Quote from Xyx »All I can say about these is "not bad", but not bad is not good.
Quote from Nertak »I love niche cards like Assault Formation. To me they are what makes magic great. Its the cards that are good in any deck that I find boring.
Quote from Nertak »The wording for those wild growth cards has always confused me so I may be wrong. Sheltered Aerie allows the land to tap for 2. Thats clear to me, but doesn't overgrowth make it tap for 3? 1 from the land itself plus 2 from the enchantment? So isn't overgrowth clearly better then sheltered Aerie? or if not better at least different enough to be a valid alternative depending on the deck?
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Dragon Tempest: Certainly not deserving of the "generically good card that won't make a deck much better or worse" grade; it's neither generic nor good. It's extremely niche and not actually good even in its niche.
Quote from Xyx »Dealing 1 damage on turn 6 is pitiful and if you're dealing more than 1 you're winning anyway. Haste might look great on dragons but you should expect to be on the defensive and tapped dragons don't block. It could do some work in a deck full of Mordant Dragons and Balefire Dragons, but those are tier 2 dragons. I wouldn't mind spending $1 on a set on the off-chance I'm wrong, though.
Quote from Xyx »Lightning Berserker: I would feel embarrassed to draw this on turn 8. Fireball on turn 8 is not good, merely OK. This on turn 8 is not OK, merely bad. If you can afford a playset of Nykthos, you can do better than this.
Quote from Xyx »Den Protector: Eternal Witness #2 for Commander at best. Way too clunky for 60-card Magic. Also, the statement "most people don't actually own Fetchlands" is mutually exclusive with "every player needs 10 Evolving Wilds".
Quote from Xyx »Dragonlord Atarka costs 1 mana less than Bogardan Hellkite, which means you can probably cast it a couple of turns sooner, which is extremely relevant and better than Bogardan Hellkite's flash. Bogardan Hellkite is a tier 2 dragon at best. Dragonlord Atarka might actually be tier 1.
Quote from Xyx »Ruthless Deathfang: Relevant enchantments on legs (or wings) should not be underestimated. Sure, they're easier to remove, but they're also easier to get back. The problem here, however, is that this is not Grave Pact; it only triggers on sacrifice (no Skullclamping) and only hits one opponent.
Quote from Xyx »Sarkhan Unbroken's obvious application, to me, is to alternate crapping out a dragon and drawing one or two cards. If anyone wants to get it off the table they'll have to deal with the dragon token. Looks sweet to me. Forget about Doubling Season combo, though; Jace, Architect of Thought already has that covered, and just how many dragons do you plan on jamming in a Doubling Season deck anyway?
Quote from Xyx »Evolving Wilds is a budget choice at best and certainly not a "4". Dimir Aqueduct, Polluted Delta and Underground Sea are "4"s.
Quote from Xyx »Dragonlord's Servant: Dragon decks aren't super impressive to begin with, but this card does several useful things and that's not bad for a 2-drop. Unlike Dragonspeaker Shaman, this thing can actually block and survive the odd sweeper.
Quote from Xyx »My dragon deck contains Dragon Broodmother and Scourge of Valkas and doesn't need to attack at all. Dragon decks can't race and must stabilize before they can win, so I don't see the problem with winning one turn later. Even Steel Hellkite doesn't benefit from haste all that much since you don't have any mana to blow up more than tokens if you cast it on-curve.
Quote from Xyx »I run Utvara Hellkite because it's insane with Dragon Broodmother but I consider the other ones too inefficient. Why would you ever want to attack with Dragon Mage anyway? You're the one with the 8-drops, so why are you refilling other people's hands?
Quote from Xyx »Dragonlord's Servant competes directly with some other cards and I don't consider it obvious which one's better.
Quote from Xyx »But is it good in that archetype? In my experience, many narrow and "obvious" cards are actually not good even in their intended niche (see: Dragonspeaker Shaman). That's why I think they merit discussion.
Quote from Xyx »For me it's the difference between getting 4 or not.
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If your intent is to provide guidance like "I'm just starting out, so which cards should I keep from this booster I just opened?", then maybe it's nice to read that (for instance) Ultimate Price is worth keeping around.
Quote from Xyx »(I'm not convinced that Anticipate is any good, though, seeing as I would go down the line of Preordain, Ponder, Sleight of Hand, Serum Visions, Dig Through Time and quite possibly even Forbidden Alchemy, Omenspeaker, Augur of Bolas and Write into Being before I'd dust off my Impulses.)
Quote from Xyx »As an interesting aside, some flavor texts (particularly the Monuments) indicate that Dragonlord Kolaghan, Dragonlord Atarka and Dragonlord Dromoka are actually dragonladies.
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I have altered my evaluations of Dromoka's Command and Atarka's Command, though not for multiplayer.
Quote from Xyx »Thunderbreak Regent's price keeps rising. If anyone was wondering whether to play in the Game Day... you get a foil full-art Thunderbreak Regent if you make top 8 (which, depending on your local metagame, is quite doable if you show up with a "real" deck). The price of that thing will probably settle somewhere between $5-$10, so that's a nice added bonus. I'm still pegging it as "good but not great" and I'm waiting for the price of the regular non-foils to go down.
Quote from Xyx »Ojutai's Command no longer seems as promising as it did two weeks ago. Neither does Shorecrash Elemental now that I compare it with Nightveil Specter.
Quote from Xyx »Deathmist Raptor and Ojutai's Exemplars are also surprisingly expensive. I don't think Ojutai's Exemplars is all that hot outside Standard, and I hadn't expected any morph card to be considered for Constructed. Deathmist Raptor is a cool card but it's kind of held back by the fact that you need other morph cards to go along with it, and those all suck.
Quote from Xyx »I thought Obscuring Aether would be decent in the morph deck but when I cast it I immediately wondered why I wasn't casting Birds of Paradise instead.
Quote from Xyx »It's kind of funny when you drop three Obscuring Aethers by turn 2 and proceed to dump your hand, but even then you're not producing more than 2-3 morphs. Congratulations, you now have some 2/2s. Oh, and your hand is empty.
Quote from Xyx »Ainok Survivalist is a slight upgrade over Nantuko Vigilante.
Quote from Xyx »I've seen Impact Tremors used (in a Mardu tokens deck). It was obnoxious but really just Purphoros Lite.
Quote from Xyx »Haven of the Spirit Dragon is actually good.
Quote from Xyx »I'm still on the fence about Dragon Tempest and Thunderbreak Regent. Dragon Tempest is good if your dragons have attack triggers (Mordant Dragon, Balefire Dragon, Scourge of the Throne, Utvara Hellkite). Thunderbreak Regent is mostly just Tower Gargoyle since in multiplayer things tend to die without being targeted. (Also, not a combo with Steely Resolve.)
Quote from Xyx »Why wouldn't you play Ainok Survivalist in the morph deck? It's a 3/2 that can cast Naturalize, draw cards, gain life and recur blockers. It's no Sylvan Primordial in terms of raw power but it's much easier to cast and has lots of synergies.