze is a clear combo. It works with both seasoned pyromancer and najella but those are 3 drops an compete for this space. Other cards I am playing like Chandra, Phoenix of Ash, Grom Lavamancer, and Bomat Courier play well. As I am really moving more to a graveyard red theme this is one I am excited to try.
This card is wonderful!
It's a 3/3 with haste that grows and generates card advantage!
What more could you want in your low curve aggro deck?
Red has a sneaky amount of card advantage at this point.
I'll definitely be testing this, it looks real strong.
Card is Gas. For those complaining you can't cast the card on turn 3, that's fine, it'll be a 4/4 next turn if it lives and you can probably play a card then which is good enough for most Red 3s. maybe not really tight360 cubes though. Flo or is a little lower compared to the rabblemaster variants if it's removed, but the ceiling is a lot higher. Connecting 2x (once for 3 and once for 4 + a draw) should make it pretty easy to close out games and anything on top of that should be game over 99% of the time.
This card really helps the warrior package out as well
Mardu-Woe Reaper is already a warrior for Najeela, but when you cast this you can exile a card to trigger Laelia
Few other cards it combo's well with that havn't been mentioned
All the Escape Creatures (woe Strider, etc)
Karn, Scion of urza
I think it also works with Mimic Vat as well? - Sometimes I hate that card, weird rules always seem to pop up with it.
Did some playtesting last night with a few cards including Laelia. Opponent attacked with it and a Robber of the Rich so he was drawing cards as the red deck which was pretty awesome. It just hits so hard and quickly grows to be huge.
Laelia seems like it may competing to be the best red 3 drop in the Cube. Bold statement I know but I think it is definitely in the conversation.